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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, June 03, 2013, 09:00 AM
Book: 67, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order The Committee Meetings were called to order

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION


Public Works / Public Safety
Stan Snapp, Chair
Terry Bornemann; Gene Knutson

AB19992 1. Bid Award for Portland Cement Concrete Repairs, Bid #30B-2013

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director

GK/TB MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. SS concurred.

AB19993 2. An Ordinance establishing new authority and standards for addressing and street naming within the city limits

Presented by: Roger Christenson, Fire Chief
Robert Wilson, Fire Communications Division Chief

GK/TB MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. SS concurred.

AB19982 3. Worksession for Resolution to adopt the 2014 - 2019 Transportation Improvement Program [TIP]

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Chris Comeau, Public Works Transportation Planner
Mayor Kelli Linville

GK/TB MOVED TO RECOMMEND REOPENING THE WRITTEN RECORD. SS concurred.

GK/TB MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE TIP. SS concurred.

Planning and Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Gene Knutson

AB19957 1. Consideration of the Pacific Highway Aldrich Road annexation consisting of approximately 262.5 acres located within the City's Northern Urban Growth Area

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director
Greg Aucutt, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development
Moshé Quinn, Planner

GK/ MOVED TO RECOMMEND DIRECTION TO STAFF TO BRING BACK AN ORDINANCE. JW, ML concurred.

AB19994 2. Consideration of the Department of Ecology's [DOE] new State Environmental Policy Act [SEPA] maximum threshold levels for categorical exemptions

Presented by: Steve Sundin, Planner
Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director

INFORMATION ONLY

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Rental Registration and Inspections

Jack Weiss reported that the Committee held a special meeting at Western Washington University on May 30, to receive comments from students. Jim Tinner and Kurt Nabbefeld attended. Current issues presented by the student included plumbing leaks, mold, windows nailed shut, rats, ants, non-working door locks and lack of a working stove. Students reported repeatedly trying to communicate with landlords and property management companies via phone calls, emails and letters. Mr. Tinner provided some valuable information. There were property owners present and there was some good dialog regarding expectations and responsibilities. Mr. Lilliquist added that he learned that Mr. Tinner could be powerful and important. It is clear that as soon as the City becomes involved, things change and problems are rectified. The City has a role to play.

Mr. Weiss noted that there are currently no tools available to change the behavior of the bad landlords. If there is registration required, the "bad apples" could have their registration pulled as a tool to address it. He expressed his concern regarding resource issues to fund what is needed for enforcement.

Mayor Kelli Linville stated that as part of budget discussion, Mark Young might work with landlords regarding their rights and responsibilities. She will look to put together a program that doesn't unnecessarily spend resources. She said she is not in favor of a per unit cost. Mayor Linville pointed out that Rental Registration is not in the Staff's workplan now and that it will need to be put into the budget. She expressed that the City needs to look at a way to deal with enforcement. One way might be to revoke occupancy permits. Step one is to find out if this can be done with existing resources. The Committee needs to make a recommendation to the full Council and an ordinance needs to be proposed.

Gene Knutson commended Jack Weiss on taking the time to reach out to all the stakeholders. He feels it is time now to do something with all the input.

Mayor Linville noted that the goals set forth in the report prepared by Council's Policy Analyst were very good. She suggested Council give her direction to achieve those goals for the budget discussion. She could come back with a budget proposal that would focus on funding measures that would address health and safety and focus on offenders.

The Committee was adjourned at 11:36 PM

Finance and Personnel
Michael Lilliquist, Chair
Gene Knutson; Stan Snapp

AB19995 1. Discussion regarding a request from the Public Facilities Board to restructure the City loan

Presented by: John Carter, Finance Director

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19996 2. Overview of Financial Management Guidelines, capital asset management and debt management

Presented by: John Carter, Finance Director
Mayor Kelli Linville
Ted Carlson, Public Works Director

INFORMATION ONLY

Parks and Recreation
Gene Knutson, Chair
Stan Snapp; Terry Bornemann

AB19997 1. Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives Award Presentation for Inspiration Point

Presented by: Leslie Bryson, Parks and Recreation Design and Development Manager
Jonathan Schilk, Landscape Architect
Sharon Love, Environmental Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration

INFORMATION ONLY

Lake Whatcom Reservoir and Natural Resources
Cathy Lehman, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Stan Snapp

AB19998 1. Lake Whatcom property acquisition criteria review

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Lance Rexroat, Property Acquisition Specialist
Kate Newell, GIS Analyst

SS/ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. CL concurred.

Waterfront/Downtown Development
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Jack Weiss

AB19999 1. Presentation of the City of Bellingham's Model Toxics Control Act [MTCA] cleanup sites located within the Waterfront District

Presented by: Tara Sundin, Economic Development Manager
Lucy McInerney, Washington State Department of Ecology
Amy Kraham, Assistant Senior City Attorney
Mike Stoner, Port of Bellingham

INFORMATION ONLY



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

AB20000 1. An Ordinance relating to the 2013 Budget deleting Non-Benefited Labor in the Information Technology Services Department, Government Access TV Group and creating one Part-time Regular position effective July 1, 2013

Presented by: Marty Mulholland, ITSD Director

TB/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 7-0.

AB20001 2. Technology Update Report

Presented by: Marty Mulholland, ITSD Director

INFORMATION ONLY

AB20002 3. Policy discussion regarding expansion of PEG Access Television

Presented by: Marty Mulholland, ITSD Director

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19918 4. Ordinance to amend the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to add an Economic Development Chapter

Presented by: Greg Aucutt, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development

JW/ML MOVED TO AMEND LANGUAGE ADDED TO SECTION D., 1, OF THE PROPOSED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER TO STRIKE "IDENTIFIED IN THE LAND USE CHAPTER" AND REPLACE IT WITH "WITH SUBAREA MASTER PLANS APPROVED AFTER JANUARY 2008."

A suggested amendment to the motion to remove "after January 2008" was accepted. The amended motion to amend passed 7-0.

GK/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER AS AMENDED. The motion carried 7-0.




AB20003 6. Budget proposal for funding support in 2014 for an Independent Impact Assessment [HIA] related to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project

Presented by: Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Ward 6 Representative

ML/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND A REQUEST TO THE MAYOR TO CONSIDER FUNDING TO SUPPORT AN INDEPENDENT HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN THE PREPARATION OF THE 2014 BUDGET. The motion carried 7-0


The minutes of the April 22, City Council Committee Meeting minutes were submitted for approval.

SS/SF MOVED APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. The motion carried 7-0.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Policy for Public Hearings written comment

Due to some confusion regarding when the record is opened and closed related to the 6-year TIP, it is recommended that the Council adopt a consistent policy whereby the written record will remain open until Council makes its final decision. Peter Ruffatto proposed introducing a Resolution for the Council to vote on to codify it as a Policy. Mr. Weiss voiced his support for the concept but feels that written comment has been abused in the past by project proponents flooding the record in an attempt to change the dynamic. Mr. Ruffatto stated this could be addressed in the Resolution with a provision that Council could close the record earlier if it so chooses.



At 4:48 PM Council President Fleetwood adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following:

1. Litigation: New Cingular Wireless v. City of Bellingham - (Stamps – Approx. 5 min.)

An executive session item was added:

2. Potential Litigation - (Kraham - Approx 5 min.)



ADJOURNMENT
At 5:02 PM the meeting was called back to order and adjourned.





Seth Fleetwood, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
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