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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members: Barry Buchanan - Chair, Carl Weimer, Sam Crawford
9:30 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Presentation and discussion of a memorandum from the Forestry Advisory Committee detailing the Committee’s concerns regarding loss of forest land and suggested measures that can be taken to achieve no net-loss of working forests (AB2014-274)

Other Business


FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Sam Crawford - Chair, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $790,206 (AB2014-255)
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Land Development and Engineering Services, Inc. for construction inspection services for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $37,400 (AB2014-260) (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 between Whatcom County and Tetra Tech, Inc. for construction engineering support and survey services for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $50,924 (AB2014-261) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Rosario Archaeology, LLC for cultural resource investigations for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $34,874.40 (AB2014-262) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a construction contract between Whatcom County and the low bidder, Len Honcoop Gravel, Inc. for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $520,923.39 (AB2014-263) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  6. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.03, Boards and Commissions, to change application deadlines (AB2014-258)
  7. Resolution amending Whatcom County Code 100.02, Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee vacancies, and Whatcom County Code 100.06, Subzone Advisory Committee vacancies (AB2014-259) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  8. Resolution establishing a policy for acronym use in documents submitted to the County Council (AB2014-276)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

  1. Resolution ordering the cancellation of unclaimed funds more than two years old from the Whatcom County Jail Inmate Trust Fund (AB2014-264)
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to verify the address and residency of all registered sex offenders and kidnapping offenders in accordance with RCW 9A.44.130, in the amount of $143,090.49 (AB2014-265)
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Maul, Foster & Alongi, Inc. for update to the Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan, in the amount of $87,981 (AB2014-266)
  4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and RH2 Engineering, Inc. for the update of the Whatcom County Coordinated Water System Plan – Regional Supplement, in the amount of $174,776 (AB2014-267)
  5. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of auto parts for the remainder of 2014 through August 2015, using the Washington State Contract, from Auto Zone Stores, CarQuest Auto Parts (dba NAPA), Motion Auto Supply, and Seattle Automotive Distributing, in an estimated amount of $80,000 (AB2014-268)

Other Business


PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members: Barbara Brenner - Chair, Ken Mann, Pete Kremen
1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

  1. Resolution commencing the Coordinated Water System Plan update process (From July 8) (AB2014-253)

Other Business


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion with County Executive Jack Louws regarding a potential property acquisition (AB2014-018)
    [Discussion of this item will take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110(1)(b)]

Other Business


COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA AND ACTION TAKEN

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 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

MINUTES CONSENT

  1. Special Committee of the Whole for June 17, 2014
    Approved 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 amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 20.13, Wireless Communications Facilities, to streamline permit processing on routine wireless communication equipment upgrades on existing, approved, and conforming sites; add a new section on permitted uses; reorganize the chapter to better match the organization of other Title 20 chapters; and amend Chapter 20.97 – Definitions (AB2014-256)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-042

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.

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

  1. Resolution ordering the cancellation of unclaimed funds more than two years old from the Whatcom County Jail Inmate Trust Fund (AB2014-264)
    Approved Consent 7-0, Resolution 2014-033
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to verify the address and residency of all registered sex offenders and kidnapping offenders in accordance with RCW 9A.44.130, in the amount of $143,090.49 (AB2014-265)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Maul, Foster & Alongi, Inc. for update to the Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan, in the amount of $87,981 (AB2014-266)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and RH2 Engineering, Inc. for the update of the Whatcom County Coordinated Water System Plan – Regional Supplement, in the amount of $174,776 (AB2014-267)
    Held in committee
  5. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of auto parts for the remainder of 2014 through August 2015, using the Washington State Contract, from Auto Zone Stores, CarQuest Auto Parts (dba NAPA), Motion Auto Supply, and Seattle Automotive Distributing, in an estimated amount of $80,000 (AB2014-268)
    Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

  1. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $790,206 (AB2014-255)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-043
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Land Development and Engineering Services, Inc. for construction inspection services for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $37,400 (AB2014-260) (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 between Whatcom County and Tetra Tech, Inc. for construction engineering support and survey services for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $50,924 (AB2014-261) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Rosario Archaeology, LLC for cultural resource investigations for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $34,874.40 (AB2014-262) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a construction contract between Whatcom County and the low bidder, Len Honcoop Gravel, Inc. for the Beachway Drive and Fern/Park stormwater improvements project, in the amount of $520,923.39 (AB2014-263) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  6. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.03, Boards and Commissions, to change application deadlines (AB2014-258)
    Adopted 6-1, Crawford opposed, Ordinance 2014-044
  7. Resolution amending Whatcom County Code 100.02, Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee vacancies, and Whatcom County Code 100.06, Subzone Advisory Committee vacancies (AB2014-259) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 6-1, Crawford Opposed, Resolution 2014-034
  8. Resolution establishing a policy for acronym use in documents submitted to the County Council (AB2014-276)
    Substitute Amended and Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-035

(From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee)

  1. Resolution commencing the Coordinated Water System Plan update process (AB2014-253)
    Held in committee

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.070(B), the council must confirm or reject executive appointments within 30 days of submission to the council. County code deems the appointee confirmed if council does not take action within this time.

  1. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s reappointments of Brent Walker and Dunham Gooding to the Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District (AB2014-269)
    Confirmed 7-0

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 WCC 12.60 – Road Naming System (AB2014-270)
    Introduced 7-0, (proposed schedule August 5 public hearing)
  2. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for open space current use assessment on lands located within the City of Ferndale (AB2014-271)
    Introduced 7-0, (proposed schedule – August 5 public hearing)
  3. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for open space current use assessment on lands located within unincorporated Whatcom County (AB2014-272)
    Introduced 7-0, (proposed schedule – August 5 public hearing)
  4. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, fourteenth request, in the amount of $60,813 (AB2014-273)
    Introduced 7-0, (proposed schedule – August 5 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)
  5. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.06, Grant Applications, to clarify requirements for grant approval and approval exemptions (AB2014-275)
    Introduced 7-0, (proposed schedule – August 5 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.