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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, March 17, 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 Councilmember Finnigan by request of Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz announced that he attended the memorial service for Army CPL. Jose A. Panagua-Morales, a Fort Lewis Stryker soldier who was interred today at Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewood.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

None.

Proclamation recognizing Ann DeFee?s service as Planning Advisory Board member.

Councilmember Cronk presented a proclamation recognizing Ann DeFee for her service on the Planning Advisory Board (PAB).

PAB Chair Jeff Brown and PAB Vice Chair Eugene Green spoke on behalf of the Board expressing their gratitude for Ms. DeFee?s outstanding contributions to the Planning Advisory Board and extended their best wishes to her.


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Mayor Richardson commented that the Planning Advisory Board is the only statutorily-required Board by the Legislature.

Legislative Update.

Senator Mike Carrell, from the 28th Legislative District, reported on the legislative accomplishments of the past year including the Senate Bills (SB) and House Bills that were passed on prison reform (SB 6157), County jail capacity (SB 6244), engine displacement tax bills (SB 6900 & 6309), programs for moral guidance of incarcerated persons (SB 6400), and SB 6822 waiting to be passed which would restrict people to 5,000 miles per car by the year 2050. He also mentioned that he was very involved in helping to defeat two liability bills SB 6848, that would allow exemplary or punitive damages above and beyond the regular legal issue; and House Bill 1873, the Wrongful Death Bill, which would allow all members of a family to sue in the case of a wrongful death.

Senator Carrell spoke about the work release and community justice centers handling individuals as they come back from prison. He commented on neighborhood correction initiative teams working with police and the State Department of Corrections; the Law and Justice Council; and environmental issues.

Senator Carrell indicated that the State?s operating budget will experience a major deficit in the coming years projected at $2.4 billion by next session, which would cause cuts in programs and/or increased taxes. He urged the Council to contact legislators and start working on local issues early in the fall.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

John Adams, Lakewood resident, President of the Lakeview Neighborhood Association, spoke about plans for a Fourth of July fireworks show in the Lowe?s parking lot.

Franclyn Heinecke, President of the Lakewood Sister Cities Association, thanked the Council for their support through the lodging tax funding for the International Festival, promoting tourism with the anticipated visitors coming to the city for this event, including delegations from four of Lakewood?s sister cities. She then invited the Council to attend a reception which the Association is hosting on Friday, May 9, 2008, at 5:00p.m. for the donors and sponsors to meet the various delegation and entertainers.


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Richard Auger, Lakewood resident, spoke about a memorial tree that was planted at City Hall in his father?s honor, Gerald Auger, one of the City?s founders; and invited the Council to a dedication ceremony to be held some time in April. He asked for the Council?s approval to place a plaque and stanchion using the City?s seal.

Dee Youmans, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about the unsatisfactory street sweeping services in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Sam Ross and Michelle Britt, Lakewood residents, Relay For Life representatives, spoke about the Relay for Life event scheduled for June 6-7, 2008 at Harry Lang Stadium and invited the Council and the audience to get involved. He also extended an invitation to an event honoring survivors and caregivers on March 20, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at the America?s Credit Union.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the shopping cart issue and who has the burden of responsibility, and real estate values in Lakewood.

David Anderson, Lakewood resident, spoke against gambling in Lakewood and the social impacts of gambling. He indicated that he had filed an initiative petition to stop all minicasino gambling in the city.

Patrick Dirk, Vice-President of Dirk?s Truck Repair, spoke about the need to budget for additional police officers to handle thefts in the area where his business is located.

Jim Charboneau, Lakewood resident, spoke against the proposed development agreement with CenterForce for the construction of a pet services center and its impact to small businesses.

Tamara Vlasyuk, Lakewood resident, spoke about a housing rehabilitation project on Rips Lane in Lakeview receiving a stop work order from the Lakewood Community Development Department.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of March 3, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of March 10, 2008.

C. Approval of payroll check numbers 110383 to 110414, and direct deposit check numbers 26911 to 27165, in the amount of $471,540.21, for the period February 16-29, 2008.


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D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 45368 to 45488, and 900148, in the amount of $748,808.16, for the period ending March 7, 2008.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 45367, and 45489 to 45591, in the amount of $1,172,018.27, for the period ending March 11, 2008.

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

1. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of January 17, 2008.

2. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of February 4, 2008.

3. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of February 6 and 20, 2008.

4. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of February 27, 2008.

G. Resolution No. 2008-09

Setting Monday, May 5, 2008, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council relative to a proposed street vacation of a portion of 75th Street West right-of-way for acquiring additional property for development. (Sound Glass).

H. Resolution No. 2008-10

Setting Monday, April 21, 2008, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council relative to a proposed development agreement with CenterForce Inc. for the construction of a 7,000-square foot pet services center at 5116 San Francisco Avenue SW.

COUNCILMEMBER CRONK 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

APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2008-12 appointing Paul Calta and Stephen Mazoff to serve on the Planning Advisory Board through February 11, 2013.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF paul calta and stephen mazoff to serve on the planning advisory board through february 11, 2013. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 471 amending Chapter 2.14 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to granting Limited Special Commissions authorizing certain City employees varying degrees of authority to carry or otherwise use firearms, tasers, sprays or other weapons issued by the Police Department.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 471. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Ordinance No. 472 amending Section 18A.20.600 of the Lakewood Municipal Code establishing a system of interim zoning controls for eating and drinking establishments within certain zoning districts for six months.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 472. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN.

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Council recessed at 8:12 p.m. and reconvened at 8:16 p.m.

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VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Ordinance No. 473 adopting the findings of fact and extending a moratorium on the filing of applications for licenses, permits and approvals for card rooms (casino gambling) for an additional six months.

Mayor Richardson announced that with the adoption of Ordinance No. 472, consideration of Ordinance No. 473 to extend a moratorium was not necessary.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2008-11 authorizing the City Manager to certify the annual report documents required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit to discharge stormwater runoff from municipal drainage systems into Washington State?s streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands through February 15, 2012.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2008-11. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

City Manager Neiditz requested that the Council approve an increase in the salary range for the Economic Development Manager position.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO approve the salary classification and INCREASE THE SALARY RANGE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER POSITION TO RANGE 61. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2008-13 awarding a bid to McDonough & Sons, Inc., in the amount of $118,776.79, for street sweeping services through December 31, 2008.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO MCDONOUGH & SONS, INC., IN the AMOUNT OF $118,776.79, FOR STREET SWEEPING SERVICES THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2008. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz spoke about the anti-war protest that took place last weekend at Tacoma Mall which the City monitored closely. He stated that the same group may be planning a similar event at Harry Todd Park this weekend, including plans to march from the park to the Freedom Bridge. The City is having discussions with the group. So far, only the event on the Park grounds has been permitted.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Cronk spoke about the gambling issue. He asked that Council look seriously at the social consequences of gambling and challenged the Council to use a portion of the revenue generated by gambling to help ease some of its social consequences, and to figure out a way to handle gambling in a positive manner.

Councilmember Thomas spoke about the Lake City Neighborhood Association meeting she attended last week.


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Councilmember Finnigan spoke in support of Councilmember Cronk?s suggestion about using gambling revenue to reduce the social impacts of gambling. He reminded the Council that, last year, they agreed to call the City tree lighting event a Christmas Tree Lighting and he spoke in support of calling the upcoming Springbrook neighborhood event an Easter Egg Hunt rather than Spring Egg Hunt.

Councilmember McGovern agreed with Councilmember Cronk?s suggestion that some gambling revenue should be used to reduce the social impacts of gambling. She stated that the City has spent money through its human services programs to help address some of the needs and further suggested that the Council consider allocating two percent of the General Fund to human services in order to help address the issues caused by gambling.

Deputy Mayor Anderson spoke about the March 13, 2008 Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting he attended. He stated that they had interviewed a candidate for the human services needs assessment.

Mayor Richardson asked City staff about which phase of the Tillicum sewer extension project the City plans to use the $500,000 that the State intends to allocate for this project. Public Works Director Wickstrom proposed that the funds be used to pay for two-thirds of the cost of putting sewer pipes in the ground on northeast of Union Avenue from Maple to Spruce.

Mayor Richardson commented on the interment of a Fort Lewis Stryker soldier, CPL Jose A. Panagua-Morales, held at Mountain View Cemetery, and who was one of Lakewood?s Community Connector soldiers. He complimented the Lakewood Police and Lakewood Fire Department for their support.

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Council recessed at 9:30 p.m. and reconvened at 9:35 p.m.

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Executive Session

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 30 minutes to discuss the performance of a public official.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:35 p.m. and reconvened at 10:05p.m.


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ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK