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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


REGULAR MEETING


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.

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)
    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.


PRESENTATION(S)

AB18920 1. A PRESENTATION OF CENSUS 2010 PARTNERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD BY THE US CENSUS BUREAU

Information only.


PUBLIC HEARING(S)

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.
    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.
    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

    Information only.


    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

    Information only.


    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.

            2. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

    None submitted at evening meeting.

            3. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

    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.


    MAYOR'S REPORT

            1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.


    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.



    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. 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.”

    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
    NAYS:
    ABSTENTIONS:

    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
    NAYS:
    ABSTENTIONS:

    MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2010-07-044




    ADJOURNMENT
    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

    Gene Knutson, Council President

    ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
    APPROVED: 08/09/2010



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