LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, July 1, 2002
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Harrison called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 - Mayor Bill Harrison; Deputy Mayor Claudia Thomas; Councilmembers Pad Finnigan; Larry Humphrey; Helen McGovern; JosÃ© Palmas and Doug Richardson.
Staff Present: City Manager D. Scott Rohlfs; City Attorney Heidi Horst; Finance and Systems Director Galen Kidd; Community Development Director David Bugher; Public Works Director Bill Larkin; Police Chief Larry Saunders; General Services Director/City Clerk Alice Bush; Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth and Community Relations Manager Candice Bock.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Harrison.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Rohlfs announced that on July 2, 2002, the City will be holding an Independence Day celebration, at noon, at City Hall.
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Deputy Mayor Thomas wished Mayor Harrison a happy birthday and Councilmembers and the audience sang "happy birthday."
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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Advisors' Report.
Youth Advisor Cromheecke reported on the colleges that Youth Advisors Chan and Chong will be attending. She then reported on the Miss Teen activities that she will be participating in as the Lakes High School representative.
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Update on America's Promise.
Mr. Mark Farr and Mr. William Ramos provided an update on America's Promise and their work with Lakewood's Promise. Mr. Ramos noted the importance of being a model site.
Proclamation declaring July 2002 as National Parks and Recreation Month.
Councilmember Richardson presented a proclamation declaring July 2002 as National Parks and Recreation Month to Mr. Roger Laybourn, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chair.
Recognizing Jimmy G's Casino sponsorship on the 2002 Lakewood Daffodil Float.
Councilmember McGovern presented a plaque recognizing Jimmy G's Casino's sponsorship for constructing the 2002 Lakewood Daffodil Float to Mr. Gary Murrey, Manager, and Ms. Sabrina Ambrocio, of Jimmy G's Casino.
Presentation of a Crime-Free Housing Certification to Reeder Property Management.
Mayor Harrison called upon Police Chief Saunders who presented a Crime-Free Housing Certification award to Mr. Paul Reeder, President of Reeder Property Management.
Speaking before the Council were:
Jean Jamison, P.O. Box 98683, Lakewood Coalition, spoke about the effects of fluoridation, and the meeting she had with City staff to discuss concerns about mandating fluoridation.
Dale Dorman, 6123 119th Street SW, expressed concerns about compulsive gambling behavior and spoke about not encouraging youths to seek a career in gambling.
Dennis Haugen, 6528 Mt. Tacoma Drive, spoke about the gambling commissions who work at promoting gambling instead of protecting the citizens from gambling. He commented that Lakewood citizens do not want gambling in Lakewood.
Bob Barnes, 8200 Tacoma, owner of Jimmy G's casino, spoke in support of casinos. He commented on the Governor's support of building a casino off Interstate 5.
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Ursula Hall, 8965 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, spoke about the effects of fluoridation on children under the age of 3. She requested the Council to adopt an Ordinance to not allow fluoridation in Lakewood waters.
Clyde E. Brown, 6313 78th Street W, expressed concerns about compulsive gambling.
Glen E. Spieth, 5925 Steilacoom Boulevard, spoke about 25-mph speed bumps; the sequencing of signal lights and having to wait three cycles at 100th Street and Bridgeport Way SW; and a long wait at 59th Avenue and Bridgeport Way SW.
Kerry Hills, 8913 Dolly Madison Avenue, reported that the Lakewood Relay for Life raised $48,400 out of a goal of $3,500. He asked for Council's support to persuade the Clover Park School District to allow the Clover Creek swim group to continue its use of the Clover Park High School pool.
Susan Mitchell, 10115 Sharon Street SW, spoke about enforcing the Ordinance on poisons that enter Lakewood's water and explained that adding fluoride was such a poison.
David Anderson, 14506 Portland Avenue, spoke about the evil and devastation of gambling and that the Council should take a leadership role. He spoke about gambling creating criminals.
Scott Smith, Box 111539, Tacoma, asked for a response on standardization for school zones signs.
John Arbeeny, 9819 Lake Street Drive, expressed concern about gambling and its effect.
Kristy Kernen, 8636-C Onyx, reported that there are ten new volunteers for the 104th Street and Interlaaken Drive traffic speed watch program.
Carolyna Saint Germain, 500 Flora Vista, spoke about her positive employment experience with casinos and explained that casinos are an entertainment industry here to stay. She expressed concern about comments she has heard that the gambling industry is psychologically imbalanced and unhealthy.
Parley Applegate, 14507 Woodbrook Drive, spoke about the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association neighborhood efforts and the block party being planned. He thanked the Council for its support.
Bob Demorst, 8520 Payne Street, opposed gambling in Lakewood.
Stacey Hess, 31713 7th Avenue South, Federal Way, spoke about his positive experience working in the gambling industry.
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Timeke Geringer, 10513 90th Avenue SW, read an article about Lakewood allowing minicasinos to spur economic development. She asked why should gambling, an evil, be allowed in Lakewood and expressed opposition of casinos.
Larry Geringer, 10513 90th Avenue SW, Board President, Tacoma Rescue Mission, spoke about the many individuals who come to the Tacoma Rescue Mission who have lost their homes because of gambling.
Buddha Pen, Jimmy G's Casino, spoke about his work experience in the gambling industry. He spoke about life personal changes he has made while working at Jimmy G's Casino.
Esther Miller, 14511 Woodbrook Drive, spoke about the cleanup of Tillicum/Woodbrook neighborhoods. She noted that it was her opinion that Lakewood did not need more casinos as there were plenty in surrounding areas outside of Lakewood.
Owen Ketchan, 19123 Rosemary Street, Rochester, WA, spoke about his work experience in the gambling industry.
Sabrina Ambrocio, E. McKinley Avenue, Tacoma, spoke about her work experience in the casino and noted that she is no longer receiving State assistance.
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Council recessed at 9:00 p.m. and reconvened at 9:10 p.m.
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Mayor Harrison announced that Resolution No. 2002-16 from the Consent Agenda and Motion No. 2002-18 will be considered at this time.
Resolution No. 2002-16 creating a Youth Council to serve as a liaison between youths and the City Council.
DEPUTY MAYOR THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2002-16. SECONDED BY Councilmember MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Motion No. 2002-18 appointing Jasmine Boyd, G. Victoria Campbell, Jessica Cromheecke, Leanna Darling, Brett G. Horn, Roy Jacobs, Denise Johnson, John Orozco, Cristina Sepe, and Christiana Webb as members of the Youth Council.
DEPUTY MAYOR THOMAS MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF JASMINE BOYD, G. VICTORIA CAMPBELL, JESSICA CROMHEECKE, LEANNA DARLING, BRETT HORN, ROY JACOBS, DENISE JOHNSON, JOHN OROZCO, CRISTINA SEPE, AND CHRISTIANA WEBB AS MEMBERS OF THE YOUTH COUNCIL. SECONDED BY Councilmember McGovern. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of June 7, 2002.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of June 24, 2002
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 105007 to 105031, in the amount of $226,091.41, for the period June 1-15, 2002.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 18230 to 18376, in the amount of $524,279.29, for the period ending June 26, 2002.
E. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of February 26 and May 28, 2002.
2. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 14, 2002.
Releasing the reservation of an easement in a vacated portion of a Douglas Street West right-of-way.
Authorizing the execution of an amendment to the interlocal agreement with the cities and towns of Pierce County and Pierce County relative to the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies amendments.
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Adopting the Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Program, 2003-2008.
Creating a Youth Council to serve as a liaison between youths and the City Council.
J. Motion No. 2002-17
Denying claims for damages.
DEPUTY MAYOR THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT ITEM NOS. A-H, AND J OF THE CONSENT AGENDA, AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY Councilmember Humphrey. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Rohlfs reported that Parks and Recreation Director Dodsworth and Community Relations Manager Bock met with Dr. Michelle Johnson, Pierce College President, relative to Pierce College's plan on Ft. Steilacoom Park. He indicated that a meeting is scheduled with University Place relative to the Park.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Finnigan questioned the request of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as noted in the Board's May 28, 2002 meeting minutes. He asked if the Board's request was addressed. City Manager Rohlfs indicated that the Board's concerns was addressed following their May 28th meeting, at the Council's Retreat on May 29, 2002.
Councilmember Finnigan questioned the May 14, 2002 Redevelopment Advisory Board minutes relative to the developers' concerns about the timeline for processing sewer permits.
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Councilmember Finnigan congratulated staff on the crime reduction stats.
Councilmember Finnigan reported on the Clover Park Technical College fundraising event he attended for the Child Care Development Center. He presented the City with a painting he received for the $75,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds granted to the Clover Park Technical College for the construction of the center.
Councilmember Finnigan spoke about the Lakeview Neighborhood Association meeting he attended.
Councilmember Humphrey reported on the Keep Lakewood Beautiful Committee meeting he attended and the discussion about the lack of maintenance at the sites developed by the Committee.
Councilmember Humphrey reported that the three-tenths of 1 percent transit tax by Pierce Transit is in effect.
Councilmember McGovern commented that Lakewood's write-up in the "Our People Our Places" publication should get a bigger spread.
Councilmember McGovern suggested having citizen volunteers to help with a helmet watch to encourage children to wear their helmets at the skatepark.
Councilmember Richardson thanked Assistant Chief Adamson for visiting slain Newcastle Officer Herzog's home to express the condolences of the Lakewood Police Department.
Councilmember Richardson asked about the Cross-Base Highway public meeting and comments made at that meeting. He indicated that the Ad Hoc Committee will meet on July 2, 2002 to develop Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) comments.
Councilmember Richardson indicated that he will not be attending the next few Council meetings.
Councilmember Palmas reported on the Law Enforcement Support Agency's (LESA) quality control report provided to the Council and noted that he would answer any questions of the Council.
Deputy Mayor Thomas noted that she will be out of town from July 6-13, 2002.
Deputy Mayor Thomas reported that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Sound Transit site has been completed, and after the 20-30 days waiting period, the next step is to proceed with the design. She commented on the issue of bus riders parking near the Lakewood station and getting parking tickets for parking at the Towne Center. She indicated that Sound Transit is willing to share the cost of potentially leasing some parking spaces near the station, if MBK Northwest is in agreement.
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Deputy Mayor Thomas reported that the work of the Council Subcommittee on the Appointments process is forthcoming to the Council.
Mayor Harrison reported on a meeting he had with the Commander of McChord Air Force Base.
Mayor Harrison reported on a meeting he had with County Councilmember O'Malley on Ft. Steilacoom Park.
Mayor Harrison commented on a sewer permitting meeting he had with Pierce County Executive Ladenburg and explained that Mr. Ladenburg is willing to work with the City.
Mayor Harrison commented on the Mayors meeting he attended.
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Mayor Harrison announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 45 minutes to discuss personnel matters.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 10:15 p.m. and reconvened at 11:00 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:00 p.m.
BILL HARRISON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, CMC
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