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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, November 17, 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 reported that two City employees received military-related recognition: Justin Dapping as Sailor of the Year and Olivia Rodriquez who received the Washington Air National Guard Non-Commission Officer of the Year Award.

City Manager Neiditz announced that the City is working with Legislators and the Association of Washington Cities on gambling regulations through zoning. He added that cities in Snohommish County are also interested in this regulation.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation declaring November 16-22, 2008 as American Education Week.

Deputy Mayor Anderson presented a proclamation declaring November 16-22, 2008 as American Education Week to Mr. Sam Fitzgerald, President of the Clover Park Education Association, and Ms. Irene Oda, President of the Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park.


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PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the pictures (tractor and horses) he distributed to the Council relative to increasing productivity. He spoke about reducing the police force by 50 percent by using technology and reader boards describing criminals.

Dolly Schawnecy, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of the Lakewood Senior Center and expressed her gratitude for Council?s support.

Doris Hudson, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of the Boys and Girls Club funding and their programs.

Todd Smith, Lakewood resident, spoke about providing public access to Gravelly Lake.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about how much access was made available to the public on the budget changes from the time the Council discussed them at last week?s Budget Workshop (November 12, 2008) to tonight?s Public Hearing.

Paul Wagemann, Lakewood resident, spoke about the failed Proposition 1 and the betrayal by the City leaders. He spoke about how the casinos bought votes by the amount of funding reported by the Public Disclosure Commission for the No Vote campaign. He indicated that he personally will be back working on a citizen initiative relative to gambling.

David Anderson, Save Lakewood, spoke about the failed Proposition 1 and comments provided by former Mayor Harrison and Police Chief Saunders. He spoke about the importance of citizen grassroots efforts in making a good community.

Fred Weller, Lakewood resident, spoke about his disappointment about the failed Proposition 1. He encouraged the Council to reconsider its relationship with casinos and not become overly dependent on casino revenues.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of November 3, 2008.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of November 12, 2008.


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C. Approval of payroll check numbers 183, 110921 to 110955, and direct deposit check numbers 31039 to 31289, in the amount of $1,032,840.34, for the period October 16-31, 2008.

D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 48883 to 48960, in the amount of $826,473.08, for the period ending November 6, 2008.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 48881, 48882, and 48961 to 49024, in the amount of $341,852.03, for the period ending November 13, 2008.

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

1. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of September 3, 17 and October 1, 2008.

2. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 10 and 17, 2008.

3. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of September 23, 2008.

4. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of October 6, 2008.

councilmember thomas MOVED TO ADOPT ITEMS A, and c-f OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

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

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of November 12, 2008.

councilmember cronk MOVED TO amend the november 12, 2008 council budget workshop minutes to reflect that november 12, 2008 was a wednesday and not a monday. seconded by councilmember finnigan. voice vote was taken and carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS

This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed 2009 budget and mill levy rate.

Speaking before the Council were:

Todd Smith, Lakewood resident, spoke about the 1 percent human services funding and what the $540,000 budget for human services consisted of. He spoke about the budget for the Police Department.


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Susan Hart, Lakewood resident, and Co-Chair of the Human Services Funding Advisory Board (HSFAB), spoke about the United Way Early Learning Program and the HSFAB?s recommendation that agencies should not circumvent the application funding process by taking the 1 percent human services funding for this program away from the 39 agencies recommended for funding. She urged the Council to consider the long term precedent this would set.

Paul Wagemann, Lakewood resident, spoke about human services funding during a budget shortage and that employee compensation for cost of living and merit increases should be frozen. He spoke about raising taxes for casinos.

Kris Kauffman, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of the 1 percent human services program. He indicated that Proposition 1 pitted one side of the city against the other.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about keeping track and being straight forward about insurance premiums and insurance claims of the City. He spoke about $1 million premiums that the City would be paying for insurance. He spoke about eliminating the economic development division and straightening out the Community Development Department.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke against eliminating the 1 percent human services funding. He indicated that monies received from the police seizure fund (i.e. $250,000) should be put back into the General Fund. He suggested a citizen adopt-a-pothole program. He spoke about the mileage reimbursement rate being paid for employee use of personal vehicles. He spoke about funding for street improvements.

Dan Penrose and Deana Wright, City Employee Committee, read a letter expressing the City Employee Committee?s concerns about the proposed 2009 budget and its impacts to City employees. They distributed Lakewood?s salary compensation adjustments since 1998 and the comparisons with other comparable jurisdictions.

Sandy Johnson, 5 Fundamentals, spoke about the 5 Fundamentals going through the funding application process last year in 2007. She spoke about the effects of early learning. She spoke about the efforts of a citizens? private fundraising effort of $25,000 with an additional $25,000 to $50,000 support from the City. She asked for Council?s support of the Early Learning program.

Kit Baker, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of the human services program which is the heart and soul of the community such as basic needs, food, shelter and medical.

There being no further testimony, the hearing was declared closed.


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APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2008-53 reappointing Joan Cooley and Steve Dunkelberger to serve on the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board for a three-year term through December 2, 2011.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO CONFIRM THE reAPPOINTMENTs OF joan cooley and steve dunkelberger to serve on the landmarks and heritage advisory board for a three-year term through december 2, 2011. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

City Manager Neiditz reported that Council will be provided a list of capital improvement projects for 2009 and the projected delays in a couple of projects before the Council considers a Transportation Benefits District.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz commented that staff has been referring to the Christmas Tree Lighting as the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival and that new flyers are posted on the website.

City Manager Neiditz asked the Council for an Executive Session this evening.

Mayor Richardson announced that, on November 18, 2008 at 11:30 a.m., the Comcast Holiday greeting will be taped in the Council Chambers.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Cronk expressed appreciation of the Finance Department?s efforts for turning off department office lights during the lunch hour as a cost savings measure.

Councilmember Finnigan asked how the budget figures were published for the public and if the Plan C budget was posted on the City?s website.

Mayor Richardson announced that the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival will be held on December 5, 2008, at 4:30 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall.

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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 8:45 p.m. and reconvened at 9:05p.m. At 9:05 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced that Executive Session would be extended an additional five minutes. Council reconvened at 9:10 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK