LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, June 19, 2006
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Thomas called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 4 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk and Walter Neary.
Councilmembers Excused: 3 - Councilmembers Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern and Doug Richardson.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Thomas.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz welcomed Deputy Mayor Arbeeny back.
City Manager Neiditz announced that next week?s June 26, 2006 Council Study Session will begin at 6:00 p.m. He added that Bonnie Boyle will be assisting him with facilitating the meeting to discuss the Council?s Vision and Strategic Plan.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that he spoke with The News Tribune to clarify the contents of a recent news article that suggested mandatory sewer hookups in Tillicum/ American Lake Gardens (ALG). He indicated that staff will be holding outreach meetings in Tillicum and ALG to answer questions of citizens.
City Manager Neiditz provided an update about key art projects that the Arts Task Force has been involved with, including the art work for the Lakewood Sounder Station and the art project at the Bridgeport Way gateway entrance.
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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Recognizing outgoing Youth Council members for the 2005-2006 school year.
Recreation Coordinator Higashiyama thanked the 2005-2006 Youth Council members for their service on the Council this past year. Mayor Thomas and Mr. Higashiyama presented Certificates of Appreciation to the outgoing members.
Crystal Judson Family Justice Center Overview of Services.
Ms. Susan Adams, Director of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, provided an overview of the services being offered at the Center. She reported that 650 clients were served at the Center since it opened this year, 10 percent of which are from Lakewood. She thanked the Council for the $50,000 Community Development Block Grant to help fund the acquisition and rehabilitation of the Center.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Speaking before the Council were:
Bob Warfield, Lakewood resident, in memory of J.B. Layne who passed away on May 29, 2006, spoke about his service to the community.
Fredric Cornell, PROD, Lakewood resident, spoke about his awareness of the complexity of the sewer project at the Tillicum/American Lake Gardens and his observation that the Council views public comments as a nuisance which is begrudgingly tolerated. He explained that the public needs to be involved in the enormity of the sewer project. He asked what part do public comments play in City government.
Dennis Haugen, NAAAG, Lakewood resident, commented that there had been no input from the Clover Park School District about the property tax exemption for the construction of 282 apartment units the Council approved a few weeks ago. He spoke about management not presenting all the information. He then spoke about the required amount of sewer flow needed for the sewers at American Lake Gardens and Tillicum.
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Maury Peerenboom, Lakewood resident, reported that it was his ten-year anniversary as a Lakewood resident. He indicated that he will send the Council a collage of the last ten years of Lakewood. He then sang ?thank you for the years.?
Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, spoke about the sidewalks to be built on Steilacoom Boulevard and Bridgeport Way, and indicated that some areas will lose fences and garages.
Joan Cooley, Nyanza Road, spoke about coyotes in the neighborhood and expressed concern about the safety for animals/pets and citizens. She expressed concern that a child or someone could be hurt and if something can be done.
Edward Zhao, Lakewood resident, presented the Council with a ?low/moderate household? map of Lakewood and spoke in support of requiring mandatory sewer hookups in Tillicum/American Lake Gardens.
City Manager Neiditz clarified that the multi-family property tax exemption policy was approved by the Council in 2002 and that, for the record, this City Manager had not discussed this policy with the Clover Park School District Board. Mayor Thomas indicated that former City Manager Rohlfs had discussed this policy with the Clover Park School District Board.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of June 5, 2006.
B. Approval of payroll check numbers 108743 to 108785 and direct deposit check numbers 16503 to 16733, in the amount of $885,163.97, for the period May 16-31, 2006.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 108786 and 108787, in the amount of $307.47, for the period May 16-31, 2006.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 35792 to 35907, in the amount of $94,850.60, for the period ending June 7, 2006.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 35785 to 35791, and 35909 to 35984, in the amount of $554,695.77, for the period ending June 13, 2006.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 35908, 35985 to 36048, in the amount of $138,614.88, for the period ending June 14, 2006.
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G. Item Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of March 15, April 26, and May 3, 2006.
2. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 2, 2006.
H. Resolution No. 2006-19
Setting Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on extending the moratorium for the filing of applications for licenses, permits and approvals for correctional facilities located within Public/Institutional Zoning Districts for six months.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2006-30 appointing Rebecca Baxter, Katrina Carleton, Katelyn Cushman, Alison Danner, Jennifer Kim, Kristin Luthy, Sarah McKeown, Ilysia Van Deren, and Alexandra Vlaming to the Youth Council for the school year 2006-2007.
COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTs OF REBECCA BAXTER, KATRINA CARLETON, KATELYN CUSHMAN, ALISON DANNER, JENNIFER KIM, KRISTIN LUTHY, SARAH MCKEOWN, ILYSIA VAN DEREN, AND ALEXANDRA VLAMING. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Mayor Thomas led Councilmembers and the audience in singing ?happy birthday? to City Manager Neiditz.
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Council recessed at 7:50 p.m. and reconvened at 8:05 p.m.
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Ordinance No. 416 amending Sections 08.68.020, 08.68.050, 08.68.070, and 08.68.090 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to fireworks and its use.
councilmember cronk MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO 416. SECONDED BY councilmember neary. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2006-31 authorizing the City Manager to execute a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $2,700,000, relative to the construction of the Lakewood Sounder Station and Pacific Highway Street improvements.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO AUTHORIZE the City Manager to execute a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $2,700,000, relative to the construction of the Lakewood Sounder Station and Pacific Highway Street improvements. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2006-32 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound, in the amount of $150,000, relative to the development of the HOPE Center.
COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO AUTHORIZE the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound, in the amount of $150,000, relative to the development of the HOPE Center. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked City Attorney Wachter to provide an update on the Growth Management Hearings Board determination about the moratorium locating correctional facilities on the Western State Hospital grounds and other Public Institutional District zones. City Attorney Wachter indicated that the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) challenged the City?s moratorium to the Growth Management Hearings Board. The Hearings Board then ruled in favor of the DOC which the City appealed and requested a stay. She added that the stay was not able to be heard prior to the requirement that the City comply with the Growth Management Hearings Board?s ruling due to DOC?s unavailability. The date has been set for July 21, 2006 for arguments and there is an agreed stay in place until the court can rule on the arguments. She indicated that she will provide the Council with updates.
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BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that there is insufficient fire sprinkler flow across the freeway at Springbrook and that the Water District has agreed to install a bore or casing to help with this issue.
City Manager Neiditz reported that Police Chief Saunders will be securing a trapper to address the coyote concerns presented by Ms. Joan Cooley earlier under Public Comments.
City Manager Neiditz called on Public Works Director Wickstrom to display a map of various speed bumps to be installed on Interlaaken Drive and Tower Road due to citizens? complaints about speeding. He indicated that two-thirds of the residents in the area support the installation of speed bumps at the locations displayed.
Public Works Director Wickstrom reported that the Pierce County Regional Council approved funding for two Lakewood projects at Gravelly Lake Drive and Nyanza Road to 112th Street for an overlay, and at 100th Avenue from Gravelly Lake Drive to 59th Street for sidewalks, curbs and bike lanes, beginning October 2007.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary commented on the City?s naming rights of the community rooms at the HOPE Center and suggested to name the community rooms after Bill and Jo Harrison.
Councilmember Neary indicated that he will be attending his first Association of Washington Cities conference.
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Councilmember Neary asked about the City?s ability to provide staffing and/or consulting resources to study the feasibility of districting and questioned if this should be considered as part of the budget process.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny spoke about his appreciation for Madigan Hospital and the role the hospital plays in Lakewood. He thanked the Council, citizens and staff for their support during his hospitalization. He suggested that a standard proclamation be presented in May about safety with small vehicles and partnering with Tacoma and Pierce County in providing a motorcycle safety course program.
Councilmember Cronk welcomed Deputy Mayor Arbeeny back. He thanked Councilmember Neary for his survey relative to Tillicum sewers.
Councilmember Cronk indicated that the reason he suggested the idea of Council districting is to seek citizens input to see if there is a desire and benefit from the community.
Mayor Thomas read a citizen?s letter about the usage of Ft. Steilacoom Park playground.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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