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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, December 4, 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

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Thomas.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that approximately 1,000 individuals attended the December 1, 2006 Tree Lighting Ceremony, of which 400 were children.

City Manager Neiditz then reported on the bond rating meeting that he and Mayor Thomas attended last week for the three Local Improvement Districts (LID). City Manager Neiditz announced that a Special Meeting will be held on December 11, 2006 to consider the sale and issuance of the LID bonds.

City Manager Neiditz announced that the City was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for the Tillicum sewer project.

City Manager Neiditz reported that, at the December 11, 2006 Council Study Session, 2007 legislative issues is scheduled as a topic for discussion. He added that the tentative date for a meeting with the State legislators from the 28th and 29th Districts is scheduled for December 20, 2006.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked that copies of the Council?s Subcommittee?s draft Council Rules be emailed to the entire Council and that Council begin their discussion on the proposed Rules at the December 11, 2006 Study Session.


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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

The Youth Council spoke about the Tree Lighting ceremony they participated in, and then reported on their plans for the ?Amazing Lakewood Race,? and the activities at each of the high schools.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Jeannie Darneille, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, spoke about the mission of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation and the Oasis for Youth program. She thanked the Council for continued funding of the program. She then distributed letters of support from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and United Way of Pierce County.

Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about customer service at the Lakewood post office.

David Anderson, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Oasis program website and their discriminatory policy.

Sydna Koontz, Lakewood resident, spoke about the human services program and concerns about the Suburban Times article on the Pierce County AIDS Foundation youth program.

Julio Quan, Centro Latino, thanked the City for supporting the Centro Latino programs.

Forrest Stepnowski, Lakewood resident, spoke about his personal experience as a gay person and the need for programs such as the Oasis program.

Andie Gernon, Lakewood resident, spoke about bigoted comments that she heard made at the last couple of Council meetings. She then spoke about the human services funding application and the Human Services Funding Advisory Board deliberation process.

Nancy Proudman, homeless, spoke about the loss of her home through a fire and the difficulties she encountered with Inspectors.


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Amended

12/18/06 Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Lakewood CARES Promise position. He asked that a listing of human services agencies being funded with City?s funds be posted on the City?s website.

David Ottey, Emergency Food Network, thanked the Human Services Funding Advisory Board for their work and recommendations for human services funding.

Kevin Blacken Coley, Food Connection, thanked the Human Services Funding Advisory Board for their work and funding recommendations. He spoke about the importance of a unified human services program. He then spoke about the Springbrook Food Mobile program which the Food Connection has assisted.

Dee Youmans, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Oasis Youth Center website and indicated that the address of the Youth Center is not listed.

Cindy Baij, Lakewood resident, spoke unfavorably about the Clover Park School District. She then spoke about the Oasis Center program. She then asked for Council?s support to write a letter to the Governor to not grant clemency to an offender (Massey) who murdered an individual at Steilacoom.

Alton McDonald, National Action Network, spoke about police misconduct in Lakewood. He then spoke about the gay community. He also spoke about providing clemency to the offender Massey.

Mandy Ma, My Service Mind, spoke about her experiences serving the Korean community and expressed disappointment for not receiving human services funding for next year.

Terry Rhines, Lakewood resident, a volunteer of the Oasis program, spoke about the Oasis program and that straight allies and parents are allowed to come to the Center. He indicated that the address is not listed on the AIDS Foundation website because there have been harassment concerns and safety issues.

Alicia Lewis, Executive Director, Rainbow Center, spoke about the safety for gays and lesbians, and support for funding the underserved population.

David Alger, Associated Ministries, spoke about how the AIDS program started from a church organization. He commended the work of Centro Latino and the recommendations for funding the human services community.

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Council recessed at 8:35 p.m. and reconvened at 8:45 p.m.

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C O N S E N T A G E N D A

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of November20,2006.

B. Approval of the minutes of the Joint City Council and Clover Park School District Board meeting of November 27, 2006.

C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of November27,2006.

D. Approval of payroll check numbers 109266 to 109289 and direct deposit check numbers 19207 to 19444, in the amount of $686,132.34, for the period November 1-15, 2006.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900132, 38457 to 38547, in the amount of $454,481.59, for the period ending November 22, 2006.

F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 38549 to 38635, in the amount of $344,645.04, for the period ending November 30, 2006.

G. Resolution No. 2006-33

Setting Tuesday, January 16, 2007, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on vacating a portion of 47th Avenue SW right-of-way to provide future parking for the Lakewood Ford dealership.

H. Motion No. 2006-53

Setting Monday, December 18, 2006, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the amendments to the 2006 budget.

I. Motion No. 2006-54

Authorizing the execution of a lease agreement with Northwest Building, LLC, in the amount of $4,385 per month, for space at Building #21 at the Lakewood Industrial Park for a police facility from December 1, 2006 through November 30, 2008.

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Councilmember Finnigan requested that Item No. H (Motion No. 2006-53) be removed from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda.

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DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY MOVED TO ADOPT ITEM NOS. A-G AND I OF 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

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H. Motion No. 2006-53 setting Monday, December 18, 2006, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the amendments to the 2006 budget.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO SET MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2006, AT APPROXIMATELY 7:00 P.M., AS THE DATE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING BY THEY CITY COUNCIL ON THE AMENDMENTS TO THE 2006 BUDGET. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

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APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2006-55 appointing Bill Kittrell, Ken Severe and John Paul Wagemann to serve on the Citizens? Transportation Review Committee through November 5, 2009.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF bill kittrell, ken severe and john paul wagemanN to serve on the citizens? transportation review committee through november 5, 2009. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2006-34 amending the fee schedule providing for a U.S. passport services execution fee and revising the fee for general business licenses.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2006-34. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Councilmember Richardson questioned the November 20, 2006 Department of Corrections letter from Mr. Clarke relative to essential facilities and siting of Progress House.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny spoke about the draft November 2006 Redevelopment Advisory Board (REDAB) minutes and how specific issues discussed by the REDAB that may affect other departments should be addressed by the affected departments and advisory boards such as the Planning Advisory Board and the Community Development Department.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2006-56 approving the 2007 human services program funding allocations and authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreements for said services.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO APPROVE THE 2007 HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDING ALLOCATIONS AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS FOR SAID SERVICES. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY.

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COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO REMOVE THE OASIS FOR YOUTH PROGRAM FROM THE HUMAN SERVICES program FUNDING. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.

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Speaking before the Council were:

Jonathan Hueng, community outreach worker, spoke about the specific services that are provided by the Oasis program that other programs being recommended for funding do not provide.

Karla Richards, Lakewood resident, spoke about supporting programs to help people keep safe.

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ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN TO REMOVE THE OASIS FOR YOUTH PROGRAM FROM HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDING, RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:

AYES: 1 ? FINNIGAN.

NAYS: 6 ? CRONK, MCGOVERN, NEARY, RICHARDSON, ARBEENY, AND MAYOR THOMAS.

THE MOTION FAILED.

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COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED THAT lAKEWOOD SHALL REQUIRE SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS TO SIGN CONTRACT LANGUAGE AGREEING NOT TO PROVIDE SERVICES FUNDED BY LAKEWOOD TO ILLEGAL ALIENS. IF AUDITS OF THEIR PROGRAMS REVEAL THEY HAVE NOT TAKEN AFFIRMATIVE STEPS TO DETERMINE THE CITIZENSHIP OF CLIENTS AND HAVE DELIVERED SERVICES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS WITH LAKEWOOD?S FUNDING, THEIR CONTRACTS WILL PROMPTLY BE SUSPENDED AND THEY WILL REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR THE COST OF SERVICES IMPROPERLY DELIVERED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.

ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:

AYES: 1 ? FINNIGAN.

NAYS: 6 ? CRONK, MCGOVERN, NEARY, RICHARDSON, ARBEENY, AND MAYOR THOMAS.

THE MOTION FAILED.

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ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN TO APPROVE THE 2007 HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDING ALLOCATIONS AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS FOR SAID SERVICES, RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:

AYES: 6 ? CRONK, MCGOVERN, NEARY, RICHARDSON, ARBEENY, AND MAYOR THOMAS.

NAYS: 1 ? FINNIGAN.

THE MOTION PASSED.


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Motion No. 2006-57 approving the 2007 lodging tax funding allocations and authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreements to provide for tourism services.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO APPROVE THE 2007 LODGING TAX FUNDING ALLOCATIONS AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS TO PROVIDE FOR TOURISM SERVICES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Neary explained the role of the Greater Tacoma Foundation Center Board.

Councilmember Richardson announced that he will not be attending the December 11, 2006 Council Meeting.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the Tree Lighting event on Friday, December 1, 2006.

Councilmember McGovern thanked McNeil Island Corrections Center and Purdy Women?s Corrections for the holiday toys.

Councilmember Finnigan asked that Alton McDonald?s complaint about the unresponsiveness of the Police Department be reviewed and resolved.

Councilmember Finnigan spoke about a news article about Sounder trains idling overnight in Lakewood.

Councilmember Finnigan spoke in support of Cindy Baij?s request to send a letter to the Governor to not support a clemency for a convicted offender Massey.

Councilmember Cronk commented about the meeting with BCRA consultants to discuss the redevelopment of Tillicum/Woodbrook.

Councilmember Cronk spoke about a tour of facilities storing crime inventories and storage of evidence.

Mayor Thomas commented on the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Phase I of the 108th Street roadway improvements.


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Mayor Thomas announced that bids are out for the Sound Transit station.

Mayor Thomas commented on Lt. General James Dubik?s recommendation to read a book that she provided to Deputy Mayor Arbeeny.

Mayor Thomas commented on the bond counsel meeting she attended on a bond rating for three Local Improvement Districts.

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