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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, November 6, 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 7:00 p.m.
ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present:  5 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.
Councilmember Absent
:  1 - Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny (arrived at 7:02 p.m.)
Councilmember Excused
:  1 ? Councilmember Pad Finnigan.
 
FLAG SALUTE
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Thomas.
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Mayor Thomas announced that the Council will deviate from the agenda at this time to pay tribute to a salute to all veterans.
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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny arrived at 7:02 p.m.
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Mayor Thomas called on several veterans to provide tribute to the veterans who have served in the Armed Forces to protect the freedom that all Americans enjoy today.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation declaring November 2006 as Veterans Appreciation Month and November 11, 2006 as Veterans Appreciation Day.
Mayor Thomas read a proclamation declaring November 2006 as Veterans Appreciation Month and November 11, 2006 as Veterans Appreciation Day.


 

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Mayor Thomas announced that the Council will recess for refreshments in celebration of all veterans.  Council recessed at 7:35 p.m. and reconvened at 7:55 pm.
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Welcoming of Mayor and Mrs. Eulogio Clarence Martin de Guzman III, Mayor of Bauang, La Union, Philippines, Lakewood?s sister city.
Mayor Thomas welcomed Mayor and Mrs. Eulogio de Guzman from Bauang, La Union, Philippines, Lakewood?s sister city.
Mayor de Guzman spoke about agricultural, trade, investment, and cultural partnership opportunities between Bauang and the City of Lakewood.  He then presented Mayor Thomas and the Council with a sister city gift of appreciation.
Youth Council Report.
Youth Council Alex Vlaming reported on the Youth Council participation in the Autumn Leaf Health and Safety Festival, and Make A Difference Day projects.  Upcoming events that the Youth Council will participate in include games and activities at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2006.  She then provided an update on activities at the high schools.
Proclamation declaring November 12-18, 2006 as the 85th annual observance of American Education Week.
Councilmember McGovern presented a proclamation declaring November 12-18, 2006 as the 85th annual observance of American Education Week to Dr. Doris McEwen Harris.
Proclamation declaring November 15, 2006 as National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day.
Councilmember Richardson presented a proclamation declaring November 15, 2006 as National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day to Ms. Patricia James, Lakewood?s GIS Specialist.
Clover Park School District
Board Report.
None.
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Mayor Thomas asked City Manager Neiditz to provide his report at this time.


 

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REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that developments on the flooding are being monitored.  Several City crews of Public Works and Parks staff have been activated for a 24-hour watch.
City Manager Neiditz spoke about The News Tribune article on the cleanup of homeless encampments in Tacoma and sending the homeless to Lakewood.  He explained that Tacoma was contacted to begin discussions about coordinating efforts with the Metropolitan Development Council, Greater Lakes Mental Health and Tacoma Rescue Mission about the programs for cleaning up Tacoma?s homeless encampments and to come to an understanding of Lakewood?s concerns and equitability on the distribution of the homeless.
PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society,
announced that the History Museum grand opening will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2006.  He also spoke in support of the historical markers that are budgeted in the Parks Department.  He then spoke about placing yellow flashing lights at all school zones, especially on 108th Street.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident,
spoke about the need for performance audits of the City and quality control.  He then spoke about the City of Tacoma?s website for reporting citizen complaints that will be monitored by a separate independent entity, not City employees and management.
Sal Cantu, WorkSource, Tacoma, WA,
spoke about the WorkSource?s efforts in recognition of Veterans? Day.  He then spoke about how the WorkForce program assists veterans in finding jobs when they return from deployment.
Jim Cook, Lakeview Neighborhood Association,
spoke in support of the neighborhood police programs.
C  O  N  S  E  N  T    A  G  E  N  D  A
A.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of October 16, 2006.
B.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council Special Meeting of October 18, 2006.
C.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshops of October 18 and 24, 2006.


 

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D.       Approval of the minutes of the Joint City Council and Clover Park School District Board meeting of October 23, 2006.
E.       Approval of payroll check numbers 131, 109099 to 109123 and direct deposit check numbers 18728 to 18967 in the amount of $699,932.59, for the period October 1-15, 2006.
F.       Approval of payroll check numbers 132, 109124 to 109223, in the amount of $489,537.99, for the period October 23-29, 2006.
G.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 38013 to 38103, in the amount of $316,536.70, for the period ending October 18, 2006.
H.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 38012, 38104 to 38106, and 38113 to 38216, in the amount of $331,877.14, for the period ending October 31, 2006.
I.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 38107 to 38112 and 38217 to 38338, in the amount of $295,995.68, for the period ending October 31, 2006.
J.       Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
          1.  Community Development Block Grant Citizens? Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 20, 2006.
          2.  Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 20 and 21, 2006.
          3.  Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of September 21, 2006.
          4.  Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 26, 2006.
          5.  Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 10, 2006.
          6.  Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting minutes of October 11, 2006.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


 

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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 public hearing by the City Council on the proposed 2007-2008 City of Lakewood biennial budget and the 2007 mill levy rate.
Speaking before the Council were:
Roger Laybourn, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board,
spoke in support of the Parks Department budget and noted that much of the Parks budget is made up of grants.
Jason Gerwen, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board,
spoke in support of the Parks Department budget.
Steve Dunkelberger, Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board,
spoke in support of funding the historic markers in Ft. Steilacoom Park.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident,
spoke about performance audits of the City, developing units of service costs, and cutting the budget.
Ken Severe, Lakewood resident,
spoke about utilities franchise fees and noted that Lakeview Light and Power pays a disproportionate rate of franchise than other utilities.
Dee Youmans, Lakewood resident,
spoke in support of funding the Community Service Officers and the importance of their role.
There being no further testimony, the public hearing was declared closed.
ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 426 repealing Ordinance No. 279 which provided for a biennial budget and reverting back to an annual fiscal year budget effective January 1, 2007.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 426.  SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Ordinance No. 427 adopting the findings of fact and extending a moratorium on the filing of applications for licenses, permits and approvals for card rooms (casino gambling) for an additional six months.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 427.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


 

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked that the Council be provided the statistics on the reduction of traffic accidents as referenced on page 2 of the Redevelopment Advisory Board October 16, 2006 meeting minutes.  He suggested that all City Boards and Committees be briefed about conflicts of interest and disclosure of any potential conflicts during a Committee?s deliberation when making recommendations.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked for the results of a meeting that the Public Works Director Wickstrom held with the military regarding the sewer flow as mentioned on page 5 of the October 16, 2006 Redevelopment Advisory Board  meeting minutes.  Public Works Director Wickstrom reported that the meeting resulted in a conclusion that the capacity and treatment of the flows from the military base would be cost prohibitive.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny questioned the Redevelopment Advisory Board October 16, 2006 minutes about a letter that was to be written on the redevelopment of Lakewood Ford generating $1 million in sales and how that money would be used.  He indicated that such a policy decision should be brought before the Council.
NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2006-50 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with DKS Associates, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $93,168, to assist with the selection and integration of a central traffic signal system.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO authorize the city manager to execute an agreement with dks associates, inc., in an amount not to exceed $93,168, to assist with the selection and integration of a central traffic signal system.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2006-51 au
thorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, in the amount of $97,563.71, for the boat launch installation at American Lake Park.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT with the washington state department of fish and wildlife, in the amount of $97,563.71, for the boat launch installation at american lake park.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


 

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BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that the flooding situation has quieted down.  There had been no calls so City staff has been released from 24-hour duty to an on-call status.
City Manager Neiditz distributed a sales and use tax chart relative to the 2007 budget.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary thanked Mayor Thomas for the ?Salute the Veterans? ceremony.
Councilmember Neary commented on the Tacoma-Pierce County Visitors Convention Bureau Board meeting he attended.
Councilmember Neary expressed concern about The News Tribune article about Tacoma ?shipping? 42 percent of its homeless people to Lakewood and asked if the Council should develop a strategy on stopping Lakewood from being a dumping ground and taking on more than its fair share, similar to the Progress House situation.  City Manager Neiditz indicated that a staff task force has been formed to work with Tacoma and Pierce County on this issue.
Councilmember Richardson circulated a copy of an article from the Edgewood News on Initiative 933.
Councilmember Richardson noted a representative was present tonight from Major Downing, Lakewood?s community connector, office of the 4th Brigade of the 7th Infantry Division.  He reminded the Councilmembers that the Council had agreed to look at setting aside a section of the Veterans Memorial specifically to honor any casualties from the 4th Brigade of the 7th Infantry.  He indicated that the City Manager is looking into the cost of designing their unit crest to be placed at the Veterans Memorial and any bricks engraved of the names of casualties.
Councilmember Richardson announced that Colonel Jerry Martinez, Mc Chord Air Force Base Commander, will be returning from a short deployment and that McChord Air Force Base and Ft. Lewis will most likely continue its dialogue on potential property acquisition.
Councilmember Richardson announced that a meeting on November 9, 2006 will be held on the international baccalaureate program proposed by the Lakewood Rotary hosted by the Clover Park Technical College for high school students.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny spoke about three meetings he attended with the Gimhae Korean City delegation.


 

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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association meeting he attended relative to the potential redevelopment of Tillicum as presented by BCRA and the City playing a role in the comprehensive development plan.  He suggested that BCRA make a presentation before the Council.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the Joint Community Development Block Grant Citizens? Advisory Board and the Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting that was held and asked the Council to read the draft minutes that was provided to the Council.
Mayor Thomas commented on the Lakewood Senior Center reception she attended today.
Mayor Thomas also commented on the Lakeview Neighborhood Association meeting she attended.
Mayor Thomas then displayed a t-shirt from Richard Rabisa on the Freedom Bridge.
Mayor Thomas commented on the Korean City delegation meeting she attended.
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 p.m.
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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ATTEST:
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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
CITY CLERK