LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, October 3, 2005
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 6 – Mayor Doug Richardson; Councilmembers John Arbeeny, Pad Finnigan, Bill Harrison, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
Councilmember Excused: 1 - Deputy Mayor Helen McGovern.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that City staff has been working with the neighborhood and various pet groups on the formation of an off-leash dog park area at Ft. Steilacoom Park. He reported that concerns have been expressed by cross-country training staff about the change in the original location of the off-leash park area affecting the running trails. He indicated that staff is working to address these concerns.
City Manager Neiditz spoke about historical designations in Ft. Steilacoom Park and suggested that a joint meeting be held with the Planning Advisory Board, Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to discuss this issue.
City Manager Neiditz announced that he had met with the new Pierce County Parks and Recreation Director and that the transition and maintenance of Ft. Steilacoom Park is going smoothly.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that the sewer surcharge is moving forward and an explanatory statement will be included in the next sewer billings.
City Manager Neiditz announced that the next Lakewood University sessions will be held on November 9 and 16, 2005.
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City Manager Neiditz reported that the announcement seeking applications for a Municipal Court Judge has been advertised. The deadline for filing is October 17, 2005.
City Manager Neiditz announced that Lakewood and Pierce County were elected by America’s Promise as one of 100 Best Communities Serving Youth in the nation.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on the booth they staffed at the Autumn Leaf Festival, the Make A Difference Day activities they are working on, and the planning efforts being worked on for a March 22, 2006 Youth Summit. She then spoke about the Clover Park, Steilacoom and Lakes High Schools homecomings.
The Youth Council spoke about an upcoming blood drive and their involvement at the Steilacoom Apple Squeeze event.
Proclamation declaring October 2005 as Make A Difference Month.
Councilmember Thomas presented a proclamation declaring October 2005 as Make A Difference Month to the Youth Council.
Proclamation declaring October 12, 2005 as Walk Across Washington in Lakewood.
Mayor Richardson presented a proclamation declaring October 12, 2005 as Walk Across Washington in Lakewood to Parks and Recreation Director Dodsworth.
Proclamation declaring October 9-15, 2005 as Fire Prevention Week.
Councilmember Harrison presented a proclamation declaring October 9-15, 2005 as Fire Prevention Week to Ms. Hallie McCurdy, Prevention Specialist of the Lakewood Fire District 2.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District Board Member Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported that a public hearing will be held on October 10, 2005 concerning the Lake City Elementary School closure.
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Presentation of “Lakewood’s Living Treasure. - Ft. Steilacoom Park.”
Mrs. Doris Johnson, Co-Chair, Friends of Ft. Steilacoom Park and Nature, and Mr. Brian Benedetti, Professional Photographer, displayed a Powerpoint show of photos of Ft. Steilacoom Park, Lakewood’s Living Treasure.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, NAAG, encouraged the Council to purchase the ASHTO standard guide for traffic visibility and understand it. He then spoke about a proposed stop sign at Amber and Zircon Drive. He commented about the trimming of vegetation at blind corners.
Frank Camodeca, Lakewood resident, spoke about improving the Amber and Zircon Drive intersection by installing a four-way stop. He expressed concern about poor visibility and speeding.
Chuck Polance, Lakewood resident, spoke about an old Corsica car he reported that was an eye soar and parked on a rental property at Avondale and Whitman. He indicated that he received no return calls after he had left several messages for Code Enforcement. He then spoke about a rental home in Lakewood with overgrown grass and weeds on that property for the last eight years.
Ann Sunrise, Lakewood resident, asked citizens to plant more trees to help the environment and prevent global warming. She then spoke about an increase in domestic violence (DV) and encouraged citizens to help DV victims.
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Motion No. 2005-31 approving the installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Zircon Drive SW and Amber Drive SW.
Speaking before the Council was:
Jim McCue, Lakewood resident, spoke about addressing the site visibility issue at Amber and Zircon Drive first.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO TABLE MOTION NO. 2005-31. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Council recessed at 8:50 p.m. and reconvened 9:02 p.m.
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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 September19,2005.
B. Approval of payroll check numbers 105, 108118 to 108152 and direct deposit check numbers 12619 to 12845, in the amount of $664,788.28, for the period September 1 – 15, 2005.
C. Approval of claim voucher numbers 32043 to 32060, in the amount of $29,839.23, for the period ending September 20, 2005.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 32042 and 32061 to 32100, in the amount of $307,967.84, for the period ending September21,2005.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 32102 to 32126, in the amount of $93,236.98, for the period ending September28,2005.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 32101 and 32127 to 32205, in the amount of $87,759.10, for the period ending September30,2005.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of June28,2005.
2. Planning Advisory Board Special Meeting minutes of August31,2005.
3. Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 14, 2005.
4. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of September 14, 2005.
COUNCILMEMBER HARRISON MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS
This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on vacating a portion of 49th Avenue SW right-of-way for private development (Liberty Lake Peppertree, LLC).
There being no testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
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Ordinance No. 394 amending the Employee Classification and Compensation Plan to consolidate the two Information Systems management positions and add the positions of IS Manager and IS Supervisor.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 394. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER HARRISON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz requested a 10-minute Executive Session to discuss pending litigation.
City Manager Neiditz reported that staff will be reviewing the 2005 year-end budget status and projections for 2006. He proposed that two Council budget workshops be held as part of the Council’s Study Session on November 14 and 28, 2005. He indicated that on December 5, 2005, the Council would be asked to consider the approval of any budget adjustments and the 2006 mill levy rate.
City Manager Neiditz asked the Council to give him their input on creating space for a conference room on the first floor. He also asked whether the Council was interested in being involved in the October 11, 2005 Chamber Creek groundbreaking ceremony.
City Manager Neiditz reported on the Healing Field ceremony held this afternoon in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Thomas reported on the Association of Washington Cities Regional meeting she attended last week.
Councilmember Thomas commented on the Coffee with the Mayor meeting she attended on Friday, September 30, 2005.
Councilmember Thomas commented on the Boys and Girls Club kick off drive which was well attended. She announced that the facility will be named after the late Gary Milgard.
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Councilmember Thomas indicated that she and Councilmember Neary will be representing Lakewood at the October 7, 2005 Clover Park School District (CPSD) meeting. She suggested that if CPSD closes Lake City Elementary School, perhaps CPSD may consider donating the facility to the City. The City could use that facility for community services such as the Intel Clubhouse, Lakewood Historical Society, a meeting space and other uses.
Councilmember Finnigan spoke about changing the structure of the utility tax from a tax percentage to one based on consumption of British Thermal Units (BTUs). He asked staff to provide a history of tax revenues collected for each year over the past five years by type of utility.
Councilmember Arbeeny spoke about the Korean Women’s Association International House senior apartment housing event he attended. He then commented about the Korean radio station serving the Interstate 5 corridor.
Mayor Richardson spoke about the Healing Field ceremony and the flags that can be purchased for $30 to support the Lakewood Partnership Against Domestic Violence. He thanked staff and the Business Masters Exchange Club for sponsoring the event.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately ten minutes to discuss pending litigation.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:45 p.m. and reconvened at 9:55p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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