LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, September 20, 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 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 5 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, and Claudia Thomas.
Councilmembers Excused: 2 – Deputy Mayor Don Anderson and Councilmember Walter Neary.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz and Lt. Heidi Hoffman provided an update of the design for a Lakewood’s Police Memorial.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Boys and Girls Club HOPE Center Update.
Mr. Mark Starnes, President and CEO and Ms. Judy Hosea, Vice President of Development, Boys and Girls Club introduced other Executive Board Members in the audience. Mr. Starnes provided an overview and update of the Boys and Girls Club. He then asked for the City’s support of $100,000 for 2011.
Councilmember Thomas asked if funding is sought from the Mariners and Seahawks foundations. Councilmember Whalen asked what the City’s prior contribution of $150,000 for five years was for. Mr. Starnes indicated that the City’s funding was for capital construction and operations. Councilmember Whalen asked if the HOPE Center competed or collaborated with the YMCA programs; and what percentage of revenues does the Clover Park School District (CPSD) provide in funding for 2011. Mr. Starnes indicated that the actual CPSD cash contribution is zero; however, transportation and janitorial services are provided by the CPSD.
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Councilmember Brandstetter noted that Lakewood’s community volunteerism at the HOPE Center were higher than Pierce County counterparts and asked what is the spectrum or type of volunteerism provided; what is the HOPE Center’s staff statistics on diversity; are the businesses and individual contributions in revenues an increase or decrease from last year’s contributions; and is the HOPE Center’s request for $100,000 a short-term stop gap or is it an ongoing request. Mr. Starnes indicated that the Center is looking at diversifying its revenue sources and working to become more self-sufficient. Councilmember Moss thanked the HOPE Center for keeping their fees affordable and also thanked CPSD for providing the transportation for children who use the Center. Mayor Richardson asked what the HOPE Center hours of operation were; and has application been made for human services and Community Development Block Grant funding.
Pt. Defiance Bypass Update.
Mr. Ron Pate, Director, High Speed Rail Program and Mr. Larry Mattson, Environmental Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation, provided an overview and history of the Pt. Defiance Bypass project scope of work. Mr. Mattson then reviewed the environmental assessment process and work being done by the Pt. Defiance Advisory Team on mitigation measures.
Discussion ensued on how the Bypass would affect the D and M Streets project. If everything went according to plan, how soon would this project be constructed; would the environmental assessment also take into consideration the OEA project; what is the composition of the group conducting the brainstorm ideas of the Pt. Defiance Advisory Team; and how would the community provide brainstorming ideas.
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Council recessed at 8:20 p.m. to recognize Councilmember Thomas for serving 15 years on the Council and celebrating her birthday.
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Council reconvened at 8:30 p.m.
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Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about what makes an economy and wealth. He spoke about risk takers who create wealth.
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Jennifer Justice, Lakewood resident, thanked the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for taking a step back and asked that WSDOT and the City consider the residents of Tillicum and Woodbrook with regard to the proposed construction of Pt. Defiance Bypass as it relates to interchanges at Tillicum/Woodbrook.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of September 7, 2010.
B. Approval of payroll check numbers 11, 12, 228, 112205 to 112238, and direct deposit check numbers 42227 to 42487, in the amount of $1,168,705.37, for the period August 16 – 31, 2010.
C. Approval of claim voucher numbers 57891 to 57991, in the amount of $152,953.66, for the period ending September 2, 2010.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 57992 to 58063, in the amount of $577,827.32, for the period ending September 9, 2010.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 58064 to 58149 and 900197, in the amount of $664,180.09, for the period ending September 16, 2010.
F. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of July 13, 2010.
2. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 21 and September 9, 2010.
3. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of July 21, 2010.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER moss. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2010-36 appointing Bryan Thomas to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Committee through August 6, 2013.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT of BRYAN THOMAS TO SERVE ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2013. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Ordinance No. 519 creating Chapter 3.54 of the Lakewood Municipal Code instituting a brokered natural gas use tax.
COUNCILMEMBER whalen MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 519. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER thomas. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2010-25 authorizing a special assessment and lien against the property located at 15116 Portland Avenue SW, in the amount of $16,893.48, for the abatement of public nuisances and dangerous buildings. (Mr. Z’s, Inc.).
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2010-25. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2010-26 adopting a policy authorizing a reduction in compensation due to the City for the vacation of streets rights-of-way in the Ponders area of Pacific Highway SW.
COUNCILMEMBER moss MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2010-26. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER thomas.
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councilmember brandstetter MOVED THAT resolution 2010-26, SECTION 2, second and third sentences be amended to read: “upon city approval of a vacation petition for such right of way, the city council will seek compensation in the amount of 50% of the appraised value of said right of way.” and deleting the third sentence. the motion failed for the lack of a second.
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VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Resolution No. 2010-27 authorizing the City Manager to enter into a purchase agreement with The Public Restroom Company, a sole source supplier, in an amount not to exceed $170,000, for the acquisition and installation of a pre-fabricated restroom at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
COUNCILMEMBER thomas MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2010-27. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER whalen. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz distributed copies of the 2011-2012 Budget calendar.
City Manager Neiditz reported that, on November 1, 2010, City staff intends to engage the Council in discussion on the City’s legislative priorities.
City Manager Neiditz reported that the City’s financial statements have been audited and there will be no management letter or findings.
City Manager Neiditz reported that Public Works staff have had conversations with citizens in Oakbrook to finance a Local Improvement District (LID) for the construction of sidewalks in the west end of Oakbrook involving 1,200 properties amounting to approximately $7 million.
City Manager Neiditz announced that the Lakewood Lions Octoberfest is scheduled for October 2, 2010 and he is putting together a City table.
City Manager Neiditz called upon Communications Director Jeff Brewster who reviewed the potential fiscal impacts of Initiatives 1100 and 1105 to the City of Lakewood relative to privatizing the sale of liquor in Washington.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Brandstetter reported that he and the Mayor visited the Forza coffee shop on Steele Street where efforts are being made to build a police memorial funded by various private organizations.
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Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting he attended and that two days of presentations by human services applicants will be held on Wednesday and Thursday this week. He expressed appreciation to the Advisory Board members for their time in reviewing the applications.
Councilmember Whalen commented on discussions at the Pierce County Regional Council meeting he attended and suggested that he meet with staff for information about population, employment and housing targets. He indicated that Lakewood has yet to bring forth a review and response on the proposed housing policies.
Councilmember Whalen commented on the report by the City Manager relative to the Oakbrook LID improvements and encouraged dialogue with neighborhoods who are interested in working on aspects of the non-motorized transportation plan to incentivize neighborhoods to implement some of the plan.
Mayor Richardson commented on letters he received from the Sonitrol Company about electronic security monitoring at schools and the Police’s response to such calls and the apprehension of offenders.
Mayor Richardson announced that the Adopt-the-Company reunion is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Mayor Richardson commended City staff for providing comments on the environmental assessment for the Camp Murray Gate, and ensuring that Lakewood’s comments were received in a timely fashion by the Boundary Review Board for consideration on the flood control zone district.
Mayor Richardson asked about when Council can discuss options with regards to sewer connections in Tillicum.
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There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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