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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, May 19, 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 7:03 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 Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz indicated that a long-term budget strategy briefing will be provided later in the agenda. He then proposed to the Council that the June 9, 2008 Study Session be converted into a budget strategy workshop to be held on the second floor lobby of City Hall at 7:00 p.m., to prepare the Council for the upcoming budget process.

City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the Lakewood?s Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees vision deliberation group exercise which was held on May 14, 2008 and attended by 22 members. He added that a summary report of that meeting will be provided to the Council.

City Manager Neiditz spoke about the progress of the vegetation clean-up at the Lakeview and 108th Street area to address concerns of burglaries and public safety.

City Manager Neiditz reported on the ICMA?s Center for Performance Measurement which will provide for a common database for accountability purposes so that like departments and like services across the board can compare efforts in terms of efficiencies and workload with130 cities nationally participating. He added that the Washington State Auditor is supportive of this effort and that the City will be sending an application for membership, at a minimal cost.


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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation declaring May 21, 2008 as Kinship Caregiver Day.

Councilmember Cronk presented a proclamation declaring May 21, 2008 as Kinship Caregiver Day to Mrs.Geneva Burgess, Grandmother who cares for a grandson, Akheim Sells.

Proclamation declaring May 18-24, 2008 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

Councilmember McGovern presented proclamation declaring May 18-24, 2008 as Emergency Medical Services Week to Ms. Kathy Bressler, Chief Operating Officer, St.Clare Hospital; Mr. Bill Barber, Battalion Chief/EMS, Lakewood Fire District; Mr. Scott Jones, General Manager, Rural/Metro Ambulance (Pierce County Operations); and Ms. Kaylee Garrett, Business Retention Specialist, American Medical Response, Pierce County.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, expressed concern on how staff responds to small businesses? concerns on economic development and redevelopment in Lakewood. He added that the Council needs to find ways to check on staff performance.

Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, announced that a historic home tour of the Mark Griggs home is scheduled for May 20, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., for members only.

Todd Smith, Lakewood resident and Lakewood CARES, expressed concern about the number of Lakewood homes that are for sale which is a sign of residents leaving town. He suggested that the Council look at improving the building codes and how areas are zoned.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of May 5, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of May 12, 2008.


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C. Approval of payroll check numbers 169, 110499 to 110532, and direct deposit check numbers 27927 to 28180, in the amount of $1,046,501.25, for the period April 16-30, 2008.

D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 46350 to 46429, in the amount of $537,811.45, for the period ending May 8, 2008.

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

1. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of April 7, 2008.

2. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of April 22, 2008.

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. 2008-21 appointing JJ (Ui K.) Kim, Linn Larsen and Cheri Loiland to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2011.

councilmember thomas MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF JJ (UIK.) KIM, LINN LARSEN AND CHERI lOILAND TO SERVE ON THE REDEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH MAY 23, 2011. SECONDED BY councilmember finnigan. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2008-16 expressing support for the development of an off-leash dog park on the Chambers Creek properties at University Place.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2008-16. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.


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NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2008-22 awarding a bid to SECO, LLC, in the amount of $573,960.38, to remove, replace and retrofit 124 obsolete stormwater drywells throughout Lakewood.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO award a bid to seco, llc, in the amount of $573,960.38, to remove, replace and retrofit 124 obsolete stormwater drywells throughout lakewood. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz gave an update on the City?s progress with reconciling its accounts payable records.

City Manager Neiditz indicated that Public Works Director Wickstrom is reviewing which projects might be deferred as result of the decrease in Real Estate Excise Tax revenues and which projects may need to move forward so as not to lose grant funding. He noted that more information will be presented to the Council in the future.

Long Term Financial Plan

City Manager Neiditz introduced Assistant City Manager Halladay to brief the Council on the City?s long-term financial plan. He added that the Council needs to begin thinking about their policy making role to balance revenues and current levels of service and be able to deal with factors that affect them to sustain the City over the long term.

City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council that there will be further discussion at the June 9, 2008 City Council Study Session to set the stage for the budget process.

Assistant City Manager Halladay provided the financial highlights noting that Lakewood?s economic activity is stronger than national and state trends while facing significant challenges due to revenue constriction and cost inflation and ways to deal with capital replacement and maintenance. He explained the forecasts on revenue estimates (with various scenarios: recession with reduced growth, recession with quick recovery with and without gambling, and higher levels of growth) and expenditure estimates with a higher inflation or lower inflation scenarios. He then commented about the various factors contributing to the Revenue, Inflationary and Capital Fund challenges that the City may face which were not addressed in the scenarios described earlier and must be dealt with separately.


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City Manager Neiditz spoke about how Lakewood is lagging behind compared to other Washington cities in terms of per capita tax base and how Lakewood has a lot of development potential as a young city.

Discussion ensued about the City taking the right direction in looking at its long range financial goals; detailed options for reduction of services versus tax increases; strained staffing levels to meet customer service demands; what the various economic development options are in American Lake Gardens, Tillicum and Pacific Highway, its potential revenues and possible incentives that may be offered; focus on discretionary spending, where to cut expenditures throughout the City instead of raising taxes or cutting capital expenditures due to the reduction in Real Estate Excise Taxes; how the various hypothetical inflation indexes for expenses were derived; providing some scenarios of redevelopment projects showing potential revenues and net costs; how personnel costs are handled with consideration to labor unions and the City?s ability to keep qualified staff competitively; the shortfall of Fund 501 (equipment and vehicle replacement) and other expenditures; impacts on unfunded mandates by the Legislature; and taking into account employee/employer cost sharing and new construction projects.

Councilmember Thomas asked if we have completed identifying all the addresses for Lakewood businesses. Assistant City Manager Bugher indicated that 95 percent of businesses have already been identified and that there are more issues with identifying residential addresses.

Mayor Richardson indicated that by July 2008, the City would know what scenarios the Council would be working with, depending on the outcome of the gambling initiative.

City Manager Neiditz announced that the long-term financial plan can also be found on the City?s website.

Assistant City Manager Halladay distributed copies of the First Quarter Financial Report and explained the difference of how the City tracked its revenues and expenditures on an accrual basis with a two-month lag versus converting into a cash basis system. He then explained that the 2007-2008 General Fund revenues and expenditures, showed an increase from $6.5 million to $7.1 million. He added that sales tax revenues are over 10 percent and building permits issued are high.

City Manager Neiditz asked that the Council recessed into an Executive Session to discuss pending litigation.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Cronk spoke about the Waughop Lake treatment and asked what the failed result meant for treating Lake Steilacoom.


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Councilmember Thomas announced that the Sound Transit Lakewood Station will have its grand opening on September 19, 2008 and that it should be a gala event.

Councilmember McGovern provided an update on the welcoming gift baskets to be assembled at the Boys and Girls Club HOPE Center and asked for volunteers to assist. She added that the group has raised $14,000 in cash and many in-kind donations.

Councilmember McGovern spoke about speaking at a first-grade class at Park Lodge Elementary about elections and democracy.

Deputy Mayor Anderson spoke about attending an infrastructure capital funding continuing education seminar on May 9, 2008 with Assistant City Manager Halladay.

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on how well represented Lakewood was at the Washington to Washington excursion back to Washington D.C., which is a lobbying effort on behalf of the County, City and local businesses. He spoke about his visit at the Pentagon.

Mayor Richardson spoke about his trip to Baltimore to participate at a National Emergency Training Center simulated exercises with Lt. Steve Mauer funded by a grant from Homeland Security.

Mayor Richardson announced that there will be a Memorial Day service, at 2:00p.m. on May 26, 2008 at Mountain View Cemetery, and that the City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2008.

City Manager Neiditz announced that on May 22, 2008, Clover Park Technical College will hold a reception and banquet for their scholarship fund; and the Public Works open house will be held on May 21, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

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Executive Session

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 15 minutes to discuss pending litigation.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:54 p.m. and reconvened at 10:09p.m.


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ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:09 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK