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August 9, 2021
6:00 PM
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City Council Meeting

Monday, August 9, 2021




Monday, August 9, 2021

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 in-person and telephonically. Councilmembers and the public will be in attendance in the City Council Chambers. Those wishing to listen to the meeting live will be able to call one of the numbers below. Unless specifically called upon during a public hearing, all callers will be muted during the meeting. All City Council meeting recordings are on the City’s website. Instructions on how to listen live to the City Council meeting are below:

Masks: The City is following State, CDC, and L&I guidance on the wearing of masks. Members of the audience who are fully vaccinated (per the CDC’s definition of fully vaccinated) will not have to wear a mask during the meeting. 

For members of the public who want to listen to the meeting, call the number below:

    1-888-585-9008 (Toll Free)

Follow the instructions given by OpenVoice. More information can be found at the bottom of the agenda.

    Conference Room Number: 521-101-670


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


COUNCILMEMBERS: Garth Baldwin, Eric Davidson, Sukhwant Singh Gill, Charlie Hawkins, Richard May, Bonnie Onyon, and Mary Lou Steward.

B.    POLICE PROMOTION-RECOGNITION – Presented by Chief Tank

1.    Sergeant Skylar Deffinbaugh

2.    Sergeant Timothy Richardson


1.    North Whatcom Fire Update


Emails to are included under Written Communications. 

1.    Email dated July 16, 2021, from Jim Sutterfield, regarding Mike Andes and the City of Blaine. 

2.    Email dated July 20, 2021, from Michael Jones, regarding County Executive Sidhu’s memo to County Council regarding ARPA funds. 

3.    Email dated July 20, 2021, from Michael Jones, regarding B&O Tax enforcement.

4.    Letter dated July 20, 2021, from Travis Brockie, regarding the Lummi Indian Business Council’s response to the proposed no shooting zone in the Drayton Harbor area.  

5.    Email dated July 21, 2021, from Charles Williams, regarding City sign clean up. 

6.    Email dated July 21, 2021, from Ryan Frodle, regarding City maintenance. 

7.    Email dated July 24, 2021, from Lyle Bialk, regarding landscape services.

8.    Email dated July 24, 2021, from Lee, regarding public property upkeep. 

9.    Email dated July 26, 2021, from Sam Crawford, regarding OPMA and public meetings. 

10.    Email dated July 30, 2021, from Bonnie Onyon, regarding a call to action to support the Build America’s Libraries Act. 


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: $467,269.87

2.    Wire Register: $310,071.70

3.    Advance Pay: $6,092.00 

4.    Approval of Payroll: $624,006.73

5.    Approval of July 12, 2021, City Council Minutes.

6.    Approval of Finance Director Contract. 

7.    Approval of Engineering Program Director Contract.


1.    Ordinance 21-2957, Adopting amendments to the City's Municipal Code by revising Chapter 17.14 to permit work/life units in the Manufacturing Zoning District Subzone B. (Pratschner) 

2.    Ordinance 21-2967, Amending Title 2.08 of the Blaine Municipal Code, updating provisions related to boards, commissions, and committees, and providing options for remote attendance at public meetings if approved by the body holding the meeting. (Crawford)

3.    Resolution 1857-21, Rules of conduct for Council, Boards, Commissions, and Committees. (Crawford)


1.    Council Reports


1.    City Manager – Michael Jones

a.    Budget Calendar

2.    Public Works Department – Bernie Ziemianek

a.    Sewer Update

3.    Police Department – Chief Tank

4.    City Clerk – Samuel Crawford


Due to Governor Inslee’s proclamation in response to COVID-19, this City Council meeting will be conducted in-person and 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. 

Tuesday, August 10

8:00am – Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 12

9:00am – Parks and Cemetery Board Meeting

6:00pm – Planning Commission Meeting 

Monday, August 23

6:00pm – City Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 24

3:00pm – Civil Service Commission Meeting

Thursday, August 26

6:00pm – Planning Commission Meeting

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



L.    EXECUTIVE SESSION - approximately 6:30 PM - to discuss potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(I).


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.

Virtual Attendees

Below is a step-by-step guide to listening to the meeting live:

1.    Call:    1-888-585-9008 (Toll Free)

2.    Conference Room Number:     521-101-670

3.    You will automatically be muted during the meeting. Unless there is a public hearing or an audience participation portion on the City Council agenda, you will remain muted during the entirety of the meeting. Comments submitted to Council via email are an effective mode of communication. City Council email:

The agenda and materials being reviewed during the City Council meeting are available on the City’s website. Directions on locating them are below: 

Option A:

1.    City of Blaine Website: 

2.    Scroll down to the City calendar.

3.    Click on the City Council meeting date.

Option B:

1.    City of Blaine Website:  

2.    Your Government:

3.    City Council: 

4.    On the left side, there is a link to the City Council Agenda.

Become a subscriber to the City Council meeting calendar and agendas. Same as Option A – click on “Notify Me” and sign up for City Council notifications by clicking the mail icon on the left side of the City Council option.