RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, April 23, 2012, 07:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1
Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Terry Bornemann, who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
Gene Knutson, Council Member, Second Ward
Cathy Lehman, 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
· On Monday, April 23, at 9:30 AM in City Council Chambers, there was a Special Worksession of the Council’s Planning and Community Development Committee to discuss the Rezone request for approximately 113 acres in Areas 5 and 6, Samish Neighborhood. Applicant: Free Spirit Enterprises, LLC. Owner: Padden Trails, LLC.
· On Thursday, May 3, at 12:00 PM in City Council Chambers, there will be a Joint meeting of the Bellingham City Council and the Port of Bellingham Commissioners.
· On Friday, May 4, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Mayor’s Board Room, there will be a Special Meeting held by the Council’s Planning and Community Development Committee to discuss growth policies and planning issues.
· On Monday, May 7, at 7:00 PM in City Council Chambers there will be a Public Hearing regarding a rezone of property between Area 5 of the Happy Valley Neighborhood and Area 2A of the Fairhaven Neighborhood in the 1400 block of 14th Street from residential to commercial.
· On Monday, May 14, at 7:00 PM in City Council Chambers there will be a Public Hearing regarding an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan to add a new Environmental Element Chapter.
Bellingham City Council meets all requirements of the State of Washington Open Meetings Act.
TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT NO. 1:
· On Monday, April 23, at 12:30 PM in the Council Chambers, there was a meeting of the Board of Directors to receive an annual report, a brief update on WTA Board actions and an update on non-motorized transportation projects.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
KNUTSON / SNAPP moved approval of the April 16, 2012 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Perry Eskridge addressed the construction of the Northwest/Elm/Dupont Corridor bike lanes [AB 19544] and asked that Council reconsider using sharrows in that area.
Johnny Grames addressed the council on issues including the bike lanes on Northwest Avenue, Whatcom Watch, the Food Not Bombs movement; noise of trains and machinery and his support of passing a resolution regarding the Citizens United movement.
Gene Marx invited Council to presentations by Anti-War Activist, Bruce Gagnon at Western Washington University on April 26th and the Mt. Baker Theatre on April 27th.
Christopher Grannis asked Council to support a Metropolitan Park District. Goals of the park district would be to pay back the loan for the purchase of the property and secure that property and the ecological treasure for the City of Bellingham. They propose calling the area “Chuckanut Community Forest”.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Finance & Personnel
Michael Lilliquist, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp
AB19541 1. Authorization to enter into an amendment to a Grant Agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology for partial funding of the remediation of the Eldridge Avenue Municipal Landfill site
LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an amendment to a Grant Agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology for partial funding of the remediation of the Eldridge Avenue Municipal Landfill site. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
Parks And Recreation
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Stan Snapp; Jack Weiss
AB19542 1. Resolution authorizing the City to apply for a Washington Aquatic Enhancement Account grant to provide public access to Bellingham Bay
“AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION, WA. AQUATIC LANDS ENHANCEMENT ACCOUNT, LAND ACQUISITION PROJECT, NORTHEAST BELLINGHAM BAY.”
FLEETWOOD /SNAPP moved final approval of Resolution #2012-11. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
Public Works / Public Safety
Stan Snapp, Chair
Seth Fleetwood; Gene Knutson
AB19543 1. Proposal from potential Parkade tenant
Re: 1310 Commercial Street (Bellingham Railway Museum)
SNAPP / KNUTSON moved to postpone council action to May 7, 2012 to give the Railway Museum an opportunity to respond. MOTION CARRIED 5-2, Bornemann, Lehman opposed.
AB19544 2. Bid Award for 2012 Overlay Program (ES-459) which includes Northwest/Elm/Dupont Bike Lanes (ES-447) and Indian Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project, (ES-0448)
SNAPP / WEISS moved to award Bid No. 18B-2012 for 2012 Annual Overlay Program – ES-0459 to Colacurcio Brothers, Inc. of Blaine, WA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid which is $2,012,951.80. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
AB19545 3. An Ordinance amending BMC 15.08.230(B), BMC 15.12.165 and BMC 15.12.170 regarding fees related to reactivation of abandoned water and sewer service
“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON AMENDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE SECTIONS BMC 15.08.200, BMC 15.08.230(B), BMC 15.12.165 AND BMC 15.12.170 REGARDING FEES RELATED TO REACTIVATION OF ABANDONED WATER AND SEWER SERVICE.”
SNAPP / KNUTSON moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
AB19546 4. Post Point Update
Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp
AB19547 1. Invasive Species Prevention Program - 2012 implementation options
FLEETWOOD / KNUTSON moved to direct staff to move forward with Stage 1A-D and Stage 2A independent of the grant from Puget Sound Partnership and to request that staff bring forward an ordinance to prohibit infested boats from entering into Lake Whatcom. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
LEHMAN / SNAPP moved to direct staff to bring back information regarding the closure of Bloedel Donovan boat launch until an exclusion mechanism is put in place for all boats and for the administration to consult with Whatcom County about closing the lake to boats. MOTION CARRIED 6-1. Lilliquist opposed.
Planning & Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Seth Fleetwood
AB19483 1. 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 May 7th following an additional Planning and Community Development Committee worksession, April 25, 11:30 AM.
Committee Of The Whole
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp, Michael Lilliquist, Seth Fleetwood
AB19548 1. Bellingham Public Development Authority [BPDA] Annual Report for 2011
AB19549 2. Bellingham Public Development Authority “Army Street Project” Briefing
AB19550 3. Bellingham Federal Building Adaptive Reuse Study and Re-tenanting Plan
AB19551 4. Ratification of Amendment to the Development Agreement between the Bellingham Public Development Authority and Catholic Community Services for the sale of 1100 Cornwall
KNUTSON / WEISS moved to approve the amendment of the Development Agreement between the Bellingham Public Development Authority (BPDA) and Catholic Community Services. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
AB19552 5. Closed Record Hearing regarding a Street Vacation Petition for a portion of Clinton Street within Maritime Heritage Park
Council President Bornemann reported that the council voted unanimously during the Closed Record Hearing to approve the street vacation petition for a portion of Clinton Street between C Street and Division Street, within Maritime Heritage Park, with no payment for the subject right-of-way required.
“AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE VACATION OF CLINTON STREET BETWEEN C AND DIVISION STREETS, ABUTTING LOT 8, BLOCK 1 AND LOT 1, BLOCK 2, WHATCOM SUPPLEMENTAL, ALL WITHIN THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM.”
LILLIQUIST /SNAPP moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
AB19467 6. Worksession to identify Council priorities to be discussed at the 2012 Council-Executive retreat on May 19th
Direction to staff to receive comments from Council.
None submitted at evening meeting.
Gene Knutson relayed a message from the Port Marina Advisory Committee complementing city staff and Fire Department for their cooperative work on the recent fire at the marina.
7. Approval of City Council Committee and/or Special Meeting minutes
Mayor Linville gave the follow updates to council:
1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.
- She would like to work with council to provide direction to staff with regard to establishing a good mix of businesses on city owned property.
- The administration and staff will be putting together a report regarding rules and process regarding tree clearing and replanting within the city.
- Lake Whatcom frustrations: hiring process has begun for Natural Resources Director and direction has been given to staff to prepare reports with concise, measurable activities for council’s review.
- Metropolitan Parks District: She will be presenting options and recommendations.
All matters listed on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and/or non-controversial items and may be approved in a single motion. A member of the Council may ask that an item be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.
AB19553 1. Budget Ordinance for an amendment to allow for receipt and spending of $20,658 STOP grant
“AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING A $20,658.00 GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES (DVSAS) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT AND APPROPRIATING RELATED EXPENDITURES IN THE GENERAL FUND.”
AB19554 2. Budget Ordinance to implement staff restructure in the Human Resources Department that results in a budget reduction for 2012
“AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET REALLOCATING EXPENDITURES IN VARIOUS FUNDS TO PROVIDE FOR A REORGANIZATION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT STAFF, AND PLACING THE ESTIMATED $42,359.00 SURPLUS FOR 2012 IN ENDING RESERVES.”
AB19555 3. Interlocal Purchasing Agreement with North Whatcom Fire District
AB19556 4. Authorization of check issue for accounts payable from March 30, 2012 to April 5, 2012
AB19557 5. Authorization of check issue for accounts payable from April 6, 2012 to April 12, 2012
SNAPP / KNUTSON moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its’ entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES
AB19535 1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $100,000.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE GENERAL FUND TO PROVIDE FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY'S CONTRACT WITH AMERICAN TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS
KNUTSON/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:, FLEETWOOD KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
MOTION CARRIED 6-1 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-04-024
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:41 p.m.
Terry Bornemann, Council President
ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
- She has requested that the state provide more investigation regarding coal traffic in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
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