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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, July 21, 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, Helen McGovern and Claudia Thomas.

Councilmember Excused: 1 ? Councilmember Walter Neary.

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that, at the July 28, 2008 Council Study Session, the meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., at the Second Floor Foyer, to accommodate the joint Council meeting with the Redevelopment Advisory Board and the Planning Advisory Board. Then at 7:00 p.m., the Study Session will move to the Council Chambers.

City Manager Neiditz announced that the City was awarded a $530,000 auto theft prevention grant by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and that Lakewood is taking the lead in coordinating the grant with Tacoma, Puyallup, Fife, Pierce County Sheriff?s Department, and the Washington State Patrol.

City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the American Lake boat launch.

City Manager Neiditz reported that, unofficially, the Pierce County Auditor indicated that they have counted 4,214 signatures for the gambling ban initiative, of which 2,917 are valid.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Clover Park School District Board Report.

None.


Lakewood City Council Minutes -2- July 21, 2008

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, reported on the Byrd School and his concerns about the Kiwanis Skate Park.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about why middle class children are leaving the School District and why home values are declining, and asked the City to look at the city from the customers? perspective.

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

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

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

C. Approval of payroll check numbers 176, 110679 to 110706, and direct deposit check numbers 29218 to 29482, in the amount of $812,579.22, for the period July 1-15, 2008.

D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 47107 to 47216, in the amount of $447,681.12, for the period ending July 3, 2008.

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

1. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of June 2, 2008.

2. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of June 10, 2008.

3. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of June 17, 2008.

4. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of June 23, 2008.

F. Resolution No. 2008-17

Setting Monday, August 4, 2008, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the Six-Year (2009-2014) Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program.

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


Lakewood City Council Minutes -3- July 21, 2008

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

APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2008-28 appointing Kalina Marie Miller, Sam Ross and Leo Wainhouse to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Committee for three-year terms through August 6, 2011.

COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF KALINA MARIE MILLER, SAM ROSS AND LEO WAINHOUSE TO SERVE ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THREE-YEAR TERMS THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2011. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Review of the interlocal agreement with the cities and towns of Pierce County and Pierce County ratifying amendments to the Pierce County Regional Council Countywide Planning Policies relative to the designation of urban centers.

Senior Planner Deborah Johnson provided an overview of the proposed amendments to the Pierce County Regional Council Countywide Planning Policies concerning the designation of urban centers.

Discussion ensued on what are the negative impacts to Lakewood if Lakewood did not ratify the amendments; and the policy (T-16.2) which confines the location of parking areas to the rear of properties to increase pedestrian safety and minimize visual impacts.

Concerns were expressed about policies that dictate what jurisdictions shall provide as defined in Sections 12.6, 14.2, 15 and 18 and that the policies may not be ?one-size-fits-all? for every community.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz that staff is working on scheduling a joint meeting with the Clover Park School District Board.

City Manager Neiditz reported that a meeting is scheduled with the Office of Economic Assistance (OEA) with the Department of Defense to discuss tapping into funding from OEA with regional approaches for transportation, housing and school planning.


Lakewood City Council Minutes -4- July 21, 2008

City Manager Neiditz commented on a meeting he held with the interim Health Department Director Laurie Jenkins.

City Manager Neiditz noted that the Association of Washington Cities Board will be holding a retreat on July 24 and 25, 2008 which he will be attending.

Mayor Richardson asked for a status report on the siting process for Progress House.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Cronk asked about the power of citizen?s arrest relative to a letter by Mr. Evanson.

Councilmember Cronk questioned the Pierce County Auditor?s certification of petition signatures.

Councilmember McGovern thanked Human Resources Director Young for organizing the Paint Tacoma-Lakewood Beautiful project.

Deputy Mayor Anderson suggested that a Clover Park School District facilities manager be invited relative to the Office of Economic Assistance funds application.

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Pacific Neighborhood Association barbecue at Springbrook Park and the Human Services needs assessment survey and focus group.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK