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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


Mayor's Board Room
Monday, November 14, 2011, 01:00 PM
Book: 65, Page: 1


Special Meeting


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Stan Snapp

Roll Call
Present:
    Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
    Gene Knutson, Council Member, Second Ward
    Barry Buchanan, Council Member, Third Ward
    Stan Snapp, Council Member, Fourth Ward
    Terry Bornemann, Council Member, Fifth Ward
    Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Sixth Ward
    Seth Fleetwood, Council Member, At Large

Excused:

OTHER BUSINESS

Committee Of The Whole
Chair, Stan Snapp

AB19342 1. Worksession re 2012 Preliminary Budget
              a. Public Development Authority Presentation
              b. Executive Department Presentation
              c. Discussion of Council Amendments

Presented by: James Long, Public Development Authority Executive Director
David Webster, Chief Administrative Officer
John Carter, Finance Director
Brian Henshaw, Budget Manager
Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director

Budget Presentations were for information only.

Budget Modification proposals were presented by John Carter:

Budget Modification Proposal Use of General fund reserves
Reference number: 1
Requestor: John Carter, Finance Director

Description of Request:

Designate amounts from the expected year ending 2011 General Fund Reserve as follows:

First - to Claims and Litigation Fund #550 an amount of $800,000
Second - to an environmental reserve fund tbd an amount of $1,000,000
Third - to the Tech Replacement Fund #124 an amount of $400,000
Fourth - to the Fire Fighter #612 & Police Pension Fund #613 an amount of $400,000

GK/JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND INCLUSION IN THE 2012 BUDGET PROPOSAL.
The motion carried 7-0.


Budget Modification Proposal: Comcast Allocation
Reference number: 2
Requestor: Jack Weiss

Description of Request:

A new Comcast Franchise Agreement has been negotiated for the next ten years. The agreement increases the franchise fee rate from 4.25% to 5%.

GK/JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND INCLUSION IN THE 2012 BUDGET PROPOSAL.
The motion carried 6-1. TB opposed.


Budget Modification Proposal Population & Land Use Study
Reference number: 3
Requestor: Jack Weiss

Description of Request:

A proposal to use up to $50,000 of General Fund Reserves, to update the Land Supply and Population Projection Analysis. The update would more accurately reflect actual and expected growth conditions in Bellingham and the Urban Growth Areas since the adoption of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan.

NO MOTION/ACTION


Budget Modification Proposal: Remove Projects from Capital Budget
Reference number: 4
Requestor: Jack Weiss

Description of Request:

Motion to remove the following projects from the Capital Facilities Plan listed in the 2012 Preliminary Budget:

Bellingham Waterfront Bloedel Phases 1 to 3
Bellingham Waterfront Commercial Green Loop/Bloedel-Shoreline
Bellingham Waterfront South Cornwall Ave/Wharf St.-Park Area
Bellingham Waterfront F Street/Roeder-Maple
Bellingham Waterfront "C" Street Phase 2/Roeder-Bancroft
Orchard St. Multimodal Connection/Beneath I-5 Bay to Baker


JW/ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND INCLUSION IN THE 2012 BUDGET PROPOSAL.
The motion failed 2-5. GK, BB, TB, SS, SF opposed.


Budget Modification Proposal: Fire Reduce FTE
Reference number: 5
Requestor: Jack Weiss

Description of Request:

The SAFER Grant is a two year grant for the period of September 2010 – September 2012. The FEMA Grant reimburses the City for the cost of four fire fighter positions as long as we maintain a set number of positions during the term of the grant.

NO MOTION/ACTION

Budget Modification Proposal: Add Invasive Species Specialist
Reference number: 6
Requestor: Michael Lilliquist


Description of Request:

Add a new position that will develop and implement a program to mitigate and control the increase in invasive species in Lake Whatcom.

JW/ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND INCLUSION IN THE 2012 BUDGET PROPOSAL.
The motion carried 4-3. BB, SS, TB opposed.

Budget Modification Proposal Add Limited Term .5 Planner
Reference number: 7
Requestor: Michael Lilliquist

Description of Request:

I am proposing that we fund an additional .5 FTE two year “limited term” planner position from GF reserves. I do not want to tell the Administration how to use the extra personnel, but Jeff has told me that he will likely keep experienced staff on major and critical projects, and would be able to use a new planner to handle the more routine work.


ML/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND INCLUSION IN THE 2012 BUDGET PROPOSAL.
The motion failed 3-4. SS, SF, BB, TB opposed.


Budget Modification Proposal Police Add 1 FTE
Reference number: 8
Requestor: Gene Knutson

Description of Request:

Add additional police officers(s) to the 2012 budget.


JW/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND INCLUSION IN THE 2012 BUDGET PROPOSAL.
The motion carried 4-3. SS, SF, TB opposed.


Budget Modification Proposal Purchase 6 Ambulances
Reference number: 9
Requestor: John Carter

Description of Request:

General fund purchase of 6 Ambulances from Medic One.


TB/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND INCLUSION IN THE 2012 BUDGET PROPOSAL.
The motion carried 7-0.



ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:51 PM.



Stan Snapp, Council President

ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
APPROVED:



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