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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, January 25, 2010, 01:00 PM
Book: 64, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order President Gene Knutson called the meeting to order

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION

COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS:


FINANCE & PERSONNEL
MEMBERS: CHAIR, STAN SNAPP; BARRY BUCHANAN;
MICHAEL LILLIQUIST

AB18728 1. SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES COUNCIL UPDATE

Presented by: Lorne Rubis, CEO Ryzex Corporation

BB/ML MOVED TO DIRECT STAFF TO PREPARE A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES 2011 BALLE NATIONAL CONFERENCE.

PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY
MEMBERS: CHAIR, BARRY BUCHANAN; STAN SNAPP; JACK WEISS

AB18729 1. APPOINTMENT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CAPITAL FACILITIES ADVISORY TASK FORCE FOR COUNCIL’S APPROVAL

Presented by: John Carter, Finance Director
David Webster, Chief Administrative Officer

SS/JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS AS SUBMITTED

JW/SS MOVED TO APPOINT BARRY BUCHANAN AS AN ALTERNATE COUNCIL PUBLIC WORKS/PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE TASK FORCE. The motion carried 7-0.

TB/SS MOVED TO APPOINT MICHAEL LILLIQUIST AS AN ALTERNATE COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE TASK FORCE. The motion carried 7-0.

TRANSPORTATION
MEMBERS: CHAIR, JACK WEISS; STAN SNAPP; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST

AB18730 1. AN ORDINANCE FOR APPROPRIATION OF GRANT FUNDS FROM AMERICAN RECOVERY AND INVESTMENT ACT FOR THE RESURFACING OF BAKERVIEW AND HANNEGAN ROADS, ES-414

Presented by: Ravyn Whitewolf, Public Works Engineering Manager

SS/ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL

PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MEMBERS: CHAIR, TERRY BORNEMANN; SETH FLEETWOOD;
MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; JACK WEISS

AB18731 1. A PROPOSAL ESTABLISHING THE SCOPE OF THE REQUIRED 2011 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE

Presented by: Tim Stewart, Planning & Community Development Director

JW/ML MOVED TO DIRECT STAFF TO PREPARE A RESOLUTION TO UPHOLD THE 2008 CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE COUNTY’S UGA BOUNDARIES.

AB18732 2. PRESENTATION OF BELLINGHAM EMPLOYMENT LANDS STUDY – PHASE II

Presented by: Chris Behee, Planning & Community Development, GIS Specialist

INFORMATION ONLY

AB18587 3. A WORKSESSION TO CONSIDER EXCEPTIONS TO THE 90,000 SQUARE FOOT SIZE LIMIT FOR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS

Presented by: Mark Gardner, City Council Policy Analyst
David Webster, Chief Administrative Officer
Mayor Dan Pike
Tim Stewart, Planning & Community Development Director
Ken Oplinger, Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director

JW/ML MOVED TO RECOMMEND COUNCIL POSTPONE FURTHER DISCUSSION TO THE FEBRUARY 8TH CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, GENE KNUTSON

Whatcom Transit Authority proposed tax increase

Jack Weiss asked Council Members if they were interested in discussion of a Resolution to support the ballot measure coming forward April 27. Terry Bornemann stated his support for an opportunity to hold an open discussion of both sides of the proposal. Mr. Weiss said he had a draft of a Resolution he would submit at the next Council meeting if there was enough Council support to do so. Seth Fleetwood expressed concern that such an action by Council could have an unintended detrimental effect as there is a view out in the County that the people in the City are too liberal. Mayor Pike responded that a lot of people in the County watch BTV-10 and follow issues of the City. There is a good case to be made that it is fiscally conservative and prudent to protect expensive assets such as busses. The community made a huge investment in these assets and this small tax increase will preserve those assets. A large number of people in Whatcom County will at some point need public transportation. It is necessary for some people to have public transportation and a good option for the rest because it gets more cars off the road. The Council approved bringing the resolution forward by consensus.

Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration January 18

Terry Bornemann announced that this event was a great success despite bad weather. He thanked those who attended and brought food for donation to the food bank. Stan Snapp thanked Mr. Bornemann for his work at putting the program together every year. He noted that the speakers were especially good this year.

Council Office Intern

J. Lynne Walker, Council Office Administrator, announced that the position of Council Office Intern has been filled and that Krystle Ellis would be starting the next day. Ms. Walker stated that a copy of Ms. Ellis’ resume had been distributed to Council Members’ mail slots.

Waterfront Alternative Transportation report inquiry

Jack Weiss asked Mayor Pike if the Waterfront Alternative transportation information would be part of the State of City address to Council or if it would be coming soon. There have only been two Waterfront reports which were pretty short. Mr. Webster stated there is one coming up but he would follow up to let Council know the date for sure.

An Executive Session item was added to the agenda. President Knutson adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following item.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

1. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION




ADJOURNMENT
The Committee Meeting was called back to order and adjourned at 4:24 PM




Gene Knutson, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Legislative Coordinator
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