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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, January 28, 2013, 07:00 PM
Book: 67, Page: 1


REGULAR MEETING


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Seth Fleetwood 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)
    · On Monday, February 11, @ 7:00 PM, in City Council Chambers, there will be a public hearing regarding a change to BMC 20.10. 025, retail establishment maximum size.
    · February 12 - 14, Council Members Seth Fleetwood, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp and Michael Lilliquist will attend the Cities Legislative Action Conference in Olympia, Washington.
    · On Monday, February 25, @7:00 PM, in City Council Chambers, there will be a public hearing regarding text amendments to the Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Plan and a proposed rezone of Area 1.
    · On Monday, February 25, @7:00 PM, in City Council Chambers, there will be a public hearing regarding a legislative rezone of all of Area 14A, King Mountain Neighborhood.

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


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None submitted.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

The following citizens spoke in support of a fireworks ban citing concerns for returning soldiers, animals, debris/environmental, noise and danger:
    Clay Butler
    Dick Conoboy
    Kristin Noreen
    Kirsti Charlton (read by Kristin Noreen)
    Taimi Dunn Gorman
    Thelma Follett
    David Harris
    Susan Scanga
    Chip Anderson
    Yoshé Revelle

Abe Jacobson is concerned that more medical non-profits such as Peace Health are buying up for-profit medical facilities. Medical is the largest industry in Bellingham and if they are non-profit, there is no B&O tax. He suggested a B&O tax such as Tacoma has.

Yoshé Revelle discussed domestic violence and sexual assault and encouraged the city to do whatever it can to encourage the conversation and to talk openly about these things.

Delaine Clizbe submitted an informational petition with regard to Chuckanut Community Forest.

Maureen Stewart reported a radio tower that is an audible and visual nuisance in her neighborhood.

Fred Grant discussed a radio tower that is a nuisance to the neighborhood.

Thor Vallum discussed a radio tower that is a nuisance to the neighborhood.


PRESENTATION(S)

AB19823 1. Downtown Historic Resource Survey and Inventory Results

Katie Franks, Development Specialist presented the survey and inventory results. The survey’s objectives were to: inform the downtown planning process; identify buildings and districts eligible for historic registers; educate property owners about incentives available and Council Legacy Sense of Place - preserve historic and cultural resources.

Ms. Franks reviewed the survey areas and provided historic context.

She described the three historic registers, which buildings of significance can be encouraged to register with, and she noted that they may register with all three:
      National Register of Historic Places
        § National Park Service designates
        § Honorary - no protection
        § Incentives - property values increase, grants eligibility, federal tax credits, code flexibility
      Washington State Heritage Register
        § Advisory Council for Historic Preservation designates
        § Honorary - no protection
      Bellingham Register of Historic Places
        § Bellingham HPC designates
        § REGULATORY - design review, protection
        § Incentives - Special Tax Valuation, Adaptive Use, code flexibility
Information only.

    REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

    Public Works / Public Safety
    Stan Snapp, Chair
    Terry Bornemann; Gene Knutson

    AB19824 1. Assistant Fire Chief introductions and 2013 work plan update

    Information only.


    AB19825 2. Squalicum Creek Corridor Trail, Creek & Road Design; Orchard Street Extension (ES-0440); Bay to Baker Trail (PD3003-X)

    Ted Carlson, Public Works Director updated council on projects and timelines. He said they expect the feasibility and analysis reports to be completed by the end of 2013. Information only.


    AB19826 3. Requesting authorization for the Mayor to enter into Department of Ecology Loan for Squalicum Creek Re-Route Phase 1

    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A LOAN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY FOR THE SQUALICUM CREEK WATER QUALITY AND BIOTIC INTEGRITY IMPROVEMENTS.”

    SNAPP / KNUTSON moved final approval of Resolution #2013-01. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.



    Planning and Community Development
    Jack Weiss, Chair
    Michael Lilliquist; Gene Knutson

    AB19827 1. Licensing options for residential rental properties

    Information only. Worksession scheduled for February 11, 2013.

    Waterfront/Downtown Development
    Terry Bornemann, Chair
    Cathy Lehman; Jack Weiss

    AB19828 1. Report on development plans for 1100 block of Cornwall Avenue

    Information only.


    Lake Whatcom Reservoir and Natural Resources
    Cathy Lehman, Chair
    Michael Lilliquist; Stan Snapp

    AB19829 1. Review of the Department of Ecology's final list of required and recommended revisions to the City of Bellingham's 2009 Draft Shoreline Master Program

    AN ORDINANCE REPEALING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE (BMC) CHAPTER 16.40, SHORELINES AND ADOPTING THE CITY’S 2013 SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM AS BMC TITLE 22, SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM.”

    LEHMAN / SNAPP moved approval for first and second reading and to direct staff to send letter of acceptance to the Department of Ecology. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

    AB19830 2. Aquatic Invasive Species Program

    LEHMAN / SNAPP provided direction to staff to move forward with the recommendations as described in the staff report. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    Parks and Recreation
    Gene Knutson, Chair
    Stan Snapp; Terry Bornemann

    AB19831 1. Recreation Program update and discussion

    Information only.


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

    AB19832 1. Ordinance amending numerous sections of the Bellingham Municipal Code with respect to the maximum permissible fine for misdemeanors and the maximum permissible jail sentence for gross misdemeanors

    “AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO FINES FOR MISDEMEANORS; AMENDING BMC 1.28.010, BMC 4.60.030, BMC 4.70.030, BMC 6.10.110, BMC 13.40.150, BMC 15.42.110, BMC 16.60.090, BMC 16.70.140, BMC 18.52.010, BMC 20.52.010, BMC 20.52.020 AND THE MAXIMUM TERM OF INCARCERATION FOR GROSS MISDEMEANORS; AMENDING BMC 6.05.220, BMC 7.08.170, BMC 10.04.060, BMC 16.55.040, BMC 16.80.150, BMC 17.10.020, BMC 17.20.020.”

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

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

    None submitted at evening meeting.

            3. Old/New business

    None presented.


    Executive Session - Report and action only.


    1. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on the acquisition of a 5.2 acre parcel abutting Cordata Park. The purchase of this property will expand Cordata Park to the north, enable the construction of a critical Cordata area trail segment, and provide wetland mitigation capacity for other park projects. The City would purchase the property for its appraised value of $275,000.00

    LILLIQUIST / LEHMAN moved to authorize the purchase of said property at a purchase price of $275,000.00 MOTION CARRIED 7-0

    2. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.

    3. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.

    4. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential 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. Information only.

      Mayor Linville provided copies of a proposed Statement of Principles and draft resolution regarding gun control for council’s review; and updated council on upcoming travel, and current issues.

      AB19833 2. Mayor's appointment of Margot Myers to the Bellingham Arts Commission for Council's approval

      SNAPP / KNUTSON moved approval of the Mayor’s appointment of Margot Myers to the Bellingham Arts Commission, term ending January 1, 2015. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


      AB19834 3. Mayor's appointment of John Gargett and John Healy to the Bellingham Sister Cities Advisory Board

      Information only.


      AB19835 4. Mayor's appointment of Michael Sledge and reappointment of Sheri Emerson to the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Domestic Violence

      Information only.


      AB19836 5. Mayor's appointment of Riannon Bardsley to the Community Development Advisory Board as the Food/Hunger representative

      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.

      AB19837 1. Authorization of checks issued for pay period January 3, 2013 through January 10, 2013

      AB19838 2. Authorization of checks issued for payroll December 22, 2012 through January 10, 2013

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



      FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

      AB19803 1. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2013 BUDGET INCREASING REVENUE IN THE GENERAL FUND BY $146,386.00 AND APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $146,386.00 IN RELATED EXPENDITURES IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO CREATE A NEW ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF POSITION

      BORNEMANN / 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:

      MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2013-01-003



      AB19808 2. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM AMENDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 2.33.040 REGARDING FUNCTIONS OF THE MAYOR'S NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMISSION (MNAC)

      WEISS / 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, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
      NAYS:
      ABSTENTIONS:

      MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2013-01-004




      ADJOURNMENT
      There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.

      Seth Fleetwood, Council President

      ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
      APPROVED: 02/25/2013



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