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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

Monday, August 16, 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 7:00 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Councilmembers Present:  6 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.

 

Councilmember Excused:  1 – Councilmember Mary Moss.

 

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Members Present: - Mayor Douglas Richardson, Chair; Tasha Bishop, Rebecca Huber, Deanna Robinson, Linda Smith, and Marcus Walker.

 

SALUTE

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

 

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Mayor Richardson deviated from the Council’s agenda to consider the Joint meeting with the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee at this time.

 

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Joint meeting with the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

 

Members of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee introduced themselves.  Mayor Richardson called on City Manager Neiditz who provided an overview of the 2011 budget and spoke about the economic development priorities in terms of retention of businesses and creating new businesses.  He spoke about tapping into the City reserves ($450,000) to fund components of developing tourism. 

 


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Discussion ensued on using lodging tax funds for tourism; what the funds have been used for in the past five years that have been successful; the need to build a lodging tax reserve for the City to build a facility in order to enable more tourism so that citizens can rent a facility for private events or public events; the status of e-verify compliance relative to City contracts; whether the maintenance of facilities was eligible for use of lodging tax funds; what proactive measures are being undertaken by the Committee to encourage applications to increase tourism or bed nights such as proposing a signature event to draw tourism; what is being done to measure successes of what the lodging tax funds have generated; using lodging tax funds for developing a “branding/identity” of Lakewood; and how long can the City hold onto lodging tax funds without using them.      

 

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REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

 

City Manager Neiditz announced that several Shoreline Master Plan Update meetings have been scheduled with American Lake residents on August 17, 2010, Gravelly Lake Homeowner Association on August 18, 2010, and Lake Louise and Waughop Lake residents on August 19, 2010. 

 

City Manager Neiditz announced that work is continuing on the Sound Transit crossing at 100th Street and Bridgeport Way.  He indicated that portions of Pacific Highway will be closed from the railroad bridge to Gravelly Lake Drive, and also on Gravelly Lake Drive from Pacific Highway to Interstate 5.

 

City Manager Neiditz commented on a letter from United Way of Pierce County congratulating the City as a premiere partner for meeting the goals of employee volunteer efforts.

 

City Manager Neiditz indicated that the Environmental Assessment process by Camp Murray is still ongoing and that no formal proposal has been received by the City about the Camp Murray gate entryway location.  He commented on a discussion he had with Camp Murray and their public outreach process.  He explained that Camp Murray understands that the issuance of the right-of-way permitting for the gate is under the jurisdiction of the City.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Speaking before the Council were:

 

Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, spoke about corrections to the August 9, 2010 Council Study Session minutes relative to the public comments he had made at that meeting. 

 


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Becky Huber, Lakewood resident, thanked Jim Taylor for organizing the Tillicum Centennial celebration.  She announced that the Lakewood Historical Society meeting will be held at Lakewold Gardens tomorrow.

 

Edmond Dennery, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about Camp Murray’s plan to relocate the main gate to the western end of Portland Avenue and noted that several Tillicum residents have suggested that the gate be relocated to the South gate location adjoining north Fort Lewis. 

 

Rob Heinz, Lakewood resident, read excerpts of the 2004 Tillicum neighborhood master plan including a vision for Tillicum, the planning process, and redevelopment use.

 

Tom James, Lakewood resident, spoke about the amount of traffic on major arterials in Tillicum and expressed concern about the proposed Camp Murray gate relocation.   

 

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about Lakewood being a destination because Washington is a designation state after the THE NEWS TRIBUNE article over the weekend.  He then spoke about real estate, title companies and liens.

 

Karen Priest, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about seniors in the community that walk to the Community Center for services and the impact of the Camp Murray gate relocation in a residential area.  She then spoke about the Tillicum Master Plan.  

 

Jim Taylor, Lakewood resident, spoke about the successful Tillicum Centennial celebration.  He expressed concern about the Camp Murray gate relocation and the impacts of traffic and safety to the community.

 

Jennifer Justice, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Tillicum Centennial celebration.  She expressed concern about the increase in traffic on Portland Avenue as a result of the Camp Murray gate relocation and the loss of integrity of the neighborhood.  

 

Robin McClymonds, Lakewood resident, spoke about pride in the neighborhood and lakes being an attraction to Lakewood.  She expressed concern about the proposed Camp Murray gate relocation hindering emergency access and increased traffic and safety concerns for residents. 

 

Jan Merriman, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about the relocation of the Camp Murray gate relative to safety for residents of Tillicum and if the money could be used for an overpass.

 

Dwayne Henning, resident, spoke about taxpayers’ money being used for the relocation of the Camp Murray gate. 

 


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Karen Lebeter, Lakewood resident, spoke about her work with the emergency sheltering team and if the Camp Murray gate is relocated to Portland Avenue, there will be a disaster trying to get to the Camp Murray emergency operations center.

 

Morris Quimby, Lakewood resident, spoke about traffic egress and ingress impacts by the relocation of the Camp Murray gate.

 

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about holding Council Study Sessions in the Council Chambers at City Hall because of the ample parking at City Hall instead of holding Study Sessions at the Police Station because of limited parking.

 

Sharon Plummer, Lakewood resident, spoke about the responsibility of the Department of Transportation to fix the entryway problem at Tillicum.    

 

Jim Taylor, Lakewood resident, thanked the City for supporting the Tillicum Centennial.

 

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

 

A.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of August 2, 2010.

 

B.       Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of August 9, 2010.

 

C.       Approval of payroll check numbers 8, 9, 226, 112149 to 112117, and direct deposit check numbers 41700 to 41964, in the amount of $1,194,937.26, for the period July 16-31, 2010.

 

D.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 57406 to 57516, in the amount of $751,124.41, for the period ending July 29, 2010.

 

E.       Approval of claim voucher numbers 57517 to 57592, in the amount of $492,397.55, for the period ending August 5, 2010.

 

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

1.  Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 27, 2010.

2.  Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of June 16, 2010.

3.  Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 7, 2010.

                  

G.       Resolution No. 2010–22

              Setting Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council to abate dangerous buildings and a public nuisance at 15116 Portland Avenue SW. (Mr. Z’s, Inc.)      

 


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COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO REMOVE ITEM NO. B OF THE CONSENT AGENDA TO THE REGULAR AGENDA.

 

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COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER  MOVED TO ADOPT ITEMS A, and c-G OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER neary.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

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B.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of August 9, 2010.

 

MAYOR RICHARDSON MOVED TO POSTPONE CONSIDERATION OF THE AUGUST 9, 2010 COUNCIL STUDY SESSION MINUTES TO THE SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 MEETING.  COUNCILMEMBER NEARY SECONDED THE MOTION.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED.  

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

Resolution No. 2010-23 authorizing a special assessment and lien against the property at 12623 Bridgeport Way SW, in the amount of $85,237.30, for the abatement of a public nuisance and dangerous buildings. (SLI Associates, LLC – Fir Acres Mobile Home Park).

 

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2010-23.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER neary.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

 

City Manager Neiditz called on Lt. Chris Lawler who provided an update on the Washington Auto Theft Grant Program Task Force.  He explained that the work of the Task Force focuses on 10 percent of the offenders that causes 90 percent of the problem.  He then spoke about the partner agencies in this program.

 


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CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting he attended and their discussion about the joint public hearing they are holding with the Human Services Funding Advisory Board on September 9, 2010.

 

Councilmember Brandstetter spoke about the arrival of the first brigade flight at Soldiers Field House that he attended. 

 

Councilmember Whalen spoke about keeping the City’s progress focused on the proper fix in Tillicum.  He also spoke about the right-of-way tour he took of Union Avenue.

 

Councilmember Thomas also commented on the Union Avenue tour.

 

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Union Avenue tour and that the Council consider banning smoking in the beach area proper. 

 

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented that Eisenhower Carlson, in partnership with the City, adopted a military company and provided bedding sheets to 90 returning soldiers.

 

Mayor Richardson asked if the Environmental Assessment has been released on the proposed Camp Murray gate relocation.

 

Mayor Richardson reminded the audience that August 17, 2010 is Election Day.

 

Mayor Richardson then spoke about the Lions Caring for Kids Day at Lochburn Middle School on August 14, 2010.

 

Mayor Richardson commented on the Korean celebration day event at Ft. Steilacoom Park over the weekend.   

 

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Executive Session

 

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 10 minutes to discuss property acquisition.

 

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:25 p.m. and reconvened at 9:35 p.m.  At 9:35 p.m., Mayor Richardson announced that Executive Session would be extended an additional 10 minutes.  Council reconvened at 9:45 p.m.

 


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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into a closed session to discuss employee relations pursuant to R.C.W. 42.30.140(4). 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

 

 

 

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK