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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, January 09, 2012, 07:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1


Organizational Meeting


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Stan Snapp with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Kelli Linville.

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

Excused:


Evening Presentation

Bellingham City Council Representatives and Mayor Kelli Linville were sworn in by Judge Debra Lev.

Jack Weiss, Ward 1 Representative
Cathy Lehman, Ward 3 Representative
Terry Bornemann, Ward 5 Representative
Seth Fleetwood, City Council At Large Representative
Kelli Linville, Mayor

Information only.

Remarks by Mayor Linville.

Reception for elected officials and guests.

BREAK
The meeting was called back to order at 7:36 p.m. by Council President Stan Snapp.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved approval of the December 12, 2011 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, LEHMAN abstained.



15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Elizabeth Kilanowski, volunteer with Whatcom Watershed Information Network. Their primary mission is to support and improve watershed education, stewardship information exchange and public involvement efforts in Whatcom County. She presented the 2010 Watershed Management Report to the Mayor and City Council and briefly reviewed the activities of WRIA (Water Resource Inventory Area).

Yoshé Revelle commented on Occupy Wall Street gathering in Bellingham. For him it was an amazing lesson in democracy.

Leonard Lindstrom addressed the council regarding social issues.

Terry Todd [AB 19435], owner of one of the properties without water. He did not know the property didn’t have water when he purchased it. The lack of water did not show up anywhere including the title insurance. He has dealt with it for three years and appreciates the efforts behind this ordinance.

Robin Robertson, President, Old Fairhaven Association. She reviewed a letter she will be submitting to the Planning Director, in which she notes that primary elements are lacking from the Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan. Those include: a lack of designation as a Tier 1 Urban Village; an ultimate build-out providing a 30 year projection to ensure that there is sufficient infrastructure and a traffic and parking plan. She asked that the planning process not be rushed. Merchants would like an opportunity to review the plan before it goes to the commissions for review.

Charles Law expressed concerns about traffic congestion and health concerns due to exhaust pollution. He noted the WTA grant of five diesel hybrid buses and requested that the members of the Transportation Board replace one all-diesel bus, right away, with one of these new hybrids to help reduce the amount of particulate pollution.

Johnny Grames commented on local issues including the Occupy Bellingham movement.

James Bachman participated in the Occupy Bellingham movement and would like to stop dividing resources and would like to have conversations about what's wrong and what can be done to address the issues.

Bill Geyer, Old Fairhaven Association, referenced a January 6, 2012 e-mail to Jeff Thomas, Planning Director that council members should have received as well. The Association has always worked to have a quality, complete and consistent neighborhood urban village plan for Fairhaven. The current product [draft plan] has deficiencies, which has been expressed in writing to the staff. There are technical, policy and procedure issues that can easily be corrected. The Association very much wants to see a connected business district to its’ market; waterfront, and trails with preservation of the adjoining residential area and most importantly continued success as a cultural icon and an historic village. He asked that the draft document (produced on December 21, 2011) go back to stakeholders for review. They need the opportunity to identify those pieces that are of common interest, that make sense, that need to be worked or reworked; and obtain a professional analysis so the document meets and is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan before it goes forward to the reviewing bodies.

John Servais referenced the draft Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan. The Planning Department has not allowed residents, property owners and business owners to participate in the drafting of the draft plan. He asked council to send it back if the plan has not gone through the open public process. The draft is being scheduled for meetings with the commissions but there has been no process to bring the draft plan back to Fairhaven to review the draft plan and provide comments, thoughts and changes. The commercial district and the residents may be able to find common ground on many of the issues in a non-adversarial manner. He would like to see a quality plan and an open public process before the draft goes before the commissions.

Tee King participated in the Occupy Bellingham movement. She said they need more time and that the protesters were denied their First Amendment rights when they were evicted from the park on December 28, 2011. She said, they were there to redress the government and observed that the Occupy Bellingham movement encompasses a great number of issues and they are just trying to make the world better for everyone.

Herb Goodwin participated in the Occupy Bellingham movement. He took issue with the oath of the elected officials and suggested changing “…support the Constitution…” with “…uphold the Constitution...”.

Larry Williams participated in the Occupy Bellingham movement, which has been the most rewarding experience of his life. The movement is trying to develop a system by which decisions can be made that are fair to women and men. He noted that change is upon us and those changes are not being reported in the commercial media; the economic situation is not over and is concerned about how events in Iran and Fukishima will be addressed.

Therese Bettner praised Mayor Linville and is excited about the new infusion of energy she will bring.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Committee Of The Whole
Chair, Stan Snapp

AB19432 1. 2012 City Council Reorganization Election and Report
    A. Election of officers for 2012
    COUNCIL PRESIDENT: TERRY BORNEMANN

    The City Council voted unanimously in favor of Terry Bornemann as Council President.

    Council President Snapp turned the meeting over to Council President Bornemann.

    COUNCIL PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE: SETH FLEETWOOD

    The City Council voted unanimously in favor of Seth Fleetwood as Council President Pro Tempore.


    MAYOR PRO TEMPORE: CATHY LEHMAN

    The City Council voted unanimously in favor of Cathy Lehman as Mayor Pro Tempore.
              B. Report of Committee/Other assignments

    Discussion held during committee. Council President Bornemann reported that the following committee appointments had been recommended during the reorganizational meeting.

    FINANCE & PERSONNEL (Elect 3)
    1. Michael Lilliquist, Chair
    2. Cathy Lehman
    3. Stan Snapp

    LAKE WHATCOM RESERVOIR & NATURAL RESOURCE (Elect 4)
    1. Seth Fleetwood, Chair
    2. Michael Lilliquist
    3. Cathy Lehman
    4. Stan Snapp

    PARKS & RECREATION (Elect 3)
    1. Seth Fleetwood, Chair
    2. Stan Snapp
    3. Jack Weiss

    PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (Elect 4)
    1. Jack Weiss, Chair
    2. Cathy Lehman
    3. Michael Lilliquist
    4. Seth Fleetwood

    PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY (Elect 3)
    1. Stan Snapp, Chair
    2. Gene Knutson
    3. Seth Fleetwood

    TRANSPORTATION (Elect 3)
    1. Cathy Lehman, Chair
    2. Jack Weiss
    3. Gene Knutson

    KNUTSON / SNAPP moved to add the downtown and Old Town areas to the Waterfront Committee. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, WEISS opposed.

    WATERFRONT / DOWNTOWN / OLD TOWN DEVELOPMENT (Elect 3)
      . 1. Gene Knutson, Chair
    2. Cathy Lehman
    3. Michael Lilliquist
    4. Jack Weiss

    LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved to accept all of the committee assignments. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    EX-OFFICIO AND OTHER COUNCIL ASSIGNMENTS:

    Bellingham International Airport Advisory Committee (Elect 1)
    Jack Weiss

    Bellingham School District (Elect 1)
    Michael Lilliquist

    Bellingham/Whatcom Tourism Bureau (Elect 1)
    Stan Snapp

    Council of Governments (COG) (Elect 2) Full Council, Executive Board, Transportation Policy Board: Jack Weiss
    Full Council Only: Cathy Lehman

    Downtown Bellingham Partnership (Elect 2)
    Cathy Lehman
    Michael Lilliquist, Alternate

    Emergency Medical and Ambulance Advisory Board (Joint City/County)
    Michael Lilliquist, Finance Committee Chair
    Stan Snapp, Public Works/Public Safety Committee Chair

    Fire Pension Board
    Michael Lilliquist, Finance Committee Chair

    Library Board (Elect 1)
    Stan Snapp

    Marine Resources Committee
    Seth Fleetwood

    Mount Baker Theatre Board (Elect 1)
    Seth Fleetwood

    Museum Foundation
    President Pro Tempore or delegate
    Delegate: Terry Bornemann

    Northwest Economic Council (Elect 1)
    Cathy Lehman

    Open Space Committee (Same as Planning Committee)
    Jack Weiss, Chair
    Cathy Lehman
    Michael Lilliquist
    Seth Fleetwood

    Opportunity Council (Elect 1)
    Stan Snapp

    Parks and Recreation Board (Same as Parks & Recreation Committee)
    Seth Fleetwood, Chair
    Stan Snapp, Member
    Jack Weiss, Member

    Police Pension Board
    Terry Bornemann, Council President
    Seth Fleetwood, Council President Pro Tempore

    Port Marina Advisory Committee (Elect 1)
    Gene Knutson

    Sister Cities Advisory Board (Elect 1)
    Seth Fleetwood

    Sustainable Connections (Elect 1)
    Michael Lilliquist

    Tourism Commission – Allocation Sub-committee Chair
    Michael Lilliquist, Finance Committee Chair or other designee

    WHAT-COMM Communications Administrative Board – 911
    Stan Snapp, Public Works/Public Safety Chair

    Whatcom Transportation Authority (Elect 2)
    Stan Snapp
    Jack Weiss

    KNUTSON / SNAPP moved approval of all Ex Officio and other committee assignments. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

    AD HOC WORKING GROUPS:

    EMS Working Group:
    Terry Bornemann, Council President
    Stan Snapp, Public Works/Public Safety Chair
    Michael Lilliquist, Finance Committee Chair

    PEG TV Working Group
    Stan Snapp
    Jack Weiss

    Lake Whatcom Policy Working Group
    Seth Fleetwood, Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources Committee Chair
    Michael Lilliquist, Alternate

    Parking Solutions Working Group (3)
    Jack Weiss
    Michael Lilliquist



    AB19433 2. Recognition of departing Chief Administrative Officer, David Webster

    Presentation made during committee. Information only.


    AB19434 2. Resolution accepting Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Grant requirements

    “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM IN SUPPORT OF WATERSMART GRANT APPLICATION.”

    WEISS / KNUTSON moved final approval of Resolution #2012-01. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    AB19435 3. Ordinance amending BMC 15.08.200 and 15.12.165 regarding City policies for abandoned water and sewer service outside the City limits but within the UGA

    “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON AMENDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE SECTIONS 15.08.200 AND 15.12.165 REGARDING THE CITY’S POLICIES FOR ABANDONED WATER AND SEWER SERVICE OUTSIDE THE CITY’S CORPORATE LIMITS BUT WITHIN THE CITY’S URBAN GROWTH AREA (UGA).”

    LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

            4. Approval of City Council Committee and/or Special Meeting minutes

    None submitted at evening meeting.

            5. Old/New business

    Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Noon, January 16, 2012 at Bellingham Municipal Court.


    Executive Session – Report and action only.

      1. Litigation: AT&T Mobility Tax refund claim: Staff provided an update on a litigation matter. Information only. No action taken.

      2. Litigation: Hofstetter v. City of Bellingham: Staff provided an update on a litigation matter. Information only. No action taken.



    MAYOR'S REPORT

            1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

    CONSENT AGENDA
    All matters listed on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and/or non-controversial items and may be approved in a single motion. A member of the Council may ask that an item be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.

    AB19436 1. Bid award for aggregate gravel, Bid # 76B-2011

    AB19437 2. Authorization of check issue for accounts payable from December 2, 2011 to December 8, 2011

    AB19438 3. Authorization of check issue for accounts payable from December 9, 2011 to December 15, 2011

    AB19439 4. Authorization of check issue for accounts payable from December 16, 2011 to December 21, 2011

    AB19440 5. Authorization of check issue for payroll from November 24, 2011 to December 9, 2011

    AB19441 6. Authorization of check issue for payroll from December 10, 2011 to December 22, 2011

    KNUTSON / WEISS moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

    AB19429 1. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $55,000.00 GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO THE BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ENHANCE LAW ENFORCEMENT PREPAREDNESS AND OPERATIONAL READINESS ALONG THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES, AND APPROPRIATING RELATED EXPENDITURES IN THE GENERAL FUND

    WEISS / LILLIQUIST moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

    AYES: BORNEMANN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
    NAYS:
    ABSTENTIONS:

    MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-01-001.




    ADJOURNMENT
    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:39 p.m.


    Terry Bornemann, Council President

    ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
    APPROVED: 01/23/2012



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