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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 Monday, January 03, 2011
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

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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 reported on the ice and hail conditions over the holidays and complimented the Public Works staff for preparing the roads for icy conditions. 

City Manager Neiditz reported that 2010 was the first full calendar year of no homicides in the City since the City incorporated.

He announced that the Ft. Steilacoom Park the pre-fabricated playground restroom unit is onsite and is in the process of being hooked up with the additional electrical work that was required.

He explained that WSDOT will be meeting with the Tillicum Neighborhood Association (TNA) on January 6, 2011 to speak about the Pt. Defiance Bypass and Amtrak proposal. Lakewood staff is involved in both the executive and technical planning process of the environmental assessment that WSDOT is preparing this next year and staff will be present to hear the community’s questions and concerns at the January 6, 2011 TNA meeting.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation in recognition of Marcus Walker.

Councilmember Neary presented a proclamation to Marcus Walker in recognition and appreciation of the work of Marcus Walker of the Lakewood Playhouse. 

Youth Council Report.

The Youth Council reported on their activities with Christmas Tree Lighting, Gift Exchange and the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event and activities of at each high school. 

Proclamation declaring January 2011 as National Mentoring Month.

Councilmember Thomas presented a proclamation declaring January 2011 as National Mentoring Month to Mr. Patrick D’Amelio, President and CEO, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Puget Sound; Ms. Maria Johnson, Branch Director, Boys and Girls Club; Mr. Dave O’Keeffe, Executive Director, Communities in Schools of Lakewood; Ms. Ellie Wilson, Chairperson, Lakewood’s Promise; and Ms. Pamela Grant, Outreach Officer, Washington State Mentors.

Proclamation declaring January 17, 2011 as the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February 2011 as Black History Month.

Mayor Richardson presented a proclamation declaring January 17, 2011 as the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and February 2011 as Black History Month to Ms. JoEthel Smith, Founder and Member, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.

Proclamation declaring January 2011 as School Board Recognition Month.

Councilmember Whalen presented a proclamation declaring January 2011 as School Board Recognition Month to Mr. Joe Vlaming, Board Director, Clover Park School District Board.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Vlaming reported that on January 3, 2011 Phase 2 of the Lakes High School construction was completed and invited the Council and public to see the completed work.

Family Homelessness.

Mr. Troy Christianson, Manager for Mental Health & Initiatives to End Homelessness, Pierce County Community Services, provided an overview of the initiative to end homelessness in Pierce County.

Discussion ensued about involving Day Care Centers in this initiative; why is Work Source Central serving as the liaison employment agency instead of “private” agencies; how long will the homeless people be tracked to ensure they are receiving services; is there a plan to have an intake site in Tillicum; what Lakewood partners would be involved in this project; and to what extent human services and Community Development Block Grant fits into this initiative.    

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, thanked Councilmember Brandstetter for staying focused relative to roads.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about a public disclosure request he had filed in October 2010 and that the document he received was not responsive to his request.  He then spoke about a public disclosure request he filed in June 2010 about the City Manager salary raises and why it is taking more than seven months to obtain a response. 

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

 A.        Approval of the City Council Special Study Session minutes of November 29, 2010.

 B.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of December 6, 2010.

 C.        Approval of the minutes of the Joint Council and Washington State 28th and 29th District Legislators meeting of December 13, 2010.

 D.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council Special meeting of December 13, 2010.

 E.        Approval of payroll check numbers 234, 112324 to 112338, and direct deposit check numbers 113547 to 113808, in the amount of $1,170,535.42, for the period November 16-30, 2010.

 F.         Approval of payroll check numbers 235, 112339 to 112354, and direct deposit check numbers 113809 to 114065, in the amount of $1,013,448.50, for the period December 1 – 15, 2010.

 G.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 59180 to 59275, in the amount of $841,531.24, for the period ending December 9, 2010.

 H.        Approval of claim voucher number 59276, in the amount of $1,015.30, for the period ending December 15, 2010.

 I.          Approval of claim voucher numbers 900204 and 59277 to 59401, in the amount of $432,811.99, for the period ending December 16, 2010.

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

1.         Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 23, 2010.

2.         Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of September 1 and November 10, 2010.

3.         Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of November 1, 2010.

4.         Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of November 9, 2010.

 K.       Motion No. 2011-01

Authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Pierce County, for leasing space at the Lakewood Community Center for the Lakewood Senior Activity Center from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2015. 

Deputy Mayor Anderson requested that item K be moved from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda.

Councilmember Brandstetter noted a scrivener error on page 6 of the December 6, 2010 City Council minutes noticing that Motion 2010-45 should read:  “Voice vote was taken and carried with Councilmember Brandstetter abstaining.” 

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO APPROVE ITEMS A – J  OF 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. 2011-01 Authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Pierce County, for leasing space at the Lakewood Community Center for the Lakewood Senior Activity Center from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2015.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN AMENDMENT TO THE AGREEMENT WITH PIERCE COUNTY, FOR LEASING SPACE AT THE LAKEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER FOR THE LAKEWOOD SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER FROM JANUARY 1, 2011 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2015 PROVIDED THAT THERE IS A SHORT TERM ESCAPE CLAUSE IN THE ORIGINAL AGREMEENT. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2011-02 Reappointing Bill Harrison, Bradford MacGowan and Darrell Nelson to serve on the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board through December 2, 2013.

COUNCILMEMBER neary MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF Bill harrison, bradford macgowan and darrell nelson to serve on the Landmarks and heritage advisory board through december 2, 2013.   SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER moss.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2011-03 Authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, in the amount of $2,768,000 for the construction of street improvements on South Tacoma Way from State Route 512 to 96th Street SW.

COUNCILMEMBER brandstetter MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT BOARD, IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,768,000 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STREET IMPROVEMENTS ON SOUTH TACOMA WAY FROM STATE ROUTE 512 TO 96TH STREET SW.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER whalen.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2011-04 Authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, in the amount of $3,004,800 for the construction of street improvements on Bridgeport Way from 83rd Street SW to 75th Street SW.

COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT BOARD, IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,004,800 FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STREET IMPROVEMENTS ON BRIDGEPORT WAY FROM 83RD STREET SW TO 75TH STREET SW.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2011-05 Authorizing the execution of an agreement with James O’Connor for Hearings Examiner services from January 17, 2011 through January 17, 2013.

 

DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON  MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH JAMES O’CONNOR FOR HEARINGS EXAMINER SERVICES FROM JANUARY 17, 2011 THROUGH JANUARY 17, 2013.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2011-06 Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Pierce County, in the amount of $150,000, for the maintenance of Ft. Steilacoom Park from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO AUTHORE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH PIERCE COUNTY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $150,000, FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF FT. STEILACOOM PARK FROM JANUARY 1, 2011 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2011. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz assured the Council that every salary adjustment of the City Manager was approved by the City Council.  He reminded the Council that merit compensation adjustment was foregone in 2009 as well as the cost of living adjustment for 2011.

He then requested an executive session for 20 minutes to discuss potential litigation.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Moss wished the Council and staff a Happy New Year.  She congratulated the staff for their work in obtaining grants.

Councilmember Brandstetter spoke about a ride-a-long with the Community Safety Resource Team to review some of their activities on abatements and a continuum of activities.

Councilmember Brandstetter asked about the status of an unfinished business relative to the “full” sign code and requested that it be considered for a Study Session item.

Councilmember Thomas thanked Public Works staff for their efforts in preparing for icy conditions. 

Councilmember Whalen wished Council and staff a Happy New Year.  He then spoke about delivering food baskets over the holidays.  He suggested that the City Connections newsletter Year in Review include an article about the many good things that were done in the City.  He commented on the Arts Commission meeting he attended and their discussion for clarification on completing the north gateway and their discussion about a 1% arts funding.   

Deputy Mayor Anderson thanked Public Works staff for their work in preparing for the icy roads and obtaining grant funding for street improvements.

Mayor Richardson wished Council and the audience a Happy New Year. 

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Executive Session

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss pending litigation. 

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:30 p.m. and reconvened at 9:50 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

 ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
CITY CLERK