LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, May 21, 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.
Councilmembers Present: 6 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern and Walter Neary.
Councilmember Excused: 1 - Councilmember Doug Richardson (arrived at 7:13p.m.)
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Andrew Ried-Munro, Troupe 53 representative, by request of Mayor Thomas.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz provided an update on Lakewood?s crime rates with reference to a recent newspaper article. He indicated that, at the end of the first quarter of 2007, crime rates were going down compared to 2006 (16.1 percent decrease in violent crimes with increased gang emphasis and 7.6 percent decrease in property crimes, and a 16.2 percent decrease on vehicle accidents).
City Manager Neiditz distributed brochures on fireworks safety that will be distributed in the community.
City Manager Neiditz addressed the concerns of the Council relative to school zone signs on108th Street SW at St. Frances Cabrini School where the speed limit is 25 mph on residential streets. He added that City staff met with the principal of St. Frances Cabrini School in response to their letter and City staff will implement engineering alternatives which may include more pronounced signs and/or rumble strips notifying vehicle drivers that they are entering a residential zone.
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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation declaring June 1 and 2, 2007 as the Lakewood Relay for Life event.
Councilmember McGovern read a proclamation declaring June 1 and 2, 2007 as the Lakewood Relay for Life event.
Presentation on the Offender Re-entry Program.
State Senator Mike Carrell, 28th Legislative District, spoke about the history of the Offender Re-entry Program and the eventual Legislative passage and signing of the Senate Bill to address the prison reform issue. He expressed his appreciation on the successful bill signing event.
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Councilmember Richardson arrived at 7:13 p.m.
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Senator Carrell distributed copies of Senate Bill 6157 which has evolved through several stages and noted that this bill has the longest title in the State?s history (627 words long). He indicated that this bill aims to reduce recidivism by 20-30 percent and that on July 21, 2007 the felon ?faucet? will be turned off in Pierce County. He then spoke about the effect of one part of this bill where felons are to return to the County where they committed their first crime; that other Counties would be notified of felons that are not from their County of origin; and to build facilities throughout the State of Washington to accommodate each County?s own felons. He praised Police Chief Saunders? involvement and assistance especially during the difficult process of establishing this bill.
Mayor Thomas expressed appreciation to Senator Carrell?s tenacity to push this bill forward and to those who worked on the bill.
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked when will the bill become effective. Senator Carrell indicated that local governments will need to begin implementation on July 21, 2007. He recommended that Pierce County be one of four counties to test the Community Transition Coordination Networks (CTCN) system which is the local equivalent of a community justice center to ?fix? people from jail after an average of two years in prison. It will be fully funded by the State and the intent is to see lower recidivism, less jail capacity, less need for police and courts.
Councilmember Neary spoke about the three studies done by the News Tribune, Prosecutor Gerry Horn, and the City Club of Tacoma on this topic and commented on why Pierce County has become a dumping ground for offenders. He complimented Senator Carrell and Police Chief Saunders? abilities to navigate this bill forward.
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Councilmember Finnigan asked whether halfway houses and Progress House will be affected by this bill. Senator Carrell explained that it would not affect these work release programs directly.
Police Chief Saunders indicated that this bill does not require the Washington State Department of Corrections to reconsider their intentions with Progress House and that they will meet again to discuss other alternatives through the County Law and Justice Committee.
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Councilmember Richardson asked about the status of the appeal of the Growth Management Hearings Board ruling.
City Attorney Wachter responded that during the appeal process, the City sunsetted the moratorium which is the subject of the appeal. She indicated that there was no appeal made on Ordinance No. 423 and that the City should go back to the Hearings Board and get a ruling from them that we have complied with their order for the City to repeal the moratorium.
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Clover Park School District Board Report.
Speaking before the Council were:
Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident, asked what the City?s policy was for allowing the public to enter meeting rooms where public meetings are being held.
Joye Braun, 14413 Portland Avenue, spoke about naming the public meeting room at the Boys and Girls Club HOPE Center after ?Chief Leschi.?
Floyd Braun, 14413 Portland Avenue, spoke in support of naming the meeting room at the Boys and Girls Club HOPE Center after ?Chief Leschi.?
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the newspaper article on blind corners in Lakewood and the option agreement on the sale of the old Safeway Building and losing a parcel between City Hall and that building.
Glen Spieth, 5928 Steilacoom Boulevard, reported on crimes he witnessed recently at the Kiwanis Park.
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Charles Ames, 12908 Lincoln Avenue, spoke about his recent experience with home burglary and expressed appreciation to Police Chief Saunders in helping resolve this matter.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of May 7, 2007.
B. Approval of payroll check numbers 109674 to 109715, and direct deposit check numbers 21843 to 22088, in the amount of $999,063.83, for the period April 16-30, 2007.
C. Approval of claim voucher numbers 9001, 40893 to 41101, and 9001007, in the amount of $659,268.70, for the period ending May8,2007.
D. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of April 2, 2007.
2. Citizens? Transportation Review Committee meeting minutes of April 24, 2007.
3. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners? meeting minutes of May 9, 2007.
DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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 relative to the use of public funds for abating a dangerous building at 6902 146th Street SW.
There being no public testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
Motion No. 2007-20 confirming the reappointments of Kurt Graff and Louis Imhof to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board for three-year terms.
COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO CONFIRM THE REAPPOINTMENTS OF KURT GRAFF AND LOUIS IMHOF TO SERVE ON THE REDEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD FOR THREE-YEAR TERMS. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Motion No. 2007-21 naming the public meeting room in the Gary and Carol Milgard Boys and Girls Club HOPE Center facility.
COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO NAME THE PUBLIC MEETING ROOM AT THE GARY AND CAROL MILGARD BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB HOPE CENTER FACILITY ?CHIEF LESCHI ROOM.? SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES: 7 ? ARBEENY, CRONK, FINNIGAN, MCGOVERN, NEARY, RICHARDSON AND MAYOR THOMAS.
The motion CARRIED.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary praised the Mayor and City staff for organizing the Governor?s bill signing ceremony last week.
Councilmember Neary expressed concern about the designation of 108th Street near St. Frances Cabrini as being a residential street and not eligible for a flashing light. He indicated that there is a need for further Council discussion on how to address this issue, and possibly hold a public hearing. Deputy Mayor Arbeeny also expressed a similar concern and asked if this area could be treated as a special circumstance. He asked for options the Council could consider.
City Manager Neiditz responded that the City first needs to correct the perception that this area is a ?speed trap? by implementing highly visible engineering improvements. He suggested that the Council allow City staff to show the Council statistical and engineering information on the various school zones in residential areas and on arterial streets, and what the possible ramifications may be.
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Councilmember Richardson also asked for information on considering an exception of the policy for putting up yellow flashing lights on a residential street as an option.
Councilmember Finnigan asked that the Council be provided with comparisons of other schools in residential areas that do not have flashing lights to ensure that a precedent is not set.
Councilmember Richardson asked who is the alternate representative to the Pierce County Regional Council.
Councilmember Richardson regrettably announced that the Lakewood Community Connector 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team lost its first soldier in Iraq and that there are two other soldiers that have been killed since the first soldier?s memorial service. He asked who will be attending the memorial services.
Councilmember Cronk thanked City Manager Neiditz for the work on the Citizens? Advisory Boards and Committees in the uniformity of their meeting minutes and procedures. He praised the idea of a leadership meeting for the Chair, Co-Chairs and other members who are interested in attending.
Councilmember Cronk asked about the terms service of the Human Services Funding Advisory Board members. Mayor Thomas indicated that this list has been provided to the Council and the terms were set to align with other Committees.
Councilmember Cronk commented on the excellent joint meeting of the Planning Advisory Board and the Redevelopment Advisory Board he attended and acknowledged the work that City staff and the Advisory Boards put in.
Councilmember Finnigan commented on the Police Department and Fire District basketball game he attended.
Councilmember Finnigan spoke about a City of Tacoma meeting he attended for the Mayor relative to the Green Ribbon Task Force.
Councilmember McGovern spoke about her trip to Washington DC sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce which included meetings with various U.S. Representatives on the topics of trade, transportation, education, energy, military affairs and the Base and Realignment Closure.
Mayor Thomas announced that interviews were held for the 2007-2008 Youth Council including two students from the Steilacoom School District.
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Mayor Thomas reminded the Council that there will be a joint meeting with the Clover Park School District Board on May 29, 2007, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 p.m., for the purpose of following up on the Community Summit.
Mayor Thomas spoke about the police awards ceremony on May 18, 2007.
Mayor Thomas indicated that the next neighborhood leadership meeting will be held on May 22, 2007, at 5:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church.
Councilmember Richardson asked who will be attending the memorial service for the Lakewood Community Connector soldiers who died serving in Iraq.
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Mayor Thomas announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 30 minutes to review the performance of a public official.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 8:55 p.m. and reconvened at 9:25p.m. At 9:25 p.m., Mayor Thomas announced that Executive Session will be extended for an additional twenty minutes. At 9:45 p.m., Mayor Thomas announced that Executive Session will be extended for an additional twenty minutes. At 10:05 p.m., Mayor Thomas announced that Executive Session will be extended for an additional five minutes. Council reconvened at 10:10 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.
CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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