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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, April 25, 2011, 07:00 PM
Book: 65, Page: 1


REGULAR MEETING


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

Roll Call
Present:
    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

Excused:
    Jack Weiss
    Council Member
    First Ward

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)

None.

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


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

KNUTSON / BUCHANAN moved approval of the April 11, 2011 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Kevin Menard spoke in favor of preserving Galbraith Mountain. He does not necessarily advocate a purchase but would like the parties to work together for a permanent solution.

Yoshé Revelle advocated that cooperation is to everyone’s mutual benefit and encourages better health.

Daydré Phillips spoke on behalf of her daughter, a student at Western Washington University, and encouraged the city to find a permanent solution for preserving Galbraith Mountain.

Steve Henkle encouraged the city to work toward a permanent solution in preserving Galbraith Mountain.

Thaddeus Quinn suggested an affordable option might be to develop bike trails in existing parks.

Steve Fox spoke in favor of preserving Galbraith Mountain and noted that before Whimps Mountain Bike Coalition started working at the mountain it was a mess and it was not safe. If the Whimps agreement goes away, it will fee less safe.

Bruce Deile added his support to preserving Galbraith Mountain and spoke of the value of public access to ones’ peace of mind. He noted the trail systems in England and would like to see that kind of access to public lands here.

Eric Brown spoke in favor of preserving Galbraith Mountain. He does not necessarily advocate a purchase but would like the parties to work together for a permanent solution.



PRESENTATION(S)

AB19178 1. BELLINGHAM-WHATCOM COUNTY COMMISSION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRESENTATION

Rebecca Johnson reviewed the history and mission of the Commission and updated the council on the key concepts of the Commission as well as the current Domestic Violence Commission members.

Susan Marks, Director, reviewed past accomplishments and noted their key activities during 2010. Ms. Marks was hired in 2010 as the Director. In addition to the transition period of the new director, they have completed a Benchmark Report, organized a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil, completed a Safety and Accountability Audit and done several small cities projects.

They are currently working on several initiatives including: Domestic Violence in the Workplace, Media Responses to Domestic Violence, a Fatality Review; a Community Plan to Respond to, and end, Domestic Violence and their third GTEA (Grants to Encourage Arrest) Grant.

Future initiatives include: continuing their Benchmark Reports; another Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a fourth GTEA grant and a STEP (Services, Training, Education and Policies to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking in Secondary Schools) Grant.

Michael Lilliquist invited those interested to participate in, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on April 30th to show opposition to Domestic Violence.

Information only.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

FINANCE & PERSONNEL
MEMBERS: CHAIR, MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; BARRY BUCHANAN; SETH FLEETWOOD

AB19179 1. FINANCIAL REPORT - 1ST QUARTER

Council Member Lilliquist provided a brief summary of the presentation made by John Carter, Finance Director, during committee. Information only.


PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY
MEMBERS: CHAIR, BARRY BUCHANAN; JACK WEISS; GENE KNUTSON

AB19180 1. BUDGET ORDINANCE FOR RECEIPT OF A REMEDIAL ACTION GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY FOR THE ELDRIDGE MUNICIPAL LANDFILL

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $403,723.00 STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY GRANT TO THE SOLID WASTE FUND FOR THE ELDRIDGE MUNICIPAL LANDFILL PROJECT (EC15) AND PLACING THIS AMOUNT IN ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES.”

BUCHANAN / KNUTSON moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


AB19115 2. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING BMC 17.20.010 AND 17.20.030 TO CLARIFY THAT THE CITY HAS ADOPTED THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE AS AMENDED BY THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND TO ESTABLISH A NEW GRADE STANDARD FOR FIRE APPARATUS ACCESS ROADS

FLEETWOOD / LILLIQUIST moved to amend the amendment passed on February 28, 2011 to delete new exception 4.(2), which stated “to vested building permit applications for single family dwellings;”. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

FLEETWOOD / LILLIQUIST moved an additional amendment to add the following underlined words to Exception 5. “Building permit applications received by the city no later than December 31, 2016, for single-family dwellings located in subdivisions that received preliminary plat approval prior to the effective date of this Ordinance are exempt from this section.” MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

See Final Consideration of Ordinances.


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, STAN SNAPP

AB19181 1. WHATCOM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION UPDATE TO COUNCIL

Information only.

          3. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

None submitted at evening meeting.

          4. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Council Member Bornemann reported that the Whatcom Museum will be bringing a major exhibition in 2013 entitled “Vanishing Ice.” Work on this major exhibition has been ongoing since 2005.

Council Member Bornemann announced that the annual Worker’s Memorial Ceremony will be held on the Library Lawn, Thursday, April 28, 2011 at noon.


EXECUTIVE SESSION: Report and action only.

    1. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. Direction given. No action taken.

    2. POTENTIAL LITIGATION: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

FLEETWOOD / BORNEMANN moved to authorize the City to enter into a Stipulated Judgment for Quiet Title to extinguish any remaining City interest in an alley right-of-way located near the 400 block of Lakeway Drive. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.
    3. POTENTIAL LITIGATION: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved to authorize the appeal to the Growth Management Hearings Board of Whatcom County Ordinance 2011-008 which made changes to the URMX zone in the City’s Urban Growth Boundary. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.
    4. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. Direction given. No action taken.



MAYOR'S REPORT

Mayor Pike announced that the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the Whatcom Land Trust are working jointly to try to come together on a resolution of the Galbraith Mountain situation.

Mayor Pike also extended an invitation to all to attend the Worker’s Memorial Ceremony, April 28, 2011 at noon, Library Lawn.

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.

AB19182 1. BID AWARD FOR REMOVAL OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK AT WATER TREATMENT PLANT. (Bid #25B-2011)

AB19183 2. BID AWARD FOR BRASS SERVICE AND THREADED FITTINGS. (Bid #21B-2011)

AB19184 3. BID AWARD FOR REMOUNTING AN EXISTING AMBULANCE MODULE ONTO A NEW 2010 CHASSIS. (Bid #9B-2011)

AB19185 4. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM APRIL 8, 2011 to APRIL 14, 2011

AB19186 5. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM APRIL 15, 2011 to APRIL 21, 2011

AB19187 6. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM MARCH 16, 2011 to MARCH 31, 2011

KNUTSON / BUCHANAN moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB19115 1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING BMC 17.20.010 AND 17.20.030 TO CLARIFY THAT THE CITY HAS ADOPTED THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE AS AMENDED BY THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND TO ESTABLISH A NEW GRADE STANDARD FOR FIRE APPARATUS ACCESS ROADS

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

AYES: BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP
NAYS: BORNEMANN
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: WEISS

MOTION CARRIED 5-1 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-04-021


AB19161 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET AUTHORIZING AN ADDITIONAL $340,000.00 OF EXPENDITURES IN THE CLAIMS AND LITIGATION FUND FOR SPECIAL LEGAL SERVICES AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RELATED TO CIVIL CASES PENDING AGAINST THE CITY

BORNEMANN / KNUTSON 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: WEISS

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-04-022


AB19172 3. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECLASSIFYING ONE POSITION IN THE STREET FUND, PUBLIC WORKS TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT GROUP, WHERE NO ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION OR REALLOCATION OF EXPENDITURES IS REQUIRED

BORNEMANN / BUCHANAN 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: WEISS

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-04-023


ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


Stan Snapp, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 05/09/2011



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