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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, January 28, 2013, 09:00 AM
Book: 67, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order The committee meetings were called to order.

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION

Public Works / Public Safety
Stan Snapp, Chair
Terry Bornemann; Gene Knutson

AB19824 1. Assistant Fire Chief introductions and 2013 work plan update

Presented by: Roger Christensen, Interim Fire Chief

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19825 2. Squalicum Creek Corridor Trail, Creek & Road Design; Orchard Street Extension (ES-0440); Bay to Baker Trail (PD3003-X)

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Craig Mueller, Public Works Project Engineer

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19826 3. Requesting authorization for the Mayor to enter into Department of Ecology Loan for Squalicum Creek Re-Route Phase 1

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director

GK/TB MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. SS concurred.


Planning and Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Gene Knutson

AB19827 1. Licensing options for residential rental properties

Presented by: Mark Gardner, City Council Policy Analyst

Citizen Speakers: Perry Eskridge, Government Affairs Director, Whatcom Association of Realtors
Patrick Stickney, VP for Governmental Affairs, Associated Students of WWU
Cal Leenstra
Rachel Cochrane, Legal Information Coordinator, Associated Students WWU
Anne Mackie, York Neighborhood
Dick Conoboy

INFORMATION ONLY

Waterfront/Downtown Development
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Jack Weiss

AB19828 1. Report on development plans for 1100 block of Cornwall Avenue

Presented by: Steve Powers, Catholic Housing Services
Brad Cornwell, RMC Architects

INFORMATION ONLY


Lake Whatcom Reservoir and Natural Resources
Cathy Lehman, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Stan Snapp

AB19829 1. Review of the Department of Ecology's final list of required and recommended revisions to the City of Bellingham's 2009 Draft Shoreline Master Program

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director
Steve Sundin, Planner

ML/SS MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. CL concurred.

AB19830 2. Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Jon Hutchings, Assistant Public Works Director

ML/SS MOVED TO RECOMMEND DIRECTION TO STAFF TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROGRAM. CL concurred.


Parks and Recreation
Gene Knutson, Chair
Stan Snapp; Terry Bornemann

AB19831 1. Recreation Program update and discussion

Presented by: James King, Parks and Recreation Director
Richard Henrie, Recreation Manager, Parks & Recreation Department

INFORMATION ONLY


Committee Of The Whole
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp, Michael Lilliquist, Terry Bornemann

AB19832 1. Ordinance amending numerous sections of the Bellingham Municipal Code with respect to the maximum permissible fine for misdemeanors and the maximum permissible jail sentence for gross misdemeanors

Presented by: James Erb, Assistant City Attorney

GK/TB MOVED RO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 7-0.

The Special Meeting minutes of the November 19, 2013 and November 26, 2013 Budget Worksessions were submitted for approval. GK/SS MOVED APPROVAL. The motion carried 7-0. Fire Chief Selection

Stan Snapp expressed his desire to serve on the Fire Chief Search Committee and Interview Panel as the Council's representative. Approved by unanimous consent.

Appointment of Council Delegates to County Comprehensive Planning Meetings

Seth Fleetwood reviewed the Memo from County Executive Jack Louws requesting elected officials from each Whatcom County city in numbers less than a quorum to attend a series of four planning meetings to be held in Lynden, Blaine, Ferndale and at the County Courthouse throughout this year to discuss matter relating to growth planning and the urban growth area review. Greg Aucutt reported that Mayor Linville would be participating as one of the Bellingham elected officials.

Jack Weiss, Michael Lilliquist, Seth Fleetwood and Cathy Lehman all expressed an interest in serving. Ms. Lehman noted that she would not be able to attend the meeting scheduled for September 3rd. Mr. Fleetwood informed Mr. Aucutt that the Council would determine its representatives and have a delegation ready to go.

Council Member Bornemann planned absence

Terry Bornemann announced he would be out of town and will miss the February 11, City Council Meeting.

City Council's Legislative Priorities

Michael Lilliquist noted that many issues of concern are coming up at the State Legislature. Cathy Lehman reported she was in Olympia for the Governor's Inaugural Ball and met with our legislators and also with Tom McBride the next day. Senator Ranker noted the City/Port/County consolidated legislative priorities and asked Ms. Lehman what the City of Bellingham's legislative priorities are.

Ms. Lehman reviewed that earlier there had been direction from Council President Fleetwood to Members to send their individual ideas to the Council's Executive Assistant, J. Lynne Walker. Two Members have done so. She asked that the list be finalized right away and sent to the representatives. Mr. Fleetwood asked if it could wait until February 11, to bring it before the Committee of the Whole for confirmation and then the Council Members attending the Cities Legislative Action Conference in Olympia could deliver it personally that week. Ms. Lehman replied that if any of the Council's priorities are high priorities, they should be submitted to the representatives as early in the session as possible. Mr. Fleetwood asked if any of the Council's items were not on the Joint County/City/Port list and if any of them were such a high priority. Mr. Lilliquist stated his list didn't have such high priority items but that the Council's items should be communicated to the Lobbyists so that they can know to support them. They don't have to actively lobby for them but could be aware of the interests of the Council and sign their names as a supporter if the opportunity arises. Jack Weiss described that he had only two issues on that list, one related to getting clarity on medical marijuana cooperatives and another related to gun control issues.

JW/TB MOVED TO APPROVE ADDING A REQUEST FOR MORE GUIDANCE FROM THE STATE REGARDING COLLECTIVE GARDENS AND DISTRIBUTION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO THE CITY'S INDIVIDUAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES LIST. The motion carried 7-0.

Mayor Linville reported that she had signed onto a letter from Washington Mayors supporting the principles of President Obama's gun control legislation. She explained that there is a weekly call with the lobbyists and that they can speak with the lobbyists about any issues that come up that the City would like them to look at. While there is a consolidated list, the lobbyists agreed to also represent each of the professional groups' individual concerns as well. She cautioned Council against submitting long lists.

Ms. Lehman proposed that there should always be a discussion of Council's legislative agenda priorities at the annual Reorganization meeting. Approved by unanimous consent, joined by Mayor Linville.

Council of Governments [COG] - Transportation Policy Board vote

Jack Weiss reported that as the liaison of the Council to the COG, he was asked to vote approval of a list of statewide transportation projects submitted by the Washington Department of Transportation [WADOT]. There were two city projects on that list for Bellingham that he had concerns with, (1) West Horton phases 1 &2; and, (2) Iowa Street Interchange. Because of those concerns he cast a "No" vote. Ted Carlson explained the role of the COG in State transportation planning. The list of projects submitted to COG has no funding request and it is for a needs assessment for regional planning. Brent Baldwin added COG is part of the process for WADOT master planning and while the State projects may be relate to future city projects, the projects reviewed at the COG meeting were the State's projects and not City projects. Ted Carlson added that Public Works would be coming to Council later to discuss the City's plans on these projects at a later date. At 3:33 PM Council President Fleetwood adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following:

Executive Session
Closed to the public. Report in the Regular Meeting only:

1. Potential Property Acquisition - (Marriner – Approx. 10 min.)

2. Potential Litigation - (Ruffatto -- Approx 10 min.)

3. Potential Litigation - (Kraham – Approx. 10 min.)

4. Potential Litigation - (Kraham – Approx. 25 min.)



ADJOURNMENT
At 4:30 PM the meeting was called back to order and adjourned.






Seth Fleetwood, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
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