LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, August 7, 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.
Councilmembers Present: 4 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.
Councilmembers Absent: 3 - Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny (arrived at 7:04 p.m.); Councilmembers Pad Finnigan (arrived at 7:04 p.m.) and Helen McGovern (arrived at 7:10 p.m.).
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Hugh Hedges by request of Mayor Thomas.
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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny and Councilmember Finnigan arrived at 7:04 p.m.
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REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz congratulated City Attorney Wachter and the City team for bike riding in the Courage Classic to help raise funds for Mary Bridge Children?s Hospital.
City Manager Neiditz congratulated those who participated in last week?s successful National Night Out events.
City Manager Neiditz announced that the groundbreaking ceremony of the HOPE Center will be held at 3:00 p.m., on August 8, 2006; and the Ponders Collision open house is also scheduled for August 8, 2006.
City Manager Neiditz announced that the public informational meeting on the Tillicum sewer extension project will be held on August 10, 2006, from 6:00 p.m. ? 10:00 p.m., at Woodbrook Middle School and that two additional meetings are being scheduled.
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City Manager Neiditz advised the Council that, because the Council will be sitting as a quasi-judicial body, Councilmembers should refrain from engaging in discussion on the topic set forth in Motion No. 2006-35 which proposes to schedule an appeal hearing of Lakewood Village relative to a ten-year property tax exemption.
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Councilmember McGovern arrived at 7:10 p.m.
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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported that there will be a writing presentation at the Clover Park Performing Arts Center on August 31, 2006, at 1:30 p.m.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that the CPSD Board selected Mark D. Wriggle to fill the vacant CPSD Board Director position. She announced that CPSD received an additional $720,000 from the Washington State Achievers Scholarship Program.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie announced that the Caring for Kids Fair will be held on August 19, 2006 at Lochburn Middle School, and that volunteers are being sought to help with the event.
Speaking before the Council were:
Edward Zhao, Lakewood resident, spoke about the bulldozing of drug houses in Oakland, California in the 1970s.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, thanked the present and past Mayors of Lakewood for their presentations at last week?s Lakewood Historical Society meeting. He spoke about the police incidents at Steilacoom Boulevard and later on South Tacoma Way. He asked that police reports be provided at Council meetings to inform citizens on what is going on in the city. He spoke about increasing homeownerships in Lakewood and expressed concern about the number of rental properties. He spoke about increasing density in the Tillicum/Woodbrook area.
Maury Peerenboom, Lakewood resident, reported that, as of August 1, 2006, a new property management firm is managing the Lexington Apartments. He then expressed his support for Police Chief Saunders and the Lakewood Police Department. He spoke about his experience with ride-alongs with police officers.
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Fredric Cornell, PROD, suggested that a police report be provided at every Council meeting. He indicated that his public comments as presented in the July 17, 2006 Council meeting minutes were inaccurate. He then submitted a copy of the verbatim comments he made at the July 17, 2006 Council meeting. He also commented that his public comments presented in the July 24, 2006 Council minutes were inaccurate.
Richard Rabisa, #2 Thornewood Lane SW, spoke about damages he incurred from tenants at one of his rental properties.
David Anderson, 14506 Portland Avenue, Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association, asked about the City providing a $250 match from the Neighborhood Association funds to assist with funeral expenses for the death of Rebel Baker who was a citizen volunteer involved with many neighborhood cleanups and safety. He spoke about a Councilmember indicating that, in an Attorney General?s opinion, gifting funds to benefit a private citizen is not allowed. He indicated that, as a matter of principle, the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association will be seeking City matching funds.
Dennis Haugen, NAAAG, spoke about City service levels, and quality control. He spoke about closing liquor stores and that all the night spots need to be patrolled.
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 17, 2006.
B. Approval of the minutes of the Joint City Council and Clover Park School District Board meeting of July 24, 2006.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of July 24, 2006.
D. Approval of payroll check numbers 108860 to 108890 and direct deposit check numbers 17222 to 17474, in the amount of $692,890.85, for the period July 1-15, 2006.
E. Approval of payroll check number 108891, in the amount of $729.23, for the period July 16-31, 2006.
F. Approval of payroll check numbers 108892 to 108936, and direct deposit check numbers 17475 to 17725, in the amount of $908,413.24, for the period July 16-31, 2006.
G. Approval of claim voucher numbers 36499 to 36629, in the amount of $82,823.21, for the period ending July 19, 2006.
H. Approval of claim voucher numbers 36633 to 36710, in the amount of $884,457.09, for the period ending July 26, 2006.
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I. Approval of claim voucher numbers 36378, 36489 to 36498, 36630 to 36632, and 36711 to 36820, in the amount of $260,876.41, for the period ending July 31, 2006.
J. Approval of wire transfer number 900130 and claim voucher numbers 36821 to 36844, in the amount of $342,846.12, for the period ending July 31, 2006.
K. Approval of claim voucher numbers 36845 to 36892, in the amount of $114,066.07, for the period ending August 2, 2006.
L. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of May 11, 2006.
2. Citizens? Transportation Review Committee meeting minutes of May 23, 2006.
3. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 30, 2006.
4. Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of June 22, 2006.
5. Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force meeting minutes of June 27, 2006.
M. Motion No. 2006-35
Setting Monday, August 21, 2006, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the City Council on the appeal of Chung Kiat Soh, Lakewood Village Limited Partnership, relative to a ten-year property tax exemption awarded to the Town Center Apartments at 10043 Bridgeport Way SW.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. 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 regarding the use of additional public funds, in the amount of $2,083.52, for the abatement of a dangerous building at 3418 84th Street South.
There were no speakers.
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COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO CONTINUE THE PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE USE OF ADDITIONAL PUBLIC FUNDS, IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,083.52, FOR THE ABATEMENT OF A DANGEROUS BUILDING AT 3418 84TH STREET SOUTH TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2006. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2006-36 appointing Richard Bieber, Ty Cordova, Fae Crabill, Adam Diego, 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, TY CORDOVA, FAE CRABILL, ADAM DIEGO, ALAN HART, HEE YONG KWON, ESPY LEE LAMPKIN, MALCOLM RUSSELL AND JOETHEL SMITH TO SERVE ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES: 5 - ARBEENY, MCGOVERN, NEARY, RICHARDSON, AND MAYOR THOMAS.
NAYS: 2 - CRONK AND FINNIGAN.
The motion CARRIED.
Resolution No. 2006-23 approving the issuance of tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds of the Economic Development Corporation of Pierce County for Blade-Tech Industries, Inc., in the amount of $4,980,000, to finance the acquisition and construction of a manufacturing facility at 112th and South Tacoma Way, Building B, Space B-2, in the Lakewood Corporate Center.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2006-23. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2006-24 approving the amendments to the Chambers Creek Properties Master Site Plan.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2006-24. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Council recessed at 8:45 p.m. and reconvened at 8:52 p.m.
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Resolution No. 2006-25 adopting the Six-Year (2007-2012) Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2006-25. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2006-37 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Cities Insurance Association of Washington (CIAW) for insurance, claims management and risk management services effective August 31, 2006.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO authorize the city manager to execute an agreement with cities insurance association of washington (CIAW) for insurance, claims management and risk management services effective august 31, 2006. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that a contract with Action Services Corporation was terminated due to a lack of a response from the contractor. Staff will be rebidding for street sweeping service, and surface water infrastructure cleaning and vacuum/jet-rodding service.
City Manager Neiditz reported that speed humps on Tower Road was installed. He explained that concerns were expressed about installing speed humps on Interlaaken Drive and that notices will be sent to residents on Interlaaken Drive to meet with the Citizens Transportation Review Committee to discuss speed humps on Interlaaken.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) will be attempting to place work release programs in counties that do not have them so that Pierce County is not overburdened. He added that DOC is consulting with real estate agents for the siting of a location for Progress House.
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City Manager Neiditz pointed out that the second quarter budget report was provided to the Council a couple of weeks ago. He reviewed the percentage of revenues for the second quarter, and noted that the budget is being closely monitored.
City Manager Neiditz requested an Executive Session for 20 minutes to discuss collective bargaining.
City Manager Neiditz provided an update of a meeting relative to the Cross Base Highway with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the County Executive and City staff.
Mayor Thomas requested that the review of the Second Quarter Budget Report be placed on next week?s Study Session Agenda.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Cronk congratulated City Attorney Wachter for participating in the Courage Classic bike ride.
Councilmember Cronk commented on the natural amenities and trails at the Wards Lake Park.
Councilmember Finnigan commented on the comments made by Glen Spieth and his concerns about apartment growth. He stressed that the Council needs to discuss and take a position on projected growth and make a decision on growth targets.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on his meeting with City staff about the proposed Council Rules amendments.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked if there was an August 3, 2006 press release on the Department of Correction?s comments on work release.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on a July 21, 2006 document relative to restricted covenants and the City?s position not to enforce restricted covenants.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny made reference to the June 27, 2006 Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force meeting minutes and what he thought appeared to be policy issues for the Council to be considering.
Councilmember Neary commented on The News Tribune article by Peter Callaghan about saving the buildings at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
Councilmember Neary spoke about the Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting he attended and their discussions to designate properties as historic landmarks.
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Councilmember Neary commented on the National Night Out event he attended.
Mayor Thomas also commented on the National Night Out event she attended. She reported on a planning meeting she conducted on crime night out to begin building neighborhoods, capacity and community.
Mayor Thomas commented on her participation in the ROTC graduation ceremony.
Mayor Thomas commented on the July 29, 2006 picnic she attended with Colonel Martinez at Fort Lewis.
Mayor Thomas indicated that she attended the Mayors? Breakfast in Fife and the Governor?s Town Hall meeting in Puyallup.
Mayor Thomas reported that she and Councilmembers Finnigan and Richardson volunteered at the St. Clare Hospital to barbecue hamburgers for St. Clare staff.
Mayor Thomas commented on the meeting of the Arts Task Force she attended.
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Mayor Thomas announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss collective bargaining.
Council recessed into Executive Session at 10:00 p.m. At 10:20 p.m., City Attorney Wachter announced that, although the Council announced that they would recess into Executive Session, pursuant to RCW 42.30.140, collective bargaining is exempt from the Open Meetings Act.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:45 p.m.
CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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