LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Tuesday, February 20, 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 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Fredric Cornell by request of Mayor Thomas.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that the Council?s agenda and agenda bills are now on the City?s website.
City Manager Neiditz reported that staff will be discussing Council?s request for information on Citizens? Committees, Boards and Commissions relative to public comments, attendance, and residency requirements at the Council?s February 26, 2007 Study Session.
City Manager Neiditz reported that meetings have been held with Congressman Norm Dicks? Office, and the Tacoma Public Utilities; and that others are being held relative to the Berk and Associates report. The County Council will hear the report at their meeting in University Place next week.
City Manager Neiditz provided a progress report on demolishing the Ward Building on Western State Hospital property. He then commented on a community/ policing partnership with Western State Hospital.
City Manager Neiditz announced that the County Prosecutor?s report on the Washington State Department of Corrections? crime rate is on their website.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that the Police Department held an open house last week to display the preliminary design of the police facility.
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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported on the National Teachers Board Certification Awards. She added that an Oakwood Elementary School teacher was awarded the State Educator of the Year Award.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie announced that the Lakewood Community Summit will be held on February 24, 2007. She spoke of the projected saving of $14,000 per month from the optic network system the CPSD installed. She then reported on the gear-up program; the March 13, 2007 Community Caf? meeting on gang-related issues; and five CPSD athletes who signed letters of intent to receive football scholarships. She then reported on a Hudtloff Middle School debate in which over 100 people including students attended. She also commented on a student who visited Okinawa City and the relationship that student continues to have with the Okinawa City exchange family, which started from the sister cities exchange program.
Port of Tacoma presentation on the economic aspects of industrial warehouse development in the South Puget Sound.
Mr. Bob Emerson, Senior Director, Real Estate & Industrial Development, of Port of Tacoma presented the economic aspects of industrial warehouse development in the South Puget Sound.
Mr. Emerson spoke about the North America container ports, and reported that Tacoma ranks seventh in the nation. He then provided an overview of the Port of Tacoma operations and the economic impact study of the Port of Tacoma activities in our community. He reported that Lakewood?s industrial opportunities include warehouse distribution, military-related business/industrial opportunities, foreign trade zone status, and land assembly opportunities.
Discussion ensued on traffic and the reasons why there is a need for warehouses.
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Mayor Thomas thanked Fire Chief Paul Webb who will be retiring on March 31, 2007. She then recognized incoming Fire Chief Ken Sharp.
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Speaking before the Council were:
Fae Craebill, Lakewood resident, spoke about the police facility building and the need for a fuel island and a fully equipped firing range.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the construction of both the Port of Tacoma and Port of Seattle, and building of roadways to accommodate traffic.
Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about the ten-year multi-family tax incentive program; how there were not many developers in the program; and how citizens are picking up the tab on the tax deferral.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the Joint City Council and Committees, Boards, and Commissions Chair Special Study Session meeting of January 29, 2007.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of February 5, 2007.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of February12, 2007.
D. Approval of payroll check numbers 109438 to 109486, and direct deposit check numbers 20390 to 20625, in the amount of $963,335.49, for the period January 16-31, 2007.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 39432 to 39440, and 39446 to 39595, in the amount of $503,507.23, for the period ending January 31, 2007.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 39596 to 39777, 9001001 to 9001003, and 90010004, in the amount of $634,671.79, for the period ending February 12, 2007.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of November 14 and December 12, 2006.
2. Community Development Block Grant Citizens? Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 17, 2007.
3. Joint Community Development Block Grant Citizens? Advisory Board and Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 24, 2007.
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4. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of February 14, 2007.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Resolution No. 2007-01 adopting the recommendations of the Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force and Planning Advisory Board relative to the placement of residentially-based personal care facilities and home-based businesses within residential districts.
COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2007-01 AND AMENDED EXHIBIT A, ITEM NO. 3 AS FOLLOWS:
?THE TASK FORCE AND PAB
REJECTED AMENDMENTS TO THE SINGLE FAMILY DEVELOPMENT ZONING STANDARDS THAT WOULD LIMIT THE SIZE OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SUPPORT THE CURRENT DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS LISTED IN THE LAKEWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE (LMC) SECTION 18A.30.160 FOR THE R1, R2, R3 AND R4 ZONING DISTRICTS?;
ITEM NO. 8, ?THE TASK FORCE AND PAB RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY
STRICTLY ENFORCE BUILDING CODE , PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS IN ALL RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS REGULATIONS TO PREVENT WORK BEING PERFORMED WITHOUT CONSTRUCTION PERMITS, IN ADDITION TO ENFORCING MINIMUM HEALTH AND SAFETY AND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE REGULATIONS, PUBLIC NUISANCES, AND UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS BUILDING(S) RULES. THE TASK FORCE AND PAB FURTHER RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY COUNCIL EXPAND THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT?S CODE ENFORCEMENT DIVISION;? AND
REMOVING ITEM NO.11,
THE TASK FORCE AND PAB DOES NOT AFFIRM THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT?S CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY TO REJECT ALL ADULT FAMILY HOMES, DAYCARES, AND GROUP HOME APPLICATIONS LOCATED WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHICAL CONFINES OF THE MCCHORD AFB AIR CORRIDOR.
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Council recessed at 8:05 pm and reconvened at 8:11 pm.
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Councilmember Neary distributed copies of a chart from a City of Tacoma staff report showing comparisons of property tax exemption programs.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Police facility presentation
City Manager Neiditz referred to the display boards of the proposed police facility and spoke about alternative designs for a fuel island and a build-out firing range.
Architect Peter Rasmussen provided an overview of the design concepts and floor plans. He explained that the next phase is to transform the schematic design into architectural design and then construction plans.
Discussion ensued on what the City?s expected population size would be to provide for a build-out and if the building is designed for expansion. City Manager Neiditz indicated that the population size would be 77,000 for a 20-year growth. Concerns were expressed about the property site being too limited to handle greater growth. Further discussion ensued on timing concerns with regard to the bidding and construction cycle when the City expects to move in by the end of 2008.
Further discussion ensued about moving into a police facility to handle population growth; and reviewing the financing for the building.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that the budget for the facility is $12 million, of which $7 million would come from reserves and $5 million from General Obligations Bonds and that there is no proposal to increase taxes for building the facility.
City Council Rules of Procedure
City Attorney Wachter distributed the proposed Council Rules amendments and explained the changes.
Discussion ensued on voting by phone or video conference; and addressing quorum issues when voting by phone.
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CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the BCRA Architects meeting he attended and concerns about the survey results of the Tillicum/American Lake Gardens, of which only five percent of that neighborhood responded to the survey.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked for the status of sharing sewer pretreatments with Pierce County as noted in the Redevelopment Advisory Board minutes.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the New Life Korean Church New Year ceremony and celebration of the Year of the Pig.
Councilmember McGovern commented on the affordable housing presentation at Pierce Transit in March.
Councilmember McGovern commented on Councilmember Richardson?s presentation at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.
Councilmember Cronk commented on his tour of the State Capitol Building and the $100 million rehabilitation cost of that building, which is valued at $1.5 billion.
Mayor Thomas announced that that the Lakewood Sounder Station ground breaking ceremony will be held on March 26, 2007.
Mayor Thomas asked for Council input on what Councilmembers would like to help with at the Community Summit on February 24, 2007.
Mayor Thomas indicated that she will be preparing a Council schedule for attending neighborhood association meetings.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m.
CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMCCITY CLERK
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