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November 9, 2020
6:00 PM
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City Council Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2020



Monday, November 9, 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: 879 5655 7075
Enter the Password: 0435

A. STUDY SESSION: 4:00PM – Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC) 2021 Budget (spreadsheet)
5:00PM – 2021 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) (spreadsheet)

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance – Led by Mayor Onyon

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 29, 2020, from Bob Hammond, regarding a presentation from RH2 Engineering on the East Blaine sewer and power cost allocation analysis.

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: $211,414.95
2. Approval of Payroll: $632,863.00
3. Wire Register: $316,309.87
4. Approval of October 26, 2020, City Council Minutes
5. Approval of November 2, 2020, Special City Council Minutes 

**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 (continuation from the October 26, 2020, public hearing). 
2. 2021 Budget.

1. Ordinance 20-2951, setting forth the increase for the 2021 regular and excess property tax levies.
2. Public Works Director Employment Contract

1. Whatcom Council of Governments – Michael Jones
2. Whatcom County Mayors Weekly Meeting – Bonnie Onyon
3. Other Council Reports

1. City Manager – Michael Jones
a. Gordon Thomas Honeywell Update on WA State Legislative Session
b. Draft 2021 Legislative Agenda

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 9
4:00pm – Study Session – Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC) 2021 Budget
5:00pm – Study Session – 2021 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
6:00pm – City Council Meeting
Public Hearing (continued) – Proposed Property Tax Levy  
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:

Information on how to view or listen to this City Council Meeting live is below.

Meeting Details
For information on how to join a Zoom meeting via web browser, please read our advice here:
How to Use Zoom Meeting

Follow the instructions below to join the meeting by 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 may need to enter them when you enter the meeting.***

2. Enter the Meeting ID: 879 5655 7075
3. Enter the Password: 0435

Follow the instructions below if you want to give testimony during the public hearing. Please note that only testimony on the public hearing topic will be placed into the record. 

4. When the Chair opens the Public Hearing, please “raise your hand” (via the “raise hand” option in Zoom) 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).

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

Use your phone to dial into the meeting for higher audio quality (you will still need to use your web browser to follow along with the presentation). Call one of the numbers below and follow the instructions:
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
833 548 0282 US Toll-free
877 853 5257 US Toll-free
888 475 4499 US Toll-free
833 548 0276 US Toll-free
Find your local number:

1. Enter the Meeting ID: 879 5655 7075
2. Enter the Password: 0435
3. 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 if there is a public hearing. Otherwise callers will be placed on mute for the entirety of the meeting. 

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