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September 28, 2020
6:00 PM
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City Council Meeting

Monday, September 28, 2020



Monday, September 28, 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: 428 047 4634 
Enter the Password: 435

A. STUDY SESSION: 5:30 PM – City Involvement in Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Response Team

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance – Led by Bonnie 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 September 17, 2020, from Andrew Scoular, regarding the Drayton Harbor No Shooting Zone.
2. Email dated September 18, 2020, from Michael Jones, regarding the City’s Standard and Poors water and sewer bond rating. 
3. Email dated September 23, 2020, from Stacie Pratschner, regarding the reopening of the Blaine Welcome Center.
4. Letter dated September 23, 2020, from Steve Seymour, regarding the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s use of the H St. Plaza after October 1, 2020. 

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: $292,009.92
Advance Pay: $53.75
2. Approval of September 14, 2020, 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. Vacate the Mill Street Right-of-Way North of H Street.

1. Resolution 1827-20, reinstating late fees for quarterly and monthly tax payments.
2. An amendment to the existing purchase and sale agreement between the City of Blaine and White-Leasure Development to extend the agreement timeline by one hundred fifty (150) days.
3. Resolution 1829-20, Forwarding a recommendation from the Blaine Park and Cemetery Board to amend resolution 1821-20 to permit use of the G and H Street Plazas until such time that the City Council determines the pandemic emergency has been resolved.

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

1. City Manager – Michael Jones
2. Public Works – Bob Hammond
a. Decision to not apply for broadband funding.
b. Capital Projects update.

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. 

Thursday, October 8
9:00am – Park and Cemetery Board Meeting

Thursday, October 8
2pm – Public Works Advisory Committee Meeting 

Thursday, October 8
6:00pm – Planning Commission Meeting

Monday, October 12
6:00pm – City Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 13
8am – Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee 

Thursday, October 22
6:00pm – Planning Commission Meeting

Monday, October 26
6:00pm – City Council Meeting

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




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 24 hours prior to the meeting date you will be attending. Thank you.

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

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.***

2. Enter the Meeting ID: 428 047 4634 
Enter the Password: 435

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).

3. 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)

4. To dial into the City Council meeting by phone by your location:
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 204 272 7920 Canada
+1 438 809 7799 Canada
+1 587 328 1099 Canada
+1 647 374 4685 Canada
+1 647 558 0588 Canada
+1 778 907 2071 Canada
877 853 5257 US Toll-free
888 475 4499 US Toll-free
833 548 0276 US Toll-free
833 548 0282 US Toll-free   

5. Meeting ID: 428 047 4634
6. Passcode: 435
7. Find your local number:
8. 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.