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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Sam Crawford, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Request approval of the Master Collective Bargaining Agreement, effective April 8, 2014 (AB2014-138)
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Ecology for construction of the Canyon Creek Integrated Fish and Flood Project, in the amount of $2,023,420 (AB2014-139) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Van Ness Feldman, LLP, to provide legal assistance in Growth Management Hearings Board cases, in the amount of $30,000, for a total amended contract in the amount of $130,000 (AB2014-136)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

  1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Dental Power International for dental services at the Whatcom County Jail and Work Center, in an amount not to exceed $29,988 per year (AB2014-140)
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to continue the cooperative effort with the Sheriff’s Office to enhance State and local law enforcement in connection with activities on National Forest System lands, in the amount of $56,760 (AB2014-141)
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to award bid 14-19 to low bidder, McAsphalt Industries, Ltd., for the purchase of asphaltic emulsions, in the estimated amount of $1,400,000 (AB2014-142)
  4. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of waterborne traffic line paint for 2014 using an interlocal agreement with Lewis County from vendor Sherwin Williams, Inc., in an estimated amount of $500,000 (AB2014-143)

Other Business


SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

  1. Discussion regarding a proposed interim ordinance to allow marijuana production, processing and retailing as authorized by Washington State Initiative 502 and medical marijuana facilities as authorized under Chapter 69.51A RCW (AB2014-074C) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)

Other Business


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members: Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne
Immediately following Special Committee of the Whole, Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Introductory briefing on the 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance update process and schedule (AB2014-150)
  2. Discussion regarding a proposed interim ordinance related to packinghouse applications in Agriculture Zones (AB2014-060A)

Other Business


COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA and ACTION TAKEN

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present: Weimer, Buchanan, Mann, Browne, Brenner, Crawford, Kremen
Absent:
None

FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

  1. County Executive Jack Louws to read proclamation regarding National Library Week (AB2014-017)
    Proclaimed
  2. Presentation by Public Works Administration recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week (AB2014-017) - Agenda Revision
    Presented

MINUTES CONSENT

  1. Special Committee of the Whole for February 11, 2014
    Approved Consent 7-0

PUBLIC HEARINGS
Audience members who wish to address the council during a public hearing are asked to sign up at the back of the room before the meeting begins. The council chair will ask those who have signed up to form a line at the podium. Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council. Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments. When a large group of individuals supports the same position on an issue, we encourage the selection of one or two representatives to speak on behalf of the entire group.

  1. Ordinance approving the installation of stop signs on roads within the County (AB2014-131)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-024
  2. Ordinance repealing and replacing Whatcom County Code Section 1.14, Election Precincts, to amend certain election precinct boundaries, approve new precinct boundaries as necessary, and adopt a book of election precinct maps by reference (AB2014-130)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-025

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)
During open session, audience members can speak to the council on any issue not scheduled for public hearing or related to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project (GPT). Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council. Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments.

CONSENT AGENDA
Items under this section of the agenda may be considered in a single motion. Councilmembers have received and studied background material on all items. Committee review has taken place on these items, as indicated. Any member of the public, administrative staff, or council may ask that an item be considered separately.

  1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Dental Power International for dental services at the Whatcom County Jail and Work Center, in an amount not to exceed $29,988 per year (AB2014-140)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to continue the cooperative effort with the Sheriff’s Office to enhance State and local law enforcement in connection with activities on National Forest System lands, in the amount of $56,760 (AB2014-141)
    Approved 7-0
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to award bid 14-19 to low bidder, McAsphalt Industries, Ltd., for the purchase of asphaltic emulsions, in the estimated amount of $1,400,000 (AB2014-142)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  4. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of waterborne traffic line paint for 2014 using an interlocal agreement with Lewis County from vendor Sherwin Williams, Inc., in an estimated amount of $500,000 (AB2014-143)
    Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

  1. Request approval of the Master Collective Bargaining Agreement, effective April 8, 2014 (AB2014-138)
    Approved 7-0
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Ecology for construction of the Canyon Creek Integrated Fish and Flood Project, in the amount of $2,023,420 (AB2014-139) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Van Ness Feldman, LLP, to provide legal assistance in Growth Management Hearings Board cases, in the amount of $30,000, for a total amended contract in the amount of $130,000 (AB2014-136)
    Approved 6-1, Weimer opposed

(No Committee Assignment)

  1. Ordinance adopting the current state building code and repealing existing Title 15 of the Whatcom County Code (AB2013-271)
    Amended and adopted 6-1, Mann opposed, Ordinance 2014-026
  2. Nomination and appointment to fill vacancies on Special Diking Districts and Special Drainage Districts - applicants: Fred Vander Veen for Consolidated Drainage Improvement District #1 Position 1, Richard Roebuck for Consolidated Drainage Improvement District #20 Position 3, Roger Bajema for Diking District #3 Position 3, Roger Blok for Drainage District #3 Position 1, Jason VanderVeen for Drainage District #3 Position 3 (AB2014-100)
    Appointed 7-0: Fred Vander Veen, Richard Roebuck, Roger Blok, and Jason VanderVeen. Held: Roger Bajema
  3. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of June Hahn to the Whatcom County Library System Board (AB2014-144)
    Confirmed 7-0
  4. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Daniel Austin to the Bellingham-Whatcom County Housing Authorities Board of Commissioners (AB2014-145)
    Confirmed 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS

INTRODUCTION ITEMS
Council action will not be taken.. The council may accept these items for introduction (no action) in a single motion. Changes, in terms of committee assignment for example, may be made at this time.

  1. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Code regarding corner lot and through lot building setbacks (AB2014-146)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – April 22 Planning and Development Committee and Council)
  2. Ordinance establishing the Parks Special Revenue Fund (AB2014-147)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – April 22 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)
  3. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, ninth request, in the amount of $1,958,575 (AB2014-148)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – April 22 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)
  4. Resolution amending the 2014 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Budget, third request, in the amount of $647,500 (AB2014-149) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – April 22 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)
  5. Ordinance (interim) allowing marijuana production, processing, and retailing as authorized by Washington State Initiative 502 and medical marijuana facilities as authorized under Chapter 69.51A RCW (AB2014-074C)
    Substitute Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – April 22 public hearing)

OTHER BUSINESS
REPORTS AND OTHER ITEMS FROM COUNCILMEMBERS
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.