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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, June 2, 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 7:02 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present: 6 ? Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.

Councilmember Excused: 1 ? Councilmember Helen McGovern (arrived at 7:20p.m.).

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

Lakeview Update

City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the Lakeview area clean-up project after citizens? complaints about crime in the business area. He explained that the clean up cost was about $20,000 at no cost to the city, using Department of Corrections volunteer labor.

City Manager Neiditz commented that approximately 30 individuals attended last week?s Lakewood University session.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

Youth Councilmember Boline provided a year-in-review of the Youth Council?s activities which included the Autumn Leaf Health and Safety Festival, Make A Difference Day, Youth Testimony for the 100 Best Communities Award, Cosby Call-Out event, Caring for Kids, Holiday Tree Lighting, Martin Luther King celebration, Go Lakewood, International Festival, Kids Fishing event, SummerFest and the Youth Summit.

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Councilmember McGovern arrived at 7:20 p.m.

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Recognizing the 2007-2008 Youth Council members for their service.

Mayor Richardson and Councilmember Thomas presented Certificates of Appreciation recognizing the 2007-2008 Youth Council members present which included Emily Boline, Jordan Dacres, Jenny Kim, Sarah McKeown, and Tammy Park for their service. Certificates will be sent to those who were not present.

Proclamation declaring June 6-7, 2008 as Lakewood Relay for Life Weekend.

Mayor Richardson presented a Proclamation declaring June 6-7, 2008 as Lakewood Relay for Life Weekend to Ms. Cara Taylor, Co-Chair of the Lakewood Relay for Life.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Member Connie Coleman-Lacadie provided a year-end report of the District. She spoke about the appointment of a new Superintendent; improvements to the kindergarten program; Lakes High School groundbreaking; Honor Graduate reception; 5-12 renaming of their school and its relocation; CPSD goals; review of A-I High School; scheduled graduation ceremonies; summer school program; and the CPSD Board retreat with the new Superintendent. She then provided an overview of the Washington Assessment for Student Learning (WASL) scores in the District.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Grace Brigham, Lakewood resident, spoke about Advanced Placement classes at the Clover Park School District (CPSD) and not having enough books needed for each student taking the class.

Karen Little, University Place resident, expressed concerns about the Hot Chick latte stand located near her son?s school and the attire of their staff.

Jordan Donovan, University Place resident, expressed concerns about the Hot Chick stand and their attire.

Cindy Baij, Lakewood resident, spoke about the drop out rates and graduation rates at the Clover Park School District (CPSD). She expressed concern about the selection process of the Superintendent and the ethics of the process used, and that the selected Superintendent was average and sub-par. She asked for Council?s action to do something.


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Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the cereals being offered at Idlewild Elementary in which sugar and fiber were removed. He then spoke about dysfunctional schools and parents.

Leslie Bruner, Lakewood resident, expressed concerns about the lack of communication between schools and parents, lack of discipline, lack of vigor, and concerns about the recent hiring of the Superintendent and her frustration with the CPSD Board.

Tami Brigham, Lakewood resident, spoke about concerns at CPSD and its poor performance. She also spoke on behalf of Sue Cook, a Lakewood resident, and her concerns and experience with CPSD.

Teresa Sperk, Lakewood resident, spoke about her son?s baseball experience in a competition with a Centralia school and comments that were made about the reputation of CPSD being substandard.

Clint Johnson, Lakewood resident, spoke about the serious issues at CPSD, significant turnover of teachers, and frustration of the Superintendent selection process.

Kathy Britt, Lakewood resident, requested the Council to take action to improve CPSD.

Pam Shear, Lakewood resident, spoke about her experience and frustration with CPSD schools and the disrespect between teachers and students.

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Mayor Richardson suggested that the matter of the Clover Park School District issues be scheduled for the June 23, 2008 Study Session.

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 19, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of May 27, 2008.

C. Approval of payroll check numbers 171, 110544 to 110568 and direct deposit check numbers 28181 to 28435, in the amount of $782,840.74, for the period May 1-15, 2008.

D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 46430 to 46511, in the amount of $1,405,085.53, for the period ending May 15, 2008.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 46512 to 46650, in the amount of $271,598.64, for the period ending May 22, 2008.


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F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 46651 to 46734 and 900152, in the amount of $257,420.10, for the period ending May 29, 2008.

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

1. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of March 19, 2008.

2. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of April 8, 2008.

3. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of May 6, 2008.

4. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of May 14, 2008.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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Mayor Richardson and Councilmembers recognized Deputy Mayor Anderson and sang happy birthday.

Council recessed at 8:25 p.m. and reconvened at 8:43 p.m.

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

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS

This is the date set for the continuation of a public hearing by the City Council on the request to vacate a portion of 75th Street West right-of-way for the acquisition of additional property for development (Sound Glass).

Speaking before the Council were:

There were no comments.

The hearing was declared closed.

ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 474 vacating a portion of 75th Street West right-of-way for the acquisition of additional property for development (Sound Glass).

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 474. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Councilmember McGovern spoke about her participation on the selection panel for the Clover Park School District Superintendent and her ranking of the candidates.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

Police facility update

City Manager Neiditz reported that the Notice to Proceed for the construction of the police station was issued in February 2008 with a completion date of September 2009. He added that the work is one-fourth completed.

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City Manager Neiditz reported that the City is working with CGI Communications, Inc., in creating a video on the City?s website to encourage new businesses and development. There is no cost to the City to create this video. He indicated that the Council will be provided with a demonstration.

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City Manager Neiditz reported that staff is still working with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce relative to the City?s 12 days of using the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Student Center, establishing fees and setting priorities for scheduling.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Thomas provided an update on the process for recommending next year?s 2008-2009 Youth Council members.

Councilmember Finnigan reported on a student government presentation he provided at the Clover Park High School.

Councilmember McGovern reported that June 4, 2008 is the last day for preparing the welcoming gift baskets for soldiers coming home. She reported that Deputy Mayor Anderson was able to secure $3,500 from Harborstone Credit Union to help with contributions.

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the briefing he had with the Vice Mayor of Pusan, Korea, Tacoma?s sister city.


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Mayor Richardson thanked Councilmember McGovern for her efforts with orchestrating the organization and distribution of the welcoming gift baskets. He also thanked Councilmember Finnigan for his help with putting the baskets together.

Mayor Richardson reported on the design proposal and unveiling of the memorial plaques to be mounted at City Hall. He asked that the unveiling be scheduled for sometime during the last two weeks of July.

Mayor Richardson asked, by request of the Lakewood Sister Cities Association, that there be a link on the City?s website to Lakewood?s sister cities? website.

Mayor Richardson announced that Councilmember Finnigan will be conducting the City Talk session this week.

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Executive Session

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

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:10 p.m. and reconvened at 9:17p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK