Bellingham City Council searchable 2022 meeting minutes / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the screenshot to access the City of Bellingham City Council meetings page on the COB website

January 15, 2023 Dena Jensen

So, let’s say you want to find out what Bellingham City Council Members might have talked about during their meetings last year or how Council Members voted on a particular motion. Whether it’s the electrification of government buildings, providing new homeless services, moving forward with an immigrant resource center, offering open public comment periods again at their regular meetings, etc. – other than looking in each agenda or set of minutes individually, or watching each meeting, you don’t have much of a way to know. So here’s a little bit of help toward an easier way of finding clues about that.

In this post you’ll find the content of all of the City of Bellingham’s City Council regular meeting minutes for the year 2022 in one place. This allows folks to search on things like key words, topics, dates, public hearings, and people’s names. For each meeting date, a link is also provided near the top of that edition of minutes to access the agenda and media associated with that particular meeting. 

Here is a link to a blog post from last year that provided Bellingham City Council meeting summaries (not as detailed as minutes) for 2021: https://noisywatersnw.com/2022/02/05/searchable-meeting-summaries-of-bellingham-city-council-meetings-january-2021-through-december-2021-noisy-waters-northwest/

I hope to provide a version using 2021 meeting minutes soon. (I just figured out a way to store that much material in one blog post without it being a prohibitively slow process here on WordPress.)

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


Bellingham City Council searchable meeting minutes 2022

City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes January 10, 2022, 7:00 PM

[Link to web version with meeting video : https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2610&doctype=2]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

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.

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   1. On February 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing for the consideration of staff-initiated changes to BMC Title 20 and Title 21, revising the docketing process for proposals seeking to amend the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At-Large

Mayor’s Report

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

23232 1. Mayor’s Appointment of Alfredo Juarez Zeferino as an Alternate Representative to the Immigration Advisory Board (Approval)

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1. Excused: Daniel Hammill

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Whatcom County Public Health Director, Erika Lautenbach, provided an update on the COVID-19 surge.

Information Only.

Public Comment Report

On December 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., Council President Hannah Stone was joined by Councilmember Hollie Huthman and Communications Director Janice Keller. There was a minimum of 21 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 14 attendees elected to speak publicly. The meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m.

On December 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., Council President Hannah Stone was joined by Councilmember Hollie Huthman and Communications Director Janice Keller. There was a of 20 in at the Public

who to the were given 3 to share their A total of 15 to speak The

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wished

meeting adjourned at 8:04 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 1:00 PM

23220 1.

Sanitary Services Company (SSC) Residential Single Stream Recycling Pilot Program

p. 9

23137 2.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval to proceed with a pilot program for part of the City to determine the cost-effectiveness and other effectiveness for a single-stream recycling program.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance Regarding Public Parking; Amending Bellingham p. 10 Municipal Code Chapters 2.44, 11.33 and 11.36

The Committee is still discussing the matter and has not come forward with a recommendation.

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Comment

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23221 3. Resolution Amending City Parking Rates p. 28

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval that, in the draft changes to the parking regulations, the discount for low-income subsidized housing be at the 80% level.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Parks and Recreation 2:15 PM

23222 1. Barkley Neighborhood Park and Trail Park Impact Fee Credit p. 39

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to approve the proposed Barkley Nature Park to fulfill level of service and banking of excess PIF credit

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee Of The Whole 2:45 PM

23223 1.

23231 2.

Update on the City’s Storm Response

Staff provided an update on the City’s storm response.

Update during Committee.

Information Only.

Mayoral Proclamation and Council Resolution in Support of Voting Rights

p. 46

p. 47

3.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved final approval of the resolution urging the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, Resolution #2022-01

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Approval of Minutes

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the December 13, 2021 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

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MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2.

Abstained: Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Kristina Michele Martens

4. Old/New Business

Lisa Anderson / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval to move forward on February 7, 2022 to recommend with a Just Green Transition work session with a number of community members and representatives that Councilmember Anderson mentioned (Trevor Smith (Local 292), Mike Riker, Aaron Frazier (WA State Building & Construction Trades), Todd Taylor, Derek Drake, UA (United Association) Local 26 – Pipefitters, Leeann Grayer (Local 32), Neil Hartman (WA Pipe traders), Billy Wallace (WA/N ID District Council of Laborers), Christine Reed (IBEW Local 77), John Franor (IBEW Local 192 – Inside Wiremen), Carl Dijon (Skagit County Councilmen and IUPAT Representative)) and move forward with the support of the Senior Legislative Policy Analyst, Mark Gardner, to help organize and bring forward that work session on the 7th.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Executive Session 3:15 PM

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.

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.

23224 1.

23225 2. 23226 3.

Interlocal Agreement with the Bellingham School District for Radio Services

Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Bellingham for Radio Services

Interlocal Agreement with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for Radio Services

p. 52

p. 58 p. 64

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23227 4. 23228 5. 23229 6. 23230 7.

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

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued December 10, 2021 through December 16, 2021

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

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

p. 70 p. 71 p. 72 p. 73

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23202 1.

An Ordinance Accepting the Donation of Real Property and Improvements Known As the Glengary Estates Subdivision Stormwater Tract

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, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS:

EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2022-01-001 MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

p. 74

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23180 2.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending Titles 20 And 21 of p. 83 the Bellingham Municipal Code Regarding Infill Housing Provisions

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, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS:

EXCUSED:

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2022-01-002 MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Adjournment

There being no further businesses, the meeting adjourned at 8:53 p.m.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 1/24/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes January 24, 2022, 7:00 PM

[Link to web version with meeting video: https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2618&doctype=2]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

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.

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   1. On February 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing for the consideration of staff-initiated changes to BMC Title 20 and 21, revising the docketing process for proposals seeking to amend the Bellingham Compensation Plan

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Presentation

23233 1. Staff Presentation Recognizing Ali Taysi for His Nine-Year Tenure on the Bellingham Planning Commission

Information Only.

Mayor’s Report

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

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23234 1.

23235 2.

23236 3.

23237 4.

Mayor’s Appointment of Anna Sorich to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

Information Only.

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

Information Only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Katie Plewa Olvera to the Bellingham- Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence (Information)

Information Only.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Bellingham Arts Commission (Approval)

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of Garth Amundson, Katie Gray, and Jody Bento to the Bellingham Arts Commission. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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p. 12

p. 26

p. 27

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

Public Works and Natural Resources 9:00 AM

23238 1.

23239 2.

23240 3.

Bid Award for Mill Avenue Overlay Project ES556, Bid #52B-2021

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to reject all ten bids of the Mill Avenue Overlay Project.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Post Point Resource Recovery Overview of Triple Bottom Line Plus (TBL+) Process

Information/Discussion only.

Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Updates – Proposed Community Engagement & Outreach

p. 34

p. 39

p. 54

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23137 4.

Information only.

An Ordinance Regarding Public Parking; Amending Bellingham p. 71 Municipal Code Chapters 2.44, 11.33 and 11.36

Michael Lilliquist moved approval of the proposed ordinance with the following revisions recommended by the Public Works and Natural Resources Committee:

1. Committee recommended that the civil penalty for parking infractions contained in BMC 11.33.230 be increased to $30.00 rather than $41.00.

2. Committee recommended that the deadline to respond to a parking citation be increased to 30 days prior to incurring the late penalty described in BMC 11.33.230.

3. Committee recommended that the phrase “unless otherwise authorized by state law” be added to BMC 11.33.060(A)(41), which prohibits persons from parking a vehicle in an electric vehicle charging station parking stall while the vehicle is not connected to the charging equipment.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading with the three outlined revisions recommended by the Public Works and Natural Resources Committee.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Abstained: Daniel Hammill

Resolution Amending City Parking Rates p. 89

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to amend the proposed resolution to increase the flat parking meter rate to $1.00 rather than $1.50.

MOTION CARRIED 4-2-1.

Opposed: Hannah Stone, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams

Abstained: Daniel Hammill

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2022-01. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Abstained: Daniel Hammill

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to direct staff to reexamine the newly adopted monthly permit parking rates listed in section 3 of the resolution in light of the change to the flat metered parking rate prior to the May 1, 2022 effective date of the change.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

23221 5.

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Abstained: Daniel Hammill

Parks and Recreation 1:00 PM

23241 1. Proposed Revisions to BMC 7.04.030 and BMC 8.04.070 Restrictions on Animals in Parks – Leash Length

The Parks and Recreation Committee provided staff direction to come back with a draft ordinance for Council consideration.

Climate Action 1:15 PM

23242 1. Proposed Climate Action Fund Discussion

Staff will develop a property tax levy proposal to place a Climate Action Fund measure on the November 2022 ballot. The proposal will come forward in March of 2022.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice 2:00 PM

23250 1. Discussion of 2022 Priorities for Public Health Safety and Justice Committee

Information only.

Committee Of The Whole 2:15 PM

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p. 104

p. 123

p. 126

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23243 1.

23244 2.

23193 3.

Update on GRACE and LEAD Programs

Presentation during Committee.

Information Only.

Bellingham Police Department Staffing Update Information Only.

A Work Session 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 Buildings

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

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. Approval of Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of the January 3, 2022 Reorganization Meeting minutes as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the January 3, 2022 Swearing-In Ceremony minutes as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the January 10, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. Old/New Business

Lisa Anderson read aloud a letter to send to members of the Public Lands Commission, including Director Hilary Franz, to reconsider or possibly postpone the sale by DNR of over one hundred acres of timberland located in the Lake Whatcom Watershed.

January 25, 2022 Dear Board Members:

At the January 24, 2022 meeting of the Bellingham City Council, a motion was passed to oppose the “Bessie Sorts” timber sale by the Board of Natural Resources (BNR) through the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (Bessie Sorts Timber Sale (SEPA File No. 21-100901)). This proposed timber sale, by the DNR, lies within the Lake Whatcom Watershed; which is the source of drinking water for over 100,000 people.1 In the 5 years between 2015 and 2019, multiple agencies had a total expenditure of funds of over $43 million to manage Lake Whatcom.2 In 2020, the single year expenditure was over $10 million.3

As detailed in the Lake Whatcom Management Program annual progress reports, the City of Bellingham does monitor forestry practices within the Lake Whatcom Watershed.2,3

While logging on DNR land is not under the control of the City of Bellingham, the City of Bellingham does have a vested interest in the forest health

around Lake Whatcom because of the need for clean drinking water. In

1998, Lake Whatcom was placed on the Washington 303(d) list for polluted water bodies because of not meeting dissolved oxygen standards.4 Since then the City

of Bellingham has been working to manage Lake Whatcom to ensure drinking water standards are met.

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The “Bessie Sorts” timber sale is problematic not only because of the continued decline in Lake Whatcom water quality5, but due to the significant age of the “Bessie 2” trees. Logging has been shown to have injurious effects on water quality.6,7,8 This impacts everything from in-stream temperatures6 to dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and nitrogen and phosphorus.7 The City of Bellingham monitors all of these aspects of Lake Whatcom and has seen increases that significantly contribute to a decline in water quality.5

Old-growth and near old-growth timber as found in the “Bessie 2” area; are well established in support of water quality and increased biodiversity.9 Thus, The City of Bellingham is adamantly opposed to the logging of the 100+ year old trees in the “Bessie 2” area. The City of Bellingham recognizes that if logging of trees greater than 100 years old occurs, then there will never be more old growth timber stands regenerated to increase biodiversity and act as carbon sinks. The City of Bellingham is committed to doing its part to combat climate change. Even logging with best practices has far more environmental impact than any natural occurrence such as rainstorms.

The City of Bellingham requests that the “Bessie 2” unit be removed from the timber sale being considered by the BNR and a pause be put on the entire “Bessie Sorts” timber sale until such time as a more thorough analysis of the impact of the entire “Bessie Sorts” timber sale can be considered in light of the current DNR evaluation of the proposed moratorium on logging legacy forests. The City of Bellingham would request the DNR to wait for a decision from the Washington State Supreme Court from the October 2021 hearing of Conservation NW, et al. v. Commissioner of Public Lands et al., No.; 99183-9. This decision might alter the DNR and BNR decision making in the future. The City of Bellingham and partners will eventually have spent over $100 million of public money in protecting the Lake Whatcom Watershed. This is incompatible with logging that not only will reduce water quality through increased nutrient runoff but also decrease the valuable biodiversity that is necessary for an intact ecosystem.

Sincerely,

Hannah Stone

President

Bellingham City Council

1) http://www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org/about-the-lake

2) http://www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org/resources

drive.google.com/file/d/1IvHM_EbVkWRhp2hsh3ku_xvddvsKxjdG

3) http://www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org/resources

drive.google.com/file/d/1OiN_XGenb8hskvetbOG_UZaQWGFiNhiF

4) http://www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org/about-the-lake/water-quality

5) cedar.wwu.edu/lakewhat_annualreps/29/

cedar.wwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1028&context=lakewhat_annualreps

6) Kreutzweiser, David P., Hazlett, Paul W., and Gunn, John M. (1988). Effects of

Logging on Stream Temperatures in Carnation Creek British Columbia, and Associated Impacts on the Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 45(3) March 1988. https://doi.org/10.1139/f88-060

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7) Kreutzweiser, David P., Hazlett, Paul W., and Gunn, John M. (2008). Logging impacts on the biogeochemistry of boreal forest soils and nutrient export to aquatic systems: A review. Environmental Reviews, Vol. 16 December 2008. https://doi.org/10.1139/A08-006

8) Karlsson, Daniel. (2014) Logging impacts on catchment biogeochemistry: A review with emphasis on northern boreal ecosystems. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. https://www.diva- portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A726263&dswid=9788

9) Franklin, J. F., & Spies, T. A. (1986). The ecology of old-growth Douglas-fir forests. Oregon Birds, 12(2), 80.

Michael Lilliquist moved to revise the letter, to include a new third paragraph, between the current second and third paragraphs, to read as follows:

Previously this timber sale was reviewed by the Interjurisdictional Committee of Local Governments with stewardship over Lake Whatcom Watershed in a letter dated August 2, 2021 IJC members concluded the design of the best t-sort proposal meets the intent of the Lake Whatcom Landscape Plan and no objection was raised at that time. The concerns of the Bellingham City Council in this letter, in contrast, go beyond the question of whether or not the proposed harvest is compliant with the landscape plan.

Michael Lilliquist moved to revise the letter, to include a new third paragraph, between the current second and third paragraphs.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to include the new paragraph into the letter. MOTION CARRIED 4-3-0.

Opposed: Daniel Hammill, Hollie Huthman, Hannah Stone

Lisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist moved that the City Council support the revised letter to be sent on behalf of the City Council by the City Council President.

MOTION FAILED 3-4-0.

Opposed: Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Hannah Stone

Executive Session 3:30 PM

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Erb, approx. 15 mins)

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

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2. Labor Relations: Discuss Collective Bargaining Strategy (Monahan, approx. 30 mins)

Staff provided information on a labor relations 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.

23245 1. 23246 2. 23247 3. 23248 4. 23249 5.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:06 p.m.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 2/7/2022

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Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued December 31, 2021 through January 06, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 07, 2022 through January 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes February 7, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2626&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   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 February 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a public hearing on the proposed resolution of the Bellingham City Council providing for the City to relinquish a general utility easement retained within vacated “I” street west of Holly Street as described in Ordinance 7484. The retained easement encumbers a portion of the property commonly known as 1215 W Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington, APN 380225 4714070 0000. The basis for the proposed relinquishment is that said easement is surplus to the City’s needs and is not required for providing existing or future public utility services

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At-Large

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Public Hearing

23251

1. Public Hearing to Consider an Ordinance Modifying the Process Used p. 7 to Docket Proposed Amendments to the Bellingham Comprehensive

Plan

Greg Aucutt, Planning and Community Development, provided a presentation on the proposed amendments to the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan. The current process, established a decade ago, is to hold two public hearings (one to the Planning Commission, and one to the City Council) prior to being able to be placed on the docket. The proposed change is to streamline the process for creating the list or “docket” of proposed comprehensive plan amendments. The proposed change would require review by the City Council only. This change would remove the Planning Commission from the docketing process. This change would shorten the docket review process by months. It would reduce the time commitment required of City staff significantly. Staff would have more time to review the merits of the proposals in depth, including environmental review. Meetings by the Planning Commission and City Council would be on the actual merits of the proposal, reducing by half the number of meetings a member of the public would need to attend.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Ken Domorod was the sole public speaker during the Public Hearing. Council member Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

23252 1. Mayor’s Appointment of Julie Mellick to the Civil Service Commission p. 22 (Approval)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Julie Mellick to her partial first term on the Civil Service Commission, which will expire on January 1, 2027, at which time she may be reappointed.

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23253 2.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Appointments of Mike McAuley and Russell Whidbee to the p. 25 Planning and Development Commission (Approval)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Mike McAuley and Russell Whidbee to the Planning and Development Commission. McAuley was appointed to his first partial term, which will expire on January 11, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed. Whidbee was appointed to his first term, which will expire on January 24, 2026, at which time he may be reappointed.

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor Seth Fleetwood shared that Dolly Simplot, former Librarian at the Bellingham Public Library, has passed away. Mayor Seth Fleetwood shared that there are public feedback opportunities for the Climate Action Fund. Two virtual public feedback forums are scheduled this month via Zoom: February 17, 2022 at 7:00PM and February 23, 2022 at 7:00PM. Each session will include presentations by Mayor Fleetwood and Seth Vidana, Climate and Energy Manager. Public comments are also accepted on the Engage Bellingham website. Check the City’s website for more information on the public forums: http://www.cob.org.

Fire Chief, Bill Hewlett, requested that Mayor Fleetwood share that the Fire Department has distributed over 8,000 COVID-19 at-home test kits in partnership with Unity Care. They are currently out of test kits, but once more become available, the City will provide this information on various media outlets, including social media.

COVID-19 Update

Erika Lautenbach and Dr. Greg Thompson provided a presentation on the current trends of COVID-19. Overall, while case rates and hospitalizations remain elevated, they are starting to see declines in the case numbers. However, deaths continue to rise.

Presentation only.

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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

23255

1. Proposed Grant of Telecommunications Franchise to Wholesail p. 31 Networks, LLC

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to approve the Wholesail franchise agreement as presented.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Bid Award for Mount Baker Theatre Marquee – Electronic Message p. 45 Centers, BID #59B-2021

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to award Bid No. 59B-2021 for Mount Baker Theater Marquee – Electronic Message Centers to The Sign Post, Inc. 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 $73,002.62, which includes any applicable WSST.

23254

Planning 10:30 AM

23256

1. Staff Presentation Regarding the “Buildable Lands” Program Methodology

p. 50

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Abstained: Daniel Hammill

Greg Aucutt and Chris Behee provided a presentation regarding the “Buildable Lands” program methodology.

Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

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Climate Action 1:00 PM

23257 1.

Presentation on Issues and Policies for a Just Transition to a Clean p. 61 Energy Workforce

Presentation during Committee on issues and policies for a Just Transition to a Clean Energy Workforce.

Kristina Michele Martens / Daniel Hammill moved that the Chair of the Climate Action Committee work directly with Trevor Smith, Karl DeJong and Mark Riker to come up with topics for the next City Council meeting on February 28, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

23258 1.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 151 Revenues and Expenditures, as well as Adding and Increasing

Positions

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided a presentation on the proposed amendments to the 2021-2022 biennial budget The ordinance amends the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget to add $4,794,200 of expense, $60,000 of revenue, and 1.7 full time equivalent (FTE) positions.

Presentation during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Abstained: Daniel Hammill

23259 2.

Bellingham City Council Rules of Procedure

Several issues were raised by City Council during the reorganization meeting on January 3, 2022. The Council voted to modify its Rules of Procedure.

Presentation from FairVote Washington during Committee.

Modifications A-E:

p. 157

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Modification A

Modifying Rule of Procedure, Section 13 to require the use of Ranked Choice Voting to fill Council vacancies

Replace Paragraphs 4 through 6 of the Nomination Process in Section 13 of the City Council Rules of Procedure with the following paragraphs:

4. City Council will use ranked-choice voting (RCV) to help identify the top candidate for filling a City Council vacancy. Under RCV, City Council members will rank the nominated candidates in order of preference. The City Clerk will then do a roll call where each Council member will announce his/her ranking of the nominated candidates, and the City Clerk shall tally the results.

5. If a candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, he or she is declared the top candidate. If no candidate wins a majority of first- preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated. First-preference votes cast for the failed candidate are eliminated, lifting the second-preference choices indicated on those ballots. The City Clerk conducts a new tally to determine whether any candidate has won a majority of the adjusted votes. The process is repeated until a candidate wins an outright majority.

6. Once a candidate wins an outright majority of votes under RCV, City Council must then appoint the top candidate to fill the vacancy by a majority vote. If the top candidate does not receive a majority vote, City Council may adjourn to executive session to further discuss the qualifications of the candidates before repeating the RCV process in open session until a top candidate receives a majority vote by City Council to fill the vacancy.

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved approval of modification A. MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Modification B

Modifying Rule of Procedure, Exhibit A, Section 8 a. to add profanity to the list of behaviors that, if disruptive, are prohibited at a Council meeting:

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Disorderly speech or action; name-calling or personal attacks; obscene or indecent remarks; profanity; and derogatory comments on personalities

Hannah Stone / Skip Williams moved approval of modification B.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Modification C

Clarifying Rule of Procedure, Exhibit A, Section 9 by deleting “or Section 9”.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of modification C.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Modification D

Modifying the Rules of Procedure to limit when Council members can abstain from a vote.

No action was taken on modification D.

Modification E

Modifying Rule of Procedure, Section 5 B. to exempt Council members who are appointed as an ex-officio board member for the Whatcom Transit Authority or other governmental entity from the prohibition of serving as an officer of the board during the ex-officio assignment.

When a Council member is appointed as an ex-officio board member for a non-profit entity, that member shall not become an officer of the board during the ex-officio assignment. This prohibition shall not apply to a Council members appointed as ex-officio board members for the Whatcom Transit Authority or other governmental entities.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of modification E. MOTION CARRIED 7-0

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3. Approval of Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the January 24, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. Old/New Business

City Council reconsidered its decision to reject all bids on the Mill Avenue Overlay Project.

Pursuant to Rules of Procedure Section 3(A)(5), a motion for reconsideration can be made only at the same meeting the vote to be reconsidered was taken or at the next succeeding regular Council meeting. The contract specs of this specific contract require action on award of a contract within 45 days of the bid opening, unless there is a written agreement to extend the timeline by the contractor. The 45 day window of this contract closed on February 3. Confirmation from Tiger Construction to extend the deadline for the award was received in writing via email.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to reconsider the decision on Agenda Bill 23238 to reject all ten bids of the Mill Avenue Overlay Project ES556, Bid No. 52B-2021 and instead to award the contract to Tiger Construction as the responsible bidder who submitted the lowest responsible bid of $1,173,445.98 including any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Michael Lilliquist/Lisa Anderson moved that staff continue with further exploration of possible utility tax on fossil fuels, in addition to the property tax mechanism that is already being investigated.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1 Abstained: Skip Williams

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Executive Session 3:30 PM

1. Litigation: Bornstein v. City of Bellingham and Port of Bellingham (Kraham, approx. 15 min)

Staff provided information on a litigation matter.

Action: Entertain a motion to authorize the City to participate in mediation.

Daniel Hammill / Skip Williams moved to authorize the City to participate in mediation.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. Labor Relations: Discuss Collective Bargaining Strategy (Monahan, approx. 15 min)

Staff provided information on a labor relations matter. For information and discussion.

No action taken.

3. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion.

No action taken.

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

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.

23260 1. An Ordinance Creating a New Fund to Account for the Bellingham p. 190 Whatcom Tourism Promotion Area

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23261 2. 23262 3. 23263 4.

2022 Washington State Department of Transportation Bridge Inspection Agreement

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated January 01, 2022 to January 15, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 14, 2022 through January 20, 2022

p. 193 p. 203 p. 204

23137 1.

An Ordinance Regarding Public Parking; Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Chapters 2.44, 11.33 and 11.36

p. 205

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

On 1/24/2022, Council amended the ordinance to extend the deadline to respond to citations for parking meters or overtime infractions from 15 days to 30 days. Pursuant to state law and court rules, it precludes the city from extending that 15 day response deadline to 30 days.

The first sentence of 11.33.230(D) is revised to read as follows: If the person committing a parking infraction fails to respond as directed on the citation within 15 days, the civil penalty shall increase by a late fee of $25.00.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved to revoke the previous amendment to the ordinance and to go back to the 15-day deadline to respond to citations for parking meters or overtime infractions.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Abstained: Daniel Hammill

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / 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, Huthman, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: Hammill

EXCUSED: (None)

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23193 2.

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-02-003 MOTION CARRIED 6-1.

Opposed: Daniel Hammill

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 17.10 – Building Codes, to Provide Amendments to the Washington State Energy Code – Commercial, Promoting Energy Efficiency and the and the Decarbonization of Commercial and Large Multifamily Buildings and Requiring Solar Readiness for New Buildings

p. 217

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, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-02-004. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m. Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 2/28/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes February 28, 2022, 7:00 PM

 [https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2627&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

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 Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At-Large

Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Public Hearing

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   23264

1. Public Hearing and Resolution on the Proposed Relinquishment of a Surplus Utility Easement Encumbering 1215 W. Holly Street

p. 7

Chad Schulhauser, City Engineer, provided Council with a presentation on the proposed relinquishment of a surplus utility easement encumbering 1215 Holly Street.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

No members of the community spoke during the hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Michael Lilliquist moved final approval of Resolution #2022-03.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Mayor’s Report

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

  23265 1.

In light of the egregious and shocking violations made by Russia in violation of international law, Mayor Fleetwood expressed unity and support with the people of Ukraine expressing that their lives have upended, they have suffered loss and woes and it is a tragic thing to witness.

The new Director of the City’s Planning and Community Development Department, Blake Lyon, will begin with the City of Bellingham on March 1, 2022. Mayor Fleetwood thanked Tara Sundin, Greg Aucutt, and Kurt Nabbefeld for stepping in as Acting Planning Directors.

Police Chief semi-final candidates are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on March 17, 2022, as well as a number of stakeholder panels. More information can be located at: https://cob.org/event/police-chief-candidate-community-forum.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that Invasive Species Awareness Week takes place from February 28 through March 4, 2022. For more information, please visit: https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/.

Mayor Fleetwood shared that the the City of Bellingham will continue its partnership with the sister City of Nakhodka, Russia. The Sister City program is a living legacy conceived and initiated by President Eisenhower in 1956 as a new approach to secure peace around the world. Hannah Stone and Michael Lilliquist echoed support for the Mayor’s decision not to sever ties with the sister city of Nakhodka.

Mayor’s Reappointments of Kate McDonald and Dina Dickerson to p. 24 the Greenway Advisory Committee (Approval)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Kate McDonald and Dina Dickerson to their first full terms, which will expire on March 11, 2025, at which time they may be reappointed.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

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23266 2.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Mayor’s Appointment of Philip Serka to the Museum Foundation p. 25 Board (Approval)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Philip Serka to his first term, which will expire on February 28, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.

23267 3.

Lisa Anderson / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Mayor’s Reappointment of Jed Ballew to the Planning and Development Commission (Approval)

p. 28

23268 4.

Hollie Huthman / Michael Lilliquist moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Mayor’s Reappointment of Rebecca Craven to the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees (Approval)

p. 29

23269 5.

Lisa Anderson / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Mayor’s Reappointment of Ernest Scherb to the Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board (Approval)

p. 30

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Jed Ballew to his first full term, which will expire on March 24, 2026, at which time he may be reappointed.

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Rebecca Craven to her final term, which will expire on March 13, 2027.

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Ernest Scherb to his first full term, which will expire on February 24, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.

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23270 6.

23271 7.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Mayor’s Reappointment of Maggi Kriger to the Parks and Recreation p. 31 Advisory Board (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Maggi Kriger to her final term, which will expire on February 11, 2025.

Information Only.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory p. 32 Commission (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed John LaSpina to his final term, which will expire on March 3, 2024.

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Sachin Pai to his first term, which will expire on February 14, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

Information Only.

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

23272 1. Post Point Resource Recovery Updates and Biosolids Beneficial Use p. 36 Request for Proposals (RFP) Results

Presentation during Committee.

Information Only.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice 10:30 AM

In Dan Hammill’s absence, Hollie Huthman served as Chair for the Public Health, Safety, and Justice Committee on February 28, 2022.

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23273 1.

23274 2.

Presentation on Street Drugs Encountered by Fire Department Personnel

Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

Fire Department Review of 2021 Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

p. 49

p. 58

p. 69

Community and Economic Development 11:15 AM

23275 1. 2023-27 Consolidated Plan – Community Engagement

Hollie Huthman / Kristina Michele Martens moved to approve the Community Participation Plan as presented in the packet.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Parks and Recreation 11:45 AM

23241 1.

An Ordinance Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Chapters 7.04.030 and 8.04.070 Regarding Keeping Dogs and Animals Under Control in Parks

p. 93

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Climate Action 1:00 PM

23276 1. 2022 Climate Implementation Plan

Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

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23257 2.

Update on the Issues and Policies for a Just Transition to a Clean p. 116 Energy Workforce

Information Only.

Kristina Michele Martens / Michael Lilliquist moved to have City staff and Legal look over the documentation that was provided by the Just Transition on February 28, 2022.

23277 1.

Return to City Facilities

p. 118

23278 2.

The Administration presented its plans to return employees that were working remotely to City facilities and resume in-person City services and recommended Council return to Chambers on March 28, 2022. The social-distancing recommendations will be honored for these in-person meetings. The Administration recommended to keep Boards and Commissions in a remote setting.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved to bring this item back to Council on March 14, 2022, with additional direction and guidance from Legal and possibly the Mayor’s Office to provide recommendation on how to facilitate the transition.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Update on the Besse Sorts Timber Sale p. 121

Mayor Fleetwood provided a presentation to Council during Committee that he had an opportunity to speak with Commissioner Franz. The proposed auction originally scheduled for March 1, 2022 is not proceeding as scheduled, and will be postponed. There was an offer from Franz’s office to meet with staff (perhaps on-site and possibly an opportunity to presentation to Council as a Whole). Mayor Fleetwood will explore these options further and will follow up with the Council as necessary.

Information only.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

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23279 3.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 122 Expenditures and Adding Positions to Establish a Sanitation and Solid

Waste Division in the Public Works Department

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

2022 Town Hall Meetings p. 133

Council President Stone provided an update regarding the quarterly Town Hall meetings planned for 2022.

Four Town Halls are scheduled from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM on the following dates and topics:

23280 4.

23281 5.

23282 6.

March 21, 2022 – Climate Action

May 16, 2022 – Public Safety

September 19, 2022 – Budget Priorities November 14, 2022 – Affordable Housing

Information Only.

Review of the Planning and Community Development Key Initiatives for 2022-2023

Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

2021 Financial Year End Review Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

p. 134

p. 139

7. Approval of Minutes

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the February 7, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

8. Old/New Business Executive Session 4:30 PM

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Kraham, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion.

No action taken.

2. Potential Litigation: Claim Appeal (Good, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Skip Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to affirm the City’s decision to deny claim 2021-25.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

3. Litigation: King v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 10 min)

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.

23283 1. Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 21, 2022 through January 27, 2022

23284 2. Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued January 28, 2022 through February 03, 2022

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23285 3. 23286 4. 23287 5.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 04, 2022 through February 10, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated January 16, 2022 to January 31, 2022

Renew Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Parks and Recreation

p. 159 p. 160 p. 161

23251 1.

An Ordinance Amending Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) Title 20 and 21 Revising the Docketing Process for Proposals to Amend the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan

p. 170

23258 2.

AYES: Stone, Huthman, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-02-005.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues and Expenditures and Adding and Increasing Positions

p. 179

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Final Consideration of Ordinances

Michael Lilliquist / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

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:

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23255 3.

AYES: Stone, Huthman, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-02-006. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Granting Wholesail Networks LLC a Franchise to Operate And Maintain Fiber Optic Broadband Network Components in City Rights-Of-Way for the Provision of Commercial Telecommunications Services to Businesses

p. 182

Lisa Anderson / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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, Huthman, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-02-007. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1.

Excused: Daniel Hammill

Adjournment

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 3/14/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes March 14, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2651&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   The meeting was called to order by Council President Pro Tempore Lilliquist at 7:02 p.m.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On March 21, 2022 at 6:00PM, Bellingham City Council will hold its first Town Hall meeting remotely via Zoom. The first Town Hall meeting will be devoted to Community Voices on Climate Action. You may join the meeting via: https://www.cob.org/cctownhall

 Roll Call

Present:

Webinar ID: 986 7352 1211 Passcode: 912499

Webinar ID: 924 1334 0826 Passcode: 727693

2. On March 23 2022 at 6:30 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold the Annual Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commissioners Meeting remotely via Zoom. You may join the meeting via: https://cob.org/lwjc32322

 Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Mayor’s Report

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

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23288 1. Mayor’s Appointment of William Liddicoet to the Mayor’s p. 6 Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

Mayor Seth Fleetwood appointed William Liddicoet as the Fairhaven Neighborhood Primary Representative to his first partial term, which will expire on 10/18/22, at which time he may be reappointed.

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

23289 1.

23290 2.

Report from the February 16, 2022 Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting

Information only.

Bid Award for Bellingham Central Library Freight Elevator Upgrades, BID #58B-2021

p. 9

p. 15

23291 3.

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to award Bid No. 58B-2021 for Bellingham Central Library Freight Elevator Upgrades to R.C. Zeigler Company, Inc. of Carnation, 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 $366,373.12, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Electrification of Transportation Grant from Washington State p. 20 Department of Commerce

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved approval to authorize the Mayor to enter into Electrification of Transportation grant contract with Washington State Department of Commerce

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Community and Economic Development 10:30 AM

23292 1. Introduction to the 2022-23 Consolidated Action Plan for Housing & Services

Information only.

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Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

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23293 23294

1. Discussion of In-Person Council Meetings p. 60

The Council will continue this discussion during the April 11, 2022 City Council meeting.

2. Update on RV’s and the 72 Hour Rule

Presentation and discussion during committee.

3. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Expenditures of American Rescue Plan Act Funding to Support the Childcare Industry

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 5-0-1.

Abstained: Lisa Anderson

4. Approval of Minutes

p. 63 p. 68

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the February 28, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

5. Old/New Business

Michael Lilliquist announced that WTA has approved their first long-range plan, the WTA 2040. For more information, please visit: https://www.wta2040.org/

Lisa Anderson shared that she participated in a police ride along and thanked the Bellingham Police Department for the opportunity.

Lisa Anderson shared that several Staff, several Councilmembers and DNR staff will head over to the Besse Sorts site on Friday March 18, for review.

Skip Williams shared that on April 23, the Mount Baker Theatre is celebrating its 95th year. Actress, Kristin Chenoweth, will be performing during the celebration. For more information, please visit: http://mountbaker.theatrebellingham.org/

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Michael Lilliquist brought forward the topic of mailbox theft. Many of the older apartment buildings do not comply with the new USPS regulations, which require apartments to have safe and locking mailboxes. Lilliquist proposed that Bellingham adopt a regulation (via code amendment) that provides owners of older apartment buildings some amount of time to come into compliance with the current regulations. Mayor Fleetwood suggested that relevant city staff compile information on the topic to present at the following meeting. All six present Councilmembers supported the idea.

Executive Session 2:00 PM

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion.

No action taken.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 15 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. For information and discussion.

No action taken

3. Labor Relations: Discuss Collective Bargaining Strategy (Monahan, approx. 15 min)

Staff provided information on collective bargaining strategy.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson entertained a motion to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the City and the Guild of Pacific Northwest Employees, Local 1937, with the following major terms:

Duration: January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. Wages and Compensation:

• Effective January 1, 2022 – A 7.0% increase in base rate of pay consisting of a 3% COLA, 2% retention, and 2% market increase.

• Effective January 1, 2023 – A 4.25% increase in base rate of pay consisting of a 2.5% COLA and 1.75% market increase.

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• Effective January 1, 2023 – A 1% new service quality step increase for employees with 15 years of service.

Medical Insurance: Maintain current collective bargaining agreement language to increase City’s contribution to Medical Health Care by 5% in each of 2022 and 2023.

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.

23295 1. 23296 2. 23297 3.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 11, 2022 through February 17, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 18, 2022 through February 24, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated February 01, 2022 to February 15, 2022

p. 75 p. 76 p. 77

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23241 1.

An Ordinance Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Chapters

7.04.030 and 8.04.070 Regarding Keeping Dogs and Animals Under

Control in Parks

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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: Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Stone

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-03-008. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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23279 2.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Expenditures and Adding Positions to Establish a Sanitation and Solid Waste Division in the Public Works Department

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: Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Stone

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-03-009. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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Adjournment

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 3/28/2022

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes March 28, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2652&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   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 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider a comprehensive plan amendment to rezone a property located at 2948 James Street in Area 1A of the Sunnyland Neighborhood from Residential, Single to Residential Multi (High Density)

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Mayor’s Report

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

Mayor Fleetwood congratulated WWU Women’s Basketball team for bringing the team to its first national championship game in 51 years.

Mayor Fleetwood shared that he toured Anderson Creek, a restoration project that was completed last year, to improve water quality impairments and

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  23301 1.

promote safe passage of cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon, between Mirror Lake and Lake Whatcom. For more information, please visit: https://cob.org/services/environment/lake-whatcom/anderson-creek-basin- analysis-and-restoration-alternatives

Mayor Fleetwood spoke about the deaths of the three law enforcement officers in Washington, articulating that they are reminders of the inherent dangers of law enforcement. Fleetwood offered his condolences to their family and friends.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Greenway Advisory Committee p. 6 (Approval)

Michael Lilliquist / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of Scott Foreman-Murray to his first term on the Greenway Advisory Committee, which will expire on March 28, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed and to Caleb Savage to his first partial term on the Greenway Advisory Committee, which will expire on October 28, 2022, at which time he may be reappointed.

23302 2.

23303 3.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Mayor’s Appointment of Jason McGill to the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Jason McGill to his first partial term to the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence, which will expire on January 31, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Loren Adkins and Michael Erickson to the Home Rehabilitation Program Loan Review Board (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Loren Adkins and Michael Erickson to the Home Rehabilitation Program Loan Review Board, with both of their terms expiring on March 19, 2026, at which time they may be reappointed.

p. 14

p. 17

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

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 1:00 PM

23304 1. Bid Award for Fire Station #5 Hose Tower Demolition and Renovation, p. 18 BID #7B-2022

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23305 2.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Introduction of Proposed Amendments to Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 15.42

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

p. 23

Parks and Recreation 1:30 PM

23306 1.

23307 2.

#2022-04.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Resolution Authorizing Boulevard Park Shoreline Improvements p. 57 Grant for State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2022-05.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 7B-2022 for Fire Station #5 Hose Tower Demolition & Renovation Project to BOSS Construction, Inc 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 $174,733.56, which includes any applicable WSST.

Resolution Authorizing Application for Recreation and Conservation Office Grant (RCO) – Squalicum Creek Trail: Sunset to Barkley Connection

p. 52 Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution

Climate Action 1:45 PM

23308 1. Proposed Climate Action Fund: Part 1- Overview and Revenue Source p. 62

Presentation during Committee. Information only.

Committee Of The Whole 2:15 PM 1. Approval of Minutes

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the March 14, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

2. Old/New Business

There are opportunities to provide comment on the City’s Climate Action via Engage Bellingham at: https://engagebellingham.org/climate

Executive Session 2:30 PM

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 5 min)

Staff informed City Council that the City has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a 0.3-acre property with one potential development unit, owned by Jonathon Ekholm and located in the Lake Whatcom Watershed (APN 380322 077406). The purchase price is $25,000. Closing is contingent upon City Council approval.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the purchase of the 0.3-acre parcel located off East Oregon Street in the Silver Beach area, Bellingham, Washington for $25,000, with a closing to occur as soon as practicable following Council approval.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of the 1.43-acre parcel located at 20 Shorewood Drive, Bellingham, Washington for $768,000, with the Whatcom Land Trust donating $100,000 towards the purchase price.

Lisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist moved to authorize the purchase of the 1.43- acre parcel located at 20 Shorewood Drive, Bellingham, Washington for $768,000, with a closing to occur as soon as practicable following Council approval.

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.

23309 1. Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued February 25, 2022 through p. 83 March 03, 2022

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23310 2. 23311 3. 23312 4.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 04, 2022 through March 10, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 11, 2022 through March 17, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated February 16, 2022 to February 28, 2022

p. 84 p. 85 p. 86

Hollie Huthman / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23294 1.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 87 Expenditures of American Rescue Plan Act

Hollie Huthman / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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, Huthman, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance 2022-03-010

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 4/11/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes April 11, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2663&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   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 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider a comprehensive plan amendment to rezone a property located at 2948 James Street in Area 1A of the Sunnyland Neighborhood from Residential, Single to Residential Multi

(High Density)

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Mayor’s Report

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

23313 1. Mayor’s Reappointment of Kendra Bradford to the Sehome Hill p. 5 Arboretum Board of Governors (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Kendra to her second term on the Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors, which will expire on May 9, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

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Roll Call

Present:

23182 1.

Discussion of the Post Point Resource Recovery Project

p. 6

23308 2.

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, provided a presentation during Committee regarding the Post Point Resource Recovery Project.

At the following City Council meeting (April 25, 2022), Council will be asked to authorize submittal of the project plan to the Department of Ecology and to finalize the loan application with the US EPA for the WIFIA loan in April and May of 2022.

Information and discussion only.

Proposed Climate Action Fund: Part 2 – Areas of Investment p. 59

Mayor Fleetwood provided introductory remakes and Seth Vidaña, Climate Action Manager, provided a presentation on the proposed Climate Action Fund. This was the second presentation of a 3-part series on the proposed Climate Action Fund.

The four main areas of proposed investment discussion during the presentation included: securing renewable electricity for the community, electrification and energy efficiency of existing buildings, low carbon transportation, and adaptation to climate change. Staff anticipates proposing a draft resolution for the Council in May 2022, followed by a Public Hearing and further Council deliberation in June 2022.

Presentation during Committee.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that former City Councilmember (serving from 1994-1997), Bob Hall, passed away last week.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that the City has extended the lease to Wood’s coffee at Boulevard Park for five years.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that April 17th- 23rd is Earth Week and that the City will be hosting free activities. For more information, please visit: https://cob.org/earthday2022.

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

Committee Of The Whole 09:00 AM

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Information and discussion only.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved to direct staff to further look into Cool City Challenge and how that compares to the work the City is already doing and if that is something that the City wishes to pursue.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Bid Award for Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Asphalt p. 97 Repair Services, BID #18B-2022

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to award Bid No.18B-2022 for IDIQ Asphalt Pavement Repair to Western Refinery Services 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 $1,320,401, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Resolution to Support Grant Application for Old City Hall Restoration p. 101 Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved final approval of Resolution

#2022-06.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Recused: Daniel Hammill

Update on Downtown Services and Safety Initiatives p. 107

Darby Galligan, Senior Planner, provided an update on the initiatives being advanced by the City, Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and other community partners. Projects that have been completed or are currently in process include the following: expanding the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), increased and consolidated cleaning contract, added public works street crew staff, continued Basecamp cleaning contract (which added staff to neighborhood advisory team), clarification that was received from state legislatures regarding the police reform that had been passed during the last session, the launch of private security patrols by RSW Risk Solutions Unlimited. Upcoming information underway for 2022 included: the safety ambassador pilot program, graffiti abatement program, service provider coordination and communications, and ‘City Block’ program (with downtown Bellingham partnership).

Presentation during Committee.

23315 4.

23210 5.

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23316 6.

23317 7.

Information and discussion only.

Resolution to Increase Fees at Bayview Cemetery p. 108 Nicole Oliver, Parks Director and Steve Janiszewski, Park Operations Manager,

provided a presentation on the proposed Bayview Cemetery fees and charges. Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2022-07. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Resolution to Establish Disc Golf Fees for the Lake Padden Golf Course p. 123

Steve Janiszewski, Park Operations Manager, and Mike Fosnick, Vice President and Operations for Premier, provided a presentation on the proposed Lake Padden Golf Course fees for Disc Golf.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved final approval of Resolution #2022-08. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Discussion of In-Person Council Meetings p. 128

Council continued their discussion of in-person City Council meetings. The Council elected to bring back this discussion to the following meeting on April 25, 2022 with an invitation to Health Department Director Erika Lautenbach of the Whatcom County Health Department, and Health Officer Dr. Greg Thompson, for additional input regarding current COVID numbers and potential public health concerns or safety concerns as Council considers returning to chambers to resume in-person meetings.

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman Motion to bring back this item at the next meeting on April 25, 2022 with guests Erika Lautenbach and Dr. Greg Thompson invited.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

23277 8.

9. Approval of Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the March 21, 2022 minutes of the City Council Town Hall related to Community Voices on Climate Action.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Lisa Anderson / Kristina Michele Martens moved approval of the March 23, 2022 minutes of the special City Council meeting of the Joint Council and Commissioners Annual Meeting.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Abstained: Daniel Hammill, Michael Lilliquist

Hollie Huthman / Kristina Michele Martens moved approval of the March 28, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Abstained: Daniel Hammill

10. Old/New Business

Michael Lilliquist requested that the Mayor share one more item.

Mayor Fleetwood announced that he and all City Council members attended a retirement party for Theresa Meurs of the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) of the Opportunity Council at the Depot Market Square.

Executive Session 2:30 PM

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 5 min)

Staff informed City Council that the City has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a 131-acre property, APN #370420 360125, owned by CBC Brothers, LLC (formerly Henry C. Semple) pursuant to the City’s Lake Whatcom watershed acquisition and preservation program. The land is zoned commercial forestry and has no potential development units. The purchase price is $351,000. Closing is contingent upon City Council approval.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to authorize the purchase of the property pursuant to the purchase and sale agreement.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Litigation: King v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a litigation matter.

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Lisa Anderson / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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 $75,000.00.

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.

23318 1. 23319 2. 23320 3.

Adjournment

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 4/25/2022

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Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated March 01, 2022 to March 15, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 18, 2022 through March 24, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued March 25, 2022 through March 31, 2022

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

p. 135 p. 136 p. 137

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes April 25, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2666&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

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 Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Public Hearing

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   23321

1. Public Hearing to Consider a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Rezone a Property in Area 1A of the Sunnyland Neighborhood from Residential, Single to Residential Multi, Multiple/Mixed (Offices Allowed) (No Density)

p. 6

Gregory Aucutt, Assistant Director of Planning, introduced McKayla Dunfey to the Council.

McKayla Dunfey, Planner II, provided Council with the Staff Report. President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

No participants spoke during the public hearing.

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President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Brad Swanson, Belcher Swanson Law Firm, provided some statements on behalf of the applicant.

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

23322 1.

Mayor’s Appointment of Pamela Wheeler to the Bellingham- Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence (Information)

p. 70

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Pamela Wheeler to her first partial term on the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, which will expire on January 31, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

Information Only.

Mayor Fleetwood announced the May Day Bike Ride, which will occur on May 1, 2022. For more information, please visit: https://cob.org/news/2022/celebrate-bike-everywhere-month-by-reenacting- historic-bike-ride-and-photograph

Mayor Fleetwood thanked everyone who participated in the Downtown Bellingham Partnership Safety Ambassador Meeting on April 21, 2022. For more information, please visit: https://www.downtownbellingham.com/

Mayor Fleetwood announced that he has selected Rebecca Mertzig as the next Chief of Police for the City of Bellingham. Mertzig will begin on June 1, 2022, the same day that Police Chief Flo Simon will be retiring. For more information, please visit: https://cob.org/news/2022/celebrate-bike-everywhere-month-by-reenacting- historic-bike-ride-and-photograph

Mayor Fleetwood announced that the WA DNR Bessie Sorts timber sale (166 acres), has been removed.

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

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23069 1.

23323 2.

Broadband Advisory Workgroup Update #3 p. 77

Spencer Moore, of The Broadband Advisory Workgroup, presented an update of their work, including broadband equity and affordability.

Climate Action 9:30 AM

23308 1.

Proposed Climate Action Fund: Part 3 – Amount and Term p. 93

Mayor Fleetwood and Seth Vidaña, Climate Energy Manager, provided an overview of the proposed Climate Action Fund (CAF) and a recommended levy amount. This third presentation is the last of the three-part series. The proposal outlined in the presentation included a property tax to generate approximately $6M per year over a 10-year term. Four items outlined in the presentation included: renewable electricity, low-carbon transportation, electrification and energy efficiency, and climate change adaptation. The next step in the process will be a presentation of a draft resolution to the Council on May 23, 2022. Staff will schedule a Public Hearing on the proposal for June 6, 2022. If the Council proceeds on June 6, advertisement for parties to write the pro and con statements will be posted in early June.

Presentation during Committee.

Information Only.

Bid Award for Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Overhead Door Repair Services, BID #5B-2022

p. 89

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 5B-2022 for IDIQ Overhead Door Repair Services- Rebid to Overhead Door 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 $46,861.52, which includes any applicable WSST. This contract provides a three-year term and is not-to-exceed the amount of $175,000.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Presentation during Committee.

Information only.

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Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

23324 1.

Annual Update on the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on p. 138 Sexual & Domestic Violence

Susan Marks, Director of the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual & Domestic Violence, provided an update to inform the Council of the work of the Commission, with a focus on restorative and transformative justice.

The Annual Meeting will be held at 9:00 – 10:00 AM on May 26, 2022 via Zoom. Please email contact@dvcommission.org for information on how to connect.

Presentation during Committee.

Information Only.

Discussion of In-Person Council Meetings p. 149

Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Director, and Dr. Greg Thompson, Health Officer, provided Council with an update of current COVID-19 trends.

Following the presentation, Council continued their discussion of the return to in-person meetings.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to continue the discussion on May 23, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2022-2023 Consolidated Action Plan for Housing & Services as it p. 150 Relates to Families with Children

Samya Lutz, Housing and Services Program Manager, Tara Sundin, Community and Economic Development Manager, Greg Winter, of the Opportunity Council, and Louis Walbrek, of Lydia Place, provided Council with an update on efforts to address the needs of families with children.

Presentation during Committee. Information Only.

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23325 3.

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23182 4.

Post Point Resource Recovery Project p. 159

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, and Chad Schulhauser, City Engineer, provided Council with an update of the Post Point Resource Recovery Project and a summary of the April 11, 2022 discussion.

Presentation during Committee.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to direct staff to proceed by continuing to develop the anaerobic digester and conduct further assessment of post digestion solids management.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Extension and Renewal of an Ordinance Establishing a Moratorium on p. 172 Redevelopment of Manufactured Home Parks in Bellingham

Greg Aucutt, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development, and Blake Lyon, Director of Planning and Community Development, requested a final extension on the Moratorium on Redevelopment of Manufactured Home Parks in Bellingham.

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 181 Revenues and Expenditures and Adding Positions

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided an update to Council regarding the requested amendment to the 2021-2022 biennial budget. The budget changes will finance the property purchase to protect the Post Point heron colony, preserve affordable housing and expand childcare options with American Rescue Plan Act funding, account for existing contractual obligations related to Medic One, reorganize staffing in the Parks and Recreation Department to ease hiring challenges, and add a part-time finance position in Public Works.

Hannah Stone / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

23326 5.

23327 6.

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23328 7.

2023-2024 Biennial Budget Process p. 187

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, highlighted the areas included in the memo, including the following: public safety – including alternative responses, continuing investment in climate action and reducing our climate impact, maintaining and expanding investments in affordable housing, supporting vulnerable populations, and mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 and supporting the community as we emerge from COVID-19.

Information only.

Briefing on Existing Tree Regulations p. 190

Kim Weil, Planner II, Planning and Community Development, provided Council with a briefing on existing tree regulations.

Presentation during Committee.

Information only.

23329 8.

9. Approval of Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the April 11, 2022 minutes

of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

10. Old/New Business

Councilmember Hammill shared that the Stakeholder Advisory Committee has been meeting with the Incarceration Prevention Taskforce and the Crisis Stabilization Committee.

Councilmember Lilliquist shared that the Stakeholder Advisory Group is feeding into a county process to consider a new proposed ballot measure to address public safety concerns. The EMS levy is up for renewal and the EMS Oversight Board is working with a technical group that is developing specific proposals about refunding the EMS system in Whatcom County.

Councilmember Martens announced that the library has reopened their public meeting rooms and returned in-person programs for teens and adults, as well as in-person class visits both on and off site. As a pilot program, the Bellingham Public Library has started to offer children’s story time at the Bellis Fair Mall (Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 25, 2022, for children up to age 5).

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Councilmember Williams shared that he attended the 95th birthday of the Mt Baker Theatre.

Council President Stone shared that, on Friday, she attended a Mother Earth Day celebration at Maritime Heritage Park, hosted by Setting Sun Productions. Stone acknowledged the community response from related to the Broadway Park Overlook and addressed that projects that are in the permit phase do not allow for Council to make retroactive changes.

Mayor Fleetwood shared that on Saturday, there was an earth day party at Fairhaven Park, helping to remove ivy, and improve the area around Padden Creek.

Executive Session 4:00 PM

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 10 min)

Staff briefed City Council on a tax issue that arose in connection with the closing of a watershed land acquisition approved by City Council at its last regularly scheduled meeting on April 11. The subject property is a 131-acre property owned by CBC Brothers, LLC, commonly known as the Henry C. Semple property. The property is zoned commercial forestry. The tax status of the property is designated forest land.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to authorize the Mayor to amend the purchase and sale agreement to require the City to assume the seller’s obligation to pay the compensating tax that will be imposed as a result of the land being removed from its designated forest land status in connection with the sale of the property to the City.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Potter, approx. 10 min)

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.

23330 1. Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 01, 2022 through April p. 218 07, 2022

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23331 2. 23332 3. 23333 4.

Adjournment

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 5/9/2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 08, 2022 through April 14, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated March 16, 2022 to March 31, 2022

Approval of Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Port of Bellingham for Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Port Owned Fiber Conduit in Roeder Avenue and F Street

p. 219 p. 220 p. 221

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes May 9, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2679&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

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.

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   1. On May 16, 2022 at 6:00PM, Bellingham City Council will hold its second Town Hall meeting remotely via Zoom. The second Town Hall meeting will be devoted to Community Voices on Public Safety. You may join the meeting via: https://www.cob.org/event/cctownhall-05162022

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused:

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Mayor’s Report

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

23334 1. Mayor’s Appointment of Christina Byrne to the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Christina Byrne to her first partial term on the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and

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23335 2.

Domestic Violence, which will expire on January 31, 2026, at which time she may be reappointed.

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

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Jed Holmes to his first partial term on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, which will expire on November 25, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed.

p. 20

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

Public Works and Natural Resources 9:00 AM

23336 1.

Bid Award for Little Squalicum Estuary Project – EN052, Bid #16B-2022 p. 24

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 16B-2022 for Little Squalicum Estuary Project, EN052 to Glacier Environmental Services Inc. of Mukilteo, 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 $3,474,179.48, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Amendments to Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 15.42 p. 29

Michael Lilliquist / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

23305 2.

23337 3.

23182 4.

Introduction to the 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

p. 61

Information Only.

Presentation during Committee.

Post Point Resource Recovery Project – Rate and WIFIA Discussion

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2022-09. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

23338

23339

23340

23341

23342

23343

1. Presentation by Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Richey

Information Only.

Presentation during Committee.

2. Crime Statistics Data

Information Only.

Presentation during Committee.

3. Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Recommends a New Signature Event Focused on Music

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0-1. Recused: Daniel Hammill

p. 92

p. 93

p. 111

4. 2022-23 Consolidated Action Plan for Housing & Services

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2022-10. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

5. Discussion of Immigrant Resource Center p. 126

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to request that the Mayor’s Office work to prepare or provide the Council with operational model or models that would identify organizational structure as well as budget.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

6. Consideration of Amendments to the City Council Rules of Procedure p. 130 to Clarify the Procedure and Criteria for Determining Whether a Councilmember’s Absence is “Excused”

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to adopt options 1, 2 and 3 of the Staff Memo into the City Council Rules of Procedure.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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p. 113

23298 7.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Council Debrief – Town Hall Meeting: Community Voices on Climate Action

Discussion during Committee. Information Only.

p. 133

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Section 16. Absences

A. Excused Absences

Members of City Council may be excused from a meeting by notifying the Council President prior to the meeting and providing the reason for the inability to attend. The Council President shall excuse the absence if it is for: (a) the death of a family member, (b) family or personal illness, (c) inclement weather, (d) accident, (e) scheduled vacation, (f) family or personal emergency, (g) City related business, or (h) unusual or unforeseen circumstances. Following or prior to roll call, the Council President shall inform the Council of the member’s absence and whether it is excused.

B. Leave of Absence

City Councilmembers who want to miss more than two consecutive meetings should request a leave of absence from the full City Council. The City Council shall vote to approve the leave of absence if it is for: (a) a serious health or physical condition, (b) birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child, or (c), some unusual and unforeseen circumstances that warrant approval of the leave.

C. Appointment of a pro-tem Councilmember

If a City Councilmember’s excused leave of absence will exceed 90 days in duration, City Council may vote to select a pro-tem Councilmember to fill in for the Councilmember on leave. City Council shall follow the procedure for filling City Council vacancies in Section 13 of the City Council Rules of Procedure to select the pro-tem Councilmember.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to excuse Councilmember Huthman for a period of 12 weeks.

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Discussion of In-Person Council Meetings

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved to come back on May 23, 2022 with additional direction and discussion for a potential return to chambers in a hybrid setting.

MOTION CARRIED 5-1.

Opposed: Daniel Hammill

p. 150

9. Approval of Minutes

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the April 25, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

10. Old/New Business

Daniel Hammill requested a head nod from Council to direct Senior Legislative Analyst, Mark Gardner, to research existing grocery delivery programs similar to Food Desert.

Lisa Anderson shared that the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County received a Federal and State Workforce Development grant in the amount of $90,000 grant that will support 15 apprenticeship opportunities working with local marine service industries, launching in September 2022.

Lisa Anderson shared that she attended the fisherman’s memorial and complimented the pavilion. Anderson recognized that neither the Council nor the Mayor have issued a proclamation related to this. Anderson recommended and requested that staff prepare a proclamation for lost fisherman and their families. Mayor Fleetwood responded in support of the request to issue a proclamation.

Kristina Michele Martens shared that the Bellingham Central Library has engaged a library consulting firm and there is now a feedback form available in English and Spanish on Engage Bellingham (available until May 31).

Lisa Anderson shared that Dockside has resumed and will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday at Gate 5 and 7.

Executive Session 4:00 PM

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

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. For information and discussion.

No action taken.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 10 min)

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.

23344 1.

23345 2. 23346 3. 23347 4.

Interagency Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), Behavioral Health Support and Suicide Prevention Grant for Officers

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated April 01, 2022 to April 15, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 15, 2022 through April 21, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 22, 2022 through April 28, 2022

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

p. 151

p. 155 p. 156 p. 157

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23326 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, 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

p. 158

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23327

AYES: Stone, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-05-011. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Hollie Huthman excused.

2. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues and Expenditures and Adding Positions

p. 165

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:

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / 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, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-05-012. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Hollie Huthman excused.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:58 PM.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 5/23/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes May 23, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2684&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens Legislative Assistant: Nalini Margaitis

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 6, 2022 at 7:00PM, there will be a Public Hearing on Condemnation of Property

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused:

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Public Hearing

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   23349

1. Public Hearing Regarding the Draft 2023-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Chris Comeau, Chad Schulhauser, and Eric Johnston provided Council with a presentation on the Draft 2023-2028 Transportation Improvement Program. President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Six members of the public spoke during the public hearing. President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

p. 6

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Information and discussion only.

Mayor’s Report

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

23350 1.

Mayor’s Appointment of Brianne O’Hare to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (Information)

p. 97

23351 2.

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Brianne O’Hare as the Lettered Streets Neighborhood Representative to her first term on the Neighborhood Advisory Commission, which will expire on May 10, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.

Information Only.

Mayor’s Reappointment of Eric Shew to the Bellingham Arts p. 100 Commission (Approval)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Eric Shew to his final term on the Bellingham, Arts Commission, which will expire on May 21, 2026.

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Mayor Fleetwood and Councilmembers honored Chief Flo Simon for her service with the City of Bellingham during her final City Council meeting. Chief Flo Simon was the first female Sergeant, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief and Chief for the City of Bellingham. Chief Flo Simon will be retiring from her position in June 2022. Chief Simon expressed that it was a pleasure and an honor to serve the Bellingham Community.

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

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 1:00 PM

23352 1. Wildfire Risk Reduction Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom Conservation District

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Michael Lilliquist / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of the Wildfire Risk Reduction Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom Conservation District.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

23353 2. Bid Award for Padden Creek Improvements 24th to 30th, EN055, BID p. 107 #15B-2022

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to award Bid No. 15B-2022 for Padden Creek Improvements 24th to 30th to Matia Contractors, Inc. 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 $254,858.02, which includes any applicable WSST.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Committee Of The Whole 1:30 PM

23354 1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget, Increasing a p. 112 Seasonal Senior Construction Inspector to Full-Time

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

23355 2. Interlocal with Whatcom County for Alternative Response Team (ART) p. 115

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of the interlocal agreement with Whatcom County for Alternative Response Team (ART).

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

23356 3. Coverage for Councilmember Huthman p. 120

Councilmembers will provide the following coverage during Councilmember Huthman’s extended absence:

Community and Economic Development:

Lisa Anderson (Chair), Kristina Michele Martens, Michael Lilliquist

Parks and Recreation:

Skip Williams (Chair), Lisa Anderson, Daniel Hammill

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Public Health, Safety, and Justice:

Daniel Hammill (Chair), Skip Williams, Kristina Michele Martens

Bellingham and Whatcom Tourism

Kristina Michele Martens

Downtown Bellingham Partnership:

Skip Williams

Sustainable Connections:

Daniel Hammill

Tourism Commission and LTAC:

Kristina Michele Martens

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to appoint Councilmember Skip Williams to the Whatcom Transportation Authority during Councilmember Huthman’s absence

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Discussion of In-Person Council Meetings p. 122

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved that Bellingham City Council continue to hold its meetings virtually because it cannot hold in-person meetings with reasonable safety. This determination is based on the following findings:

• The Proclamation of Local Emergency for COVID-19 issued on 3-12-2020 is still in effect for the City of Bellingham;

• The Proclamation of State Emergency for COVID-19 (20-05) issued on 2- 29-2020 is still in effect for the State of Washington;

• The 7-day rates of cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Washington State have increased from 178.3 cases and 4.3 hospitalizations per 100,000 population during the time period 4/24/22 through 4/30/22 to 245.3 cases and 6.1 hospitalizations for the time period 5/8/22 through 5/14/22; and

• The 7-day rates of cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Whatcom County have increased from 210.1 cases and 5.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 population during the time period 4/24/22 through 4/30/22 to 225.9 cases and 7.0 hospitalizations for the time period 5/8/22 through 5/14/22.

The City Council shall re-evaluate its decision to hold meetings virtually when COVID-19 conditions in Whatcom County substantially change.

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MOTION CARRIED 5-1. Opposed: Michael Lilliquist

Council Debrief – Town Hall Meeting: Community Voices on Public p. 136 Safety

Information Only.

The next Town Hall meeting will occur on September 19, 2022 at 6:00PM and will cover Community Voices on Funding Priorities.

6. Approval of Minutes

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the May 9, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

7. Old/New Business

Councilmember Martens thanked the Bellingham Public Library and Unity Care Northwest for providing a training on May 20, 2022 in Skills for Interacting Confidently and Compassionately with Individuals in Crisis with Ryan Dowd. Councilmember Stone and Mayor Fleetwood also acknowledged this event.

Councilmember Anderson and Mayor Fleetwood announced that the Ski to Sea event will take place this year on May 29, 2022. For more information, please visit: https://skitosea.com

Council President Stone thanked Nalini Margaitis for handling double duty for many more months than anticipated to cover for the Deputy Clerk for the City of Bellingham, and welcomed Kelley Goetz as the Deputy Clerk for the City of Bellingham, who will begin coverage of City Council meetings on June 6, 2022.

Executive Session 3:00 PM

1. Potential Litigation: Claim #2022-07 (Good)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a settlement agreement with the following terms: resolution of claim number 2022-07 for the payment of $76,966.13 to the claimant for damages related to a sewer back up.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps)

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

Information Only.

3. Property Acquisition (Erb)

Staff provided information on a property acquisition. For information and discussion. No action taken.

Information Only.

4. Property Litigation (Erb)

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

Information Only.

5. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of the .3-acre property located at 2710 Donovan Ave., Bellingham, Washington for $615,000. The property is adjacent to the north end of Happy Valley Park.

Lisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist moved to authorize the purchase of the .3-acre property located at 2710 Donovan Ave., Bellingham, Washington for $615,000, with a closing to occur as soon as practicable following Council approval.

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.

23357 1. Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated April 16, 2022 to p. 160 April 30, 2022

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23358 2. 23359 3. 23360 4.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued April 29, 2022 through May 05, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 06, 2022 through May 12, 2022

Cost Share Agreement with WA Department Natural Resources (DNR) for 2022 LiDAR Data Acquisition

p. 161 p. 162 p. 163

23305 1.

An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Amending Chapter 15.42 of the Bellingham Municipal Code to Adopt Regulations for Stormwater Controls for New Development, Redevelopment, and Construction Sites and Source Control for Existing Development as Required by the City’s 2019-2024 National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Municipal Stormwater Permit

p. 172

Adjournment

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

Michael Lilliquist / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-05-013.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:23PM.

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ATTEST: Nalini Margaitis, Legislative Assistant APPROVED: 6/6/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes June 6, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2698&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   The City Council Regular 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 Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Presentation

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1. Introduction of Rebecca Mertzig as Chief of Police

p. 6

Mayor Seth Fleetwood introduced Rebecca Mertzig as the new Chief of the Bellingham Police Department. Rebecca Mertzig held the rank of Lieutenant at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and served as the Police Chief for the City of Stanwood. Chief Mertzig has 18 years of law enforcement experience and progressed to Lieutenant in 2020. She was named Deputy of the Year in 2010 and has received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. She has her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Washington University.

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1. Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinance Authorizing Acquisition, by p. 7 Eminent Domain, of Real Property Interests Needed to Construct the Telegraph Road Multimodal Safety Improvement Project, ES-0537

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Timothy Carey spoke in support of the ordinance but seeks resolution on an outstanding 2004 trail easement payment.

With one constituent comment, Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

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23364 2.

Mayor’s Appointment of Nick Kelly to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Nick Kelly as the Primary Representative from the Cornwall Neighborhood to the Neighborhood Advisory Commission. This is his first term, which will expire on June 7, 2024.

Mayor’s Appointments to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Mayor Fleetwood appointed two new board members to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board including, Steve Walker for his first term, which will expire on May 27, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed and Thor Beck as the Student Representative to his first one-year term, which will expire on May 27, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed.

Mayor’s Appointment of Timothy Shride to the Bellingham Sister Cities Board

p. 210

p. 213

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p. 220

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

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Timothy Shride to his first term, which will expire on May 26, 2025, to the Bellingham Sister Cities Board.

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23367 2.

Request for Sewer Service at 2337 Yew Street Road

p. 224

Mayor Fleetwood recognized the Public Works, Wastewater Treatment Plan Team, who recently received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Mayor Fleetwood recognized the upcoming holiday, Juneteenth, which was recently established as a legal holiday for city, state, and federal employees. The Mayor encourages city, staff, and community to enjoy in celebrations on June 18th from 2pm to 6pm at Maritime Heritage Park.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 10:00 AM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of sewer service at 2337 Yew Street Road.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Resolution to Approve the 2023-2028 Transportation Improvement p. 235 Program (TIP)

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the resolution to approve the 2023-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2022-11.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Public Health, Safety, and Justice 10:45 AM

Daniel Hammill, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams

23368 1. Interagency Agreement for a Mutual Aid Response Team p. 286

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the Interagency Agreement for a Mutual Aid Response Team known as the Whatcom County Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Response Team (LEMART).

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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Parks and Recreation 11:15 AM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

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23369 1.

Status Update on Parks & Recreation Projects

Nicole Oliver, Director of Parks and Recreation, provided an update on various capital improvement and planning projects for the committee including,

 Arroyo Park Bridges

 Lorraine Ellis Playground

 Boulevard Park Shoreline

 Sunset Pond Trail

 Cornwall Beach Park

 The Pier at Little Squalicum Park

 Little Squalicum Estuary

 Waypoint Park

 Whatcom Creek Trail Trestle Demo

 West Cemetery Creek Bridge

p. 342

Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

Please be advised that if the City Council is ahead of schedule, they may start with old/new business before the official Committee of the Whole meeting time.

23370 1.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 366 Expenditures Related to a Bridge Loan to Preserve Affordable Housing

The ordinance will provide a $4,000,000 bridge loan to Mercy Housing Northwest in order to support the purchase of the Evergreen Ridge apartment complex, an existing 145-unit low-income housing facility that will lose its low- income restrictions if it is not preserved. Mercy has applied for, and is optimistic it will receive, a $4,000,000 grant for the project from the Washington State Department of Commerce. There is no anticipated impact on other city projects.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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Consideration of Six Requests to Docket Amendments to the p. 370 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan for Review in 2022-23

McKayla Dunfey, Planning and Community Development, discussed six amendments. Five items were moved forward, with the final amendment (REZ 2022-09) not docketed at this time.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved final approval of Resolution #2022-12.

23371 3.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Consideration of an Ordinance Establishing a Shelter Protection Area Immediately Adjacent to the Proposed Interim Housing Facility Located at 910 West Holly Street

During Committee of the Whole, Lisa Anderson / Dan Hammill moved to extend the shelter protection area created by the ordinance to the outer edges of H Street, Clinton Street, C Street, and Roeder Avenue.

p. 470

23373 4.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Presentation of Draft Climate Action Fund Resolution p. 477

The Mayor and staff presented a draft Climate Action Fund resolution. The draft resolution proposes to add a ballot measure to the November 2022 ballot and reflects input gathered from City Council and the public over the last several months. The resolution proposes an additional property tax levy to raise critical funds for programs and projects aimed at addressing climate change. The levy would raise $6M per year for ten years.

There will be a public hearing on the Climate Action Fund Resolution at the June 27, 2022, Regular City Council meeting.

5. Approval of Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the

May 16, 2022, minutes of the Special City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

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Lisa Anderson / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the May 23, 2022, Regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

6. Old/New Business

No items for discussion.

Executive Session 4:30 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. No action taken.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. No action taken.

3. Potential Litigation (Stamps, approx. 10 min)

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

4. Potential Litigation (Erb, approx. 10 min)

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

5. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of a .23-acre property located on 28th Street directly north of Hoag’s Pond in the South Neighborhood of Bellingham (parcel # 3703 0712 7264 0000).

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to authorize Mayor Fleetwood to enter into a purchase and sale agreement for the property with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $35,000, with a closing date to occur as soon as practical following Council approval.

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.

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Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated May 01, 2022 to May 15, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 13, 2022 through May 19, 2022

Authorize Interagency Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and the University of Washington

p. 514 p. 515 p. 516

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23354 1.

An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget, Increasing a p. 522 Seasonal Senior Construction Inspector to Full Time

Lisa Anderson / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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: Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens, Stone NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-06-014. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Adjournment

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 6/27/2022

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City Council Regular Meeting Minutes June 27, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2699&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

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

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 Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Mayor’s Report

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

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

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

p. 6

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Jack Wellman as the Sehome Neighborhood Primary Representative to his first term, which will expire on June 21, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Kevin Jenkins as the Puget Neighborhood Primary Representative to his first partial term, which will expire on March 31, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed.

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2. Mayor’s Appointments to the Community Development Advisory p. 11 Board (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Jonathan Scanlon to his first partial term, which will expire on November 1, 2023, Ryan Wood to his first partial term, which will expire on January 24, 2023, and Jonathan Stubblefield to his first term, which will expire on June 21, 2025. All three may be reappointed at the time of their term expirations.

Mayor Fleetwood expressed concern with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Thanked the Council for their discussion earlier this afternoon and welcomes the Council passing another Resolution in support of women’s reproductive rights and right to choose.

The Public Hearing for the Climate Action Fund was cancelled this evening. Earlier this week, a strategic pause was announced on the proposed Climate Action Fund ballot measure in order to avoid competition with other important ballot initiatives and expand the coalition of support for the measure.

Mayor Fleetwood thanked Lt. Claudia Murphy for his recent tour with the Bellingham Police Department and encouraged others to attend trainings with BPD.

The Port of Bellingham is hosting a 4th of July celebration at the Downtown Waterfront. As a reminder, ten years ago the City prohibited the discharge of personal fireworks within City limits.

Mayor Fleetwood thanked Gregory Aucutt, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development, for his years of service to the City of Bellingham and wished him the best in his upcoming retirement.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works & Natural Resources Committee 1:00 PM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams

23379 1. Report From the June 1, 2022, Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting

Councilmember Anderson provided a summary of the discussion and recommendations from the June 1, 2022, Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting.

Information only.

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Committee Of The Whole 1:15 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Consideration of a Draft Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County p. 34 Concerning Joint Planning, Development Review and Annexation in Bellingham Urban Growth Areas

The current 10-year Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County concerning Joint Planning, Development Review and Annexation in Bellingham Urban Growth Areas expires June 30, 2022. An updated agreement was developed by City and County Planning, and Public Works staff.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of the Draft Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Concerning Joint Planning, Development Review and Annexation in Bellingham Urban Growth Areas.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

2. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget to Increase p. 57 American Rescue Plan Act Expenditures for Food Security

The ordinance amends the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget to add $500,000 of American Rescue Plan Act expenditures in the General Fund, non-departmental to support food security in the face of increasing demand for Bellingham Food Bank services and persistently inflating food costs.

Councilmember Hammill reiterated that City staff is working on a review of

food deserts and how other communities have addressed these challenges. The work is still underway and anticipate a follow-up discussion later this summer.

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

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

3. Affirming that the Display of Flags on City Property is Government p. 62 Speech

Mayor Fleetwood and James Erb, City Attorney, highlighted the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, which recognizes that government entities are entitled to select the views they want to express. The resolution establishes and preserves the City’s authority to select, while following state and federal requirements,

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commemorative flags for display on City flagpoles. The resolution proposes that commemorative flags be considered government speech and proposes the City Council formally establish that municipal flagpoles are not intended to serve as forums for free expression by the public. It proposes that commemorative flags be flown as authorized by the City Council, in limited and temporary ways, as expressions of the City’s official policies, priorities and sentiments. While the resolution is specific to City Hall flagpoles it doesn’t infringe upon citizen’s ability to demonstrate in the square.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2022-13. MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Mayor Fleetwood asked, and the Council unanimously supported a motion to authorize his office to display Pride Banners on City utility poles. At this time, the City does not recommend a formal resolution needs to be drafted and approved.

4. Approval of the 2022 EMS Levy Ballot Proposition p. 67

Bill Hewett, Fire Chief and Mayor Fleetwood discussed renewal of the EMS levy and requested the Council not to approve the resolution in its current form, while the City further negotiates with the Whatcom County Council. The County Council approved last minute amendments to lower the City reimbursement rate from $.295 to $.19 and remove diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) training and hiring language. They will continue negotations with the Whatcom County Council and are hoping for resolution at their July 12, 2022 meeting.

Fire Chief Bill Hewett provided clarifications from the afternoon meeting regarding budgetary items. The EMS Reserve is 70% of expenditures vs. 80% of revenues, Also, the County EMS administrator projects $14.8 million in the reserve fund at the end of 2022. This means we are on track for 2023 expenditures.

No action taken.

5. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 124

Councilmember Anderson proposed revisions to a motion at the June 7, 2022, Committee of the Whole meeting minutes, under Old/New business from, “moved to request City staff to create a document outlining policy concerns and recommendations for the Climate Action Fund and the just transition” to “make a motion that we request the City staff and Legal or the Mayor’s Office to extrapolate what is concerns vs. what are legal concerns and provide that document so that it can be made public in order to basically separate the content.”

Hannah Stone / Kristina Michele Martens moved to recommend approval.

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MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of June 6, 2022, Regular City Council meeting minutes as amended.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

6. Old/New Business

In June 2019, the City passed Resolution #2019-19, “in support of the right to bodily autonomy and support of a person’s right to access the full spectrum of reproductive health care services including the right to access abortion regardless of gender identity and expression, documentation status, income or age.” The Council would like to review the prior resolution, statewide legislative efforts, and ultimately vote on a new resolution at the August 1, 2022, meeting when all Councilmembers can be present.

Executive Session 2:30 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson entertained a motion to approve the acquisition of the subject property pursuant to the City’s purchase and sale agreement with Joyce Busch, dated June 27, 2022, with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $295,000, with a closing to occur on July 29, 2022, or as soon thereafter as practicable.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

Lisa Anderson / Kristina Michele Martens entertained a motion to approve the acquisition of the subject property pursuant to the City’s purchase and sale agreement with RKS Development, Inc., dated June 27, 2022, with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $195,000, with a closing to occur on July 29, 2022, or as soon thereafter as practicable.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

3. Potential Litigation Claim: #2022-14 (Good, approx. 5 min)

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

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4. Potential Litigation Claim: #2022-13 (Good, approx. 10 min)

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

5. Review Proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement for IAFF, Local 106 (Monahan, approx. 10 min)

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams entertained a motion to ratify the agreement reached with the following general terms:

DURATION: January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION:

• Effective January 1, 2022 – 6% increase in base rate of pay

• Effective January 1, 2022 – 2% increase in Captain’s pay grade

• Effective upon ratification, 1% increase in deferred compensation match

• Add Juneteenth holiday

• Adjustments to premiums including Acting Captains, paramedic students, and

specialties

• Wage (COLA) reopener for 2023

HEALTH INSURANCE:

 Increase City’s contribution to Medical Health Care by 6% in each year of the

agreement MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

6. Review Proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fraternal Order of Police (Monahan, approx. 10 min)

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson entertained a motion to ratify the agreement reached with the following general terms:

DURATION: January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION:

• Effective January 1, 2022 – 1% increase over top step Sergeant for a total of

17%

• Effective January 1, 2023 – 1% increase over top step Sergeant for a total of

18%

• Add Juneteenth holiday

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• Future Changes section defines where Fraternal Order of Police will receive a ‘me too’ agreement for relevant changes related to wages, deferred compensation, educational incentives, or longevity.

HEALTH INSURANCE:

• Increase City’s contribution to Medical Health Care by 6% in each year of the

agreement MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

7. Litigation: Hanlon v. City of Bellingham (Erb, approx. 15 min)

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.

23384 1. 23385 2. 23386 3. 23387 4. 23388 5. 23392 6. 23389 7.

23390 8.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated May 16, 2022 to May 31, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 20, 2022 through May 26, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued May 27, 2022 through June 02, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 03, 2022 through June 10, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 10, 2022 through June 16, 2022

Interagency Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Western Washington University for 2022 Residential Survey

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) for Use of City Owned Fiber Optics

Recreational Services Interlocal Agreement with Bellingham School District

p. 142 p. 143 p. 144 p. 145 p. 146 p. 147 p. 157

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1. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Providing for the Acquisition by Eminent Domain of Property for the Purpose of the City’s Telegraph Road Multimodal Safety Improvements Project and Authorizing Payment thereof from the City’s Street Fund or from Such Other Monies that the City may have Available or Attain for the Acquisition

p. 189

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AYES: Stone, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman, Lilliquist

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-06-015.

2. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing

Expenditures Related to a Bridge Loan to Preserve Affordable Housing

p. 309

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AYES: Stone, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman, Lilliquist

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-06-016.

3. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Establishing a Shelter Protection Area Immediately Adjacent to the Interim Housing Facility Located at 910 W. Holly Street within which Certain Activities that Adversely Affect the Operations of the Interim Housing Facility, Residents of the Interim Housing

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Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:

Lisa Anderson / Kristina Michele Martens 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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Lisa Anderson / Kristina Michele Martens 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, Williams, Anderson, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman, Lilliquist

MOTION CARRIED and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-06-017. Adjournment

Next council meeting is Monday, July 11th. Wishing everyone a safe 4th of July.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 7/11/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes July 11, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2714&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

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

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 Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates, and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. The Mayor highlighted past and present community events including,

 Mayor’s Art Award was held on June 29th at the Mt. Baker Theatre, honoring 19 artists

 Inaugural Northwest Tune-Up Festival occurred this past weekend

 Festival of Music is an ongoing event from July 1 – 24

 Honored Maestro Michael Palmer with a Mayor’s Proclamation

 Downtown Sounds is Wednesday evenings through August 3

1. Emergency Moratorium for Silver Beach

Blake Lyon, Director of Planning and Community Development, presented an emergency ordinance to implement a moratorium on permit processing for

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1. Noise Variance – Potelco/Puget Sound Energy Permit #PBW2022-0339

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Potelco, Inc. on behalf of Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is performing work in the Roosevelt Neighborhood under previously issued Public Work Permit #PBW2022-0339. Potelco will be performing work at the intersection of Alabama and Woburn Streets to repair a sanitary sewer service line damaged by previous utility pole installation. There is no power outage scheduled with this work. Due to the amount of vehicle traffic at the intersection of Alabama and Woburn, this project is proposed to be performed at night to minimize impacts and maximize safety at the site. It is unknown what evening the work will be taking place; however, it will be no sooner than July 26th and is expected to occur by the first week of August.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the noise variance for Potelco/Puget Sound Energy Permit #PBW2022-0339.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

2. Post Point Resource Recovery Project – Facilities Plan p. 11

Eric Johnston, Director of Public Works, and Mike Thorstenson, Cameron Clark, Donnie Stallman, and Shelby Smith, from Brown and Caldwell, presented the Facility

residential, multi-family designations in the Silver Beach neighborhood for one year, while the department conducts research on the impact of development on the Lake Whatcom watershed. There will be a public hearing within the next 60 days on the moratorium ordinance and at that time, Council will decide whether to maintain or appeal it.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to approve an emergency ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington, relating to land use and zoning, declaring an emergency, establishing an immediate moratorium on development applications and permits relating to multi-family zoned properties within the Silver Beach neighborhood and setting twelve months as the effective period of the moratorium to allow the City to review development options and existing regulations to ensure that they are consistent with the City’s adopted goals and policies that are aimed at protection of the water quality of Lake Whatcom.

The MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-07-019.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 1:00 PM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Discussion of Labor Concerns Related to Climate Action Efforts p. 97

At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the City Council was provided a list of concerns raised by organized labor representatives as government and industry move toward development without fossil fuel-dependent heating and cooling systems, broadly known as the “Just Transition” effort. Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, briefly reviewed a policy memo that was provided to Council for consideration and discussion in response to labor concerns. Karl De Jong, President of the Northwest Central Washington Labor Council, and Trevor Smith, LIUNA, Local 292, attended the meeting to provide additional feedback. Council requested labor representatives to share any additional feedback with the Climate Action Committee Members.

Plan for the Post Point Resource Recovery (PPRR) Project. The project will replace the aging and failing incinerators with a thermophilic anaerobic digester process to manage the organic biosolids produced at Post Point. The Facility Plan outlines the goals of the project and provides a layout of the plant facilities and project implementation. This Facility Plan will be submitted to Ecology in July 2022 and the Ecology review and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) comment period is up to 90 days. If necessary, an updated Facility Plan can be submitted in October. Final Ecology acceptance is anticipated in November 2022.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the Post Point Resource Recovery Project Facilities Plan.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Parks and Recreation 2:15 PM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson, Daniel Hammill

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1. Resolution Designating July 2022 Parks & Recreation Month

p. 94

Nicole Oliver, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented a resolution designating July as Parks & Recreation Month in Bellingham.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2022- 14.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Committee Of The Whole 2:30 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to refer to the Public Works Committee further discussion of the City of Bellingham’s and State’s existing apprenticeship requirements and how they may or may not be applied to future climate action work.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved to further discuss the issue of displaced workers and displaced industries in relation to the City’s Climate Action Plan to the Climate Action Committee.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

2. Update on the Renewal of the EMS Levy p. 102

Bill Hewett, Fire Chief, provided an update on the status of the countywide EMS levy. The County Council will review revised levy language that incorporates shared goals of increasing equity and inclusion in how we protect and serve our community and diversify staff. Challenges remain with cuts to the levy rate from $.295 to $.199. If cuts are maintained, the Fire Department will likely reduce from five to four ASL units, eliminate the community paramedic programs, and basic life support services.

Chief Hewett will share the finalized levy draft for consideration before the Whatcom County Council with the City Council and return to the July 27, 2022 meeting with an update.

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3. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the June 27, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

4. Old/New Business

p. 104

Councilmember Martens would like an update about RFP 64B 2021, Climate Action Research Consulting Services. Eric Johnston, Director of Public Works, will follow-up.

Councilmember Martens would welcome additional discussion of PFAS. Eric Johnston, Director of Public Works, shared there will be future discussions regarding PFAS for the Council and as part of community education. Councilmember Hammill expressed support for including experts from the Whatcom County Public Health Department.

Council President Stone would like to discuss an upcoming third-party report analyzing the Whatcom Unified Command and overall local response to the pandemic at a

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future City Council meeting.

Council President Stone would like to schedule a Council retreat later this year.

Councilmember Anderson highlighted concerns about safety and health issues at the 2022 North Facility.

Lisa Anderson / Kristina Michele Martens a motion to have city staff invite Northwest Youth Services and the Opportunity Council to provide an update and discussion regarding steps they have taken and will take to address the ongoing community concern regarding safety and behavior issues from residents and their guests inside and outside of their facility 22North on State Street. I would like this to be provided in the Public Health, Safety and Justice Committee on Monday August 1st or as soon it can be arranged.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Executive Session 3:00 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

3. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

4. Potential Litigation (Erb approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams entertained a motion to authorize the Mayor to enter into a global settlement agreement with the following terms:

Payment of a $48,750 park impact fee credit to Belleau Woods II, LLC, for the public trail portion of an easement granted to the city prior to the development and

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construction of the Belleau Woods apartment complex and payment of $27,000 to Village at Baker Creek, LLC, as compensation for the property interests needed to construct the Telegraph Road Safety Improvements Project to fully and forever resolve all actual and pending claims against the City with respect to these property acquisitions.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

5. Potential Litigation (Marriner, approx. 15 min)

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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23398 2. 23399 3. 23400 4.

Memorandum of Agreement Between Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) and the City of Bellingham

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated June 01, 2022 to June 15, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 17, 2022 through June 23, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued June 24, 2022 through June 30, 2022

p. 121

p. 135 p. 136 p. 137

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Daniel Hammill moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23381 1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget to Increase p. 138 American Rescue Plan Act Expenditures for Food Security

Lisa Anderson / 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:

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AYES: Stone, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Huthman

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-07-018. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:49pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 7/25/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes July 25, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2715&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

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

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. The originally scheduled Public Hearing for July 25 at 7:00PM has been cancelled and is tentatively rescheduled for August 29, 2022 at 7:00PM.

2. On August 1, 2022 at 7:00PM there will be a Public Hearing to address the following: The Bellingham Police Department is applying for a Department of Justice Assistance Grant and would like to use the grant for recruitment of new officers through print m

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Mayor’s Report

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

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23401 1. Mayor’s Appointment of Melissa Morin to the Bellingham Public p. 6 Library Board of Trustees (Approval)

The Mayor appointed Melissa Morin to the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees to her first partial term, which will expire on February 12, 2023, at which time she may be reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to recommend approval. MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

23402 2. Mayor’s Reappointments of Dunham Gooding and Brent Walker to p. 12 the Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District (Approval)

The Mayor reappointed Dunham Gooding to his sixth term and Brent Walker to his fifth term on the Bellingham-Whatcom Public Facilities District. Both terms will expire on July 30, 2026.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Kristina Michele Martens moved to recommend approval.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

23403 3. Mayor’s Reappointment of Anna Sorich to the Mayor’s Neighborhood p. 13 Advisory Commission (Information)

The Mayor reappointed Anna Sorich to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission as the Sunnyland Primary Representative. This is her first full term, which will expire on August 16, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed. Information only.

Mayor Fleetwood announced the City is seeking residents to serve on the Salary Commission, which will establish salaries for the City Council. In order to participate, individuals must be registered to vote and a citizen of Bellingham. Contact the Mayor’s Office or visit, https://cob.org/gov/public/bc/salary-commission, for more information.

Mayor Fleetwood and Councilmember Lilliquist highlighted the City received a $60k grant through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission to assist with recruitment of bilingual police officers and provide incentives to applicants and employees who help recruit new officers.

Mayor Fleetwood and Chief Mertzig announced that as part of a one-year pilot, effective August 1, 2022, the City of Bellingham Police Department will eliminate the Associate of Arts (AA) Degree requirement for applicants. The current pay scale

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provides an increase for those with a degree and the department is examining how to support professional advancement for officers that include college education.

Mayor Fleetwood shared the transition to the new 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, which provides free and confidential 24/7 assistance to those in crisis.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

Please be advised that if the City Council is ahead of schedule, they may start with old/new business before the official Committee of the Whole meeting time.

23404 1. Update on Development Process, Community Engagement and p. 14 Structure of Proposed Whatcom Racial Equity Commission

In partnership with the Chuckanut Health Foundation (CHF), the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County are funding, participating in, and supporting a community-led process to create recommendations for a county-wide Racial Equity Commission. Heather Flaherty and Shu Ling Zhao, Chuckanut Health Foundation, provided an update on the community engagement process and summary of their work to-date. The proposed commission is modeled after the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence. The Commission will develop and recommend actions for local government and community groups. They are currently gathering feedback, revising recommendations, and plan to introduce an ordinance to the Whatcom County Council this fall. Next the City of Bellingham will vote to adopt an Interlocal Agreement.

Councilmembers expressed gratitude and support for work completed to-date and look forward to the formal creation of the commission this fall.

23405 2. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington, Declaring an p. 21 Emergency, and Amending the Bellingham Municipal Code in Order to

Adopt by Reference Updated Sections of the Revised Code of

Washington Regarding Antiharassment Orders and No Contact Orders

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval for third and final reading of the emergency ordinance.

The MOTION CARRIED 5-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-07-020.

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3. Overview of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy Plan p. 26

Bill Hewett, Fire Chief, returned to Council to provide an update on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy. On July 12, 2022 the Whatcom County Council reintroduced the ordinance to place a renewal of the EMS Levy on the ballot at a rate of $.295 per $1000 of assessed value as recommended by the EMS Oversight Board (EOB). If the County Council approves the ordinance on July 26th, Chief Hewett will return to Council on August 1st seeking support of a resolution for the levy. This resolution is needed for the County to place the issue on the ballot for the general election.

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Chief Hewett also provided a high-level overview of how the planning committee intends to utilize EMS funding outlined in the 2023-2028 EMS Levy Plan.

4. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the July 11, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

5. Old/New Business

p. 84

Councilmember Martens thanked the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and community members who attended the Pride Parade and Festival. She also thanked library staff who are working diligently to address the recent data breach.

Councilmember Martens requested an update on the Immigration Advisory Board and Resource Center. Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, shared an update can be provided at the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting on August 1st.

Council President Stone highlighted the upcoming single-use plastic ban effective July 31st. The City is committed to education and support for businesses during this transition. If individuals or businesses have questions, contact askpw@cob.org. The City now needs to evaluate the number of and use of compostable bins.

 Executive Session

No Executive Session.

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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23406 1.

23407 2.

23408 3.

23409 4.

23410 5.

23411 6.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated June 16, 2022 to June 30, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 01, 2022 through July 07, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 08, 2022 through July 14, 2022

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Interlocal Cooperative Purchasing Agreement (ICPA) Between the City of Bellingham and Puget Sound Educational Services District (PSESD)

Modification to Interlocal Agreement with US Geological Services for the PS – Coastal Storm Modeling System

Grant From Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for $60,000

p. 104 p. 105 p. 106 p. 107

p. 111

p. 115

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

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:31pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 8/1/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes August 1, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2732&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

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

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On August 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider the proposed Hundred Acre Wood Master Plan, which includes the 82-acre Chuckanut Community Forest, located in the South Neighborhood

2. On August 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider a proposed resolution of the Bellingham City Council providing for the City to relinquish a general utility easement affecting a portion of the property commonly known as 818 14th

APN 0000. The basis for the

of this which was April

20th, 1953, under 6860, is that said is to the City’s needs and is not for or

public utility services

3. On September 12, 2022, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider proposed amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) to establish a manufactured home park (MHP) overlay and regulations related to the change of use, ownership, and closure of a MHP

4.

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relinquishment

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  easement,

established

proposed

    Ordinance

easement

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    required

providing

existing

future

  On September 19, 2022, at 6:00 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold its third Town Hall meeting remotely via Zoom. The third Town Hall meeting will be devoted to Community Voices on Funding Priorities.

You may join the meeting via Zoom at: https://cob.zoom.us/join and enter the following Webinar ID and Passcode:

 Webinar ID: 846 0180 2457 Passcode: 766025

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Public Hearing

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1. Public Hearing for 2022 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance p.6 Grant Program

The Bellingham Police Department is applying for a Department of Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $38,840. The Grant is allocated as follows: $24,837 City of Bellingham Police Department and $14,003 to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The Police Department would like to purchase print media, radio spots, signage for buses, banners, and billboards to help recruit police officers to our city.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing at 7:05pm.

Todd Lagestee spoke during the public hearing.

President Stone closed the Public Hearing at 7:10pm.

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of the grant. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

23413 1. Mayor’s Reappointment of John Peppel to the Lake Whatcom p.35 Watershed Advisory Board (Approval)

The Mayor reappointed John Peppel to his second term, which will expire on August 19, 2025, at which time he may be reappointed.

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Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to recommend approval of the appointments to the Immigration Advisory Board.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Mayor’s Appointments to the Immigration Advisory Board (Approval) p.36

The Mayor reappointed Holly Pai to her first full term, Australia Tobon to her first full term, both terms will expire on June 23, 2024.

The Mayor reappointed Bridget Reeves and Monika Cassidy to their final terms, which will expire on June 23, 2024.

The Mayor appointed Tara Villalba and Mario Banuelos to their first terms, which will expire on August 1, 2024, at which time they may be reappointed.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of the appointments to the Immigration Advisory Board.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Mayor’s Reappointments to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board p.42 (Information)

The Mayor reappointed Zarah Manju to her first full term, which will expire on August 8, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

The Mayor reappointed Michael Kutcher to his final term, which will expire on August 30, 2025.

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Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

Please be advised that if the City Council is ahead of schedule, they may start with old/new business before the official Committee of the Whole meeting time.

23416 1. Presentation of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task p. 43 Force 2022 Annual Report

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Stephen Gockley, Co-Chair of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, presented the group’s 2022 Annual Report to the City Council. The purpose of the Task Force is to seek solutions to reduce and prevent incarceration while maintaining public safety. The Task Force includes a broad range of participants, including representatives from organizations involved in criminal justice and law enforcement, policy makers, service providers, members of the public, and consumers of services.

Areas of focus from the most recent report include,

 State of data within criminal and legal system to inform decision-making

 Racial Equity

 Improve communication with stakeholders and community

 Improve non-law enforcement responses

 Staff retention and shortages

An invitation was extended to the Co-Chairs to return for a presentation highlighting areas for community investment and improvement and the necessary funding to implement.

2. Update on Immigration Resource Center p.69

Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, provided an update on the development of an Immigration Resource Center. Staff continue outreach and research into resource center models. Currently evaluating three possible models, 1) City funded and staffed; 2) Joint partnership center with other government agency; or 3) Contract for Service with existing third-party. Anticipate returning this fall with additional information.

3. Resolution to Support the Continuation of the County-Wide EMS Levy p.70

Mayor Fleetwood and Fire Chief Bill Hewett returned to discuss the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy. On July 26, 2022 the Whatcom County Council approved an ordinance to place a renewal of the countywide EMS Levy on the ballot for the November 2022 general election pursuant to state law (RCW 84.52.069). The levy rate will be $.295 per $1,000 of assessed value if approved by the voters. State law requires that the City Council approve the proposed tax measure before it may be placed on the ballot.

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2022-15. MOTION CARRIED 6-1.

Opposed: Lisa Anderson

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Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to request the Council President and Administration formulate a resolution in support of the ballot measure to be brought before Council for consideration.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Lisa Anderson

4. Post Point Resource Recovery Project – Community Outreach Update p.129

Eric Johnston, Director of Public Works, and Mike Thorstenson and Holly Tichenor, Brown and Caldwell, shared the framework for a community outreach effort in phases over two years regarding the Post Point Resource Recovery Project. The outreach effort includes a concept on how to broaden the public view of the major investments needed at Post Point over the next 10 years.

5. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of the July 25, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Abstained: Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

6. Old/New Business

p.150

Councilmember Hammill, Councilmember Williams, Council President Stone, and Mayor Fleetwood recently met with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to learn more about timber harvest and sales.

Mayor Fleetwood recognized the appointment of Don Burdick as the new ITSD Director effective August 1st, 2022 and thanked Scott Elsner for serving as the Interim Director.

Council welcomed back Councilmember Huthman. Executive Session 3:45 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Potter, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. 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.

23417 23418

1. Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 15, 2022 through July 21, 2022

2. Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated July 01, 2022 to July 15, 2022

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

p.159 p.160

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:52pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 8/29/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes August 29, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2733&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

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

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On September 12, 2022, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider proposed amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) to establish a Manufactured Home Park (MHP) overlay and regulations related to the change of use, ownership, and closure of a MHP.

2. On September 19, 2022, at 6:00 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold its third Town Hall meeting remotely via Zoom. The third Town Hall meeting will be devoted to Community Voices on Funding Priorities. You may join the meeting via Zoom at: https://cob.zoom.us/join and enter the following Webinar ID and Passcode:

Webinar ID: 846 0180 2457 Passcode: 766025

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Public Hearings

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23420 1. Public Hearing and Resolution on the Proposed Relinquishment of a p. 7 Retained Utility Easement Encumbering 818 14th Street in Bellingham

Chad Schulhauser, Public Works, provided a summary of the relinquishment of a surplus utility easement on a property at 818 14th Street in Bellingham. The Public Works Department reviewed the requested relinquishment and determined that the portion of the easement that encumbers the subject property is surplus to the City’s needs and not needed for utility service.

Council President Stone opened the public hearing.

One community member spoke at the public hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved final approval of Resolution #2022-16. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

23419 2. Public Hearing on an Emergency Ordinance Imposing a Moratorium p. 21 on the Acceptance of Development Applications Within the RM Zones

in the Silver Beach Neighborhood

Blake Lyon, Director of Planning & Community Development provided a summary of the Emergency Ordinance #2022-07-019. On July 11, 2022, the City Council adopted an emergency one-year moratorium ordinance that prohibits the acceptance of development applications for new residential housing within the four residential multi- family zones in the Silver Beach neighborhood. The moratorium enables City staff to determine if multi-family densities in the Silver Beach neighborhood are consistent with existing City policies for protection of water quality in Lake Whatcom. State law (RCW 36.70A.390) requires the City Council to hold a public hearing on an emergency ordinance within 60-days of passage. Following the public testimony, City Council may keep the moratorium in place by taking no action or vote to modify or rescind the moratorium ordinance.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

One community member spoke at the public hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

The Council supported maintaining the Emergency Ordinance #2022-07-019. No additional Council action taken.

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3. Public Hearing on the Hundred Acre Wood (aka Chuckanut p. 31 Community Forest) Master Plan

Nicole Oliver, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented on the draft the Master Plan of the Chuckanut Community Forest or proposed name, Hundred Acre Wood. The master planning process engaged hundreds of park users, included a steering committee and consultant help, and was informed by scientific assessment of property located in the south side of Bellingham. Both Greenways Advisory Committee and Parks & Recreation Advisory Board voted to approve this plan and the proposed name of Hundred Acre Wood. A presentation by staff will provide an introduction to the public hearing, and Council should finalize their review by the end of September 2022.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Thirteen members of the public spoke at the hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend further discussion of the Master Plan to the Parks and Recreation Committee.

23422

1. Mayor’s Appointment of Sarah Gardner to the Greenways Advisory Committee (Approval)

p. 70

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Mayor Fleetwood appointed Sarah Gardner to her first partial term on the Greenways Advisory Committee, which will expire on December 13, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of Sarah Gardner to the Greenways Advisory Committee.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Salary Commission Appointments p. 76

Mayor Fleetwood appointed the following to the Salary Commission to determine City Council compensation: Gene Knutson, Pinky Vargas, RB Tewksbury, Kenny Ramberg, Jedediah Givens, Gerard Kahle, and Ken Hertz to a single term. The Commission will begin work on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 and conclude by the end of the year.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

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1. Neighborhood Traffic

p. 94

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Eric Johnston and Steve Haugen from the Department of Public Works, reviewed the history of the neighborhood traffic safety program (NTSP) that was in place from 1995 to 2008 and efforts since then to address safety. The NTSP was suspended in 2008 due in part to budget constraints during the recession. Using the prioritized project list in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, the City has continued to consider and construct traffic calming elements on city streets.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to direct the Transportation Commission to study neighborhood traffic programs in other communities, explore connections to ongoing updates on the Bike and Pedestrian plans, and to consider equity and provide policy/program recommendations to the City Council.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Amendment to Grant Agreement for the Middle Fork Nooksack River p. 116 Fish Passage Project

In 2019, the City entered into a $10M grant agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Program, to assist with the construction of the City’s Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project. The City has received an additional increase in the project funding of $1,537,580 bringing the total RCO grant funds to $14,097,830.

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved to authorize the amendment to the Grant Agreement for the Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage contract.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of Gene Knutson, Pinky Vargas, RB Tewksbury, Kenny Ramberg, Jedediah Givens, Gerard Kahle, and Ken Hertz to serve on the Salary Commission.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 9:00 AM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

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Parks and Recreation 10:15 AM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

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1. Formal Naming of Hundred Acre Wood (aka Chuckanut Community p. 120 Forest)

Nicole Oliver, Director of Parks and Recreation, reviewed the proposed Hundred Acre Wood name for the Chuckanut Community Forest. As part of the master planning of the Chuckanut Community Forest, the City includes a formal naming process. Per City policy PAR 1.01.01, the Park Director or staff solicit names from the public and forward all the proposed names to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) for final recommendation to City Council. The PRAB approved the proposed name of Hundred Acre Wood on August 10, 2022.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to table approval of the naming of the Chuckanut Forest until after the Public Hearing and the Master Plan is approved.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Climate Action 10:30 AM

Kristina Michele Martens, Chair Daniel Hammill, Michael Lilliquist

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1. Resolution Correcting Scrivener’s Error in Resolution 2020-45 – Amending the Climate Action Plan

p. 125

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At the November 23, 2020 meeting, City Council approved Resolution #2020-45 to amend the Climate Action Plan to include new items from the Climate Action Task Force Report. City Council approved the resolution with changes to two of the ten items. One of those changes was inadvertently omitted in the final, signed version of Resolution #2020-45. The proposed resolution corrects this scrivener’s error.

Kristina Michele Martens / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2022- 17.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Cool City Challenge p. 144

Clare Fogelsong, Public Works, presented on the City Council’s request for staff to evaluate the Cool City Challenge and determine if the City of Bellingham should participate. The Cool Cities Challenge aims to motivate communities to be carbon neutral by 2030 with no offsets via a $1 million grant from the Empowerment

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Institute. Given the arduous application process, the redundancies with existing city programs, the limited carbon emission reductions, and the administration of 400 Cool Blocks staff recommends the City maintain focus on existing climate mitigation, adaptation, and outreach initiatives with higher emissions reductions benefits. Climate related outreach and education should continue to build on the ALL IN: for Climate Action campaign and consider including the concepts of the Cool City ideas in those programs when feasible.

Councilmember Martens will follow-up with community members to see if they wish to take the lead on this project.

Committee Of The Whole 1:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

23428 1. Presentation on 22 North p. 147

Greg Winter, Executive Director at the Opportunity Council, Adrienne Solenberger, Housing and Operations Manager at the Opportunity Council and Jason McGill, Executive Director of Northwest Youth Services, presented an update on the management of 22 North, a supportive housing facility. This included discussion of work to improve services for clients, enforcing visitor/guest rules, focusing on staff and staff retention, improvements to the physical structure by installing a sound system and lights surrounding the building, and participating in a Neighborhood Taskforce.

23430 2. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget – Increasing p. 148 Expenditures and Adding Positions

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, and Chief Rebecca Mertzig presented in support of the Ordinance. The addition of four Community Service Officers will provide needed support in the Police Department, freeing up Police Officers by interacting with the public at the station, taking reports over the phone, and performing other duties that do not require a uniformed officer. The City has faced challenges in fully staffing the Police Department and the Community Service Officers present an opportunity to immediately add capacity. Due to ongoing salary savings, this addition requires no appropriations in the current biennium.

New budget modification forms were noted as an addition to the packet and will be provided in all budget requests moving forward to improve transparency and decision- making.

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

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. 2022 Mid Year Financial Review p. 154

Andy Asbjornsen, Finance Director, provided a summary of the City’s financial position for the period that ended June 30, 2022. This presentation and other financial information are available on the City’s website at https://cob.org/gov/dept/finance/reports.

4. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 172

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the August 1, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. Old/New Business

The butterfly origami art installation that was displayed at City Hall was removed due to a lack of legal permitting. The City Hall lobby is not considered a public forum and the policy was enforced as part of a recent US Supreme Court decision.

 Executive Session 3:00 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of 3 watershed parcels totaling 2 acres with 3 potential development units, owned by Christopher Drake.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to approve the acquisition of the subject property pursuant to the City’s purchase and sale agreement with Christopher Drake, with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $250,000, with a closing to occur on August 31, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of 2 watershed parcels totaling 1.17 acres with 2 potential development units, owned by Donald and Heather Templin.

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Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to approve the acquisition of the subject property pursuant to the City’s purchase and sale agreement with Donald and Hether Templin, with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $60,000, with a closing to occur on August 31, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Litigation: Eldard v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 10 min)

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

4. Litigation: Ghanbari v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a litigation matter.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to approve the Mayor to enter into a contract with outside legal counsel to represent the Bellingham Police officers named in this lawsuit.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. 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.

6. Labor Relations: Review Contract Proposal for Bellingham Police Guild (Monahan, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on the proposed 2022 collective bargaining agreement with the Bellingham Police Guild.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to approve the agreement reached with the following general terms:

DURATION: January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION:

 Effective January 1, 2022 – 5.0% Increase in base rate of pay (COLA).

 Effective upon ratification, adjust the salary structure by increasing Step 1

Grade 29 by 3%. All other steps and grades are recalculated based on this increase.

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 Effective upon ratification, all active employees will receive a $700 signing bonus.

HEALTH INSURANCE

 Restructure the employer HSA contribution in the High Deductible Plan to

mirror the formula used in all other plans. 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.

23432 1.

23433 2. 23434 3. 23435 4. 23436 5. 23437 6. 23438 7.

Inter-Agency Agreement with Washington State Department of Ecology to Sponsor Two Washington Conservation Corps Crews for Natural Resource Projects

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 22, 2022 through July 28, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued July 29, 2022 through August 04, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 05, 2022 through August 11, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 12, 2022 through August 19, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated July 16, 2022 to July 31, 2022

Authorize the Mayor to Enter Into Amendment 1 of an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for ESRP Grant Funding for Little Squalicum Estuary

p. 182

p. 196 p. 197 p. 198 p. 200 p. 201

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to approve the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the committee adjourned at 9:30pm.

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 Hannah Stone, Council President

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes September 12, 2022, 7:00PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2734&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

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

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Roll Call

Present:

1. On September 19, 2022, at 6:00 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold its third Town Hall meeting remotely via Zoom. The third Town Hall meeting will be devoted to Community Voices on Funding Priorities. You may join the meeting via Zoom at: https://cob.zoom.us/join and enter the following Webinar ID and Passcode:

Webinar ID: 846 0180 2457 Passcode: 766025

2. On October 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider a proposal by Public Works to remove on-street parking on the arterial streets listed below to gain adequate space for the installation of dedicated bicycle lanes, as recommended by the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan:

 West Illinois Street from Sunset to Lynn;

 Meridian Street from East Victor to West Illinois;

 Girard Street from Broadway to Young;

 Eldridge Avenue from Broadway to Nequalicum; and

 Cornwall Avenue from Laurel to Pine

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

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Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Public Hearing

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1. Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) to Establish a Manufactured Home Park (MHP) Overlay and Regulations Related to the Change of Use, Ownership, and Closure of a MHP

p. 6

Chris Behee, Long Range Planning Manager from Planning & Community Development, presented draft amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code, which establish a Manufactured Home Parks (MHP) overlay and regulations related to the change of use, ownership, and closure of a MHP. The intent of the proposed overlay is to preserve the City’s existing MHPs, which City Council identified as a priority in 2019 with the adoption of the following goal and policy in the housing chapter of the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan:

 Goal H-5: Existing manufactured home parks (MHPs) should be preserved.

 Policy H-55: Identify and evaluate methods to encourage the preservation of

existing manufactured home parks to ensure their continued provision of affordable housing.

Throughout the City, there are 10 MHPs, 884 homes, and 1,448 residents. Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

11 community members spoke at the Public Hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Public comment will be accepted through September 21st at 10am and published in a future agenda packet.

Councilmembers would like to further discuss,

 How the ordinance protects individuals from closure?

 Is current timeline to respond enough?

 Discuss purchase assistance vs. relocation assistance.

 Protections for residents who can match interested buyer offers.

 Concerns that owners develop privately.

 How community housing development organizations might be involved in these types of projects?

 Can the City require longer-term leases?

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 Is it possible to extend the 8-year tax credit at Samish? Staff will follow-up for a return discussion, likely in October.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to refer the ordinance to Committee of the Whole for additional discussion.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

Mayor Fleetwood shared that the Administration is working on understanding how the Governor lifting the Washington State COVID-19 Emergency Order will impact the City. Anticipate future discussion and updates at the September 26th meeting.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 9:00am

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

23440 1. Bid Award for Bellingham Police Department Security Upgrades p. 146 Project, BID #40B-2022

Eric Johnston, Director of Public Works, reviewed the Bellingham Police Department Security Upgrades Project, which was publicly opened for bid on August 16, 2022. The BPD updates include replacement of the existing 6′ tall, perimeter chain link fencing with new, 8′ tall, 5/8” mini-mesh chain link fencing, replacement of the existing 6′ tall courtyard stucco wall with a new, 8′ tall, corrugated metal panel wall and installation of new automated gates, roller guards and concertina wire. Colacurcio Brothers, Inc. was the responsible bidder who submitted the lowest responsive bid of $825,439.44, including any applicable Washington State Sales or Use Tax. The engineer’s estimate was $575,000. Because of the difference in project and actual bids received, he recommends rejecting all bids in order to rescope, rebudget and rebid the project.

Michael Lilliquist / Kristina Michele Martens moved to reject all bids

for the Bellingham Police Department Security Upgrade Project, BID#40B-2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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2. Post Point Resource Recovery Project Discussion p. 148

At the August 29th City Council meeting, Mayor Fleetwood announced his intention to stop further development of the Post Point Resource Recovery Project and requested additional discussion with City Council. Eric Johnston, Director of Public Works, reviewed concerns about the overall cost of the Post Point project (upwards of $1.1 billion), how repairing existing systems could reduce costs by several hundred million dollars and preserve affordable utility rates, while also addressing nutrient reduction in the Salish Sea and investing in community-wide climate mitigation programs.

Councilmembers requested addition discussion and would like to discuss as a whole, the future direction of Post Point.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to recommend further discussion of Post Point Recovery to the Committee of the Whole.

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1. Work Session on Hundred Acre Wood Master Plan (also known as Chuckanut Community Forest)

p. 163

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Parks and Recreation 10:30am

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

Mayor Fleetwood and Nicole Oliver, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented the draft Hundred Acre Wood Master Plan, which came before the City Council for a Public Hearing on August 29, 2022. In response to public input, additional revisions were made. These changes include,

 Limit to the trail improvement proposed in Phase 1 to just the areas that are impacting wetlands or drainage or that are needed for access for restoration and maintenance

 Adds the centrally-located “saddle” area to Phase 1 to address the main north- south connection

 Additional language that focuses on compatibility of allowed uses and encourages reducing impact and access to sensitive areas, but no changes are proposed to allowed uses, including bikes and on-leash dogs.

The forest includes 5.3 miles of mapped trails, which equals 7% of the entire managed trail system in the City. This area was inherited by the City, and no trails were designed, but rather were built by the public over decades of use. The current plan is consistent with the conservation easement.

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Next steps include,

 Council approval

 Petition to dissolve Chuckanut Community Park District

 Transfer easement to land trust

 Budget for Phase 1 improvements

 Monitor progress and revise if needed

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval of the Master Plan.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Formal Naming of Hundred Acre Wood (aka Chuckanut Community p. 319 Forest)

Nicole Oliver, Director of Parks and Recreation, reviewed the proposed Hundred Acre Wood name for the Chuckanut Community Forest. As part of the master planning of the Chuckanut Community Forest, the City includes a formal naming process. Per City policy PAR 1.01.01, the Park Director or staff solicit names from the public and forward all the proposed names to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) for final recommendation to City Council. The PRAB approved the proposed name of Hundred Acre Wood on August 10, 2022 and a Public Hearing was held on the Master Plan August 29, 2022.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of naming the Chuckanut Community Forest, the Hundred Acre Wood.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Committee Of The Whole 1:00pm

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

Please be advised that if the City Council is ahead of schedule, they may start with old/new business before the official Committee of the Whole meeting time.

23442 1. Presentation of Library Facilities Master Plan Recommendations p. 324

Rebecca Judd, Library Director, Rick Osen, Chair of Library Board of Trustees, and Brad Waters, Godfrey’s Associates, presented on recommendations for the Library Facilities Master Plan. Earlier this year, the Bellingham Public Library (BPL) Board of Trustees, in consultation with City Administration, contracted with Godfrey’s Associates, Inc to

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develop a long-term strategy to address future BPL facility needs. The study supports the current BPL Strategic Plan and addresses what is needed to serve a growing population over the next 20 years. As part of their scope of work, Godfrey’s Associates, Inc conducted a community input program, evaluated BPL’s existing facilities, analyzed national trends and peer libraries, and mapped BPL service areas. The recommendations are presented in near-term (5 years), medium-term (10 years) and long-term (20 years) tiers.

Facilities Plan Recommendations include:

Near-Term Priorities (5 years)

 Central Library – Renovate the remaining 2 floors of the Central Library,

improve space utilization and functionality, upgrade HVAC system.

 Fairhaven Branch Library – Plan for rehabilitation to improve space utilization

and functionality. The historic nature of the building may facilitate grant

funding.

 North side – Establish a library presence on the growing north side of

Bellingham.

Mid-Term Priorities (10 years)

 Fairhaven Branch Library – Complete rehabilitation to improve space utilization

and functionality.

 Barkley Branch Library – Increase library presence on east side of Bellingham /

Barkley branch. Long-Term Priorities (20 years)

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Central library – Evaluate square footage needs at Central Library as needed to achieve the desired Level of Service.

Branch Libraries – Evaluate square footage needs at branches as needed to achieve the desired Level of Service.

Proposed Ordinance Repealing Chapter 6.55 of the Bellingham p. 350 Municipal Code, Relating to Transportation Network Company

Services

On March 31, 2022, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2076, establishing comprehensive statewide regulations for transportation network companies (like Uber and Lyft) and their drivers. The new state legislation specifically preempts local regulation, requiring the City to repeal its transportation network company regulations contained in Chapter 6.55 of the Bellingham Municipal Code.

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

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Climate Action Week and Whatcom Water Week Outreach Events p. 360

Riley Grant, Communications and Outreach Manager Public Works, presented upcoming Citywide events for Whatcom Water Week (https://www.whatcomwin.org/water-week-events), September 10-18, and Climate Action Week (http://www.cob.org/climate-action-week-events), September 19-25.

4. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 366

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the August 29, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. Old/New Business

Councilmember Anderson requested information be shared with the public regarding low-barrier shelter access during snowstorms. Mayor Fleetwood will return at the October 3rd meeting with more information.

Council President Stone inquired if any other member is interested in serving as liaison to the Immigration Advisory Board for the remainder of the year and beyond. Councilmember Martens agreed to join the Board.

Council President Stone shared information about an upcoming event, Bellingham Blessing of the Chief’s Totem Pole, on September 14, 2022 at the Peter Paulson Stage.

  Executive Session 2:00pm

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of the 17.47-acre property owned by Peter and Helen Plagerman, located at 2011 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to approve of the acquisition of the subject property pursuant to the City’s purchase and sale agreement for the property with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $300,000, with a closing to occur on September 30, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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2. Litigation: Roorda (Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals Matter) (Chaplin, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on an appeal before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals regarding a worker’s compensation matter.

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved to approve of outside counsel to enter into an agreement to settle the appeal by accepting responsibility for and paying for a medical procedure performed in March 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Potential Litigation: (Erb, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to approve the Mayor to execute all documents necessary for the City of Bellingham to participate in the $518M settlement between the State of Washington and local jurisdictions in their lawsuits against the three largest pharmaceutical distributors of opioids in the nation.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. Litigation: Schreib v. State of Washington et al. (Good, approx. 5 min)

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

5. Litigation: Fox v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 10 min)

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

6. Litigation: Eldard v. City of Bellingham (Good, approx. 20 min)

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.

23445 1. Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated August 01, 2022 p. 386 to August 15, 2022

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23446 2.

23447 3.

23448 4.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 20, 2022 through August 26, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued August 27, 2022 through September 1, 2022

2022 Interlocal JAG Grant with Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office

p. 387 p. 388 p. 389

p. 399

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23430 1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget – Increasing Expenditures and Adding Positions

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, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-09-021. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:19pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 9/26/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes September 26, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2735&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7pm.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On October 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider a proposal by Public Works to remove on-street parking on the arterial streets listed below to gain adequate space for the installation of dedicated bicycle lanes, as recommended by the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan:

 West Illinois Street from Sunset to Lynn;

 Meridian Street from East Victor to West Illinois;

 Girard Street from Broadway to Young;

 Eldridge Avenue from Broadway to Nequalicum; and

 Cornwall Avenue from Laurel to Pine

2. On October 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider a proposed resolution of the Bellingham City Council providing for the City to relinquish a portion of a general utility easement retained within vacated 33rd Street and the alleys between Old Samish Highway and Rainer Street between 32nd and 34th as described in Ordinance 8901. The retained easement encumbers a portion of the property commonly known as 1752 Old Samish Road, Bellingham, Washington, APN 370318 309526 0000. The basis for the proposed relinquishment is that said easement is surplus to the City’s needs and is not required for providing existing or future public utility services.

3. On October 3, 2022, at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing on a Resolution of the City of Bellingham, Washington, Encouraging Voters to Vote “Yes” on Whatcom County Proposition 2022-6, Regular

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Property Tax Levy for Emergency Medical Services, in the General Election to be Held November 8, 2022.

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Mayor’s Report

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

Roll Call

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1. Mayor’s Reappointment of Keith Coleman to the Tourism Commission (Information)

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Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Keith Coleman to his fourth term, which will expire on October 3, 2025.

2. Mayor’s Appointments to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory p. 8 Commission (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed William Liddicoet as the Fairhaven Neighborhood Primary Representative to his first full term, which will expire on October 18, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Jake Charlton as the Happy Valley Neighborhood Primary Representative to his first term, which will expire on September 19, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed.

3. Mayor’s Reappointment of Mary Rossi to the Historic Preservation p. 11 Commission (Approval)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Mary Rossi to her fourth term, which will expire on October 14, 2025, at which time she may reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of Mary Rossi to the Historic Preservation Commission.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Mayor Fleetwood reminded everyone of the pause on Post Point project. While there are opportunities to improve the wastewater treatment plant, the Washington State Department of Ecology recently awarded an outstanding performance award for 2021 to the Post Point staff.

Mayor Fleetwood announced he is lifting the COVID-19 Local emergency orders in conjunction with the Governor rescinding the State Emergency Order on October 31, 2022. In-person meetings for Boards and Commissions will likely resume in November. This impacts grocery worker hazard pay, and staff will be communicating to stakeholders across the City.

An Ordinance to create a Racial Equity Commission will be before the Whatcom County Council this week and anticipate the City Council will review in October.

A Salary Commission Public Hearing will be held September 28th at 6pm. See website for more information. Engage Bellingham website will also receive feedback. Any salary recommendations will be included in the 2023-2024 budget.

   Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 10:00 AM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Broadband Advisory Workgroup Final Report and Recommendations

p. 12

The Committee received the Broadband Advisory Workgroup final report and recommendations for next steps. The Broadband Advisory Workgroup was tasked with evaluating the feasibility of using City’s municipal fiber network to provide a “public option”, assisting and developing a request for proposal (RFP), and participating in discussions with the City and consultant.

The workgroup’s recommendations include,

 Establish goals for broadband services in the City of Bellingham.

 Develop, implement, and seek funding to support a digital equity broadband

adoption plan to provide the kind of broadband connection and support individuals need with a focus on unserved and underserved members of the community.

 Develop a comprehensive capital and operations plan to increase redundancy and reliability in the City’s existing system, expand the use of the system following an “infrastructure only” model, expand publicly accessible Wi-Fi, and partner with other agencies and ISPs.

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 Review and update existing agreements with partner agencies to meet the goals of the resolution and serve the needs of network users.

 Conduct a survey of city businesses to determine their current and future needs for broadband services.

 The City consider a future role for the current Broadband Advisory Group.

Community and Economic Development 1:00 PM

Hollie Huthman, Chair

Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Consideration of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism’s 2022 p. 146 Tourism Promotion Area Budget

The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County formed a Tourism Promotion Area (TPA), as authorized by RCW 35.101.020, after receiving a petition from affected businesses in 2021. Levies are collected from qualified lodging businesses within the incorporated area of the City and the unincorporated areas of Whatcom County, then deposited by the City in a special account for tourism promotion. Sandy Ward, President and CEO of the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Bureau, presented an overview of past and present work, and a draft budget for the City Council’s review and approval. All of the revenue from the TPA Charge collected within the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area is used exclusively for Tourism Promotion.

Hollie Huthman / Lisa Anderson moved to approve the proposed budget for the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) monies.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. RECUSED: Daniel Hammill

Parks and Recreation 1:30 PM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

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1. Update on Park Operations Division

p. 179

Steve Janiszewski, Park Operations Manager, provided an update on the Park Operations Division organizational changes with staffing; successes such as the Park Ambassador Program, new facilities and parks, new equipment, improved computerized maintenance management system; challenges with ongoing staffing shortages, overcrowding at Bloedel Park, conflict between bikers and pedestrians, aquatic invasives and algae at Lake Padden, flooding and storm damage, backlog/deferred work orders, supply chain issues, vandalism, and graffiti and homeless encampments; public engagement through various platforms focusing on Dog Task Force, Lake Padden Park Recreation Assessment, Park Stewardship Program;

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and upcoming projects including the move to City Operations Center, Woburn Phase 1 Development, Squalicum Creek Shop Remodel, Phase 3 – Urban Forestry Management Plan, reinvestment at Golf Course and Cemetery.

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Discussion of Returning to Council Chambers p. 219

The City Council asked for a discussion of returning to in-person City Council meetings. Mayor Fleetwood and Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, discussed the City’s lifting of existing emergency orders on October 31, 2022, implications of a return to in- person meetings, Boards and Commissions meetings, and the current community health situation. With the City lifting its emergency proclamation, City Council must resume in-person meetings at a physical location by no later than its November 7, 2022 meeting.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend returning to Council Chambers on October 3, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Post Point Resource Recovery Project Discussion p. 222

On 8/29, Mayor Fleetwood announced his intention to stop further development of the Post Point Resource Recovery Project. The decision was based on affordability concerns, greater protection of the Salish Sea, and focusing climate ambitions on achieving community-wide carbon reductions. On 9/12, the Public Works Committee received a briefing. Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, responded to Council questions from the previous meeting. Councilmember Anderson shared that perhaps outreach and education to the public highlighting common PFAS contaminants could be helpful for the community.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend that the City Council concurs with the mayor’s decision to halt further work on biodigestion for waste solids handling at the Post Point sewage treatment plant.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Hannah Stone / Kristina Michele Martens moved to recommend that Move that the administration bring forward any policies previously adopted by the City Council that may need to be amended to align with this new direction relative to the Resource

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Recovery project and that, as they relate to the City’s current climate Action Plan, relevant action plans and policies affected by the Post Point decision be referred to the Council’s Climate Action Committee for review and possible modification to the Climate Action Plan and , if necessary, brought to the full Council for consideration and possible adoption.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved that the Administration actively pursue and develop work plans investigating future projects into alternative waste solid technologies and processes, including but not limited to thermal processes such as pyrolysis and gasification, for supplementing and/or replacing the current incineration equipment and processes.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 240

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the September 12, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. Old/New Business

Councilmember Martens shared that the Bellingham Public Library Central location open on Sundays from 1pm-5pm.

Council President Stone highlighted that the September 19, 2022 TownHall on Community Funding Priorities is available online.

 Executive Session 3:00 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Erb, approx. 5 min)

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

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Erb, approx. 5 min)

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

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3. Potential Property Acquisition (Sundin, approx. 10 min)

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.

23456 1.

23457 2.

23458 3.

23459 4. 23460 5. 23461 6. 23462 7.

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated August 16, 2022 to August 31, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 02, 2022 through September 08, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 09, 2022 through September 15, 2022

Noise Variance – Astound Broadband Permit #PBW2022-0468 Interlocal Agreement for Inmate Housing

Interlocal Jail Facility Use Agreement with Whatcom County

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

p. 250 p. 251 p. 252

p. 253 p. 259 p. 279 p. 283

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

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1. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington, Repealing Chapter 6.55 of the Bellingham Municipal Code Regarding Transportation Network Companies

p. 289

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:

AYES: Stone, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens

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NAYS: (None) EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-09-022. Adjournment

There being no further business, the committee adjourned at 7:42pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 10/3/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes October 3, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2736&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7pm.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. The 2022 Budget Work Session meetings will take place from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at City Hall on the following dates and are open to the public to listen:

Roll Call

 October 3, 2022 (Introduction – Location: Council Chambers)

 October 10, 2022 (Fire, Library)

 October 17, 2022 (Public Works, Parks, Capital)

 October 24, 2022 (HR, Finance, Legal, IT)

 October 31, 2022 (Police, Planning, Museum)

 November 7, 2022 (Mayor, Council, Municipal Court)

On October 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold the First Budget Public Hearing.

On November 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold the Second Budget Public Hearing.

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

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Public Hearings

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1. Public Hearing and Resolution on the Proposed Relinquishment of a p. 6 Surplus Utility Easement Encumbering 1752 Old Samish Road

Eric Johnston, Director of Public Works, shared that the department is recommending relinquishment of a surplus utility easement that encumbers real property known as 1752 Old Samish Road. The proposed relinquishment comes to City Council for decision upon application of the property owner to facilitate development of private property. The Public Works Department reviewed the request and determined that the portion of the easement that encumbers the subject property is surplus to the City’s needs and is not needed for utility service.

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

One community member spoke at the Public Hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved final approval of Resolution #2022- 18.

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. A Public Hearing on a Proposed Resolution of the City of Bellingham, Washington, Encouraging Voters to Vote “Yes” on Whatcom County Proposition 2022-6, Regular Property Tax Levy for Emergency Medical Services, in the General Election

p. 21

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Councilmember Lilliquist and Fire Chief Hewett spoke in support of the Resolution. Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Two community members spoke at the Public Hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Michael Lilliquist / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2022-19.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Public Hearing to Consider Removal of On-Street Parking to Install p. 26 Bike Lanes for 2023 Non-Motorized Projects

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1. Mayor’s Appointment of Betty Sanchez to the Transportation Commission (Approval)

p. 205

Chad Schulhauser and Chris Comeau from Public Works provided a high-level summary on the proposed parking removal for bike lane installation on the following arterial streets,

 West Illinois Street (Sunset Dr to Lynn St)

 Meridian Street (East Victor St to W. Illinois St)

 Girard Street (Broadway to Young St)

 Eldridge Avenue (Broadway to Nequalicum Ave)

 Cornwall Avenue (Laurel St to Pine St)

Council President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

29 community members spoke at the Public Hearing.

Council President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend moving further discussion to Committee of the Whole at the October 24, 2022 meeting.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Betty Sanchez to her first term, which will expire on October 3, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval of Betty Sanchez to the Transportation Commission.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

October 10th is Day, also in the City of as

Coast Salish Day. A group of are a

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Mayor Fleetwood and Chief Mertzig recognized and expressed gratitude for the quick actions and calm demeanor of Office Dearborn, when confronted with an individual attempting suicide by cop over the weekend. The response displayed reflects extensive training and skills of Bellingham Police Officers.

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recognized

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

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Community and Economic Development 1:00 PM

Hollie Huthman, Chair

Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Update on Gardenview Tiny House Village p. 211

Tara Sundin, Planning and Community Development, Ashley Burger, Road2Home & Josh Castle, Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) provided an update on the Gardenview Tiny House Village. LIHI and local partner Road2Home operate the village, welcoming first guests in October 2021, serving medically fragile and senior couples and individuals who are experiencing homelessness with 24/7 services. Gardenview provides community and staff spaces including a kitchen, hygiene facility, operations office, and case management offices. To date, they have served 54 guests, moved 13 individuals into permanent housing, made 175 service connections, submitted 99 housing applications, and obtained 65 personal documents. The organization has learned that tiny homes work, recovery takes time, community support is important to the program’s success, systematic barriers add complexity to assisting the population, and there are limited resources for mental health services and affordable housing.

2. 2022-23 Severe Weather Shelter Plan p. 227

Tara Sundin, Planning and Community Development, and Anne Beck, Whatcom- County Health Department provided an update on the 2022-23 severe weather shelter plan. Originally, WCHD received no proposals in response to their severe weather operators/facilities. Road2Home agreed to manage and operate a Severe Weather Day Use Center and an Overnight Severe Weather Shelter, in case of a severe weather event.

Current winter plans include,

 Winter Shelter – Christ the King agreed to partner with Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM) to offer an overflow shelter for the winter months of December, January, and February. Base Camp continues to hover around full occupancy, so this additional capacity is greatly needed. LMM and Christ the King are still finalizing operational details for the upcoming season.

 Severe Weather Shelter – Road2Home agreed to operate a Severe Weather Shelter – activation of which will be decided by WCHD utilizing adopted criteria. For this coming season, the program will operate at the City of Bellingham’s Civic Field locker room facility. WCHD will contract with Road2Home and the

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City will serve as a partner agency given it will be located in a city-owned facility. WCHD and Road2Home will coordinate transportation between the Day Use Warming Center (see City of Bellingham 210 Lottie Street below) and Civic Field. Program details are expected to be finalized by mid-October.

 Day Use Warming Center – Road2Home will operate a Day Use Warming Center, which will be located in the Library lecture room. The City will contract with Road2Home to operate this program. Program details are expected to be finalized by mid-October.

 Motel Stays for Families with Children – City and County are utilizing federal funds to extend the motel stay program and are allocating funding to support ~70 families throughout the year.

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

23469 1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 230 Revenues and Expenditures for the Tourism Promotion Area

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided an overview of the ordinance. The City and County Council formed a Tourism Promotion Area (TPA), as authorized by RCW 35.101.020, after receiving a petition from affected businesses. Collections received from qualified businesses in the City and unincorporated Whatcom County are deposited with the City of Bellingham. The Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Board of Directors prepared a draft budget and the City Council acted on that budget as part of its role as the Legislative Authority at its September 26, 2022 meeting.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Recused: Daniel Hammill

23470 2. Preview of County Ordinance Creating Whatcom Racial Equity p. 233 Commission

Mayor Fleetwood highlighted the draft ordinance to create the Whatcom Racial Equity Commission (WREC). This is the culmination of a partnership with the Chuckanut Health Foundation, the City of Bellingham, and Whatcom County to create recommendations for a county-wide racial equity commission. The proposed County ordinance anticipates City commitment to the purpose and goals of the WREC as well as joint funding to support its work. The ordinance went before the Whatcom County Council on September 27, 2022 and anticipate City Council approval later this fall.

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Work Session to Consider Proposed Amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) to Establish a Manufactured Home Park (MHP) Overlay and Regulations Related to the Change of Use, Ownership, and Closure of a MHP

p. 242

Council recognized the tremendous community work and efforts of Councilmember Martens and Shu-Ling Zhao to create the commission.

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend the administration to bring forward an interlocal agreement to jointly fund and support the Whatcom Racial Equity Commission upon passage of the County ordinance.

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On September 12, 2022 the City Council held a Public Hearing to consider amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code that establish a manufactured home park (MHP) overlay and regulations related to the change of use, ownership, and closure of a MHP. More information can be found at https://cob.org/MHP. At the end of the hearing, City Council directed additional time for public comment and for staff to return for a work session.

In response, the following modifications and additions are proposed,

 Include “eligible organizations” in the Opportunity to purchase clause.

 Expand the responsibility of owners if a MHP closes.

 If no further action is taken, the MHP Overlay will sunset in 30 years (2052).

 Include all ten MHPs in the proposed Overlay.

 Review and determine the feasibility of establishing a City-funded relocation

assistance program if a MHP closes.

 Approve draft ordinance with Commission’s recommended modifications and

apply 30-yr sunset clause to all MHPs in the Overlay.

Council requested additional time to further discuss the proposed ordinance and that a copy of the ordinance be included in the upcoming packet.

Hannah Stone / Kristina Michele Martens moved to recommend additional discussion of the MHP overlay at the October 24, 2022 meeting.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. Introduction of the Proposed 2023-2024 Biennial Budget p. 278

Mayor Fleetwood and Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, presented an overview of the proposed 2023-2024 Biennial Budget. The proposed budget includes

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emphasis on public safety, major investments in libraries and parks, creates an Office of Climate, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and citywide infrastructure improvements. Staff and the public can read the full budget details at, http://www.cob.org/budget. This is the first of several upcoming budget meetings.

5. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 297

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the September 26, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

6. Old/New Business

President Stone expressed excitement at returning to in-person Council meetings. Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, shared that the City is likely to pursue grant

funding from the Association of Washington Cities for the Alternative Response Team.

Executive Session Report and Action only

No executive session report.

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.

23472 1. 23473 2.

23474 3. 23475 4.

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 16, 2022 through September 23, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated September 1, 2022 to September 15, 2022

Interlocal Agreement for Perpetrator Domestic Violence Treatment Continued Interlocal Agreement for Probation Services

p. 315 p. 316

p. 317 p. 338

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:18pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 10/24/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes October 24, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2737&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7pm.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   1. On November 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider a comprehensive plan amendment to rezone a property (Parcel 380201234195) in Area 1 of the Cordata Neighborhood to remove all “Town Center” code references in the Cordata PUD

2. On November 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold its fourth and final Town Hall of 2022 devoted to Community Voices on Affordable Housing

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Public Hearings

23478 1. A Public Hearing on the 2023 Revenue Projections, Including a One Percent Increase to the Regular Property Tax Levy

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Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided an overview of the anticipated revenues for 2023 and 2024 with a focus on the General Fund. The administration is proposing to increase property taxes by the statutorily allowed 1% for 2023.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

One community member spoke at the Public Hearing.

President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Lisa Anderson / Kristina Michele Martens moved to request staff bring forward on November 7th a draft ordinance that includes banking the 1% tax for the 2023 year.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

23479 2. First Public Hearing on the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget p. 10

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided a high-level summary of the proposed 2023-2024 budget. The proposed budget includes emphasis on public safety, major investments in libraries and parks, creates an Office of Climate, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and citywide infrastructure improvements. The budget in its entirety can be found at, http://www.cob.org/budget. This is the first of two Public Hearings on the budget.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Two members of the public spoke at the Public Hearing. President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

23480 3. Public Hearing to Present an Ordinance Relating to the Council Wards p. 27 of the City, Providing for the Redistricting of Such Wards, and

Amending Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 1.16 Which Describes Each Ward by Election Precincts

Chris Behee and Kate Newell from Planning and Community Development presented on the proposed ordinance, which incorporates the new precinct geography and balances population between wards.

The Bellingham City Charter and State Law requires a periodic review and, if necessary, a redistricting of the boundaries of the City Council wards to ensure proportionality of the total population and registered voters among the wards. The applicable state statute also requires the City to hold at least one public hearing on its redistricting plan at least one week prior to its adoption. Bellingham last reviewed and amended its

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ward boundaries in 2016 and Whatcom County has since amended Countywide election precincts based on the 2020 Decennial Census data.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

No public comment received.

President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

Mayor’s Report

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

23481

1. Mayor’s Reappointments to the Greenways Advisory Committee (Approval)

p. 42

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Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Caleb Savage to his first full term, which will expire on October 28, 2025 and Neil Schaner to his first full term, which will expire on November 18, 2025, at which time both may be reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of Caleb Savage and Neil Schaner to the Greenways Advisory Committee.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

2. Mayor’s Appointment to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board p. 50 (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Asa Deane to his first partial term, which will expire on September 29, 2023, at which time he may be reappointed.

3. Mayor’s Appointment of Stephanie Morrell to the Tourism p. 56 Commission (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Stephanie Morrell to her first partial term, which will expire on December 31, 2023, at which time she may be reappointed.

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Mayor Fleetwood acknowledged volunteers, community partners, and Councilmembers Stone, Williams, and Anderson for their participation at the annual Make a Difference Day and Arbor Day Community Work Party at Whatcom Falls Park on October 22nd.

Mayor Fleetwood and City Council thanked Lt. Claudia Murphy for her service to the Bellingham community and recognized her for recently receiving the Kathleen Marshall Award from the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 9:00 AM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

23220 1. Single Stream Recycling Pilot Update p. 61

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, and Ted Carlson, General Manager at Sanitary Service Company (SSC), provided an update on the single stream collection of recyclables pilot program. The pilot led to a significant reduction in truck and labor hours and was generally well received by customers. SSC would like to move away from the three-bin recycling system it currently utilizes as a result.

Council requested staff bring forward a resolution that seeks to balance costs, optimize the yield of recyclables, and reduce waste for discussion at a later date.

23484 2. Fairhaven Parking Management p. 62

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, and Carol Rofkar, Superintendent Communications/Facilities/Fleet/Traffic, from Public Works reviewed the Fairhaven Parking Management Plan and addressed Council questions. The Fairhaven Parking Management Plan seeks to measure demand and adjust strategies as needed. Adjustments to respond to demand may include increasing the number of permits issued, expanding the size of the permit area, increasing the cost of on-street parking or increasing the cost of permits. When demand is lower than the targeted 85% usage, an increase in permits issued is an appropriate response.

Kristina Michele Martens / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend support and urge the Administration to issue additional Fairhaven parking permits to clear current waitlist, continue with monitoring actions, and report back to Council approximately in February 2023.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

3. Introduction of Proposed Ordinance Adding a New Chapter 11.37 to p. 65 the Bellingham Municipal Code Regarding City-Owned Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Seth Vidana, Public Works Climate Energy Manager, presented an overview of the expansion of the City’s electric vehicle charging stations and a proposed resolution and ordinance expressing support and codifying next steps. The proposed ordinance establishes policies and procedures for public use of EV charging stations. This is a companion bill to the EV Charging Resolution, which establishes applicable rates for EV charging station use.

In 2018, the Bellingham City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and amended it in November 2020. The 2018 CAP and the 2022 CAP Implementation Plan includes initiatives regarding improving electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and support in Bellingham. The City will be installing charging infrastructure at 26 City-owned sites on public rights-of-way and in public parks. These installations are funded through a $1.5M grant from Washington State Department of Commerce and $500k from the voter-approved Transportation Improvement Fund.

4. Introduction of Proposed Resolution Establishing a Fee Schedule for p. 88 Public Use of City Owned Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Seth Vidana, Public Works Climate Energy Manager, presented an overview of the expansion of the City’s electric vehicle charging stations and a proposed resolution and ordinance expressing support and codifying next steps. The proposed EV Charging resolution will set the base rate and surcharges for use of these stations for 36 months. This is a companion bill to the EV Charging Ordinance bill.

In 2018, the Bellingham City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and amended it in November 2020. The 2018 CAP and the 2022 CAP Implementation Plan includes initiatives regarding improving electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and support in Bellingham. The City will be installing charging infrastructure at 26 City-owned sites on public rights-of-way and in public parks. These installations are funded through a $1.5M grant from Washington State Department of Commerce and $500k from the voter-approved Transportation Improvement Fund.

23486

Parks and Recreation 10:00 AM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

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23487 1. 2022 Recreation Needs Assessment Report p. 109

This discussion item was postponed until the November 7th meeting.

Committee Of The Whole 10:30 AM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

23488

23489

1. Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County Presentation p. 140

The Working Waterfront Coalition’s (WWC) mission is to promote the vitality and economic benefits of the working waterfronts for the people of Whatcom County. Pete Granger, Jim Kyle, Dan Tucker of the WWC Board presented on the history of the coalition, provided a description of their varied membership, and outlined their success and new initiatives including a new Marine Technician Apprenticeship Program starting in October 2022.

2. 2023 Bike/Pedestrian Projects – Parking Removal p. 154

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, and Chad Schulhauser, Public Works Engineer, returned for additional discussion of the Bicycle Master Plan recommendations for removal of on-street parking. They shared that four enhanced crosswalks will be installed along Eldridge in 2023.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of the removal of on-street parking along sections of W. Illinois Street from Sunset to Lynn, Meridian Street from East Victor to West Illinois, Girard Street from Broadway to Young, and Cornwall Avenue from Laurel to Pine with Eldridge Avenue from Broadway to Nequalicum as a one-year pilot.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

3. Discussion of Immigrant Resource Center Models p. 190

At the May 9, 2022 City Council Meeting, Council asked the Administration to provide the Council with possible operational models that would identify organizational structure as well as budget for an Immigration Resource Center. Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, provided a summary of staff recommendations.

Mayor Fleetwood and staff will further refine the proposal, consult with additional stakeholders such as the Immigration Advisory Board, Whatcom County, Small Cities Association, and return for additional discussion at a future meeting.

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4. Budget Work Session p. 206

Today’s budget presentations were from ITSD, HR, Legal, and Finance. See Special City Council Minutes 10-24-2022.

The 2022 Budget Work Session meetings continue from 1:00pm-3:00pm at City Hall on the following dates:

23492 5.

23493

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided an overview of the anticipated revenues for 2023 and 2024 with a focus on the General Fund. The administration is proposing to increase property taxes by the statutorily allowed 1% for 2023.

6. Presentation of 2023 Legislative Agenda p. 208

Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator, discussed the proposed 2023 Legislative Agenda. The City partners with the Port of Bellingham and Whatcom County in advocating for a shared legislative agenda to the Washington State Legislature on items of common interest. There is overlap with Association of Washington Cities (AWC).

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of the proposed 2023 legislative agenda with modification to second bullet under Criminal Justice to “Support state investments to help with the impacts of the Blake decision.”

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

7. Discussion Regarding Staffing in the City Council Office p. 211

President Stone introduced a proposal to increase current staffing levels in the City Council Office. The outcome of the Salary Commission will also impact Council needs. Additional information will be forthcoming at a future meeting.

23494

23495

8. Work Session to Consider Proposed Amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) to Establish a Manufactured Home Park (MHP) Overlay and Regulations Related to the Change of Use, Ownership, and Closure of a MHP

p. 216

 

October 31, 2022 (Police, Planning, Museum) November 7, 2022 (Mayor, Council, Municipal Court)

2023-2024 Revenue Forecast p. 207

On September 12, 2022 the City Council held a Public Hearing to consider amendments to the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) that establish a manufactured

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Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

9. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes

p. 270

home park (MHP) overlay and regulations related to the change of use, ownership, and closure of a MHP. More information can be found at https://cob.org/MHP. At the end of the hearing, City Council directed additional time for public comment and for staff to return for a work session. Council discussed the proposal at a Committee of the Whole work session on October 3rd and requested additional discussion. Blake Lyon and Chris Behee from Planning and Community Development, returned to Council for follow-up and to answer additional questions.

 Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the October 10, 2022 minutes of the Special City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

10. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 273

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the October 3, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

11. Old/New Business

President Stone thanked the community and shared her experience at the Arbor Day celebration.

Executive Session

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

Daniel Hammill / Lisa Anderson moved to approve the Mayor to close the real estate transaction described in the City’s executed purchase and sale agreement with Erik and Paul Senuty with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $390,000, with closing to occur on or before November 19, 2022.

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MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

3. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

4. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

5. Potential Litigation (Stamps, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Lisa Anderson / Hollie Huthman moved to approve the Mayor to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with attorney Kinnon Williams of Foster Garvey PC for the provision of legal advice and representation on eminent domain matters as the need arises.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

6. Labor Relations: Discuss Collective Bargaining Strategy (Monahan, approx. 15 min)

Staff provided information on a labor relations matter. For information and discussion regarding bargaining authority. Direction provided to staff. 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.

23497 1. Noise Variance – Astound Broadband Permit #PBW2022-0468 23498 2. Secretary of State Grant for Archiving and Records Retention

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23499 3.

23500 4.

23501 5.

23502 6.

23503 7.

23504 8.

23505 9.

23506 10.

Approval of Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Council of Governments for Contracting and Funding the Lincoln-Lakeway Safety Assessment Data Acquisition Project

Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Western Washington University

Peace Health Stormwater Line Easement

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 23, 2022 through September 29, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued September 30, 2022 through October 06, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 07, 2022 through October 13, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated September 16, 2022 to September 30, 2022

Approval of an Interlocal Agreement Between Whatcom County, Bellingham, and the Small Cities Concerning Procedures for Amending the Countywide Planning Policies

p. 301

p. 310

p. 316 p. 331 p. 332

p. 333 p. 334 p. 335

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Michael Lilliquist

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23430 1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget – Increasing Expenditures and Adding Positions

p. 399

Hollie Huthman / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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, Huthman, Williams, Anderson, Martens NAYS: (None)

RECUSED: Hammill

ABSTAINED: Lilliquist

MOTION CARRIED 5-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-10-023.

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Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:24pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 11/7/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes November 7, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2738&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7pm.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On November 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM, Bellingham City Council will hold its fourth and final Town Hall of 2022 devoted to Community Voices on Affordable Housing. To access this hybrid Town Hall via Zoom, please visit: https://www.cob.org/cctownhall

Webinar ID: 890 9634 3890 Webinar Passcode: 408564

2. On November 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider taking the final action authorizing legal proceedings, if necessary, to acquire by condemnation certain property interests in the following subject properties for a roadway project known as the James/Bakerview Intersection Reconstruction Project. The subject properties are identified as: Lots at the intersection of James Street and E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, Whatcom County Tax Parcel Nos. 380318552550, 380308039069, and 380317032529. The final action will be made by ordinance. The ordinance will be voted upon by City Council following first and second reading on November 21st and again following third and final reading on December 5th.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

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Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Public Hearings

23479 1. Second Public Hearing on the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget p. 7

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided a high-level summary of the proposed 2023-2024 budget. The proposed budget includes emphasis on public safety, major investments in libraries and parks, creates an Office of Climate, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and citywide infrastructure improvements. The budget in its entirety can be found at, http://www.cob.org/budget. This was the second of two Public Hearings on the budget.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

14 members of the public spoke at the Public Hearing. President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

23510 2. A Public Hearing to Consider a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to p. 20 Rezone a Property (Parcel 380201234195) in Area 1 of the Cordata Neighborhood to Remove All “Town Center” Code References in the

Cordata PUD

Chris Behee, Long Range Division Manager of Planning and Community Development, provided background on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment to rezone a property in Area 1 of the Cordata Neighborhood to remove all “Town Center” code references in the Cordata PUD and a summary of a proposed alternative zoning option that would allow residential uses outright and retain the full range of uses permitted under the “Town Center” designation in order to allow property owners the opportunity to provide some convenient services.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Two members of the public spoke at the Public Hearing. President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of the Rezone a Property (Parcel 380201234195) in Area 1 of the Cordata Neighborhood to Remove All “Town Center” Code References in the Cordata PUD for first and second reading.

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

23511

1. Mayor’s Appointments to the Immigration Advisory Board (Approval) p. 88

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Christian Sanchez Alvarez to his first partial term, which will expire on June 23, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed, Von Ochoa to his first partial term which will expire on August 1, 2024, at which time he may be reappointed, and Sophia Rey to her first term, which will expire on November 7, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.

Hollie Huthman / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of Christian Sanchez Alvarez, Von Ochoa, and Sophia Rey to the Immigration Advisory Board.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Mayor’s Reappointment to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory p. 98 Commission (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Molly Foote as the Samish Neighborhood Primary Representative to her first full term, which will expire on November 11, 2024, at which time she may be reappointed.

Carryn Vande Griend, Government Affairs from PSE, provided an update on the storm cleanup work over the weekend including the process for how they determine response and manage customer needs throughout the region.

Marty Gray, Superintendent of Maintenance in Public Works, provided a summary of the City’s incremental weather preparedness plans.

23512

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 10:00 AM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

23513 1. Status Report for the Update of the 2012 Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP)

p. 101

Chad Schulhauser, Assistant Director Public Works Engineering, provided a status report on the 2012 Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP). The PMP was created through public engagement with the community in 2011-2012 and adopted by City Council in

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August 2012. In 2022, the City engaged Toole Design Group to update both the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans.

Parks and Recreation 10:45 AM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

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1. 2022 Recreation Needs Assessment Report

p. 112

Melissa Bianconi, Recreation Manager, provided an update on the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Needs Assessment. The assessment was conducted during the spring of 2022 to evaluate how the community currently uses recreational facilities and programs, levels of satisfaction, and knowledge of existing services to inform future planning efforts and budget priorities. A 30-question community survey was conducted over three months with 1,236 people responding. Key findings include requests for more indoor community recreation centers, covered outdoor spaces, more aquatic, ice and pickleball facilities, nature and adventure play and outdoor classrooms. Read more at https://engagebellingham.org/recreation- needs-assessment.

  Climate Action 11:15 AM

Kristina Michele Martens, Chair Daniel Hammill, Michael Lilliquist

23514

1. Update on Community Carbon Pollution Levels p. 165

Seth Vidana, Climate and Energy Manager, provided an update on current Bellingham carbon pollution levels. In 2007 and in 2018 the Bellingham City Council adopted Climate Action Plans, which set targets for reduction of carbon pollution for the Bellingham community and for City government itself. The City has conducted greenhouse gas inventories periodically going back to the year 2000, which is used as the baseline for assessing progress on carbon pollution reduction targets. Results of the recent inventory include:

 Missed past carbon pollution targets: Carbon pollution reduction targets for 2020 were missed by approximately 25%.

 Plateauing emissions: Absolute carbon pollution have been relatively level since 2000. Per capita carbon pollution has diminished over the same time with an increase of approximately 30% more population over the same period

 Challenging future carbon targets: Carbon pollution reduction targets for 2020 were missed. Current and planned carbon pollution reduction targets are becoming more challenging to reach over time.

 Need for increased activity across all areas: Bellingham will need changes in policies and spending at a local, state, and federal level to meet 2030 targets.

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Carbon pollution reduction effort is needed across multiple sources and categories.

Staff will return to Council at the end of 2023 with an update on community and City government carbon emissions, including a 2022 greenhouse gas inventory for both areas.

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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23517 23518

1. Immigration Advisory Board Report p. 186

Tara Villalba, Immigration Advisory Board (IAB), presented an overview of the needs of immigrants in the community and reported on the IAB’s proposal for an Immigration Resource Center.

23519

Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of the Interlocal Agreement.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. An Ordinance Adding Chapter 11.37 to the Bellingham Municipal Code to Establish the Legal Framework for the City’s Operation of Publicly-Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

p. 219

2. Hearing Examiner Annual Report to Council

Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice presented her annual report to Council. 3. Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County to Support and Fund

Whatcom Racial Equity Commission

p. 190 p. 199

Mayor Fleetwood and Whatcom County Executive Sapal Sidhu expressed support for the interlocal agreement to fund the Whatcom Racial Equity Commission. Through the agreement, the City commits to the commission’s mission and purpose, as well as its governance, operation and funding, as a County-wide advisory commission on issues of racial equity.

The City will be installing charging infrastructure at 26 City-owned sites on public rights-of-way and in public parks. These installations are funded through a $1.5M grant from Washington State Department of Commerce and $500k from the voter-approved Transportation Improvement Fund. The proposed ordinance establishes policies and

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procedures for public use of EV charging stations. This is a companion bill to the EV Charging Resolution, which establishes applicable rates for EV charging station use.

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. Resolution Adopting a Fee Schedule for Electric Vehicle Charging p. 242

The City will be installing charging infrastructure at 26 City-owned sites on public rights-of-way and in public parks. These installations are funded through a $1.5M grant from Washington State Department of Commerce and $500k from the voter-approved Transportation Improvement Fund. The proposed EV Charging resolution will set the base rate and surcharges for use of these stations for 36 months. This is a companion bill to the EV Charging Ordinance bill.

23521

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved final approval of Resolution #2022-20.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

6. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing Revenues and Expenditures and Authorizing an Interfund Loan of up to $1,500,000 from the General Fund to the Medic One Fund

p. 248

23522

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided a summary of the proposed ordinance amendments. The ordinance adds revenues and expenditures across departments and funds to ensure that all have sufficient budget authority to complete the year. It also authorizes an interfund loan for the Medic One Fund to cover cash flow issues related to the timing of billing and insufficient compensation from the current Medic One contract with Whatcom County.

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

7. Ordinances Related to the City of Bellingham’s Property Tax Levy p. 256

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided a summary of two proposed ordinances related to the City’s property tax levy. The first ordinance raises the City’s property tax levy by the statutorily allowed one percent; the second would bank the authorized increase for future use. Council must adopt one of the two ordinances and deliver it to Whatcom County Council by November 30.

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Hannah Stone / Daniel Hammill moved for first and second reading the 1% property tax ordinance.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

8. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes p. 266

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the October 17, 2022 minutes of the Special City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

9. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 270

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the October 24, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

10. Old/New Business

Councilmember Lilliquist reminded everyone to vote by Election Day and highlighted sunshine efforts by the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office on the election process.

Executive Session 4:00 PM

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

1. Potential Litigation: Claim Appeal (Good, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved to approve the City’s decision to deny Claim No. 2022-28.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Potential Litigation (Good, approx. 15 min)

Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

Lisa Anderson / Michael Lilliquist moved to approve filing a nuisance abatement action against the property located at 4039/4049 Deemer Road, placing a lien on the subject property for the City’s cost to abate the nuisance, and foreclosing upon the lien, if necessary.

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MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Potential Property Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to approve the City to bid on the 6,793 sq. ft. Brown/Gudbranson property (Property ID # 370307009213) that will be auctioned by the Whatcom County Treasurer on November 14 and 15, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. Potential Litigation (Marriner, approx. 15 min)

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.

23524 1. 23525 2.

23526 3. 23527 4. 23528 5.

Interlocal Financial Assistance Agreement for Crisis Intervention Services Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County Health Department

Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Council of Governments to Help Fund the Whatcom Smart Trips Program

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 14, 2022 through October 19, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated October 1, 2022 to October 15, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 20, 2022 through October 27, 2022

p. 293 p. 297

p. 306 p. 307 p. 308

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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Final Consideration of Ordinances

23480 1. An Ordinance Relating to the Council Wards of the City, Providing for p. 309 the Redistricting of Such Wards, and Amending Bellingham Municipal

Code Chapter 1.16 Which Describes Each Ward by Election Precincts

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, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-11-024.

23495 2. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Amending p. 315 Several Sections in Title 20 of the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC)

to Establish a Manufactured Home Park (MHP) Overlay to Preserve

Certain Existing MHPs, Establish Permitted Uses within the MHP

Overlay, and Provide Requirements Relating to

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, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-11-025. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:02pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 11/21/2022

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City Council Regular Meeting Minutes November 21, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   The meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7pm.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On December 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider the proposed updates to the design review program as it currently applies to the Downtown, Old Town, Waterfront, Fairhaven, Fountain, Samish and Barkley urban villages. The proposal includes modification of design review standards in Bellingham Municipal Code sections 20.25, 20.35 and 20.37, adoption of unified urban village and historic preservation design guidelines and updates to review procedures.

2. On December 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing on the Greenways Strategic Plan for 2022-2026. This plan will guide spending of Greenways Levy funds. Details available here: 2022 – 2026 Greenways Strategic Plan – City of Bellingham (cob.org).

3. On December 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing on the Master Plan for Maplewood/McLeod Neighborhood Park, located in the Birchwood Neighborhood. Details available here: Maplewood/Mcleod Park Master Plan | Engage Bellingham

   Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

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Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Public Hearing

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1. Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinance Authorizing Condemnation of Property for the James/Bakerview Intersection Reconstruction Project

p. 7

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, and Chad Schulhauser, Assistant Director of Engineering, Public Works provided a summary of the right-of-way needed for future construction of a roundabout at the James/Bakerview intersection.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Four members of the public spoke at the Public Hearing.

President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

President Stone provided an update on the result of a recent auction bid by the City as approved at the November 7th meeting. The City was successful in its bid on the 6,793 sq. ft. ID # 370307009213).

 Brown/Gudbranson

 property

 (Property

 Mayor’s Report

Standing time for briefings, updates, and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. No Mayor’s Report.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 1:00 PM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

22889 1. Update on the City of Bellingham Urban Forestry Management Plan, Conclusion of Phase 2

p. 36

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, Analiese Burns, Public Works Habitat and Restoration Manager, and Nicole Oliver, Parks and Recreation Director, provided an update on the City of Bellingham’s work to draft an Urban Forestry Management Plan

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1. Third Modification to Lease Agreement for Sportsplex Facility – Contract #2004-0053

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(UFMP). The purpose of the UFMP is to create a strategic plan that helps maintain a healthy and desirable urban forest through well-coordinated, consistent, efficient, and sustainable long-term urban forest management. Phase 2 (Community Values) was completed in October 2022, focusing on learning about community values, goals, and objectives for our urban forest. Phase 3 (Plan Development) will include another opportunity for community feedback on the draft plan in spring 2023 before it is presented to City Council.

 Planning 1:45 PM

Lisa Anderson, Chair

Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams

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1. Exempt a Temporary Shelter from Compliance from State Building Code Requirements

p. 171

Blake Lyon, Planning and Community Development Director provided a summary of the resolution. The YWCA of Bellingham is proposing to operate a temporary shelter at the existing First Presbyterian Church Building located at 1031 North Garden Street in Bellingham, Washington. The use of the subject facility for a temporary shelter is permitted and exempt from temporary shelter regulations per BMC 20.15.100.A.2 but the shelter is not in full compliance with all of the requirements of the building code for this use. However, RCW 19.27.042 authorizes the City to adopt a resolution to exempt state building code requirements for a building whose character of use or occupancy has been changed to provide housing for indigent persons.

Lisa Anderson / Daniel Hammill moved final approval of Resolution #2022-21.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Parks and Recreation 2:00 PM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

Nicole Oliver, Parks and Recreation Director, and Chester Lackey, President Whatcom Sports and Recreation (WSR), presented on a proposed one-year lease modification between the City and Whatcom Sports Recreation.

The modification lays out terms that place a payment in lieu of rent into an account that is secured by City approval. This allows the funds to accumulate in the WSR’s name to aid in their ability to secure financing one year from now and purchase the building and lease the property. This lease modification documents all current and

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past financial debts and obligations of WSR to the City, and allows time for the Civic Complex study to be completed.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the lease modification for the Sportsplex Facility Contract #2004-0053.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Greenways Strategic Plan 2022-2026 p. 191

Peter Gill, Park Planning and Development Coordinator, provided a high-level update on the Greenways Strategic Plan. The Greenways Advisory Committee is charged with strategic oversight regarding the use of Greenways funds. The Committee has worked to update and extend the Greenways Strategic Plan and provide clarity regarding funding categories prescribed in Greenways Levy 4. The Parks and Recreation Department and Greenways Advisory Committee are seeking City Council adoption of the 2022-2026 Greenways Strategic Plan. The plan was presented for information and will be scheduled for a public hearing on December 12, 2022.

Committee Of The Whole 2:45 PM

Hannah Stone Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

23535 1. Resolution in Support of Abortion Rights, in Opposition to the U.S. p. 230 Supreme Court Opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

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Organization, and Stating that it is City Policy that No City Employee Within the Scope of their Duties Interfere with the Rights of an Individual to Access Abortion Services

On June 24, 2022 in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson, the United States Supreme Court abandoned longstanding precedents and overturned abortion rights grounded in Roe v. Wade as well as Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This Resolution Stands in Opposition to the Dobbs Decision and states that it is City policy that no City employee interfere with an individuals’ right to obtain abortion or pregnancy services.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved final approval of Resolution #2022- 22.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Discussion Regarding Resolution 2007-18 (Proposed Charter Review) p. 236

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The Council reviewed and discussed Resolution #2007-18, which directs future Councils to review the City Charter every five years.

3. Approval of City Council Meeting Minutes p. 248

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the November 7, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

4. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes – Council Retreat p. 268

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the October 30, 2022 minutes of the City Council Retreat meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes p. 270

Hollie Huthman / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the October 31, 2022 minutes of the Special City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

6. Old/New Business

No items for Old/New Business.

Executive Session 3:30 PM

1. Potential Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 5 min)

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

2. Potential Acquisition (Marriner, approx. 5 min)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of a 20-acre parcel (Parcel # 380202439365) owned by Kent Thomas located in the East Bear Creek corridor between Northwest Drive and Aldrich Road.

Daniel Hammill / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the Mayor to close the real estate transaction described in the City’s purchase and sale agreement with Kent

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Thomas with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $357,500, with closing to occur on or before December 16, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. Labor Relations – Discussion of Collective Bargaining Strategy (Monahan, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on a labor relations matter. For information and discussion regarding bargaining authority. 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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Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County for Economic Development Investment Program Funding of the Meridian-Birchwood Roundabout Project

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Department of Ecology for Grant Funding for the Padden Creek 24th – 30th Streets Restoration Project, Phase 2

Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County to Utilize Offender Work Crews to Perform Clean- up and Vegetation Management as Needed

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 04, 2022 through November 10, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued October 27, 2022 through November 04, 2022

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p. 284

p. 301

p. 312 p. 313

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

23510 1. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to Rezone Area 1 of the Cordata Neighborhood to Modify the “Town Center” Designation in the Bellingham

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AYES: Stone, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-11-026.

2. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan to Rezone a Property Located at 2948 James St. in Area 1A of the Sunnyland Neighborhood from Residential, Single to Residential Multi, Planned (High Density)

p. 331

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AYES: Williams, Huthman, Anderson, Stone, Lilliquist, Martens, Hammill NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-11-027.

3. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Relating to Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Parking Facilities Owned or Controlled by the City of Bellingham, Adding a New Chapter 11.37 to the Bellingham Municipal Code

p. 345

Municipal Code (BMC) as Governed by the Cordata Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment No. 2

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:

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:

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams 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: Hammill, Martens, Lilliquist, Stone, Anderson, Huthman, Williams NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-11-028.

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4. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 350 Revenues and Expenditures and Authorizing an Interfund Loan of up

to $1,500,000 from the General Fund to the Medic One 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:

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AYES: Huthman, Anderson, Martens, Stone, Williams, Hammill, Lilliquist NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-11-029.

5. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Relating to the Levying of Taxes and Establishing the Amount to be Raised in 2023 on the Assessed Valuation of the Property Within the City

p. 357

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / 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: Lilliquist, Martens, Stone, Hammill, Anderson, Huthman, Williams NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-11-030. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:47pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 12/5/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes December 5, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2740&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   The City Council Regular meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7pm.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On December 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider the proposed updates to the design review program as it currently applies to the Downtown, Old Town, Waterfront, Fairhaven, Fountain, Samish and Barkley urban villages. The proposal includes modification of design review standards in Bellingham Municipal Code sections 20.25, 20.35 and 20.37, adoption of unified urban village and historic preservation design guidelines and updates to review procedures.

2. On December 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider the Greenways Strategic Plan for 2022-2026. This plan will guide spending of Greenways Levy funds. Details available here: https://cob.org/project/2022-2026-greenways-strategic-plan.

3. On December 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Public Hearing to consider the Master Plan for Maplewood/McLeod Neighborhood Park, located in the Birchwood Neighborhood. Details available here: https://engagebellingham.org/maplewood-mcleod-park.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

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Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Mayor’s Report

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

23544

1. Mayor’s Reappointment of Richard Davis, III to the Civil Service Commission (Approval)

p. 7

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Mayor Fleetwood reappointed Richard Davis III to his second term, which will expire on January 1, 2028, at which time he may be reappointed.

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of Richard Davis III to the Civil Service Commission.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Mayor’s Appointment of Valerie Billmire to the Bellingham Housing p. 9 Authorities Board of Commissioners (Information)

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Valerie Billmire to her first term, which will expire on April 18, 2027, at which time she may be reappointed. There will be a corresponding appointment of Ms. Billmire by the Whatcom County Executive to the Whatcom County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Mayor Fleetwood shared the City will be receiving several grants including,

 400k from the Transportation Improvement Board for the 12th and Finnegan and 11th and Mackenzie multi-modal safety improvements

 62k from the Association of Washington Cities and Washington State Health Care Authority to support the Alternative Response Team

Mayor Fleetwood recognized Western Washington University’s Women’s soccer team for becoming Division II National Champions.

Mayor Fleetwood highlighted the recent City Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 2nd.

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 1:00 PM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Request for Sewer Service Outside City Limits at 2428 Yew Street p. 14 Road

In August 2022, Whatcom County Health Department discovered that the septic system at the residence 2428 Yew Street Road failed. The owners are requesting to enter into a contract with the City of Bellingham for retail sewer service outside City limits, which is allowed under BMC Chapter 15.36 when City Council determines that such service “is necessary to protect basic public health and safety and the environment.”

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Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval sewer service at 2428 Yew Street Road.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

2. Bid Award for F Street Crossing Project – WF022, Bid 43B-2022

p. 25

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, and Chad Schulhauser, Assistant Director of Engineering provided a summary of the F Street Crossing Project, which will install safety measures to the at grade rail crossing at F Street. The project is one of several rail crossing safety improvements enabling the City to apply for the establishment of the “Waterfront Quiet Zone.” The City received two bids, which were publicly opened on October 27, 2022. Colacurcio Brothers Construction Inc. was the responsible bidder who submitted the lowest responsive bid for the Base Bid in the sum of $1,341,169.70, including any applicable Washington State sales or use tax.

Mr. Johnston explained that an alternate bid schedule, for installation of conduits for future connections to the Port’s fiber network, had to be withdrawn for technical reasons and will be added back into the project as a change order at a later date. That addition will not need to come back to the City Council.

Michael Lilliquist / Lisa Anderson moved to recommend approval of the award bid to Colacurcio Brothers Construction for $1,341,169.70.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Community and Economic Development 1:30 PM

Hollie Huthman, Chair

Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

23548 1. Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County for Ground-Level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE) Services

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Tara Sundin, Community and Economic Development Manager, presented on the Interlocal Agreement. The ILA establishes Whatcom County as the administrator of the Whatcom Ground-Level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE) Program. Coordinated administration with the City of Bellingham (COB) is required to administer direct services and monitor success of the program. The City will reimburse Whatcom County with up to $392,000 in GRACE Program costs annually, in 2023 and 2024. Hollie Huthman / Daniel Hammill moved to recommend approval of the Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County for Ground-Level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE) Services.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

23549 2. Consideration of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism’s 2023 p. 39 Tourism Promotion Area Budget

Tara Sundin, Community and Economic Development Manager, presented the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area draft budget for the Council’s review and approval as its role as the legislative authority.

Hollie Huthman / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Promotion Area budget.

MOTION CARRIED 6-0. Abstained: Daniel Hammill

23550 3. Consideration of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s 2023 Budget p. 72 Recommendations

Tara Sundin, Community and Economic Manager, presented the proposed 2023 budget expenditures for the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC).

Hollie Huthman / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s 2023 expenditures.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Abstained: Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill

Committee Of The Whole 2:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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1. Salary Commission Report p. 74

Stacey Carroll, HR Experts On-Call, and Gene Knutson, Councilmember Emeritus, presented on the work of the Salary Commission. In November 2021, City Council approved an ordinance to establish an independent Salary Commission to review and fix the salaries for members of City Council. According to the ordinance, the decision of the Salary Commission will be final with no further action from City Council, will be incorporated into the budget, and will amend Bellingham Municipal Code 3.12.010 A. The Salary Commission set the salary at $67,000 effective 1/1/2023. This replaces the current salary including the monthly meeting stipend. The salary will increase by 3% on 1/1/2024 and every January 1st thereafter.

Information Only.

2. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 76 Expenditures

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided a summary of the final budget ordinance of the year. The ordinance adds $700,000 for utility overages from rate increases, unbudgeted costs related to private security, and less than anticipated salary savings to the Parks and Recreation Department and $100,000 to the Legal Department due to higher than anticipated wage and benefit costs.

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

3. An Ordinance Repealing Chapter 4.32 of the Bellingham Municipal Code

p. 80

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, provided a summary of the ordinance removing Chapter 4.32 of the Bellingham Municipal Code. What was once called the Warehouse Fund has long since become the Purchasing Fund. The warehousing service now almost exclusively supports the City’s water utility. The 2023-2024 Biennial Budget transfers purchasing staff from the Public Works Department to the Finance Department. As part of this change, the budget assumes elimination of the Purchasing Fund and moves the activity into the General Fund, it transfers existing dollars in the Purchasing Fund to the Facilities Fund to re-roof and add solar panels to the warehouse roof, and it shifts the remaining warehouse operations to the water utility.

Hannah Stone / Lisa Anderson moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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4. Municipal Court Judge Salary Increase p. 83

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, summarized the ordinance, which proposes to align the Municipal Court judge salary with District Court judges as determined by the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, which has discretion in setting the salary for District Court judges, among other positions. State law allows for the City to receive a reimbursement for a portion of the cost if 1) the Municipal Court judge is elected and 2) an ordinance aligning the salary with District Court judge is adopted. This change also affects the Court Commissioner salary as by policy they are paid 85% of the Municipal Court judge’s salary.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved for first and second reading.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

5. An Ordinance Adopting the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget p. 86

Forrest Longman, Deputy Finance Director, introduced the proposed 2023-2024 Biennial Budget Ordinance. The ordinance sets the budget for the two-year period beginning on January 1, 2023 and includes operating expenditures of $641,130,696 and capital expenditures of $203,295,003.

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

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

6. A Resolution Setting the Dates and Times of the 2023 City Council p. 92 Meetings

President Stone presented the Resolution, which establishes the meeting calendar for 2023.

Hannah Stone / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved final approval of Resolution #2022- 23.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

7. Approval of City Council Special Meeting Minutes p. 96

Daniel Hammill / Michael Lilliquist moved approval of the November 14, 2022 minutes of the Special City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

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8. Approval of City Council Committee and Regular Meeting Minutes p. 99

Hollie Huthman / Lisa Anderson moved approval of the November 21, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

9. Old/New Business

Councilmember Martens requested follow-up information related to programmatic community funding for individuals interacting with law enforcement such as caseworkers, mental health support, and job training.

President Stone welcomed and introduced the new City Council Legislative Assistant, Jacqueline Lassiter.

Executive Session 3:00 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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.

23558 1. 23559 2. 23560 3. 23521 4.

Third Modification to What-Comm Communications Center Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County

Interlocal Financial Assistance Agreement for Crisis Intervention Services through the Health Department

Interlocal Agreement Between the Housing Authority and Bellingham Police Department

Amendment of the First Response Emergency Medical Services Contract with Whatcom County

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Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated October 16, 2022 to October 31, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 11, 2022 through November 17, 2022

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 18, 2022 through November 23, 2022

p. 174 p. 175 p. 176

Daniel Hammill / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

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1. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Providing for the Acquisition by Eminent Domain of Property for the Purpose of the James/Bakerview Intersection Reconstruction Project and Authorizing Payment Thereof from the City’s Street

p. 177

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, Huthman, Hammill, Williams, Anderson, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: (None)

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-12-031. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 12/12/2022

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City of Bellingham

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes December 12, 2022, 7:00 PM

[https://meetings.cob.org/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=2741&doctype=1]

  Mayor: Seth Fleetwood

Council Members: Hannah Stone, Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist and Kristina Michele Martens

Call to Order

The City Council Regular meeting was called to order by Council President Stone at 7pm.

Announcements & Upcoming Meetings:

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

1. On January 4, 2023 at 9:00 AM, the City Council will hold its Reorganization Meeting which will be held inside the Mayor’s Boardroom.

Roll Call

Present:

Council President Hannah Stone, First Ward

Council Member Hollie Huthman, Second Ward

Council Member Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Fourth Ward Council Member Michael Lilliquist, Sixth Ward

Council Member Kristina Michele Martens, At Large

Excused:

Council Member Daniel Hammill, Third Ward Council Member Lisa Anderson, Fifth Ward

Public Hearing

23565 1. Public Hearing on Greenways Strategic Plan 2022-2026

Contact: (360) 778-8100, mayorsoffice@cob.org

Contact: (360) 778-8200, ccmail@cob.org https://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.

   Peter Gill, Planning and Development Coordinator of Parks and Recreation, presented on the 2022-2026 Greenways Strategic Plan.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Two members of the public spoke at the Public Hearing.

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President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval of the 2022-2026

Greenways Strategic Plan.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

2. Public Hearing on Maplewood McLeod Park Master Plan p. 42

Laine Potter, Park Design and Development Manager, and Jonathan Schilk, Parks and Recreation Landscape Architect, presented on the Maplewood McLeod Park Master Plan.

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President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Two members of the public spoke at the Public Hearing.

President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval of the Maplewood McLeod Park Master Plan.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval of the renaming of Maplewood McLeod Park to Storybrook Park.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

3. Public Hearing on Updates to Urban Village Design Review

p. 71

Blake Lyon, Planning & Community Development Director, Darby Galligan, Senior Planner, presented on proposed changes to the design review program for Urban Villages.

President Stone opened the Public Hearing.

Two members of the public spoke at the Public Hearing.

President Stone closed the Public Hearing.

Council Member Lilliquist identified a need to revise the draft ordinance on page 2, Section 1 BMC 20.25.20 to BMC 20.25.020.

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Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Kristina Michele Martens moved for first and second reading with the correction to page 2, Section 1 BMC 20.25.20 to BMC 20.25.020.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Mayor’s Report

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

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1. Mayor’s Appointment to the Transportation Commission (Approval) p. 252

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Cindy Steigerwald to her first term on the Transportation Commission, which will expire on December 12, 2025, at which time she may be reappointed.

Hollie Huthman / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of Cindy Steigerwald to the Transportation Commission.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

2. Mayor’s Appointment to the Bellingham Arts Commission (Approval) p. 255

Mayor Fleetwood appointed Tami Landis to her first partial term on the Bellingham Arts Commission to her first partial term, which will expire on January 1, 2026, at which time she may be reappointed.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to recommend approval of Tami Landis to the Bellingham Arts Commission.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Mayor Fleetwood expressed gratitude to Council for their collaboration the past year and staff throughout the City.

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Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Public Works and Natural Resources 1:00 PM

Michael Lilliquist, Chair

Lisa Anderson, Kristina Michele Martens

23570 1. Public Assistance Grant Agreement Between the City of Bellingham p. 264 and Washington State Military Department/FEMA for the Chuckanut

Creek Bridge Replacement

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Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, provided background on the need for the Public Assistance Grant Agreement. In November 2021, the existing bridge over Chuckanut Creek between 18th and 19th Streets in south Bellingham was damaged and made impassable due to flooding and declared a disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (#FEMA-4635-DR-WA). The City removed the damaged bridge and installed a temporary single span bridge on an emergency basis. The City applied for FEMA funding for both the emergency bridge replacement and design and implementation of a future solution. In order to be reimbursed for expenditures related to the project, the City must enter into a Public Assistance Grant Agreement. The decision whether and how to replace the bridge are yet to be determined and Public Works will return to Council when more information is available.

Michael Lilliquist / Edwin H. “Skip” Williams moved to recommend approval of the Public Assistance Grant Agreement between the City of Bellingham and Washington State/FEMA for the Chuckanut Creek Bridge Replacement.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

2. Resolution Establishing Revised Rates and Hours of Enforcement for p. 302 Permit Parking

Eric Johnston, Public Works Director, and Carol Rofkar, Superintendent of Traffic, Communication, Facilities and Fleet, presented on the proposed parking rate changes. In January 2022, City Council adopted Resolution #2022-02 to establish revised rates and hours of enforcement for City parking facilities, including metered and permit parking. The Resolution requires the City to periodically measure utilization and adjust rates accordingly. Based upon the recent assessment, staff recommended reducing the monthly cost of the permit at the Commercial Street Garage (1300 Commercial) and at North Railroad (1500 Block Railroad Avenue) in an effort to increase use of those two parking areas. Staff also recommended an increase to the price per month of the Railroad Avenue Garage (1215 Railroad) and the Central Avenue Lot (off Prospect Street) as demand has outstripped supply in those areas.

Michael Lilliquist / Kristina Michele Martens moved final approval of Resolution #2022-24.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

3. Coastal Storm Modeling System Project Update p. 312

Clare Fogelsong, Natural Resources Policy Manager, Renee LaCroix, Assistant Director Natural Resources Division, and Eric Grossman, Research Geologist at USGS, presented an update on the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) models for the area to assess risk to City structures, utilities, and other assets from higher sea levels and

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storm conditions. The CoSMoS model was developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for the City, Port of Bellingham, and Whatcom County. The model uses sea level rise scenarios and other climate factors to predict future storm duration, frequencies, and areas of inundation along the marine shoreline of Whatcom County.

Parks and Recreation 2:30 PM

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Chair Hollie Huthman, Lisa Anderson

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1. Braman Property Donation p. 335

Nicole Oliver, Parks and Recreation Director, and Laine Potter, Park Design and Development Manager, presented on the property donation by Susan Braman. The land parcel is undeveloped and forested, located in the South Neighborhood, adjacent to the City’s Interurban Greenway and trail. Ms. Braman would like to donate the parcel to the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department via transfer on death deed with a permanent deed restriction that it remains undeveloped and used solely for park purposes. In accordance with BMC 4.90.020, City Council must adopt an ordinance accepting the property donation. Both the Greenways Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Board reviewed the proposed donation and recommended approval.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

2. Maplewood McLeod Park Name and Introduction of Master Plan p. 343

Nicole Oliver, Parks and Recreation Director, and Jonathan Schilk, Parks and Recreation Landscape Architect, presented on the Maplewood McLeod Park Master Plan. The Parks & Recreation Department requested approval of a permanent name for the 7-acre park in the Birchwood Neighborhood currently referred to as Maplewood McLeod Park. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at their November 9, 2022 meeting recommended that the park be named Storybrook Park.

The committee postponed a formal vote on the naming until after the Public Hearing tonight.

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Committee Of The Whole 3:00 PM

Hannah Stone, Chair

Hollie Huthman, Daniel Hammill, Edwin H. “Skip” Williams, Lisa Anderson, Michael Lilliquist, Kristina Michele Martens

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Please be advised that if the City Council is ahead of schedule, they may start with old/new business before the official Committee of the Whole meeting time.

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1. Public Meeting to Consider a Request to Add a Proposal to the 2022- p. 349 2023 Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Chris Behee, Long Range Planning Manager of PCD, outlined for Council’s consideration, a docketing request for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to rezone a property (2825 Lindshier Avenue) located in Area 1 of the Irongate Neighborhood from Industrial to Residential, Single and adding the property (4.7 acres) to Area 1 of the Barkley Neighborhood.

Hannah Stone / Michael Lilliquist moved final approval of Resolution #2022-25. MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

2. Approval of City Council Committee and Regular Meeting Minutes p. 369

Michael Lilliquist / Kristina Michele Martens moved to amend the December 5, 2022 minutes of the Public Works and Natural Resources Committee and regular City Council meetings under Agenda Bill #23547 Bid Award for F Street Crossing Project – WF022, Bid 43B-2022 with the following text, “Mr. Johnson explained that an alternate bid schedule, for installation of conduits for future connections to the Port’s fiber network, had to be withdrawn for technical reasons and will be added back into the project as a change order at a later date. That addition will not need to come back to the City Council.”

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the December 5, 2022 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as amended.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

3. Old/New Business

President Stone recognized this was her final meeting as Council President. She thanked staff, department heads, council members, and Mayor Fleetwood for their collaboration and support during her tenure.

Council Member Lilliquist recognized President Stone for her service as Council President.

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Executive Session 3:30 PM

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

1. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

2. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

3. Potential Property Acquisition (Stamps, approx. 3 min)

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

4. Labor Relations: Review contract proposals for IAFF, Local 106 (Monahan, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on the proposed 2022-2023 collective bargaining agreement between the City and the IAFF, Local 106.

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved to ratify the agreement reached with the following general terms:

DURATION: January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION:

Effective January 1, 2023 – 6% COLA with an additional 1% market increase for a total wage increase of 7%.

All other aspects of the agreement remain unchanged. MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

5. Potential Property Acquisition (Potter, approx. 10 min)

Staff provided information on the potential acquisition of a 1.5 acres property on the south side of Chuckanut Creek (parcel id number 370213426518), owned by Gerner, Buckley, Martin, Henley, et al.

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Michael Lilliquist / Hollie Huthman moved to authorize the Mayor to close the real estate transaction described in the City’s executed purchase and sale agreement with the property owners with the following terms: Purchase of the property for $550,000, with closing to occur on or before December 31, 2022.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

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.

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23579 4.

23580 5.

23581 6. 23582 7.

Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County for Homeless Encampment Solid Waste Removal

Interlocal Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Transportation Authority for the Installation of City Owned and Operated Electric Vehicle Chargers at the WTA Cordata Transit Station

Transportation Fund Grant Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Transportation Authority for a High Frequency Corrridor Study in Bellingham

Transportation Fund Grant Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Transportation Authority for Annual ADA Upgrades at all WTA Bus Stops Citywide

Transportation Fund Grant Agreement Between the City of Bellingham and Whatcom Transportation Authority for Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure at Cordata Station

Authorization of A/P Transactions Issued November 23, 2022 through December 01, 2022

Authorization of Payroll Labor Cost Payments Dated November 1, 2022 to November 15, 2022

p. 386 p. 394

p. 401

p. 408

p. 415

p. 422

p. 423

Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Hollie Huthman moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety.

MOTION CARRIED 5-0.

Final Consideration of Ordinances

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1. An Ordinance Amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget Increasing p. 424 Expenditures

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:

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AYES: Stone, Huthman, Williams, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill, Anderson

MOTION CARRIED 5-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-12-032. 2. An Ordinance Repealing Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 4.3 and

Closing the Purchasing Fund

p. 427

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AYES: Stone, Huthman, Williams, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill, Anderson

MOTION CARRIED 5-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-12-033.

3. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham Amending Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC) Section 2.16.050 A to Adjust the Salary for the Municipal Court Judge

p. 430

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AYES: Stone, Huthman, Williams, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill, Anderson

MOTION CARRIED 5-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-12-034. 4. An Ordinance of the City of Bellingham, Washington Adopting the

2023-2024 Biennial Budget

p. 433

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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:

Kristina Michele Martens / 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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Edwin H. “Skip” Williams / Kristina Michele Martens 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, Huthman, Williams, Lilliquist, Martens NAYS: (None)

EXCUSED: Hammill, Anderson

MOTION CARRIED 5-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2022-12-035. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:04pm.

Hannah Stone, Council President

ATTEST: Kelley Goetz, Deputy City Clerk APPROVED: 1/9/2023

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