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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, May 16, 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:  6 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.

Councilmember Excused:  1 – Councilmember Mary Moss.

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that Police Chief Farrar, a Police Sergeant and Lieutenant attended the National Law Enforcement Memorial and participated in the candlelight vigil to honor police officers who were killed in the line of duty this past year.  In addition, four Lakewood officers also rode in the bike ride in honor of these fallen officers.

He then reported that the South Sound Community Partnership of the JBLM Coordination Plan is gearing up for the elected officials council kick-off scheduled for the third week in June to be convened by Mayor Richardson and others.

He commented on today’s front page article in THE NEWS TRIBUNE about crime statistics and reported that Lakewood’s numbers on crime has declined and that the Council will be provided with more detail about the statistics at a study session.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation declaring May 15 – 21, 2011 as National Public Works Week

Mayor Richardson  presented a proclamation declaring May 15 -21, 2011 as National Public Works Week to Public Works Director Don Wickstrom.

Update on 4/2 Stryker Brigade – Colonel Michael A. Getchell, Commander of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

Colonel Getchell provided an update with the 4/2 Stryker Brigade and noted that the Stryker’s equipment and artillery have been returned and recently 250 certificates were presented at an awards ceremony to brigade staff.  He then spoke about cadet trainings and core staff being deployed to Afghanistan and approximately 450 soldiers being sent to Australia for training and 50 soldiers to Singapore for training.  He also spoke about the adopt a company program reinforcement.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Donna Hoffman, Lakewood Senior Center, thanked the Council for supporting the Lakewood Senior Center activities and expressed her appreciation for the Center.  She invited the Council to the June 2, 2011 10:00 a.m. open house.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about employers who left California.  He then spoke about the Council reading contracts, specifically the agreement relative to the property next to City Hall.

Michael Amaral, Lakewood resident, spoke about his experience with a Police arrest, investigation and the conditions of his release.  He expressed concern about being arrested so easily by one individual’s account and asked that police arrest policies be looked at.

Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, commented on the topics for the next Lakewood Historical Society meeting.  He expressed concerns about the 59th Avenue traffic circle and vehicular accidents that have occurred in the circle and asked that the circle be removed.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, reported that the City’s vouchers are now on the website.   He then expressed concern on how vandalism must be reported on-line and that no Police officer will come speak to you about it.

Erica Cramner, Lakewood resident, spoke about a pot hole in Lake City Boulevard that needed to be repaired.

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

A.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of May 2, 2011.

B.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of May 9, 2011.

C.        Approval of payroll check numbers 245, 246, 112252 to 112262, 112484 to 112499, and direct deposit check numbers 116192 to 116456, in the amount of $1,179,020.28 for the period April 16-30, 2011.

D.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 61016 to 61100, in the amount of $733,934.80, for the period ending April 28, 2011.

E.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 61101 to 61218, in the amount of $315,991.77, for the period ending May 5, 2011.

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

  1. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of April 4, 2011.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

R  E  G  U  L  A  R    A  G  E  N  D  A

APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2011-15 appointing Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2013.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF PHILLIP RASCHKE TO SERVE ON THE LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE THROUGH NOVEMBER 1, 2013.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2011-16 appointing James Guerrero, Thomas James and Denise Yochum to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board from May 24, 2011 through May 23, 2014.

COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER  MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF JAMES GUERRERO, THOMAS JAMES AND DENISE YOCHUM TO SERVE ON THE REDEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD FROM MAY 24, 2011 THROUGH MAY 23, 2014. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Proposed sign code amendments.

Principal Planner Dan Catron provided background information on the proposed sign code amendments and that the amendments attempt to address the concerns expressed by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

Discussion ensued on temporary signs, banners, window signs and enforcement.

Speaking before the Council was:

Linda Smith, Lakewood resident, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the temporary sign code amendments for small businesses that are “mom and pop” operations and those businesses working in their homes, and starting out.

Ordinance No. 534 amending Chapter 18A.50 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to signage.

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 534.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.

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COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 534, SECTION 18A.50.630 GENERAL PROVISIONS H. IDENTIFICATION TO READ: "EACH BUSINESS DISPLAYING A SIGN OR SIGNS MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE SIGN EITHER TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT THAT PROMINENTLY CONTAINS WITHIN ITS TEXT AN IDENTIFICATION IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE OF THE BUSINESS NAME, IN ORDER TO AID PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSES IN LOCATING THE ADVERTISED BUSINESS."

SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDMENT WITH COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER VOTING IN FAVOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS WHALEN, THOMAS, NEARY, DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON AND MAYOR ANDERSON VOTING IN OPPOSITION.  THE AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION FAILED.

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VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 534 AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2011-17 authorizing the execution of an agreement with KPG, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $87,136 for survey services for the design of Bridgeport Way SW from 83rd Street SW to 75th Street SW.

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH KPG, INC. IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $87,136 FOR SURVEY SERVICES FOR THE DESIGN OF BRIDGEPORT WAY SW FROM 83RD STREET SW TO 75TH STREET SW. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

None.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Whalen commented on the Lakewood United meeting and the Lake City Neighborhood Association meeting he attended and their discussion on Public Works and pavement rating issues.  He thanked City staff for the presentations.

Councilmember Whalen commented on the Tacoma Foundation event in which he was a speaker.  He then commented on the Lakewood First Lions event at Lakewood’s Playhouse.

Councilmember Thomas reported that 18 youths were interviewed to serve on the Youth Council.

Mayor Richardson thanked Councilmember Thomas for her years of work on the formation of the Youth Council and its effectiveness.

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on a citizen’s concern about the 599 Sounder Transit bus link from the bus station to the Sounder Station.   He then commented on the 4/2 Stryker Brigade award ceremony he attended.   Mayor Richardson asked about the level of ridership.

Councilmember Whalen asked if any Councilmember citizens, Committee member,  or staff may be interested in serving on the Puget Sound Air Quality Task Force.

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Executive Session

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 15 minutes to discuss pending litigation and following pending litigation, Council will reconvene, possibly take action, and recess to executive session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:05 p.m. and reconvened at 9:20 p.m.

Ordinance No. 535 extending the proposed sewer franchise to Pierce County for an additional 60 days.

DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 535   SECONDED  BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCIMEMBER NEARY VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee.

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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:36 p.m. and reconvened at 9:56 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:56 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK