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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, October 20, 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: 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 request of Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that, at the November 3, 2008 City Council meeting, there will be a special presentation of the Stryker Brigade and a recognition of all veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

City Manager Neiditz then commented on the amount of grants the City had recently received for the Hill Ward, Weed and Seed and Tillicum Sewer projects.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation declaring October 2008 as National Humanities and Arts Month.

Councilmember Neary presented a proclamation declaring October 2008 as National Humanities and Arts Month to Mr. Phil Rachke, Chair of the Lakewood Arts Commission.


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PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Susan Hart, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about United Way bypassing the human services funding application process to request $50,000 for the Early Learning program directly from the Council. She also expressed concern about the precedent this sets. She commented that the United Way Early Learning request for funding they submitted last year in 2007was a costly program and a duplication of services.

Janne Hutchins, Lakewood Area Shelter Association (LASA),Fircrest resident, spoke about the clientele calls for service LASA has been receiving and how the shift for services have changed from not just homeless individuals but to individuals who currently own their own homes and need housing assistance to stay in them.

Linda Smith, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Board, spoke about voting in opposition of Proposition 1, and, if it passed, there will be hundreds of jobs that would be lost and the revenues generated by minicasinos that have helped the community.

Duane Wilkerson, Pierce County Aids Foundation Executive Director, thanked the Council for the City?s support, and encouraged the Council to continue to support social services and come up with creative financing to support the program.

Kelly Phanco, United Way, spoke about the first five fundamentals of early learning. She reported that a $15,000 match pledge has been committed.

John Briehl, City of Tacoma Human Services and Human Rights Director, spoke about the work of the Pierce County Funders Group (consisting of Tacoma, Lakewood, and Pierce County) and how every dollar leveraged in human services are held accountable. He spoke about the importance of Lakewood?s alliance with Pierce County and Tacoma in the delivery of human services.

Mary Safford, Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, spoke about supporting the Pierce County Aids Foundation.

Charlie Gray, Pierce County Housing Authority Deputy Executive Director, spoke about the need for housing in our communities and asked the Council to support the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board and the Human Services Funding Advisory Board recommended priorities for housing needs and human services needs. He spoke about the growing need for Section 8 housing in Lakewood.


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Kim Gorden, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of Proposition 1 and said she did not agree with the rights of casinos over the right of individuals.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, read an article about Lakeview Light and Power and their efforts in generating power. He then commented about a conversation he had with a casino worker who said he made minimum wage.

Kayley Rae, Tacoma resident, spoke about the Oasis Youth Center and how the Center has changed and saved her life. She commented that the Center has been a safe place where the youth can be free to be who they are and not be judged. She spoke about the support she has received, and how she has gained confidence about herself and the world.

Mo Lewis, Tacoma resident, spoke in support of the Oasis Youth Center and thanked the Council for their support. She spoke about the work she has done with supporting youth and seeing the transformation in the youths who participate in the program.

Rae Thomas, Oasis Youth Center Program Director, spoke about the lives they have saved at the Oasis Youth Center and that it is the only such center in Pierce County. She asked for Council?s continued support for human services.

Tom Hilyard, Director of Pierce County Human Services, spoke about continuing the support of human services. He spoke about the partnership the County, Tacoma and Lakewood have together furthered human services.

Carolee Wynhoff, Pierce County Sexual Assault Center, spoke about Council?s continued support of the Sexual Assault Center and potential loss of a program educator with reductions in funding.

Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, spoke about the Byrd School dig. He then commented about the use of lodging taxes for the historical museum and how it would generate tourism revenues. He then expressed concern about moving the Landmarks Heritage Advisory Board monthly meetings to quarterly meetings and potentially disable the work and effects of the Board with a Plan B budget.

Tanda Moore, Federal Way resident, thanked the citizens of Lakewood for giving the casino employees their support.

Brian Wurts, Lakewood resident, Lakewood Police Guild, announced that the National Firefighters Union voted to support the Lakewood Police Guild and its initiative to oppose the Proposition 1 initiative.

Angela Fores, Federal Way resident, spoke about her work at the Lakewood casino and asked people to vote ?no? on Proposition 1.


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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 October 6, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 6, 2008.

C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 13, 2008.

D. Approval of payroll check numbers 182, 110886 to 110909, and direct deposit check numbers 30787 to 31038, in the amount of $796,437.56, for the period October 1-15, 2008.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 48468 to 48562, in the amount of $1,353,996.36, for the period ending October 9, 2008.

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

1. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of September 8, 2008.

2. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 9, 2008.

3. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 24, 2008 and Provider Presentations minutes of September 24 and 25, 2008.

4. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 1 and 7, 2008.

5. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of October 8, 2008.

G. Motion No. 2008-45

Approving the property boundary line adjustments to increase the size of Parcel B at 8104 South Tacoma Way to allow for development, and reduce the size of Parcel A at 8024 South Tacoma Way (First Tacoma LLC; #LU080193).

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Councilmember Finnigan requested that Motion 2008-45 be removed from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda.

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councilmember THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT ITEMS A-F OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY councilmember NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


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

Motion No. 2008-45 approving the property boundary line adjustments to increase the size of Parcel B at 8104 South Tacoma Way to allow for development, and reduce the size of Parcel A at 8024 South Tacoma Way (First Tacoma LLC; # LU080193).

councilmember mCgovern MOVED TO APPROVE THE PROPERTY BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENTS TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF PARCEL B AT 8104 SOUTH TACOMA WAY TO ALLOW FOR DEVELOPMENT, AND REDUCE THE SIZE OF PARCEL A AT 8024 SOUTH TACOMA WAY. SECONDED BY councilmember thomas. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2008-46 confirming the appointments of Rebecca Huber and Linda Smith to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for a three-year term through November 1, 2011.

councilmember neary MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF REBECCA HUBER AND LINDA SMITH TO SERVE ON THE LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM THROUGH NOVEMBER 1, 2011. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR anderson. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2008-47 confirming the appointments of Kit Baker and Sam Wagner to serve on the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee for a three-year term through November 5, 2011.

councilmember CRONK MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF KIT BAKER AND SAM WAGNER TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM THROUGH NOVEMBER 5, 2011. SECONDED BY councilmember FINNIGAN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 2008-28 adopting the Fiscal Year 2009 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act grant policies and proposed use of funds.

councilmember mCgovern MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2008-28. SECONDED BY councilmember finnigan.


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DEPUTY MAYOR anderson moved to reMOVE $15,000 of the down payment assistance allocation AND ADD IT to the emergency minor home repair program for a total of $205,000. seconded by councilmember cronk.

DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON AND COUNCILMEMBER CRONK WITHDREW THEIR MOTION.

VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE ORIGINAL MOTION AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER NEARY VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

it was the consensus of the council to approve the proposed FY2009 funding allocation GUIDELINES as presented.

Resolution No. 2008-29 adopting the findings of fact supporting the interim zoning controls for portions of the Tillicum neighborhood.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2008-29. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2008-48 awarding a bid to Buckley Nursery Company, Inc., in the amount of $419,918, for improvements to the Hill Ward site at Ft. Steilacoom Park.

councilmember thomas MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO BUCKLEY NURSERY COMPANY, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF $419,918, FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HILL WARD SITE AT FT. STEILACOOM PARK. SECONDED BY councilmember neary. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

Motion No. 2008-49 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, in the amount of $175,000, for the weed and seed program to provide enhanced law enforcement, intervention and prevention programs in Districts 3 and 4.

COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, IN THE AMOUNT OF $175,000, FOR THE WEED AND SEED PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT, INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN DISTRICTS 3 AND 4. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED unanimously.


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Motion No. 2008-50 authorizing the City Manager to execute of an agreement with the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, in the amount of $100,000, for the Phase I of the Union Avenue Redevelopment project.

councilmember thomas MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY, TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000, FOR THE PHASE I OF THE UNION AVENUE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT. SECONDED BY councilmember cronk. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Finnigan provided an update of the Puget Sound Regional Council meeting he and Councilmember McGovern attended and the discussions held about the Countywide Planning Policies relative to the need for affordable housing. He added that Lakewood is expected, by 2022, to provide an additional 2,083 affordable homes and that Pierce County would be responsible to provide for an additional 10,000 affordable homes, and that Tacoma would be responsible to provide for 9,000 homes.

Mayor Richardson commented on the Truck and Tractor Day event at Ft. Steilacoom Park on Saturday, October 18, 2008 he attended.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK




LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL BUDGET WORKSHOP MINUTES

Monday, October 20, 2008

City of Lakewood

City Council Chambers

6000 Main Street SW

Lakewood, WA 98499

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CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 9:15 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.

ITEM FOR DISCUSSION:

Priorities for the City of Lakewood 2009 Budget.

City Manager Neiditz reviewed staff?s responses to Council?s questions about tourism and lodging tax rule changes. He then spoke about questions Council had relative to salary growth and comparables with other cities of similar size and Police force. He noted that the Council was provided with actual average salaries of staff as requested. He then reviewed the total growth by fund and noted that the total growth in salaries is 1.51 percent in 2009 and the total dollar amount of $16.5million in General Fund. He then reviewed the difference between merit and step increases He explained that 79 Police positions and 26 non-police positions have reached their maximum salaries. He noted that the cost of living increases has traditionally been made at the first of the calendar year and the merit increase is made at the employee?s anniversary of employment.

City Manager Neiditz reported that the Association of Washington Cities health premium increase is 8.2 percent which is lower than what was originally projected at 11 percent. He explained that the differential cost for employees health premiums based on number of dependents was provided to the Council earlier. He explained that 3.5 percent is proposed for cost of living and each percentage point equates to approximately $50,000 (i.e. 2 percent reduction would equate to $225,000). If the employee?s share of medical costs went up from 8 percent to 10 percent the savings would be $56,000.


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Discussion ensued about creating a pool amount or cap for merit increases (i.e. $132,000) managed by each department excluding Police; and providing the Council with a written summation of the health insurance premiums including last year premiums, what the actual costs are for 2008 and total estimates for 2009.

Further discussion ensued on how can salaries only go up 1.51percent for 2009 when the cost of living allowance (COLA or merit modifier) alone is going up 3.5percent; providing for a $240,000 savings by reducing COLA at two percent and increasing employee medical from 8 percent to 10 percent; and providing the Council with written responses to Council?s questions and budget summaries prior to the Budget Workshops.

City Manager Neiditz requested that the Council plan to reach consensus about the Plan A budget at next week?s October 27 Budget Workshop.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK