LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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: 7 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
Acting City Manager Halladay had no report.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Update from 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Colonel Michael A. Getchell provided an update on the status of the brigade and where they will be in the next 90 days. The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division has been without their Stryker vehicles for approximately six months. Thirty-one percent of the vehicles have returned from Alabama enabling the Brigade to begin moving from individual training to collective training. This also means busier roads. At the end of this week the Brigade steps out of its reset cycle where the focus shifts from individual training to collective training. The collective training will involve a few different events: 1) 120 leaders from the Brigade will be travel to Germany to support the training of the 172nd Infantry Brigade based in Germany that is preparing for a rotation into Afghanistan. 2) Remaining leaders in the formation will begin to certify leaders in their individual skills so they know how to do their specific jobs as infantrymen, artillerymen, truck drivers; to be completed in early May. 3) Warrior Forge 6500 cadets from across America will descend on Joint Base Lewis-McChord from the middle of June through August for training and the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division has the mission of providing support to 8th ROTC Brigade for the execution of that mission. This will bring additional business to the Lakewood area for the summer. 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry will head to Australia in June for about a month conducting training with the Australian Army doing a joint exercise. On March 4, 2011 the Manchu’s will be doing their Manchu Belt Buckle ceremony at 11 a.m. at Soldier Fieldhouse on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and is open to all of the members of the City Council. In the latter part of June they plan to offer opportunities for members of the City of Lakewood to spend time observing the training out at Warrior Forge.
Colonel Getchell indicated they are looking forward to supporting Summerfest in June and Lakewood Salutes in the fall.
Colonel Getchell introduced Larry Saunders and presented him with a certification of appreciation in recognition of his support of the Raider Brigade as the past-president of the local sub-chapter of the AUSA. The AUSA raised over $70,000 to support the Brigade’s return from Iraq.
Colonel Getchell presented a print, numbered 4-2 in honor of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, to Mayor Richardson to commemorate the partnership between Lakewood and the Brigade in its last operation.
Mayor Richardson thanked Colonel Getchell and the Brigade for the presentation.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident spoke about his concerns about the Tillicum sewer project and the $5 tax.
Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about transparency in government. He mentioned that pages 15 through 34 of the Council packet, the claim vouchers, were not posted on the website with the remainder of the packet. He also mentioned City bank cards and referenced a charge on page 19 of the packet for $11,163.96 with the description of Overlimit Fee and requested that additional information be provided.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of February 7, 2011.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Special Meeting of February 14, 2011.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of February 14, 2011.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 59995 to 60088, in the amount of $788,421.77, for the period ending February 10, 2011.
E. Approval of payroll check numbers 239, 112413 to 112431, and direct deposit check numbers 114854 to 115116, in the amount of $871,489.91, for the period February 1-15, 2011.
F. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of November 30. 2010.
- Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of December 1, 2010 and January 5, 2011.
- Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of January 3, 2011.
COUNCILMEMBER Thomas MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER moss. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Councilmember Whalen asked about the charge on page 19 of the Council Packet in the amount of $11,163.96 with the description “Overlimit Fee”. He also requested that the City Manager consider posting the claim vouchers on the website.
Assistant City Manager Halladay indicated that he would look into the charge and provide explanation to the Council.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Resolution No. 2011-02 authorizing the City Manager to take necessary and appropriate steps to continue the existing HOME Investment Partnership Program Consortium with the City of Tacoma for Fiscal Years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2011-02. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Acting City Manager Halladay mentioned that the Public Works road crews are working an extended schedule in preparation for the inclement weather.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Whalen commented on the Pierce County Regional Council meeting last Thursday and mentioned that the meeting was well attended and Lakewood was well represented.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented about the Planning Advisory Board revisiting the sign code and asked that it be added to the study session agenda for next week to discuss the direction the Council would like the Sign Code Ordinance to take before the Planning Advisory Board invests more time on this matter.
Assistant City Manager Bugher responded that the Planning Advisory Board is moving forward with the Sub-Division Code before looking at the Sign Code.
Mayor Richardson requested that this be added to the study session on March 14, 2011.
Councilmember Moss reported on the AWC Legislative Conference infrastructure workshop and reception she attended. She also attended a Nifty-Fifty’s event on Saturday about how to support the schools. The next meeting is scheduled for May.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Association of Defense Communities meeting he attended in San Antonio, Texas where several hundred people from municipalities, other governmental entities, private industry and the military met concerning base impacts on the community. He noted that Dan Penrose, Senior Planner, gave a well-received presentation.
Mayor Richardson acknowledged that the Chief Farrar received the Leader of the Year award from the WACOPS Organization.
Mayor Richardson also mentioned the City’s 15th year anniversary presentation that was held at the local Rotary and that Mr. Brewster and Mayor Harrison will be presenting the 15th year Anniversary Presentation at the March 7, 2011 Council Meeting.
Mayor Richardson congratulated Mr. Brewster for making the primary list to participate in the distance education learning for the Army War College.
Mayor Richardson asked if a Councilmember could attend the Ceremony at the University Place Fire Station #31 Friday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m. recognizing the successful merger of Fire District 2 and Fire District 3. Councilmember Brandstetter indicated he would attend.
Mayor Richardson attended the Annual Caring for Kids Auction at the McGavick Center and indicated there was a phenomenal turnout with over 400 people in attendance. The event was a significant success.
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There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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