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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, October 6, 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 7:04 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.

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council of the Budget Workshop after the regular meeting tonight. He requested an Executive Session for 20 minutes later in the agenda.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

Youth Council Jennifer Kim provided a report of their activities which included the Autumn Leaf Health and Safety Festival and Make a Difference Day. She then reported on activities at various high schools.

Proclamation declaring October 5-11, 2008 as National Fire Prevention Week.

Councilmember Cronk presented a proclamation declaring October 5-11, 2008 as National Fire Prevention Week to Ms. Hallie McCurdy, Assistant Fire Marshal of the Lakewood Fire District.


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Proclamation declaring October 25, 2008 as Make A Difference Day and the month of October as Make A Difference Month.

Deputy Mayor Anderson and Mayor Richardson presented a proclamation declaring October 25, 2008 as Make A Difference Day and the month of October as Make A Difference Month to Ms. Ria Bakker of The Friends of the Park & Nature; Ms. Diane Formoso of Caring for Kids; Lt. Casey Holland of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team; Ms. Jenny Kim, Lakewood Youth Council; Ms. Wanda Sok of Grave Concerns, and Mr. Roger Laybourn, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Proclamation declaring October 2008 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a Presentation on Domestic Violence Awareness.

Councilmember Thomas presented a proclamation declaring October 2008 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Ms. Ann-Marie Evans, Victim Advocate of the City of Lakewood.

Victim Advocate Evans provided an overview of the number of domestic violence cases in Washington State and an overview of the complexity of the cases that are prosecuted. She indicated that at least 1 in 4 women will be victimized.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Paul McIntyre, Lakewood resident, spoke about low-income programs and repairs that needed to be made to his home.

Donna Albers, Lakewood resident, spoke about early learning investments and asked for a $50,000 investment.

Diane Formoso, Caring for Kids, asked Council to support human services programs. She spoke about the Caring for Kids Fair event and the amount of clothing, food and school supplies provided to children in need. She also spoke about the need to support our children.

Austin Cieplils, Spanaway resident, expressed concern about the closure of casinos should Proposition 1 pass, the potential loss of jobs, and that Plan B takes away people?s rights and freedom.


 

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Fred Feller, Save Lakewood, spoke about the Lakewood Police Guild working against Proposition 1 and being deceptive under the aura of the Police Department and their implied position as police officers. He asked who is funding the Lakewood Police Guild shirts. He indicated that the reduction in the public safety budget is a fear tactic.

Randy Wallenborn, Goodfella?s Steak House manager, spoke about the threat of Proposition 1 and the 600 employees that would be affected, as well as police jobs. He asked people to vote no for Proposition 1.

Terry Love, Northeast Neighborhood Association, spoke about the Wards Lake Park property and money to purchase the property to increase the park from 2.5acres to 15acres. He expressed support for Motion No. 2008-44. He also spoke in support of the Community Service Officer and Neighborhood Police Officer programs.

Joyce Richardson, Chips Palace Casino employee and Lakewood resident, spoke about her need to keep her job working in a casino.

Kalla Wiley, Chips Palace Casino employee, spoke about her job as a card dealer, the need to keep her good paying job, and how she enjoys working in the casino.

Steve Overhotser spoke about 600 jobs leaving the Lakewood community.

Rodd Kowalski, Pierce County Housing Authority, spoke about the deep cuts in the human services funding and to support CDBG and human services programs that citizens rely on to meet their basic needs today.

Ellie Ottey, Pierce County Housing Authority, spoke about the housing needs through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds; keeping affordable housing and associated human services programs to keep a roof over the heads of families. She spoke about using CDBG funds for building communities.

Suzi Riley indicated that she did not wish to speak at this time and noted that the Council was provided a copy of her written comments.

Richard Rabisa, Lakewood resident, asked when will the Tillicum Plan be put in place to improve the Tillicum neighborhood. He commented that you can close casinos but you cannot stop gambling.

Betsy Elgar, Lakewood resident, spoke about child welfare and development funds.


 

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David Anderson, Lakewood resident, spoke about battling for the Community Service Officers that is proposed to be cut in the Plan B budget. He spoke about the need to continue the partnership with the Tillicum neighborhood and the Community Service Officers. He spoke about the proposed budget sharing the load equitably.

Bill McDonald, Lakewood resident, spoke about his dismay with the Save Lakewood group and the Council wrestling with the budget. He spoke about the proposition being a self serving proposition and harming the City. He indicated that the city would lose our neighborhood patrols, our community and jobs.

David Fretz, Great American Casino President, spoke about the impacts on the City?s budget relative to Proposition 1. He spoke about the investment the Casino has made and economic benefits employees provide in stimulating Lakewood?s economy. He indicated that prohibition is not the answer and spoke about voting no on Proposition 1.

Marcus Williams, Macau Casino worker, spoke about how the proposition would hurt the community and families.

Anna Anthony, Lakewood resident, spoke about casinos being an asset to Lakewood.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about mortgages, loaning money, and lying on loan applications.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of United Way and the gambling proposition. He spoke about the amount of taxes he is paying into the city.

Eleanor Pemberton, Lakewood resident, provided a written statement that was read into the record speaking in favor of the minor home repair program, CSOs, and fire department services.

Roger Austeth, Pierce County resident, spoke about how many people smoke tobacco and drink alcohol. He spoke about helping people with problems instead of regulating whole industries.

Janne Hutchins, Lakewood Area Shelter Association, spoke about human services programs and their fear about how to serve clients in this age of losing funding sources. She encouraged the Council that now is not the time to be cutting services.

Carol Hutchins, Lakewood Observation Patrol, spoke about the need for the Community Service Officer program and if the city loses this program, there would be very little communication between neighborhood and police.


 

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Andie Gernon, Lakewood resident, spoke about her opposition to Proposition 1. She spoke about the importance of the early learning initiative by doing things now so children are ready to learn. She also spoke about not cutting human services programs.

Susan, Lakewood resident, spoke about some good that casinos are doing such as delivering coats to homes. She then spoke on behalf of Mr. Kim relative to the Tillicum moratorium and supported the sewers in Tillicum.

Brian Wurts, Lakewood Police Guild President, spoke about budget cuts that are traumatic. He spoke about the right of the union to go door to door in opposition of Proposition 1 much like the Fire Department will.

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The Council recessed at 8:55 p.m. and reconvened at 9:05 pm

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of September 15, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of September 22, 2008.

C. Approval of payroll check numbers 180, 110821 to 110846, and direct deposit check numbers 30274 to 30530, in the amount of $797,980.90, for the period September 1-15, 2008.

D. Approval of payroll check numbers 181, 110847 to 110885, and direct deposit check numbers 30531 to 30786, in the amount of $1,118,551.95, for the period September 16-30, 2008.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 48070 to 48174, in the amount of $1,638,586.24, for the period ending September 11, 2008.

F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 48069, 48175 to 48281, in the amount of $458,805.60, for the period ending September 18, 2008.

G. Approval of claim voucher numbers 48282 to 48385, in the amount of $835,125.17, for the period ending September 25, 2008.

H. Approval of claim voucher numbers 48386 to 48467 and 900157, in the amount of $128,336, for the period ending October 2, 2008.


 

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

1. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 16 and September 10 and 17, 2008.

2. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 23, August 6 and 20, 2008.

3. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 30, 2008.

4. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of August 13, and September 17, 2008.

5. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board and Human Services Funding Advisory Board Focus Group meeting minutes of September 10, 2008.

6. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board and Human Services Funding Advisory Board Public Hearing meeting minutes of September 10, 2008.

7. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Annual Membership meeting minutes of August 21, 2008.

8. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of August 26, 2008.

J. Motion No. 2008-41

Setting Monday, November 17, 2008, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed 2009 budget and mill levy rate.

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 relative to interim zoning controls for portions of the Tillicum neighborhood for an additional six months.

Speaking before the Council were:

None.

There being no testimony, the hearing was declared closed.


 

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APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2008-42 appointing Marie Barth, Scott Campbell, Debra Christnacht, Susan Couperthwaite, Retha Hayward, Lonnie Lai, Stuart Lane, Shirley Petersen and Ken Witkoe to serve on the Lakewood Arts Commission.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF MARIE BARTH, SCOTT CAMPBELL, DEBRA CHRISTNACHT, SUSAN COUPERTHWAITE, RETHA HAYWARD, LONNIE LAI, STUART LANE, SHIRLEY PETERSEN AND KEN WITKOE TO SERVE ON THE LAKEWOOD ARTS COMMISSION. SECONDED BY councilmember thomas. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2008-43 appointing Deanna Robinson to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

councilmember neary MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF DEANNA ROBINSON TO SERVE ON THE LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE. SECONDED BY councilmember CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2008-44 authorizing the execution of an agreement with Pierce County to accept 1.85 acres of property next to Wards Lake Park for use as open space and for recreational activities.

COUNCILMEMBER CRONK MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH PIERCE COUNTY TO ACCEPT 1.85 ACRES OF PROPERTY NEXT TO WARDS LAKE PARK FOR USE AS OPEN SPACE AND FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Finnigan reported on a meeting he and Councilmember Thomas held with Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Vice President Marty Schafer about how the City uses its one percent human services funding to help CPSD youths and how every school is affected with human services funding.


 

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Councilmember Finnigan reported on the prosperity tour that he attended at Ft.Lewis Army Base and McChord Air Force Base talking about how the military installations are an economic tool in the community and how the military contributes to the region.

Deputy Mayor Anderson spoke about a United Way reception he attended relative to the Early Learning Consortium and their program.

Mayor Richardson spoke about the Coffee with the Mayor event on Friday, October 10, 2008 at the St. Clare Hospital Resource Center.

Mayor Richardson announced that he will be retiring from the Army Reserve soon.

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Executive Session

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss potential litigation.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:31 p.m. and at 9:50 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced Executive Session is extended an additional 10 minutes. Council reconvened at 10:00p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK