RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
Woodstock Farms, 1200 Chuckanut North, Bellingham
Monday, March 22, 2010, 09:00 AM
Book: 64, Page: 1
Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Gene Knutson
Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
Gene Knutson, Council Member, Second Ward
Barry Buchanan, 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
Legacies & Strategic Commitments Metrics: Community Indicators & City of Bellingham Performance Measures
Council Members reviewed the City of Bellingham Legacies & Strategic Commitments and the background of the Performance Measures Project. The purpose of the project is to align long range strategic goals and department annual budgets for departmental and employee workplans. Additionally, the information will be on the City’s website so that the public is informed of the work of the City and its progress toward the goals.
Council reviewed the project status and timeline for 2010. The project team worked up a list of proposed Community Indicators and Performance Measures for each of the Legacies and Strategic Commitments. Council Members reviewed the lists and discussed the appropriateness and prioritization of the proposed indicators and measures.
Policy Makers' Workplan and Protocols for Balance of 2010
Council reviewed a list of proposals submitted by Jack Weiss and Mark Gardner’s March 9, 2010, memo reviewing his current workload. There was discussion regarding the addition and prioritization of the policy analyst’s work plan. The policy analyst was directed to work on these issues:
Facilitator: David Webster
City Staff: Mayor Dan Pike
J. Lynne Walker
1) Incentive Zoning for Affordable Housing
Committee Structure for Accomplishing the Policy Workplan
Stan Snapp pointed out that frequently there is not enough time for Committees to fully deliberate agenda items under the current configuration. All committees meet on Mondays and there is often too much on one agenda to spend time needed to discuss complex issues. Mr. Knutson explained that a Committee Chair can call additional committee meetings anytime there is a need for more work on an issue.
Mr. Snapp expressed concern that Council does not know what is coming up until the agenda comes out four days before the meeting. Staff reviewed the process and the history of attempts to correct the problem. Mr. Webster suggested that there could be a regular meeting time for Department Heads to meet with Committee Chairs to discuss upcoming work. Mr. Webster stated he would discuss this matter at the next Department Head meeting and report back to Council.
Mr. Snapp noted that some Committees do not meet much at all and could be reorganized or combined. He pointed out that although the City has the Legacy of "Healthy Environment" there is no Council Committee that oversees environmental programs that are not related to Lake Whatcom. He proposed renaming the Lake Whatcom Reservoir Committee the “Natural Resources Committee”. After discussion it was agreed that the committee would be renamed the “Lake Whatcom Reservoir and Natural Resources Committee”.
Mr. Snapp proposed restructuring the form of the City Council Meeting Agenda to reduce confusion over what happens in the afternoon and what happens in the evening. Staff will implement those changes. There was further discussion regarding changes to the process for developing the agenda using more advanced technology. Legislative Coordinator, J. Lynne Walker, will work with Mr. Snapp to develop the agenda process further.
Boards & Commissions Criteria for Council Confirmation
Council members reviewed the information provided regarding the City’s Boards and Commissions. Noting the recent passage of the change in the Planning Commission appointments from Council’s information only to Council approval, the members will consider further changes at a later date.
Launch of Central Reception at City Hall
Mr. Webster explained the installation of key card locks on all doors and implementation of Central Reception at City Hall as a cost-savings measure as well as a security feature recommended in a security study done several years ago. Additionally, it offers service to constituents who come in to City Hall and need directions.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:55 PM.
Gene Knutson, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Legislative Coordinator
2) Music Ordinance
3) Rental housing regulation
4) Ban on Phosphorus-containing products
5) Modification of Park Impact fee payment as a builder incentive
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