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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, April 6, 2009
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

ROLL CALL

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

Councilmembers Excused: 1 - Councilmember Walter Neary

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz announced that the open house and tour of the new Police facility will be held on April 15, 2009 starting at noon. He then reported that $129,000 is being awarded to Lakewood for an auto theft grant to pursue a regional role in resolving auto theft crime. City Manager Neiditz announced that Lakewood will be receiving a JAG COPS grant to hire three police officers and that public comments will be accepted by the Public Safety Advisory Committee at their April 8, 2009 meeting.

City Manager Neiditz also reported that the Lakewood Area Shelter Association is in line to receive new funding of approximately $180,000 - $200,000 from the Washington State Department of Community Trade and Economic Development for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program.

Lakewood Observation Patrol support

City Manager Neiditz reported that the Lakewood Observation Patrol volunteers who patrol the Tillicum/Woodbrook area is asking for liability insurance funding for their organization. He asked that Council approve $1,700 for this purpose. Ms. Carol Hutchins, Coordinator of the Lakewood Observation Patrol provided an overview of their program.


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It was the consensus of the Council to fund the Lakewood Observation Patrol in the amount of $1,700 for liability insurance.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Youth Council Report.

The Youth Council reported on the Senior Center Wii Project that they worked on with seniors at the Senior Center. A report was then provided on the Youth Council activities at Clover Park High School, Lakes High School, Harrison Prep, Steilacoom High School, Belleramine Prep, and AI High school.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Walt Kellcy Jr. thanked City staff for their assistance on the construction of Lakes High School. He reported that Phase I of constructing pathways and the performing arts center is underway. Phase II will consist of a new gymnasium, swimming pool, administration, kitchen facility and cafeteria, and housing of 9th grade students.

He reported that the Clover Park School District won the Grand Sweepstake daffodil float award. He also reported that Paul Wagemann was appointed as CPSD Board Director.

Proclamation declaring April 18, 2009 as Parks Appreciation Day.

Councilmember McGovern presented a Proclamation declaring April 18, 2009 as Parks Appreciation Day to Mr. Dennis Higashiyama, Parks and Recreation Coordinator, City of Lakewood.

Proclamation declaring April 24, 2009 as ?Walk A Mile In Her Shoes? Day and the month of April 2009 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This item was postponed to the April 20, 2009 Council meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Lara O?Connell, Seattle, Washington, read a 2007 Homeowners and Bank Protection Act legislation and asked for Council?s support to endorse the Act that was initiated by economist Lyndon H. La Rouche Jr.

Juliette Lamoureux, Seattle, Washington, asked if Council had any questions of the Homeowners and Bank Protection Act of 2007.


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Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, commented about the Bridgeport Way entryway design and what is being proposed to be planted in the entryway. He expressed concern about the number of trees to be planted (specifically 100 douglas fir) that when mature would take more space than allotted for.

Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, spoke about limited funding of the Society and that it was a problem. He spoke about the importance of the Byrd school site at Flett Creek. He then spoke about providing the public with Council handouts that are distributed at Council meetings. He also spoke in support of closing Kiwanis Park at dusk.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about gross domestic product and its decline.

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

A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of March 16, 2009.

B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of March 23, 2009.

C. Approval of payroll check numbers 193, 111206 to 111228, and direct deposit check numbers 33257 to 33504, in the amount of $819,814.07, for the period March 1-15, 2009.

D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 50528 to 50595, in the amount of $1,183,104.84, for the period ending March 20, 2009.

E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 50596 to 50704, in the amount of $1,473,320.22, for the period ending March 26, 2009.

F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 50705 to 50828, in the amount of $786,466.87, for the period ending April 2, 2009.

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

1. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of January 7 and February 4, 2009.

2. Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting minutes of January 15, 2009.

3. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of February 10, 2009.

4. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of February 17, 2009.

5. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of February 24, 2009.

6. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of March 11, 2009.


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

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

APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2009-16 appointing Bill Harrison to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board through December 2, 2010.

COUNCILMEMBER mcgovern MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF BILL HARRISON TO THE LANDMARKS AND HERITAGE ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH DECEMBER 2, 2010. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2009-17 authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the City of Fife relative to jail services.

COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the city of fife relative to jail services. SECONDED BY deputy mayor anderson. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Discussion of Council Study Session with the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)

Discussion ensued on a Department of Energy grant to remove and replace traffic controls; review of the City Council?s goals and how the CTAC plans can align with the Council?s goals; and encouraging CTAC and Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) to meet annually to discuss any common collaborative items.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reminded Council members that the AWC conference is in Spokane this year from June 23-26, 2009.


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He reported that the first quarter financial report will be presented to the Council at next week?s Council meeting. He indicated that for the first quarter, revenues have been down by 3 percent. He then spoke about building permit activity of $30 million for the first quarter.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Finnigan asked for more information about the number of trees to be planted at the City?s entryways was doable.

Mayor Richardson indicated that he will be attending a civic leadership class on April 7 ? 8, 2009. He asked if a Councilmember could attend the PSAC meeting on April 8 on his behalf. Councilmember Thomas indicated that she would attend the meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK