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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, November 5, 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.

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Thomas.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

The Youth Council presented a report on activities they undertook on Make A Difference Day, student leadership activities and activities at the high schools.

Proclamation declaring November 11-17, 2007 as American Education Week.

Councilmember Neary presented a proclamation declaring November 11-17, 2007 as American Education Week to Ms. Michelle Jenner, President of the Clover Park Education Association.


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Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Member Carole Jacobs reported on two Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) celebrations that were held last week. She reported that the next CPSD Board meeting will be held on Nov. 26, 2007, with a Special Meeting/Workshop of the Board at 5:00 p.m., and the Regular Meeting of the Board at 6:00 p.m. She provided an update on the Superintendent search and that a public forum will be held on November 29, 2007.

CPSD Board Member Jacobs then provided statistics on the CPSD student drop-out rate in comparison to the State?s drop-out rate. She then reported on the extended school graduation rate of 72 percent in comparison to the State?s rate of 75percent. She reported on the Saturday school program and others. She invited the audience to the Tyee Elementary School Veterans Day celebration. She then provided an update on the construction improvements at Lakeview Elementary. She congratulated the Lakes Choir for their national award.

Presentation and proclamation celebrating November 11, 2007 as Veterans Day and a day of honoring veterans of Lakewood.

Mayor Thomas presented a proclamation celebrating November 11, 2007 as Veterans Day and a day of honoring veterans of Lakewood to Veteran Sam Mack.

Mayor Thomas then acknowledged all veterans in the audience with a recognition ceremony.

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Council recessed at 8:05 p.m. and reconvened at 8:20 p.m.

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PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Andie Gernon, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of Lakewood?s Promise and collaborating on behalf of children.

Larry Saunders, Lakewood resident, spoke of Lakewood?s Promise.

David Anderson, Lakewood resident, spoke about problems with graffiti in Tillicum and the help of the Community School Officers (CSOs) to clean up the graffiti. He spoke in support of funding CSOs.


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Linda LaMonica, Lakewood resident, Senior Center, spoke in support of the seniors and the growth in members attending the Lakewood Senior Center activities.

Linda Wallace, Lakewood resident, Senior Center, spoke in support of the Lakewood Senior Center.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about security and camera technology.

Connie Nelson, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of the Senior Center programs.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about a joint meeting with the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee and Public Safety Advisory Committee. He asked that a policy be established that if there is less than a quorum of a Committee/Board in attendance, they should not conduct business.

Jason Gerwen, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, spoke about grants and revenues generated by the Parks Department that offset 60 percent of the expenditures of the Parks Department.

Floyd Braun, Tillicum resident, spoke about a stolen boat in Tillicum that belonged to his father. He indicated that crime is increasing in Tillicum and spoke in support for the CSOs.

Joye Braun, Tillicum resident, asked if her children could attend the Bill Cosby event.

Tony Robinson, Clover Park Technical College, Co-Chair of Lakewood?s Promise, thanked the Council for supporting Lakewood?s Promise and the Bill Cosby event. He announced that a Veterans Day celebration will be held at Clover Park Technical College.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 15, 2007.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of October 15, 2007.

C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 17, 2007.

D. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session/Budget Workshop of October 22, 2007.


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E. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 29, 2007.

F. Approval of payroll check numbers 156, 110101 to 110125, and direct deposit check numbers 24655 to 24907, in the amount of $752,088.29, for the period October 1 ? 15, 2007.

G. Approval of claim voucher numbers 43149, 43153 to 43268 and 2007001, in the amount of $1,592,990.64, for the period ending October 12, 2007.

H. Approval of claim voucher numbers 43148, 43150 to 43152, and 43269 to 43373, in the amount of $995,275.43, for the period ending October 16, 2007.

I. Approval of claim voucher numbers 43374 to 43515, and 900137, in the amount of $384,585.82, for the period ending October 26, 2007.

J. Approval of claim voucher numbers 43516 to 43616, 900138 and 900139, in the amount of $250,814.52, for the period ending October 31, 2007.

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

1. Citizens? Transportation Review Committee meeting minutes of June 19, 2007.

2. Citizens? Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of August 28 and September 25, 2007.

3. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 5 and 19, 2007.

4. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of September 20, 2007.

5. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 25, 2007.

6. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 26 and 27 and October 3, 2007.

7. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of October 10, 2007.

L. Motion No. 2007-46

Setting Monday, December 3, 2007, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2007 City of Lakewood budget amendments.


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M. Motion No. 2007-47

Authorizing the City Manager to execute a continuation agreement with the Clover Park School District, in the amount of $242,280.88, as a reimbursement for services provided by the City?s School Resource Officers from September 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

N. Motion No. 2007-48

Awarding a bid to KBH Construction Company, in the amount of $66,835, for the installation of a stormwater sump pump and force main within the rights-of-way of Seattle Avenue and Bridgeport Way in the Springbrook neighborhood.

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Councilmember Neary asked to remove the Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 5 and September 19, 2007 from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda.

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Deputy Mayor Arbeeny requested to remove Motion No. 2007-47 from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda.

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COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT ITEM NOS. A-K (1-2, 4-6), L AND N OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

R E G U L A R A G E N D A

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Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 5 and 19, 2007.

DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY MOVED TO APPROVE THE PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 5 AND 19, 2007. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.

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Councilmember Neary asked if Mr. Han of the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) was aware of the Ethics Code relative to conflict of interest when serving as a Board member. He explained that the September 5, 2007 PAB minutes reflect that Mr. Han disclosed that his family owns property adjacent to the Burgess site and other members did not ask for his recusal.

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VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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Motion No. 2007-47 authorizing the City Manager to execute a continuation agreement with the Clover Park School District, in the amount of $242,280.88, as a reimbursement for services provided by the City?s School Resource Officers from September 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY MOVED TO TABLE MOTION 2007-47 UNTIL THE 2008 BUDGET IS CONSIDERED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK.

ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:

AYES: 3 - ARBEENY, CRONK, FINNIGAN.

NAYS: 3 - NEARY, RICHARDSON, AND MAYOR THOMAS.

ABSENT: 1 ? MCGOVERN.

THE MOTION FAILED.

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COUNCILMEMBER RICHARDSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A CONTINUATION AGREEMENT WITH THE CLOVER PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT, IN THE AMOUNT OF $242,280.88, AS A REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY?S SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2007 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2008. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.

ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:

AYES: 6 - CRONK, FINNIGAN, NEARY, RICHARDSON, ARBEENY, AND MAYOR THOMAS.

NAYS: 0


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ABSENT: 1 ? MCGOVERN.

THE MOTION PASSED.

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS

This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed 2008 City of Lakewood budget and the 2008 property tax levy.

Speaking before the Council were:

Carol Hudgins, Lakewood resident, spoke public safety in the community and her support to raise taxes for it.

Chris Kachman, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about keeping police protection in all areas of the city.

Terry Love, Northeast Neighborhood Association, spoke in support of Community School Officers (CSOs) and Neighborhood Police Officers (NPOs).

Michele Johnson, Pierce College, Lakewood?s Promise Executive Board, spoke in support of Lakewood?s Promise.

Fred Willis, Lakewood resident, Lakewood?s Promise Executive Board, spoke in support of Lakewood?s Promise and reviewed the Five Promises.

Jim Taylor, Lakewood resident, thanked the Council for their support of CSOs and NPOs in Tillicum and Woodbrook and suggested looking at other ?hidden? funds instead of employee financial reductions.

Allen Hart, Lakewood resident, spoke about the financial sacrifice of City employees for police officers and that this be a temporary fix and short term solution.

Nancy Copeland, Lakewood resident, spoke about CSOs and support in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Brian Dennery, Lakewood resident, spoke about safety in the Tillicum area.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, displayed a photo board and spoke about the Council?s deliberation being emotional without unit measurements and performance efficiencies of a department.

Larry Woods, Lake City Neighborhood Association, spoke in support of CSOs and NPOs and how community policing works.


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Eric Renz, Executive Director of Lakewood?s Promise, spoke about the Clover Park School District student high school graduation rates, a book by Bill Milliken, and Lakewood?s Promise.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about raising gambling tax to fund CSOs and NPOs. He spoke about utility taxes being based on units of utility used.

Roger Laybourn, Lakewood resident, spoke about parks in Lakewood.

Sandy Worden, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of CSOs and NPOs in the Tillicum/Woodbrook area.

Karen Ford, Lakewood Soccer Club, read a statement by a referee of the Lakewood Soccer Club in support of the parks.

Vito Icabazzo, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, spoke about partnerships developed by the Parks Department including the Clover Park School District, Communities In Schools, Comcast and many others.

Faye Craybill, Lakewood resident, spoke about raising taxes to pay for services citizens deserve.

Gary Fowler, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, spoke in support of the Parks Department.

Ria Johnson, Lakewood?s Promise Executive Board, requested two percent for Lakewood?s Promise and CSOs.

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

This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council relative to the abatement of a dangerous building at 8611 Veterans Drive SW.

Speaking before the Council were:

Florence Verhaar, Lakewood resident, spoke about the abatement of a dangerous building at 8611 Veterans Drive and thanked the City.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the abatement process and checking the performance of staff.

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


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RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2007-21 authorizing a special assessment and lien against the property at 8610 Nixon Avenue SW, in the amount of $20,823.96, for the abatement of a public nuisance and dangerous building.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2007-21. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ARBEENY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

2008 Budget

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

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CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK