| City Council Agenda Follow-Up April 15, 2019 ||
CALL TO ORDER/FLAG SALUTE/ROLL CALL
Councilmember Taylor moved, and Councilmember
K. Hansen seconded, to approve the consent agenda. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS UPDATE
Planner Jesse Ashbaugh presented updates on the following private projects:
Everkept Short Plat – Located at 5924 Aspen Avenue.
This is a .37-acre plot is being split into three lots. A lot line adjustment
was required in order to increase the density enough to allow three units.Northwest Fence – Located at 5531 Hovander
Road. Northwest Fence is moving from their current location on Pacific
Highway to this 4.52-acre site. They will be putting two buildings on the
site. Building A is 15,300 square feet and will be for offices and light
manufacturing. Building B is 37,600 square feet and is for wholesale/retail
and construction materials.Woodridge Long Plat – Located at 0 Heather
Way, this plat is an eighteen-lot, 3.99 acres plat adjacent to Schell Creek.
The homes built will be self-help homes through Whatcom-Skagit Housing for
first time home owners.
PUBLIC HEARING: Downtown Catalyst
in the early 1980s, a succession of private or City-led groups have sought to
address a decline in Ferndale’s downtown core. That decline has been
attributed at various points to a change in shopping habits, increased
traffic through Main Street, lack of parking, inappropriately sized
buildings, lack of building maintenance, and more. Until the mid-2000s the
majority of these efforts sought primarily to preserve or enhance existing
buildings and businesses. Staff and Planning Commission have been working to
establish a Downtown Catalyst Program wherein a small number of developments
that meet criteria identified by the City would be eligible for a waiver of
all City fees. Staff’s theory has been that such a project would have the
ability, through its development, to positively influence properties and
developments in the surrounding area, creating a more-vibrant Downtown that
could be further improved without additional incentives.
the April 10 Planning & Land Use Committee meeting, several modifications
to the original proposal were discussed. The draft being presented to Council
at the April 15 meeting incorporates the direction provided at that meeting.
Councilmember Xczar moved, and
Councilmember Kennedy seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED
5-2, Councilmembers Olson and Watson opposed.
APPOINTMENTS: North Whatcom Poverty
ordinance adopting the formation of the North Whatcom Poverty Task Force was
approved on February 19, 2019. The task force will conduct a needs assessment
and present recommendations to Council regarding poverty in the Ferndale
area. Mayor Council confirmation of the Mayor’s appointments to the task
force is required.
Councilmember Taylor moved, and
Councilmember G. Hansen seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
ORDINANCE: Creating New Fund for Complete
Works Director Kevin Renz explained the need for the new fund for the $300,000
grant received from the Transportation Benefit District, through the Complete
Councilmember G. Hansen moved, and Councilmember K. Hansen
seconded, to approve the agenda bill. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
DISCUSSION: Council Extra Meeting
Mutchler introduced a proposal to add extra-meeting reimbursement to City
Council compensation. Rather than raising Council salaries, this proposal
provides for a $65 reimbursement for Council-approved liaison and
inter-governmental assignments that are in addition to regular Council and
Committee meetings, with a maximum of four meetings per month. The
reimbursement would become effective for seats 1,2,3 and 4 in 2020, and Seats
5,6 and 7 in 2022.
Taylor moved, and Councilmember Kennedy seconded, to approve the agenda
bill. MOTION FAILED 2 – 5,
Councilmembers Taylor and Kennedy in favor.
DISCUSSION: Mayor Salary
1999, the City converted to a Council-Mayor form of government. Councilmember
Xczar presented the history of the Mayor’s salary since that time.
Xczar moved, and Councilmember K. Hansen seconded, to adjust the Mayor’s
salary to $2,500 per month, beginning in 2020.
Kennedy moved to amend the motion to adjust the Mayor’s salary to $2,500 per
month, beginning May 1, 2019. MOTION DIED FOR LACK OF A SECOND.
Xczar moved, and Councilmember Kennedy seconded, to amend the motion to
direct staff to bring an ordinance to the next meeting setting the Mayor’s
salary at $2,500 per month, beginning January 1, 2020. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, Councilmembers
Olson, Watson, and G. Hansen opposed.
RECOGNITION: Councilmember Fred Kennedy
Mutchler presented Councilmember Kennedy with a plaque and a City centennial
coin, and thanked him for his dedicated service as a Councilmember.
meeting was adjourned at 9:19 p.m.