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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, April 21, 2008
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present: 5 ? Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, and Claudia Thomas.

Councilmembers Excused: 2 - Mayor Douglas Richardson and Councilmember Walter Neary (arrived at 8:00 p.m.).

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Mayor Anderson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz introduced Ellie Chambers, Lakewood?s new Economic Development Manager.

City Manager Neiditz commented that Mr. Logan Coffey, owner of Tactical Tailor Company on Pacific Highway, died tragically in a vehicle accident on Gravelly Lake Drive and that Bob Backstein, a former City of Tacoma City Attorney, passed away today.

City Manager Neiditz announced that the Citizens? Advisory Boards and Committees training workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 22, 2008. He added that on April 30, 2008, the State Attorney General?s Office will be conducting an Open Public Meetings Act and identity theft session in the Council Chambers.

City Manager Neiditz commented on the David Koenig?s court case relative to a public disclosure case.

City Manager Neiditz reported that about 400 individuals volunteered and participated in Parks Appreciation Day events on April 19, 2008.


 

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City Manager Neiditz reported that the Finance Department has been working on the check registration backlog and is expected to be completed by June 2008.

City Manager Neiditz reported that the City will be participating in the Ft. Lewis Growth Impact Forum that will be held at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Student Center on May 1, 2008.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation declaring April 27-May 3, 2008 as National Volunteer Week.

Deputy Mayor Anderson read a proclamation declaring April 27-May 3, 2008 as National Volunteer Week.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Member Connie Coleman-Lacadie gave an update on the Superintendent search and thanked the Council for participating in the selection process.

Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that the CPSD Daffodil Float won the County Council Award and that the CPSD is celebrating their 80th anniversary.

Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that the CPSD Board will be discussing the 5-12 school location and name. She also commented on staff attending training of an International Baccalaureate school.

Ms. Coleman-Lacadie spoke about 19 Lochburn Middle School students who attended a meeting with the Dalai Lama.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Val Dumond, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about the road maintenance of the alley on Ardmore and Fairlawn between Whitman and Steilacoom Boulevard.

Richard Rabisa, #2 Thornewood Lane SW, commented about trash at the Lakeside Market. He then spoke about his opinion on gambling.

Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about Council approving the City Manager contract.


 

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Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about quality control and disciplining staff.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about a building permit he applied for and the City?s initial requirement that he provide a property survey which later the Community Development Department required a site plan instead of a survey.

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Councilmember Neary arrived at 8:00 p.m.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of April 7, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of April 14, 2008.

C. Approval of payroll check numbers 110440 to 110476 and direct deposit check numbers 27459 to 27674, in the amount of $480,242.02, for the period March 16-31, 2008.

D. Approval of payroll check numbers 168, 110477 to 110498 and direct deposit check numbers 27675 to 27926, in the amount of $783,589.72, for the period April 1-15, 2008.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 45833 to 45952, in the amount of $535,646.94, for the period ending April 11, 2008.

F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 45953 to 46045, in the amount of $1,074,000.42, for the period ending April 15, 2008.

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

1. Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 24, 2008.

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

3. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of March 3, 2008.

4. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of March 5, 2008.

5. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of March 11, 2008.

6. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of March 25, 2008.


 

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7. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of April 9, 2008.

H. Motion No. 2008-16

Approving the final plat map for the Rivendale subdivision to subdivide a 4.74-acre parcel located at the 8800-8900 block of 104th Street SW into 20 single-family lots (LU080017).

I. Motion No. 2008-17

Authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Andrew Neiditz for City Manager services.

Deputy Mayor Anderson announced that the Council had conducted a performance evaluation of the City Manager and the Consent Agenda includes a motion to approve a contract for City Manager services.

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 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.

Speaking before the Council were:

Parley Applegate, Tillicum Community Center, Lakewood resident, spoke about rising gas prices and how Tillicum citizens are trying to make ends meet. He spoke about the need for assistance in Tillicum.

Charlie Gray, Pierce County Housing Authority, spoke in support of the FY 2008 Consolidated Plan and the City?s efforts to provide housing assistance and services for Lakewood?s low-income citizens.

Rodd Kowalski, Pierce County Housing Authority, spoke in support of funding for rehabilitation of a Pierce County Housing Authority housing project.


 

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Janne Hutchins, Lakewood Area Shelter Association (LASA), expressed appreciation for supporting LASA and funding for the LASA?s Client Services Center.

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 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.

Speaking before the Council were:

Ray Krontz, CenterForce Board member, spoke about the development of a proposed pet center and how it would provide employment opportunities for developmentally-disabled individuals as well as provide a benefit for pet owners.

Debby Graham-Hockstaff, CenterForce, and Neitha Wilkey, Architect, spoke about CenterForce?s revenues made up of 50 percent government funding and 50 percent revenues generated by CenterForce. Ms. Wilkey introduced Mohammad Ait Allaoua who commented about the acoustic impacts generated by the proposed pet center. Mr. Ait Allaoua reported that the proposed pet center could generate approximately 16 decibels of noise.

Ken Ford, Puyallup resident, spoke about the pet group program and rotating pets in play groups to create a more calming environment to minimize the noise levels for employees working there.

James Saupaa, Puget Sound Pet Pavilion, spoke about a former CenterForce employee who cared for animals at the Pet Pavilion and expressed support for the CenterForce?s proposed pet center program.

Jim Charboneau, Lakewood resident, kennel owner, expressed concern about the employee wages of a nonprofit competing with for-profit businesses and concerns of pets handled by disabled employees which could be challenging for both the pet and the employee.

Mary Jackson, University Place resident, spoke about CenterForce?s employees who were hired as restaurant workers and the positive experience she has encountered with capable CenterForce employees.

Lisa O?Gorman, dog owner and center owner, expressed concern about allowing zoning exceptions for CenterForce and giving CenterForce an advantage over other pet businesses.


 

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Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of the CenterForce proposed pet facility.

Joye Braun, Lakewood resident, asked how many clients will be served from other communities and how many developmentally-disabled clients will be working with the animals.

Floyd Braun, Lakewood resident, asked about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration?s (OSHA) review of the impacts the proposed pet center would have on developmentally disabled employees and the concerns with the animals.

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 interim zoning controls upon eating and drinking establishments within certain zoning districts for six months.

Speaking before the Council was:

David Anderson, Lakewood resident, spoke about an initiative petition on the proposed ban on gambling to be presented to the Council on July 7, 2008. He added that, if banning on gambling is voted upon, the interim zoning controls become invalid.

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

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2008-13 adopting the findings of fact relative to interim zoning controls upon eating and drinking establishments within certain zoning districts for six months.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2008-13. SECONDED BY COUNCIMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution No. 2008-14 amending the fee schedule to establish a collection fee for checks returned for non-sufficient funds.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2008-14. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.


 

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NEW BUSINESS

None.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz announced that the City?s Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast will be held on April 30, 2008 at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Student Center.

City Manager Neiditz announced that when he meets with the Citizens? Advisory Boards and Committees on April 22, 2008, he will ask two to three members of each committee to serve on a Vision Exercise Task Force to discuss the vision statements the Council discussed at their January workshop.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Cronk thanked City Manager Neiditz on his work with the Citizens? Advisory Boards and Committees.

Councilmember Finnigan asked for a status report on the quarterly financial statement.

Councilmember McGovern reported that she will not be able to attend the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

Councilmember McGovern asked what the next steps would be relative to CenterForce?s proposal. Assistant City Manager Bugher indicated that City staff proposes to bring this back as a Study Session item.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

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DON ANDERSON, DEPUTY MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK