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Date:
February 12, 2024
Time:
6:00 PM
Address:
Blaine, WA 98230
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City Council Meeting

Monday, February 12, 2024


CITY OF BLAINE

Council Chambers


CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

Monday, February 12, 2024

6:00 PM


Mary Lou Steward – Mayor

Rhyan Lopez – Mayor Pro Tem


A.    CALL TO ORDER

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


ROLL CALL

COUNCILMEMBERS: Eric Davidson, Kerena Higgins, Mike Hill, Sonia Hurt, Rhyan Lopez, Richard May, and Mary Lou Steward.


B.    PRESENTATION

       1.    Touchstone – Behavioral Health Grant

       2.    Sue Sturgill – HUD – Self Help Ownership Program

       3.    Family Care Network – Dr. Anderson


C.    CONSENT AGENDA

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.    Approval of Bills: $479,977.55

       2.    Approval of Payroll: $792,320.94

       3.    Approval of January 22, 2024, City Council Minutes.

       4.    Resolution 1939-24, confirming the salary of City employees. (Harmon)

       5.    Amendment 004 – Circuit 17 Project – Braaksma Engineering design contract. (Gandhi)

       6.    Authorizing the City Manager to sign the Sub-Recipient Agreement between the Whatcom County Sheriff’s office and the City of Blaine – Operation Stonegarden Grant. (Munden)

       7.    LAG Form 140-039 – BNSF-Bell Road Grade Separation Project. (Gandhi) 

       8.    Acceptance of responsibilities required by HUD to serve as the Responsible Entity under the HUD Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity. (Harmon)


D.    COUNCIL ACTION ITEMS

       1.    Letter of support for Touchstone. (Harmon)

       2.    Resolution 1941-24, amending the Council Rules of Procedure. (Ruffatto) 

       3.    David Evans and Associates contract for on-call planning services. (Wenger)

       4.    Perteet contract for on-call planning services. (Wenger)

       5.    Maul Foster & Alongi general services agreement. (Wenger)

       6.    Resolution 1940-24, 2024 Comp Plan and Text Amendment Docket. (Wenger)

       7.    Consideration of access closure on Martin St. parklet. (Gandhi)


E.    COMMISSION, COMMITTEE AND BOARD REPORTS

       1.    Public Works and Park Advisory Board Update

       2.    Civil Service Commission Update

       3.    Planning Commission Update

F.    DEPARTMENT REPORTS

       1.    City Manager – Michael Harmon

       2.    Community Development Services – Alex Wenger

              a.    BTAC Retreat

              b.    Job Hiring update

              c.    Elected Officials meeting

3.    Public Works Department – Harpiar Gandhi 

              a.    Economic Development Investment (EDI) Grant

              b.    Downtown Revitalization Open House


G.    CALENDARS


February 12, 2024

6:00 PM – City Council Meeting


February 13, 2024

9:00 AM – Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC) Retreat 


February 19, 2024

City Offices Closed – Presidents Day


February 26, 2024

6:00 PM – City Council Meeting 


February 27, 2024

3:30 PM – Civil Service Commission Meeting    


Contact information for staff and Councilmembers can be found on the City’s website.


H.    COUNCIL UNFINISHED BUSINESS


I.    COUNCIL NEW BUSINESS AND DIALOGUE


J.    AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION - Sign-up/Comment Sheet is located in the Council Chambers before the meeting. Members of the audience will have three minutes to speak. Please note that the audience participation portion of this meeting may be limited to written communication only. If you intend to speak during the audience participation portion of this meeting, please understand the oral comment agenda item may not occur, pending direction from the Mayor. Providing written communication prior to the meeting may be the best option to convey comment to City Council. The email for City Council is CityCouncil@cityofblaine.com


K.    WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS – Written communication to City Council is included on the City’s website. The email for City Council is CityCouncil@cityofblaine.com


L.    EXECUTIVE SESSION: approximately 6:30 PM – to discuss potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (I)(iii), with no action to be taken.


M.    ADJOURN




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.


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