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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, April 08, 2013, 09:00 AM
Book: 67, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION

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

Stan Snapp excused. Terry Bornemann appointed Chair.

AB19919 1. Presentation by Washington State Department of Transportation Staff on projects around Bellingham

Presented by: Todd Harrison, WA Department of Transportation
Chris Damitio, WA Department of Transportation
Ted Carlson, Public Works Director

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19920 2. Public Works Operations Division Update

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Eric Johnston, Assistant Public Works Director

INFORMATION ONLY

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

Jack Weiss excused. Gene Knutson appointed Chair. Cathy Lehman appointed to the Committee.

AB19860 1. An Ordinance approving a rezone of Area 14A, King Mountain

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director
Kathy Bell, Planner

ML/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF OPTION A.
ML/CL MOVED TO AMEND THE RECOMMENDATION TO REMOVE SECTIONS 4 & 5 FROM OPTION A AND RECOMMEND APPROVAL WITH THOSE SECTIONS ELIMINATED.
Mixed recommendation. CL & GK opposed.

CL/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND THE ORDINANCE AS SUBMITTED.
Mixed recommendation. ML opposed.

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

Stan Snapp excused. Seth Fleetwood appointed to the Committee.

AB19921 1. Approval of 2012 Audit Engagement Letter with the Washington State Auditor

Presented by: John Carter, Finance Director

GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 3-0.

AB19922 2. An Ordinance modifying the staffing budget for the Finance Department

Presented by: John Carter, Finance Director
Brian Henshaw, Budget Manager

GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 3-0.

AB19923 3. An Ordinance imposing the Local Sales and Use Tax to be credited against the State of Washington's Sales and Use Tax for the purpose of utilizing Local Infrastructure Financing

Presented by: John Carter, Finance Director
Brian Henshaw, Budget Manager

GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 3-0.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Kelli Linville requested the Finance Committee hold worksessions on parts of the budget for better understanding of the overall budget before the City moves into the department presentations. There is potentially a new way of looking at the second year of this quasi biennial budget which will primarily focus on just the changes from 2013 in order to get to the goal of achieving a balanced budget in 2014. An example of a worksession topic would be employee pensions and the unfunded liability the City is facing. The committee indicated its agreement by unanimous consent.

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

Stan Snapp excused. Gene Knutson appointed to the Committee.

AB19924 1. Authorization for the Mayor to enter into a Grant Agreement with Department of Ecology

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Bill Reilly, Storm & Surface Water Utility Manager

ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 3-0.

AB19925 2. Budget Ordinance to receive Ecology Grant in the amount of $432,560 in the Storm and Surface Water Utility [SSWU] Fund

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Bill Reilly, Storm & Surface Water Utility Manager

ML/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. CL concurred.

AB19926 3. Conservation easement for Lake Whatcom Acquisition Property - Agate Bay

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Renee LaCroix, Public Works Environmental Coordinator

ML/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. CL concurred.

AB19927 4. Natural Resources Committee quarterly update

Presented by: Renee LaCroix, Public Works Environmental Coordinator

INFORMATION ONLY

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Cathy Lehman noted the Committee has completed work on the Aquatic Invasive Species protection ordinance and just recently attended the Lake Whatcom Joint Council's and Commissions update on the status of Lake Whatcom programs. She asked staff what the Committee could be working on to address some next steps this year and in planning for Committee work next year. Jon Hutchings proposed looking at the 2014 budget and the use of the increased stormwater fees Council adopted. Ted Carlson proposed looking at the capital plans developed as part of the SSWU rate analysis and develop a staffing and funding strategy for early stormwater projects. This will require a detailed analysis as to how it interacts with water/sewer and transportation projects and in conjunction with the budgeting process. The workplan needs to be developed along with a budget for the Natural Resource division. Mr. Carlson will work with Mr. Hutchings on a project and program list and come back to the Committee in about a month with an update.

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

Jack Weiss excused. Gene Knutson appointed to the Committee

AB19907 1. Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Bellingham to Fund Phase 1 Development of Whatcom Waterway Park

Presented by: Tara Sundin, Economic Development Manager

GK/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. The motion carried 3-0.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Cathy Lehman announced that she and Port Commissioner Michael McAuley had been exploring the idea holding a waterfront event to bring the public to the site and become more excited about the plans for building the waterfront. It is very early in the planning stage and she will bring more information back to Council when it is available. Mayor Kelli expressed her support and noted that the City has already invested significant funds in Central Avenue and there is a public park already across the street.

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

AB19929 1. Bellingham Sister Cities Association Update to Council

Presented by: Torhil Ramsay, Community Outreach Specialist

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19930 2. Library Strategic Plan

Presented by: Pam Kiesner, Library Director

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19931 3. 600 West Holly and Federal Building briefing

Presented by: Jim Long, Executive Director, Bellingham Public Development Authority

INFORMATION ONLY.

The minutes of the March 25, 2013 City Council Committee Meeting minutes were submitted for approval. GK/TB MOVED APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. The motion carried 5-0. JW, SS excused.
None submitted

At 3:12 PM Council President Fleetwood adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following:

Executive Session
Closed to the public. Report in the Regular Meeting only:

1. Potential Litigation - (Ruffatto – Approx. 15 min.)

An Executive Session was added to the Agenda:

2. Potential Litigation - (Ruffatto – Approx. 10 min.)




ADJOURNMENT
At 3:40 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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