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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

August 15, 2011
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

CALL TO ORDER

Deputy Mayor Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present:  7 – Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.

Councilmember Excused:  2 – Mayor Douglas Richardson and Councilmember Mary Moss (arrived at 7:10 p.m.).

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Mayor Anderson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz reported that the Health Department closed Waughop Lake for swimming and fishing at Ft. Steilacoom Park due to algae levels in the lake. 

City Manager Neiditz reported that next Monday, August 22, 2011 a Joint Special meeting with the City Councils of DuPont and Steilacoom will be meeting with the Council at the Lakewood Police Station and the subject of the meeting will be the Flood Control Zoning District options.

He also reported that on Saturday, August 13, 2011, the Law Enforcement Youth Camp was held at Clover Park High School Stadium in which 150 children participated.

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Councilmember Moss arrived at 7:10 p.m.

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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Presentation of a “Best Drive of the Month” award for the month of June 2011.

Ms. Patricia Hernandez, Donor Consultant, Cascade Regional Blood Services, presented the Council with an award for the month of June 2011 for participating in the Cascade Blood Drive at Summerfest. 

Update on 4/2 Stryker Brigade

Colonel Michael Getchell, 4th Stryker Brigade Commander, provided an update and a brief history of the Brigade.  He spoke about the Warrior forge event on JBLM in which 6,000 cadets participated.  Four hundred twenty (420) soldiers were sent to Australia to train the Australian army.  He noted that the Japanese defense force will be trained in September.  1,600 soldiers and families will be spending the day with the Tacoma Rainiers this week. He reported that the Brigade will also be participating in the September 10 event.  

Colonel Getchell then presented a hanging wall picture of the Raiders Brigade.

Point Defiance Bypass Rail project update.

Mr. Ron Pate, Program Director from Washington State Department of Transportation, provided a project status on the Point Defiance Bypass Rail project.  He noted that the project is currently in the environmental assessment phase. Mr. Larry Mattson, Environmental Manager, reviewed the environmental assessment process for the alternatives proposed.  The alternatives considered included the Shoreline Alternative (existing Cascades route), the Greenfield Alternative (6 variations), Bypass and no-build. 

The alternatives carried forward are the proposed Point Defiance Bypass alternative and no-build.

On August 31, 2011 an open house will be held at Clover Park Technical College.  The transportation element will be reviewed in October and the noise and vibration and social elements will be reviewed in November.  The Environmental Assessment is proposed to be released in 2012.

Discussion ensued on the suggestion to have a train stop at the Lakewood Station. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident,  spoke about jobs and loser ideas.

Alan Hart, Hill neighborhood group, expressed concern about the proposed Point Defiance Bypass project and how it will destroy Lakewood and the neighborhood. 

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, recommended that the Councilmembers who were not at the meeting where citizens spoke about the Camp Murray gate relocation to listen to the recording of that meeting.  He then spoke about using solar bees on Waughop lake to destroy algae.     

Kurt Sample, Lakewood resident, spoke about looking at the trains going by when he is out sailing and indicated that the riders in the train would most likely appreciate the views of the Puget Sound as opposed to going through Lakewood.    

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

A.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of August 1, 2011.

B.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of August 8, 2011.

C.        Approval of payroll check numbers 112559 to 112567, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,222,875.34, for the period July 16 – 31, 2011.

D.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 900224 to 900227 and 62289 to 62383, in the amount of $818,376.39, for the period ending July 28, 2011.

E.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 62384 to 62526, in the amount of $262,368.70, for the period ending August 4, 2011.

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

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ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 539  amending the official zoning map of five parcels located east of Lakewood Drive and south of 74th Street from Mixed Residential 1 to Mixed Residential 2 – (D. Mazza).

COUNCILMEMBER thomas MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 539.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER whalen.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2011-29 authorizing the execution of an agreement with Pierce County, in the amount of $500,000 for the Woodbrook sewer extension phase 3 project.

COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH PIERCE COUNTY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $500,000 FOR THE WOODBROOK SEWER EXTENSION PHASE 3 PROJECT. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz announced that the Washington Finance Officers Association presented Mary Ann Nordquist a professional finance officer’s award. 

City Manager Neiditz reported that 3,300 business licenses renewals were sent and 340 businesses have not renewed.  He indicated that Code enforcement will be checking on the non-renewals. 

City Manager Neiditz distributed copies of a report by the National League of Cities on the role of elected officials in economic development.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Brandstetter spoke about a joint meeting held with the Lakewood Water District last year and the discussion about proposed legislation in relaxing fire requirements to ease development costs.  He asked if the matter was passed by the legislature and asked for an update. 

Councilmember Whalen spoke about the candidates’ interest in the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and hoped the new appointments to the Board will be able to participate and provide input in the Parks Master Plan.

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the ribbon cutting ceremony that he attended of the new battalion barracks facility at JBLM for wounded veterans.

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ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

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DON ANDERSON, DEPUTY MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK