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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
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: 6 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern and Walter Neary.

Councilmember Absent: 1 - Councilmember Doug Richardson (arrived at 7:05p.m.).

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Thomas.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz provided a status report on the roads and the winter weather.

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Councilmember Richardson arrived at 7:05 p.m.

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City Manager Neiditz reported that staff is preparing the 2007 Final Budget document. He then reviewed the goals for 2007 that Council had set in their Goals Workshop.

City Manager Neiditz reported that the Berk and Associates draft report on military encroachments will be provided to the Council by Friday, January 19, 2007. He explained that the consultants will be attending the January 22, 2007 Study Session to answer any questions.

City Manager Neiditz announced that Jeff Brewster has been hired as Communications Director starting February 1, 2007.


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City Manager Neiditz provided an update about a citizen complaint concerning Police Department staff and that a report will be provided to the Council.

City Manager Neiditz provided an update on a citizen?s complaint about the Building Permit staff relative to remodeling permits due to fire damage to their home. He explained that a copy of the report was provided to the Council.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

None.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported on school closures due to the inclement weather.

Ms. Coleman-Lacadie commented on the Martin Luther King Jr. event at the Clover Park School District Performance Lounge. She then reported on donations that CPSD have received from staff, civic organizations and other entities to help CPSD students.

Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that Human Resources Director Carol Berger and Deputy Superintendent Al Cohen will be retiring in June. She then commented on the Reflections Program competition at State and National level. She also reported that the CPSD Board will be holding a retreat on Friday, January19, 2007.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, spoke about the appointment of the Communications Director. He also spoke about the flooding at 59th Street at the entrance to the Seeley Lake Apartments.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about encouraging citizens to comment before the Council. He then commented on the Smart Communities book relative to economic development.

Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident, thanked the City Manager for reporting on the status of two earlier citizen complaints. He asked for an update on the Ft. Steilacoom Park maintenance facility.


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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 December 18, 2006.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council and Washington State 28th and 29th District Legislators meeting of January2,2007.

C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of January8,2007.

D. Approval of payroll check numbers 109335 to 109361, and direct deposit check numbers 19683 to 19918, in the amount of $705,226.82, for the period December 1-15, 2006.

E. Approval of payroll check number 109362, in the amount of $185.18, for the period December 1-15, 2006.

F. Approval of payroll check numbers 109363 to 109406, and direct deposit check numbers 19919 to 20155, in the amount of $973,117.92, for the period December 16-31, 2006.

G. Approval of claim voucher numbers 38864 to 38982, in the amount of $259,679.51, for the period ending December 20, 2006.

H. Approval of claim voucher numbers 38983 to 39134, in the amount of $540,722.46, for the period ending December 28, 2006.

I. Approval of claim voucher numbers 39137, 39139, and 39141 to 39228, in the amount of $316,495.36, for the period ending January 9, 2007.

J. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:

1. Joint Community Development Block Grant Citizens? Advisory Board and Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 25, 2006.

2. Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force meeting minutes of December 5, 2006.

3. Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting minutes of December 13, 2006.

(91) K. Motion No. 2007-01

Confirming the City Manager?s appointments of James N. O?Connor and Irv Berteig as hearing examiners and authorizing the execution of agreements for hearing examiner services.


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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny requested that Item No. K be moved from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda.

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COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT ITEM NOS. A-J OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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K. Motion No. 2007-01 confirming the City Manager?s appointments of James N. O?Connor and Irv Berteig as hearing examiners and authorizing the execution of agreements for hearing examiner services.

DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY MOVED TO CONFIRM THE CITY MANAGER?S APPOINTMENTS OF JAMES N. O?CONNOR AND IRV BERTEIG AS HEARING EXAMINERS AND AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AGREEMENTS FOR HEARING EXAMINER SERVICES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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Public Hearings and Appeals

This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on vacating a portion of 47th Avenue SW right-of-way to provide parking spaces for the Lakewood Ford dealership.

There being no public testimony, the public hearing was declared close.

Ordinances

Ordinance No. 436 amending Sections 13.06.010, 13.06.300, 13.06.310, 13.06.340, and 13.06.370 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to fees for permits and licenses of recyclable transporters and recycling container placements.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO 436. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2007-02 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Clover Park Technical College, in the amount of $2,037,000, payable over 20 years, relative to funding and usage of the Student Center conference facility.

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH CLOVER PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE, IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,037,000, PAYABLE OVER 20 YEARS, RELATIVE TO FUNDING AND USAGE OF THE STUDENT CENTER CONFERENCE FACILITY. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.

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COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO AMEND THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT TO ADD LANGUAGE THAT THE CITY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO SELECT AT LEAST SIX WEEKEND DATES OUT OF THE TWELVE DAYS PER YEAR FOR CITY USAGE. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.

COUNCILMEMBERS NEARY AND CRONK WITHDREW THEIR MOTION.

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COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO AMEND THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT TO ADD LANGUAGE THAT THE CITY WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE AT LEAST HALF A DOZEN (6) FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.

COUNCILMEMBERS NEARY AND CRONK WITHDREW THEIR MOTION.

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VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE ORIGINAL MOTION AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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Motion No. 2007-03 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Law Enforcement Support Agency (LESA) for law enforcement dispatch and records services through December 31, 2011.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT AGENCY (LESA) FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT DISPATCH AND RECORDS SERVICES THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2011. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz requested an Executive Session to discuss personnel matters, not to exceed ten minutes.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Cronk commented on the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event he attended.

Councilmember Finnigan commented on the Group Home Bill sponsored by Senator Carrell and asked if the City is looking into lobbying efforts as requested by Senator Carrell.

Councilmember McGovern commented on the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event she attended and noted that Lakewood?s celebration was not listed in The News Tribune.

Councilmember McGovern indicated that she will not be able to attend the Chili Cook-off.

Councilmember Neary commented on the Martin Luther King Jr. event he attended.

Councilmember Neary thanked the Councilmembers who responded to a Clover Park High School teacher?s plea to participate in an oral history project.

Councilmember Richardson provided an update on military deployment.

Councilmember Richardson expressed concern about the Lakewood Water District?s letter (last paragraph) that was sent to citizens and explained that the tenure of the letter was inappropriate. He suggested that the City Manager send a letter to the Water District Commissioners expressing the City Council?s disappointment.


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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event he attended.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked if there is a way for citizens to take storm debris to a designated pick-up area so that the streets and debris can be cleaned up.

Councilmember Richardson commented on a citizen?s (Sue Berven) question relative to the design of the Ponders area improvements.

Mayor Thomas commented on a letter from the Association of Washington Cities to put together a 75-year history book on two or three things that are historic and significant to the history.

Mayor Thomas asked Councilmembers for their participation in the Habitat for Humanity project. She added that invitations will be sent to Council this week.

Mayor Thomas spoke about the videotaping of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event.

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Executive Session

Mayor Thomas announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately ten minutes to review the performance of a public employee.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:20 p.m. and reconvened at 9:30p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK