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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, June 4, 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.

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present: 6 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.

Councilmember Absent: 1 - Councilmember Helen McGovern (arrived at 7:10 p.m.)

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Thomas.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reviewed the Citizens? Advisory Boards and Committees (CABC) meeting schedule with the City Council and spoke about the format of the meetings.

City Manager Neiditz indicated that the proposal for school zone signage at 108th Street is scheduled for the June 11, 2007 Council Study Session Agenda.

City Manager Neiditz spoke about the Primley Park dedication ceremony.

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Councilmember McGovern arrived at 7:10 p.m.

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City Manager Neiditz commented on a response that was provided to a citizen who had questioned why citizens were not permitted to enter Council meeting rooms early prior to the start of meetings.


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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

The Youth Council provided an overview of the 2006-2007 Year-End Youth Council Report which included their work on the Lakewood?s Promise website, Communities In Schools open house, Autumn Leaf Health and Safety Festival, Make A Difference Day, Student Spotlight on The News Tribune, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, Habitat for Humanity Promise House, Community Summit, Amazing Lakewood Race, Relay for Life, America?s Promise and Make the Dash Count activities.

Proclamation recognizing the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), Lakewood Community Connector Program.

Councilmember Richardson presented a proclamation recognizing the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), Lakewood Community Connector Program to Major Chad Sundem, Rear Detachment Commander, 4-2 SBCT, Mrs. Stacey Lehr, Wife of Brigade Commander Colonel Jon Lehr, and Max McLaughlin, First Sergeant, 4-2 SBCT, Fort Lewis Army Installation.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie thanked the Youth Council for participating in the Relay for Life event. She also thanked Councilmembers McGovern and Neary and Mayor Thomas for their support and participation.

CPSD Vice President Coleman-Lacadie announced the dates of the graduation ceremonies. She reported that the CPSD Board will be discussing the Rotary?s proposed International Baccalaureate (IB)program on June 25, 2007. She announced that the next Community Caf? is scheduled for June 12, 2007. She then spoke about the level of participation by the Youth Council who are making a difference. She also reported on the Math Relay, Spelling Bee contest, progress on the K-12 school activities, and update on the Lakeview Elementary School renovations. She reported that Gary Wilson and Debbie LeBeau were promoted to Assistant Superintendents of the School District.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Glen Spieth, 5928 Steilacoom Boulevard, spoke about a paintball fight at the skate park over the weekend.


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Carla Richards, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Mrs. Washington America Pageant competition she is competing for at Moses Lake, Washington on July 14, 2007.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of May14,2007.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of May21,2007.

C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council and the Clover Park School District Board Joint Meeting of May29,2007.

D. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of May29,2007.

E. Approval of payroll check numbers 109716 to 109743, and direct deposit check numbers 22089 to 22333, in the amount of $765,893.19, for the period May 1-15, 2007.

F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 41102 to 41258, and 9001133, in the amount of $936,306.05, for the period ending May 18, 2007.

G. Approval of claim voucher numbers 41259 to 41424, in the amount of $326,722.47, for the period ending May 31, 2007.

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

1. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of March 27 and April 24, 2007.

2. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of April 19, 2007.

I. Motion No. 2007-22

Authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Andrew Neiditz for City Manager services.

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. 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. 2007-23 appointing Nyeva Bembry, Penni Maples, Darrel Shiley, and Phyllis Souza to serve on the Human Services Funding Advisory Board.

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF NYEVA BEMBRY, PENNi MAPLES, DARREL SHILEY, AND PHYLLIS SOUZA TO SERVE ON THE HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING ADVISORY BOARD. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2007-10 authorizing a special tax assessment against the property at 6902 146th Street SW, in the amount of $7,254.39, for the abatement of a public nuisance and dangerous building.

cOUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2007-10. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Councilmember Richardson asked if all members of the Citizens? Advisory Boards and Committees will be invited to the joint meetings with the Council. He also suggested that the Council might want to respond to matters of the Public Safety Advisory Committee he distributed to Council earlier.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2007-24 authorizing the execution of a Letter of Intent with the Lakewood Center Building, LLC and LKW Associates, LLC relative to shared parking arrangements adjacent to Lakewood City Hall.

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A LETTER OF INTENT WITH THE LAKEWOOD CENTER BUILDING, llc AND lkw ASSOCIATES, LLC RELATIVE TO SHARED PARKING ARRANGEMENTS ADJACENT TO THE LAKEWOOD CITY HALL. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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Motion No. 2007-25 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Western State Hospital, in the amount of $90,000, for reimbursement of police services.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL, IN THE AMOUNT OF $90,000, FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF POLICE SERVICES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz thanked the Council for their comments on the City Manager?s evaluation.

City Manager Neiditz commented on the reorganization of the management team. He announced that the position of Finance Manager has now been filled by Mary Ann Norquist who will begin work on July 9, 2007.

City Manager Neiditz announced that the management team will hold an all-day retreat on Friday, June 8, 2007.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Neary spoke about the Relay for Life and Primley Park events. He then reported about the Lakewood Arts Commission meeting he attended and noted some of their projects are to adopt the Railroad Bridge on Pacific Highway which was built in the 1920s, and to man a booth at the SummerFest for arts activities for children.

Councilmember Neary reported that the Pierce County Aids Foundation will be making a presentation on the Oasis program before the Tillicum Neighborhood Association on June 7, 2007.

Councilmember Richardson commented on a letter by Public Works about the neighborhood traffic control program with regard to 104th Street and suggested that both the Citizens? Transportation Review Committee and the Public Safety Advisory Committee discuss this issue.

Councilmember Richardson reported that a change of command at Fort Lewis Army Base will occur on June 11, 2007 and asked that the City coordinate with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce in holding a welcoming ceremony for Lt.Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr.


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Councilmember Richardson indicated that he will be attending the Stryker Brigade soldiers? memorial service.

Councilmember Richardson indicated that he will not be attending the June 11, 2007 Council Study Session.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the joint Clover Park School District Board and Council meeting he attended. He explained that a Task Force was formed to discuss what the next Community Summit could consist of. A report will be provided in the Fall.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the Fire District appreciation event he attended.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny asked if the City of Tacoma is backing out of funding the LeMay Museum.

Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on the polling of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members about the Ward Hill Building as noted in their minutes. He asked for an update on the State funding for the Wards Hill Building.

Councilmember Cronk indicated that he missed attending the last Lakewood Historical Society meeting.

Councilmember Cronk spoke about the underutilization of Wards Lake Park. He asked for legal advice on what Councilmembers can discuss regarding the legal aspects of a case taking place at Wards Lake.

Councilmember Finnigan spoke about The News Tribune article on Port of Tacoma condemning property for industrial use.

Councilmember McGovern spoke about a meeting on strengthening connections with the Community Connector.

Mayor Thomas asked if flyers about safety and the City?s rules on fireworks could be distributed and made available at libraries.

Mayor Thomas expressed her heartfelt thanks to those who worked on improving Primley Park.

Mayor Thomas commented on the memorial service she attended for Carol Milgard.

Mayor Thomas commented on the Relay for Life event and thanked those who planned the event.


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ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK