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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, February 24, 2014, 07:00 PM
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REGULAR MEETING


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Cathy Lehman 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
    Pinky Vargas, Council Member, Fourth Ward
    Terry Bornemann, Council Member, Fifth Ward
    Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Sixth Ward
    Roxanne Murphy, Council Member, At Large

Excused:

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)
    · On Monday, March 3 at 1:30 PM, in the Fireplace Room at 625 Halleck Street, there will be a Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting.
    · On Saturday, March 15 the City Council will hold a retreat. Time and place to be determined.
    · On Wednesday, March 26 at 6:30 PM, in City Council Chambers, there will be an Annual Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commission Meeting.

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


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved approval of the February 10, 2014 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Steve Crooks shared his distress that the flags in the Flag Court at City Hall were not illuminated after dark.

Marian Beddill has concerns about the waterfront development plan. She also addressed the Lake Whatcom watershed and said that recent notices regarding proposed city actions were confusing, vague and missing information. She asked that the city send out better notices to the public and not allow any more development in the watershed.

Pat Britain is upset with the waterfront development plan and said the most recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for a water study of marine nearshore habitat connectivity is a narrow study and a waste of taxpayer's money.

Yoshé Revelle shared his thoughts on climate change and ocean acidification and asked the city to reduce the affects of climate change.

Wendy Harris addressed the waterfront study RFP and said it is not enough and there should be a supplemental Environmental Impact Study.

Luis Dominguez, a member of CYOP (Choose Your Own Path) said their main goal is to help kids get off the streets and support them in their goals.

Lindsay McDonald addressed global warming and encouraged the council to push for a rational responses to this crisis. She would like the council to hold a forum on global warming.



REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Council Standing Committee Meetings

Public Works / Public Safety
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Michael Lilliquist, Jack Weiss

AB20316 1. Resolution increasing the user fee for the Clean Green Transfer Facility and providing a slight decrease in the operating season

“A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM INCREASING THE USER FEE FOR THE CLEAN GREEN FACILITY AND PROVIDING A SLIGHT DECREASE IN THE OPERATING SEASON.”

Based on direction during committee, staff amended the resolution as follows to Section 1 - User Fee: At the end of the first sentence, add the word “minimum”. In the second sentence, remove “two(2) cubic yards or less of organic material” and replace it with “is one truck load or one trailer of comparable size”.

Council Members expressed concern that there is not enough cost recovery; that people may dump in open spaces and this may compete with the private sector. Council would like the administration to working with the county to reconsider their participation.

BORNEMANN / KNUTSON moved final approval of Resolution #2014-05 as amended. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, LEHMAN, MURPHY, LILLIQUIST opposed

WEISS / KNUTSON moved to request that the administration work with the County and Solid Waste Committees to reconsider the Clean Green Grant from the Solid Waste Utility Tax. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, LEHMAN opposed.


AB20317 2. City Facility Condition Assessment

Assessment provided during committee. Information only.


AB20322 3. Request to authorize the Mayor to execute wholesale contract with the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District

BORNEMANN / KNUTSON moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement for Sewage Services with the Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB20300 4. Public Works Engineering Division Update

Update provided during committee. Information only.


Planning
Jack Weiss, Chair
Roxanne Murphy, Gene Knutson

AB20318 1. Report on Community Solutions Work Group recommended action items for Countywide Housing Affordability Taskforce (CHAT) implementation

Report presented during committee. Information only.

Lake Whatcom and Natural Resources
Pinky Vargas, Chair
Roxanne Murphy, Terry Bornemann

AB20319 1. Ordinance authorizing expenditure authority for 2014 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Boat Inspection Program

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $228,000.00 IN UNANTICIPATED REVENUE AND $80,000.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNRESERVED BALANCE IN THE WATER FUND TO PROVIDE FOR THE AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (AIS) BOAT INSPECTION PROGRAM IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.”

Council Member Weiss explained his discomfort that this is not a full cost recovery program.

VARGAS / BORNEMANN moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 5-2, BORNEMANN, WEISS opposed.


AB20320 2. Interlocal Agreement between the City of Bellingham and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District to finance the 2014 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Boat Inspection Program

VARGAS / KNUTSON moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District for Lake Whatcom Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB20321 3. Interlocal Agreement between City of Bellingham and Whatcom County to finance the 2014 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Boat Inspection Program

VARGAS / KNUTSON moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County for Lake Whatcom Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program. MOTION CARRIED 5-2, BORNEMANN, WEISS opposed.


Parks and Recreation
Roxanne Murphy, Chair
Pinky Vargas, Jack Weiss

AB20323 1. Resolution to Increase Fees and Charges at Bayview Cemetery

“A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING FEES FOR BAYVIEW CEMETERY.”

MURPHY / LILLIQUIST moved final approval of Resolution #2014-06. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


Committee Of The Whole
Cathy Lehman, Chair
Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Michael Lilliquist, Roxanne Murphy

AB20324 1. Resolution urging the Congress of the United States to restore the presumption of a service connection for Agent Orange Exposure to United States Veterans who served in the waters and airspace of the Combat Zone

A RESOLUTION URGING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO RESTORE THE PRESUMPTION OF A SERVICE CONNECTION FOR AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE TO THE UNITED STATES VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THE WATERS AND AIRSPACE OF THE COMBAT ZONE.”

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved final approval of Resolution #2014-07. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB20325 2. Waterfront District Implementation Status Report

Report presented during committee. Reports will be presented quarterly. Information only.

WEISS / LILLIQUIST moved to refer habitat assessment scoping to the Lake Whatcom Natural Resources Committee and to determine whether or not the scope of work being planned by the Public Works Department will address the wildlife assessment needs of the waterfront subarea district. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

          3. Approval of City Council Committee and/or Special Meeting Minutes

None submitted at evening meeting.

          4. Old/New Business

The Transportation Benefit District (TBD) meeting has been scheduled for March 24, 2014.

Ted Carlson, Public Works Director provided an update on the snow response.

Brian Heinrich, Executive Coordinator, Mayor’s Office reported that the Aquatic Invasive Species Program is being well received at the State Legislature.


MAYOR'S REPORT
          1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.


AB20326 2. Mayor’s Reappointment of David Christensen to the Historic Preservation Commission

WEISS / KNUTSON moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment of David Christensen to the Historic Preservation Commission, term ending March 1, 2017. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.



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.

AB20327 1. Authorization of Checks issued for Pay Period January 31, 2014 through February 6, 2014

AB20328 2. Authorization of Checks issued for Pay Period February 7, 2014 through February 13, 2014

AB20329 3. Authorization of Checks issued for Payroll January 25, 2014 through February 10, 2014

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


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB20294 1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $335,000.00 IN UNANTICIPATED GRANT AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE IN THE STREET FUND, AND $15,000.00 FROM STREET FUND ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES, FOR THE LINCOLN STREET/MAPLE-BYRON PROJECT IN PUBLIC WORKS ENGINEERING

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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-004


AB20295 2. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET RECOGNIZING $650,000.00 ADDITIONAL GRANT REVENUE IN THE STREET FUND FOR THE JAMES/WOODSTOCK INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IN PUBLIC WORKS ENGINEERING, AND PLACING THESE FUNDS IN ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES

BORNEMANN / 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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-005


AB20296 3. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $2,250,000.00 IN UNANTICIPATED GRANT REVENUE IN THE STREET FUND FOR THE MAHOGANY AVENUE/ARCTIC AVENUE PROJECT IN PUBLIC WORKS ENGINEERING

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN 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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-006


AB20297 4. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON AMENDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE 15.36.20 RELATING TO WHOLESALE SEWER SERVICES OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS

BORNEMANN / 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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-007


AB20302 5. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $48,172.00 IN THE FACILITIES ADMINISTRATION FUND AND ADDING ONE NEW POSITION IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, FACILITIES GROUP, FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNRESERVED BALANCE

LILLIQUIST / BORNEMANN 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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-008


AB20303 6. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET RECLASSIFYING ONE PART-TIME POSITION IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES GROUP, AND REALLOCATING EXPENDITURES IN THE STREET, WATER, AND STORMWATER FUNDS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADDITIONAL COST

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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-009


AB20304 7. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET ADDING ONE NEW POSITION IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, ENGINEERING SERVICES GROUP, WHERE NO ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION OR REALLOCATION OF FUNDS IS REQUIRED

LILLIQUIST / 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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-010


AB20305 8. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2014 BUDGET RECLASSIFYING POSITIONS IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WHERE NO ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION OR REALLOCATION OF FUNDS IS REQUIRED

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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-011


AB20308 9. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON AMENDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE 12.12.280 REGARDING AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

LEHMAN / 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, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, MURPHY, VARGAS, WEISS
NAYS:
EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2014-02-012



ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.


Cathy Lehman, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 03/24/2014



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