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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES


 Monday, August 21, 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 7:01 p.m.
ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present:  7 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.
FLAG SALUTE
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilmember McGovern by request of Mayor Thomas.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation recognizing Tara Williams as Lakewood?s Idol.
Mayor Thomas presented a proclamation to Ms. Tara Williams recognizing her as this year?s Lakewood?s Idol.
Ms. Tara Williams then sang ?The Greatest Love of All.?
Proclamation declaring September 4-8, 2006 as National Payroll Week.
Councilmember Finnigan presented a proclamation declaring September 4-8, 2006 as National Payroll Week to Ms. Charlotte Mosher and Ms. Janelle Sorrell, Payroll Accounting Technicians of the City of Lakewood.


 

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Proclamation recognizing the Clover Park Rotary Club for their support in the construction of a picnic shelter at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
Councilmember McGovern presented a proclamation recognizing the Clover Park Rotary Club for their support in constructing a picnic shelter at Ft. Steilacoom Park to Mr. Ed Chandler, President of the Clover Park Rotary Club.
Clover Park School District
Board Report.
In response to a Council question asked of Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie a few months ago, she provided a history of the discussion between the City and the School District in June 2002 on the multi-family ten-year property exemption program the City was interested in implementing.  She summarized that the CPSD Board was aware of the ten-year property tax exemption and the School Board was silent on its position.  She explained that Tacoma has a similar program and their exemption has impacted the Tacoma School District.  She indicated that the CPSD Board is requesting that when residential area boundaries are modified, that the Board be notified and given an opportunity to discuss the matter.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie announced that September 6, 2006 is the first day of school; that September 15, 2006 is the All-City Tailgate, from 3:30 p.m. ? 6:30 p.m.; and that there will be an all surplus computer sale on August 22 and 23, 2006.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that the CPSD Board passed a resolution supporting the ?Freedom Walk? event on September 11, 2006.
PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:
Fredric Cornell, PROD,
spoke about Dennis Haugen?s past public comments relative to the ten-year multi-family property tax exemption.
Shelby Matzke, Girl Scouts,
spoke about the public comments that were made at the August 7, 2006 City Council meeting.  She thanked the Council for their work.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society (LHS),
spoke about the LHS meeting at American Lake Veterans Hospital.  He indicated that the Lakewood Historical Museum should be opening soon.  On the September 15, 2006 LHS agenda, he noted that there will be a tour of Jim Senko?s park from 3:00 p.m. ? 6:30 p.m.


 

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Ed Kane, Lakewood resident,
spoke about the importance of arts and culture in Lakewood and how it contributes to the cultural values of a community.  He spoke in support of forming an arts commission.
Dennis Haugen, NAAG,
spoke about gang activity at American Lake Park and concerns expressed by citizens.  He then spoke about Police Chief Saunders comments in a Suburban Times article and the Chief naming the restaurant where a murder occurred.  He expressed concern about disclosing the name of the restaurant to the media which may affect its reputation.
Charles Ames, Lakewood resident,
spoke in support of creating an Arts Commission and challenged the Commission to think ?outside the box.?  He then donated a City of Lakewood juror check he received for the arts.
Bob Warfield, Lakewood resident,
spoke in support of the creation of an Arts Commission.  He then spoke about Councilmember Finnigan?s article in the Lakewood Connections newsletter about the initiative and referendum process.
Scott Campbell, Lakewood resident,
spoke in support of the creation of an Arts Commission and how art is a way to build community, learn about life skills, and creativity.
Lisa Ikeda, Lakewood resident,
spoke about the National Night Out event at Springbrook and she thanked the City for funding the Neighborhood Association.  She spoke about requesting funding for a soccer event.  She then encouraged the Council to form an Arts Commission.
Angela Jossy, Lakewood resident,
thanked Mayor Thomas for creating an Arts Commission and supporting the arts.
Maury Peerenboom, Lakewood resident,
commented on The News Tribune article about an inmate being abused.  He spoke in support of the Police Department and the tactics and investigation handled by police on the incidents that occurred in the park.
Dee Youmans, Lakewood resident,
spoke about the County?s assessment of a home in her neighborhood that was assessed as a two-bedroom home when the home was actually remodeled to a three-bedroom home.  She explained that she contacted the Assessor?s office to reassess the home to help increase property tax revenues.  She expressed concern that the multi-family tax exemption program does not generate property tax revenues for the City.
C  O  N  S  E  N  T    A  G  E  N  D  A
A.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of August 7, 2006.


 

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B.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of August 14, 2006.
C.       Approval of payroll check numbers 108937 to 108971, and direct deposit check numbers 17726 to 17976, in the amount of $698,935.48, for the period August 1-15, 2006.
D.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 36893 to 36951, in the amount of $355,048.16, for the period ending August 8, 2006.
E.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 36952 to 37021, in the amount of $166,428.36, for the period ending August 9, 2006.
F.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 37025 to 37074, in the amount of $88,472.11, for the period ending August 15, 2006.
G.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 37022 to 37024, and 37075 to 37122, in the amount of $639,987.01, for the period ending August 16, 2006.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Council recessed at 8:15 p.m. and reconvened at 8:28 p.m.
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R  E  G  U  L  A  R    A  G  E  N  D  A
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS
This is the date set 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 of the Town Center Apartments at 10043 Bridgeport Way SW.
Councilmember McGovern disclosed her affiliation with this project.
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Redevelopment Administrator Hannan provided an overview of the Lakewood Village Limited Partnership application and the process for applying for a ten-year multi-family tax exemption.


 

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Mr. Chung Kiat Soh, representing Lakewood Village Limited Partnership, spoke about the reasons for their appeal.
Mr. Hannan provided the City Administrator?s reasons for denying the application of Lakewood Village Limited Partnership.
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COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO UPHOLD THE DECISION OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR AND DENY A TEN-YEAR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION OF THE TOWN CENTER APARTMENTS AT 10043 BRIDGEPORT WAY SW.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN.
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES:  3 ?  CRONK, FINNIGAN, NEARY.
NAYS:  3 ? RICHARDSON, ARBEENY, MAYOR THOMAS.
 
ABSTAINED:  1 ? MCGOVERN.
The motion FAILED.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO REVERSE THE DECISION OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR AND APPROVE A TEN-YEAR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION OF THE TOWN CENTER APARTMENTS AT 10043 BRIDGEPORT WAY SW.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ARBEENY.
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES:  2 ?  arbeeny, mayor thomas.
NAYS:  4 ? FINNIGAN, NEARY, RICHARDSON, CRONK.
 
ABSTAINED:  1 ? MCGOVERN.
The motion FAILED.


 

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ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 421 creating Chapter 2.66 of the Lakewood Municipal Code establishing the Lakewood Arts Commission.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 421.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN VOTING IN OPPOSITION.
Ordinance No. 422 amending Chapter 1.24 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to complying with the Public Records Act and following the Model Rules for public records disclosure.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 422.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
RESOLUTIONS
Resolution No. 2006-26 amending the fee schedule relative to copying costs.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2006-26.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Councilmember Neary asked for Council?s input about the Council Rules Subcommittee meeting be open to the public.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny spoke about the three-Councilmember Subcommittee not being subject to the Open Meetings Act.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL RULES ACT AS A BODY SUBJECT TO THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT.
DUE TO THE LACK OF A SECOND, THE MOTION DIED.


 

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NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2006-38 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with David Evans and Associates, in an amount not to exceed $195,236, for the design and right-of-way acquisition services for improvements on Bridgeport Way from Steilacoom Boulevard to 83rd Street SW.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH DAVID EVANS AND ASSOCIATES, IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $195,236, FOR THE DESIGN AND RIGHT-OF-WAY ACQUISITION SERVICES FOR IMPROVEMENTS ON BRIDGEPORT WAY FROM STEILACOOM BOULEVARD TO 83RD STREET SW.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2006-39 awarding a bid to Totem Electric, Inc., in the amount of $65,865, for the construction of traffic signal induction loops.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO TOTEM ELECTRIC, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF $65,865, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TRAFFIC SIGNAL INDUCTION LOOPS.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council that the second meeting of the Tillicum sewer project will be held on August 22, 2006, at 6:00 p.m., at Woodbrook Middle School.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that three Wednesday meetings on the 2007-2008 budget will be held in October.
City Manager Neiditz proposed that the September 11, 2006 meeting be cancelled. Council concurred with cancelling the September 11, 2006 Council meeting.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Cronk complimented City staff on providing responses to Mr. Hart?s email.
Councilmember McGovern indicated that she will not be attending next week?s August 28, 2006 Council meeting.


 

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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny suggested that the Council Rules Subcommittee meet on September 11, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.
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ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.
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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ATTEST:
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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
CITY CLERK