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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Wednesday, July 5, 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 7:03 p.m.
ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present:  5 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan and Walter Neary.
Councilmember Excused
:  1 ? Councilmember Helen McGovern.
Councilmember Absent
:  1 ? Councilmember Doug Richardson (arrived at 7:10 p.m.)
FLAG SALUTE
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Mayor Arbeeny by request of Mayor Thomas.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that City lifeguards started work at the beaches on July 4, 2006.
Over the 4th of July holiday, City Manager Neiditz indicated that the Police Department reported that they received 276 calls with no response problems:  28 percent were fireworks related. 109 fireworks calls were received on July 3 and 4, 2006.  Seven criminal citations and multiple warnings were issued as well.
City Manager Neiditz reported that two officers are on military leave, two officers are on long-term medical leave, and one officer was borrowed by the criminal justice training academy for two years.  As a result, some officers have been reassigned to keep staffing levels covered.
With the pending retirement of Assistant Police Chief Dave Hall, City Manager Neiditz announced that Bret Farrar has been appointed as Assistant Police Chief.


 

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In response to Council questions about the ten-year property tax exemption process for multi-family tax credits, City Manager Neiditz cited the chronology and process for reviewing the Ordinance with the Clover Park School District and Fire and Library Districts which subsequently resulted in the Council?s adoption of the Ordinance.
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Councilmember Richardson arrived at 7:10 p.m.
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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation declaring July 2006 as National Parks and Recreation Month.
Mayor Thomas presented a proclamation declaring July 2006 as National Parks and Recreation Month to Mr. Roger Laybourn, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Clover Park School District Board Report

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported on the high schools? graduation ceremonies and announced that summer school started last week.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie announced that Greenwood Elementary School received a $10,000 award for academic improvement.  The monies will be used for learning opportunities for students.  She added that over 80 percent of the students at Greenwood have a family member deployed.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie announced that the CPSD Community Relations Department received the National Public School Association award for the CPSD tailgate party and an honorary award for its ?Inside Schools? newsletter.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported on the Superintendent?s Summer Reading Program.  She then reported on the status of filling job vacancies at several schools.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie noted that the CPSD Board will be holding a retreat on visioning, and developing goals and strategies.


 

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PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:
Jim Senko, Lakewood resident,
spoke about the clean-up of the Lake Louise Elementary School grounds.  He then invited the public to Jim?s Parks tour on Monday, July 10, 2006, at 7:00 a.m., as part of the Keep Lakewood Beautiful Committee meeting.  He then complimented the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members for their work.  He also spoke in support of the proposed Parks Code changes that are supported by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident, PROD,
spoke about prison work release programs, a proposed visionary legislation on work release, and the proposed relocation of Progress House.  He then questioned the Police Department?s latest vehicle collision and inquiries for information about the incident he made of the Police Chief in which the Police Chief responded abruptly.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, NAAAG,
expressed concern about the Council?s vote authorizing a ten-year property tax exemption for two apartment complexes and how that exemption will reduce property tax revenues that could have been collected by the Clover Park School District.  He spoke about involving the CPSD Board, not the CPSD Administration, in decision-making for every property tax exemption proposal.  He then spoke about sewers in Tillicum/American Lake Gardens and meeting the minimum sewer flow requirements.  He then commented about a police vehicle collision that hit the back of a truck.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society,
announced that on July 18, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., the Lakewood Historical Society will be hosting a program on the Mayors of Lakewood to discuss Lakewood?s history.  He then commented that the 4th of July activities at the skate park was quiet this year.
Ken Severe, Lakewood resident,
spoke about a police incident on Bridgeport Way several weeks ago that lasted for three hours which involved a murder suspect.  He then spoke about a subsequent incident on a police search for an attempted murder suspect and that when he asked the Police Department for a description and photo of the suspect, it was not provided to him.  He indicated that such information should be made available to citizens for their protection.
C  O  N  S  E  N  T    A  G  E  N  D  A
A.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of June 12, 2006.
B.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of June 19, 2006.


 

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C.       Approval of the minutes of the Joint City Council and Clover Park School District meeting of June 26, 2006.
D.       Approval of payroll check numbers 108788 to 108816 and direct deposit check numbers 16734 to 16971 in the amount of $662,724.00, for the period June 1-15, 2006.
E.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 36049 to 36089, in the amount of $52,514.51, for the period ending June 21, 2006.
F.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 36090 to 36140, in the amount of $565,854.34, for the period ending June 21, 2006.
G.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 36142 to 36218, in the amount of $225,806.98 for the period ending June 28, 2006.
H.       Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
          1.     Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force meeting minutes of April 25, 2006.
          2.     Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of April 28, 2006.
          3.     Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting minutes of June 14, 2006.
I.        Motion No. 2006-33
          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Public Works Trust Fund loan agreement in the amount of $5,000,000 at ? percent interest for 20 years for the construction of sewers at Tillicum and American Lake Gardens.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON.  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 by the City Council on the Six-Year (2007-2012) Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program.
There were no public comments.  The hearing was declared closed.


 

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This is the date set 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.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident,
spoke about Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) paying for housing for mentally ill individuals and suggested that the City file public disclosure requests with DSHS for records of their entire operation and what they are doing in our community.
Mr. Mendoza, DSHS,
spoke in opposition of the proposed moratorium.
There being no further testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
APPOINTMENTS
Motion No. 2006-34 appointing Richard Bieber, Joseph Boyle, Ty Cordova, Fae Crabill, Alan Hart, Hee Yong Kwon, Espy Lee Lampkin, Malcolm Russell and JoEthel Smith to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Committee.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF RICHARD BIEBER, JOSEPH BOYLE, TY CORDOVA, FAE CRABILL, ALAN HART, HEE YONG KWON, ESPY LEE LAMPKIN, MALCOLM RUSSELL AND JOETHEL SMITH.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO TABLE THIS ITEM AND THAT THE COUNCIL DISCUSS THE MATTER ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH THE NOMINATIONS AND FUTURE NOMINEES AT THE JULY 10, 2006 STUDY SESSION.
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES:  3 ?  CRONK, FINNIGAN, ARBEENY
NAYS:  3 ? NEARY, RICHARDSON, MAYOR THOMAS
The motion FAILED.


 

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ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE ORIGINAL MOTION RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES:  3 ?
NEARY, RICHARDSON, MAYOR THOMAS
NAYS:  3 - CRONK, FINNIGAN, ARBEENY
The motion FAILED.
Mayor Thomas indicated that appointing members to the Public Safety Advisory Committee will be further discussed at next week?s Council meeting.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.
NEW BUSINESS

None.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz asked for Council?s input on the Police Department?s new monthly crime reporting format which he emailed the Council earlier.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary reported that the Council Subcommittee members for reviewing the Council Rules have not met due to unforeseen circumstances for some of the members.
Councilmember Richardson reported that he served as Exercise Director in Wisconsin during the month of June, and that they had no casualties.
Councilmember Richardson spoke about the need for conducting police investigations and due diligence of a police incident before information such as photos and reports can be released to the public.  He indicated that citizens do have the right to question and receive information following due diligence; however, public comments questioning an authority?s personal motives and integrity should be refrained while investigation is underway.
Councilmember Cronk spoke about his pet getting lost during the 4th of July celebration.


 

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Councilmember Finnigan commented on sessions he attended at the Association of Washington Cities conference on economic development, email exchanges of governing bodies relative to the Open Meetings Act, and Initiative 933 (Property Rights initiative).
Councilmember Finnigan asked for a status report on the late night attacks at Ft. Steilacoom Park.  Police Chief Saunders provided a report on the underground operations and the partnership of Lakewood Police and Steilacoom Police which was implemented to patrol the area.
Councilmember Finnigan asked for an update on the procedures that have been put in place on preventing police vehicular accidents.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked for Councilmembers to send him comments on his draft Council Rules amendments.  He asked that this item come before the Council at a Study Session.
Mayor Thomas asked Councilmembers to see her about sending condolences to Councilmember McGovern on the passing of her father.
Mayor Thomas announced that Paul Reeder?s funeral is tomorrow and that a letter was sent to Mrs. Reeder recognizing the contributions of Paul?s work in the community.
Mayor Thomas noted that the Arts Task Force is meeting regularly and that a survey about the arts was distributed to the community.
Mayor Thomas announced that the City received the 2006 Wellness Award from the National League of Cities.
Mayor Thomas spoke about the planning for a community summit that was held by focus groups.
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ATTEST:
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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
CITY CLERK