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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members: Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

  1. Resolution providing guidance to the Water Resource Inventory Area 1 (WRIA 1) Planning Unit (AB2015-081)

Other Business


FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Ken Mann, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion of proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 2.02 to revise Council meeting rules (AB2015-082)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, second request, in the amount of $2,364,947 (AB2015-067)
  2. Ordinance (Amendment No. 1) amending Ordinance 2013-060 establishing the State Street building acquisition and improvement fund and related capital budget appropriation (AB2015-068)

Council Consent Agenda Items

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an Economic Development Investment Program interlocal loan and grant agreement between Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham for the C Street Terminal Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, in the amount of $2,000,000 loan and $1,000,000 grant (AB2015-083)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of a replacement front loader, using the Washington State Contract, in the amount of $147,978.70 (AB2015-084)

Other Business


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members: Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne
3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Resolution initiating proposed Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments (AB2015-085)

Other Business


COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion with Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Gibson regarding legal issues related to proposed Lake Whatcom TMDL (total maximum daily load) (AB2014-018)
    [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]
  2. Discussion with Senior Civil Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding Court of Appeals Case No. 70796-5-I, Whatcom County v. Eric Hirst, et al (AB2015-018)
    [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

Other Business


COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

FLAG SALUTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

  1. Public statements of qualifications and desires by applicants for the open District 2 position on the Whatcom County Council (AB2015-071)

MINUTES CONSENT

  1. Special Committee of the Whole for October 23, 2014
  2. Special Committee of the Whole for October 27, 2014
  3. Surface Water Work Session for November 18, 2014
  4. Committee of the Whole for January 13, 2015
  5. Regular County Council for January 13, 2015
  6. Committee of the Whole for January 27, 2015
  7. Regular County Council for January 27, 2015

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 Title 20 and the Comprehensive Plan regarding surface mine permitting, the mineral resource lands designation process, and mineral resource lands designation criteria (AB2014-344)
    (Recommended motion: Forward for concurrent review with other Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals – scheduled later this evening)
  2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Health Code WCC 24.13, Decontamination of Illegal Drug Manufacturing or Storage Sites (AB2015-069)

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

From Finance and Administrative Servicese Committee

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an Economic Development Investment Program interlocal loan and grant agreement between Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham for the C Street Terminal Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, in the amount of $2,000,000 loan and $1,000,000 grant (AB2015-083)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of a replacement front loader, using the Washington State Contract, in the amount of $147,978.70 (AB2015-084)

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee

  1. Resolution providing guidance to the Water Resource Inventory Area 1 (WRIA 1) Planning Unit (AB2015-081)

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

  1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, second request, in the amount of $2,364,947 (AB2015-067)
  2. Ordinance (Amendment No. 1) amending Ordinance 2013-060 establishing the State Street building acquisition and improvement fund and related capital budget appropriation (AB2015-068)

From Planning and Development Committee

  1. Resolution initiating proposed Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments (AB2015-085)

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.060 and 100.02.080, applications for council-appointed and FCZD board of supervisor-appointed citizen boards, commissions, and committees may be accepted until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday of the week prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at which nominations and possible vote to appoint are scheduled to occur.

  1. Appointment to fill a vacancy on the Surface Mining Advisory Committee, surface mining material user representative, applicant: Kyle Strengholt (AB2015-044A)

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 reappointment of Richard Yoder to the Whatcom County Agricultural Advisory Committee (AB2015-086)

APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS
These items have been reviewed by Council and are ready to be considered concurrently so the cumulative effect of the proposals can be evaluated. Each ordinance will be voted on separately, followed by a vote to approve the ordinances as a group.

  1. Ordinance repealing the 1994 Eliza Island Plan and amending provisions in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code relating to the plan (AB2014-196) (forwarded June 3, 2014)
  2. Ordinance repealing the 1991 South Fork Valley Subarea Plan and amending provisions in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to subarea plans (AB2014-197) (forwarded June 3, 2014)
  3. Ordinance repealing the 1982 Lake Whatcom Subarea Plan and amending provisions in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to subarea plans (AB2014-198) (forwarded June 3, 2014)
  4. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 20 and the Comprehensive Plan regarding surface mine permitting, the mineral resource lands designation process, and mineral resource lands designation criteria (AB2014-344) (forwarded this evening)

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. Receipt of an appeal of a Hearing Examiner decision filed by Julie Carney and Michael Reid regarding Lincoln Park Retirement Home Center, CUP2009-0021, LSS 2010-0002 (AB2015-070) (proposed schedule to be announced)
  2. Receipt of an appeal of a Hearing Examiner decision filed by Ken and Charmae Scheffer regarding “Rover Stay Over”, APL2014-0007, APL 2014-0008, APL 2014-0009 (AB2015-080) (proposed schedule to be announced)
  3. Receipt of application for the Solid Waste Advisory Committee-Waste Collection Industry Representative, applicant: Troy Lautenbach (AB2015-079) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on March 10, 2015) (proposed schedule – March 17 Council)
  4. Resolution regarding Community Development Block Grant funding report and new application (AB2015-087) (proposed schedule – March 17 public hearing)

COMMITTEE REPORTS AND OTHER ITEMS

COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.