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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, August 06, 2012, 07:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1


REGULAR MEETING


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Terry Bornemann who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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:

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)

    There are no extra meetings currently scheduled for the next two weeks.

Bellingham City Council meets all requirements of the State of Washington Open Meetings Act.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Council President Bornemann announced that with regard to AB 19642, it was the consensus of the City Council that there would be no action on the resolution seeking a nonbinding advisory vote on the Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None submitted.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Chuck Crawford member of Citizens for the Working Whatcom County (C4WWC). He supports the Gateway Pacific Terminal and played videos of citizens speaking in support of the proposal and not putting an advisory vote on the ballot.

Doug Mortensen, C4WWC played additional videos from citizens speaking in support of the Gateway Pacific Terminal and not putting an advisory vote on the ballot.

Leonard Lindstrom discussed social issues.

Johnny Grames took issue with council actions and feels there have been conflicts in their decisions.

Chuck Berleman congratulated the City Council for making a good decision in taking no action on the advisory vote.

John Servais addressed the Fairhaven Neighborhood Plan. The Happy Valley Neighborhood request that the height be reduced along McKenzie/Larrabee back to 42'. This harms the Happy Valley Neighborhood and to change this at the last minute is not right. Please put it back to 42'

Marian Beddill, who is involved with the citizen initiative regarding the Coal Train, told the council that they had shown the power and clout that big government can have over the people.

Pam Bosch addressed the Citizens Bill of Rights [Coal-Free Bellingham initiative]. We must have a government of higher consciousness and need to continue this dialogue on many fronts. She hopes the city council, as legislators, will lend your experience to this process.

James Spaich expressed his appreciation for the bike lane on Northwest Avenue. And, he took issues with a 56' height limit of the Haggen store in Fairhaven. He feels it would be an impediment and there would be complications. He asked the council to rethink this height limit.

Karen Steen appreciated that council would take no action on the resolution [AB 19642] but we still need energy efficiency programs and to stop burning coal, worldwide.

Ralph Black, Alliance Properties, thanked staff and council and respected the process. He will re-evaluate his plans and see what the next chapter will be for King Mountain.

John Kirk addressed the coal and jobs issue. He said this is a local situation and national organizations need to be put in the background.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Transportation
Cathy Lehman, Chair
Jack Weiss; Gene Knutson

AB19632 1. Bellingham Pedestrian Master Plan

LEHMAN / SNAPP moved to approve the Bellingham Pedestrian Master Plan. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp

AB19574 1. An Ordinance Amending the City's 2006 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan adopting a new chapter on the environment

“AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ADD THE ENVIRONMENT ELEMENT AS A NEW CHAPTER.”

FLEETWOOD / SNAPP moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, LILLIQUIST opposed.


AB19654 2. Natural Resources Committee Quarterly Update

Information only.


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

AB19590 1. An Ordinance amending the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan and BMC Title 20 and Title 21, adopting the Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan and associated development regulations

AN ORDINANCE RELATED TO LAND USE PLANNING AND ZONING, REPEALING THE FAIRHAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN AND REPLACING IT WITH THE FAIRHAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD AND URBAN VILLAGE PLAN; AMENDING THE LAND USE DEVELOPMENT CODE (TITLE 20) AND THE PROCEDURES AND ADMINISTRATION CODE (TITLE 21) FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADOPTING THE FAIRHAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD AND URBAN VILLAGE PLAN AND ASSOCIATED DESIGN STANDARDS AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS.”

WEISS / FLEETWOOD moved approval for first and second reading as amended during committee.

SNAPP / LILLIQUIST moved to reconsider the failed motion from the Committee of the Whole, to reduce height limit for the area west of 13th Street from McKenzie to Larrabee from 56’ to 42’. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, LEHMAN, WEISS, BORNEMANN opposed.

SNAPP / KNUTSON moved to reduce height limit for the area west of 13th Street from McKenzie to Larrabee from 56’ to 42’. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, LEHMAN, WEISS, BORNEMANN opposed.

SNAPP / LEHMAN moved to rezone I-3 to include hotel/motel use.
WEISS / LILLIQUIST moved to amend the motion to permit hotel/motel use in the areas south of Harris Avenue in the I-3 zone. MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED 6-1, BORNEMANN opposed.
MOTION CARRIED 6-1, BORNEMANN opposed.

MAIN MOTION CARRIED AS AMENDED 7-0.


AB19611 2. A Resolution to deny a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone for approximately 130 acres in Areas 5 and 13, King Mountain Neighborhood

“A RESOLUTION DENYING A PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT AND REZONE FOR PORTIONS OF AREAS 5 AND 13 OF THE KING MOUNTAIN NEIGHBORHOOD AND ADOPTING SUPPORTING FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS AND DECISION.”

LILLIQUIST / WEISS moved final approval of Resolution #2012-25. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, KNUTSON, BORNEMANN, SNAPP opposed.


AB19633 3. A Resolution adopting the 2012-2013 docket of proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE DOCKET OF PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS TO BE REVIEWED IN 2012-2013.”

KNUTSON / SNAPP moved final approval of Resolution #2012-26. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS opposed.


AB19642 4. A Resolution related to the Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal seeking a nonbinding advisory vote in the November 6, 2012 General Election

No action taken.


          5. Old/New business
Council Member Weiss suggested entertaining a policy on video-taped public comments. Council Member Lehman requested this be included in feedback in how to streamline processes and make improvements for council.


Executive Session - Report and action only.

1. Litigation: City of Bellingham v. Whatcom County regarding Initiative 2012-02: Staff provided information on a litigation matter. Information only. No action taken.

2. Litigation: Jacob Nicolaas v. City of Bellingham et al: Staff provided information on a litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.


MAYOR'S REPORT

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

Mayor Linville notified Council of meetings and direction to staff regarding fireworks, which include: reviewing Spokane’s laws and results; education and marketing and fire and police emphasis patrols. Information only.

AB19655 2. Mayor's reappointment of Robyn duPre, John Blethen and Derek Long to the Waterfront Advisory Group for Council's information

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.

AB19656 1. An Ordinance for a Budget Amendment to allow for receipt and spending of an Alcohol Traffic Safety Incentive Grant of $800.00

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AN $800.00 FEDERAL ALCOHOL TRAFFIC SAFETY INCENTIVE GRANT TO THE BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT AND APPROPRIATING A RELATED EXPENDITURE IN THE GENERAL FUND.”

AB19657 2. An Ordinance to Amend the 2012 Budget to accept a Grant from the Department of Justice for $35,172

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING A $35,172.00 BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT TO THE BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT AND APPROPRIATING RELATED EXPENDITURES IN THE GENERAL FUND.”

AB19658 3. Interlocal Agreement with the City of Lynden for usage of the Vactor Waste Transfer Facility

AB19659 4. Bid Award for various water distribution valves and tapping sleeves, Bid #44B-2012

AB19660 5. Bid Award for ductile iron fitting, couplings, pipe restraints and grip rings, Bid #43B-2012

AB19661 6. Authorization of checks issued for pay period July 6, 2012 through July 12, 2012

AB19662 7. Authorization of checks issued for pay period July 13, 2012 through July 19, 2012

AB19663 8. Authorization of checks issued for pay period July 20, 2012 through July 26, 2012

AB19664 9. Authorization of checks issued for payroll July 11, 2012 through July 25, 2012

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


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB19636 1. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $393,576.00 FROM THE ESTIMATED UNDESIGNATED RESERVE IN THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING THE TERMS OF A NEW LABOR AGREEMENT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 106

KNUTSON / WEISS 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:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-08-037


AB19637 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $307,058.00 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS FROM ESTIMATED ENDING RESERVE BALANCES IN VARIOUS FUNDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING A NEW LABOR AGREEMENT WITH AFSCME LOCAL 114

KNUTSON / SNAPP 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:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-08-038


AB19645 3. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $34,000.00 FROM THE ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVE IN THE LIBRARY GIFT FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF CIRCULATION MATERIALS

KNUTSON / 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:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-08-039




ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.


Terry Bornemann, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 09/10/2012



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