RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, July 26, 2010, 07:00 PM
Book: 64, Page: 1
Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Gene Knutson with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Council Member Seth Fleetwood.
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
· On Monday, August 9, at 7:00 PM in City Council Chambers there will be two Public Hearings related to amendments to the Critical Areas Ordinance.
· On Monday, August 9, at 7:00 PM in City Council Chambers there will be a Public Hearing regarding a Draft Music Ordinance.
Bellingham City Council meets all requirements of the State of Washington Open Meetings Act.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
SNAPP / BUCHANAN moved approval of the July 12, 2010 minutes of the regular Council Meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Johnny Grames took issue with the way the street work is being handled on Forest Street, particularly in front of the Community Food Co-op store.
Bruce Deile supports the tax proposal that would maintain Whatcom Transit Authority service.
Nick Frabasilio shared his concerns with regard to mafia connections of the Frabasilio family.
AB18920 1. A PRESENTATION OF CENSUS 2010 PARTNERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD BY THE US CENSUS BUREAU
AB18921 1. CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE PUGET NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN SUBMITTED BY THE PUGET NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Greg Aucutt, Senior Planner reviewed the process to date and briefly reviewed the proposed amendments. The proposed changes are shown in the agenda packet, pages 13-36. Staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval of the amendments.
Laurel Cook, Puget Neighborhood Association, reviewed the processes that the Neighborhood has taken over the past three years to put forward these amendments to the neighborhood plan. After compiling input from neighborhood meetings, the committee was able to have a professional survey process done resulting in a revised neighborhood plan and which, was approved unanimously at a general neighborhood meeting. The neighborhood is submitting amendments in three chapters: Open Space, Public Utilities & Services and Transportation. Ms. Cook gave detailed examples of the proposed changes, which she said, reflect these wishes of the neighborhood:
· A public park will be within walking distance (1/2 mile radius) of every Puget Neighborhood resident.
Council President Knutson opened the public hearing.
No citizens spoke and the public hearing was closed.
SNAPP / LILLIQUIST moved to direct staff to prepare an ordinance approving the amendments. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
FINANCE & PERSONNEL
MEMBERS: CHAIR, STAN SNAPP; BARRY BUCHANAN; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST
AB18922 1. REVIEW OF 2ND QUARTER 2010 FINANCIAL REPORT
Council Member Snapp noted the Budget schedule for 2011:
August: Department’s enter budget
September: Mayor’s preliminary budget
October: Revenue Forecasts and Mayor’s Budget Presented to City Council
November: Public Hearing on Property Tax & Revenues and Public Hearing on Budget
December 13th – Adopt Budget
AB18926 CB 13632 (Moved from Consent Agenda)
2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET REDUCING EXPENDITURES IN THE GENERAL FUND, STREET FUND, AND THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND HEALTH BENEFITS FUNDS AND INCREASING ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES
“AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET REORGANIZING STAFFING IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE AN OVERALL REDUCTION IN GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES AND PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF AT THE WHATCOM MUSEUM TO BE PARTIALLY FUNDED BY $25,242.00 IN REVENUE FROM THE MUSEUM FOUNDATION; PLACING THE NET SALARY AND BENEFIT SAVINGS OF $255,278.00 FOR THE GENERAL FUND, $157,427.00 FOR THE STREET FUND, $2,843.00 FOR THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FUND AND $11,375.00 FOR THE HEALTH BENEFITS FUND IN ESTIMATED ENDING RESERVES; AND DECREASING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT RESERVES BY $4,300.00.”
SNAPP / BUCHANAN moved approval for first and second reading.
Council Member Lilliquist noted that this affects 22 positions with 10.75 FTE's being eliminated.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY
MEMBERS: CHAIR, BARRY BUCHANAN; STAN SNAPP; JACK WEISS
AB18608 CB 13633
1. AN ORDINANCE CREATING LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #1109 – SEWER ASSESSMENT ON 34TH STREET BETWEEN TAYLOR STREET AND DONOVAN AVENUE
“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, ORDERING THE IMPROVEMENT OF 34TH STREET SEWER BETWEEN TAYLOR STREET AND DONOVAN AVENUE, ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH RESOLUTION OF INTENTION NO. 2010-16 OF THE CITY COUNCIL; ESTABLISHING THE LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (NUMBER 1109) AND ORDERING THE CARRYING OUT OF THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENT; DESCRIBING THE METHOD OF ASSESSMENT; PROVIDING THAT PAYMENT FOR THE IMPROVEMENT BE MADE BY SPECIAL ASSESSMENT UPON THE PROPERTY IN THE DISTRICT.”
BUCHANAN / SNAPP moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
AB18765 2. DISCUSSION ON POST POINT WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENTS AND THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE PROJECT DELIVERY APPROACH
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, GENE KNUTSON
AB18869 1. PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF A DRAFT MUSIC ORDINANCE
Information only. Public hearing scheduled for August 9, 2010.
· Puget Neighborhood trails will provide accessibility and connectivity options within the neighborhood.
· The Puget Neighborhood will continue to use practices which protect and preserve the environment.
None submitted at evening meeting.
Council Member Lilliquist updated council on activities of Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources Committee.
Council Member Bornemann requested a discussion on the structure of the Public Comment period.
EXECUTIVE SESSION - Report only
1. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. Information only. No action taken.
2. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. Information only. No action taken.
2. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
AB18923 2. MAYOR’S REAPPOINTMENT OF DEAN BRETT, BRENT WALKER, DUNHAM GOODING AND CHARLES SELF TO THE BELLINGHAM-WHATCOM PUBLIC FACILITIES DISTRICT BOARD
SNAPP / BORNEMANN moved to authorize the Mayor’s reappointment of Dean Brett, Brent Walker, Dunham Gooding and Charles Self to the Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District Board, terms ending July 30, 2014. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
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.
AB18924 CB 13634
1. AN ORDINANCE REGARDING BUDGET AMENDMENT TO ALLOW FOR RECEIPT AND SPENDING OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS TOTALING $61,994.14
“AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET RECOGNIZING RECEIPT OF A $61,994.14 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT AND APPROPRIATING $61,994.14 OF GRANT EXPENDITURES IN THE GENERAL FUND.”
AB18925 CB 13635
2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $14,665.81 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE GOLF COURSE FUND FOR REPAIRS
“AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $14,665.81 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE GOLF COURSE FUND TO REPAIR THE CLUBHOUSE ROOF.”
1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.
AB18926 3. MOVED TO FINANCE & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
AB18927 4. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM JULY 2, 2010 TO JULY 9, 2010
AB18928 5. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM JULY 9, 2010 TO JULY 16, 2010
AB18929 6. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM JUN 16, 2010 TO JUNE 30, 2010
BUCHANAN / SNAPP moved to approve the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES
AB18915 1. CB 13631
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $35,000.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE FUND TO PROVIDE HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR CHRONICALLY HOMELESS PEOPLE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL
WEISS / 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
MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2010-07-043
AB18908 2. CB 13630
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $119,066.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE STREET FUND TO BE USED FOR PAYMENT TO WHATCOM COUNTY ASSOCIATED WITH THE BAKERVIEW / JAMES ANNEXATION
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
MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2010-07-044
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Gene Knutson, Council President
ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
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