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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, August 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 7:00 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 Excused: 1 ? Councilmember Helen McGovern (arrived at 7:08p.m.).

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilmember Neary by request of Mayor Thomas.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that, on September 11, 2007, the City will join other communities, Ft. Lewis and McChord Air Force Base for a Freedom Walk commemorative walk around the Lakewood Towne Center.

City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council of the City?s participation in the closure of the Rose Garden Motel that was initiated by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. He reported that City staff was actively involved in the closure and assisted with hotel vouchers and food.

City Manager Neiditz reported that reimbursements will be made to affected citizens for the Qwest Company?s overcharging Lakewood citizens a higher utility rate.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation declaring September 3-7, 2007 as National Payroll Week.

Councilmember Finnigan presented a proclamation declaring September 3-7, 2007 as National Payroll Week to Ms. Janelle Sorrell and Mr. Eric Lowell, Payroll Accounting Technicians of the City of Lakewood.


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Councilmember McGovern arrived at 7:08 p.m.

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Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported that school starts on September 5, 2007, and that free immunizations will be offered at the CPSD Student Services Center.

Ms. Coleman-Lacadie announced that the HOPE Center dedication will be held on September 6, 2007, at 3:00 p.m., and that the All-City Tailgate event will be held on September 7, 2007.

Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that the CPSD Board will be asking for community input on the Superintendent search. She added that the CPSD Board?s work session will be held on August 27, 2007 to discuss the International Baccalaureate program.

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City Manager Neiditz introduced Mary Ann Norquist, the City?s newly hired Finance Manager.

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PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, announced that, on August 21, 2007, the Historical Society will have a presentation on the history of the cemetery at Mountain View Funeral Home. He then spoke about the positive police presence at Kiwanis Park.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about a public disclosure request and the amount of legal time spent on the Maggie O?Toole incident.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of August6,2007.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of August13,2007.


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C. Approval of claim voucher numbers 42260 to 42263, 42265, 42336 to 42434, in the amount of $522,651.76, for the period ending August14,2007.

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

1. Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of May24,2007.

2. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of June26,2007.

3. Lakewood Arts Commission training session minutes of July 9, 2007.

4. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 10, 2007.

E. Resolution No. 2007-14

Setting Tuesday, September 4, 2007, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council relative to the abatement of a dangerous building at 14514 Washington Avenue SW.

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. 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 on a six-month moratorium on the filing of applications for licenses, permits and approvals for new residential and commercial development within portions of the Tillicum neighborhood.

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COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED That THE public TESTIMONies PROVIDEd AT THE AUGUST 13, 2007 COUNCIL study session ON THE tillicum MORATORIUM be made a part of this PUBLIC HEARING RECORD. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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Speaking before the Council were:

Alex Spearman, Developer, spoke about a meeting he had with BCRA and the challenges associated with 70 percent of the residents in Tillicum being temporary, and the sooner the area is redeveloped to make the area better, it will bring the neighborhood synergy.


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James Carerra, Tillicum property owner, spoke about BCRA?s vision for Tillicum and supported the reasons for the moratorium. He encouraged the Council to move quickly.

Homer Dodge, Tillicum property owner, spoke in support of the moratorium and the importance of developing Tillicum properly.

Todd Madison, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Council not stopping the infrastructure development of the City; however, he encouraged that there be a process that would allow economic development to continue and yet work in parallel with a moratorium.

Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident, commented that on page 47 of the Council?s agenda packet and the August 13, 2007 Council Study Session minutes should have reflected that he asked if all absentee landlords have been informed of the Tillicum Plan.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, suggested that Council call the Health Department and ask them to define the difference between private sewer systems and septic systems.

Bill Kittrell, Lakewood resident, recommended notifying absentee landlords to get them to join the City in the planning for Tillicum.

Chris Bridge, Custom Home developer, requested that the moratorium be lifted for the lakeside homes which he is developing.

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

ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 452 amending Sections 03.64.010, 03.64.020 and 03.64.030 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to property tax exemptions for multifamily housing within targeted residential areas to comply with State law.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 452. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2007-15 amending the fee schedule relative to tax incentive urban use center application fees for property tax exemptions for multifamily housing within targeted residential areas.

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2007-15. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2007-34 authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in the amount of $626,400, for the construction of sewers and pump stations at American Lake Gardens/Tillicum area.

COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $626,400, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEWERS AND PUMP STATIONS AT AMERICAN LAKE GARDENS/TILLICUM AREA. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council to please review the proposed Council Budget Workshops meeting schedule he had provided to them.

City Manager Neiditz reported that the police facility design and engineering architectural review is being planned. He added that the construction bid will be advertised in September, with bid award in November followed by a 12-month construction period.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Richardson reminded citizens to vote on August 21, 2007.

Councilmember Richardson reported that, at last week?s Clover Park School District Board meeting, the Board discussed changing their meeting start time.

Councilmember Richardson commented on the Business Examiner article naming Claudia Thomas as one of the ?Women of Influence? for 2007.


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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny reported that the Community Development Block Grant Citizens? Advisory Board did not have a quorum at last week?s meeting and that it was rescheduled to August 28, 2007 where they will review the Fiscal Year 2006 CAPERS Report.

Councilmember McGovern reported that the Redevelopment Advisory Board is preparing their Work Plan for their joint meeting with the Council.

Councilmember McGovern reminded the Council that volunteers are being sought to help at Qwest Field to raise funds for a Dragoon Raider Soldier Memorial and other related causes.

Mayor Thomas complimented staff on the Fall 2007 Parks and Recreation brochure.

Mayor Thomas commented on the Latino Festival she attended over the weekend.

Mayor Thomas commented on the Blue Star ceremony she attended at Lakewold Gardens.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK