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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, March 3, 2008
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present: 7 ? Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Lakewood Police Color Guards by request of Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz updated the Council on the Clear Zone acquisition and options where Pierce County, Lakewood and Tacoma are submitting a $1.6 million joint grant application. He explained that building permit fees in certain areas of the clear zone are being requested to be waived later in the agenda.

City Manager Neiditz reported on the Auditor?s exit conference and that the City will be issued a finding on its 2006 financial controls and reporting. He indicated that City staff will be undergoing some training to correct financial procedures and improve its reporting.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Swearing-in of Police Chief Bret Farrar.

Municipal Court Judge Ernest Heller administered the oath of office to Bret Farrar, Police Chief of the City of Lakewood.

Youth Council Report.

The Youth Council reported on a student survey they are conducting on what the next Youth Summit in the Fall should focus on. She then reported on the various high school activities being undertaken at the schools.


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Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Member Walt Kellcy reported on the Lakes High School groundbreaking ceremony. He thanked the Council for attending the Lakeview HOPE Academy grand opening ceremony.

Mr. Kellcy thanked the Council for the City?s partnership with CPSD and asked the Council to consider the CPSD Board?s input relative to gambling.

Mr. Kellcy spoke about working on a District Improvement Plan and strategies for improvement. He asked for the City?s involvement with the CPSD?s job shadow, mentoring and tutoring programs for high school seniors.

Mr. Kellcy commented on the Lakes High School girls and boys basketball playoffs. He then commented on The News Tribune article about scholastic events. He also spoke about the CPSD levy and what it will provide. He then reported on the Superintendent?s search and plans to announce the new Superintendent at the Board?s May 2008 meeting. He spoke about a potential name change for the 5-12 school.

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Proclamation declaring March 10-14, 2008 as Classified School Employees Week.

Councilmember Cronk presented a proclamation declaring March 10-14, 2008 as Classified School Employees Week to Ms. Irene Oda, President of the Educational Support Professionals of Clover Park.

Proclamation declaring March 2008 as American Red Cross Month.

Councilmember Finnigan presented a proclamation declaring March 2008 as American Red Cross Month to Mr. Gerald Moczynski, Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Proclamation declaring March 2008 as Women?s History Month.

Councilmember Thomas presented a proclamation declaring March 2008 as Women?s History Month to Mr. Sal Cantu, WorkSource, Employment Security Department.


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Proclamation recognizing the McNeil Island Corrections Center Hobby Shop, Sisters of Charity at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and the McChord Officers? Spouses Club for donating handmade toys for the 2007 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration.

Councilmember McGovern presented a proclamation recognizing the McNeil Island Corrections Center Hobby Shop, Sisters of Charity at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and the McChord Officers? Spouses Club for donating handmade toys for the 2007 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration to Mr. Dan Zoolkoski of the McNeil Island Corrections Center Hobby Shop; Ms. Lynn Newark of the Sisters of Charity at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, and Ms. Beth Cannon and Ms. Helga Snyder of the McChord Officers? Spouses Club.

Proclamation declaring the Frederic Cole Smith home on Interlaaken Drive as a Lakewood landmark.

Councilmember Neary presented a proclamation declaring the Frederic Cole Smith home on Interlaaken Drive as a Lakewood landmark to Mr. and Mrs. John and Becky Huber, Owners of the Frederic Cole Smith home.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Marty Howard, 4310 South J Street, Tacoma, Manager of La Palma Restaurant, expressed concern about shopping carts and fining Wal-Mart $500 per cart. He explained that there are approximately 50-100 carts in the Pierce Transit bus terminal from all area businesses in the Towne Center. He also complained about his business parking lot being blocked by the Police Department and no arrests were made.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about quality control problems in the City.

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 February 11, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of February19,2008.

C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of February25,2008.

D. Approval of payroll check numbers 164, 110360 to 110382 and direct deposit check numbers 26657 to 26910, in the amount of $791,374.89, for the period February 1-15, 2008.


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E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 45132 to 45228, 900146 and 900147, in the amount of $741,447.47, for the period ending February 22, 2008.

F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 45229 to 45366, in the amount of $698,347.02, for the period ending February 28, 2008.

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

1. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 24 and December 13, 2007.

2. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of December 18, 2007.

3. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of January 9, 2008.

4. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 23, 2008.

5. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of February 13, 2008.

H. Resolution No. 2008-07

Setting Monday, April 21, 2008, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the Draft FY 2008 and Amendments to the FY 2004 and FY2005 Consolidated Plans and the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act funds.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT 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

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS

This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council relative to extending a moratorium on the filing of applications for licenses, permits and approvals for card rooms (casino gambling) for an additional six months.

Speaking before the Council was:

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about either passing casino gambling or extending the moratorium.

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


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APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2008-08 appointing Kyong Suk An to serve on the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2010.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF KYONG SUK AN TO SERVE ON THE LAKEWOOD ARTS COMMISSION THROUGH OCTOBER 15, 2010. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2008-08 authorizing the execution of an amendment to the cooperative agreement with the City of Tacoma to extend the formation of the Tacoma-Lakewood HOME Consortium for FY 2009, 2010 and 2011.

DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2008-08. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2008-09 awarding a bid to Shoreside Marinas, in the amount of $409,632, for waterfront improvements at American Lake Park.

councilmember thomas MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO SHORESIDE MARINAS, IN THE AMOUNT OF $409,632, FOR WATERFRONT IMPROVEMENTS AT AMERICAN LAKE PARK. SECONDED BY councilmember finnigan. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2008-10 authorizing the execution of an agreement with Parametrix, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $231,054.21, for professional engineering services for the design of three sanitary pump stations for the American Lake Gardens/Tillicum sanitary sewer extension project.

councilmember finnigan MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH PARAMETRIX, INC., IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $231,054.21, FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE DESIGN OF THREE SANITARY PUMP STATIONS FOR THE AMERICAN LAKE GARDENS/TILLICUM SANITARY SEWER EXTENSION PROJECT. SECONDED BY councilmember thomas. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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Motion No. 2008-11 authorizing a fee waiver for subdividing certain properties within the Clear Zone.

COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO AUTHORIZE A FEE WAIVER FOR SUBDIVIDING CERTAIN PROPERTIES WITHIN THE CLEAR ZONE. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that a Request for Proposal was issued for the American Lake Gardens Master Plan on Friday, February 29, 2008. He indicated that a Study Session will be scheduled to update the Council on the sewer project.

City Manager Neiditz reported that the joint Committees, Advisory Boards and Commissions (CABCs) schedule will be finalized tomorrow and that the Council will be provided copies. He announced that the first joint meeting with the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee is scheduled for the March 24, 2008 Study Session.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Neary reported on the Lakewood Arts Commission meeting he attended today and the projects they are working on for SummerFest.

Councilmember Cronk commented on the October 24, 2007 Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes relative to the Lakewood?s Promise alternatives.

Councilmember Cronk commented on the Buffalo Soldiers presentation he attended that was conducted by the Lakewood Historical Society.

Councilmember Finnigan asked if the Arts Commission is requesting to increase its membership by an additional two members.

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on attending the Tacoma City Council meeting on February 26, 2008 and their approval to extend the Tacoma/Lakewood HOME Consortium agreement.

Deputy Mayor Anderson spoke about his testimony on the tort liability bill before the Legislature.

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the first meeting he attended with the Human Services Funding Advisory Board.

Mayor Richardson asked if all members of the Committees, Advisory Boards and Commissions will be provided with the Council?s priority goals.


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Mayor Richardson asked for an explanation on the City?s financial audit report and the hiring of a financial consultant. City Manager Neiditz explained that the City hired a consultant because of a work backlog, not because of staff?s financial abilities and skills.

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Council recessed at 9:00 p.m. and reconvened at 9:08 p.m.

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Executive Session

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately one hour to discuss the performance of a public official.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:08 p.m. and reconvened at 10:08p.m. At 10:08 p.m., Mayor Richardson announced that the Executive Session will be extended an additional ten minutes. Council reconvened at 10:18 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK