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 LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

September 6, 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 7:02 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 spoke about THE NEWS TRIBUNE article on the annexation of Camp Murray. He provided a status report on the Camp Murray gate relocation. He then called on Assistant City Manager Dave Bugher who provided a brief overview on the Camp Murray permit application and its review.       

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Proclamation recognizing Sammi Bradley as Lakewood’s Brightest Star.

Ms. Sammi Bradley, Lakewood’s Brightest Star, sang a song she had written for the audience.

Councilmember Whalen presented a proclamation recognizing Sammi Bradley as Lakewood’s Brightest Star.

Proclamation declaring the month of September 2011 as National Literacy Month.

Deputy Mayor Anderson presented a proclamation declaring the month of September 2011 as National Literacy Month to Ms. Shirley Petersen, Chairperson, Lakewood Arts Commission.

Proclamation declaring September 2011 as National Alcohol and Drug Addition Recovery Month.

Councilmember Thomas presented a proclamation declaring September 2011 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month to Ms. Krystyna Troczynska, Vice President of Health Care Services, Metropolitan Development Council. 

Proclamation declaring September 2011 as National Preparedness Month.

Mayor Richardson presented a proclamation declaring September 2011 as National Preparedness Month to Ms. Colleen Adler, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, West Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board President Walt Kellcy reported that the teacher contract with the Clover Park Education Association officials was ratified. 

He noted that the District has a new online option for student meals and student fees and a school and bus stop locator.  He provided an update on potential funding for the construction of new schools on Joint Base Lewis McChord.  He reported on the graduation and dropout statistics and the acquisition of the old Lakewood Police Precinct that will be used as a community youth center.    

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Jan Merriman, Tillicum resident, spoke about the Camp Murray gate relocation and the reputation of Tillicum.  She expressed concern about the environmental assessment indicating that most of the traffic would be coming from outside of the Tillicum neighborhood.  She spoke against relocating the Camp Murray gate.

Edmond Dennery, Tillicum resident, read excerpts from the Tillicum Plan that he distributed to the Council.  He indicated that the Plan speaks of empowering people. 

Brian Dennery, Tillicum resident, spoke about the merchants in the Tillicum area and their apprehension to sign petitions in fear of retaliation. He spoke about maintenance costs for enforcement of the street at Berkley and Union Avenue and the cost for the City to take over the Camp Murray boat launch.  

Marise Schader, North Thorne Lane, Tillicum, spoke about the environmental assessment that state 1,000 cars would use the North Thorne Lane exit.  She spoke about the exhaust fumes and chemical hazards that would be generated from the number of vehicles using the exits.

Tom James, Lakewood resident, asked the Council to assist Tillicum residents to pass a resolution that the Council is not in favor of relocating the Camp Murray gate to Portland Avenue.     

Jim Taylor, Tillicum resident, Tillicum Action Committee, presented a petition in opposition to the Camp Murray gate relocation.  He also distributed a resolution adopted by the Tillicum Action Committee urging the City Council to not issue a permit for the relocation of the Camp Murray gate to Portland Avenue. 

David Anderson, Tillicum resident, Tillicum Woodbrook Neighborhood Association, spoke about concerns of Tillicum residents opposing the Camp Murray gate relocation at Portland Avenue. He filed a resolution of the Tillicum Woodbrook Neighborhood Association opposing the relocation of Camp Murray’s gate to the southwest end of Portland Avenue.

Mary Anderson, Tillicum resident, spoke about the traffic congestion now and expressed concerns about the lack of integrity when City leadership takes one position and changes its mind a year later. 

Art Woodson, Eagle Point, Tillicum resident, spoke about the roundabout at the end of Portland Avenue and found no specification on landscaping. He indicated that mitigation for the Eagle Point campus, street lighting and landscaping should be funded by the City and Camp Murray, and the traffic analysis study is flawed.

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about Troy Kelly’s presentation at the Lakewood United meeting regarding the Department of Social Services. He spoke about jobs driving the real estate market.

Gomer Roseman, Habitat for Humanity, Unincorporated Pierce County resident, spoke about the partnership with the City of Lakewood and the number of homeownership units that will be constructed in Tillicum.  He indicated that Habitat would like to be kept in the loop as the largest property owner on Portland Avenue.

Russell Albright, Tillicum resident, spoke about increased traffic creating an unsafe environment for children and to look at other options perhaps changing the traffic signalization.  He asked the Council not to approve the Camp Murray gate relocation.

Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, asked that Resolution 2011-11 be removed from the consent agenda for transparency. 

Ken Sharp, West-Pierce County Fire Chief, spoke about the September 10 and 11, 2011 events and encouraged the public to attend.  

Dwayne Henney, Tillicum resident, asked what the City Manager and Assistant City Manager for Development would do if the gate was placed in their neighborhood.

Sharon Plummer, Tillicum resident, spoke about Spruce Street and that the Department of Transportation and Camp Murray are currently impacting Tillicum Streets now. 

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 15, 2011.

B.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council Special Meeting of August 22, 2011.

C.        Approval of payroll check numbers 112568 to 112578, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $928,620.83, for the period August 1 – 15, 2011.

D.        Approval of payroll check numbers 112579 to 112585, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,207,997.06, for the period August 16 – 31, 2011.

E.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 900228, 62527 to 62624, in the amount of $292,883.95 for the period ending August 11, 2011.

F.         Approval of claim voucher numbers 900229, 900231 and 62625 to 62707, in the amount of $754,065.72, for the period ending August 18, 2011.

G.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 90023, 900230 and 62708 to 62818, in the amount of $372,664.32 for the period ending, August 25, 2011.

H.        Approval of claim voucher number 62819, in the amount of $1,002.50 for the period ending, August 25, 2011.

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

  1. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 6, 2011.
  2. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of February 2, 2011.

J.         Resolution No. 2011-11

            Declaring certain property as surplus and salvage items, and authorizing its disposal to public entities and charitable nonprofit organizations or as otherwise available under the law.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY 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

 APPOINTMENTS

Motion No. 2011-30 appointing Youth Council members for school year 2011 through 2012.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO APPOINT YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2011 THROUGH 2012.  SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

The Youth Council reported on their first official meeting for the 2011-2012 year.  The Youth Council will be sponsoring the food collection box at City Hall for the Emergency Food Network this year and will be participating in the Autumn Gala Dinner, Make a Difference Day, Truck and Tractor Day, Stuff the Bus event and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  

Motion No. 2011-31 appointing Sylvia Allen and James Montgomerie to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for a three-year term through September 19, 2014.

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO APPOINT SYLVIA ALLEN AND JAMES MONTGOMERIE TO SERVE ON THE PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19, 2014.

SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2011-32 reappointing Michael Lacadie and Laurie Maus to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board for a three-year term through September 20, 2014.

COUNCILMEMBER NEARY MOVED TO REAPPOINT MICHAEL LACADIE AND LAURIE MAUS TO SERVE ON THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, 2014. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2011-33 appointing James Harvin “Harvey” Queen to serve on the Human Services Funding Advisory Board through December 31, 2013.  

COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO APPOINT JAMES HARVIN “HARVEY” QUEEN TO SERVE ON THE HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2013. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2011-34 authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Department of Justice in the amount of $67,346, for in-car video cameras.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $67,346, FOR IN-CAR VIDEO CAMERAS. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Motion No. 2011-35 authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $200,000 for the Lakewood Station Connection Project.

COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, IN THE AMOUNT OF $200,000 FOR THE LAKEWOOD STATION CONNECTION PROJECT. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz displayed a picture of a used road grader that was purchased in the amount of $33,000 for street maintenance and the City of University Place and Town of Steilacoom are interested in contracting to use the equipment.

City Manager Neiditz indicated that a number of budget adjustments will be proposed to the Council in early October for consideration.   He commented that staff proposed to Pierce County a three year contract for the maintenance of Ft. Steilacoom Park and proposed that the County contribute $100,000 in 2012, $65,000 in 2013 and $35,000 in 2014.  There is a commitment from Pierce County for a three year commitment in the amount of $150,000 total.   

Councilmember Brandstetter asked about reviewing the proposed Transportation Benefit District options. Councilmember Whalen asked about reviewing the garbage utility rates.

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Brandstetter asked what is the appropriateness for the Council to consider passing a resolution or statement about the Camp Murray gate issue when the Council is being asked by citizens personally and collectively to take a position, and when the Council has no authority in the administrative process to issue building permits.

Councilmember Whalen asked for a status of the roll-out of the City’s new website.       

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented about a Police ride-along he participated in.  He then commented on the administrative building permit process submitted by the applicant may not be a popular proposal but that doesn’t mean they cannot apply.   He then expressed concern about the citizen petition on the Amtrak proposal and potential unintended consequences that would inhibit the City’s authority and abilities.   

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:44 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK