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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday,  July 18, 2011
7:00 P.M.
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present:  6 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.

Councilmembers Excused:  1 – Deputy Mayor Don Anderson

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that an article in THE NEWS TRIBUNE mistakenly published that tonight’s Council meeting was to be held at the Lakewood Police Station and notices were posted at the Police Station indicating that the Council meeting is being held in the Council Chambers. 

He then reported that the Pierce County low-flow billing agreement that was discussed at last week’s Study Session is not on tonight’s Council agenda as staff has concluded that the City can provide billing services at a lower cost.

City Manager Neiditz reported that the Six Year Transportation Improvement Program on the Council’s agenda tonight includes amendments that were discussed by the Council and the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee earlier. 

He then reported that the second quarter financial report will be presented to Council at next week’s Council meeting.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Pierce Transit October Service Reduction Update

Ms. Tina Lee, Principal Planner, from Pierce Transit provided an overview of the Transit’s October service reduction effective October 2, 2011. 

She explained that no bus routes in Lakewood will be eliminated, however, the buses will run on later schedules.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about entitlements and doing away with grants.

David Anderson, Tillicum Neighborhood Association, spoke about the Camp Murray Gate relocation issues. 

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

A.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of July 5, 2011.

B.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of July 11, 2011.

C.        Approval of payroll check numbers 112505 to 112516, direct deposits and automated clearing house, in the   amount of $1,308,402.02 for the period June 16-30, 2011.

D.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 61866 to 61991, in the amount of $505,795.96, for the period ending June 30, 2011.

E.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 61992 to 62082, in the amount of $474,519.13, for the period ending July 7, 2011.

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

  1. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 18 and June 29, 2011.
  2. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 24, 2011.
  3. Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting minutes of September 13, 2010.
  4. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of June 1, 2011.
  5. Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of June 21, 2011.

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

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ORDINANCE

Ordinance No. 538 extending the proposed sewer franchise to Pierce County for an additional 60 days.

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 538.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER NEARY VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

RESOLUTION

Resolution No. 2011-10 adopting the Six Year Transportation Improvement Program (2012-2017).

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2011-10. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. 

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO AMEND THE SIX YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS TO INCLUDE A NON-MOTORIZED IMPROVEMENT SIDEWALK ALONG INTERLAAKEN DRIVE FROM MEADOW ROAD TO SHORT LANE.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDED RESOLUTION 2011-10 AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2011-26 authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with Pierce County, for approximately $55,200, relative to the Woodbrook and Tillicum low flow sewer system operation and maintenance. 

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH PIERCE COUNTY, FOR APPROXIMATELY $55,200, RELATIVE TO THE WOODBROOK AND TILLICUM LOW FLOW SEWER SYSTEM OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE.   SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

Camp Murray Gate Update

City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the Camp Murray Gate.  He explained that Camp Murray and the City agreed to share traffic data.  He reviewed the three gate relocation options:  1) to remain the same, 2) a proposed Grant Avenue option, and 3) a proposed Portland Avenue option.  Camp Murray’s concern is that the Grant Avenue option would compromise their anti-terrorism security.  It is proposed that the Portland Avenue option might be viable with modifications of a roundabout at Berkeley Avenue, include a disincentive measure to have a free right turn on Berkeley and Portland Avenue, construct five raised crosswalks and a school zone on Portland Avenue to emphasize the pedestrian nature of the area that would minimize traffic from traveling on Portland Avenue.   A joint meeting with the Planning Advisory Board, the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee and the Redevelopment Advisory Board to discuss the proposed Camp Murray gate relocation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19, 2011.  Assistant City Manager Bugher displayed diagrams of the proposed modifications.  Grant funding of $1.2 million for this project will be extended to the Lakewood community by Camp Murray.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Moss commented on a Warrior Forge activity she participated in.  Councilmember Moss indicated that she will be hosting a table at the Communities in Schools Gala event on October 21, 2011 at the McGavick Center and asked Councilmembers if they would be interested in supporting the event. 

Councilmember Brandstetter asked if the aggressive begging ordinance was in enforcement on July 4.  He indicated that several citizens have inquired as to when Council will reconsider the level of restrictions on fireworks. 

Councilmember Whalen also indicated that he too attended the military event that Councilmember Moss attended. 

Councilmember Whalen indicated that he will be attending the Puget Sound Regional Council meeting and the Pierce County Regional Council Meeting.

Mayor Richardson indicated that the rodeo at McChord will kick-off this week and asked if Councilmembers were interested in attending.  

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EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 25 minutes to discuss litigation (15 minutes) and the performance of a public official (10 minutes). 

Council recessed at 8:55 p.m. and reconvened at 9:20 p.m.

At 9:20 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced Council will extend Executive Session an additional 5 minutes. Council reconvened at 9:25 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK