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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, March 26, 2012, 01:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President, Terry Bornemann

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION


Finance & Personnel
Michael Lilliquist, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp

AB19507 1. An Ordinance adjusting Estimated 2012 Budgeted Beginning Reserves by $47,892,856 to equal actual beginning reserve balances

Presented by: Brian Henshaw, Budget Manager

SS/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. ML concurred.

AB19508 2. An Ordinance authorizing $14,444,030.90 in reappropriations for goods and services ordered in 2011, but unpaid at year end

Presented by: Brian Henshaw, Budget Manager

SS/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. ML concurred.

AB19509 3. An Ordinance authorizing $41,154,197.38 in reappropriations for goods and services budged in 2011, but unencumbered at year end

Presented by: Brian Henshaw, Budget Manager
John Carter, Finance Director

SS/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. ML concurred.

Parks And Recreation
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Stan Snapp; Jack Weiss

AB19510 1. Update on Bloedel Donovan Park Maintenance and Management

Presented by: James King, Parks & Recreation Department Director
Leslie Bryson, Parks Design and Development Division Director
Marvin Harris, Parks Operations Manager

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19511 2. Resolution authorizing the City to apply for a grant through the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account for Bloedel Donovan shoreline restoration

Presented by: Leslie Bryson, Parks Design and Development Division Director

JW/SS MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. SF concurred.

AB19512 3. An Ordinance to accept a bequest of property from Allyn C. Deets

Presented by: Leslie Bryson, Parks Design and Development Division Director

JW/SS MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. SF concurred.

Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp

AB19513 1. The Lake Whatcom Work Plan Cost-Benefit Study

Presented by: Clare Fogelsong, Environmental Resources Manager
Amy Carlson, CH2MHill Representative
Ted Carlson, Public Works Director

INFORMATION ONLY

Public Works / Public Safety
Stan Snapp, Chair
Seth Fleetwood; Gene Knutson

AB19514 1. Water and Sewer Rate Study briefing

Presented by: Bob Bandarra, Public Works Utilities Superintendent
Gordon Wilson, FCS Group Representative

GK/SS MOVED TO POSTPONE DISCUSSION TO A WORKSESSION. SF out of the room when motion was made.

Planning & Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Seth Fleetwood

AB19515 1. Resolution approving the 2012 HUD Action Plan Amendment allocating federal funds from HUD for low and moderate income citizens of Bellingham

Presented by: David Stalheim, Block Grant Programs Manager

SF/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 4-0.

AB19516 2. Downtown Plan - Overview of Phase I results

Presented by: Darby Galligan, Planning Department, Development Specialist II
Tara Sundin, Planning Department, Special Projects Manager

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19483 3. A Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone for approximately 113 acres in Areas 5 and 6, Samish Neighborhood. Applicant: Free Spirit Enterprises, LLC. Owner: Padden Trails, LLC

POSTPONED TO THE REGULAR MEETING

AB19484 4. Development Agreement associated with a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone for approximately 113 acres in Areas 5 and 6, Samish Neighborhood. Applicant: Free Spirit Enterprises, LLC. Owner: Padden Trails, LLC

POSTPONED TO THE REGULAR MEETING

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

AB19517 1. Technology Update Report

Presented by: Marty Mulholland, Information and Technology Services Director

INFORMATION ONLY


AB19518 2. An Ordinance for a budget amendment to increase 2012 appropriation for financial systems by $65,000

Presented by: Marty Mulholland, Information and Technology Services Director

ML/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 7-0.

The minutes of the February 27 and March 12 Committee Meetings were submitted for approval. ML/GK MOVED APPROVAL. The motion carried 7-0.

The minutes of the February 6, February 24 and February 27 Special Meetings were submitted for approval. GK/ML MOVED APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 6, AND FEBRUARY 24, MINUTES. The motion carried 7-0.

Mr. Lilliquist pointed out that the minutes of February 27 reflected that only Council Member Weiss was present when all members were in attendance. Mr. Snapp noted there was mention of a flag salute when none occurred. Mr. Bornemann directed that these minutes be resubmitted for approval at the next meeting with corrections.

Fire Code

Michael Lilliquist requested that staff review the Fire Code and present to Council options for amendments to enhance safety requirements for development that would reduce or eliminate the kind of safety concerns the Fire Department has with the Padden Trails development.

ML/SS MOVED TO REQUEST THAT CITY ADMINISTRATION EXAMINE THE POTENTIAL OF A GAP BETWEEN MULTI FAMILY AND SINGLE FAMILY DEVELOPMENT RELATING TO SINGLE ACCESS FIRE CODE AND TO PROPOSE CHANGES FOR COUNCIL'S CONSIDERATION. The motion carried 7-0.

WWU Viking National Championship

Gene Knutson requested that the Council draft a Resolution to honor WWU’s men’s basketball team for winning the Division II national championship and also requested the Mayor to do a Proclamation as well. The Mayor and Council were all in favor.

Lake Whatcom Joint Council’s and Commissioners Annual Meeting

Gene Knutson expressed his frustration with the lack of any significant result coming out of the annual meetings. He stated his feeling that these meeting have been a waste of time. Council Members Lehman and Snapp agreed. Council Members Bornemann, Fleetwood and Weiss disagreed. Mr. Fleetwood pointed out the meetings are required by Interlocal Agreement and stated he did not feel the March 21st meeting was a waste of time. Mr. Weiss and Mr. Bornemann both noted the willingness of the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District [LWWSD] commissioners to make a financial commitment toward Lake improvements. Mayor Linville reported that she and County Executive, Jack Louws, would be meeting with the LWWSD and stated that the Council will see them come forward with ideas. She is trying very hard to get the leadership to work together and urged Council to continue with the meetings.

KVOS-TV

Stan Snapp reported that there was a “For Sale” sign in the window of this television studio that has been in this community for 60 years. The new owners are planning to move the license to Seattle. Council is an agency with the authority to make a request of the new owners to keep service in this community in some form. Marty Mulholland added that the FCC license encourages local stations to provide programming that meets community interests and needs. Local authorities are encouraged to work with station management as a first step and the proposed letter would be copied to the FCC. If the station management refuses, then additional steps can be taken to try to preserve the service.

SS/GK MOVED THAT COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR EACH PREPARE A LETTER OF PROTEST TO THE NEW OWNERS OF KVOS AND REQUEST THEY KEEP SERVICE IN BELLINGHAM. The motion carried 7-0.

At 4:10 PM Council President Terry Bornemann adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following items:

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

1. Labor Relations Update - (Klemanski – Approx. 5 min.)

2. Potential Property Acquisition - (Marriner – Approx. 5 min.)

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

4. Potential Litigation - (Brady – Approx. 10 min.)

5. Potential Litigation - (Brady – Approx. 10 min.)

6. Litigation: City of Bellingham v. Whatcom County and Caitac - (Marriner – Approx. 15 min.)


At 5:04 PM President Bornemann announced the extension of the Executive Session to 5:15 PM.



ADJOURNMENT
At 5:23 PM President Bornemann called the meeting back to order and adjourned.



Terry Bornemann, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
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