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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, May 14, 2012, 01:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President, Terry Bornemann

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION

Planning & Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Seth Fleetwood

AB19563 1. Consideration of a site specific Comprehensive Plan and Neighborhood Plan amendment and rezone within the Happy Valley and Fairhaven Neighborhoods. (Haggen Rezone)

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director

ML/SF MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF PLANNING COMMISSION AND STAFF RECOMMENDATION FOR DENIAL. The motion carried 4-0.

Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp

Stan Snapp excused.

AB19575 1. Closure of Bloedel Donovan Park to the launching of motorized and non-motorized watercraft

Presented by: Clare Fogelsong, Environmental Resources Manager

INFORMATION ONLY

Transportation
Cathy Lehman, Chair
Jack Weiss; Gene Knutson

AB19560 1. Worksession regarding report by Communitywise Bellingham

Presented by: Shannon Wright, Communitywise Bellingham
Jack Delay, Communitywise Bellingham

INFORMATION ONLY

Committee Of The Whole
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp, Michael Lilliquist, Seth Fleetwood

1. Old/New business

Resolution in opposition to Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United v. FEC

Seth Fleetwood explained he has a draft Resolution in opposition to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United for Council's consideration during the Council meeting on June 4.

SF/ML MOVED TO HAVE A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE SUPREME COURT DECISION IN CITIZEN UNITED V. FEC ADDED TO THE AGENDA FOR THE COUNCIL MEETING ON JUNE 4. The motion carried 5-0-0. GK, SS excused.

Waterfront Advisory Group [WAG]

Seth Fleetwood asked about the Waterfront Planning process and the involvement of the WAG. Council was hopeful that they would be reviewing the documents before they went to the Planning Commission. Mayor Linville reported she has spoken with Jeff Thomas about a way for the public to be more informed about it and that the WAG would be instrumental in that process. WAG has not been very active for a while and the appointments would need to be reviewed to ensure the body is made whole first. It has always been part of the plan that WAG would be reactivated prior to the documents going to the Planning Commission. However, any changes or amendments to the documents would need to happen through the Type VI process where everyone has equal opportunity to testify and make recommendations. Another opportunity will also come from the Council's review process.

SF/CL MOVED TO REQUEST THE WATERFRONT ADVISORY GROUP BE FORMALLY REACTIVATED TO REVIEW WATERFRONT PLANNING DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO SUBMISSION TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION. The motion carried 5-0-0. SS, GK absent

Gateway Pacific Terminal Project permit process

Mayor Linville reported that attorney Amy Kraham has drafted a letter to the County SEPA official to request that if rail siding was to be part of the project, it should be made part of the application. Mayor Linville requested approval to send it under her signature or the signature of both the Council President and the Mayor. Terry Bornemann requested she provided a copy of the letter to Council to review prior to the regular meeting for Council's consideration and vote for approval and she agreed to do so.

At 2:52 PM Council President Bornemann adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following: Executive Session
Closed to the public. Report in the Regular Meeting only.

1. Litigation: AT&T Mobility Tax Refund Claim - (Ruffatto – Approx. 10 min.)



ADJOURNMENT
At 3:01 PM the meeting was called back to order and adjourned.



Terry Bornemann, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
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