LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, November 2, 2009
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Deputy Mayor Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 6 - Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Ron Cronk, Pad Finnigan, Helen McGovern, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
Councilmember Excused: 1 ? Mayor Douglas Richardson.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Den 1 of Troop 234 by request of Deputy Mayor Anderson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz thanked Den 1 of Troop 234 for the pledge of allegiance.
City Manager Neiditz commented on the groundbreaking ceremony of the Candlewood Suites on Pacific Highway.
City Manager Neiditz announced that Mayor Richardson, Assistant City Manager Dave Bugher and Associate Planner Penrose are attending a Department of Defense conference about the Office of Economic Adjustment planning model.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council spoke about activities that the Youth Council was engaged in during the Make A Difference Day events and added that on November 24, 2009, the Youth Council will be participating in the Caring for Kids ?Pack the Bus? day. On December 4, 2009, the Youth Council will be involved with the Christmas Tree Lighting event. A report was then provided on the activities at each of the high schools.
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Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Vice President Connie Coleman-Lacadie reported that parent teacher conferences will be held on November 9, 10 and 13, 2009. She announced that schools will be closed on November 11, 2009.
Ms. Coleman-Lacadie reported that the CPSD received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the ninth year. She then spoke about the Lakeview Hope Academy.
CPSD Board Director Carole Jacobs spoke about a Resolution passed by the CPSD on a $92 million bond to build a new elementary school combining Oakwood and Southgate, rebuilding Hudtloff Middle School and a new Harrison Prep Academy.
Pierce County 2010 Amateur Golf Tournament lodging tax grant presentation.
Mr. Randall H. Harrison, Pierce County Special Assistant to the Executive/Special Projects and Mr. Brian Simpson, Kemper Sport Consultant, asked the Council to support their request of $25,000 of lodging tax funds for the 2010 U.S. Amateur golf tournament. He spoke about the economic impact the event will have on the local communities. He then distributed copies of an estimated financial impact the event would have on Lakewood and surrounding areas. He indicated that sales and lodging tax revenues for Lakewood would generate approximately $45,545.
Mr. Simpson distributed copies of the August 23-29, 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course brochure and asked for the Council?s support.
Update on United Way?s 5 Fundamentals Early Learning Program
Ms. Kelly Phanco, Executive Director, First 5 Fundamentals of Pierce County, provided an update on the Early Learning Program. She spoke about a substitute bank of individuals who are providing assistance to children in the Early Learning Program. She noted that promoting first relationships and parenting training programs have been provided. She commented that ChildReach, a partner of Early Learning, have served 56 families. She indicated that for the City?s $50,000 investment, Lakewood received a $250,000 return in service benefits.
Speaking before the Council were:
Joan Smith, Lakewood resident, on behalf of the Lakewood Senior Advisory Board, invited the Council to attend their November 10, 2009 event at 2:00 p.m. to recognize their volunteers.
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Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, thanked the Council and citizens for serving on the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee. He suggested that a priority plan be developed for identifying projects in the Six-Year Transportation Plan.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, invited the Council to the Lakewood Historical Society meeting on November 10, 2009. He added that the topic of discussion will be on the race speedway.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, thanked John Arbeeny, Ron Cronk and Pad Finnigan for their service on the City Council.
Denise Jefferson, Lakewood resident, asked the Council to remove a member from the Public Safety Advisory Committee because of the way this individual treated a citizen by drawing a 357 magnum revolver.
Edward Katchum, Midland resident, expressed concern about the citizen who was threatened by a member of the Public Safety Advisory Committee who drew a gun on the citizen.
Willie Carter, Lakewood resident, spoke about the removal of Morris Quimby from the Public Safety Advisory Committee because of Mr. Quimby?s action against him, and expressed concern about having a fair hearing in Court because of Mr. Quimby?s experience and association with the Lakewood Police Department.
Ed Chaffee, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Bridgeport Way and Pacific Highway gateway design in which he contracted with the City. He then spoke about a design of the gateway near Walmart and asked that the Council have the design portion of the contract with Woodworth and Company in Motion 2009-57 removed.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 14, 2009.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of October 19, 2009.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 19, 2009.
D. Approval of payroll check numbers 207, 111659 to 111682 and direct deposit check numbers 36818 to 37073, in the amount of $882,333.49, for the period October 1-15, 2009.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 53505 to 53611, in the amount of $523,669.32, for the period ending October 22, 2009.
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F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 53612 to 53717, 900177, and 5163082, in the amount of $178,780.90, for the period ending October 29, 2009.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 22, 2009.
2. Lakewood Community Collaboration All Partners meeting minutes of October 14, 2009.
Setting Monday, December 7, 2009, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the abatement of dangerous buildings and public nuisances located at 8604 Dalton Drive SW.
Setting Monday, December 7, 2009, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the abatement of dangerous buildings and public nuisances located at 12018 Alameda Avenue SW.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER CRONK. 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 the proposed 2009 budget and mill levy rate.
Speaking before the Council were:
Becky Huber, Lakewood resident, Lakewood Historical Society, asked for Council?s funding support of $35,000 of lodging tax funds for the Lakewood Historical Society.
Ken Severe, Lakewood resident, spoke about providing five minutes for citizen comments under Public Hearings. He then spoke about the Police Department budget and expressed concern about what savings were incurred by consolidating the Police Department into a single building, and what savings have incurred with take-home police vehicles.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, echoed Becky Huber?s comments for funding. He then spoke about this year?s budget workshops which were most confusing. He commented there were limited handouts and it was very difficult for citizens to follow.
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Jim Taylor, Lakewood resident, Tillicum-Woodbrook Neighborhood Association, spoke in support of the neighborhood/community officers patrol protection program. He asked for funding for the Tillicum neighborhood?s 100 centennial year event and that the first fundraiser will be tomorrow night at Tillicum Elementary School. He then spoke in support of funding a feasibility study for the Lakewood Theatre.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about investing in information technology for the Police Department. He then spoke about social programs, specifically food banks and food stamp programs.
There being no further testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
Councilmember Cronk asked the Council to consider providing emergency/disaster relief to Bauang, Philippines to assist Lakewood?s sister city with typhoon damages they incurred. He asked the City Manager to investigate if there are any human services funding to assist with this relief effort. City Manager Neiditz announced that at the last Lakewood Sister Cities Association Board meeting, the Board approved sending $1,000 to Bauang.
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Motion No. 2009-57 awarding a bid to Woodworth & Co., Inc., in the amount of $3,453,374.90, relative to the construction of Pacific Highway SW from Gravelly Lake Drive SW to Bridgeport Way SW (e1121).
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO WOODWORTH & CO. INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,453,374.90, RELATIVE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF PACIFIC HIGHWAY SW FROM GRAVELLY LAKE DRIVE SW TO BRIDGEPORT WAY SW (E1121). SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2009-58 authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with Pierce County and the cities of Dupont, Fife, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Sumner, and Tacoma, for the establishment of the Pierce County Tourism Promotion Area.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH PIERCE COUNTY AND THE CITIES OF DUPONT, FIFE, GIG HARBOR, PUYALLUP, SUMNER AND TACOMA, FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PIERCE COUNTY TOURISM PROMOTION AREA. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Motion No. 2009-59 authorizing the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Pierce County, in the amount of $200,752, relative to a Washington State Department of Commerce grant to fund two Gang Unit commissioned officers from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.
COUNCILMEMBER FINNIGAN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH PIERCE COUNTY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $200,752, RELATIVE TO A WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE GRANT TO FUND TWO GANG UNIT COMMISSIONED OFFICERS from july 1, 2009 to june 30, 2010. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz acknowledged Police Chief Farrar and Public Works Director Wickstrom for their efforts in obtaining grant funding.
City Manager Neiditz commented on a potential contract with University Place to provide municipal court services in 2011.
City Manager Neiditz spoke about meetings with Pierce County about sewer pretreatment for development of projects throughout Lakewood including restroom construction at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that the Lakewood Police Independent Guild has endorsed a proposed labor contract for 2010.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary commented on the Arts Commission meeting including a tentative agreement with Lakes High School about hosting a film festival and that he will be representing the Council at next week?s Clover Park School District Board meeting.
Deputy Mayor Anderson thanked the City Manager for the discussions with Pierce County about restrooms at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented that, unlike the University Place Council who gave themselves raises and a $15,000 health insurance benefits, there are no plans for the Lakewood City Council to do the same.
Councilmember Thomas commented that several representatives from the Lakewood Community Connector participated in the Make A Difference Day event.
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There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:27 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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