LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL BUDGET WORKSHOP MINUTES
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
City of Lakewood
Conference Room 1E
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDERMayor Thomas called the meeting to order at 6:50 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
General Services and Community Development Block Grant
General Services Director/City Clerk Bush reviewed the General Services Department and Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act grants budget and goals.
Discussion ensued on the budget for elections and voter maintenance; review of Lakewood?s Promise and professional services; how the $50,000 revenue for passport service was derived; what the retention period was for public records; how confidential records are destroyed; and what the $30,000 grant for code enforcement violations and mobile home park closures provided.
Public Works Director Wickstrom reviewed the City Hall maintenance facility budget and goals.
Discussion ensued on contracting for building maintenance, what does the $64,000 professional services in the facilities budget entail; how City facility custodial maintenance staff takes pride and ownership of their work at City Hall; increasing efficiencies and reducing costs of $40,000 on utilities.
Mr. Wickstrom then reviewed the Surface Water Management Fund, Full-Time Employees (FTEs) and its budget.
City Council Budget Workshop Minutes -2- October 18, 2006Discussion ensued on the proposed water franchise fee; the status of the Lake Steilacoom management plan and the disposition of the solar bees; and the status of Lake Louise and Gravelly Lake Drive improvement management plans.
Mr. Wickstrom then reviewed the City Streets Fund and Arterial Streets Fund budgets.
Discussion ensued on the maintenance of traffic lights and equipment; what does the $115,000 for traffic equipment entail (upgrading of controllers and equipment as identified in the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program); and what is the cost for a consultant to prepare a Non-Motorized Transportation Plan ($30,000).
Mr. Wickstrom then reviewed the 2007-2008 Capital Fund projects.
Further discussion ensued on the parameters of transferring Arterial Street Funds to the General Fund.
Further discussion ensued on where Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) taxes are allocated (Arterial Street Fund); and the cost for chip sealing and overlays.
Capital Improvement Funds
Finance and Systems Director Kidd reviewed Fund 301 revenues which include forfeiture funds, loan proceeds (Long-Term General Obligation) Bonds for the police facility; and operating transfers in the General Fund/Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Fund. He then reviewed the CIP Parks projects for 2007 ($850,000), the Police Building CIP fund of $8,800,000, the sewer project fund, and the Local Improvement District CIP fund.
Parks and Recreation Director Dodsworth reviewed the Parks CIP projects.
Discussion ensued on what schools are earmarked for the City Park improvements at schools program; who would maintain these parks; the cost for removing the Ward Building at Ft. Steilacoom Park that has been a nuisance; if there has been accidents/incidents at the Ward Building; and the potential liability that could occur by not removing the building.
Finance and Systems Director Kidd reviewed the Non-Departmental budget items such as pollution control, liquor control excise tax, and postage. He then reviewed the Equipment Replacement Fund.
City Council Budget Workshop Minutes -3- October 18, 2006Discussion ensued on the City?s policy on when City vehicles are surplused (at least 100,000 miles) for general fleet and police patrol vehicles.
City Manager Neiditz reviewed the City Council budget including the Youth Council and the Community Summit.
Discussion ensued that the full Council had not approved conducting a Community Summit. It was suggested that the Council be briefed about this matter at a Study Session.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.
CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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