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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

 

Monday, July 15, 2002

7:00 p.m.

City of Lakewood

City Council Chambers

6000 Main Street SW

Lakewood, WA 98499

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Harrison called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present: 4 - Mayor Bill Harrison; Deputy Mayor Claudia Thomas; Councilmembers Pad Finnigan and Larry Humphrey.

Councilmember Excused: 1 - Councilmember Doug Richardson.

Councilmembers Absent: 2 - Councilmembers Helen McGovern (arrived at 7:10 p.m.) and José Palmas (arrived at 7:05 p.m.).

Staff Present: City Manager D. Scott Rohlfs; City Attorney Heidi Horst; Finance and Systems Director Galen Kidd; Community Development Director David Bugher; Public Works Director Bill Larkin; Police Chief Larry Saunders; Human Resources & Services Director Debi Young; General Services Director/City Clerk Alice Bush; Community Relations Manager Candice Bock and Parks Manager Mary Dodsworth.

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Harrison.

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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Advisors' Report.

None.

 

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Proclamation declaring August 6, 2002 as National Night Out and Mike and Sharron Kanter Day. - Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Sharron Kanter

Mayor Harrison presented a proclamation declaring August 6, 2002 as National Night Out and Mike and Sharron Kanter Day to Mike and Sharron Kanter.

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Councilmember Palmas arrived at 7:05 p.m.

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Presentation of the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center Grand Opening Mayors Chili Contest First Runner -Up Award. - Ms. Joella Oldfield, Executive Director, Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center

Ms. Joella Oldfield, Executive Director, Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center, presented the Mayors Chili Contest First Runner-Up Award to Mayor Harrison.

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Councilmember McGovern arrived at 7:10 p.m.

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Planning Advisory Board annual report. - Mr. Robert Sandquist, Vice-Chair, Planning Advisory Board

Community Development Director Bugher and Vice-Chair Bob Sandquist, Planning Advisory Board, provided a report on the 2001 activities of the Planning Advisory Board.

Presentation on the Sound Transit Lakewood Station. - Ms. Kim Brackett, Lakewood Station Project Manager, Sound Transit

Ms. Kim Brackett, Project Manager, Sound Transit, provided an overview of the Lakewood Station project and proposed timeframe for its construction.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Rohlfs announced that the official grand opening of the Lakewood Towne Center will be held on August 2, 2002.

City Manager Rohlfs reported that the City will begin chip sealing within the next two weeks.

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PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Dennis Haugen, 6528 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW, spoke about the vehicle fatalities in Lakewood and that insurance companies are reporting that it is not safer in Lakewood. He suggested that a separate research officer who reports directly to the Council be secured to provide statistical information and data on safety and accident information on how safe the city really is.

Jean Jamison, P O Box 98683, Lakewood, Lakewood Water Coalition, asked the City Attorney for clarification on the City's legal opinion concerning the jurisdiction of fluoridation. She then commented about the timing of bringing casinos into Lakewood at the same time the City's budget for police is cut.

Dale Dorman, 6123 119th Street SW, spoke in support of eliminating casinos in Lakewood. He suggested that the City look at the possibilities of having Brown and Haley move their operation to Lakewood instead, for economic development opportunities.

Michael Fuller, 10333 Bridgeport Way SW, asked what the City was doing about racial profiling and homelessness in Lakewood. He spoke about the drug activities at Village Apartments. He then spoke about complaints he had filed against Judges Ron Heslop and Ernest Heller, Public Defender Chip Goss and others.

Susan Mitchell, 10115 Sharon Street SW, expressed concern about fluoride being added to Lakewood waters and the cost of water. She then expressed concerns about cutting the police programs.

Richard Rabisa, #2 Thornewood Lane SW, spoke in appreciation of the Police Department and indicated that he was willing to pay additional tax for police services. He then spoke about his vacation trip.

Clyde Brown, 6313 78th Street W, expressed concern about casinos in Lakewood and encouraged the City to take steps to ban casinos.

Scott Smith, Tacoma, WA, spoke about the school flashing zones at John Dower School and the lack of standardization for the placement of school flashing lights. He asked for time schedules when the lights are activated.

Ursula Hall, 8965 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, spoke about fluoride toxicity and the medical risks of fluoride.

Bob Barns, 6202 47th Street, University Place, Jimmy G's Casino, commented that when Indian casinos are opened, there are no controversies.

 

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John Eastman, 10502 110th Street, spoke against casinos and what gambling has done to his family.

Gary Murrey, Jimmy G's Casino Manager, spoke about the $1.3 million in taxes Jimmy G's Casino provides to the City of Lakewood. He spoke about the services and donations the casino has also provided to the Lakewood community. He asked the Council to reconsider the gambling rate structure for Jimmy G's Casino.

Leo Dorman, 6123 119th Street SW, spoke against gambling in Lakewood and that instead of a casino having a roller skating rink would be a good activity for the youth.

Clipper Maxfield, 10613 Farwest Drive SW, suggested that the Council hold a public hearing with the State legislators to develop a solution on who regulates gambling casinos in Lakewood.

Tomika Gehringer, 10513 90th Avenue SW, indicated that she called City Hall and asked which Councilmembers are for and are against gambling and has yet to receive a response back.

Larry Gehringer, 10513 90th Avenue SW, indicated that he received two responses from the Council on their position about gambling. He then reported on the gambling data listed on the Gambling Commission's website.

Esther Miller, 14511 Woodbrook Drive SW, requested that "no dumping" signs be placed at 146th Street.

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Council recessed at 8:55 p.m. and reconvened at 9:07 p.m.

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C O N S E N T A G E N D A

 

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of July 1, 2002.

B. Approval of payroll check numbers 105032 to 105079, in the amount of $319,803.26, for the period June 16-30, 2002.

C. Approval of claim voucher numbers 18377 to 18491, in the amount of $417,317.16, for the period ending July 10, 2002.

 

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D. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:

1. Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 16, 2002.

2. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of June 11, 2002.

3. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of June 13, 2002.

E. Resolution No. 2002-17

Setting Monday, August 5, 2002, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council to extend the moratorium on the filing of applications for licenses, permits and approvals for residential development, other than for single-family residential use in the Oak Park neighborhood.

F. Motion No. 2002-19

Awarding a bid to Kodo Construction, Inc., in the amount of $95,540, for the construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, paving, drainage and other improvements on Montrose Avenue between Cadillac Avenue SW and Hillhurst Street SW, and on Hillhurst Street SW between Montrose Avenue SW and Earley Avenue SW.

 

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

R E G U L A R A G E N D A

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS

This is the date set for a public hearing to consider the submittal of a Department of Justice Local Law Enforcement Block Grant, in the amount of approximately $155,947, for police personnel.

Speaking before the Council were:

None.

The public hearing was declared closed.

 

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APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2002-20 appointing John Arbeeny and Jeff Brown to serve on the Planning Advisory Board through February 11, 2004.

MAYOR HARRISON MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF JOHN ARBEENY AND JEFF BROWN TO SERVE ON THE PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH FEBRUARY 11, 2004. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER HUMPHREY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Deputy Mayor Thomas reported that she will provide the Council with the Council's Subcommittee's recommendation on the appointment process for City Committees, Boards and Commissions to be discussed at next week's Study Session.

Councilmember Finnigan suggested that the City look at the 2002 budget now to take advantage of efficiencies in the budget in anticipation of more drastic 2003 budget cuts to ease the burden in 2003.

Discussion ensued on the budget process; role of the Council and the City Manager; how the current budget is lined up with Council's programming goals; and the upcoming review of the six-month 2002 budget status report.

City Manager Rohlfs asked for Council's direction relative to proceeding with imposing an annual $5 per parcel Natural Resource Conservation Fee that was presented to the Council last week. It was the consensus of the Council to delay imposing a fee at this time.

Councilmember McGovern asked for a status report on the adult entertainment litigation costs.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Rohlfs reported that the City will be bidding the landscaping maintenance of City properties in rights-of-way with one contractor which will be under the direction of the Parks Department.

City Manager Rohlfs reported on meetings that staff held with Pierce County on Ft. Steilacoom Park.

 

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CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Humphrey congratulated Mayor Harrison on the article about his service as a General.

Councilmember Finnigan commented that the vegetation growth at Nyanza Road and Gravelly Lake Drive needed to be trimmed because of the visibility hazard it is creating.

Councilmember McGovern commented on the Pierce County Regional Council meeting and Mayor's Talk meetings she participated in.

Councilmember McGovern commented on the huge success of the It's a Dusey event. She indicated that $70,000 was collected for the second year.

Councilmember Palmas asked if City staff was interested in attending the Tacoma Narrows Airport meeting at the Tacoma Community College on July 16, 2002.

Councilmember Palmas commented on the Lakeview Neighborhood Association meeting he attended.

Councilmember Palmas suggested that the Council might want to consider taking a position on fluoridation in light of the public comments as well as a position on gambling.

Councilmember McGovern suggested that the Council consider a Resolution instead of an Ordinance when taking a position on fluoridation.

Deputy Mayor Thomas noted that when considering a position on gambling, conducting bingos at churches, and the like, for fundraising will need to be considered.

Deputy Mayor Thomas asked for clarification on the Pierce County Real Estate Excise Tax and how the funds would be used; and if these funds could be used for Ft. Steilacoom Park, Wards Lake and Seeley Lake. City Manager Rohlfs indicated that the County adopted the second quarter REET taxes which dedicated 25 percent to parks purposes in the County but nothing specific as to what part of the funds collected will be provided to Lakewood parks.

Mayor Harrison congratulated Councilmember Humphrey for being elected as Chair of the Pierce Transit Board.

Mayor Harrison commented on the Summer Concerts in the Park.

 

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Mayor Harrison reported on a meeting that he, City Manager Rohlfs and Community Relations Manager Bock had with Ryan Dicks, Field Representative for Senator Maria Cantwell, who is working diligently with various issues including per diem rates in Pierce County versus King County and future needs of the post office.

Mayor Harrison commented on the Coffee with the Mayor meeting.

Mayor Harrison reported on the Armed Forces Day celebration at Cheney Stadium.

Mayor Harrison thanked those who orchestrated and organized the It's A Dusey event.

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Mayor Harrison announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 45 minutes to discuss personnel matters.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 10:15 p.m. and reconvened at 11:00 p.m. At 11:00 p.m., Mayor Harrison announced that Executive Session will be extended for an additional 10 minutes. Council reconvened at 11:10 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:10 p.m.

 

 

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BILL HARRISON, MAYOR

 

ATTEST:

 

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ALICE M. BUSH, CMC

CITY CLERK