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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, September 25, 2006, 07:00 PM
Book: 60, 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 President Knutson.

Roll Call
Present:
    Bob Ryan
    Council Member
    First Ward
    Gene Knutson
    Council Member
    Second Ward
    John Watts
    Council Member
    Third Ward
    Joan Beardsley
    Council Member
    Fourth Ward
    Terry Bornemann
    Council Member
    Fifth Ward
    Louise Bjornson
    Council Member At Large

Excused:
    Barbara Ryan
    Council Member
    Sixth Ward

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

September 26th @ 12:00 pm in the Mount Baker Studio Theatre, 104 North Commercial Street, there will be a presentation regarding the waterfront economics and framework plan for the Bellingham City Council, the Whatcom County Council and the Port Commissioners.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

BOB RYAN / BORNEMANN moved approval of the September 11, 2006 minutes of the regular Council Meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Mark Elliott, 1082 Telegraph Road spoke in support of the East Bakerview/James Street annexation.

Cathi LeCocq, 1275 East Bakerview Road spoke in support of the East Bakerview/James Street annexation.

Violet Manteuffel, 2200 Ontario Street spoke in favor of annexation.

Phil Morgan, 4405 College Street, said he is ashamed of the three faux pas the City Council has made with the Minuteman Resolution, the Wal-Mart politically correct partition of legitimate business and the Cut and Run Resolution.

Harold White, 773 Telegraph Road spoke in support of annexation.

Joanne Peterson, 922 Key Street addressed voter representation in Wards 5 and 6 [Greenways Advisory Board]and spoke on behalf of herself and Jody Bergsma, who was unable to attend. She believes that the appointment of John Blethen to the Greenways Advisory Board does not represent those voters. She said that Jody Bergsma has applied for a position on the Greenway Advisory Board and believes Ms. Bergsma's appointment to the Board would result in achieving harmony within the Board and between the Board and the community. She then read a letter from Jody Bergsma to the City Council and Mayor Asmundson requesting that Ms. Bergsma be considered for an appointment to the Greenway Advisory Board.

Kim Erickson, 620 Chuckanut Drive North spoke on behalf of herself and Cathy McKenzie, who was unable to attend. Ms. Erickson read a letter by Ms. McKenzie addressing the Greenway Advisory Committee ordinance [AB 17127B] and Greenway Advisory Committee appointments [AB 17162]. Ms. McKenzie wrote that she feels this is a quick decision without adequate public participation before adopting new Greenway legislation and she finds this decision offensive and disrespectful to the voters and the two years she has spent soliciting grass-roots public greenways input voter priorities across the City. Ms. McKenzie's letter asked the Council to postpone final approval of the ordinance until a public, open, cooperative worksession has been scheduled and they have defined a public input process that gives voters a real opportunity to improve this ordinance.

Steve LeCocq, 1275 East Bakerview Road spoke in support of the East Bakerview/James Street annexation.

Donna Hulford, 1212 - 40th Street (owns property on Bakerview) spoke in support of annexation.

Johnny Grames, 1506 East Maplewood Avenue addressed the citizen's right to initiative.


PUBLIC MEETING

AB17153 1. PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING RESOLUTION URGING THE US CONGRESS TO END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ AND BRING OUR TROOPS SAFELY HOME NOW

Council Member Bornemann introduced and read the proposed resolution. He introduced Marie Marchand, who then introduced her committee who drafted this resolution. On behalf of the Troops Home Committee she thanked the Council for hosting this public meeting. Local authors of the resolution are Doris Kent, mother of local fallen soldier, Army Corporal Jonathan Santos; Gene Marx, Vietnam Veteran and father of Iraq Veteran, Army Captain Benjamin Marx; Eileen Herring, mother of Army Specialist Keenan Herring; Navy Veteran Mark Polin and community supporters Ellen Murphy and Larry Kalb. She said it is the intent of this resolution to bring awareness of the war's consequences into the public sphere and into the forefront of citizen's minds.

The following citizens shared their compelling stories and spoke in support of the “Troops Home” resolution:

Doris Kent, 2921 Niagara Street, mother of Jonathan Santos, killed in action, Karabilah, Iraq October 15, 2004.
Mark Polin, 222 North Commercial Street, Retired Navy Veteran.
Ellen Murphy, Bellingham
Victoria Marx, 801 Salmonberry Lane, mother of Army Captain Benjamin Marx who served in Iraq.
Gene Marx, 801 Salmonberry Lane, Vietnam Veteran and father of Army Captain Benjamin Marx. Mr. Marx submitted 1,128 Bellingham resident signatures to Council President Knutson in support of the passage of the Troops Home Resolution.
Eileen Herring, 5535 Hillvue Road, Birch Bay
Dr. Bob Olson, 1478 East Kelly Road
Larry Kalb, 2406 Utter Street
Janet Ott, 2107 Lummi Shore Road, Vietnam Veteran.
Bruce Kraig, 1904 – 18th Street
Richard Adriance, 211 Bayside Place
Shirley Osterhaus, 2215 Franklin
Alexandra Hudson, 1212 High Street
Larry Hildes, Bellingham
Wyoming McKenzie, 1429 St. Paul
Andy Hiester, 2107 37th Street
Karen Weill, Bellingham
Susan Livingston lost her brother, Joseph Blickenstaff in Iraq.
Brad Grower, 1519 Franklin Street

BREAK
Council President Knutson called the meeting back to order at 9:06 PM.

Sharon Crozier, 2815 Pacific
Marja Cartwright, 2708 West Crestline Drive
Jim Cartwright, 2708 West Crestline Drive
Harriet Moulder, 1213 Whatcom Street
Lynette Allen, 3514 Northwest Avenue
Diana Linayno-Walker, 35 Wysteria Lane, currently has son and other family members in all branches of the military.
Michael Walker, 35 Wysteria Lane, currently has son serving in Middle East.
Vincent LaLonde, 1317 Roland
Bruce Hendler, 2516 Northshore Road
Yoshe Revelle, 817 – 25th Street
Hue Beattie, 2104 McKenzie
Jonathan Kemp, 8889 Stein Road, Custer, Vietnam Veteran. In addition to supporting the resolution he asked that the Council encourage the Governor to withdraw National Guard troops from Iraq.
Richard Whittaker, 3922 Timothy Court

Lydia [no last name given]

Ana Maria Gallo, 1306 Gladstone Street believe that the troops need to be brought home from Iraq but because it names her, as a citizen of Bellingham, and she does not support several specific paragraphs in the preamble of the resolution she cannot support this resolution. She explained that she does support the actual resolution and several other paragraphs but she cannot support the tone and some of the specific items that are brought out in the resolution and therefore, cannot support the resolution as written.

Council President Knutson, Council Member Bornemann, Council Member Beardsley and Council Member Bjornson thanked the citizens for their participation.

The resolution will be brought back for consideration by the City Council on October 9, 2006.

BREAK
Council President Knutson called the meeting back to order at 10:07 PM


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

EXECUTIVE SESSION - Report only

1. City of Bellingham v. Granite State Insurance Co., et. al.: Staff briefed Council on the status of City of Bellingham v. Granite State. Staff recommended that the City enter into a Settlement Agreement with Century Indemnity Company for payment to the City in the amount of $100,000, the full policy limits.

BJORNSON / WATTS moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into the Settlement Agreement. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

FINANCE & PERSONNEL
MEMBERS: BOB RYAN, CHAIR; JOAN BEARDSLEY; TERRY BORNEMANN

AB17154 CB 13234
1. AN ORDINANCE TO RECLASSIFY A PERMIT CLERK TO A PERMIT TECHNICIAN POSITION IN THE PERMIT CENTER SECTION OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND APPROPRIATE FUNDING FROM THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FUND ENDING RESERVE

BOB RYAN / BJORNSON moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0

AB17155 CB 13235
2. AN ORDINANCE TO FUND A RECLASSIFICATION OF A LIMITED TERM PLANNER I POSITION TO AN ONGOING POSITION OF PERMIT TECHNICIAN IN THE PERMIT CENTER SECTION OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOB RYAN / BJORNSON moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


PARKS AND RECREATION
MEMBERS: JOHN WATTS, CHAIR; TERRY BORNEMANN, LOUISE BJORNSON

AB17156 CB 13236
1. AN ORDINANCE TO APPROPRIATE $272,500 IN WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY GRANT FUNDS FOR CONTINUING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF LITTLE SQUALICUM PARK

WATTS / BOB RYAN moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MEMBERS: JOAN BEARDSLEY, CHAIR; JOHN WATTS; BARBARA RYAN, LOUISE BJORNSON

AB17157 Resolution #2006-34
1. RESOLUTION RELATED TO THE ANNEXATION OF THE SAN JUAN BLVD./YEW STREET AREA OF BELLINGHAM'S YEW STREET URBAN GROWTH AREA TO THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM

BEARDSLEY / WATTS moved final approval of Resolution #2006-34. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

AB17158 Resolution #2006-35
2. RESOLUTION RELATED TO THE ANNEXATION OF THE ALDRICH ROAD/HORTON AREA OF BELLINGHAM'S NORTHERN URBAN GROWTH AREA TO THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM

BEARDSLEY / BJORNSON moved final approval of Resolution #2006-35. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

AB17159 3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INITIATE AN ANNEXATION OF APPROXIMATELY 635 ACRES LOCATED IN BELLINGHAM'S NORTHERN URBAN GROWTH AREA (UGA) KNOWN AS THE EAST BAKERVIEW/JAMES STREET ANNEXATION

BEARDSLEY / WATTS moved to accept the annexation petition and East Bakerview / James Street annexation boundary, as proposed, for further evaluation in accordance with state law; require the simultaneous adoption of zoning regulations; and require the assumption of all of the City's indebtedness.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Administrative Office clarified that the wording, with regard to the City's indebtedness in an annexation coming into the City, would like all other properties, assume indebtedness in proportion to the assessed value of those properties.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
MEMBERS: GENE KNUTSON, CHAIR

AB17160 1. WORK SESSION FOR REVIEW OF TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE'S

A public hearing will be held. The Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance.

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

None submitted at evening meeting.

3. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

None presented.


MAYOR'S REPORT

AB17161 1. MAYOR'S APPOINTMENT OF JAN HAYES, KEN BOTHMAN, DAVID WILLETT, JOHN STEWART, AND BOB ROSS TO THE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD

BJORNSON / WATTS moved to authorize the Mayor to appoint Jan Hayes, term expiring September 25, 2007; Ken Bothman and David Willett, terms expiring September 25, 2008; John Stewart, term expiring September 25, 2009 and Bob Ross, term expiring September 25, 2010 to the Design Review Board. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

AB17162 2. MAYOR'S APPOINTMENT OF JOHN BLETHEN AND JACK WEISS TO THE GREENWAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WATTS / BJORNSON moved to authorize the Mayor to appoint John Blethen and Jack Weiss, terms expiring August 31, 2009.
BORNEMANN / BEARDSLEY moved to table. MOTION FAILED 2-4, BOB RYAN, WATTS, BJORNSON, KNUTSON OPPOSED.

MAIN MOTION CARRIED 5-1, BORNEMANN OPPOSED.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Administrative Office announced that the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) voted unanimously to allocate up to $1 million per year for a period of 25 years of LIFT allocation revenues for the City of Bellingham.


CONSENT AGENDA

AB17163 1. BID AWARD FOR BRASS SERVICE AND THREADED FITTINGS SOLICITATION NUMBER 072B-2006

AB17164 2. BID AWARD FOR COMPACT EXCAVATOR; SOLICITATION NUMBER 081B-2006

BOB RYAN / WATTS moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB17124 1. CB 13230 Ordinance #2006-09-095
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2006 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $300,000.00 IN THE STREET, WATER, WASTEWATER AND STORM & SURFACE WATER UTILITY FUNDS FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING ADDITIONAL COSTS RELATING TO WATERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT

BOB RYAN / WATTS 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: BEARDSLEY, BJORNSON, BORNEMANN, KNUTSON, BOB RYAN, JOHN WATTS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: BARBARA RYAN

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance No. 2006-09-095

AB17127B 2. CB 13233 Ordinance 2006-09-096
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO CITY ADVISORY BOARDS PURSUANT TO BELLINGHAM CITY CHARTER, SECTION 7.01, ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 2.20 TO THE BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE AND ESTABLISHING A GREENWAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WATTS / BJORNSON 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: BEARDSLEY, BJORNSON, KNUTSON, BOB RYAN, JOHN WATTS
NAYS: BORNEMANN
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: BARBARA RYAN

MOTION CARRIED 5-1 and was thereafter named Ordinance No. 2006-09-096



ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:23 PM. Gene Knutson, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 10/09/2006



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