LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL
STUDY SESSION MINUTES
Monday, July 23, 2007
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Thomas called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 ? Mayor Claudia Thomas; Deputy Mayor John Arbeeny; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Doug Richardson.
Citizens? Transportation Review Committee (CTRC) Members: 6 - Kit Baker, Chair, Bill Larkin, Vice Chair, Ken Severe, Bill Kittrell, Paul Wagemann and Sam Wagner.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
Joint meeting with Citizens? Transportation Review Committee.
City Manager Neiditz welcomed the members of the Citizens? Transportation Review Committee (CTRC) and spoke about the purpose of the joint meeting.
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Mr. Baker, Chair of the CTRC, introduced the members of the CTRC and spoke about their recent work relative to the six-year Transportation Improvement Program.
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Discussion ensued on the definition of an arterial street relative to school zone flashing lights; defining when speed humps can be installed such as on Interlaaken Drive; how are the prioritization of street projects determined by the CTRC relative to grants; prioritizing the transportation of the movement of traffic, goods and people in comparison to construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters; conducting a travel demand model to determine capacity problems and traffic priorities; involving Pierce Transit in transportation planning with the City; considering lobbying for transportation funding and diverging from grants;
providing street maintenance funding to take care of existing streets; providing for bike lanes; how are Transportation Benefit Districts organized; addressing safety concerns with Sound Transit coming and more train traffic crossing at-grade crossings; and the CTRC?s role to include the review of transportation policies.
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Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about Citizens? Transportation Review Committee meetings and transportation grants.
Fredric Cornell, Lakewood resident, spoke about the work of the Citizens? Transportation Review Committee.
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Discussion on the partnership with the Lakewood Fire District for constructing a boathouse on American Lake to improve public safety.
Police Chief Saunders reviewed the advantages for the construction of a boathouse on American Lake in collaboration with the Lakewood Fire Department to improve public safety. He reviewed the cost to be shared with the Lakewood Fire Department over five years. The City of Lakewood?s share would be $63,482 over five years plus annual projected fees for the lease of Camp Murray, maintenance, security system and insurance.
Fire Chief Ken Sharp spoke in support of the Fire and Police Department?s partnership.
Discussion ensued on what the capital costs consisted of; concerns about vandalism during off-season; charging launch fees; potential of the boat launch becoming a Lakewood site to be operated by the Parks Department; instead of paying for construction over five years that the City pay off its share; timing for completion of the boathouse construction; budgeting for this capital expenditure through the upcoming budgeting process; and when will the Memorandum of Understanding come before Council for adoption.
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BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz announced that there is no City Council meeting on July 30, 2007 because it is a fifth Monday.
City Manager Neiditz reported that, at the recommendation of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, the Committee is interested in increasing the membership of the group by two to include a business that collects hotel/motel tax and an organization that receives hotel/motel taxes. It was Council?s consensus to advertise for the two additional positions.
City Manager Neiditz reported that the Lakewood Ford business opened over the weekend and sold ten cars before any promotional advertising.
ITEMS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE AUGUST 6, 2007 REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING:
1. Proclamation declaring August 7, 2007 as National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime. ? Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Sharron Kanter, NNO Chairs, Sgt. Michael Noel and Community Resource Officer Mike Miller, Lakewood Police Department
2. Adopting the Six-Year (2008-2013) Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program. ? (Resolution ? Regular Agenda)
3. Setting Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at approximately 10:00 a.m., as the date for a public hearing by the Hearings Examiner on the final assessment roll for Local Improvement Districts (LID) E1108 relative to roadway improvements on South Tacoma Way, 112th Street South and 34th Avenue South for a new warehouse at 10901 South Tacoma Way (Pannatoni). ? (Resolution ? Consent Agenda)
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Deputy Mayor Arbeeny commented on a farewell gathering for Lakewood Sister City Association President Pat Cavendish hosted by Deputy Mayor and Mrs. Arbeeny.
Councilmember Neary asked for a list of ongoing joint projects with locally elected public entities and their description.
Mayor Thomas reported that Councilmembers are scheduled to volunteer to cook for St. Clare Hospital staff on August 15, 2007.
Mayor Thomas commented about the volume of business at Church?s chicken on Bridgeport Way.
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Mayor Thomas commented on the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce pre-party and the opening ceremony for the Air Force Rodeo that was held over the weekend.
Mayor Thomas commented on the tour of the new Lakewood Ford dealership.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
CLAUDIA B. THOMAS, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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