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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, May 21, 2012, 01:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President, Terry Bornemann

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION

Finance & Personnel
Michael Lilliquist, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp

AB19580 1. Approval of payment of Claims for Damages in excess of $15,000 for a broken water line and a broken sewer line

Presented by: Peter Ruffatto, City Attorney

SS/CL MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL. ML concurred

Public Works / Public Safety
Stan Snapp, Chair
Seth Fleetwood; Gene Knutson

AB19543 1. Proposals from Potential Parkade Tenants

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director
Mayor Kelli Linville

GK/SF MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF OPTION B. SF concurred


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

AB19581 1. Briefing on implementation of 2009 Lake Whatcom Reservoir Regulatory Chapter, aka the "Silver Beach Ordinance"

Presented by: Kurt Nabbefeld, Senior Planner
Bill Reilly, Storm and Surface Water Utility Manager

INFORMATION ONLY

Planning & Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Seth Fleetwood

AB19582 1. Review of the Department of Ecology's Bellingham Field Office set of preliminary required and recommended revisions to the 2009 City of Bellingham Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

Presented by: Steve Sundin, Senior Planner
Barry Winger, WA Department of Ecology

INFORMATION ONLY

AB19483 2. A Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone for approximately 113 acres in Areas 5 and 6, Samish Neighborhood. Applicant: Free Spirit Enterprises, LLC. Owner: Padden Trails, LLC

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director
Mayor Kelli Linville
Kathy Bell, Planner II
Bill Boyd, Fire Chief
Jason Napier, Fire Marshall

SF/CL MOVED TO DIRECT STAFF TO AMEND THE COUNCIL COMMITTEE FINDINGS TO INCREASE THE PROPOSED DENSITY FROM 20,000 SQ. FT. PER UNIT TO 14,000 SQ. FT. PER UNIT FOR COUNCIL'S CONSIDERATION AT ITS JUNE 18TH MEETING.

ML MOVED TO AMEND THE MOTION TO REDUCE THE DENSITY TO 15,000 SQ. FT. PER UNIT. There was no second.

The motion carried 4-1. JW opposed. Mixed recommendation.

Committee Of The Whole - 2:50 PM – 3:20 PM
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp, Michael Lilliquist, Seth Fleetwood

AB19583 1. Low-Income Housing Levy Ordinance

Presented by: Mayor Kelli Linville
John Carter, Finance Director
David Stalheim, Block Grant Manager
Peter Ruffatto, City Attorney

SF/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND DIRECTION TO STAFF TO, (1) BRING BACK AN ORDINANCE BASED ON OPTION 2: TO SPLIT THE LEVY INTO TWO HOUSING FUNDS; (2) TO CHANGE THE BALLOT LANGUAGE AS PROPOSED BELOW; AND, (3) AMEND THE SCOPE OF WORK OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD TO INCLUDE ADVISORY OVERSIGHT OF THE COLLECTED FUNDS FOR COUNCIL CONSIDERATION AT THE JUNE 4TH MEETING.

Proposed new ballot language:

"This proposition would fund housing and housing services for person and households with very-low to low income, including those with disabilities, veterans and seniors, by (a) increasing the City's regular property tax levy by $0.12/$1,000 to an aggregate rate of $2.61/$1,000 of assessed value; and (b) imposing an additional regular property tax levy of $0.24/$1,000 of assessed value. The levy would remain in effect for a period of seven years, generating approximately $3,000,000 annually from 2013 through 2020. Should this proposition be approved?"

No vote was taken on the motion for recommendation.
DNR Reconveyance

Michael Lilliquist reported that the County Council will be voting on the DNR watershed property reconveyance at its meeting tomorrow. He asked if anyone from City Council could be there to speak in support of it.

GK/JW MOVED TO AUTHORIZE COUNCIL MEMBER, CATHY LEHMAN, TO SPEAK AT THE NEXT COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING IN SUPPORT OF THE RECONVEYANCE ON BEHALF OF THE CITY COUNCIL. The motion carried 6-0-0. SF was out of the room for the vote.

At 4:09 PM Council President Bornemann adjourned the meeting to Executive Session to hear the following:

Executive Session
Closed to the public. Report in the Regular Meeting only:

1. Potential Litigation - (Ruffatto – Approx. 5 min.)

2. Potential Litigation - (Ruffatto – Approx. 10 min.)

An additional executive session item was added:

3. Potential Litigation - (Ruffatto – Approx. 10 min.)



ADJOURNMENT
At 4:44 PM the meeting was called back to order and adjourned.



Terry Bornemann, Council President
ATTEST:
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