LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, August 17, 2009
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 6 ? Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
Councilmember Excused: 1 ? Councilmember Helen McGovern.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Ray Dotson by request of Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council of their joint meeting with the Port of Tacoma Commissioners on August 24, 2009 at the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda.
City Manager Neiditz commented that some of the residents on Lake Louise expressed concern about the boat launch ramp construction at Lake Louise. He indicated that staff is currently putting the ramp on hold until after the stormwater project is completed.
City Manager Neiditz announced that the Gravelly Lake Drive overlay project is underway.
He announced that the Office of Economic Adjustment grant award, in the amount of $1.3 million, has been confirmed. Lastly, he reported that the Comprehensive Plan amendment is currently underway relative to rezoning in the Oakbrook area which was initiated by the Oakbrook Golf & Country Club. He indicated that a public hearing is scheduled for August 26, 2009 before the Planning Advisory Board.
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PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation declaring September 4-11, 2009 as National Payroll Week.
Councilmember Finnigan presented a proclamation declaring September 4-11, 2009 as National Payroll Week to Ms. Kristy Basinger, Payroll Accounting Technician and Mr. Eric Lowell, Finance Analyst of the City of Lakewood.
Gang Unit Update and Crime Statistics Report.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro and Officer J. Martin presented an overview of gang activities and the work of the gang enforcement unit.
Officer Martin reviewed a gang profile, gang types, how to identify a gang member, influencing factors to join a gang, how gangs support themselves, and the gang symbols and signs used.
Discussion ensued on keeping track of problem rentals that are considered substandard housing, the different types of gang members and the number of them that are referred to code enforcement; tactics for publicizing and making Police?s patrol presence; what is the plan for presenting the Council with criminal statistics for Council to review prior to the budget process; what is the status of the Weed & Seed grant to minimize gang activity; whether property owners are being contacted with regard to removing graffiti on private properties; who cleans graffiti on public properties (Public Works Department) such as the one at 112th and Farwest Drive; and how responsive is the railroad company to removing graffiti on its property.
Code Enforcement Doug Price provided an overview of the abatement program from 2006-2009. He then reviewed the number of demolitions, repaired or secured structures and public nuisance cleanups. He noted that the City has expended $184,000 to date in abatement and recovered $37,000 to date. He explained that there are 20 active dangerous building cases and nine active and pending nuisances. He then spoke about the complexities of the Fir Acres Mobile Home Park units relative to abatement of these units. He then reviewed the public nuisance abatements.
Discussion ensued on what is being done for relocating citizens in mobile homes that cannot be relocated; how is the abatement funding going to be sustained with the possibility of abating 95 additional units; what can be done to step-up recovery of funds used for abatement; and whether an evaluation has been done about the City acquiring substandard mobile homes for demolition.
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Speaking before the Council were:
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, announced that the Lakewood Historical Society will be conducting a tour of Silcox Island on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. He then spoke about gang activities around Kiwanis Park. He indicated that Friday and Saturday nights are the most active nights. He spoke about the need for Police to close down the park to reduce the gang activities.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about a news article in the WALL STREET JOURNAL on how to move gangs out and using cameras. He suggested that pictures of gangs be placed on the City?s website.
Jason Gerwen, Lakewood resident, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, spoke about the Parks budget and keeping Lakewood parks well maintained.
Ray Dotson, Lakewood resident, spoke about coordinating the National Night Out for Creekside Oaks with the assistance of Officer John Unfred.
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 3, 2009.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of August 10, 2009.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 202, 111466 to 111511, and direct deposit check numbers 35535 to 35791, in the amount of $1,151,026.17, for the period July 16-31, 2009.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 52397 to 52530, in the amount of $728,648.53, for the period ending July 30, 2009.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 52531 to 52595, and 900169, in the amount of $239,898.83, for the period ending August 6, 2009.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 52596 to 52671, and 900169, in the amount of $433,437.59, for the period ending August 12, 2009.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of June 23, 2009.
2. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 8, 2009.
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COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER neary. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2009-38 authorizing the City Manager to execute a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $100,000, to update the City?s Shoreline Master Program.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000, TO UPDATE THE CITY?S SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2009-39 authorizing the City Manager to execute a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), in the amount of $784,524, relative to the COPS Hiring Recovery Program grant.
COUNCILMEMBER cronk MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE U.s. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES (cops), IN THE AMOUNT OF $784,524, RELATIVE TO THE COPS HIRING RECOVERY PROGRAM GRANT. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER neary. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Finnigan commented on the Caring for Kids event on August 16, 2009 and spoke in amazement of the event which included haircuts, dental screening, eye screening, and school supplies handouts. He spoke about the number of diverse citizens speaking many languages who attended.
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Councilmember Thomas announced that St. Clare Hospital invited the Council to attend their picnic on Wednesday, August 19, 2009.
Mayor Richardson asked for a status report on the work Sound Transit has commenced along Lakeview. Assistant City Manager Bugher spoke about the conduits which Sound Transit is laying in Lakeview.
Mayor Richardson reminded the audience to vote in the Primary Election tomorrow, August 18, 2009.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into a closed session to discuss collective bargaining pursuant to R.C.W. 42.30.140(4). Council reconvened at 9:05 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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