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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


Council Chambers
Thursday, September 08, 2011, 12:30 PM
Book: 65, Page: 1


Special Meeting


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Stan Snapp

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

Excused:
    Seth Fleetwood
    Council Member
    At Large

15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Clayton Petree pointed out the manner in which the camera company, American Traffic Solutions, has handled its response to the citizens' initiative process and expressed that he does not feel the company respects this community. They have a contract and he does not see a way to get out of it until the pilot program is over. The City should warn the company that because of its behavior, the City will not go forward with it after the pilot period is done. It would be a terrible waste of money to go to court and try to get out of it. In the future the City should wait until after citizens have spoken at a public hearing before committing to a contract.

There being no further speakers, public comment period was closed.

OTHER BUSINESS

At 12:35 PM, Council President Stan Snapp adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following item:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Litigation: American Traffic Solutions [ATS] v. City of Bellingham

The meeting was called back to order at 12:53 PM

Joan Hoisington, City Attorney, made the following report:

Staff provided an update on this litigation matter. The Court of Appeals has ruled that the Initiative on the traffic cameras is invalid, however, the Court did not grant an injunction to ATS. The status is that it will appear on the ballot and it will not be legally binding.

On July 11, 2011 Council voted to take no action pursuant to the City Charter and Municipal Code which has the effect of sending the Initiative to the ballot by the Finance Director. Staff recommends taking no action.

Information only. No action taken



ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:55 PM.

Stan Snapp, Council President

ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
APPROVED:



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