LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:03 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 Boy Scouts 436 at the request of Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the military contracting workshop scheduled for June 16, 2011 and noted that 144 RSVPs were received from Lakewood businesses.
City Manager Neiditz reported that South Sound Magazine, will be publishing an article called “The Best of the Best,” featuring the City’s dog park.
City Manager Neiditz reported that the North Gateway project in conjunction with the Walmart project is moving forward with a bid opening scheduled for August/September 2011 that will include the Arts Commission input.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Dedication of the Merchants Marine Flag.
Deputy Mayor Anderson spoke about the Merchants Marine history.
Mr. Jim Feltrup provided his experience while serving on the Merchants Marine.
Mr. Rockney Nigretto, past President of the Propeller Club, spoke about the activities and efforts of the Propeller’s Club.
A proclamation for the dedication of the Merchants Marine Flag was presented to Mr. Feltrup and Ms. Connie Buhl, Chapter President, Washington United States Merchant Marine Association Alumni Chapter.
Council recessed at 7:35 p.m. for refreshments and reconvened for 7:51 p.m.
Partners for Parks presentation. – Mr. Mike Anderson, President, Partners for Parks
Mr. Mike Anderson, President of Partners for Parks, and members of Partners for Parks spoke about their fundraising efforts for various improvements at City parks. Mr. Anderson then presented a $100,000 check for the construction of Fort Steilacoom Park restrooms.
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council spoke about this year’s Youth Council members and the colleges they are planning to attend. Events the Youth Council participated in throughout this school year were then reviewed.
Clover Park School District Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Joe Vlaming reported that Clover Park High School graduation rates have increased and on-time graduation is at 80 percent. He provided an update on the Lakes High School construction improvements and the progress on constructing Hudtloff Middle School. He indicated that the District’s budget is being reduced $5.6 million. High school graduations for Lakes High and Clover Park High Schools are scheduled for June 20, 2011.
Mayor Richardson and Councilmember Thomas presented certificates of appreciate plaques to the 2010-2011 outgoing Youth Council members.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about power versus production in relation to Clover Park School District and the Council.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, announced that on June 21, 2011 the Lakewood Historical Society’s meeting will be held at St. Mary’s Church and the topic for the meeting is the history of the Lakewood Fire Department. On July 31, 2011 a fundraising tour of the former home of Linda Evans will be held.
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 16, 2011.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of May 23, 2011.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 112500 to 112504, direct deposits and automated clearing house, in the amount of $873,996.71, for the period May 1-15, 2011.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 61219 to 61284, in the amount of $165,018.90, for the period ending May 12, 2011.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900213, and 61285 to 61386, in the amount of $956,799.87, for the period ending May 19, 2011.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900214 to 900217 and 61387 to 61481, in the amount of $732,716.87, for the period ending May 26, 2011.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of March 8, 2011.
- Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of April 20, 2011.
- Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of April 19, 2011.
- Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of April 26, 2011.
- Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of March 9, 2011.
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. 2011-18 appointing Sheri Badger to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Committee through August 6, 2012.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF APPPOINTING SHERI BADGER TO SERVE ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2012. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Ordinance No. 536 amending Section 18A.50.630 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to identification of signs in the English language.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 536. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2011-19 authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with Pierce County, City of Tacoma, and West Pierce Fire and Rescue to create a new agency, South Sound 9-1-1, to provide public safety communication services.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH pIERCE cOUNTY, cITY OF tACOMA, AND WEST PIERCE FIRE AND RESCUE TO CREATE A NEW AGENCY, SOUTH SOUND 9-1-1, TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATION SERVICES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO POSTPONE THE MOTION 2011-19 UNTIL THE JUNE 20, 2011 COUNCIL MEETING. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz indicated that the setting of the Six Year Transportation Program public hearing will be coming before the Council.
Ms. Briahna Taylor provided a summary of the legislative bills and items that were considered in this legislative session. Lakewood’s continued funding for community policing at Western State Hospital was successful, and securing $500,000 in a Public Works Trust Fund loan for Tillicum sewers was also successful. She also spoke about some Public Records Act incremental changes that were made. Tax increment financing with property tax and revising the traffic safety camera statute were not successful this session and likely will be brought forward in future sessions.
She indicated that cities will be facing a 3-4 percent shared cut at the local level.
She then spoke about Senator Carrell’s efforts of having those when released from Western State Hospital return to the county of their origin. In addition, the Association of Washington Cities top priority of regulatory relief to cities adjusted the timeline for the Shoreline and Comprehensive Growth Management Act.
City Manager Neiditz showed a video about the work of city managers that help communities thrive.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Whalen asked what impact the City’s budget might have due to the 3-4 percent cut as Ms. Taylor reported.
Councilmember Thomas commented on the Lakeview Neighborhood Association meeting she attended. She reminded the Council that the Lakewood Community Collaboration meeting will be held on June 8, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. She asked if another Councilmember could attend the June 13, 2011 Clover Park School District Board meeting on her behalf as she has a conflict during that time.
Councilmember Brandstetter asked what is the Council’s role relative to the Camp Murray Gate proposal. Councilmemer Brandsetter spoke about the Relay for Life event. He announced that he will not be attending the June 13, 2011 Council meeting.
Councilmember Moss reported on the Pierce County Cities and Towns meeting she attended on June 2, 2011. She also commented on the Filipino heritage event she attended at the Sharon McGavick Center and the ninth annual Boys and Girls Club event in which Councilmember Neary was presented with the 2011 Governor’s Leadership for Youth award.
Deputy Mayor Anderson also commented on the Filipino celebration he attended at the McGavick Center. He then reported on the Icorp ceremony he attended on May 26, 2011.
Mayor Richardson indicated that Mayor Strickland of Tacoma is asking if the City may be interested in participating in a Heart Walk event.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately five minutes to discuss potential litigation followed by five minutes to discuss performance of a public official.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:43 p.m. and reconvened at 9:48 p.m.
At 9:48 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess for an additional twenty minutes.
At 10:08 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced that Executive Session will be extended for an additional five minutes.
At 10:13 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced that the Council will recess into Executive Session for five minutes to discuss the performance of a public official.
At 10:18 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced that the Executive Session will be extended for an additional ten minutes.
Council reconvened at 10:28 p.m.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into a closed session to discuss employee relations pursuant to RCW 42.30.140(4).
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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