LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, March 7, 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.
Mayor Richardson deviated from the order of the agenda as follows.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on their “Green Initiative” activities, upcoming events and school reports.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Walt Kellcy thanked the Youth Council for their service. He then reported that CPSD will celebrate Classified Employee Week on March 14-18, 2011. He announced that the Hudtloff Middle School ground breaking will be held on March 24 at 5:30 p.m., and that Parent Teacher conferences will be held on March 15 and 17. CPSD Board Director Kellcy commented on the 2A and 3A Boys Basketball State Championships and that Custer Elementary and Hudtloff Middle School received the 2010 Washington Achievement Awards from the Superintendent of Public Instruction. He noted that on time graduation percentages increased from 52.4 in 2003 to 79.8 in 2010, and that the extended graduation percentage increased from 59.1 to 84.7. He indicated that the District is looking for Judges for the district-wide science expo to be held on March 19, 2011 at Lakes High School.
Proclamation declaring March 14-18, 2011 as Classified School Employees Week.
Councilmember Thomas presented a proclamation declaring March 14-18, 2011 as Classified School Employees Week to Ms. Irene Oda, President of the Educational Support Personnel of Clover Park School District.
Proclamation declaring March 5 through April 30, 2011, as Pierce County Reads.
Councilmember Whalen read a proclamation declaring March 5 through April 30, 2011, as Pierce County Reads.
City of Lakewood’s 15th Anniversary Presentation.
Mayor Richardson welcomed Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison who provided a historical overview of the City of Lakewood’s 15 year history and its accomplishments.
Speaking before the Council were:
Larry Saunders, Lakewood resident, introduced Mr. Erik Kramer, the new Director of the Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Kramer spoke about the services at the Boys and Girls Club and the increase in youth being served.
Anton Miller, Lakewood resident, spoke about the proposed sewer ordinance and expressed concern about adding another sewer surcharge and fee.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, noted that Lakewood’s first farm in the city limits was settled in 1840-1841. He announced that on March 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m, a service will be held for Elizabeth Poinsette at the Little Church on the Prairie. He reported that the Lakewood Historical Society will be meeting next week. He suggested that now that the McNeil Island’s correctional facility is vacant, perhaps Western State Hospital could move there.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about marketable visions for the city.
Andie Gernon, Lakewood resident, spoke about the successes of Lakewood’s youth and their accomplishments. She spoke about finding a way to recognize our youth noting a significant accomplishment of winning two State basketball championships in our schools.
Jim Taylor, Lakewood resident, thanked Mayor Richardson, Mayor Emeritus Harrison and Councilmember Thomas for their work and years of duration serving on the Lakewood City Council since the beginning.
Council recessed at 8:10 p.m. and reconvened at 8:25 p.m.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council that the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board will be holding its annual meeting on March 15, 2011. He asked if any Councilmembers were interested in attending the meeting from 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
City Manager Neiditz commented on the media coverage about an escapee from Western State Hospital and that the Police Chief has met with the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services about this matter.
He reported on the progress of the Community Safety Resource Team and noted that copies of their year end report were provided to the Council.
City Manager Neiditz commented on the JBLM coordination program and distributed copies of a memorandum of agreement to establish the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership program.
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 22, 2011.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of February 28, 2011.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 241, 112238 to 112242, 112434 to 112449, and direct deposit check numbers 115128 to 115395, in the amount of $1,179,351.99, for the period February 16 – 28, 2011.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 60089 to 60166, in the amount of $384,363.09, for the period ending February 17, 2011.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900207 and 60167 to 60256, in the amount of $330,748.65, for the period ending February 24, 2011.
F. Approval of claim voucher number 60257 in the amount of $720.10, for the period ending February 24, 2011.
G. Approval of claim voucher number 60258 in the amount of $4,571.38, for the period ending February 28, 2011.
H. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of January 25, 2011.
- Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 26, 2010.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Ordinance No. 529 Granting Pierce County a nonexclusive franchise for twenty years to construct, maintain, operate, replace and repair a sanitary sewer system in the city public rights-of-way.
A SECOND MARKED-UP ORDINANCE NO. 529 WAS DISTRIBUTED TO COUNCIL.
COUNCILMEMBER moss MOVED TO ADOPT THE MARKED-UP ORDINANCE NO. 529. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER thoMAS.
DEPUTY MAYOR Anderson moved to amend SECTION 12.1 BY ADDING THAT “THE percentage RATE of compensation shall not be iNCREASEd without the consent and agreement of the city and the county.” SECONDED BY Councilmber THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER NEARY VOTING IN OPPOSITION.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN on the amended Ordinance No. 529 AND CARRIED with Councilmember Neary voting in opposition.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss commented on the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment for the Manchu Belt Buckle presentation. The Manchu Belt buckle was presented to veterans of former Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm eras. Mayor Richardson was one of the recipients of the belt buckle. She then reported on the Change of command for the 45th Military Intelligence Company calvary she attended as well as the Change of Command for the Western Air Defense Sector. On March 5, she attended an appreciation picnic where over 300 airmen were served. She then commented on the 446th airlift wing annual award banquet she attended.
Councilmember Thomas announced that the Community Collaboration will be meeting on March 9, 2011. She reported that four cities winning the 2010 Best Communities have been chosen to provide testimony about Promise and Lakewood was selected as one of the four cities to provide testimony.
Councilmember Whalen commented on the March 3, 2011 Tillicum Neighborhood Association meeting and their discussion about parking along Union Avenue and suggested that CSRT enforce ticketing vehicles parking along rights-of-way. Councilmember Whalen commented on the Arts Commission’s annual retreat. He indicated that he will be attending the Economic Development Board luncheon.
Mayor Richardson commented on judging the Narrows League art over the weekend.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Fire District merger celebration.
Mayor Richardson indicated that Deputy Mayor Anderson will be hosting Mayor with the Coffee on Friday, March 11, 2011. Mayor Richardson asked that invitations be extended to the coach, students and families to recognize the 2A and 3A Lakewood youth basketball champions at the next regular Council meeting on March 21, 2011.
Mayor Richardson asked that the Merchant Marine flag be displayed in the Council Chambers and dedicate the flag at the May 23, 2010 Council Meeting.
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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