Searchable meeting summaries of Bellingham City Council meetings January 2021 through December 2021 / Noisy Waters Northwest

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February 5, 2022 Dena Jensen

It finally dawned on me that placing text of the meeting summaries from a series of Bellingham City Council regular meetings in one searchable post could be a way to more quickly discover when certain issues and measures were discussed and/or voted on.

I’ll start with meeting summaries for January 2022 through December 2021.

Holding down both the Control and F keys on a Windows computer keyboard at the same time, or holding down both the Command and F keys on an Apple computer keyboard at the same time, should give people a search field to enter words and phrases to look for.

The meeting summaries of regular Council meetings also reflect topics of discussion for committee meetings throughout the day before the regular meeting, so people can seek out video from those committee meetings as well to view more extensive Council Member discussion and staff presentations. Here is the link to the City of Bellingham meetings webpage where you can access more information: https://meetings.cob.org


City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
December 13, 2021, 7:00 PM 

Mayor Seth Fleetwood
Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson,
Daniel Hammill, Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, and Hollie Huthman
Legislative Assistant, Nalini Margaitis

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org http://www.cob.org/council
All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM. 

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. The next two City Council public comment sessions will be held at 7:00 PM on December 20 and December 27. Public comment sessions may be accessed via Zoom at: https://cob.org/commentzoom
    (Meeting ID: 923 0705 9297 Password: 018602)
  2. The 2022 City Council Reorganization meeting will occur at 1:00 PM on January 03, 2022 and may be accessed via Zoom
    (Meeting ID: 933 2687 3296 Passcode: 9)
  3. The Swearing-In Ceremony for Hollie Huthman, Michael Lilliquist, Skip Williams, and Kristina Martens will occur at 7:00 PM on January 03, 2022 and may be accessed via Zoom at: https://cob.org/cczoom
    (Meeting ID: 919 5742 8832 Passcode: 9)
  4.  

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

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Public Hearing

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  1. Public Hearing to Review an Ordinance Extending the Moratorium on the Processing of Development Applications and Permits Relating to the Redevelopment of Existing Mobile Home ParksGreg Aucutt, Assistant Planning Director, explained that State Law (RCW 36.70A.390) requires the City Council to hold a Public Hearing on the extension of the moratorium within 60-days of passage of the moratorium ordinance. Staff recommends that Council take no action and keep the moratorium in place.
  2. Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to BMC Chapter 17.10 and the Washington State Energy Code – Commercial, Requiring Electrification and Efficiency Standards for Certain Multi-Family and Commercial BuildingsLisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist MOVED to bring this item to Committee of The Whole for further work session
    MOTION CARRIED 7-0.Michael Lilliquist/ Lisa Anderson MOVED to refer to the Climate Committee (in the first quarter) as a future agenda item to disucss aspects of a just transition involving job loss changes and dislocation, particularly towards developing a workforce proposal as part of the City’s comprehensive approach to climate change.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.Resolution Honoring Councilmember Pinky Vargas
    Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-32.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.Resolution Honoring Councilmember Gene Knutson
    Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2021-33.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Presentation 23191 1.

23192 2.

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Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

23194 1.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Robin Williams to the Civil Service Commission (Approval)

The Mayor reappointed Robin Williams to her final term, which will expire on January 1, 2027

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Garrett Leque to the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board (Approval)

The Mayor reappointed Garrett Leque to his second term, which will expire on December 3, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Greenway Advisory Committee (Approval)

The Mayor appointed Dina Dickerson to her first partial term, which will expire on March 11, 2022, at which time she may be reappointed. The Mayor appointed Aleksey Chayka and Jacob Stewart to their first terms, which will expire on December 13, 2024, at which time they may be reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Immigration Advisory Board (Approval)

The Mayor appointed Tarnjot Brar to his first partial term, which will expire on June 23, 2022, at which time he may be reappointed. The Mayor appointed Homero Israel Jose Garrido to his first partial term, which will expire on April 12,

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23196 3.

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2023, at which time he may be reappointed. The Mayor appointed Sierra Green to her first term as Alternate, which will expire on December 13, 2023, at which time she may be reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointment of Katy Scherrer to the Transportation Commission (Approval)

The Mayor appointed Katy Scherrer to her first term, which will expire on January 11, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

Hollie Huthman / Gene Knutson moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Mary Hooker to the Bellingham Sister Cities Board (Information)

The Mayor reappointed Mary Hooker to her first full term, which will expire on January 1, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

Information Only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Sara Holliday and Appointment of Marc Blake to the Tourism Commission (Information)

The Mayor reappointed Sara Holliday to her third term, which will expire on December 31, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed. The Mayor appointed Marc Blake to his first term, which will expire on December 31, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

Information Only.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (Information)

The Mayor appointed Zarah Manju to her first partial term, which will expire on August 8, 2022, at which time she may be reappointed. The Mayor appointed Lucky Blue to his first term, which will expire on December 6, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

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  2. 23200  7.

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Information Only.

Public Comment Report

On November 29, 2021, there was a minimum of 38 people in attendance at the Public Comment Session. Attendees who wished to address the Council were given 3 minutes to share their comments. A total of 24 attendees elected to speak publicly. The session adjourned at 8:42 p.m. The minutes are available at: www.meetings.cob.org. The next public comment session will be held on December 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 10:00 AM

  1. 23202  1.
  2. 23203  2.

Donation of Real Property for City Ownership and Maintenance of Stormwater Facilities Located Thereon

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Post Point Sludge Pumping System Replacement

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 53B-2021 for Post Point Sludge System Replacement to Award Construction of Ferndale, WA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $1,846,336.00, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Report from the December 1, 2021 Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting

Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

23204 3.

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23205 4.

23069 5.

Emergency Repairs Resulting from November Flood

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2021-34.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Broadband Advisory Workgroup Update #2

Presentation during Committee

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson MOVED to extend the deadline until September 2022
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice 11:15 AM

23206 1.

23207 2.

Inter-Agency Agreement for Paramedic Training Class

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Inter-Agency Agreement for Lateral Paramedic Training

Daniel Hammill / Pinky Vargas moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Community and Economic Development 1:00 PM

23208 1.

23209 2.

A Presentation of the Whatcom County Community & Economic Development Strategy

Presentation during Committee.

Information and discussion only.

Update on a New Pathway for Families with Children that are Experiencing Homelessness

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Presentation during Committee.

Information and discussion only.

23210 3. Assessment of Downtown Services and Description of New Initiatives Underway

Presentation during Committee.

Information and discussion only.

23211 4. Update on Outdoor Dining Areas in the Public Right-of-Way

Presentation during Committee.

Information and discussion only.

Committee Of The Whole 2:15 PM

23212

23213

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1. Return to City Facilities Planning

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill MOVED to bring this back to Council for discussion on the first regular meeting on Monday January 10, 2022 MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Adoption of the 2021 Whatcom County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-35. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Continued Review of an Ordinance Amending the Infill Housing Toolkit Provisions of the Bellingham Municipal Code

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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5.

Resource Recovery Project Update and Loan Application

Hannah Stone / Pinky Vargas moved to authorize staff to submit an application to the US EPA for Water Infrastructure Financing Investment Act (WIFIA) loan for $136 million.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Approval of Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved approval of the December 6, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Abstained: Hannah Stone

6.
Executive Session 4:15 PM

  1. Litigation: Hanlon v. City of Bellingham (Miller, approx. 15 min)Staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Labor Relations: Discuss Collective Bargaining Strategy (Monahan, approx. 10 min)Staff provided an update on collective bargaining strategy. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

23215 1. Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 25, 2021 through December 02, 2021

23216 2. 2022 Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County for Use of Bellingham’s Vactor Waste Transfer Facility

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Old/New Business

23217 3. Term Extension of United States Geological Survey Collaborative Agreement for the Coastal Storm Surge Modeling System Project

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23179 1.

An Ordinance Extending a Franchise to Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC to Operate and Maintain a Cable System in the City of Bellingham; Setting forth Conditions Accompanying the Grant of Franchise; and Providing for City Regulation and Administration of the Cable System

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: Anderson
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-12-052 MOTION CARRIED 6-1.
Opposed: Lisa Anderson

An Ordinance Relating to Land Use and Zoning, Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Sections 20.08.020, 20.10.030, 20.10.036, 20.10.037, and 20.12.040, and Chapter 20.52 to Improve the City’s Code Enforcement Procedures by Making Violation of the City’s Short-Term Rental, Accessory Dwelling Unit, and Sign Ordinances and Other Sections of Title 20 a Civil Infraction and by Authorizing the City to Record a Notice of Violation Against a Property that is in Violation of the Bellingham Municipal Code

Daniel Hammill / Michael 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:

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AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

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MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-12-053 MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget, Providing for Adoption of the Mid-Biennium Adjustments to the Biennial Budget Pursuant to the Terms of RCW 35.34.130

Pinky Vargas / Gene 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:

Adjournment

Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant nimargaitis@cob.org

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-12-054 MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:56 p.m.

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
December 6, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Legislative Assistant, Nalini Margaitis

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Pro Tempore Lilliquist at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On December 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on the consideration of an ordinance extending for six months the moratorium on redevelopment of any of the ten manufactured home parks in Bellingham
  2. On December 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider amendments to BMC 17.10 – Building Codes, modifying the recently adopted 2018 state energy code to require electrification of space and water heating, incremental improvements in energy efficiency, and solar installation or readiness measures in certain multi-family and commercial buildings
  3. The next two City Council public comment sessions will be held at 7:00 PM on December 20 and December 27. Public comment sessions may be accessed via Zoom at: https://cob.org/commentzoom
    (Meeting ID: 923 0705 9297 Password: 018602)

Roll Call

Present:

Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

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Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Public Hearing

23179

1. Public Hearing on the Extension of the Franchise Agreement to Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC

In 2011, City Council entered into a 10-year Cable television franchise agreement with Comcast. That ten-year franchise term expires this year. Comcast officials have requested an extension of the franchise term, pursuant to Section 2.3 of the Franchise Agreement. The City and Comcast have reached a tentative agreement to extend the franchise with the same terms and conditions as the 2011 Franchise Agreement for five (5) additional years.

Senior Assistant City Attorney, Sarah Chaplin, explained that the 10-year franchise term has expired and that this is regarding a renewal of the agreement (franchise agreement currently in place, approved in 2011). The final agreement includes: 5% franchise fee from Comcast gross revenues (maximum allowed under the Cable Act), where 1.25% of the fee goes towards operating BTV. The City and Comcast have come to an agreement to extend the contract exactly as written in 2011, for 5 additional years. Because the franchise fee is a set annual percentage, no budget adjustment is needed. The City is constrained by the Cable Act – a cable television provider may only be denied renewal of the franchise once it is already established in a community only if they’re in default of the current franchise agreement and only if their proposals are not reasonable (the City would need to provide very well documented support displaying this lapse).

Council President Pro Tempore Lilliquist opened the public hearing.

One community member spoke during the public hearing. Todd Lagestee asked the Council to consider a one-year roll over and fix the agreement next year. Lagestee stated that this contract is essentially a give-away to a for profit corporation. He understands that there are limits in the agreement. He stated that the City negotiates harder for its Public Works and Fire. The City has had a surplus in its general fund every year since 2013, but the City has asked its employees to give up pay or benefits (e.g. furloughs). The cost burden of this franchise fee is passed on to its customer (constituents), Comcast does not actually pay it. The franchise agreement does not address climate change, it does not require for recycling of electronic waste, and it doesn’t even tax the corporation in this agreement; everything is externalized onto its constituents. Nothing in the contract states initiative to establish municipal broadband in

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Bellingham (Anacortes is well ahead in its equity of broadband). Lagestee spoke of the negotiations against the Fire Department and urges the City to negotiates just as hard against for-profit companies. At the very least, he urges the City to address climate change in the agreement.

No one else spoke during the hearing.

The public hearing was closed.

Councilmembers provided comments.

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 5-1-1, Lisa Anderson opposed, and Hannah Stone excused.

Public Hearing to Consider an Ordinance Amending the Infill Housing Toolkit Provisions of the Bellingham Municipal Code

The Infill Housing Toolkit (ITK) was enacted in 2009 to allow and encourage the development of alternative housing forms and ownership opportunities. Staff has proposed a number of targeted amendments to the ITK provisions in BMC Titles 20, 21 and 23. The intent of the amendments is to further encourage the development of “missing middle” housing forms such as small lot single family homes, townhomes, duplexes, triplexes and cottage housing.

Gregory Aucutt, Interim Planning Director, shared with the Council that the Infill Toolkit is working, people are using it, but it could be better with the minor changes requested. The overall objective of the amendments is to establish code provisions that result in pedestrian oriented development, create flexibility to achieve this objective for both infill and greenfield development, amend some development regulations for infill housing types to be more consistent with other permitted housing types in the same zoning designation, and streamline the application review process for small projects.

Kathy Bell, Senior Planner, provided Council with a presentation, where she outlined what the landscapes should and should not look like. The minor modifications to the toolkit will include proposed amendments expanding applicability to include more discretion when: existing buildings on site or other extraordinary circumstance, greenfield development, mixed uses, will result in better design, will satisfy purpose/intent of chapter.

Council President Pro Tempore Lilliquist opened the public hearing.

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David Stalheim applauded the City for addressing the housing challenges that the City faces. Stalheim stated that the area to examine should be infill in multi- family areas. Will infill areas allow for shorter buildings? The ordinance allows for height of 35’ (townhouse), and a four-plex only at 25’, but multi-family zones allow 45’. Shouldn’t infill housing be allowed at least as tall as buildings as allowed in a multi-family zones? Stalheim also inquired about offside parking. In multi-family zone, 2 spaces would only be required for a 3-bedroom unit, but this ordinance requires 2 parking spaces at a 1,000 sq ft regardless of bedroom count. Shouldn’t infill created more non-motorized options, instead of an increase in offsite parking? Does the City Council intend to say that an infill can only result in 6 units per acre, accommodating just 13-14 people in a medium density multi-family area? How does this help the City achieve future housing needs? Isn’t allowing this more suitable for single-family neighborhoods (lower height, less density, etc). Infill in multi-family areas should be address differently than infill in single-family areas. The City should be building up and in. More needs to be done in order to make this a successful infill program for multi- family areas. Doing away with public notices to adjacent property owners on “minor modification”, but not specifying what a minor modification is, will hurt the public trust. Modification needs to be done in an open and transparent manner.

Todd Lagestee wanted to know how much of the infill toolkit creates more affordable housing ownership? If the City is building more rental units, then it does not promote home ownership. Two issues: wages and WWU externalizing housing onto its community. He wishes the City would push that WWU provide more student housing, instead of pushing increased density onto its non- student residents. Lagestee urged Councilmembers to participate in a ride-along with the fire department to understand how the neighborhoods with narrow streets that provide parking on these streets, affect the fire engines. He then provided an example of the difference between response times for the fire department showing for a wide strip with limited parking, they arrived in time and were able to rescue the family. In spring of 2013, the City did not make it on time – Larry Brink waited for a fire engine that did not arrive in time, Mr. Brink went back in to rescue his sister and they both died. These two examples were provided to illustrate the impact between narrow streets and fire engines.

Paul Schissler, appreciates all the work that has gone into the improvement of the infill toolkit, and is hopeful that eventually this toolkit will expand to other housing zones. He addressed affordability and stated that he does not believe that any of these homes will be more affordable than market price. Schissler advocated for those below the medium income and addressed the need for this group to afford housing. He wants that 50% to be more affordable than market price. He stated that this would not impact the number of market-rate homes, but instead add more affordable housing for the half of the population that can

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no longer afford to live in Bellingham. He stated that there is a huge shortage and that it needs to be addressed.

No one else spoke during the hearing. The public hearing was closed.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to bring this agenda item to Committee of the Whole.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

23181 1.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Dima Hart to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Dima Hart as the King Mountain Neighborhood Primary Representative to her first full term, which will expire on December 27, 2023, at which time she may be reappointed.

Community members are invited to participate in a survey regarding internet access and with potential opportunities of increasing availabilities of high-speed internet services. The survey is available in English and Spanish and is located at: http://www.cob.org/broadbandsurvey. The survey will remain available until 12/31/21. Paper copies are available at all Bellingham Public Library sites. Information gathered in this survey is critical in the work of the Bellingham Broadband Advisory Workgroup, which issues recommendations on increasing more robust delivery of broadband opportunity.

The Mayor provided an update of the November flooding. The City continues with cleanup and repairs after a series of recent storms caused flooding throughout the region during the largest most impactful natural disaster in Whatcom county recorded in history. Specific damage to the City of Bellingham included: streets, bridges, parks, trails, and other City facilities. Repairs are well underway, including an emergency temporary bridge replacements (completed this weekend: South of Fairhaven where 19th St crosses Chuckanut Creek). Lingering impacts to City property was minimal. Total private and public property damage costs are not yet known. Many hundreds of our North Whatcom County neighbors experienced devastating losses. City staff are

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supporting recovery efforts by working at the County Emergency Operations Center. The Mayor stated that he is pleased with the response from state and federal representatives and thanked Congressmen Rick Larsen for his visit to the area on Saturday.

The Mayor provided an update regarding City employees vaccinations. At the end of summer, the Mayor signed an order requiring all City employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of City employment by December 3, 2021. As of today (12/6/2021), >97% of City employees are fully vaccinated. The remaining near 3% are unvaccinated employees with approved accommodations, or employees on approved leaves of absence (family, medical, or military) and who have not provided proof of vaccination because they are off work, as well as those who are in the final stages of meeting the vaccination requirement. The Mayor is very glad to report the very high percentage of City employees who are now vaccinated, he regrets that 27 people chose to resign or be terminated. He recognizes that the loss of these staff members has impact on all of us, their services and contributions will be missed. The decision was not made lightly, but it does reflect his belief that vaccinations will help improve public health. The Mayor stated that he believes in our institutions (in this case, the CDC and the FDA), and trusts that their conclusions that vaccines are safe and effective and are the method by which we will move beyond this pandemic. The Mayor mentioned that he spoke with many staff members, both who supported the vaccinate mandate as well as those who did not. This led to challenging and sometimes painful personal conversations, both with the Mayor, as well as Department heads and the Human Resources team. The Mayor stated that he respects the reasons that staff have for their individual decisions. The actions taken by the City to implement the vaccination order have noting to do with anyone’s job performance or their dedication to public service. All staff on all sides of this issue have delivered to the community again and again. For those who have made the difficult decision to leave employment, (the City has included flexibility and a pathway for them to return to City employment, if they decide to do so), he values them an wishes them well.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources 10:00 AM
23182 1. Post Point Resource Recovery Project Update

Staff provided an update on the Post Point Resource Recovery Project.

Presentation during Committee.

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Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved approval to apply to the Washington State Project Review Board to use the General Contractor-Construction Manager project delivery method for the project.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

Planning 1:00 PM

23183 1.

Consideration of a Draft Ordinance Amending Certain Sections of the BMC to Improve the City’s Code Enforcement Procedures

Presentation during Committee.

Committee voted to pass this ordinance, to approve the City’s code enforcement procedures and definitions.

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

Committee Of The Whole 1:30 PM

23184 1.

A Resolution Establishing Juneteenth as a City Holiday and Setting Forth the Revised City Holiday Schedule

Presentation during Committee.
Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved for approval.
MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Resolution #2021-30 MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget, Providing for Adoption of the Mid-Biennium Adjustments to the Biennial Budget Pursuant to the Terms of RCW 35.34.130

Discussion during Committee.
Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

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23185 3.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

Council 2022 Work Plan Priorities

The full Council discussed its work plan priorities for the upcoming year.

Discussion during Committee.

  1. Approval of MinutesGene Knutson / Pinky Vargas moved approval of the November 22, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.
  2. Old/New BusinessThere was nothing to report during Old/New Businesses.

Executive Session 2:30 PM

1. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

2. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

3. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

4. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

5. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

6. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

7. Litigation: Eldard v. City of Bellingham. Staff provided information on a litigation matter.

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Action: Entertain a motion to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with outside legal counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office in representing the City of Bellingham in this lawsuit.

Daniel Hammill / Pinky Vargas moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

  1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 2 min)
  2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 2 min)
  3. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 2 min)
  4. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)
  5. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)
  6. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)
  7. Litigation: Eldard v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 5 min)

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.

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Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 05, 2021 through November 12, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 13, 2021 through November 18, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 19, 2021 through November 24, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated November 01, 2021 to November 15, 2021

Resolution Authorizing Submittal of Four Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board Grant Applications

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Resolution #2021-31

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Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

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Consideration of an Ordinance Accepting the Donation of the Pier at Little Squalicum Park from Lehigh Northwest Cement Company

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman 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: Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Stone

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-12-050 MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

An Ordinance Creating a Salary Commission

Pinky Vargas / Gene 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:

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AYES: Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Stone

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-12-051 MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Hannah Stone excused.

Adjournment

Nalini Margaitis,

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There being no further discussion, the meeting adjourned at 8:52 PM.

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nimargaitis@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
November 22, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council 

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Legislative Assistant Nalini Margaitis

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On December 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on the consideration of staff initiated amendments to the Infill Housing Toolkit provisions of the Bellingham Municipal Code
  2. On December 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on An Ordinance Renewing the Grant of a Franchise to Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC to Operate and Maintain a Cable System in the City of Bellingham; Setting Forth Conditions Accompanying the Grant of Franchise; and Providing for City Regulation and Administration of the Cable System. A complete copy of the Proposed Ordinance will be Furnished upon Request
  3. The next three City Council public comment sessions will be held at 7:00 PM on November 29, December 20, and December 27. Public comment sessions may be accessed via Zoom at: https://cob.org/commentzoom
    (Meeting ID: 
    923 0705 9297 Password: 018602)

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward

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Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Public Hearing

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1. Second Public Hearing on the 2021-2022 Mid-Biennium Budget Adjustment

Forrest LongmanDeputy Finance Director, provided an overview of the mid- biennium adjustment. Topics included: improvements to emergency medical and crisis response systems; investments to support safe, well maintained public spaces; investments in increasing internal capacity in areas such as technology, finance, and human resources; increases in communication and outreach staff and Planning & Community Development, Police, Public Works, and the Mayor’s office; investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Council President Stone opened the public hearing.

No one registered or spoke during the public hearing.

The public hearing was closed.

Councilmember Lisa Anderson addressed inclusionary zoning as a means to provide more affordable housing.

No action at this time for this agenda bill, but there will be a future ordinance.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

Mayor Seth Fleetwood announced that the book, “Greenwood” by Michael Christie was delivered by Library Director, Rebecca Judd. This is part of a county- wide program (Whatcom Reads) that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. A Whatcom Reads author event will occur on March 3-5, 2022.

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Teagan Hudson to her first term on the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on November 1, 2023.

Mayor Fleetwood spoke about the recent flooding in the region (see Committee of the Whole presentation for a complete update). Fleetwood added that cleanup continues and the extent of damage is not yet known. The city roads,

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sidewalks, and buildings came out pretty well, but the bridges are being looked into (Revere and 19th street will require a new bridge). The Mayor thanked everyone involved in the City’s response to the historic weather event. Thoughts are with North Whatcom County community members and British Columbia. The Mayor offered his sincerest condolences to the friends and family of 49 year old Everson resident, Jose Garcia, who passed away during last week’s flood.

Finally, the Mayor announced that the City accepted the donation of the Lehigh Pier. The Mayor stated that this will be an asset for the waterfront community of Bellingham Bay, an acquisition of an iconic structure and looks forward to the day it will become publicly accessible.

Mayor’s Appointment of Teagan Hudson to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

Council President Stone provided a summary of the November 15, 2021 public comment session, where she was joined by Councilmembers Anderson and Lilliquist.

A minimum of twenty-six attendees joined the session, with fourteen who spoke. Topics included: pandemic mandates, concerns relating to the need of additional shelter, concerns relating to the flooding and emergency experienced last week. President Stone announced that the reorganization meeting will occur in January and will include a discussion on different forms of public engagement, including public comment. She also expressed her appreciation for community members who have been participating in these public comment events. Minutes that provide a summary of speaker’s concerns can be found at www.cob.org/meetings.

The next scheduled Public Comment session is scheduled for November 29, 2021, at 7:00 PM and can be joined at https://cob.org/commentzoom.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below:

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Parks and Recreation 1:00 PM

23170 1. Consideration of an Ordinance Accepting the Donation of the Pier at Little Squalicum Park from Lehigh Northwest Cement Company

Gene Knutson / Pinky Vargas moved for first and second reading.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Daniel Hammill excused.

Presentation during Committee.

Councilmember Michael Lilliquist inquired about the budget cost of Taylor Dock and how it could compare to what Lehigh Pier might cost. Parks Director, Nicole Oliver, stated that Taylor Dock was a little more than $3 million in total and that it was completed in phases (greenways funding, state, and federal transportation grants). The removal piling cost $150/foot (whereas Lehigh Pier will cost roughly $300-$500/foot due to lack of access to arterials). Taylor Dock is mostly 12′ wide (at most, 20′) whereas Lehigh Pier is 14′ (want to avoid mitigation for any additional overcovering of the water and investigating opportunity for grading that will allow for additional width-widening flexibility).

Councilmember Pinky Vargas offered thanks, appreciation, and excitement of the Lehigh Pier. She understood it was a complicated negotiation, but the end result was well worth it: Lehigh will remove the part of the pier that the City is not responsible for, along with the tank. Vargas also added that it did not cost the City additional money to purchase the pier. Councilmember Vargas thanked the City staff for their contribution and provided a special shoutout to Mayor Kelli Linville, who was a strong advocate of the pier. Vargas concluded that this was a huge win for the City, for water access, and for the North side of town.

Mayor Seth Fleetwood offered an additional shout out to Mayor Kelli Linville for her active support of the Greenway Funds and recognized that the City wouldn’t be here announcing the pier donation without the preliminary work that was done.

Climate Action 1:15 PM

23171 1.

Climate Action Fund

Pinky Vargas / Gene Knutson moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 1, Daniel Hammill excused.

Discussion during Committee.

The Climate Action Fund will cover both residential and commercial, recognizing that climate change is a crisis that needs to be addressed. While there was universal support, several concerns were raised relating to property tax increase

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and competing property tax levies for the 2022 ballot. Other discussion included the importance of partnerships with local nonprofits and utility groups. A timeline was provided and there will be many opportunities for the public to engage in this conversation.

Puget Sound Energy’s Presentation of its Draft Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP)

Presdentation by four representatives of Pudget Sound Energy (PSE) on thier Draft Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP), which included goals to achieve clean energy milestones by 2025 to be coal-free electricity, 2030 carbon neutral electric system, and by 2040 to run on 100% clean energy.

Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

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22815 2.

Surplus Sale of Fire Pumper Truck #4911 to Fire District 8

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 1, Daniel Hammill excused.

Renew Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Health Department for Crisis Intervention Services

Council requested a more detailed report of the Crisis Stablization Center. Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0 1, Daniel Hammill excused.

An Ordinance Creating a Salary Commission

Discussion during Committee.

Councilmember Pinky Vargas thanked Mayor Fleetwood and Deputy Administrator Brian Heinrich for putting aside this money into the budget. Vargas stated that this is a very important step to promote equity and diversity among the Council, adding that this position has the potential of a full-time job where officials need not hold a full-time position in order to financially sustain themselves.

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Hannah Stone / Pinky Vargas moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 1, Daniel Hammill excused.

Update on City’s Response to Recent Storm Event

Staff provided an update on the City’s response to the storm event on November 14-16, 2021, acknowledging the many hours of work across multiple departments (Public Works, Parks and Natural Resources, Police, Fire, and others) as well as a loss of a community member, Jose Garcia of Everson.

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Budget Work Session

Discussion during Committee. Information only. A final ordinance will be presented at the subsequent meeting for approval before the end of the year.

Several councilmembers shared excitement for the $60,000 budgeted for an inclusionary zoning study.

  1. Approval of MinutesGene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the October 25, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 6-0. 1, Daniel Hammill excused.Lisa Anderson / Gene Knutson moved approval of the November 8, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 6-0 1, Daniel Hammill excused.
  2. Old/New BusinessCouncilmember Hollie Huthman provided a report out from a ride-along with Opportunity Council homeless outreach team. Huthman stated that she met the team at 7:00 AM, started at the downtown port for a couple of hours, and then drove to the outskirts. Huthman stated that she was surprised at how

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knowledgeable the homeless outreach team was of the people they encountered – one of them has been doing this work for decades. Huthman added that many streams and creeks were abandoned (which brings up the question of where people go – hopefully people go to higher ground). Overall, she is confident that the team can continue to do the work. One wonderful story Huthman shared was of someone who had been sleeping outside for a decade, that was housed three years ago, now stable and enjoying their housing. Overall, Huthman says the team provides incredible work that the city just improved funding on this. Huthman encourages others to do a ride-along with the Homeless Outreach Team.

Council President Hannah Stone shared that she had the opportunity to join the clean-up team on a ride-along, accompanied by Outreach Officers, Jon Knutsen and Kat Dearborn as well as Clean Up Coordinator, Claudia Vizcarra. Stone highlighted the hard work that is happening on the ground and acknowledged those relationships, a lot of whom are known faces and known relationships. Stone also spoke of situations that existed during the pandemic, while moving people along if there was not adequate shelter, and community members with calls requesting to stop the sweep or to halt cleanups. After visiting the homeless encampment, Stone stated that these environments are not fit for anyone to exist. Stone stressed that the work that is being done is to keep everybody safe. Stone stressed that it is a dis-service to turn a blind eye (to not clean up and to not engage people in services), adding that a lot of these locations are dangerous because of feces and needles and not fit for habitation or human existence. By not cleaning, it is a dis-service to the individuals who are by themselves in those circumstances and the broader community. Stone recognizes that the staff and employees go to these locations on a daily basis have a tough job. Stone recognizes that there is a lot more to do, but wants to remind the community at-large that the reason behind this work is to keep community members safe and to connect them with services and housing.

Councilmember Lisa Anderson thanked Councilmember Huthman and Stone for providing testimony. Anderson acknowledged that service providers have been demonized for their work. Anderson stated that Police, Fire, Hot Team, and other first responders, have provided much compassion and care and that it is disheartening to hear members of the community presenting information in a way that makes it look like the City staff and its partners in the community are not doing anything. Anderson added that there is a lot of work to do and much to be done to expand these partnerships. Anderson wishes the City and partners could provide housing for everyone, but in the meantime these first responders are providing food and shelter and clothing, and those relationships that they built (many whom are now trying to rebuild these lost relationships, partnering with the community members to make a difference).

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Councilmember Pinky Vargas provided a shoutout to Nalini Margaitis for going above and beyond in taking on a role which was outside of her job description to assist the Council with their meetings. Council President Hannah Stone added that Nalini Margaitis has never shied away from new and ever developing assignments.

Executive Session 3:00 PM

  1. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, aprox. 5 min)Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition.Action: Entertain a motion to authorize the purchase of the 0.29-acre Mahal property located at 8 Shorewood Drive in Bellingham, Washington for $312,500, with a closing on or about January 31, 2022.Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved to recommend approval.MOTION CARRIED 6-0 1, Daniel Hammill excused.
  2. Performance Review of Public Employees (Marriner, approx. 40 min)City Council reviewed the performance of several public employees. For information and discussion.
    No action taken.

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.

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Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 22, 2021 through October 28, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 29, 2021 through November 04, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated October 16, 2021 to October 31, 2021

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Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 1, Daniel Hammill excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

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1. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 4.74 to Exempt Non-Profit Cinemas from Admissions Tax

Hollie Huthman / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-11-049. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Daniel Hammill excused.

Adjournment

Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant nimargaitis@cob.org

The next Public Comment session will be next Monday, November 29, 2021, at 7:00 PM and the next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be Monday, December 6, 2021, at 7:00 PM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM.

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
November 8, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council 

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Legislative Assistant Nalini Margaitis

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On November 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider the City of Bellingham’s 2021-2022 Mid-Biennium Budget Adjustment
  2. On December 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on the consideration of staff initiated amendments to the Infill Housing Toolkit provisions of the Bellingham Municipal Code
  3. The next three City Council public comment sessions will be held at 7:00 PM on November 15, November 29, and December 20). Public comment sessions may be accessed via Zoom at: https://cob.org/commentzoom
    (Meeting ID: 923 0705 9297 Password: 018602)

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward

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Public Hearing

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1. First Public Hearing on the 2021-2022 Mid-Biennium Budget Adjustment

The 2021-2022 Mid-Biennium Budget adjustment adds new Citywide revenues of $61.8M, including $12.6M in the General Fund, and new Citywide expenditures of $65.3M, including $6.7M in the General Fund. It also adds, removes and changes budgeted positions throughout the City for a net increase of 49.25 FTEs.

Forrest Longman provided the Council with a presentation on the mid-biennium adjustment. New resources leveraged for increased services: investments in downtown (community ambassador program, increasing public resources for downtown cleaning), funding for unarmed response for community member in crisis, expanding staffing in Parks & Recreation to improve maintenance, upkeep and safety in parks and on trails, 23 new positions in the Fire Department for a dedicated BLS unit (5th medic unit), continuation of Library programming instituted for COVID (including Wi-Fi hotspot lending), expanded Library staff, 4 new positions in Dispatch, Communication and outreach staff to improve transparency and timely, accurate information about city activities and services. Enhanced internal services: 3 positions in ITSD, 1 dedicated to Library technology, financial staff in Parks and Recreation Department, HR & Police staff focused on technology. Diversity, equity & inclusion: dedicated funds for proposed Racial Equity Commission, funding for further DEI training for entire Fire Department, establishment of Juneteenth as official City holiday. Planning for future needs: reserving 600 West Holly revenue for future environmental remediation needs, increase funding for claims and litigation fund, staffing in Public Works to ensure proper management of biosolids project and plant management, funding to design upgrades in Old Town streets & sidewalks and Woburn operations site. The overall budget impact includes: $25 million in additions citywide offset by $16 million in revenue, $40 million technical clean- up in revenue and expense related to 2021 bond funding. If approved, the total Biennial Budget will be $780.1 million up from $713.6 million.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.
No one registered or spoke during the public comment period. The Public Hearing was closed.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

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Mayor’s Reappointment of Kolby LaBree to the Historic Preservation Commission (Approval)

Hollie Huthman / Daniel Hammill moved to approve the Mayor’s Reappointment of Kolby LaBree to the Historic Preservation Commission, which will expire on November 5, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Mayor’s Reappointment of David Frankel to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

The Mayor reappoints David Frankel as the South Hill Neighborhood Representative to his final term, which will expire on November 21, 2023.

The City’s Public Works Water Treatment Department was issued an award by the WA State Department of Health for Drinking Water Treatment Excellence, recognizing that the City’s surface water treatment facility goes above and beyond the requirements of the Department of Health and the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect public health. Bellingham has met these enhanced performance goals for ten years and was recognized last week as a premiere treatment plant for the state, specifically with respect to turbidity removal targets.

After a lengthy search, the next Planning Director, Blake Lyon, will begin with the City on March 1, 2022. He is an Urban Planner, with 20 years of success, and increasing responsibility in local government. He is currently the Director of Building Services and Code Enforcement in Florida. Tara Sundin will remain Acting Director through the end of the year, after which Kurt Nabbefeld and Gregory Aucutt will take over this role.

Chief Flo Simon has extended her retirement until June 2022. The search for Police Chief will commence in January 2022, with the goal to have the position filled by June 2022.

Marty Mulholland, an indispensable IT Director, is retiring after 18 years, and today is her last City Council meeting. Mayor Seth Fleetwood presented Marty Mulholland with an appreciative framed plaque. The Mayor highlighted some of her accomplishments: Marty streamlined purchasing and contracting systems, increasing focus on security (developed a security program), maximized franchise agreements (oversaw multiple efforts), a professional and vital City resource to BTV, upgraded Council Chambers and community participation in meetings, overseen telephone replacement (including all new telephone numbers), moved the City from Lotus Notes, overseen upgrades to the Human Resource and Finance System, various document management system, and

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public payment systems. Councilmembers expressed their appreciation and gratitude for Marty Mulholland and wished her the best in her retirement. In turn, Marty Mulholland expressed her appreciation having worked for the City for the past 18 years, and stated that she was deeply honored by the evening’s presentation on her behalf. Mayor Fleetwood stated that the search for her replacement is in process. Scott Elsner will take over the responsibilities in the interim.

Public Comment Report

Council President Hannah Stone provided an update from the November 1, 2021 public comment session, where she was joined by Councilmember Vargas and Councilmember Anderson, as well as Janice Keller (from the Mayor’s Office) and Claudia Murphy (from the Police Department). There was a minimum of 30 people in attendance and a total of 19 who provided public comment. Subjects included: people first initiatives, redevelopment of Light House, winter shelter needs, and the vaccine mandate. The next public comment session will occur on Monday, November 15 at 7:00PM. The public may attend via zoom at: https://www.cob.org/commentzoom.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources 10:00 AM

23159 1.

Request for Sewer Service at 4909 Samish Way

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the contract with the City of Bellingham for retail sewer service as allowed under Bellingham Municipal Code Section 15.36
MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

The existing residence at 4909 Samish Way has been informed by the Whatcom County Health Department that the septic system that serves the residence has failed. The property is located outside of City limits. The
property owners are requesting to enter into a contract with the City of Bellingham for retail sewer service as allowed under Bellingham Municipal Code Section 15.36. Staff recommend approval of the contract.

Work Session to Consider a Resolution and Ordinance Modifying Parking Fees and Regulations in Downtown and Fairhaven

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Staff presented recommended changes to the City’s public parking regulations, including an increase in rates for on-street and off-street public parking, increase in parking fines for violations, and changes to the City’s Parking Management Zones. The changes require various code amendments and passage of a fee resolution. Staff’s recommendations are intended to implement policies established by the Council including the Downtown Bellingham Plan, the Fairhaven Parking Task Force Final Report, the Comprehensive Plan and the Climate Action Plan. The policies inform parking management strategies and specifically three principles: convenience for users; managing demand in high occupancy areas; and reinvestment into the areas that are impacted by charging for parking. Council requested a Work Session to discuss the proposed changes.

Several issues were discussed: Changing the parking time from 11AM – 6PM (instead of 7PM), market price, value, price for managing parking, progressive parking rates, limits in technology (parking meters) and lack of technology in Fairhaven to install immediate progressive parking, and the impact on low- income residents in the Fairhaven neighborhood.

No conclusions were made. Another work session will be scheduled. Prior to the work session, the Transportation Commission (a citizen advisory body), will also meet and provide recommendations. Prior to final approval, this item will return to the Committee of the Whole for a discussion.

Public Street Right-of-Way Fundamentals Part 3 of 3

The City maintains many different assets within public rights-of-way that are directly related to transportation uses. Assets located within public rights-of- way include street pavement, pavement markings, sidewalks, trails, street trees, and street lighting. These types of assets have a common transportation function for the community. The City also operates, maintains and manages public and private utility services within public rights-of-way. This was the 3rd and final part of the rights-of-way series.

The focus of this presentation included: sidewalk and alleyway maintenance (including the difference between an improved and unimproved alley) and a review of the Larrabee/21st Street pilot project.

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Community and Economic Development 11:15 AM

23160 1. Consideration of an Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham Regarding a Coordinated Approach to Funding County-Wide Economic Development

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Since 2011, the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham have been funding economic development activities, including joint funding of the Western Washington University (WWU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), through an Interlocal Agreement. In 2018, the Port expanded its focus on economic development by creating a department and hiring a director and additional staff. City staff recommends continuing this commitment of funding to the WWU SBDC and the Port of Bellingham’s Economic Development Department by approving the three-year Interlocal Agreement.

Hollie Huthman / Michael Lilliquist moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Consideration of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s 2022 Budget Recommendations

At the October 26, 2021 meeting, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) met to review and make recommendations on the 2022 expenditures.

Hollie Huthman / Pinky Vargas moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0. Abstained: Daniel Hammill

Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

23000 1.

Update on Implementation of Interim Housing Strategies (i.e. Shelter) for those Experiencing Homelessness

Staff from the City of Bellingham and County Human Services, with guidance from the County’s Homeless Strategies Workgroup (HSW), completed a needs assessment that included an inventory of current shelter options operated throughout the county and available to people who are experiencing homelessness. Upon completion of the inventory of services and the identification of needs and gaps, a set of recommendations was created for the HSW consideration. The HSW approved the recommendations at their April 16, 2021 meeting. The County Council accepted the recommendations at their May 4, 2021 meeting and the City Council on May 24, 2021. Staff provided a progress update to the City Council, with an emphasis on winter shelter opportunities.

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

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2022 Legislative Objectives

In anticipation of the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session, staff presented on the legislative objectives of the City of Bellingham, Port of Bellingham, and Whatcom County. The three entities agreed to a shared approach to advocacy in Olympia in late 2012. The unique partnership has resulted in numerous legislative victories for the City, Port, and County.

Presentation during Committee. Information only.
Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to accept the objectives as presented.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

A Resolution Setting the Dates and Times of the 2022 City Council Meetings

The 2022 City Council Calendar was presented and voted on by resolution. Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-29.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

An Ordinance Amending the Bellingham Municipal Code to Exempt Qualifying Non-Profit Cinemas from Admissions Tax

The ordinance amends Bellingham Municipal Code 4.74 to exempt qualifying non-profit cinemas from the admissions tax. Qualifying cinemas consist of non- profit cinemas exclusively engaged in or devoted to any religious, charitable, scientific, literary, educational, public or other like work.

The admissions tax is a 5% tax levied on admission charges to an event or establishment. It is collected for the City by the business charging the admission, similar to the sales tax. City code currently exempts most non-profit activities from the tax. This ordinance extends that exemption to non-profit motion picture screenings.

The Finance Department estimates this change will reduce General Fund revenues by $30,000 to $40,000 under normal economic activity levels. All admissions taxes go to the General Fund.

Hannah Stone / Pinky Vargas moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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23150 5.

6.

Budget Work Session

3.75 new FTE: 1 with BPD (Law enforcement member/Public Information), 1 in Planning (community relations and communications), and 1 in the Mayor’s Office (Assistant Communications Director) and part-time in Public Works (outreach).

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Approval of Minutes

No minutes presented today. Two sets of minutes will be presented on 11/22/2021.

7.
Executive Session 3:15 PM

1. Potential Litigation (Kraham, approx. 15 min)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Council President Stone entertained a motion to authorize the Mayor to a contract with outside legal Counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office representing the City of Bellingham in this matter.

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to authorize the Mayor to a contract with outside legal Counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office representing the City of Bellingham in this matter.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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.

23165 1. 23166 2. 23167 3.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 15, 2021 through October 21, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated October 01, 2021 to October 15, 2021

Amendment to Original Interlocal Agreement for Inmate Housing

Old/New Business

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23168 4. Interlocal Agreement Between The City of Bellingham and Bellingham Housing Authority

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23026 1.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Renewing the Franchise Granted to Olympic Pipe Line Company LLC for the Operation and Maintenance of its Existing Petroleum Pipeline within Certain City Rights of Way and Public Property

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-11-045. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Transferring Funds from the General Fund to the Sportsplex Fund

Lisa Anderson / Michael 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-11-046. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Relating to the Levying of Taxes and Establishing the Amount to be Raised in 2022 on the Assessed Valuation of the Property Within the City

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23125 3.

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Hollie Huthman / Daniel Hammill 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-11-047. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington, Relating to Land Use and Zoning, Extending a Moratorium on Development Applications and Permits Relating to the Redevelopment of Existing Mobile Home or Manufactured Home Parks, and Setting Six Months as the Effective Period of the Moratorium to Allow the City to Review Options and Draft Regulations for the Preservation of Existing Mobile Home and Manufactured Home Parks

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-11-048. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Adjournment

Nalini Margaitis Legislative Assistant nimargaitis@cob.org

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The next Public Comment session will be next Monday, November 15, 2021 and the next regular City Council meeting will be held Monday, November 22, 2021, both at 7:00 PM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:14 PM.

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
October 25, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council  

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Legislative Assistant Nalini Margaitis

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On November 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider the City of Bellingham’s 2021-2022 Mid-Biennium Budget Adjustment
  2. On November 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider the City of Bellingham’s 2021-2022 Mid-Biennium Budget Adjustment
  3. The next three City Council public comment sessions will be held at 7:00 PM on November 1, November 15, and November 29

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Public Hearing

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23137 1. Public Hearing on a Resolution and an Ordinance Amending Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 11: Parking Modifications

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to refer the item to the Public Works and Natural Resources Committee.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

23138 1.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Transportation Commission (Approval)

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved the Mayor’s appointments of Tim Wilder, Jacki Quinn and Addie Candib, to their first terms on the Transportation Commission, which will expire on October 25, 2024, at which time they may be reappointed.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Comment Period
The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources 10:00 AM
23087 1. Whatcom Creek Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

23130 2. Public Street Right-of-Way Fundamentals Part 2 of 3

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Parks and Recreation 11:00 AM

23139 1. License for Entry and Use of City Property (Memorial Park) by Bellingham School District

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23140 2.
Climate Action 11:30 AM

23141 1.

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Interlocal Agreement Between City of Bellingham and Public Utility District #1 for Carbon Reduction Initiatives

Presentation during Committee.

Pinky Vargas / Daniel Hammill moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement between the City of Bellingham and the Public Utility District #1 for Carbon Reduction Initiatives.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Presentation during Committee.

Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Hannah Stone

Annual Report on Greenways Program

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Community and Economic Development 1:00 PM

23142 1.

23143 2.

Economic Development Partner Agencies will Provide an Overview of Local COVID Recovery Response and Trends

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Human Services Contracts for 1) Contracting with Northwest Youth Services for Operating a Young Adult Winter Shelter, and 2) Expanding Support of the Homeless Outreach Team

Presentation during Committee.

Hollie Huthman / Michael Lilliquist moved to support a staff recommendation to contract with Northwest Youth Services for operating a Young Adult Winter Shelter.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Hollie Huthman / Lisa Anderson moved to support expanding of the Homeless Outreach Team with an additional $196,000 in funds to supprot the expansion. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

23026

  1. Ordinance Renewing the Olympic Pipe Line Franchise AgreementPresentation during Committee.
    Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  2. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Transferring Funds from the General Fund to the Sportsplex Debt FundHannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  3. An Ordinance Establishing the Property Tax Levy for 2022Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  4. Extension and Renewal of an Ordinance Establishing a Moratorium on Development Applications and Permits Relating to the Redevelopment of the Manufactured Home Parks in BellinghamHannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  5. A Proposal to Amend BMC 20.29, Incentive Program for Innovative Affordable Homeownership Projects, to Increase the Maximum Density Allowed for Qualifying Projects

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23125

23146

23147

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Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to direct staff to add the item to their Work Plan in the Planning Department.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Hearing Examiner Annual Report to Council

Presentation during Committee. information only.

LEAD Program Update

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Budget Work Session

Work session during Committee.

  1. Approval of MinutesDaniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the October 11, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0.Abstained: Lisa Anderson
  2. Old/New Business

Executive Session 3:30 PM

  1. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, aprrox. 5 min)Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Potential Property Acquisition (Nabbefeld, approx. 15 min)Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  3. Potential Litigation (Erb, approx. 30 min)Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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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.

23151 1. 23152 2. 23153 3. 23154 4.

23155 5. 23156 6.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 01, 2021 through October 07, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 08, 2021 through October 14, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated September 16, 2021 to September 30, 2021

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for ESRP and ALEA Grant Funding for the Little Squalicum Estuary Project

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Department of Ecology for One Time Grant Program Funding for the Little Squalicum Estuary Project

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Department of Ecology for Centennial Clean Water Program Grant Funding for the Little Squalicum Estuary Project

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23079 1.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan and the Alabama Hill, Birchwood, Lettered Streets, Samish, and Sunnyland Neighborhood Plans to Rezone Six Neighborhood Parks from a Residential Designation to a Public

Daniel Hammill / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman

ZoningDesignation

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23080 2.

NAYS: (None) EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-10-040

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to Incorporate Bellingham’s Surface and Stormwater Comprehensive Plan (SSCP) by Reference

Hollie Huthman / Michael 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-10-041.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 7.12 Regarding Setback and Distance Standards Associated with the Keeping of Bees

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

23123 3.

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-10-042.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to Incorporate by Reference the Bellingham School District’s 2021-2026 Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) and Updating Bellingham’s School Impact Fee Ordinance in Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) 19.08 to be Consistent with the District’s Updated CFP

Lisa Anderson / Michael 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: Stone, Knutson, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-10-043.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Daniel Hammill

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending Several Chapters of the Bellingham Municipal Code, Titles 20 and 23, and Several Neighborhood Plans for the Purposes of Ensuring Intended Densities in Residential Multi (RM) Zones

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: Knutson
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-10-044.

MOTION CARRIED 6-1. Opposed: Gene Knutson

23111 5.

Adjournment

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Council Member Knutson honored Liz Coogan, Emergency Operations Manager, as he extended his well wishes for her speedy recovery.

Council President Stone announced that the next Regular Council Meeting is scheduled for November 8, 2021. The next Public Comment Session will be held on November 1, 2021.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:51 PM.

Nalini Margaitis Legislative Assistant nimargaitis@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
October 11, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council 

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. The next three City Council public comment sessions will be held at 7:00 PM on October 18, November 1, and November 15. Public comment sessions may be accessed via the following link: https://cob.org/commentzoom

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Public Hearing

23123 1. A Public Hearing to Consider a Draft Ordinance Amending BMC 7.12 to Reduce Setback Requirements Related to Beekeeping

The Bellingham Municipal Code 7.12 currently requires a 50-foot setback from the nearest property line for a beekeeping. The setback makes it difficult for lots

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23124 2.

under 10,000 square feet to meet this requirement. To allow more opportunities for beekeeping, staff recommends a reduced setback of 25 feet from any property line or in some cases, closer than 25 feet if certain requirements are met.

Kim Weil, Planner, provided information on the setbacks for beekeeping and ways to amend Title 7 of the Bellingham Municipal Code that allow more beekeeping on small urban lots. The proposed amendment reduces property line setbacks from fifty feet to twenty-five feet which permits beekeeping on smaller lots with safety measures that include fences or hedges at least 6 feet tall.

Council President Stone opened the public hearing.

Public Comment was taken.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Lisa Anderson excused.

A Public Hearing to Consider a Request from the Bellingham School District to Amend the Capital Facilities Chapter of the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan

The Bellingham School District is seeking an amendment to the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to add their new six-year capital facilities plan. Coordination between the City and the Bellingham School District is required by the State Growth Management Act for the district to continue to collect impact fees.

Greg Aucutt, Assistant Director, prepared a Capital Facilities Plan detailing what might be needed for the future.

Curtis Lawyer, Capital Project Director, discussed the calculation of the impact fees. He also shared the update to the plan and how the impact fees are based on data and planning analysis.

Council President Stone, opened the public hearing.
Public Comment was taken.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

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Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Lisa Anderson excused, and Dan Hammill recused.

A Public Hearing on the 2022 Revenue Projections, Including a One Percent Increase to the Regular Property Tax Levy

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, discussed the proposed one percent increase to the regular property tax levy and how it is calculated.

Council President Stone opened the public hearing.

Public Comment was taken.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

This item was for information only. An ordinance for consideration will be coming forward at the November 8, 2021 meeting.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

23126 1.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that today Bellingham celebrated Coast Salish Day. There were activities and celebrations throughout the community for residents to join either online as a virtual event or in-person. He attended the Lummi Nation’s dinner and celebration.

Mayor’s Appointment of Barbara Ryan to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

The Mayor appointed Barbara Ryan as the Edgemoor Neighborhood Primary Representative to her first term, on the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on October 5, 2023, at which time she may be reappointed.

Information only.

Public Comment Report

Council President Stone reported that several participants joined at the last Public Comment session that was held on October 4, 2021. A minimum of twenty one people joined the session. Minutes that provide a summary of speaker’s concerns can be found at www.cob.org/meetings

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The next scheduled Public Comment session is scheduled for October 18, 2021, at 7:00 PM and can be joined at https://cob.org/commentzoom

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

23127 1.

23026 2.

23128 3.

22741 4.

Planning 23111 1.

Pipeline Safety Program Presentation by Sean Mayo of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC)

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Proposed Ordinance Renewing the Olympic Pipe Line Franchise

Presentation during Committee. A draft ordinance was reviewed and will be brought forth for first and second reading at a future date.

Emergency Repairs of Post Point Generator Controls and Building Roof

Discussion during Committee.
Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-27. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Lisa Anderson excused.
Surface and Stormwater Comprehensive Plan Overview
Discussion during Committee. Information only.

A Work Session to Consider Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Municipal Code for the Residential-Multi Project

Presentation during Committee.
Hollie Huthman / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 5-1-1, Gene Knutson opposed, and Lisa Anderson excused.

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Committee of the Whole

23045 1.

  1. 23047  2.
  2. 23048  3.
  3. 23049  4.
  1. 23129  5.
  2. 23130  6.

Review of Initiative 2021-01, Renter Relocation Assistance

Hannah Stone / Pinky Vargas moved final approval of Resolution #2021-28.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Lisa Anderson excused.

Review of Initiative 2021-02, Restricting Use of Police Technologies

Review of Initiative 2021-03, Neutrality in Labor Campaigns

Review of Initiative 2021-04, Fair Treatment of Hourly Wage and Gig Workers

Presentation of 2021-2022 Mid-Biennium Adjustment

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Legal Department Presentation on Public Rights of Way

Presentation during Committee. One of three presentations with the other two being presented in Public Works and Natural Resources Committee.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to bring forward a revised street vacation policy to be codified by City Council.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Lisa Anderson excused.

7. Approval of Minutes

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the September 27, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Lisa Anderson excused.

8. Old/New Business

No items were presented during Old/New business.

Executive – Report and Action only.
1. Litigation: Fox v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on a litigation matter.

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Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with outside legal counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office in representing the City of Bellingham in this lawsuit.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Lisa Anderson excused.

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.

23131 1. 23132 2. 23133 3. 23134 4.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated September 01, 2021 to September 15, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 17, 2021 through September 23, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 24, 2021 through September 30, 2021

Joint Funding Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and US Department of Interior/US Geological Survey for Water Resources Investigation

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Lisa Anderson excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23112 1.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Section 20.15.050.C, to Allow up to Three Renewals of One Year Each for Temporary Tiny House Encampments Provided that Conditions are Met.

Michael Lilliquist / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Anderson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-10-039.

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Adjournment

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

The next Public Comment session will be next Monday, October 18, 2021, at 7:00 PM and the next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be Monday, October 25, 2021, at 7:00 PM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:09 PM.

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
September 27, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council 

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On October 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider a draft ordinance amending Title 7 of the Bellingham Municipal Code to revise setback requirements for beekeeping.
  2. On October 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider a request from the Bellingham School District to amend the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to incorporate the District’s new Capital Facility Plan by reference.
  3. On October 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a public hearing to consider the City of Bellingham’s 2022 Revenue Forecast Including Property Tax Levy.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

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Public Hearing

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  1. Public Hearing on an Emergency Ordinance Renewing and Extending a Moratorium on the Processing of Applications for Detached Single-Family Development in Multi-Family ZonesOn March 9, 2020, the City Council adopted an emergency one-year moratorium ordinance, which was extended on 3/8/21 and 8/30/21, that prohibits the acceptance or processing of any application for new single-family development in a multi-family zoned area. State law (RCW 36.70A.390) requires the City Council hold a Public Hearing on an emergency ordinance within 60-days of passage. The moratorium ensures land designated for multi-family development will be preserved and utilized at appropriate densities while new regulations are being considered.Kurt Nabbefeld, Development Services Manager asked that Council provide direction. At the conclusion of the public testimony, Council can take no action and keep the moratorium in place or vote to rescind or modify the moratorium. Staff recommends Council take no action to leave the moratorium in place.Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.
    Public Comment was taken.
    There being no further comments, the Public Hearing was closed.Council Member Knutson asked how long the moratorium could be extended. Kurt Nabbefeld answered that it is written for six months, but staff is hoping to have this project complete by the end of the year.
  2. A Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Municipal Code for the Residential-Multi ProjectIn 2019, the City Council directed staff to pursue strategies to facilitate intended densities in Residential Multi (RM) Zones. This project includes changes to the Bellingham Municipal Code and a number of neighborhood plans. Staff has completed the analysis of these zones and identified changes necessary to achieve intended densities and potentially increase the supply of small-scale housing types. The Planning Commission has completed their review process and in June voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the changes.Greg Aucutt, Assistant Planning and Community Development Director explained that the Planning Department had three objectives when they started the project over a year ago. They were to achieve intended densities in RM

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zones, implement Comprehensive Plan goals for housing options, compact growth and climate action, and to simplify the RM zoning code. After the Public Hearing, staff’s expectation is that Council would assign the matter to the Planning Committee and identify areas that staff should spend time on, issues to explore during a work session, or questions that staff can make note of to address during the session.

Staff provided a detailed presentation on goals of the project. Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.
Public Comment was taken.
There being no further comments, the Public Hearing was closed. Council Members asked questions.

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to direct the project to the Planning Committee for a work session and discussion.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

A Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 20.15, Temporary Shelters for People Experiencing Homelessness

The proposed revisions would allow for up to three one-year renewals beyond the currently allowed maximum of two years at any one shelter site. The ordinance establishes a process and criteria to evaluate renewal requests. Renewals would be evaluated based on proposed criteria contained in the ordinance. The Planning Commission has completed their review and in June voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the proposed amendments.

Kurt Nabbefeld, Development Services Manager explained the amendments of the ordinance.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Public Comment was taken.

There being no further comments, the Public Hearing was closed.

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

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Mayor’s Appointment of Raymond Dellecker to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (Information)

The Mayor appoints Raymond Dellecker to serve his first partial term on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which will expire on April 4, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed.

Information only.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Community Development Advisory Board (Information)

The Mayor appoints Suneeta Eisenbert to serve her first term on the Community Development Advisory Board, which will expire on September 10, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.

Information only.

The Mayor appoints Christopher Pasquale to serve his first term on the Community Development Advisory Board, which will expire on October 1, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

Information only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Ryan Van Straten to the Design Review Board (Approval)

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment of Ryan Van Straten to his first full term on the Design Review Board, which will expire on October 14, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

The Mayor announced that the City of Bellingham recognizes that October 11, 2021, is Coast Salish Day and will be partnering with local educational institutions to promote a virtual Indigenous People’s Day event. The event is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 PM on October 11, 2021, and the regularly scheduled Council Committee Meeting times will be adjusted to allow the

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opportunity for council members to attend. Livestream details on the event will be published this week on the City’s website.

As requested by Council Member Pinky Vargas, the Mayor asked Kurt Nabbefeld, to provide information on Northwest Youth Services PAD project, which is proposed on 36th Street. Kurt Nabbefeld explained that Northwest Youth Services submitted an application to construct a small interim housing unit. After the necessary review process was completed, a permit was issued last week for the facility.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below:

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources

23087 1. Lake Whatcom Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Update – Part 2: Monitoring and Modeling

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Committee of the Whole

23116 1. 23003 2.

Opportunity Council Presentation On Local Federal Assistance

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

American Rescue Plan Act Update

Proposed strategies were presented by staff during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to “bucket” three areas of funding focus. Those areas include housing and food security in homelessness, economic recovery with an emphasis on tourism and childcare, and climate resilency and carbon reduction. The motion also included approving the priority and funding “buckets” as well as the iterative approval process.

22972 3.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Update on Process to Create a County-Wide Racial Equity Commission

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

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A Resolution Affirming that Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-26.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Approval of Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the September 13, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson abstained.

Old/New Business

Council President Stone highlighted that BTV won several awards for their excellence in production of videos. The awards were in several categories and given by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

She also provided an update of last Monday’s Public Comment Session where she was joined by Council Members Lilliquist and Huthman. There were a minimum of 46 attendees and 21 of those attendees addressed Council. There are minutes that provide a brief synopsis of topics discussed and can be found under www.cob.org/meetings.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.

  1. Labor Relations: Discuss Collective Bargaining Strategy(Monahan, approx. 10 min)Staff provided information on a labor relations matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Litigation: Lev v. City of Bellingham(DiJulio, approx. 60 min)Special counsel provided information on a litigation matter.Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to ratify and confirm the mediated settlement between the City of Bellingham and Judge Debra Lev, and to authorize the Mayor and the City’s legal counsel to execute all necessary documents and to take such action to implement the settlement; and, for other

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appropriate City officials to take such further action as may be necessary or desirable to effectuate the provisions of this motion and the settlement.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Details of the joint statement and settlement can be found at:

Bellingham Municipal Court – City of Bellingham (cob.org)

or

Office of Mayor Seth Fleetwood – City of Bellingham (cob.org)

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.

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Bid Award for Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Communication Equipment Repair Services, BID #28B-2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated August 16, 2021 to August 31, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 27, 2021 through September 02, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 03, 2021 through September 09, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 03, 2021 through September 16, 2021

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23092 1. Proposed Ordinance Accepting Donation of Hillside Estates Stormwater Facility

Hannah Stone / Gene 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:

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AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-09-038Adjournment

The next Public Comment session will be next Monday, October 4, 2021 and the next regular City Council meeting will be held Monday, October 11, 2021, both at 7:00 PM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:12 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
September 13, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council  

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On September 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing for consideration of amendments to the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan and Municipal Code for the Residential-Multi project.
  2. On September 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing for consideration of changes to BMC 20.15, temporary shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Currently, shelter sites are limited to two years. The proposal would allow up to three one-year renewals for sites that meet proposed criteria.
  3. On October 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider a draft ordinance amending Title 7 of the Bellingham Municipal Code to revise setback requirements for beekeeping.
  4. On October 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider a request from the Bellingham School District to amend the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to incorporate the District’s new Capital Facility Plan by reference.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

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Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

Mayor Fleetwood reported that the hospital has set a record high for COVID-19 patients this past weekend. He asked the community to renew their efforts in reducing the spread of the virus, by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask indoors and outdoors in large crowds, as well as frequent handwashing and getting vaccinated.

The Mayor announced that this year is the third annual All In for Climate Action Week and it is set to begin on Monday, September 20 through Sunday, September 26 to celebrate awareness of climate change. The City’s goal is raising awareness and become a completely carbon free city. He encouraged everyone to find out more information at www.cob.org/climate to find out more and how they can contribute.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Committee of the Whole

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23086 2.

Update on Implementation of Interim Housing Strategies (i.e. Shelter) for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Staff provided a progress update to Council during Committee. Information only.

Consideration of Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County for a Homeless Communication Strategy

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement with Whatcom County for a Homeless Communication Strategy.

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23092 3.

23102 4.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson excused.

Proposed Ordinance Accepting Donation of Hillside Estates Stormwater Facility

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson excused.

Bid Award for Job Order Contracting – Construction Services: Bid #26B-2021

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved to award Bid No. 26B-2021 to both Forma Construction and Colacurcio Brothers as qualified firms to perform general construction work in accordance with the City’s Job Order Contracting Program (JOC). Forma Construction and Colacurcio Brothers were the lowest responsive, responsible proposals. Council approves the authorization for the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the initial term of the contracts for two years, with a minimum commitment of $100,000. State law allows additional work, but does not guarantee up to $4,000,000 per year if funds are available, with a maximum of $350,000 per approved job work order.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson excused.

Report from the September 1, 2021 Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Opportunities for Public Engagement with the City Council

The City Council will hear Public Comment at a new time and session on the following dates:

Commencing on September 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Advance registration is not required to participate. To join any of the public comment sessions, sign-in to the meeting at https://cob.org/commentzoom

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2021 Dates for Public Comment Periods September 20th

October 4th October 18th November 1st November 15th November 29th

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December 20th December 27th

Additional ways to engage with the Bellingham City Council are:
 Attend City Council meetings or view them via BTV Bellingham

(https://cob.org/services/education/btv) or via Zoom (instructions for remote meeting access provided in each City Council meeting agenda (https://cob.org/cczoom)

  1. Approval of MinutesHollie Huthman / Pinky Vargas moved approval of the August 30, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Gene Knutson excused, and Dan Hammill abstained.
  2. Old/New BusinessCouncil Member Vargas explained that during Committee of the Whole this afternoon, under the update on Interim Housing, she expressed her gratitude toward Anne Deacon, who has worked for the Health Department for many

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years and will be retiring soon. She shared that the City has worked with Anne for many years and appreciates her service and partnership.

Another item Council Member Vargas highlighted was that this Winter, there will be opportunities for extending the Winter Sheltering efforts. Thanks to Christ the King, as they have offered to host a program for shelter that begins in October and will go through March. If Base Camp reaches capacity, there will be shelter options up to forty beds at the old Drop-In Center site on Holly Street hosted by Christ the King Church.

Council Member Hammill discussed the ways Anne Deacon’s work with the City and County affected the community throughout her years of service. She has been instrumental in the development of the Ground Level Response and Coordinated Engagement program, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, and the Crisis Stabiliation Center for treatment options.

Council President Stone Hannah also thanked Christ the King for their service and noted a correction in the agenda packet. It had stated thirty beds were listed for overnight availability, but it should actually read forty beds will be available for overnight shelter.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.

  1. Litigation: Lev v. City of BellinghamSpecial Counsel provided information on a litigation matter.Pinky Vargas / Daniel Hammill moved to continue the September 13, 2021, City Council meeting to September 20, 2021, at 1:00 PM to conduct an executive session in this case, Lev v. City of Bellingham, where a link to the virtual meeting on September 20, 2021, will be posted on the City’s website.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson excused.
  2. Litigation: Hanson v. City of Bellingham
    Outside counsel and legal staff provided information on a litigation matter. For

information and discussion. No action taken.

3. Potential Property Acquisition

Legal staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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4. Potential Property Acquisition

Legal staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

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  2. 23105  2.
  3. 23106  3.
  4. 23107  4.
  5. 23108  5.
  6. 23109  6.
  7. 23110  7.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated August 01, 2021 to August 15, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 06, 2021 through August 12, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 13, 2021 through August 19, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 20, 2021 through August 26, 2021

Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Fire District 8 for the City to Maintain Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Vehicles and Related Equipment

Interlocal Agreement Between The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County for the 2021 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program Award

Inter-Agency Agreement with Washington State Department of Ecology for Two Washington Conservation Corps Crews

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23088 1.

An Ordinance Relating to the Vacation of the Full Width of Stuart Road Abutting Parcel Numbers 380211-165469, 380211-231475 and 380211- 200375 in Bellingham.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

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AYES: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-09-034.
An Ordinance Relating to the Vacation of the Full Width of Center Street

Abutting Lots 1-16, Block 6, Town of Whatcom Supplemental in Bellingham.

Pinky Vargas / Daniel Hammill 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-09-035.
An Ordinance Adding a New Chapter 6.53 to the Bellingham Municipal Code

to Regulate Third Party Food Delivery Platforms.

Hollie Huthman / Lisa Anderson 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-09-036.
An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues

and Expenditures in the General Fund and Adding and Increasing Positions.

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

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AYES: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

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MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-09-037. Adjournment

Council President Stone reminded all that there will be a continuation of Executive Session on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 1:00 PM. In addition, the Council will host a Public Comment Period also on September 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM.

The next regularly scheduled Council Meeting will be September 27, 2021.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
August 30, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council  

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On September 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing for consideration of amendments to the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan and Municipal Code for the Residential-Multi project.
  2. On September 27, 2021, at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing for consideration of changes to BMC 20.15, temporary shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Currently, shelter sites are limited to two years. The proposal would allow up to three one-year renewals for sites that meet proposed criteria.
  3. On October 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider a draft ordinance amending Title 7 of the Bellingham Municipal Code to revise setback requirements for beekeeping.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

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Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Presentation 22593 1.

Update on COVID-19 Response

Erika Lautenbach, Director of the Whatcom County Health Department, expressed concerns about the case increases for COVID-19 at this time. She recommended employing preventative measures and advised against large gatherings whether indoor or outdoor.

Katie Sanford, Whatcom County Health Department, discussed the COVID-19 impact stories from the recent community assessment.

Council Members asked questions.

A Public Hearing to Consider Two Requests to Docket Amendments to the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan for Review in 2021-2022

Moshe Quinn, Planner, provided a presentation on the docket proposals. The Planning Commission recommend docketing the two proposals for review in 2021 – 2022 and approve the resolution provided in the agenda packet.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Public comment was taken.

There being no further comments, the Public Hearing was closed.

Gene Knutson / Pinky Vargas moved final approval of Resolution #2021-25. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Public Hearing to Consider an Application from the Parks and Recreation Department for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Rezone Six Neighborhood Parks from a Residential Designation to a Public Zoning Designation

Moshe Quinn, Planner, explained that this is a request to rezone six parks from a Residential designation to a Public zone. This is a procedural request to clean up the zoning requirements.

Public Hearing 23078 1.

23079 2.

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Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

There being no comments, the Public Hearing was closed.

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Public Hearing to Consider a Request from City Staff to Amend the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to Incorporate by Reference the City’s New Surface and Stormwater Comprehensive Plan

Moshe Quinn, Planner, explained that this item is to amend the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to include the City’s new Surface and Stormwater Comprehensive Plan by reference. The amendment is needed to remove the outdated 2007 Stormwater Plan reference. The Planning Commission recommended the change and voted to approve the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment by a 5-0 vote on July 8, 2021.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

There being no comments, the Public Hearing was closed.

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

Mayor Fleetwood shared that regarding the Douglas Street vacation that recently passed by Council (5-2 vote), the City will guarantee that there is a Parks quality trail going through the area. Tree retention will be at a 2-to-1 ratio for any trees that may be replaced during construction, and no fences will be tolerated to impede access to the trail once it is constructed. Some new efforts regarding management of rights-of-ways include that staff to notify his office when a new request comes in so that he can alert City Council as well. This should add a new level of consideration. He also directed staff to prepare a series of presentations to help explain right-of-ways in a broader context. The first in the series is scheduled for the October 11, 2021 Council meeting. In addition, staff will begin a process by which the City assesses unimproved right- of-ways in the updated Bicycle Master Plan.

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23081 1.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

The Mayor appoints Louise Bjornson to serve as the Birchwood Primary Representative for her first term on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on August 16, 2023, at which time she may be reappointed. Information only.

The Mayor appoints Christopher Grannis to serve as the South Primary Representative for his first term on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on August 16, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed. Information only.

Mayor’s Appointment of Jagwinder Gill to the Immigration Advisory Board (Approval)

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Mayor’s appointment of Jagwinder Gill to his first term on the Immigration Advisory Board, which will expire on August 30, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

23082 2.

Public Comment Period

No Public Comment was taken at this time.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

23083 1.

Bid Award for 2021 Roofing Project – Mount Baker Theatre, BID #36B-2021

Discussion during Committee.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 36B-2021 for 2021 Roofing Project of the Mount Baker Theatre to Faber Construction Corporation of Lynden, Washington as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $957,440.00, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Request for Sewer Service at 665 Marine Drive

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23085 3.

An update was provided during Committee.

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to approve and authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract that allows the property owner to connect to City sewer subject to the conditions of the sewer service agreement, which includes annexation.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Western Washington University for Lake Whatcom Monitoring

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement between the City and Western Washington University for Lake Whatcom monitoring.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

22889 4.
23087 5.
City Council Special Meeting

23088 1.

Closed Record Hearing to Consider a Street Vacation Petition for a Portion of Stuart Road Between Northwest Drive and Interstate 5

A closed record hearing was held during Committee. A unanimous recommendation was made and approved to adopt the Hearing Examiner’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions, and Recommendation with no compensation.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Closed Record Hearing to Consider a Street Vacation Petition for “Center Street” Located Between D, E, Astor and Bancroft Streets in “Old Town”

A closed record hearing was held during Committee. A unanimous recommendation was made and approved to adopt the Hearing Examiner’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions, and Recommendation with compensation to be set at $84,000.00.

23089 2.

Update on the City of Bellingham Urban Forestry Management Plan

Lake Whatcom Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Update – Part 1: Process

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

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Planning 23090 1.

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Resolution to Relinquish Easement Recorded with the 1997 Dumas Avenue Street Vacation Ordinance

Presentation during Committee. Staff recommended relinquishment of the surplus easement.

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2021-24. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Committee of the Whole

23073 1.

23038 2.

23091 3.

Update on City YouTube Channels

Update during Committee. The City has received some assurance of service from YouTube after contacting their regional representative, but not a guarantee of service if violations of their policies continue. The guarantee is relatively impossible to obtain and there is limited risk with going forward during live meetings. Information only.

Discussion of In-Person City Meetings

The Administration recommend that City Council meetings continue to be held remotely, with boards and commissions also meeting remotely. The decision was made due to the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases and the desire to maintain social distance as often as possible. Information only.

Opportunities for Public Engagement with the City Council

Discussion during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to implement a pilot program of hosting a public comment period on an off Monday. The first one being scheduled for September 20, 2021.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

An Ordinance Adding a New Chapter 6.53 to the Bellingham Municipal Code to Regulate Third Party Food Delivery Platforms

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Renewal and Extension of an Emergency Ordinance Imposing a Moratorium on the Processing of Applications for Detached Single-Family Development in Multi-Family Zones

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Knutson, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Emergency Ordinance 2021-08-033.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget

Hannah Stone / Pinky Vargas moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

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8. Approval of Minutes

2021 Second Quarter Financial Review

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Hollie Huthman / Gene Knutson moved approval of the August 2, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill excused, and Pinky Vargas abstained.

9. Old/New Business

Council President Stone reminded everyone that the WTA sought a representative to serve on their board. Council Member Lilliquist was appointed by Council during Committee.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.
1. Litigation: Young v. City of Bellingham, et al.

Special counsel provided information on a litigation matter.

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Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a settlement agreement with the following terms: dismissal of the lawsuit and resolution of all claims related thereto for payment to the plaintiff of $100,000.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

  1. Litigation: Hanlon v. City of BellinghamLegal staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Litigation: Lev v. City of BellinghamSpecial counsel provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

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Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 16, 2021 through July 23, 2021 Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 24, 2021 through July 29, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 30, 2021 through August 05, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated July 16, 2021 to July 31, 2021

Grant Easement to the Port of Bellingham at the Padden Lagoon

Authorize the Mayor to Execute an Interagency Agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology for the Pollution Prevention Assistance Partnership

First Amendment to the Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County to End the Coordinated Design of the West Horton Road Extension Project

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

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Final Consideration of Ordinances

23059 1.

Ordinance Renewing the Cascade Natural Gas Franchise

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Knutson, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-08-032. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:17 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
August 2, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council  

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On August 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider an application from the Parks and Recreation Department for a comprehensive plan amendment to rezone six neighborhood parks from a Residential designation to a Public zoning designation. The rezone proposals include Highlands Heights Park, Maplewood/Mcleod Park, Birchwood Park, Cornwall Tot Lot, Ridgemont Park, and Sunnyland Park.
  2. On August 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider a request from City staff to amend the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to incorporate the City’s new Surface and Stormwater Comprehensive Plan by reference.
  3. On August 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider two requests to docket amendments to the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan for review in 2021-2022. The comprehensive plan amendment proposals include: a request to rezone a property located at 2948 James Street in Area 1A of the Sunnyland Neighborhood from Residential, Single to Residential Multi, Multiple/Mixed (offices allowed) (no density), and a rezone request in Area 1 of the Cordata Neighborhood to remove all “Town Center” code references in the Cordata PUD.

Roll Call

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Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

The Mayor relayed new guidance regarding masks. The increase of COVID-19 Delta variant case counts and rise in infections in Whatcom County has directed the decision. He asked that all City staff and the public entering City offices wear face masks.

He reminded all that at the next City Council meeting, scheduled for August 30, the Council and Administration plan to discuss in-person meetings.

Recruitment for a Planning & Community Development Director position has begun. The City is seeking an inspired leader for the position and selection timing is aimed for October 2021.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that the Lehigh Cement Company has agreed to donate 1,200 feet of the Lehigh Pier to the City to be used as a public, waterfront recreational amenity. The Pier extends from the southwest corner of Little Squalicum Beach Park into Bellingham Bay. Some renovations must be made and will likely take 3-4 years. The necessary access easement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe is under review.

Public Comment Period

Suspended at this time.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources
23059 1. Ordinance Renewing the Cascade Natural Gas Franchise

Presentation during Committee.

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Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

23069 2. Broadband Advisory Workgroup Update

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice
23070 1. Amendment to ALS Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an amendment of the ALS Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

Committee of the Whole

23071 1. City Council Appointment of an Alternate Council President Pro Tempore for August 16-23, 2021

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to appoint Council Member Anderson as the alternative Council President Pro-Tempore for the week of August 16-23, 2021.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

23045 2. A Resolution Related to Initiative 2021-01, Which Expands Tenant Rights to Include Rental Relocation Assistance

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-18, in regard to Initiative 2021-01, which would expand tenant rights to include rental relocation assistance. The Council designates Sage Jones, Eve Smason-Marcus, and Seth Mangold to serve on the committee “for” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure. The Council designates Jim Henderson, Bret Beaupain, and Jon Neville to serve on the committee “against” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters reject the measure.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

23047 3. A Resolution Related to Initiative 2021-02, Which Concerns the Use of Facial Recognition Technology and Predictive Policing Technology

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2021-19, in regard to Initiative 2021-02, which would prohibit the use of facial recognition

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technology and predictive policing technology. The Council designates Cleveland Harris II, Jessmaya Morales, and Josh Cerretti to serve on the committee “for” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure. The Council designates Phyllis McKee, David Charleston, and Sean Brogan to serve on the committee “against” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters reject the measure.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

A Resolution Related to Initiative 2021-03, Which Concerns Recipients Using City Funds to Discourage Unionization Efforts

Hollie Huthman / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-20, in regard to Initiative 2021-03, which would prohibit recipients from using city funds to discourage unionization efforts. The Council designates Peter Pihos, Hannah Fishman, and Betsy Pernotto to serve on the committee “for” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure. The Council designates Dan Dunne, Dave Onkels, and one other to be determined, to serve on the committee “against” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters reject the measure.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

A Resolution Related to Initiative 2021-04, Which Concerns Employee Rights for Hourly-Wage Employees and Gig Workers

Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-21, in regard to Initiative 2021-04, which concerns employee rights for hourly-wage employees and gig workers. The Council designates Sam Wambold, Stephanie Oppelaar, and Tyler Occhiogrosso to serve on the committee “for” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure. The Council designates Chelsea Acton, Kerri Lonergan-Dreke, and Sarah Rothenbuhler to serve on the committee “against” the initiative bill to prepare a statement advocating that voters reject the measure.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

A Resolution Appointing Committees to Prepare Statements For and Against a Proposed Charter Amendment to Reduce the Number of Signatures Required to Amend the Charter by the Petition Method

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2021-22 that appoints community members to serve on the Committees for and against the proposed Charter amendment to reduce the number of signatures required to amend the Charter by the petition method. The City Council designates Michael Lilliquist, Andrew Redding, and Cindy Madigan to serve on the committee “for” the proposed Charter amendment to Article XIII, section 2 of

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the City’s Charter to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure. The City Council made several efforts to solicit committee members to serve on the committee “against” the proposed Charter amendment to Article XIII, section 2 of the City’s Charter to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure, and none applied.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Pinky Vargas excused and Michael Lilliquist recused.

A Resolution Appointing Committees to Prepare Statements For and Against a Proposed Charter Amendment to Reduce the Number of Signatures Required to Propose an Initiative

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-23 that appoints community members to serve on the Committees for and against the proposed Charter amendment to reduce the number of signatures required to propose an initiative. The City Council designates Michael Lilliquist, Andrew Redding, and Cindy Madigan to serve on the committee “for” the proposed Charter amendment to X, section 2 of the City’s Charter to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure. The City Council made several efforts to solicit committee members to service on the committee “against” the proposed Charter amendment to Article X, section 2 of the City’s Charter to prepare a statement advocating that voters approve the measure, and none applied.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Pinky Vargas excused, and Michael Lilliquist recused.

Letter to State Officials in Response to House Bill 1310

Discussion during Committee. Concerning HB 1310 and HB 1223, that recently passed in the Washington State Legislature, Council Member Hammill shared that he met with local representatives and asked that we continue to support development of an alternative response team for emergency services. He also advocates for more understanding on changes in certain recent laws that were passed and more clarity to be provided to local law enforcement on those laws.

Information only.

Work Session: Council Discussion Regarding Video Platform Options

Presentation during Committee by Marty Mulholland, I.T. Director, provided information and options for video live-streaming.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to maintain the YouTube channel and provide access to the public.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

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11. Approval of Minutes

Work Session: Council Discussion Regarding Public Comment Options

Discussion during Committee. Information only.

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the July 26, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

12. Old/New Business

Council Member Anderson shared that the Bellingham Dock Side Market is scheduled for two dates, August 7 and August 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 PM. The market is held at Squalicum Harbor, Gate 7. It is a good opportunity to buy fresh or flash frozen seafood and a good way to support the local fishing industry. She also announced that the Whatcom Museum has resumed the Historic Sunset Cruise on Tuesdays. It is a chance to cruise the Harbor and support the Whatcom Museum. Interested persons can check the Whatcom Museum website for times and tickets.

Council President Stone shared that in response to HB 1310, she would like to explore other options for expanding our lobbying efforts. She added that she would like to consider adding a designated Council support person for communication. Perhaps a Council counterpart to current Communications Director to help support City Council’s effort to maintain communication with the public. She would like that to be an item on the radar as budget discussions begin in the next month.

Dan Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to bring forth a discussion on lobbying efforts and an additional communications assistant to Council at September meeting.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.

  1. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Litigation: Lev v. City of Bellingham

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Special counsel provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

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Adjournment

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 02, 2021 through July 08, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 09, 2021 through July 15, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated July 01, 2021 to July 15, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM.

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
July 26, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council  

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On August 30, 2021, at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider an application from the Parks and Recreation Department for a comprehensive plan amendment to rezone six neighborhood parks from a Residential designation to a Public zoning designation. The rezone proposals include Highlands Heights Park, Maplewood/Mcleod Park, Birchwood Park, Cornwall Tot Lot, Ridgemont Park, and Sunnyland Park.
  2. On August 30, 2021, at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider a request from City staff to amend the Capital Facilities and Utilities Chapter of the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to incorporate the City’s new Surface and Stormwater Comprehensive Plan by reference.
  3. On August 30, 2021, at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider two requests to docket amendments to the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan for review in 2021-2022. The comprehensive plan amendment proposals include: a request to rezone a property located at 2948 James Street in Area 1A of the Sunnyland Neighborhood from Residential, Single to Residential Multi, Multiple / Mixed (offices allowed) (no density), and a rezone request in Area 1 of the Cordata Neighborhood to remove all “Town Center” code references in the Cordata PUD.

Roll Call

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Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Public Hearing 23046 1.

Public Hearing for Consideration of Application for Bureau of Justice Grant in the Amount of $24,735

Flo Simon, Police Chief, explained that the Police Department trains on Implicit Bias every three years. A grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the amount of $38,736 was awarded for training to Whatcom County. The joint grant is shared between the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the City’s portion is $24,735. Funds from the grant will allow the Police Department to contract with the National Training Institute on Race and Equity for training.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing. No citizens spoke and the Public Hearing was closed. Council Members asked questions.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

Mayor Fleetwood offered remarks regarding new policing legislation. Local governments and law enforcement agencies are working to implement the new laws. In some cases, new laws rely on agencies, services, or protocols that have not yet been established or funded. In other cases, emergency service providers will respond to calls for law enforcement service but actions upon arrival may look different than in the past. The intentions behind the new requirements are values we, as a community, all share. Transparency, fairness, accountability, safety, and providing the right kind of safety for people when they need help. Summaries on the legislation, including the most significant thirteen bills, are posted on the City’s website. Community members may invite Deputy Chief Almer to give group presentations on the laws. They should still call 9-1-1 if they need help. They will still receive a response, but tools may be limited, in some situations.

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Public Comment Period

Public Comment Period is suspended for the time being.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

23059 1.

Proposed Ordinance Renewing the Cascade Natural Gas Franchise

Discussion during Committee. Staff introduced a draft ordinance that renews the Cascade Natural Gas franchise agreement. The current franchise expires in September 2021. Staff has been in discussions with Cascade Natural Gas and the Pipeline Safety Trust to develop a franchise renewal ordinance. The ordinance will be brought back for consideration at the next Council Meeting scheduled for August 2 and the ordinance is expected to be presented for first and second reading.

Post Point Resource Recovery Project Update, Project Status and Contaminants of Concern Discussion

Presentation during Committee.

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to request administration to conduct testing of PFAS in our current water system and in treated biosolids by established procedures.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson directed staff to conduct further testing for a list of compounds that were outlined in a letter from Re-Sources and the Sierra Club. Those testing procedures are not yet established so staff will return to Council with more information.

23060 2.

Planning 23061 1.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Report on the Status of the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Discussion during Committee.

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The Council was asked to provide direction to staff to bring back a draft ordinance with a range of amendment options intended to improve ADU standards, permitting process, affordability, and consistency with state legislation.

Lisa Anderson / Dan Hammill moved to direct the Planning Commission to consider changes to the ordinance that would direct staff to draft an ordinance that changes the type 2 process to type 1 process.
MOTION CARRIED 5-2, Lisa Anderson and Gene Knutson opposed.

Lisa Anderson / Dan Hammill moved to direct the Planning Commission to consider changes that would remove the owner occupancy requirements and bring up the AMI (Area Median Income) to 80% in the ordinance.
MOTION CARRIED 6-1, Gene Knutson opposed.

Lisa Anderson / Dan Hammill moved to direct the Planning Commission to consider changes that would remove the parking requirements and encourage development of a parking stall if possible.
MOTION CARRIED 5-2, Gene Knutson and Lisa Anderson opposed.

Lisa Anderson / Dan Hammill moved to direct the Planning Commission to consider changes to the park impact fees that are assessed at one-half the multi-family rate to one quarter and include the transportation impact fees are assessed at a reduced rate.

MOTION CARRIED 5-2, Gene Knutson and Lisa Anderson opposed.

Lisa Anderson / Dan Hammill moved to direct the Planning Commission was made to consider changes to an ordinance that would increase the ADU height construction to go as high as 25 feet.
MOTION CARRIED 5-2, Gene Knutson and Lisa Anderson opposed.

Lisa Anderson / Dan Hammill moved to direct staff to submit to the Planning Commission the possibility to adopt a preapproved plan based on size of lot development that would reduce cost of the development.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Parks and Recreation

23062 1. Resolution for Emergency Traffic and Parking Control Services at Bloedel Donovan Park

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2021-17. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Committee of the Whole

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23051 3.

City Council Appointment of an Alternate Mayor Pro Tempore for August 18- 25, 2021

Hannah Stone / Pinky Vargas moved to appoint Gene Knutson as the Mayor Pro Tempore for the week of August 18 – August 25, 2021.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Discussion of Council Feedback on Proposed Opiate Treatment Facility

Discussion during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved to support the new proposed opiate treatment facility as recommended by the Health Department.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Update From the City Attorney’s Office Regarding Potential Modifications to the Timeline for Initiative Petitions

Hannah Stone/ Gene Knutson moved to direct staff to bring forth an ordinance for consideration that would amend the timeline at which the date of the initiative is due and provide Council time to review. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved to approve the Pro statement committee members as the initiative sponsors. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

The “CON” statement committee members still need to be identified. Council directed coordination between the Communication Director and the Deputy City Clerk to work to advertise the need for members to serve as writers on the “CON” statement committee for the voters’ pamphlet.

Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force Annual Report

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

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5. Approval of Minutes

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved approval of the July 12, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Daniel Hammill and Pinky Vargas abstained.

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6. Old/New Business

Michael Lilliquist brought forth three items:

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to request the City administration, along with the Police leadership, develop a written document, providing information describing current practices and policies regarding the City’s non- use of facial recognition software, as well as the Police department’s concern with such technology issues and policies they seem related to.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to direct staff to provide an alternative to the initiative concerning gig workers and strike section 10 of the initiative. MOTION FAILED 1-6, Dan Hammill, Gene Knutson, Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Hollie Huthman, and Hannah Stone opposed.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to draft an alternative initiative concerning the neutrality in labor campaigns initiative that would differ solely by amending the definition for “city funds” and the definition for “received funds” to restrict to, “contracted services.” MOTION FAILED 2-5, Dan Hammill, Gene Knutson, Pinky Vargas, Hollie Huthman, Hannah Stone, opposed.

During Committee, the Council voted to direct the Legislative Assistant to finish a draft of a letter for Council’s review both the State Attorney General’s office as well as to State elected officials to request a delay in implementation of the recently passed HS 1310 until the Attorney General’s guidelines become available.

Council President Stone explained that YouTube recently took down the City’s meeting recording from July 12, 2021, due to their guidelines being violated. She shared the City’s webpage that has a statement posted that addresses the incident. Because of this she made the difficult decision to suspend the Public Comment period. In Washington State, the Public Comment period is not a requirement, but a courtesy provided to the community for feedback. Community members may still contact City Council members by emailing, calling, or utilizing the Engage Bellingham portal at http://engagebellingham.org

Executive Session – Report and Action only. 1. Potential Litigation

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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2. Litigation: Lev v. City of Bellingham

Special counsel provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

  1. 23065  1.
  2. 23066  2.
  3. 23067  3.

Interlocal Agreement with the Whatcom County Conservation District to Administer Bellingham’s Homeowner Incentive Program in the Lake Whatcom Watershed

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 18, 2021 through June 24, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated June 16, 2021 to June 30, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

22834 1.

An Ordinance Relating to the Vacation of the Full Width of Douglas Avenue Abutting Lot 19, Block 8, Lysle’s 1st Add to Fairhaven and Lot 2, Block 101, Fairhaven Land Company’s 1st Add to Fairhaven, Within the City of Bellingham

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

23041 2.

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-07-030An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing

Expenditures and Adding Two Positions for Utility Billing

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Pinky Vargas / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-07-031. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
July 12, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

The Mayor thanked those who helped to create shade & water sites during the recent heat wave. The City coordinated with multi-agencies. He thanked Erika Lautenbach, with the Whatcom County Health Department, Liz Coogan with the Office of Emergency Management, Janice Keller from his office, and Dr. Baker with the Bellingham School District who worked to keep the air conditioning on at Bellingham High School. He appreciates the efforts by the WTA, the Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom County Library, Whatcom Sheriff’s Division

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of Emergency Management and Base Camp provided by Lighthouse Mission Ministries that offered cooling options.

Mayor Fleetwood reminded the public that in-person services are now available since the City reopened on June 30, 2021. The Permit Center, Mayor’s Office and Finance are now open from 8:30 – 3:30 PM Monday thru Thursday.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Daniel Larner and David Warren to the Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of Daniel Larner to his third term, on the Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District, which will expire on July 31, 2025, and approval of David Warren to his fifth term on the Bellingham- Whatcom Public Facilities District, which will expire on July 31, 2025.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Angela Nelson to the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board (Approval)

Hollie Huthman / Gene Knutson moved approval of Angela Nelson to her third term, on the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board, on July 6, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

Mayor’s Appointment of Garth Amundson to the Bellingham Arts Commission (Approval)

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of Garth Amundson to his first partial term to the Bellingham Arts Commission, which will expire on January 1, 2022, at which time he may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

23029 2.

23031 3.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below:

Committee of the Whole

23038 1. Discussion on Conducting In-Person Meetings

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23039 2.

Discussion during Committee. The Council will revisit options for in-person meetings at the August 30th meeting. Boards and Commissions are expected to resume September.

Bid Award for West Cemetery Creek Water Quality Improvements Project EN- 0053, Bid 5B-2021

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to award Bid No. 5B-2021 for West Cemetery Creek Water Quality Improvements to Henifin Construction of Bellingham, WA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $608,103.84, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

2021 First Quarter Financial Review

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Expenditures and Adding Two Positions for Utility Billing

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

Consideration of Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s Funding Recommendations

Presentation during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to accept the LTAC funding recommendations.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

Appointment of New Public Records Officer for the City of Bellingham

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the appointment of Sarah Chaplin, as the new Public Records Officer.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

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Discussion of Measures to Regulate Restaurant Delivery

Discussion during Committee. Council directed staff to draft an ordinance that addresses best practices. A model ordinance that was passed by the City of Seattle will be considered as a template and be brought back to Council for consideration.

Discussion of an Initiative on Renter Relocation Assistance

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved to defer the initiative to the voters of Bellingham.

MOTION CARRIED 4-0-3, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused, Michael Lilliquist abstained.

During Committee, a vote to direct staff to hold an Executive Session at the next Council Meeting to discuss legal concerns and constraints on the legality of the initiatives was voted on and passed.

Discussion of an Initiative on Restricting Use of Advanced Police Technologies

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved to defer the initiative to the voters of Bellingham.

MOTION CARRIED 4-0-3, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused, Michael Lilliquist abstained.

Discussion of an Initiative on Neutrality in Labor Campaigns

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved to defer the initiative to the voters of Bellingham.

MOTION CARRIED 4-0-3, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused, Michael Lilliquist abstained.

Discussion of an Initiative on Fair Treatment of Hourly Wage and Gig Workers

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to defer the initiative to the voters of Bellingham.

MOTION CARRIED 4-0-3, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused, Michael Lilliquist abstained.

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23050 12.

A Resolution of the City Council Proposing an Amendment to Article XIII, Section 2 of the City’s Charter to Reduce the Number of Signatures Required to Propose a Charter Amendment by the Petition Method

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved final approval of Resolution #2021-15.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

Council President Stone clarified that the number of signatures required for petitions to be brought forth for a vote to add an initiative to a ballot for consideration is currently a percentage of the total votes cast during the gubernatorial race. The proposed amendment changes it from the gubernatorial race to the mayoral race which typically has a smaller voter outcome. Because it changes to the mayoral race ballot total, it is likely the number of votes cast will be smaller in the mayoral race, thus reducing the number of signatures required to propose an amendment by the petition method. This charter amendment will go before the voters in November.

A Resolution of City Council Proposing an Amendment to Article X, Section 2 of the City’s Charter to Reduce the Number of Signatures Required to Propose an Initiative

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-16.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

During Committee, the Committee voted to return with an update at the next meeting from staff on possible ways to lengthen the timeline for processing initiatives and provide more time for Council to consider offering an alternative, whether that timeline is controlled by the City Charter or by Municipal Code.

Update on Safe Spaces Program

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Legislative Update

Presentation during Committee. HS 1310 passed and will be effective July 25, 2021. This reduces Police use of force options. The Mayor’s office and team are working on alternative solutions in response to behavioral health calls regarding the recent legislation and hope to put in place safety nets and support for members of the community when they call for help.

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16. Approval of Minutes

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Hollie Huthman / Gene Knutson moved approval of the June 21, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

17. Old/New Business

Gene Knutson reported that he received a notification during the meeting that Whatcom County has reached a 70% vaccinated rate.

Lisa Anderson thanked Public Works and the Police Department that helped when a major water line broke last week.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.

  1. Young v. City of Bellingham et al.Staff provided information on a litigation matter.Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with outside legal counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office in representing the City of Bellingham.MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.
  2. Juarez v. City of Bellingham, et al.Staff provided information on a litigation matter.Hollie Huthman / Michael Lilliquist moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a settlement agreement with the following terms: dismissal of the lawsuit and resolution of all claims related thereto for payment to the plaintiff of $100,000.00.MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.
  3. Litigation: Lev v. City of BellinghamSpecial counsel provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

Consent Agenda

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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.

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Renew Inter-local Agreement with Bellingham Public Schools
Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 25, 2021 through July 01, 2021 Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 11, 2021 through June 17, 2021

Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Transportation Authority for the Telegraph Road Multimodal Safety Improvement Project Financial Participation

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated June 01, 2021 to June 15, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0, Dan Hammill and Pinky Vargas excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23011 1.

An Ordinance Relating to the Vacation of a portion of Queen Street

Lisa Anderson / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Hammill, Vargas

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-07-027.
An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues

and Expenditures for American Rescue Plan Act Funding

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

23003 2.

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)

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EXCUSED: Hammill, Vargas

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-07-028.

An Ordinance Creating a New Fund to Account for the Sales and Use Tax for Housing and Related Services and Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget

Gene Knutson / Michael 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: Stone, Knutson, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Hammill, Vargas

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-07-029. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:16 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
June 21, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council  

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Presentation 22593 1.

Update on COVID-19 Response

Dr. Greg Stern, with Whatcom County Health Department, provided an update on case counts, hospitalizations, and concerns about vaccines.

Case rates are down from November 2020. Case rates vary by county sub-area, but all are decreasing. We are currently under 100 cases per 100,000 persons in Whatcom County. The number of persons with COVID-19 infection requiring hospitalization are 4-5 people at this time.

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Public Hearing 23021 1.

Vaccination coverage includes:
As of June 16, 2021, 58% of total population have initiated vaccination. 51.6 % are fully vaccinated.

The FDA has technical staff and is encouraging reporting any adverse reactions to the VAERS reporting system. Anyone can report including physicians, hospitals, clinicians, and patients. The CDC looks at the reports and looks for patterns.

Council Members asked questions.

A Public Hearing on Ordinance 2021-05-015 to Extend the Moratorium on the Processing of Development Applications and Permits Relating to the Redevelopment of Existing Mobile Home Parks

Greg Aucutt, Assistant Planning and Community Development Director explained that on May 10, 2021, City Council approved a six-month extension on an emergency moratorium on the processing of development applications and permits relating to the redevelopment of existing mobile home parks in Bellingham. State law requires the Council to hold a Public Hearing within 60 days of the passage. He recommends that the Council take no action and leave the moratorium in place. The Planning Commission needs more time for their review.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing. There being no speakers, the Public Hearing was closed.

Council Members agreed to take no action at this time.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates, and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

23022 1. Mayor’s Reappointments to the Immigration Advisory Board (Approval)

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved to reappoint Ada Rumford and Liz Darrow to their first full terms on the Immigration Advisory Board, which will expire on June 23, 2023, at which time they may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Mayor Fleetwood reported that there are some new amenities at Bloedel Donovan Park. Swim floats are installed and finishing touches are underway. Lifeguards will be on duty starting June 26. He thanked the Bellingham Marine Industries of Ferndale, Bellingham Bay Rotary, Docks for Kids, Anchor QEA, Surowiecki Brothers Construction, and other community members for their donations.

A new tenant has signed a lease to rent space at the 1310 Commercial Street space (the Commercial Street Parking Garage). The lease is with MW SoapWorks. SoapWorks (soap, bath, and beauty products) is leasing the space at full market-rate, and he welcomed them to their new space. The City is working on other leases and hopes to soon fill the vacancies in the ground floor level of the Parking Garage facility.

The Mayor announced that starting June 30, the City will resume some in- person services. The doors of the Permit Center, Finance, and the Mayor’s office will be open. Hours of operation will be announced later this week. Members of the Public who are not vaccinated will be asked to wear masks while in City offices.

Currently there are no changes to the in-person meetings schedule. The City awaits guidance about in-person meetings from the Governor’s office and we will continue holding public meetings via online platforms. He thanked everyone for their patience.

Fireworks are illegal within the City of Bellingham limits. The Port of Bellingham will provide Independence Day fireworks display on July 4 over the Bay.

He thanked Rick Sepler, Planning and Community Development Director, for his years of service to the City. Council Members joined Mayor Fleetwood in well wishes to Director Sepler as he retires at the end of the month.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources
23023 1. Report from the June 2, 2021 Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting

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23024 2.

Presentation during Committee. Five items from the June 2 meeting on the Policy Group were discussed. They included a review of 2021 stormwater projects by both the City & the County, an update on Forest Practices, Annual Lake Whatcom Build-out Report, Bloedel Donovan boat access issues, and topics for the next meeting.

Information only.

Bid Award for Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) On Call Multiple Hearth Incinerator Repair BID #19B-2021

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to award Bid No.19B-2021 for indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity to JT Thorpe of Burlington, WA, as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $403,193.43, (enables expenditures up to $2,100,000,) which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Bid Award for Anderson Creek Water Quality Improvements, BID #4B-2021

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 4B-2021 for Anderson Creek Water Quality Improvements to Colacurcio Brothers Inc of Blaine, WA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $445,941.51, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

A Discussion About Renewing the Cascade Natural Gas and Olympic Pipeline Franchises to Operate and Maintain their Respective Pipeline Facilities within Bellingham Rights-of-Way and Public Property

Discussion during Committee. Staff provided information on the franchise process and next steps. Council asked questions and staff will return with responses at a later date. Information only.

Residential Solid Waste Overview #3

Presentation during Committee. A discussion took place regarding what it would take for all residential customers to have additional waste disposal options, such as food and yard waste bins. Staff will return with their research and findings at a later date.

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23026 4.

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Information only.

Planning
23028 1. An Update on the City’s Multifamily Tax Exemption Program

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Parks and Recreation

21801 1.

Climate Action 23030 1.

Second Modification to Services Agreement – Lake Padden Golf Course Management Agreement

Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a renewal agreement with Premier for Lake Padden Golf Course Managment.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Progress Report on 2021 Implementation Plan for Climate Action Plan

Progress report was given during Committee. Focus included Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Transportation, Green Building, Land Use and Waste Reduction.

The City proposed a conversation with the PUD regarding a large solar project.

Information only.

Committee of the Whole

23003 1.

23032 2.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues and Expenditures for American Rescue Plan Act Funding

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance Creating a New Fund to Account for the Sales and Use Tax for Housing and Related Services and Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading.

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23033 3.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Consideration of Proposals to Amend the City Charter Signature Requirements for Ballot Initiatives and Charter Amendments by the Petition Method

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to direct staff to draft a resolution that would send a ballot proposal to Bellingham voters amending the City Charter that removes existing language about extension of deadlines and reduces the required signature percentage down to 10% (instead of the proposed 8%) from the original 20% for ballot initiatives by the petition method.

MOTION CARRIED 6-1, Daniel Hammill opposed.

Discussion of Options for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Bellingham

Presentation of research during Committee. Council directed staff to reach out to stakeholders and work with staff and the Mayor’s office on a timeline and bring back to Council for further consideration.

Fire Department Strategic Plan

A third presentation by Bill Hewett, Fire Chief during Committee. He outlined the last six goals listed in plan that cover training, wellness, dispatch, emergency management, life safety and future growth. Information only.

Review of an Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington, Relating to Employment in Bellingham; Establishing Labor Standards Requirements for Additional Compensation for Certain Grocery Employees Working in Bellingham

Review of the ordinance during Committee. Information only.

23015 4.

22971 5.

22953 6.

  1. Approval of MinutesGene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the June 7, 2021, minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  2. Old/New BusinessMichael Lilliquist reported that he and Hollie Huthman serve on the WTA (Whatcom Transportation Authority) Board. He reported that the WTA will

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resume fare collection. Charges for youth are waived and those 17 and younger can ride free of charge.

Council President Stone reported that City Council will continue to meet remotely.

She also reported that the Immigration Advisory Board brought forward a draft ordinance that she shared via email that creates an Immigrant and Refugee Resource Center. The Board is seeking for feedback and review from the Legal Department before forwarding to the City Council. Upon review from the Legal Department, the ordinance would be presented to administration and Council for consideration and review. She also noted that the World Relief is looking to open a refugee and relocation sub-office in Whatcom County. Through that, the Board is exploring what services would be available in the community.

Council Members Anderson, Vargas, and Lilliquist expressed support for a welcoming center for immigrants and partnering with other agencies.

The Mayor asked for clarification on the request. Council President Stone explained that the Board would like the City to consider partnering with immigrant agencies and meet with the Advisory Board for further discussion.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.

  1. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  3. Litigation: Lev v. City of Bellingham, et al.Staff provided information on a litigation matter.Gene Knutson / Pinky Vargas moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into contracts with outside legal counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office in this matter.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved to direct the administration to enter negotiations with Whatcom County on an inter-local agreement to pay the County a reasonable amount for costs associated with prosecution, adjudication, and sentencing in criminal cases filed in district court, so the City is poised to act if City Council adopts an ordinance under RCW 3.50.060 terminating the Bellingham Municipal Court.

MOTION CARRIED 6-1, Stone opposed.

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.

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Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 21, 2021 through May 27, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 28, 2021 through June 03, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 04, 2021 through June 10, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated May 16, 2021 to May 31, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23013 1.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Adding a Plans Examiner Position in the Development Services Fund

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-06-025.

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22982 2.

An Ordinance Amending BMC Chapter 8.04 Regarding Parks and Trails and Providing New Rules for Electric-Assisted Bicycles on Trails, Prohibiting Smoking, Reducing Speed Limits, and Other Updates

Michael Lilliquist / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-06-026. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:31 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
June 7, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On June 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing to consider City Council’s May 10, 2021 approval of an extension of a moratorium on the redevelopment of any of the ten manufactured home parks in Bellingham.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

The Mayor happily announced that the Library reopened today. The remodel is complete and starting today the Library will be opened with limited in-person services and 50% capacity limitation.

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He also provided a reminder to Bellingham residents that while fireworks celebrations are coming soon, fireworks are illegal within the city limits. Increased patrols from police will be employed in the days to come. The Port of Bellingham in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce will host a fireworks display, Blast on the Bay, scheduled for July 4, 2021.

Guidance continues to come from state and local health officials, the Governor’s office and others. The City continues to evaluate City services to develop our own plans to resume in-person services. More information will be forthcoming this month.

Mayor’s Appointment of Rachel Jewell to the Community Development Advisory Board (Information)

The Mayor appoints Rachel Jewell to her first term on the Community Development Advisory Board, which will expire on June 1, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed. Information only.

Mayor’s Appointments of Tourism Commission Members (Information)

The Mayor appoints Matt Lesinski to his first partial term, on the Tourism Commission, which will expire on April 3, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed. Information only.

The Mayor appoints Christine Jenkins to her first term, on the Tourism Commission, which will expire on June 1, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed. Information only.

The Mayor appoints Craig Jewell to his first term, on the Tourism Commission, which will expire on June 1, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed. Information only.

Mayor’s Reappointment and Appointment to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Kurt Gazow, to his final term, as the Silver Beach Primary Representative to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on June 26, 2023. Information only.

The Mayor appoints Molly Foote to her first partial term, as the Samish Primary Representative, which will expire on November 11, 2022, at which time she may be reappointed. Information only.

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23010 4. Mayor’s Appointment of Mary Hooker to the Bellingham Sister Cities Board (Information)

The Mayor appoints Mary Hooker to her first partial term on the Bellingham Sister Cities Board, which will expire January 25, 2022, at which time she may be reappointed. Information only.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

City Council Special Meeting

23011 1.

Closed Record Hearing to Consider a Street Vacation for a Portion of Queen Street North of Lakeway Drive, East of Puget Street and South of the Civic Field Open Space

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to adopt the Hearing Examiner’s recommendations and compensation of fair market value of $1,000.00.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

23012 1.

22994 2.

Update on Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project (EN-0047)

Presentation during Committee. An update on the progress of the removal of a large portion of the diversion dam was provided.

Information only.

Adoption of Draft 2022-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-13.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Planning

23013 1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Adding a Plans Examiner Position in the Development Services Fund

Lisa Anderson / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Parks and Recreation

23014 1. Third Modification to Lease Agreement – Craft Studio at Boulevard Park (Woods Coffee)

Gene Knutson / Pinky Vargas moved approval to authorize the Mayor to enter into a lease modification of the Craft Studio space (Woods Coffee) at Boulevard Park.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

22982 2. An Ordinance Amending BMC Chapter 8.04 Regarding Parks and Trails and Providing New Rules for Electric-Assisted Bicycles on Trails, Prohibiting Smoking, Reducing Speed Limits, and Other Updates

Discussion during Committee.
Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee of the Whole
22971 1. Fire Department Strategic Plan

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

23015 2. Discussion of Options for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Bellingham

Discussion during Committee. Council directed staff to assist them further with “review and audit” hybrid type models of oversight boards to bring back for discussion at a future meeting.

3. Approval of Minutes

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Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the May 24, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill abstained.

4. Old/New Business

None.

Executive Session – Review and action only.

  1. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  3. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  4. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  1. Litigation: Eldard v. City of Bellingham et al.Staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Litigation: Fox v. City of BellinghamStaff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  3. Litigation: Young v. City of Bellingham

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Staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

8. Litigation: Lev vs. City of Bellingham and Seth Fleetwood

Staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

  1. 23016  1.
  2. 23017  2.
  3. 23018  3.
  4. 23019  4.
  5. 23020  5.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated May 01, 2021 to May 15, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 07, 2021 through May 13, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 14, 2021 through May 20, 2021

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County for Whatcom Unified Command COVID- 19 Support Services

A Resolution Setting the Date and Time for a Public Hearing Before the Hearing Examiner for Consideration of a Street Vacation Petition for “Center Street” Located Between D, E, Astor and Bancroft Streets in Old Town

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-14.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances
22979 1. James Street Preferred Arterial Standard Ordinance

Hannah Stone / Gene 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:

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AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-06-024. Adjournment

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:46 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
May 24, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Presentation 22593 1.

Update on COVID-19 Response

Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department Director, explained that a milestone of 50% of the Whatcom County residents have initiated vaccination, as of last week. She relayed that there has been conflicting guidance and information from various sources, such as directives for those who are vaccinated or not to mask. Because of this, the Health Department is recommending that businesses keep up their mask policy.

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Public Hearing

22982

  1. Public Hearing on an Ordinance Amending BMC Chapter 8.04 Regarding Parks and Trails and Providing New Rules for Electric-Assisted Bicycles on Trails, Prohibiting Drones and Smoking, Reducing Speed Limits, and Other UpdatesNicole Oliver, Parks Department, gave a history on the limitation on ebikes. The City would like ebikes to be allowed on all Parks trails. She provided an overview of the proposed changes that include reducing speed limits, providing rules that allow ebikes on trails and prohibit drones taking off and landing in parks, and clarifying outdated language in the existing code.Council Members asked questions.
    Council President Stone opened the public hearing. Public Comment was taken.There being no further comments, the public hearing is closed. The written record will remain open until the Council makes a final decision, per Resolution #2013-09.Gene Knutson / Pinky Vargas moved to send back to the Parks Committee for further study at a work session. Michael Lilliquist / Pinky Vargas amended the motion to refer ordinance back to committee, reject deletion of “overnight” from camping section, and direct staff to evaluate feedback on proposed drone regulations.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.
  2. Public Hearing Regarding the Draft 2022-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

22994

Additionally, the Health Department is working on a COVID-19 impact assessment. It is the hope that stories and experiences surrounding the pandemic will be captured. It should be available in July.

Last week, the Health Department hosted a Town Hall and spoke with Greg Winter (Opportunity Council), Anya Milton (Ferndale Chamber of Commerce), Jodi Joyce, CEO of Unity Care, and Dr. Sislena Ledbetter (Western Washington) about impacts they are seeing in the community. The Town Hall can be viewed at their YouTube channel or Facebook site.

Council Members asked questions.

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Chris Comeau, Transportation Planner, provided recommendations by staff on present projects listed on the DRAFT 2022-2027 TIP.

A work session is scheduled for June 7, 2021 for further review. Council President Stone opened the public hearing.
Public Comment was taken.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed. The written record will remain open until the Council makes a final decision, per Resolution #2013-09.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

22995 1.

22996 2.

Mayor Fleetwood discussed the City’s ongoing effort to resume in-person city services. The hope is to open offices on July 1. The Administration is meeting regularly to discuss concerns and consider guidance from the CDC, Governor, and Labor and Industries of Washington State. He will provide additional updates in the future.

Tomorrow is May 25, the one-year anniversary of the death and tragedy of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A planning group has worked to form a racial equity commission in partnership with the County.

Mayor’s Appointment of Jennifer Miles to the Community Development Advisory Board (Information)

The Mayor appoints Jennifer Miles to her first term to the Community Development Advisory Board, which will expire on May 5, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.

Information only.

Mayor’s Appointment of Barbara Plaskett to the Planning and Development Commission (Approval)

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Barbara Plaskett to her first term, on the Planning and Development Commission, which will expire on May 24, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

22979 1.

22997 2.

James Street Preferred Arterial Standard Ordinance

Presentation during Committee.
Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Authorize the Mayor to Enter Into an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Department of Ecology for National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Funding for the Little Squalicum Estuary Project

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Department of Ecology for National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Funding for the Little Squalicum Estuary Project.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Authorize Joint Resolution to Develop a County Wide Public Safety Radio System

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to adopt a joint resolution (Resolution #2021-12) to develop a County Wide Public Safety Radio System.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Bid Award for Post Point Chlorine Gas Replacement, BID #2B-2021

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to award Bid No. 2B-2021 for Post Point Chlorine Gas Replacement to Hawk Mechanical of Monroe, Washington as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter

22998 3.

22999 4.

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into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $2,795,644, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice
23001 1. Community Paramedic Program Update

Discussion during Committee. Information only.

Community and Economic Development

23000 1. Consideration of Interim Housing Strategies (i.e. Shelter) for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Presentation during Committee. Information only
Hollie Huthman / Gene Knutson moved to adopt the strategies. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Committee of the Whole

  1. 23002  1.
  2. 23003  2.
  3. 23004  3.

Discussion of City Priorities

Administration affirms the work plan that was adopted in the 2021-2022 biennial budget.

Discussion during Committee. Information only.

American Rescue Plan Act Overview

Discussion during Committee. The City will receive $21 million in federal funds. The City has until 2024 to program funds and outline the process of spending. The County will be receiving almost twice the amount.

Information only.

Library Service in the Time of COVID-19

Presentation during Committee. The Library will open on June 7, 2021.

Information only.

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  1. Approval of MinutesMichael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the May 10, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as corrected.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.
  2. Old/New BusinessCouncil President Stone shared that this afternoon, a community blessing event took place to bless the Red Road to Washington D.C. Totem Pole Journey. This is the 20th Anniversary for Totem Pole journeys sponsored by the House of Tears carvers.

Executive Session -Report and Action only.
1. Litigation: Bianchi v. City of Bellingham, et al.

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with outside legal counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office in representing the City employee named in this lawsuit.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

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.

23005 1. 23006 2.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated April 16, 2021 to April 30, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 30, 2021 through May 06, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

22985 1. An Ordinance Authorizing the Issuance of Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds

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22596 2.

Hollie Huthman / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-05-022. An Ordinance to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Waste in Bellingham and to

Encourage Compostable or Reusable Alternatives

Pinky Vargas / Lisa Anderson 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: Stone, Knutson, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-05-023. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:26 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
May 10, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On May 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing on the DRAFT 2022-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is based on recommendations by Public Works staff (posted to the City website on May 3, 2021) and will be reviewed by the Transportation Commission on May 11, 2021. Following the Public Hearing, Council will hold a work session on June 7, 2021 to consider adoption of the 2022-2027 TIP, which is required before July 1 each year per RCW 35.77.010

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Presentation
22593 1. Update on COVID-19 Response

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Public Hearing 22979 1.

Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department Director, provided an update on Washington State’s, Roadmap to Recovery. She explained that as a whole, Whatcom County is not seeing a slowing in the COVID-19 case count. In the past two weeks, there have been 20 people hospitalized at Peace Health. The mean age has gone down and is now at 49 years of age.

Over 100,000 people in Whatcom County have initiated vaccine. Demand has slowed down. Last weekend, there were 500 slots available for vaccine appointments and only 62 persons showed up for a first dose. The Community Vaccination Clinic is accepting drop-ins and no appointment is needed.

The potential to move backward into a lower phase of the Roadmap to Recovery was mentioned. She stated that our vaccination rate is not where it needs to be to meet benchmarks of vaccination that have been discussed at a State level. On social media there has been a change in the tone and social shaming is occurring on both sides of the vaccine argument.

Council Members asked questions.

Public Hearing on a Proposed Alternative James Street Arterial Standard

Chad Schulhauser, Assistant Public Works Director, explained that Public Works is proposing a non-traditional arterial street standard for James Street in the King Mountain Neighborhood. The preferred deviation consists primarily of a 12-foot wide paved multi-use pathway that consolidates the pedestrian and bicycle mobility improvements along the west side of James Street.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing. Public Comment was taken.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed. The written record will remain open until a final decision, per Resolution 2013-09.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

Mayor Fleetwood explained that more information has come forth on how to prioritize the America Rescue Plan. The City also received more guidance on eligible expenditures that can be reimbursed.

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Finalists for the Police Chief will be interviewed on May 18, and the Mayor will be making a decision soon.

The Mayor announced that Rick Sepler, Planning and Community Development Director, will be retiring, effective June 30, 2021. An interim plan for the Planning Department is being developed for use until a new director can be hired.

Public Comment Period

Council President Stone shared the Engage Bellingham page that can be shared for General Public Comment and comments can be collected.

Public Comment was taken.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

22928 1.

22981 2.

Proposed Public Benefit Lease to The Pedal Project, Doing Business as the HUB Community Bike Shop

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an agreement with the HUB Community Bike Shop for a commercial space to lease at below-market rate.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Interlocal Agreement Between Whatcom Conservation District and the City of Bellingham for Support of the Lake Whatcom Watershed Wildfire Risk Reduction Program

Presentation during Committee.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom Conservation District and the City of Bellingham for support of the Lake Whatcom Watershed Wildfire Risk Reduction Program.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Parks and Recreation

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22982 1.

Amendments to BMC 8.04 Parks General Provisions in Reference to Speed Limits, Motorized Bicycles, and Other Updates

Presentation during Committee. Information only.
Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to direct staff to hold a public hearing. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Puget Sound Energy Community Solar Installation Lease Negotiations

Pinky Vargas / Hollie Huthman moved to direct staff to move forward with solar installations with PSE.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Climate Action 22983 1.

22984 2.
Committee of the Whole

22985 1.

An Ordinance Authorizing the Issuance of Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds

Presentation during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Legislative Session Update

Whatcom County Representatives Alex Ramel and Sharon Shewmake provided an update from the Legislative Session during Committee.

22986 2.

22987 3.

Information only.

Mental Health Court Presentation

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Puget Sound Energy Presentation on Beyond Net Zero Commitments

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

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22596 4.

5.

6.

An Ordinance to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Waste in Bellingham and to Encourage Compostable or Reusable Alternatives

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Approval of Minutes

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved approval of the April 26, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Old/New Business

Council Member Vargas explained that the City typically receives tourism grant applications in the summer and reviews them for approval in October. Due to the delay from the shut-down the City has opened up the grant application process early to encourage applicants to submit their applications soon. Applications will be taken in June. The forms can be found by typing “Tourism Promotion Grant” in the search bar on the City’s website. Applications are due by June 7, 2021.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.

  1. Litigation: Juarez v. City of Bellingham, et al.Staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Litigation: Bianchi v. City of Bellingham, et al.Staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

22988 1. Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated April 01, 2021 to April 15, 2021

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22989 2. 22990 3. 22991 4.

22992 5. 22993 6.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 16, 2021 through April 22, 2021 Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 23, 2021 through April 29, 2021

A Resolution Setting the Date and Time for a Public Hearing Before the Hearing Examiner for Consideration of a Street Vacation Petition for a Portion of Stuart Road Between Northwest Drive and Interstate-5

Bid Award for the Annual Pavement Markings BID #15B-2021

Authorize the Mayor to Enter Into an Interlocal Cooperative Purchasing Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and the 1 Government Procurement Alliance.

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

22025 1.

An Ordinance Of The City Of Bellingham, Washington, Relating To Land Use And Zoning, Extending A Moratorium On Development Applications And Permits Relating To The Redevelopment Of Existing Mobile Home Or Manufactured Home Parks

Dan Hammill / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman, Vargas NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-05-015.

An Ordinance Of The City Of Bellingham, Washington, Providing For Establishment Of The Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area And Approving Other Matters Related Thereto

Pinky Vargas / Gene 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:

22929 2.

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22953 3.

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman, Vargas NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-05-016.

An Ordinance Of The City Of Bellingham, Washington, Relating To Employment In Bellingham; Establishing Labor Standards Requirements For Additional Compensation For Certain Grocery Employees Working In Bellingham

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: Knutson, Vargas
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-05-017.
An Ordinance Amending The 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues

And Expenditures For Paramedic Training Classes

Hollie Huthman / Dan Hammill 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman, Vargas NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-05-018.

An Ordinance Amending The 2021-2022 Adopted Biennial Budget Reconciling The Differences Between Estimated 2021 Beginning Reserve Balances And Actual 2021 Beginning Reserve Balances And Applying The Differences To The Ending Reserve Balances

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman, Vargas

22970 4.

22973 5.

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22974 6.

NAYS: (None) EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-05-019.

An Ordinance Amending The 2021-2022 Biennial Budget, Increasing Appropriation Authority In Various Funds To Pay For Goods And Services Authorized In The Previous Biennium

Gene Knutson / Michael 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman, Vargas NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-05-020.

An Ordinance Amending The 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues And Expenditures Consistent With Updated Revenue Forecasts And To Ensure Balanced Fund Budgets

Dan Hammill / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman, Vargas NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

22975 7.

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-05-021. Adjournment

Council Member Anderson shared that the section 3.04 of the City’s Charter explains that the ordinances are in full effect after 15 days of passage. For the hazard pay ordinance that passed tonight (AGENDA BILL 22953), the effective date is May 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. If grocery workers are not seeing additional pay, she reported that they have two weeks yet for the ordinance to be effective.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

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Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
April 26, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On May 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on a proposed ordinance adopting an alternative arterial street improvement standard for James Street between Orchard Drive and Gooding Avenue in the King Mountain Neighborhood.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Public Hearing

22599 1. Public Hearing on an Emergency Ordinance Imposing and Extending a Moratorium on the Processing of Applications for Detached Single-Family Development in Multi-Family Zones

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On March 9, 2020 the City Council adopted an emergency one-year moratorium ordinance that prohibits the acceptance or processing of any application for new single-family development in a multi-family zoned area. On March 8, 2021, the City Council adopted another emergency ordinance to extend the moratorium for an additional six months. State law requires the City Council to hold a public hearing on an emergency ordinance within 60 days of passage. The moratorium ensures land designated for mult-family development will be preserved and utilized at appropriate densities.

Council President Stone opened the public hearing. Public Comment was taken.

There being no further business, the public hearing was closed. The moratorium remains in place.

Public Hearing and Resolution on the Proposed Relinquishment of a Surplus Utility Easement Encumbering 622 11th Street in Bellingham

Staff has reviewed the request for relinquishment of a surplus utility easement and recommends that it be relinquished.

Council President Stone opened the public hearing.
Public Comment was taken.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-07. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Hearing and Resolution on the Proposed Relinquishment of a Surplus Utility Easement Encumbering Memorial Park at 2700 King Street in Bellingham

The proposed relinquishment comes to the Council for decision upon request of the adjacent property owner, Bellingham School District 501. Staff has reviewed the request and determined that the portion of the easement that encumbers the subject property is surplus to the City’s needs and can be relinquished.

Council President Stone opened the public hearing.

Public Comment was taken.

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There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

Council Members asked questions.

Lisa Anderson / Pinky Vargas moved final approval of Resolution #2021-08.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill abstained.

A Public Hearing to Consider Forming a Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area

Upon adoption of a resolution providing notice of intention to establish the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area, the required public hearing was schedule for April 26, 2021. Council President opened the public hearing.

Public Comment was taken.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
Pinky Vargas / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
Public Hearing to Consider a Hazard Pay Ordinance for Grocery Workers

Michael Good, Assistant City Attorney, explained the edits that were approved in the ordinance include: in Section 7, A: to state that grocery businesses that “employ over 40 or more employees in the City of Bellingham” and also in Section 8, A: to add “except for those employees described in Subsection D below.”

Council President Stone opened the public hearing. Public Comment was taken.

Lisa Anderson / Member Lilliquist moved to bring the agenda item forward for first and second reading at the next Council Meeting scheduled for May 10, 2021.

After discussion, Lisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist moved to withdraw her motion.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson opposed.

Lisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading as amended.

MOTION CARRIED 5-2, Gene Knutson, Pinky Vargas opposed.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

22967 1.

Mayor’s Appointment of Keith Moore to the Transportation Commission (Approval)

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved the Mayor’s appointment of Keith Moore to his first term, on the Transportation Commission, which will expire on April 26, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

22938 1.

Resolution Adopting ADA Transition Plan for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way

Council Member Lilliquist explained that recommendations from the Public Works staff developed the City’s ADA Transition Plan for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Rights-of-Way. A presentation was held during Committee.

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-09.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Bid Award for City of Bellingham Operations Center Admin Building and Vehicle Barn – BID #12B-2021

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Presentation during Committee.

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to award Bid No. 12B-2021 for City of Bellingham Operations Center Administration Building and Vehicle Barn to Speewest Construction of Edmonds, WA, as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $19,963,298.50 which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice

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  1. Interlocal Agreement for 2021 Paramedic ClassDaniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved to authorize the mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement with Whatcom County.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  2. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues and Expenditures for Paramedic Training ClassesDiscussion during Committee.
    Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  3. Fire Department Strategic PlanPresentation during Committee. Staff provided an overview of the planning process, identified goals, and provided an update on accomplishments related to the plan. The presentation was cut short due to time constraints and will be brought back to the Committee of the Whole for further discussion at a later meeting. Information only.

Climate Action 22505 1.

Energy Codes Work Session

Discussion during Committee.

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Pinky Vargas / Daniel Hammill moved to direct staff to develop an ordinance based on the City of Seattle’s energy codes for commercial large and multi- family buildings.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

City Council Special Meeting

22834 1.

Closed Record Hearing to Reconsider a Street Vacation Petition for the Full Width of Douglas Avenue Generally Located Between 21st Street and the Alley to the West

A Special Meeting was held during the afternoon to host a Closed Record Hearing to reconsider a street vacation petition for the full width of Douglas Avenue generally located between 21st Street and the alley to the west. The Hearing Examiner’s new recommendations are provided in Exhibit C as attached in the agenda packet.

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to approve the vacation and set the compensation at $18,000.

MOTION CARRIED 6-1, Anderson opposed.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-1, Anderson opposed.

Committee of the Whole

22972 1.

Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County to Support, Develop and Fund a Process to Create Recommendations on the Establishment of a County-Wide Racial Equity Commission

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval of the interlocal agreement with Whatcom County to support, develop and fund a process to create recommendations on the establishment of a County-Wide Racial Equity Commission.

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Consideration of an Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County for the Ground Level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE)

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Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an updated interlocal agreement with Whatcom County for the Ground Level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE). The update reflects a continuation of the program and the partnership, it expands the program to include an addtional case manager to support expansion of our behavioral health response and lastly, to design and plan a behavioral health crisis reponse program.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Adopted Biennial Budget Reconciling the Differences Between Estimated 2021 Beginning Reserve Balances and Actual 2021 Beginning Reserve Balances

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Appropriation Authority in Various Funds to Pay for Goods and Services Authorized in the Previous Biennium

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues and Expenditures Consistent with Updated Revenue Forecasts and to Ensure Balanced Fund Budgets

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading as amended to reflect changes in the 2021-2022 Revenue Change column.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Extension and Renewal of an Ordinance Establishing a Moratorium on Development Applications and Permits Relating to the Redevelopment of the Manufactured Home Parks in Bellingham

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Part 4 – the Final Part in a Series of Staff Presentations in Preparation for City Council Adoption of the 2021-2022 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Action Plan

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2021-10.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

  1. Approval of MinutesGene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the April 12, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.Michael Lilliquist / Dan Hammill moved approval of the March 31, 2021 minutes of the joint council meetign as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  2. Old/New BusinessCouncil President Stone explained that Council and the Mayor’s office received an email from the Immigration Advisory Board asking for review and response regarding the involvement of the Border Patrol in the clean-up efforts that occurred January 28, 2021 at City Hall. She requested that the issue be brought to the Public Safety and Justice Committee or the Committee of the Whole for further discussion. Mayor Fleetwood answered that a full briefing on the operation was given months ago but would be happy to provide an overview of the measures taken to remove the encampment at City Hall. Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, asked that Council refer to the Bellingham Police Policy 417 and will present on that policy at a later time.

Executive Session – Report and Action only. 1. Potential Property Acquisition

Staff informed City Council that the City has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a 4.88-acre property with one potential development unit, owned by Phillip and Eileen Hipe and located in the Lake Whatcom Watershed (Parcel No. 3803360401900000). The purchase price is $350,000. Closing is contingent upon City Council approval. Prior to closing, the homeowner’s association disclosed two anticipated special assessments for road repairs and replacement of a community dock.

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Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved reject the purchase and sale agreement for the Hipe property.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson abstained.

  1. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff informed City Council that the City has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a 4.62-acre property with one potential development unit, owned by David and Paula Seifert and located in the Lake Whatcom Watershed (Parcel No. 3803360621720000). The purchase price is $375,000. Closing is contingent upon City Council approval. Prior to closing, the homeowner’s association disclosed two anticipated special assessments for road repairs and replacement of a community dock.Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved to reject the purchase and sale agreement for the Seifert property.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson abstained.
  2. Litigation: DeBruin et al. v. City of BellinghamStaff provided information on a litigation matter.Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with outside legal counsel to assist the City Attorney’s Office in representing the City of Bellingham in this lawsuit.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson abstained.
  3. Litigation: Fox v. City of BellinghamStaff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  4. Litigation: Juarez v. City of Bellingham et al.Staff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

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Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 02, 2021 through April 09, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 10, 2021 through April 15, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated March 15, 2021 to March 31, 2021

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

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An Ordinance Updating the Bellingham Municipal Code Sections Governing Adjustments to Utility Bills for Leaks, Billing Errors and Hard Surfaces

Michael Lilliquist / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-04-014. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:38 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
April 12, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On April 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on a proposed ordinance to establish a tourism promotion area pursuant to chapter 35.101 RCW in the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Bellingham and unincorporated areas of Whatcom County (the “Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area”).
  2. On April 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on a proposed resolution of the Bellingham City Council providing for the City to relinquish, pursuant to RCW 35.94.040, a general utility easement retained in Ordinance 6861, which is located in the vacated east one half of King Street, between E. Maryland Street and E. Illinois Street, between Block 179 in the plat of Sunnyland, and the Public Park Block in the map of the plat of the First Addition to New Whatcom, in the records of the Whatcom County Auditor, Washington; commonly known as 2700 King Street, Bellingham, Washington, APN: 380320 040232 0000, on the grounds that said easement is surplus to the City’s needs and is not required for providing continued public utility services.
  3. On April 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on a proposed resolution of the Bellingham City Council providing for the City to partially relinquish, pursuant to RCW 35.94.040, a general utility easement retained in Ordinance 6871, which is 10 feet on each side of Easton Avenue, from 10th Street to the West line of the Lysle Donation Claim said portion specifically

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Roll Call

Present:

abutting the property commonly known as 622 11th Street, Bellingham, Washington, APN 370201 091414 0000, on the grounds that said portion of the easement is surplus to the City’s needs and is not required for providing continued public utility services.

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Public Hearing

22955

1. Public Hearing on Relinquishment of Railroad Franchise Authority in Certain Vacated Streets

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, shared where the rights would be relinquished.

Council President Stone, opened the public hearing.
Public Comment was taken.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved final approval of Resolution #2021-05. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

The Mayor reported that there will be three City publications available this month. The new Spring Playbook, a publication of the Parks and Recreation Department, will be mailed to many Bellingham resident’s homes. The Spring issue of Inside Bellingham newsletter will be available this month and feature climate action updates, the status of the Central Library remodel, and updates

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to the Postpoint Treatment Plant. An annual Water Quality Report detailing the results of tests for safe drinking water will be provided to each water customer.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that the City has hired a new Human Resource Director. He introduced Elizabeth Monahan, and welcomed her to the City. He thanked Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, for his many years of service in that role.

The City is in the midst of a recruitment effort for a new Police Chief. Flo Simon, Interim Police Chief, will be retiring this year. Residents of Bellingham are encouraged to share what characteristics they would like to see in a Police Chief by commenting at https://engagebellingham.org

Later this month, the administration is working with the County to establish a Racial Equity Commission. The idea to create this commission grew out of the Listening Series from last year’s sessions. It will be led by the Chuckanut Health Foundation. An interlocal agreement is expected to be on the April 20th County Council’s meeting agenda and come before the City Council for approval at the April 26th meeting.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Stephen Gockley to the Bellingham Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Stephen Gockley to his first full term on the Bellingham Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, which will expire on April 18, 2026, at which time he may be reappointed.

Information only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Brooks Anderson and Steven James to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Brooks Anderson to her final term, on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission as the Fairhaven Neighborhood Primary Representative, which will expire on October 18, 2022.

The Mayor reappoints Steven James to his final term, on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission as the Puget Neighborhood Primary Representative, which will expire on March 8, 2023.

Information only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of George Sanders to the Museum Foundation Board (Approval)

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Lisa Anderson / Pinky Vargas moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment of George Sanders to his second term, on the Museum Foundation Board, which will expire on February 28, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Scott Jones to the Planning and Development Commission (Approval)

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment of Scott Jones to his first full term on the Planning and Development Commission, which will expire on April 1, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Mayor’s Appointment of John Baker, Holly Pai, and Australia Shanghai Cosby as Primary Representatives and Marciano Sanchez Lopez as an Alternate Representative to the Immigration Advisory Board (Approval)

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved to approve the Mayor’s appointments of John Baker, Holly Pai, and Australia Shanghai as Primary Representatives and Marciano Sanchez Lopez as an Alternative Representative to the Immigration Advisory Board.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

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Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources
22950 1. Noise Variance – WSDOT I-5 & SR 11 Padden Creek Fish Passage Project

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to approve the request of a noise variance to WSDOT and Granite Construction for the Padden Creek Fish Passage project in the Samish, South, and Happy Valley neighborhoods.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-1, Dan Hammill excused.

An Ordinance Updating the Bellingham Municipal Code Sections Governing Adjustments to Utility Bills for Leaks, Billing Errors and Hard Surfaces

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Bid Award for Park Place Water Quality Facility Reconstruction, EV-0155, Bid #8B-2021

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 8B-2021 for Park Place Water Quality Facility Reconstruction to Boss Construction of Bellingham as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $1,674,175.03, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Parks and Recreation

20625 1.

Amendment to Lease Agreement 2014-0592 with Bellingham Technical College to Control Parking Lot Due to Safety Concerns

Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an amendment to the lease agreement with Bellingham Technical College to control the parking lot due to safety concerns.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

Committee of the Whole

22953 1.

Ordinance Relating to Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson move to approve amendments to the draft ordinance that include; adopt suggestion on page 73 of how grocery store workers are defined and adopt the subection 4 on page 74, the definition of grocery business be changed to read, “Grocery business” meaning a retail store operating in Bellingham that employs 40 or more employees.

MOTION CARRIED 4-2-1, Gene Knutson and Pinky Vargas opposed, Dan Hammill excused.

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Part 3 in a Series of Staff Presentations in Preparation for City Council Adoption of the 2021-2022 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Action Plan

Presentation during Committee. Council indicated that they would like to see funding prioritized for programs that aid families with children.

Information only.

Introduction of the City’s Update of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Approval of Minutes

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the March 22, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, Pinky Vargas abstained and Dan Hammill excused.

Old/New Business

Council Member Lilliquist, reported that the Whatcom Transportation Authority, is planning to resume their fare collections, most likely starting in June of 2021.

Council Member Vargas, reported that the Mt Baker Theatre is open again (movies only and limited capacity).

Council Member Knutson, reported that he serves on the Greenways Advisory Committee and that soon there will be a tour of all City parks in Bellingham. He will report back later to include the exact date and time.

Council Member Anderson, serves on the Airport Advisory Committee, and reported that there was some discussion of adding another carrier, possibly Southwest Airlines to our HUB.

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.

22929 1. Consideration of a Revised Resolution Forming a Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area

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Adjournment

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated March 01, 2021 to March 15, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 12, 2021 through March 18, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 19, 2021 through March 25, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 26, 2021 through April 01, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Dan Hammill excused.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:12 PM.

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
March 22, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

  1. On March 31, 2021 at 6:30 PM there will be an Annual Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commissioners Meeting
  2. On April 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM there will be a Public Hearing on a proposed resolution of the Bellingham City Council providing for the City to relinquish its retained right to renew or extend railroad franchises within certain City streets located in the Waterfront District that were vacated by Ordinance Nos. 4840 and 6420. The vacated street segments include portions of Maple Street, Commercial Street, East Laurel Street, East Myrtle Street, Army Street and Bay Street, all within the Waterfront General Binding Site Plan (AFN 2017- 0801912), commonly known as Port of Bellingham’s waterfront development property, Bellingham, Washington, APN: 380330 008066 0000

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Excused:

City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary March 22, 2021

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Presentation 22944 1.

Resolution Honoring City Attorney Peter Ruffatto for His Outstanding Contributions to the City of Bellingham and its Residents

Council recognized Peter Ruffatto, City Attorney, for his outstanding service to the City. Peter has served the City of Bellingham for 18 years. Council Members and the Mayor thanked him for his service.

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-04. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.
Update on COVID-19 Response

Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department Director, gave an update on COVID-19 case rates, stating that cases are declining especially in the last week and those over 60 years of age. Currently, 18 – 39-year-olds are those that have the highest rates of infection.

She reported that 72% of people who are eligible for vaccination, have been vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The Health Department is expecting fewer doses of vaccine to be delivered this week.

Today, all counties in Washington State, enter Phase III of the Safe Start Plan. Restaurants, bars, fitness clubs, museums, libraries, and outdoor entertainment are now at 50% capacity. She will be meeting with the mayors of small cities and the Whatcom County Executive this week to discuss guidance for public employees and reopening for government offices.

Council Members asked questions.

22593 2.

Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

22945 1. Approval of Mayor’s Appointment of City Attorney

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Alan Marriner as City Attorney.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

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Mayor Fleetwood announced that during the afternoon Committee meetings, a housing report was given by City staff. Many efforts are being made to increase housing availability and the Consolidated Action Plan is being updated.

He also gave a status update on last week’s clearance of the homeless encampment from Geri Fields. More information can be found at www.cob.org/meetings

Today is the one-year anniversary of the governor’s Shelter-in-Place order.

Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, announced that the City will receive approximately $21 million dollars from the latest stimulus package. Those funds can be used to replace lost, delayed, or decreased revenues due to the COVID- 19 shut down, address the negative economic impacts on local businesses and non-profits, and make investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

Council Standing Committee Meetings: Public Works and Natural Resources

22938 1. 22939 2.

ADA Transition Plan for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Public Works Proposal for James Street Preferred Arterial Standard

Presentation during Committee.
Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to direct staff to hold a public hearing. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice

22940 1. Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Fire District 4 for Training Facility Use

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Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

22941 2. Update of the Whatcom County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Parks and Recreation

22942 1.

Bid Award to Faber Brothers Corporation for Squalicum Creek Phase 4, Bid No. 1B-2021

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to award Bid No.1B-2021 for Squalicum Creek Phase 4 to Faber Brothers Corporation of Lynden, WA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $1,219,714, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

Land Lease with Washington State University for the Space Known as the We Grow Garden

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a land lease with Washington State University for the space known as the We Grow Garden.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

22943 2.

Committee of the Whole

22930 1.

Part 2 in a Series of Staff Presentations in Preparation for City Council Adoption of the 2021-2022 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Action Plan

Part 2 was provided during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to direct staff to prioritize rental assistance and case managment for families with children experiencing homelessness.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1. Pinky Vargas excused.

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  1. Approval of MinutesGene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the March 8, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.
  2. Old/New BusinessLisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist moved to direct staff to write an ordinance for grocery worker’s hazard pay using the draft ordinance she submitted for legal review, make any additions and edits to ensure equal provision, right of action concerns addressed and bring those changes back to the next council meeting on April 12 for a work session. At that meeting, recommend changes, should this be under an emergency ordinance, determine timeline for implementation and conditions to end it. Should it be considered as an ordinance, bring this to to a Public Hearing on April 26, and a vote on May 10.MOTION CARRIED 5-1-1, Gene Knutson opposed, Pinky Vargas excused.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.

  1. Potential LitigationStaff provided information on a matter involving potential litigation. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Potential Property AcquisitionStaff provided information on potential property acquisitions. For information and discussion. No action taken.

3.. Litigation: Bornstein Seafoods v. City of Bellingham, et al

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved to authorize the City Attorney’s Office and outside legal counsel to take appropriate actions to defend the City in this lawsuit, including asserting counter claims and cross claims.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

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.

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22946 1. 22947 2. 22948 3.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated February 16, 2021 to February 28, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 26, 2021 through March 04, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 05, 2021 through March 11, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Pinky Vargas excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

22931 1.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Appropriations in the General Fund

Hollie Huthman / Michael 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Vargas

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-03-011. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing

Appropriations

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Vargas

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-03-012.
An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Imposing an Additional

Sales and Use Tax of One-Tenth of One Percent for Housing and Related

22933 2.

22934 3.

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Services as Authorized by RCW 82.14.530; Adding a New Chapter 4.78 to the Bellingham Municipal Code

Daniel Hammill / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Vargas

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-03-013. Adjournment

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2021. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
March 8, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. Special Meeting on March 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM to consider ordinance imposing an additional sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent for affordable housing and related services as authorized in RCW 82.14.530

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Public Hearing

22922 1. A Public Hearing on an Ordinance to Authorize a Sales Tax for Housing and Related Services

Council President Stone handed over to Council President Hammill who introduced the ordinance. He explained that House Bill 1590, enacted in March 2020, expanded the ability of cities and counties to enact a sales tax of 1/10th

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of 1% for construction and operation of housing, and mental and behavioral health facilities and services. Council will consider the ordinance at a Special Meeting on March 15, 2021.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Public Comment was taken.

There being no further comments, Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing. The written record will remain open until the Council makes a final decision on the matter.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

22923 1.

Mayor Fleetwood, reported that he gave an update at this afternoon’s session of Committee of the Whole. During the update he describes steps that will be taken to remove the encampment at the Geri Fields. The encampment will be removed in the coming days.

A full COVID-19 update will be provided at the next meeting on March 22, 2021.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Tom Scott and Appointment of Dima Hart to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Tom Scott as the York Neighborhood Primary Representative to his final term, on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on February 5, 2023.

The Mayor appoints Dima Hart as the King Mountain Primary Representative to her first partial term, on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on December 27, 2021, at which time she may be reappointed.

Information only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Joan Drinkwin to the Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Joan Drinkwin, to her second term, to the Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors, which will expire on February 9, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed. Information only.

22924 2.

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22925 3.

22926 4.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Nikki Quinn and Chris Fowler to the Home Rehabilitation Program Loan Review Board (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Nikki Quinn and Chris Fowler to the Home Rehabilitation Program Loan Review Board with terms expiring on March 19, 2025, at which time they may be reappointed.

Mayor’s Appointment of Jed Ballew to the Planning and Development Commission (Approval)

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Jed Ballew to his first partial term on the Planning and Development Commission, which will expire on March 24, 2022, at which time he may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

Council Standing Committee Meetings: Public Works and Natural Resources

22914 1.

22705 2. 22927 3.

Habitat Restoration and Stewardship in Lower Whatcom Creek Corridor Presentation Follow-up

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Post Point Resource Recovery Project Update

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Report from the February 17, 2021 Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting

Presentation during Committee.

On March 31, 2021, there will be the annual joint meeting between Whatcom County, Bellingham City Council, and Lake Whatcom Sewer District for an annual update and review of activities to protect and restore Lake Whatcom.

Information only.

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22928 4. Proposed Lease to HUB Community Bike Shop

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved to direct staff to negotiate a lease at below market rate with HUB Community Bike Shop.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Community and Economic Development

22929 1.

Committee

Consideration of a Resolution Forming a Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area

Hollie Huthman / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2021-03.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

of the Whole

Part 1 in a Series of Staff Presentations in Preparation for City Council Adoption of the 2021-2022 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Action Plan

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

An Ordinance to Authorize a Sales Tax for Housing and Related Services

Information and discussion only.

A Special Meeting on the ordinance will be held on March 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM and written comment is still open for submittal.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget for the Purpose of a Tiny Home Village

22930

22934

22931

22932 22933

1.

5.

2.

3. 4.

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2020 Financial Year End Review and Updated 2021 Revenue Forecast

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget

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22599 6.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Michael Lilliquist excused.

Renewal and Extension of an Emergency Ordinance Imposing a Moratorium on the Processing of Applications for Detached Single-Family Development in Multi-Family Zones

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Emergency Ordinance #2021-03-010.

  1. Approval of MinutesGene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the February 22, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
  2. Old/New BusinessCouncil President Stone reported that during Committee of the Whole, a motion was made by Council Member Anderson, seconded by Council Member Huthman, to review a draft ordinance that establishes labor standards requirements for additional compensation for grocery workers in Bellingham. The motion carried 5-2, Vargas and Knutson opposed.Council Member Knutson asked how much longer it might be before we can meet in Council Chambers. Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, reported that we may have an extension from the Governor limiting or extending in-person meetings.

Executive Session – Report and Action only. 1. Potential Property Acquisition

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Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

22935 1. 22936 2. 22937 3.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 12, 2021 Through February 18, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 19, 2021 Through February 25, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated February 01, 2021 to February 15, 2021

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

22329 1.

Amending City of Bellingham Code Title 4, Requiring that Public Funds Used for Construction Projects do Double Duty by also Providing Apprentices with Job Training Hours to Meet the Requirements Necessary to Become the Next Generation of Skilled Trades Pe

Michael Lilliquist / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-03-007An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing

Appropriations in the General Fund

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

22915 2.

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22430 3.

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-03-008.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending Ordinance No. 2019-11-033 which Established an Immigration Advisory Board and Amending the Bellingham Municipal Code to Codify the Establishment, Function and Membership of the Board

Pinky Vargas / Gene 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2021-03-009. Adjournment

There being no further comments, the meeting adjourned at 10:15 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
February 22, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

The Mayor announced that this week is Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week and highlighted the City’s work in preventing the spread of invasive species. Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens that can displace and outcompete native species and disrupt entire food webs and damage infrastructure. The City and Whatcom County collaborate to protect the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District.

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He commented that the Small and Simple Grants will soon be made available for 2021. The Small and Simple Grant Program provides funding for neighborhood led projects that make positive improvements and encourage community engagement. Applications submitted by the May 1, 2021 deadline will be considered for funding through a competitive process conducted by the Mayor’s office. Past projects funded by Small and Simple Grants include street trees, neighborhood signs, murals, community gardens, structures, supplies, and other projects. All City recognized neighborhood associations are encouraged to apply. More details are posted on the City’s website.

A good conversation surrounding efforts being made towards homelessness was conducted today during the Committee of the Whole meeting. That conversation can be viewed at https://meetings.cob.org

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

Council Standing Committee Meetings: Public Works and Natural Resources

22007 1.

Broadband Advisory Workgroup Meeting Recording

Council Member Lilliquist reported that during Committee, the issue of recording the Broadband Advisory Workgroup meetings. The original resolution did not allow for the recording of the meetings. The modified resolution brought forth for consideration, is to require the Zoom meetings are recording during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Lilliquist / Pinky Vargas moved final approval of Resolution #2021-02 as corrected.

22913 2. 22329 3.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Launch of SeeClickFix Request Management Software

Discussion during Committee. Information only.

Ordinance for Apprenticeship Program on Bellingham Public Contracts

Presentation during Committee.

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22890 4.

22914 5.

Michael Lilliquist / Pinky Vargas moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Residential Solid Waste Collection Overview #2

Discussion during Committee. This was part two of a three-part discussion residential solid waste collection overview. Northwest Recycling is closing and no longer accepting recyclables. SSC, our current servicer, has secured a new recycling service provider to accept the recyclable material as required under their contract. Information only.

Habitat Restoration and Stewardship in Lower Whatcom Creek Corridor

Presentation during Committee. Several different departments presented on the stewardship and protection efforts on the Lower Whatcom Creek. Due to time constraints, the presentation was cut short but will return for further discussion at the next meeting. Information only.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice

22915 1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Appropriations in the General Fund

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee of the Whole

22910 1.

Analysis of Proposed BMC Amendments for Tent Encampments and Camping in Public Places

Presentation during Committee. Draft ordinances were submitted to staff and administration for analysis. A series of presentations will be coming forward from the Community and Economic Development Committee that will provide information about on-going work for the homeless. There are existing parameters within the Bellingham Municipal Code that allow for temporary tent encampments encouraging operators to partner with the City to provide services. Information only.

Proposed Revisions to Ordinance #2019-11-033 Establishing an Immigration Advisory Board

22430 2.

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The ordinance was brought forth with three changes that would allow for alternates, residential requirements to extend to Whatcom County, and co- facilitators on monthly meetings.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

22916 3.
4. Approval of Minutes

Report on 2020 CARES Act Economic and Business Response

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Gene Knutson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the February 8, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. Old/New Business

Council Member Vargas requested that the new program, SeeClickFix Management Software, be posted to all the neighborhood associations and NextDoor.com – type applications. She also requested that administration look to see if efforts on a state level are being made towards recycling options. Many recyclers are closing.

Council Member Anderson explained that she had a ZOOM meeting with the union representative from Central Laborers Union where they discussed grocery store workers’ conditions. She is doing some research on what other states and cities are working on and will provide an update later.

Council Member Hammill announced that currently there is House Bill 1590 that provides cities the opportunity to implement a sales tax that could raise up to $3 million dollars per year for affordable housing and provide services for those experiencing homelessness. During Committee, the Council voted to 6-0-1, (Gene Knutson excused) to hold a public hearing on March 8 to consider an ordinance imposing a one tenth of one percent sales and use tax for affordable housing and related services.

The Council also voted 6-0-1 (Gene Knutson excused) to hold a special meeting on March 15 for the Council’s consideration of an ordinance imposing one tenth of one percent sales and use tax for affordable housing and related services.

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Lastly, the Council voted 6-0-1 (Gene Knutson excused) to direct staff to prepare a draft ordinance imposing a one tenth of one percent sales and use tax for affordable housing and related services.

Council Member Stone announced that Birchwood Neighborhood continues to struggle with food access since the Albertson’s store closed several years ago. The Salvation Army has opened a food distribution center at the old thrift store, across from the old Albertson’s location. They have drive thru as well as walk up service that distributes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 PM. Food boxes include canned goods, fresh produce, frozen meats, protein, dry goods, and dairy. There are No-Cook Bags to those who do not have access to kitchen or cooking facilities. She also announced that last weekend, Bellingham Unity Committee hosted a virtual event in celebration of Black History Month, that was facilitated by the Bellingham Library. The video can be found online at the Bellingham Unity Committee and Bellingham Library’s website.

Executive Session – Report and Action only. 1. Potential Property Acquisition

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

22917 1. 22918 2. 22919 3. 22920 4. 22921 5.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 22, 2021 through January 28, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 29, 2021 through February 04, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 05, 2021 through February 11, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated January 01, 2021 to January 15, 2021

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated January 16, 2021 to January 31, 2021

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Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Adjournment

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:29 PM.

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
February 8, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Presentation 22593 1.

Update on COVID-19 Response

The Mayor introduced Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department Director, for an update on COVID-19 response and vaccine update.

Erika Lautenbach announced that as of last week, there are 34 enrolled provider sites that offer vaccines. This week, Whatcom County has received 3,275 doses of vaccine. Last Thursday, she moderated a Town Hall session with Peace Health, Family Care Network, Unity Care Northwest, and SeaMar Community Health Centers. It was broadcast by Facebook Live and about 1,400

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people attended the live event. It was also live streamed on KGMI. The Health Department aims to provide virtual townhalls twice monthly to stay on top of new information and provide it to the community in a timely manner. Another virtual Town Hall with Cindy Hollinsworth, Communicable Disease Manager with the Health Department, and Whatcom County District 42 Representatives, Sharon Shewmake and Alicia Rule, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2021, to talk about vaccines. Next week, on February 16, a Town Hall is scheduled with the business community to discuss unique challenges and opportunities to make sure their employees get vaccinated. On Friday, February 12, the Health Department is expected to know if, as a region, the Governor will move us into Phase II of the Road Map to Recovery.

Fire Chief, Bill Hewett, announced that Liz Coogan, has been promoted as the City’s new Emergency Manager.

Council Members asked questions.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

22903 1.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Jeffrey Eastman and Stephen Racich to the Bellingham Sister Cities Board (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Jeffrey Eastman to his first full term, which will expire on January 24, 2024 and Stephen Racich to his third term, which will expire on January 1, 2024, at which time they both may be reappointed.

Information only.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources
22905 1. Noise Variance – Grandview North LLC Permit #BLD2018-1036

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the noise variance to Grandview LLC for work to be done between 4:00 a.m. through 7:00 PM on two different days.

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

22906 2. Transportation Commission Update and Associated Role in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Updates

Information Only

Parks and Recreation
22907 1. Resolution to Establish Greens Fees for the Use of Lake Padden Golf Course

Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2021-01.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice
22904 1. Presentation by Whatcom County Health on Serving the Homeless

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Climate Action
22505 1. 2021 Implementation Plan for Climate Action Plan

Update during Committee. Information only.

Committee of the Whole

  1. 22908  1. Introduction of New Legislative AssistantIntroduction of Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant.
  2. 22909  2. Discussion Regarding Public Comment PeriodDiscussion during Committee. Information only.
  3. 22910  3. City Hall Encampment DiscussionDiscussion during Committee. Information only.4. Approval of Minutes

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Gene Knutson / Pinky Vargas moved approval of the January 11, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Lisa Anderson/Gene Knutson moved approval of the January 25, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. Old/New Business

Council Member Huthman introduced an emergency ordinance to temporarily suspend removal of homeless encampments, like the one at Geri Field.

Council Members discussed.

Hollie Huthman/Dan Hammill moved to submit the draft ordinances into the Public Record and direct the administration to review for feedback.

MOTION CARRIED 4-0-3, Gene Knutson, Lisa Anderson, and Pinky Vargas abstained.

Council Member Anderson asked if the meetings for the Broadband Workgroup could be recorded.

Lisa Anderson/Michael Lilliquist moved to prepare a resolution that stipulates that video meetings made be recorded and provided online.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Executive Session – Report and Action only.
1. Potential Litigation Claim No. 2020-42

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

  1. Litigation: King v. City of BellinghamStaff provided information on a litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.
  2. Potential Litigation

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Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. For information and discussion. No action taken.

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.

22911 1. 22912 2.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 15, 2021 through January 21, 2021

Joint Funding Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and US Department of Interior / US Geological Survey (USGS) for Water Resources Investigation

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, Gene Knutson excused.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

22887 1.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Appropriations in the Wastewater Fund

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson 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: Stone, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: Knutson

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-02-006 Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:49 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
January 25, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council  

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

Mayor Fleetwood, provided an update from the Whatcom County Health Department. A statement by Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department Director, was read into the Record:

The Health Department has heard from many residents and understands the frustration in the pace of vaccine delivery. With the Governor’s announcement last week, there are now somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 residents eligible for vaccine. There are 27 providers that are enrolled and able to order

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and administer vaccine, but there is very little vaccine coming to our county. In order to vaccinate everyone now eligible with the recommended two doses, we would need 120,000 – 160,000 doses and to date, our county has only received 13,500.

There are examples from other counties where they stood up mass vaccination sites and had five-hour lines and were only able to vaccinate for an hour or two before they ran out. There are also examples of places that received far more vaccine than they needed in order to vaccinate everyone eligible. These inconsistencies are frustrating and are occurring all over the state. The Whatcom County Health Department is working with our enrolled providers, once there is more vaccine available, to create a coordinated and easily accessible range of options and sites for people to receive vaccine. We are also working to ensure that those who are vulnerable or lack a healthcare provider or transportation will have access to vaccine as well.

In the meantime, we ask for your patience. There will be more vaccine, more options, and more communication soon. Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be able to do so, but this will take months not days. We all look forward to getting back to pre-COVID life, but please be patient as we overcome this final hurdle in having sufficient vaccine for everyone in our county.

The Mayor addressed the events surrounding the protest of the 210 Lottie Encampment from last Friday. To watch his statements, the video can be viewed here:

The Mayor introduced Congressman, Rick Larsen, who represents the 2nd Congressional District in Washington. He reviewed some of the President’s Executive Orders, which included ramping up of manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines, testing and supplies, and PPE. He authorized FEMA to work with State and local partners to set up 100 additional vaccination sites. The Department of Defense announced today that they will end the ban on transgender troops in the armed forces as well as in the Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. will rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. The Federal Government will now reimburse the states for the use of the National Guard during the COVID-19 response at a rate of 100%. The America Rescue Plan, which is a COVID-19 relief bill, is a package being introduced in Congress that will include $69 billion for COVID-19 vaccine and equitable distribution. There is a new vaccine from Johnson and Johnson that will be available soon that requires only one dose.

Council Members asked questions.

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22882 1.

22883 2.

22884 3.

22885 4.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Denise Snyder to the Bellingham Arts Commission (Approval)

Daniel Hammill / Pinky Vargas moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment of Denise Snyder to a special one year extension to her sixth term on the Bellingham Arts Commission, which will expire on January 1, 2022.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointment of David Heck to the Design Review Board (Approval)

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved to approve the Mayor’s appointment of David Heck to his first term, on the Design Review Board, which will expire on January 25, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Jeff Daffron to the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board (Approval)

Lisa Anderson / Gene Knutson moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment of Jeff Daffron to his second term, on the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board, which will expire on January 22, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointment of Yin-Ho Lai and Christopher Pasquale to the Community Development Advisory Board (Information)

The Mayor appoints Yin Ho Lai to his first term, on the Community Development Advisory Board, which will expire on January 19, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

The Mayor appoints Christopher Pasquale to his first partial term, on the Community Development Advisory Board, which will expire on October 1, 2021, at which time he may be reappointed.

Information only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Robert Hendricks to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Group (Information)

The Mayor reappoints Robert Hendricks to his seventh term, on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Group, which will expire on February 3, 2022, at which time he may be reappointed. Information only.

22886 5.

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Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

The following are heard in both Committee sessions and Regular Meeting in order below: Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources

22887 1.

22888 2.

An Ordinance Increasing Appropriations in the Wastewater Fund

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Bid Award for Whatcom Creek Trunk Main (EU-0182), BID #62B-2020

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to award Bid No. 62B-2020 for Whatcom Creek Trunk Main to Allied Trenchless of Chelan, WA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $6,088,694.63, which includes any applicable WSST.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Draft Ordinance for Apprenticeship Program on Bellingham Contracts

Discussion during Committee. Additional work needs to be completed on the draft ordinance. Council provided feedback to staff and they will bring back to Council at a later date.

Update on the City of Bellingham Urban Forestry Management Plan

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Residential Solid Waste Collection Overview

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

22329 3.

22889 4. 22890 5.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice

22891 1. Interlocal Agreement with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue for Transfer of Paramedics

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22892 2.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement with Whatcom County Fire Protection District #21. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Community Paramedic ILA Amendment

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an amendment to an interlocal contract between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County for the EMS levy for a Community Paramedic previously funded by the City.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Parks and Recreation

22893 1. Bid Award to Tiger Construction for the Boulevard Park Restroom Improvement Project, Bid No. 61B-2020

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to award Bid No. 61B-2020 for the Boulevard Park Restroom Improvement Project to Tiger Construction of Everson, WA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $631,388.39, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

22894 2. Bid Award to KCDA, Contract #AEPA 020-A, for Joe Martin Mound Conversion Field Turf

Gene Knutson / Lisa Anderson moved to award Contract #AEPA 020-A for Joe Martin Mound Conversion Field Turf to KCDA as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $71,054.85, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee of the Whole
22895 1. WWU Presentation on 2020 City Residential Survey

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

22896 2. Approve Interlocal Agreement for the Donation of Whatcom County Personal Property to the City of Bellingham (Tiny Homes)

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The shelters will be deployed for the immediate use at the emergency encampment (“Swift Haven”) established in response to the current housing emergency in Whatcom County and will be used for the future deployment of temporary shelters at additional Whatcom County locations beyond the existing emergency location. This interlocal will transfer ownership of 25-50 Tiny Homes to the City of Bellingham.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist authorized the Mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for the donation of Whatcom County personal property to the City of Bellingham. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

  1. Approval of MinutesNo minutes were presented. At the February 8, 2021 meeting, the Council will review a double set of meeting minutes from January 11, 2021 and January 25, 2021.
  2. Old/New BusinessCouncil Member Lilliquist reported from the Broadband Advisory Work Group. The Public Utility District (PUD) shared that they would prefer their representative and commissioner, Atul Deshmane, represent the PUD. They further requested that he be a voting member rather than a non-voting member. The City’s resolution on the Broadband Advisory Group excludes elected officials from membership on the board. The PUD plans to meet on Tuesday, January 26. Council Member Lilliquist is confident they will work through this issue to find a resolution.Council President Stone, indicated that she has heard from members who are concerned about capacity and infection spread of COVID-19 at Base Camp. After consulting with the director of Base Camp, she assured all that social distancing is provided for those who wish to utilize the facility. COVID-19 testing is also provided at Base Camp.

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.

22897 1. Amendment #1 to Inter-Agency Agreement 2018-0624 with the Department of Ecology for Additional Grant Funding for the Meridian Street Water Quality Improvements Project (EV-0162)

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  1. 22898  2.
  2. 22899  3.
  3. 22900  4.
  4. 22901  5.
  5. 22902  6.

Amendment to the Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County (2019 – 0638) for Payment of Costs Associated with the U.S Geological Survey Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) Collaborative Agreement

Authorization for the Mayor to Enter Into an Inter-Agency Agreement with the State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated December 16, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 01, 2021 through January 07, 2021

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 08, 2021 through January 14, 2021

Daniel Hammill / Gene Knutson moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

22853 1.

An Ordinance to Adopt the 2018 International Fire Code with Local Amendments

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-01-002. Ordinance to Adopt the 2018 Washington State Building Code with Local

Amendments

Daniel Hammill / Gene 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:

22854 2.

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)

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22871 3.

EXCUSED: (None)
MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-01-003.

An Ordinance Accepting the Donation of 60 Acres of Real Property and Improvements from Neal and Ann Koblitz Known as Lake Whatcom Watershed Acquisition WS-0089

Pinky Vargas / Lisa Anderson 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: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-01-004.

An Ordinance Accepting the Donation of a Conservation Easement Over a 0.87 Acre Tract of Real Property Owned by Neal and Ann Koblitz Known as Lake Whatcom Watershed Acquisition WS-0089

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

22872 4.

AYES: Stone, Knutson, Hammill, Vargas, Anderson, Lilliquist, Huthman NAYS: (None)
EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2021-01-005. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:16 PM.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

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City of Bellingham
City Council Regular Meeting Action Summary 
January 11, 2021, 7:00 PM

Mayor Seth Fleetwood Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org Council Members Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, www.cob.org/council   

Pinky Vargas, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Hollie Huthman
Deputy City Clerk Elisabeth Oakes

All meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA, unless otherwise noted. Please note the doors to City Hall unlock at 6:30 PM.

This document is provided as a courtesy follow up of the City Council meeting. This document is not to be considered the minutes from the meeting but rather a report of the action taken by Council. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review of recordings of the proceedings and composure and approval of the minutes from the meeting. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward Council Member Gene Knutson, Second Ward Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Pinky Vargas, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Hollie Huthman, At-Large

Presentation 22864 1.

22593 2.

Staff Presentation Recognizing Steve Crooks for His Service on the Planning Commission

Council Members thanked Steve Crooks for his contributions and service on the Planning Commission. He served two full terms on the Commission beginning in April 2013 to December 2020.

Update on COVID-19 Response

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Amy Hockenberry and Cindy Hollinsworth, with the Whatcom County Health Department, gave an update on the status of vaccines in our community. Information only.

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

22865 1.

22866 2.

22867 3.

22868 4.

22869 5.

Mayor’s Reappointments to the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence (Approval)

Hannah Stone / Gene Knutson moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment Ken Levinson to his second term, Beth Boyd to her first full term, and Mary Welch to her second term on the Bellingham – Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence. All terms will expire on January 31, 2025. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointment of Victor Crosetti to the Planning and Development Commission (Approval)

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of Victor Crosetti to his first term on the Planning and Development Commission, which will expire on January 11, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Greenway Advisory Committee (Approval)

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved approval of Lauren Staley to her first term on the Greenway Advisory Committee, which will expire on January 11, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed. Mayor appoints Kate Galambos to her first partial term on the Greenway Advisory Committee, which will expire on July 9, 2021, at which time she may be reappointed.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointment of Maggie Bates to the Design Review Board (Approval)

Gene Knutson / Hannah Stone moved approval of Maggie Bates to her first term, on the Design Review Board, which will expire on January 11, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointments of Members of the Broadband Advisory Group (Approval)

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Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to approve Maximillian Carper, Linda Fels, Don Gischer, Kristopher Keillor, Michelle Koptcha, Milissa Miller, Spencer Moore, Steven Spitzer, and Russell (RB) Tewksbury to serve as community representatives of the Broadband Advisory Group.

MOTION CARRIED 6-1, Lisa Anderson opposed.

Mayor Fleetwood, expressed that the administration is still working to create the conditions to end the encampment on the lawn of City Hall.

Public Comment Period

Public Comment was taken.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:
Public Works and Natural Resources
22870 1. Bid Award for the State-Ellis Bridge Replacement Project, BID # 31B-2020

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved to award Bid No. 31B-2020 for the State-Ellis Bridge Replacement Project to Razz Construction, Inc of Bellingham as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid, which is $3,195,889.73, which includes any applicable WSST.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

22871 2. Donation of 60-Acre Parcel in the Lake Whatcom Watershed

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

22872 3. Donation of a Conservation Easement Over 0.87-Acres of Real Property Located in the Lake Whatcom Watershed

Michael Lilliquist / Pinky Vargas moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee of the Whole
1. Approval of Minutes

Michael Lilliquist / Gene Knutson moved approval of the December 14, 2020 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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2. Old/New Business

Council President Stone reported out on last week’s Special Meeting held on January 4, 2021.

There were: Passage of an emergency ordinance authorizing temporary use of public and private facilities to provide COVID-19 related vaccinations, testing, and medical services.

The reorganization meeting included election of officers of the City Council.

Hannah Stone, Council President
Michael Lilliquist, Council President Pro Tempore Pinky Vargas, Mayor Pro Tempore

The Finance Committee was rolled into the Committee of the Whole. A singular committee titled, Community and Economic Development, was created that will be chaired by Council Member Huthman. Pinky Vargas and Michael Lilliquist will also sit on the Community and Economic Development Committee.

The Committees listed below were filled with the following Council Members:

Public Works & Natural Resources: 1. Michael Lilliquist (Chair)
2. Gene Knutson
3. Lisa Anderson

Parks & Recreation:
1. Gene Knutson (Chair) 2. Pinky Vargas
3. Lisa Anderson

Planning & Community Development: 1. Lisa Anderson (Chair)
2. Hollie Huthman
3. Dan Hammill

Public Health, Safety, and Justice: 1. Dan Hammill (Chair)
2. Hollie Huthman
3. Gene Knutson

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Climate Action:
1. Pinky Vargas (Chair) 2.Dan Hammill
3. Michael Lilliquist

Ex-Officio and Other Council Assignments

Bellingham International Airport Advisory Committee 1. Lisa Anderson

Bellingham School District/Higher Education 1. Gene Knutson (K-12)
2. Dan Hammill (Higher Ed)

Bellingham / Whatcom County Tourism Board 1. Pinky Vargas

Chamber of Commerce 1. Lisa Anderson

Downtown Bellingham Partnership 1. Hollie Huthman

EMS Oversight Board 1. Gene Knutson

Fire Pension Board 1. Hannah Stone

Franchise Working Group 1. Dan Hammill
2. Michael Lilliquist

Homeless Strategies Workgroup 1. Michael Lilliquist
2. Gene Knutson

Incarceration Prevention Task Force 1. Dan Hammill
2. Michael Lilliquist (Proxy)

Immigration Advisory Board Liaison 1. Hannah Stone

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Lake Whatcom Policy Group 1. Michael Lilliquist
2.Gene Knutson

Library Board of Trustees 1. Hollie Huthman

Mt. Baker Theatre Board 1. Pinky Vargas

Museum Foundation Board 1. Lisa Anderson

Open Space Committee – Joint City / County 1.Lisa Anderson
2. Hollie Huthman
3. Dan Hammill

Opportunity Council 1.Hannah Stone

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 1. Gene Knutson

Police Pension Board 1. Hannah Stone

Port Marina Advisory Committee 1. Lisa Anderson

Sister Cities Advisory Board 1. Pinky Vargas

Sustainable Connections 1. Hollie Huthman

Tourism Commission / LTAC 1. Pinky Vargas

WHAT-COMM Admin Board 1. Dan Hammill

Whatcom Council of Governments (WCOG) 1. Pinky Vargas

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2.Michael Lilliquist

Whatcom Transportation Authority 1. Michael Lilliquist
2. Hollie Huthman

Working Waterfront 1. Lisa Anderson

She announced that there will be an event to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., at noon, next Monday on the Federal Holiday. More information can be found at www.cob.org

Executive Session – Report and Action only.
1. Potential Litigation Claim #2020-44

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Gene Knutson / Daniel Hammill moved to authorize the City Attorney’s Office to hire the Cascadia Law Group to represent the City of Bellingham in the lawsuit arising from this claim, Bornstein Seafoods v. City of Bellingham.
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.

22873 1. 22874 2. 22875 3. 22876 4. 22877 5.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated November 16, 2020 to November 30, 2020

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated December 1, 2020 to December 15, 2020

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued December 04, 2020 through December 10, 2020

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued December 11, 2020 through December 17, 2020

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued December 18, 2020 through December 23, 2020

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22878 6.

22879 7. 22880 8.

Adjournment

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued December 24, 2020 through December 31, 2020

Interlocal Agreement with Bellingham Housing Authority

Renew Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Parks Department

Gene Knutson / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Elisabeth Oakes, Deputy City Clerk eaoakes@cob.org

Council Member Anderson announced that next Saturday, the Dockside Market on January 23, will be selling fresh seafood from the dock at Gate 5, from
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 PM.

Council Member Knutson commended Council Member Stone on her leadership as the new Council President.

There being no further comments, the meeting adjourned at 9:03 PM.

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