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October 26, 2020
6:00 PM
Council Chambers
435 Martin Street, Suite 4000
Blaine, WA 98230
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City Council Meeting

Monday, October 26, 2020



Monday, October 26, 2020

6:00 PM

Bonnie Onyon – Mayor
Mary Lou Steward – Mayor Pro Tem

Due to Governor Inslee’s proclamation in response to COVID-19, this City Council meeting will be conducted entirely through Zoom Meetings; a teleconference application. The public will be able to participate in the public hearing and listen live to the meeting. Instructions for how to participate in the public hearing can be found in the meeting details at the end of the agenda (after “Adjourn”). If you do not want to give testimony during the public hearing, please email your testimony to All City Council meeting recordings are on the City’s website.

For members of the public who want to listen/watch the meeting, click on the link below:

Follow the instructions given by Zoom. The Meeting ID and Password are below: 
Enter the Meeting ID: 870 7308 4834
Enter the Password: 0435

A. STUDY SESSION: 4:30 PM – Public Works Budgets (Spreadsheets)

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance **Please turn of all cell phones and other electronics that may interfere with the sound system**

COUNCILMEMBERS: Garth Baldwin, Eric Davidson, Charlie Hawkins, Richard May, Bonnie Onyon, Alicia Rule, and Mary Lou Steward.

1. North Whatcom Fire Update

1. Email dated October 13, 2020, from Bob Hammond, regarding the Mill Street vacation square footage.
2. Email dated October 16, 2020, from Michael Jones, regarding the box trucks in Blaine Harbor.
3. Email dated October 16, 2020, from Sam Crawford, regarding the general fund budget decision memo.

Items listed below will be enacted by one motion. If separate discussion is desired on an item, that item may be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda at the request of a Councilmember.
1. Voucher Memo:
Approval of Bills: $363,002.50
2. Approval of October 12, 2020, City Council Minutes.
3. Approval of October 19, 2020, Special City Council Minutes. 
4. Resolution 1830-20, to Confirm for the Washington State Department of Commerce the Adoption of the 2019 City of Blaine Shoreline Master Program Pursuant to Ordinance Number 19-2830. (Pratschner)
5. Authorize the City Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County/Blaine Unit to disburse $30,000 of the City’s CARES Act funds to the Boys and Girls Club for COVID-19 pandemic response. (Lazenby)
6. Authorize the City Manager to enter into a grant agreement with the Blaine Senior Center to disburse $30,000 of the City’s CARES Act funds to the Senior Center for COVID-19 pandemic response. (Lazenby)

**Please Note** Persons speaking on any issue will be allowed five (5) minutes. Additional, non-repetitive testimony will be allowed after all testimonies have been heard. Testimony can also be sent to
1. 2021 Revenue and Property Tax Levy

1. Ordinance 20-2950, An ordinance of the City of Blaine, Washington, providing for the issuance of a limited tax general obligation refunding bond in the principal amount of $824,412.31 to provide funds to refund the City’s outstanding limited tax general obligation bond, 2012 and to pay costs of issuing the bond; authorizing the sale of the bond to Cashmere Valley Bank and fixing the terms and covenants of the bond. (Lazenby)
2. Amendment 1 for RH2 contract for the East Blaine Sewer and Power Cost Allocation Analysis. (Hammond)

1. Whatcom County Mayors Weekly Meeting – Bonnie Onyon
2. Small Cities Meeting – Bonnie Onyon and Michael Jones

1. City Manager – Michael Jones
a. Update on VACIS
b. Update on Cherry Point proposal
2. Community Development Services – Stacie Pratschner
a. Whatcom ReStart update
3. Finance – Jeff Lazenby
a. Audit Report

Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s Proclamation, meetings are now only open to the public telephonically. Information on how to listen to the meeting live will be on the City Council agenda which is located on the City’s website homepage under Your Government, City Council, City Council Agenda. Please check the agenda prior to each meeting as the call in number or location may change. 

Monday, November 2
4:30pm – Study Session – East Blaine Sewer and Power Cost Allocation Analysis

Monday, November 9
4:30pm – Study Session – Lodging Tax and CIPs
6:00pm – City Council Meeting
Public Hearing – 2021 Budget

Tuesday, November 10
8am – Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee 

Wednesday, November 11
City Offices are Closed – Veterans Day

All City offices are currently closed to the public. Contact information for staff and Councilmembers can be found on the City’s website.



M. EXECUTIVE SESSION: – approximately 6:30 PM – to discuss performance of a public employee pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), and collective bargaining pursuant to RCW 42.30.140(4)(b).


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirement: The meeting location is accessible. If you require a special accommodation during your attendance at any public meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office (360) 332-8311 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date you will be attending. Thank you.

Are you interested in learning more about the City’s budget? Here is a link to an informative video on the budget process:

Meeting Details
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For information on how to use the Raise Hand function in Zoom, please read our advice here:
Zoom Tips on Raising Your Hand

Follow the Instructions Below to Join the Meeting:
Join using the web browser on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

1. Click the link to join the meeting:  

***Please make note of the meeting ID and password prior to clicking the link to join the meeting. You will need to enter them when you enter the meeting.***

3. Meeting ID: 870 7308 4834
4. Passcode: 0435

When the Chair opens the Public Hearing, please raise your hand and you will be placed in a queue. When it is your time to speak, the Zoom moderator will call on you and provide you five  minutes to make your comments (if you're not planning on providing public comment, no action is required once you join the meeting).

5. For higher audio quality use your phone to dial into the meeting (you will still need to use your web browser to follow along with the presentation)

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7. Meeting ID: 870 7308 4834
8. Passcode: 0435

9. Find your local number:
10. Once you enter the meeting dial *9 to raise your hand and be placed in the queue. 

All callers will be placed on mute until called upon to speak. 

Should you need assistance during the meeting, please call 360-746-5206.