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City Council Chambers
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 06:30 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1

Special Meeting

Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District [LWWSD] Commissioner’s Chair, Leslie McRoberts.

Roll Call
    Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
    Gene Knutson, Council Member, Second Ward
    Cathy Lehman, Council Member, Third Ward
    Terry Bornemann, Council Member, Fifth Ward
    Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Sixth Ward
    Seth Fleetwood, Council Member, At Large

    Stan Snapp
    Council Member
    Fourth Ward


Also in attendance:

LWWSD: Leslie McRoberts, Chair; Debra Lambert; Todd Citron; and Laura Weide

Whatcom County Council: Kathy Kershner, Chair; Barbara Brenner; Bill Knutzen; Pete Kremen; Ken Mann; and Carl Weimer

AB19504 1. Lake Whatcom Cooperative Management Program Joint Councils and Commission Spring meeting

Presented by: Clare Fogelsong, Environmental Resources Manager
Bill Reilly, Storm and Surface Water Utility Manager
Jon Hutchings, Assistant Director, Whatcom County Public Works Administration/Accounting

Presentation and discussions covered the following topics:
      2011 Work Plan accomplishments

      TMDL update

      2012 planned Stormwater projects
      Projections through 2014
      Funding issues and barriers

      Aquatic Invasive Species proposal
      Funding issues and barriers


Public Comment:

Niki Thane, Watershed Advisory Board member, read a letter from the Board recommending the city close Bloedel Donovan boat ramp until a comprehensive aquatic invasive species program to prevent zebra and quagga mussels from entering the Lake is developed and fully implemented.

Wendy Harris, read a statement requesting a halt to reductions in residential development standards and to place a greater emphasis on prohibiting further loss of forest cover. The property acquisition program should be supported and increased. Land use regulations should reduce impervious surface in the watershed and increase vegetation retention requirements with increase buffers and impose on-site filtration requirement. Both the County and City need to apply SEPA mitigation requirements more rigorously.

Larry Mansfield, Watershed Advisory Board member, noted the Lake is already infested with Asian clams and that it is unknown how close the destructive zebra mussels and quagga mussels might be. Clams usually exist long before they are detected. He appealed to the elected officials to consider closing the boat launch for one year in order to understand the danger and plan for it.

C. J. Hucksford, private contractor, spoke of rain gardens being a good solution to stormwater run-off and stated that the Homeowner Incentive Program is very effective. He suggested staff work with contractors in the private sector to help.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:38 PM.

Terry Bornemann, Council President

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

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