Name of Observer: Jane Ficalora
Observed Meeting: Langley City Council
Date of Meeting: 10/2/2023
Members present: Harolynne Bobis, Rhonda Salerno, Thomas Gill, Craig Cyr, Gail Fleming
Members absent: none
Others present (staff, media, public): Mayor: Scott Chaplin, Interim Archives and Records Manager: Kristen Abraham, City Administrator/Clerk: Mark Rentfrow, Planning Director: Meredith Penny, Director of Public Works: Randi Perry, Chief of Police: Tavier Wasser, Planning Advisory Board Chair Greg Easton and Planning Advisory Board former member Rose Hughes
Members of public in person and on zoom are not shown unless they make a comment.
Summarize the main issues discussed at the meeting:
• At public comment period a representative of the Chamber of Commerce stated that the chamber will be having a candidate forum Oct 11th at 5:30 at The Braeburn Restaurant
• Planning Advisory Board Chair Greg Easton and Rose Hughes reported and made recommendations on inclusionary zoning requirement in the city's Multifamily Infill Overlay. Since receiving a 2021 grant Langley has been looking at whether or not to make inclusionary zoning mandatory or voluntary. The factors of private versus non-profit developers and the needs, long-term goals, and growth potential
of Langley all factor into the decision making. Council member Salerno made a motion to restart a Housing Affordability committee to look at getting non-profits to help with development. Council member Cyr made amendment to start a committee after the new year and the motion passed.
• Planning Director Penny asked for approval of amended contract with The Watershed Company. Council voted unanimously to approve.
• Administrator/Clerk Rentfrow reported that the Washington State Attorney General has posted open government training online. Council member Gill mentioned by law that newly elected officials need to take training within a certain number of days in office.
List any issues on the agenda relevant to any LWV state or local positions or programs:
(League positions can be found here.
Democracy: Elections, Voting Rights & Campaign Finance
Fair & Adequate Revenue
Do you recommend local League action or study on any of these issues? No
If ‘yes’ what action do you recommend?
Was the meeting conducted in an open, business-like, and civil manner? All in
attendance were given time to speak and ask questions. The meeting was conducted in an
orderly and civil manner.
Consider the following questions and respond if relevant:
Was the agenda made available prior to and at the meeting? Yes
Did members adhere to the provided agenda? Yes
Were any non-agenda items discussed? No
Was there adequate discussion of issues? Yes
Were any “Executive Sessions” called? No
Was there adequate opportunity for public input? Yes
Was background material available to the public? Yes
Did any member recuse themselves during the meeting? No
If yes, for what reason?
List any other concerns or observations:
Observer E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Date submitted: 10/6/2023