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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, July 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 7:17p.m.).

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Mayor Arbeeny by request of Mayor Thomas.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that the grand openings of Lakewood Ford and the La Quinta Inn will be held soon.

City Manager Neiditz reported that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) comment period for the Tillicum sewers was concluded and that there have not been significant comments.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Presentation on Pierce County Early Learning Consortium Initiative.

Dr. Rick Allen, President of United Way, spoke about a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant the United Way is seeking to apply for to fund early learning programs in Pierce County. He indicated that the grant would benefit approximately 20,000 children, ages 0-5. He asked for the City?s support in providing a community match of $50,000 a year, for five years, for this program. He indicated that matches are being requested from Pierce County, Tacoma and school districts.


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Discussion ensued on how United Way would be reaching out to at-risk families who may need and better benefit from this program; and how much of the program is targeted for the parents (100 percent of funding is geared for the parents).

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Councilmember Richardson arrived at 7:17 p.m.

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Further discussion ensued on how this program compares to the Governor?s early learning childhood program and the Montessori program; what is the timing of the City?s commitment and delivery of the program (Gates application due in November 2007) with funding to begin in 2008; implementation of the proposed State Public Instruction full day kindergarten; and how the City?s contribution would serve Lakewood residents.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board member Carol Jacobs reported that the CPSD Foundation is working on developing an early childhood program. She reported that Dr. Al Cohen is serving as interim Superintendent. She then spoke about the Washington Assessment for Student Learning (WASL) scores and Title I awards. She reported on the number of high school graduates in 2007. She announced that CPSD Tailgate will be held on September 7, 2007.

Discussion ensued on the timeline for the Superintendent search.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Glen Spieth, 5928 Steilacoom Boulevard, Lakewood resident, spoke about litter at the Kiwanis Park, neighborhood mailboxes being blown up and vehicle windows shot out.

Robert Kepka, Lakewood resident, spoke about increasing code enforcement in Lakewood.

Carole Wier, Lakewood resident, announced that Operation Homefront and Operation Freedom Walk will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 6:00p.m., at the Lakewood Towne Center.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about a performance audit for management.


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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 July 2, 2007.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of July 9, 2007.

C. Approval of payroll check numbers 149, 109816 to 109865 and direct deposit check numbers 22830 to 23087, in the amount of $1,070,367.07, for the period June 16-30, 2007.

D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 41561, 41563 to 41569, 41672 to 41823, and 900135, in the amount of $938,191.22, for the period ending June 28, 2007.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 41825 and 41827 to 41892, in the amount of $117,244.50, for the period ending July 6, 2007.

F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 41824, 41826, and 41893 to 41969, in the amount of $574,726.08, for the period ending July 11, 2007.

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

1. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 6, 2006; January 17 and February 7, 2007.

2. Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 25 and April 26, 2007.

3. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of May 21, 2007.

4. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of June 4, 2007.

5. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of June 12, 2007.

H. Motion No. 2007-32

Approving the property boundary line adjustments at 9615 Gravelly Lake Drive SW to develop a Harborstone Credit Union corporate headquarters building (Application # LU070140).

DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY NOTED THAT, IN THE JULY 2, 2007 COUNCIL MINUTES, IT WAS HE WHO MADE THE MOTION ABOUT LAKEWOOD?S FIRST MOTORCYCLE SAFETY RALLY, AND NOT COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS MODIFIED. 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

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS

This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on the Six-Year (2008-2013) Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program.

Speaking before the Council was:

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the cost effectiveness of night-time road construction in Lakewood.

There being no further testimony, the public hearing was declared closed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2007-33 accepting a grant from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, in the amount of $60,450 and awarding the purchase of three Honda motorcycles to South Bound Honda in the amount of $62,613.05.

DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY MOVED TO ACCEPT A GRANT FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION, IN THE AMOUNT OF $60,450 AND AWARDING THE PURCHASE OF THREE HONDA MOTORCYCLES TO SOUTH BOUND HONDA IN THE AMOUNT OF $62,613.05. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Ordinance No. 451 establishing a moratorium on the filing of applications for licenses, permits and approvals for new residential and commercial development in portions of the Tillicum neighborhood for six months, and setting August 20, 2007, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council for said moratorium.

COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 451. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.


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CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Neary commented on the Clover Park Technical College Advisory Council meeting he attended. He reported that on June 16, 2007, 850people graduated from Clover Park Technical College.

Councilmember Richardson reported on the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) meeting he attended and that starting in September, the PSAC will meet on the first Wednesday of each month, at 5:15 p.m. He reported that the PSAC will be working on the Work Plan priorities that were presented to the Council at their joint meeting with the Council.

Councilmember Richardson announced that the memorial service for fallen soldiers from Lakewood?s community connector will be held at 11:00 a.m., on July17, 2007.

Councilmember Richardson suggested that it might be useful to have City representation at the Lakewood Fire Department meetings and the Lakewood Water District meetings.

Councilmember McGovern commented about the City Hall Council Chambers and the Senior Center being open as ?cooling centers? for the public during the heat waves.

Councilmember McGovern spoke about the Clover Park Technical College ?Feedback Forums? on July 25 and 26, 2007, from 3:00 pm ? 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ? 7:00 p.m. She suggested that the Council go on the College?s website to provide Council input on their Strategic Plan.

Councilmember Finnigan asked for Council discussion about fireworks.

Councilmember Cronk asked about the structure and relationship between Lakewood?s Promise, the Community Collaboration, and the Human Services Funding Advisory Board.

Mayor Thomas reported on the Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony she attended on July 14, 2007.


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ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:38 p.m.

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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK