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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, January 11, 2010, 07:00 PM
Book: 64, Page: 1


REGULAR MEETING


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Gene Knutson with the Flag Salute/Pledge of Allegiance led by Council Member's Lilliquist and Fleetwood.

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:

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)

    January 26 - 27, Council Members Terry Bornemann, Seth Fleetwood, Michael Lilliquist and Stan Snapp will be attending the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Action Conference in Olympia.

Bellingham City Council meets all requirements of the State of Washington Open Meetings Act.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

SNAPP / BORNEMANN moved approval of the January 4, 2010 minutes of the Reorganizational Council Meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Chris Wolf, 1131 Humboldt Street spoke in opposition to the “three unrelated” rule. She shares a house and feels that she and her housemates are welcomed by their neighbors. Additionally, she feels that the sharing of a home is an important part of infill. She asked that the City Council take a serious look at overturning this law. “If loud parties are a problem, please target loud parties and don’t discriminate against people like me,” she said.

John Stevens, President, Bellingham Railway Museum said he is resigning from the Museum as he feels that renewing the lease for only two years is unacceptable. He said it is the only place left in town where children can come at a reasonable rate. He would like a lease for five years, with no changes.

Anara Thomas, 504 16th Street of Grateful Dogs Off Leash Association would like to ensure that the Little Squalicum Park Master Plan designates an off leash area for dogs. She would also like to ensure that the loop trail that goes down to the beach is retained.

Johnny Grames spoke with regard to Chuckanut Ridge and said he thinks that if the city can put together a plan and get consensus amongst all parties, including developers and financial institutions, then it will be supported, whatever the plan is, and the city can build on that consensus.

Helen Rondestvedt of Grateful Dogs Off Leash Association supported remarks by Anara Thomas and urged that the Little Squalicum Park Master Plan have language for a designated off leash area. Additionally she hopes that the loop trail will be saved.

Louise Bjornson spoke with regard to the Little Squalicum Park Master Plan. She feels there will be general support for the plan as long as trees are replanted in the park and there is access to the beach. She requested that the willows by the beach be kept and said that hikers add a natural surveillance to the beach.

Tanasije Chobanov, Xenia Street said he had checked with the city and they cannot have a street light on their street because there is no pole. He said it is important for the resident’s safety to have lights on their street. Referencing the ‘three unrelated” rule, he said there are seven students living in a duplex on his street who have garbage on the sidewalk. He feels there needs to be a solution to the garbage situation and perhaps the owners should be fined so that the fees can be used to clean up the mess.

David Price shared that his wife has serious mental health concerns and described several instances involving his wife and his requests of the Police Department. Based on those experiences, he feels that the Bellingham Police Department does not care about mental health issues in Bellingham.

Marian Beddill, 2700 Old Fairhaven Parkway presented a list of items that, she feels, defines the present status of the Lake Whatcom watershed in terms of water quality: the drinking water must be clean; the source reservoir must be nontoxic; the reservoir must be clean and smell clean; large quantities of undesirable chemicals have been introduced over the years - the most troublesome are phosphorus and herbicides; it is almost impossible to filter phosphorus from flowing water; phosphorus fertilizes algae growth; algae is undesirable on beaches, etc.; algae at the water treatment plant requires more, and more expensive treatment; it is possible to substantially reduce the amount of phosphorus; rainwater may be captured and stored; water containing phosphorus and flowing across watershed lands may be diverted; and if a substantial percentage of properties in the watershed did source control, the water pollution problem would be substantially reduced.



REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

PARKS AND RECREATION
MEMBERS: CHAIR, SETH FLEETWOOD; TERRY BORNEMANN; STAN SNAPP

AB18717 1. LITTLE SQUALICUM PARK MASTER PLAN ADOPTION

FLEETWOOD / BORNEMANN moved to approve adoption of the Little Squalicum Park Master Plan. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.




PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY
MEMBERS: CHAIR, BARRY BUCHANAN; STAN SNAPP; JACK WEISS

AB18718 1. EXTENSION OF LEASE TERM FOR THE BELLINGHAM RAILWAY MUSEUM (PARKADE)

BUCHANAN / BORNEMANN moved to authorize the Mayor to execute a lease with the Bellingham Railway Museum, for two years, expiring January 31, 2012.
LILLIQUIST offered a friendly amendment to increase the term of the lease to three years.
BUCHANAN did not accept the friendly amendment.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB18719 CB 13589
2. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM RELATED TO LEASING OF CITY-OWNED PROPERTY, AMENDING BMC SECTION 4.88.015 TO REFLECT CHANGES IN PROPERTY OWNERSHIP AND TO ADD THE FEDERAL BUILDING TENANT LEASES TO THE EXEMPTION SECTION

BUCHANAN / SNAPP moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, GENE KNUTSON
          1. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

None presented at evening meeting.

          2. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Council Member Bornemann invited everyone to attend the Martin Luther King Celebration on Monday, January 18 at the Bellingham Municipal Court from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Council Member Weiss expressed his appreciation for all those involved in the Fairhaven Library renovation.

Council Member Buchanan stated that his concerns about staffing levels of the Bellingham Police Department have not diminished and he will be bringing this to the City Council for discussion in the near future.


EXECUTIVE SESSION - Report only.


1. POTENTIAL LITIGATION: City of Bellingham v. Butler: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

BORNEMANN / SNAPP moved to authorize the City to file a Quiet Title action. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


2. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of an approximate 21 acre parcel located at South Bay, for the watershed property acquisition program.

WEISS / SNAPP moved to authorize the purchase of said property at a purchase price of $290,000. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. Information only. No action taken.



MAYOR'S REPORT


          1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only. No items presented.


AB18720 2. MAYOR’S REAPPOINTMENTS OF SHIRLEY ERICKSON, AnMORGAN CURRY, JENNIFER NEWMAN AND JENI COTTRELL TO THE BELLINGHAM ARTS COMMISSION

SNAPP / BUCHANAN moved to authorize the Mayor’s reappointments of Shirley Erickson and AnMorgan Curry, terms expiring on January 1, 2013 and Jennifer Newman and Jeni Cottrell, terms expiring December 31, 2012. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


CONSENT AGENDA
All matters listed on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and/or non-controversial items and may be approved in a single motion. Committee review has taken place during the afternoon session on most of these items. A member of the Council may ask that an item be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.

AB18721 CB 13590
1. AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY’S LIEN FOR DELINQUENT SEWER PAYMENTS ORDINANCE, BMC TITLE 15.04.105.

“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM AMENDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 15.04.105 REGARDING FEES FOR SEWER LIEN FILINGS.”

AB18722 Resolution #2010-02
2. A RESOLUTION TO SET A PUBLIC HEARING DATE ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010 FOR THE VACATION OF A PORTION OF LAFAYETTE STREET AND A PORTION OF W. INDIANA STREET.

“A RESOLUTION FIXING THE TIME AND DATE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED STREET VACATION PETITION FOR THOSE PORTIONS OF LAFAYETTE AND W. INDIANA STREET RIGHT-OF-WAYS ABUTTING BLK 10, ELDRIDGE'S 2ND ADDITION TO BELLINGHAM AND AS SHOWN ON EXHIBIT A.”

AB18723 3. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM DECEMBER 4, 2009 TO DECEMBER 11, 2009.

AB18724 4. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM DECEMBER 11, 2009 TO DECEMBER 18, 2009.

AB18725 5. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM NOVEMBER 16, 2009 TO NOVEMBER 30, 2009

AB18726 6. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM DECEMBER 1, 2009 TO DECEMBER 15, 2009

BORNEMANN / BUCHANAN moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB18702 1. CB 13586
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2009 BUDGET AUTHORIZING USE OF $110,000.00 FROM CEMETERY FUND RESERVES AND DECREASING BUDGETED REVENUES IN THE CEMETERY FUND TO REFLECT REVENUE SHORTFALLS IN 2009 AND COVER BUDGETED CEMETERY 2009 OPERATING EXPENDITURES.

BORNEMANN / BUCHANAN moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

AYES: BORNEMANN, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2010-01-001


AB18710 2. CB 13587
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2009 BUDGET TO ACCOUNT FOR THE RECEIPT OF $30,500.00 IN GIFT FUNDS FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE BELLINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY AND INDIVIDUAL GIFTS, AND APPROPRIATING EXPENDITURES OF $30,500.00 IN THE LIBRARY GIFT FUND FOR LIBRARY MATERIAL PURCHASES.

BORNEMANN / WEISS moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

AYES: BORNEMANN, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2010-01-002


AB18711 3. CB 13588
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2009 BUDGET TO ACCOUNT FOR THE RECEIPT OF A $15,000.00 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, AND APPROPRIATING EXPENDITURES OF $15,000.00 IN THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE BIG READ: WHATCOM READS! PROGRAM.

BUCHANAN / SNAPP moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

AYES: BORNEMANN, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2010-01-003


AB18713 4. CB 13589
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, REPEALING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 2.52 WHICH CREATED A CITY TRANSIT DIVISION FOR THE CITY’S TRANSIT SYSTEM.

BORNEMANN / SNAPP moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

AYES: BORNEMANN, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2010-01-004





ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
Gene Knutson, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 01/25/2010



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