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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, November 20, 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:  7 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.
FLAG SALUTE
Mayor Thomas called on Hunter Larson, Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 51, for the scouts to do a flag presentation and salute.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported on an Amtrak Report that was distributed to Council earlier.
City Manager Neiditz then spoke about the Lake Steilacoom Improvement Club and the use of the solar bees.
City Manager Neiditz reported on historical reports that were provided to the Council about the police facility space needs.
City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the feasibility study on the air corridor and that he and Councilmember Richardson are working on this matter.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that he received a letter of support signed by the U.S. Congressmen and Representatives relative to the encroachment issue.  He indicated that Pierce County is looking to provide a $250,000 local match.
City Manager Neiditz reported that today is General Services Director/City Clerk Bush?s 11th Anniversary as a City employee.


 

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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation recognizing Rene? Meyer for her community service.
Mayor Thomas presented a proclamation to Ms. Rene? Meyer, Manager, Volunteer Services/Community Integration, of St. Clare Hospital for her community service in Lakewood?s Promise.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported that ABC World News will be featuring a piece on school drop-out rates and highlighting the Clover Park High School.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie also reported that four Clover Park High School students won Act 6 scholarships.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie commented on the Annual School Board Conference which the CPSD Board attended.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that, at the December 12, 2006 Community Caf?, Mayor Thomas will be the guest speaker to talk about working together to support the youth.
PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:
Carole Wier, Lakewood resident,
spoke about the Holiday Tree Lighting event on December 1, 2006, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall and showcased toys donated by McNeil Island Corrections and Purdy Women?s Corrections.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society,
spoke about passenger trains that stopped in Lakewood in 1873 and concerns about the proposed trains traveling 79 miles per hour through Lakewood.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident,
spoke about gifted students who provide an example for other students.  He then spoke about an inter-baccalaureate program.
C  O  N  S  E  N  T    A  G  E  N  D  A
A.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of November 6, 2006.
B.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of November 13, 2006.


 

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C.       Approval of payroll check numbers 133, 109224 to 109265 and direct deposit check numbers 18968 to 19206, in the amount of $940,055.33 for the period October 16-31, 2006.
D.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 38339, 38341, 38342, and 38346 to 38400, in the amount of $63,249.83, for the period ending November 7, 2006.
E.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 38340, 38343 to 38345, and 38401 to 38456, in the amount of $329,626.92, for the period ending November 8, 2006.
F.       Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
          1.  Citizens? Transportation Review Committee meeting minutes of September 26, 2006.
          2.  Personal Care Facilities & Home-Based Business Task Force meeting minutes of September 26, 2006.
          3.  Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of October 19, 2006.
          4.  Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting minutes of November 8, 2006.
G.       Resolution No. 2006-31
Declaring the construction of side sewer connections on private property in the Tillicum/American Lake Gardens neighborhoods as a public benefit to ensure minimum flow requirements are met.
H.       Resolution No. 2006-32
Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a Washington State Public Works Trust Fund Loan, in an amount not to exceed $1.14 million, to provide financial assistance for the construction of side sewer connections for the sanitary sewer system in Tillicum/American Lake Gardens.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


 

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R  E  G  U  L  A  R    A  G  E  N  D  A
APPOINTMENTS
Motion No. 2006-52 appointing Bethene Campbell and Elizabeth Jay Cross to serve on the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board for a three-year term through December 2, 2009.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF BETHENE CAMPBELL AND ELIZABETH JAY CROSS TO SERVE ON THE lANDMARKS AND HERITAGE ADVISORY BOARD FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM THROUGH DECEMBER 2, 2009.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 428 setting the 2007 mill levy rate at $1.100369 per thousand dollars assessed value of taxable property in the city boundaries.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 428.  SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Ordinance No. 429 adopting the 2007 City of Lakewood budget, in the amount of $91,856,050, and amending the Employee Compensation Plan and Annual Award Program.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 429.  SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY.
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Speaking before the Council was:
Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident,
commented that 82 percent of the City?s budget is being allocated to the Police Department.
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COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO REDUCE ALL DEPARTMENT GENERAL FUND BUDGETS BY 1.2 PERCENT ACROSS THE BOARD AND ELIMINATE THE WATER FRANCHISE FEES AND BUSINESS LICENSE FEES.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND THE MOTION FAILED WITH COUNCILMEMBERS FINNIGAN AND CRONK VOTING FOR, AND COUNCILMEMBERS MCGOVERN, NEARY AND RICHARDSON, DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY AND MAYOR THOMAS VOTING AGAINST THE MOTION.


 

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COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO OFFSET THE WATER FRANCHISE FEE BY REDUCING THE SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT FUND.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN WITH COUNCILMEMBERS CRONK, FINNIGAN AND NEARY VOTING FOR, AND COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN, DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY, COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON AND MAYOR THOMAS VOTING AGAINST.
THE MOTION FAILED.
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COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN CALLED FOR THE QUESTION (REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS VOTE FOR PASSAGE).
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES:  4 ? CRONK, MCGOVERN, ARBEENY, AND MAYOR THOMAS.
NAYS:  3 ? FINNIGAN, NEARY, AND RICHARDSON.
THE MOTION FAILED.
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Council recessed at 9:20 p.m. and reconvened at 9:28 p.m.
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COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO TRANSFER $575,000 FROM THE PARKS CAPITAL BUDGET TO THE STREETS CAPITAL FUND.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN WITH COUNCILMEMBERS FINNIGAN AND CRONK VOTING FOR, AND COUNCILMEMBERS RICHARDSON, NEARY AND MCGOVERN, DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY AND MAYOR THOMAS VOTING AGAINST.
THE MOTION FAILED.
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COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO TRANSFER $300,000 FROM THE PARKS CAPITAL FUND TO THE STREETS CAPITAL FUND.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN WITH COUNCILMEMBERS NEARY, CRONK, AND FINNIGAN VOTING FOR, AND COUNCILMEMBERS MCGOVERN AND RICHARDSON, DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY, AND MAYOR THOMAS VOTING AGAINST.
THE MOTION FAILED.
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COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO TABLE ORDINANCE NO. 429 UNTIL THE NEXT REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.  VOCE VOTE WAS TAKEN WITH COUNCILMEMBERS FINNIGAN AND CRONK VOTING FOR, AND COUNCILMEMBERS MCGOVERN, NEARY AND RICHARDSON, DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY, AND MAYOR THOMAS VOTING AGAINST.
THE MOTION FAILED.
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ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN ADOPTING ORDINANCE NO. 429 AS FOLLOWS:
AYES:  4 ?  MCGOVERN, RICHARDSON, ARBEENY, MAYOR THOMAS.
NAYS:  3 ? FINNIGAN, NEARY, AND CRONK.
ordinance no. 429 was declared adopted.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked what are the options available for Council for addressing street ends that was presented at a previous Council meeting.  City Manager Neiditz indicated that the City is waiting to hear from the Lake Steilacoom Improvement Club?s legal counsel to set up a meeting to discuss this matter.
Councilmember Richardson asked for the status of the experimental chemical treatment at Waughop Lake and what the timing was for the experiment.
Councilmember Cronk questioned why Fredric Cornell was charged 15 cents for a copy of the agenda for a Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting he attended.


 

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NEW BUSINESS

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny indicated that he received a letter from the Redevelopment Advisory Board about earmarking redevelopment funds, and asked when the Council may discuss the matter on earmarking revenues from redevelopment.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary complimented the railroad report that was distributed to the Council.
Councilmember Neary asked if the Council will be meeting with the State legislators about legislative items.
Councilmember Richardson reported on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting he attended and that recommendations for funding will be coming before the Council.  He asked that the Council hold a Study Session about developing strategies and priorities for hotel/motel expenditures.
Councilmember Richardson announced that the City?s community connector, the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, will be deployed to Iraq in early 2007.  He suggested that the Council invite the Colonel sometime between now and February 2007.
Councilmember McGovern expressed her appreciation for the Bothell police facility tour and asked that the Mayor send a letter of appreciation to the Bothell Police Chief.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny introduced his sister, Carmen, who was visiting Lakewood.
Mayor Thomas spoke about the City?s application to America?s Promise to compete for the ?100 Best Communities serving Youth? award.
Mayor Thomas reported on a Pierce County Alliance for Youth meeting she spoke at.
Mayor Thomas spoke about the Police Awards ceremony she attended last week.
Mayor Thomas reported that the final Smart Communities book discussion with the Clover Park School District Board will be held next week.


 

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Mayor Thomas spoke about a cycle cross race over the weekend and a $1,000 donation that was presented to the Parks and Recreation Department.
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:03 p.m.
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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ATTEST:
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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
CITY CLERK