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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

Monday, August 2, 2010
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 Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.

 

FLAG SALUTE

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

 

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

 

City Manager Neiditz announced that National Night Out will be held on August 3, 2010 and the Community Safety and Resource Team will be involved in the event. 

 

City Manager Neiditz also announced that there will be a presentation about Camp Murray at the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association on Thursday, August 5, 2010.

 

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Proclamation declaring August 3, 2010 as National Night Out Against Crime.

 

Deputy Mayor Anderson presented a proclamation declaring August 3, 2010 as National Night Out Against Crime to Acting Police Chief Mike Zaro.

 

Proclamation declaring August 14, 2010 as Tillicum Centennial.

 

Mayor Richardson presented a proclamation declaring August 14, 2010 as Tillicum Centennial to Mr. Jim Taylor, Chairman of the Tillicum Centennial Committee.
 

Clover Park School District Board Report.

 

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Paul Wagemann reported that CPSD received the Good Behavior Award at the Tacoma Dome.  He spoke about several math students who will be going to the University of Washington.  He then indicated that citizens 65 years of age and older can receive a senior card to attend CPSD events for free.

 

CPSD Board Director Wagemann commented on summer academies being held at several schools.  He then commented on a meeting scheduled for August 4, 2010 to discuss a zero percent interest bond for the construction of Hudtloff Middle School.  

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Speaking before the Council were:

 

Marianne Meier, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Lakewood Senior Center annual Summer BBQ on Thursday, August 5, 2010.

 

Robert Hill, Tacoma resident, spoke about an August 30, 2010 public hearing by Pierce Transit and the “smart card” issued by Pierce Transit.  He expressed concern about the limited locations where they can be purchased.  He then spoke about the Pierce County voters’ pamphlet and why Lakewood was not listed. 

 

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Lakewood Water District and City Council Workshop discussion last week.

 

Robert Kepka, Lakewood resident, spoke about his request for help at Fir Acres Mobile Home Park since 1998.

 

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 19, 2010.

 

B.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council Workshop of July 26, 2010.

 

C.       Approval of payroll check numbers 225, 112120 to 112148, and direct deposit check numbers 41438 to 41699, in the amount of $903,109.65, for the period July 1 – 15, 2010.

 

D.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 57209 to 57304, in the amount of $622,473.78, for the period ending July 15, 2010.

 

E.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 900194 and 57305 to 57405, in the amount of $518,091.91 for the period ending July 22, 2010.


Lakewood City Council Minutes                          -3-               August 2, 2010

 

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

1.  Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 18, 2010.

2.  Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of June 7, 2010.

3.  Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of June 22, 2010.

4.  Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of June 22, 2010.

5.  Lakewood Sister Cities Association General Membership meeting minutes of June 24, 2010.

 

COUNCILMEMBER Brandstetter requested that item f.5  be removed from the consent agenda to the regular agenda.

 

councilmember thomas MOVED TO ADOPT ITEMS A – F. 4 OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

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

 

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

5.   Lakewood Sister Cities Association General Membership meeting minutes of June 24, 2010.

 

Councilmember Brandstetter asked what the City’s current relationship was with the Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA) since the program was established in 1998 and the Association formed as a 501c(3) non-profit organization in 1999.  He asked how LSCA was different from the other Council-appointed Committees and Boards and questioned how closely it was tied to the City.   

 

COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO APPROVE ITEM F.5 (THE FILING OF THE JUNE 24, 2010 MINUTES OF THE LAKEWOOD SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION).  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. 

 

It was the consensus of the Council to schedule a study session to review the sister cities program and the City’s tie with the Lakewood Sister Cities Association.  

 

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Lakewood City Council Minutes                          -4-               August 2, 2010

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS

 

This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council to abate dangerous buildings and a public nuisance at 12623 Bridgeport Way SW (SLI Associates, LLC – Fir Acres Mobile Home Park).

 

Speaking before the Council were:

 

Robert Hill, Tacoma resident, spoke about a free foreclosure workshop in Renton.  He then spoke against a proposed lien on the property at Fir Acres Mobile Home.  He spoke about the Community Development Block Grant funds that could be used for home repairs, and programs at the Fair Housing Center of Puget Sound and Habitat for Humanity to assist tenants.

 

Robert Bailey, Lakewood resident, spoke about the problems at Fir Acres Mobile Home Park and expressed concern about displacement of the tenants if the park is closed.  He then spoke about the methamphetamine lab at the park that was closed. 

 

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, commented that Fir Acres Mobile Home Park had no property value and asked where will the mobile home owners go.   

 

Jenny Porterfield, Gig Harbor resident, spoke about the work that she and her church have done with the tenants at the Fir Acres Mobile Home Park.

 

Dale Osborn, Spanaway resident, expressed interest in working with the City and others to purchase the property.  He commented about the water volume issues at the park.   

 

Janne Hutchinson, Fircrest resident, Lakewood Area Shelter Association, spoke about the ramifications of homelessness and the unsafe conditions at Fir Acres Mobile Home Park, and the dilemma with the lost of low-income housing and where will the people go.

 

Diane Formoso, Fircrest resident, asked for the list of members of the SLI Associates and that the City should take legal action against them. 

 

Paul Wagemann, Lakewood resident, spoke in support of placing a lien on the Fir Acres Mobile Home Park property for the abatement.  He spoke about providing for affordable housing and Lakewood taking the lead on a pilot project on how to take care of such problems. 

 

Jesse Miller, Tacoma resident, spoke about the tenants forming a mobile home association.  She asked why the City has not come in earlier to collect funds to take care of the problems at Fir Acres.

 


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Ismella Dickins, Attorney, Columbia Legal Services, spoke about holding the landlord accountable for code violations and preserving low-income housing at Fir Acres through the use of Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds.   

 

Gretchen Pratt, Fir Acres Mobile Home Park resident and President of Fir Acres Mobile Home Park owners, spoke about the relationships among mobile home park homeowners and expressed concern about potential loss of their homes.  She asked for the City’s support for Fir Acres.

 

Maria Hilaria Ortiz, Lakewood Fir Acres resident, commented that her daughter is ill and asked for the City’s help to save her home.

 

Ron Ryan, Fir Acres resident, asked for the City’s help to keep his home. 

 

Margaret Kraft, Lakewood resident, spoke about her work as a food network volunteer and spoke about the residents at Fir Acres Mobile Home Park.  She asked the City to help the residents and not displace them.

 

Maria Alaskas, Lakewood Fir Acres resident, asked for the City’s help for the residents’ children and elderly at Fir Acres.   

 

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

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

Motion No. 2010-26 appointing Robert Zawilski to serve on the Planning Advisory Board through February 11, 2011.

 

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF ROBERT ZAWILSKI TO SERVE ON THE PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH FEBRUARY 11, 2011.  SECONDED BY deputy mayor anderson.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Motion No. 2010-27 appointing Aaron Young to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Committee through August 6, 2013.

 

COUNCILMEMBER moss MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF AARON YOUNG TO SERVE ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2013.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

None.

 


Lakewood City Council Minutes                          -6-               August 2, 2010

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Motion No. 2010-28 awarding a bid to Cannon Construction, Inc., in the amount of $137,126.15, for the construction of fiber optic interconnections.

 

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO CANNON CONSTRUCTION, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF $137,126.15, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FIBER OPTIC INTERCONNECTIONS.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

 

None.

 

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on his 1978 experience of a mobile home fire and being mindful of safety and maintaining safe communities by mobile park home owners and landlords.  He asked that the Council consider licensing requirements on the sale and rental of mobile homes where there needs to be some type of inspections for electrical, heating, safety and soundness.

 

Mayor Richardson asked if a Councilmember could attend the Lake City Neighborhood Association meeting on August 12, 2010.

 

Councilmember Neary commented on his experience as a reporter on substandard mobile home housing in California.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:23 p.m.

 

 

 

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK