LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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: 7 ? Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that there was a significant fire at the Best Night Inn on South Tacoma Way and that no one was injured.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that he is working on scheduling a joint meeting with the Lakewood Fire District Commissioners on March 8, 2010.
City Manager Neiditz reported on the Pacific Highway properties Public Works is looking to use as a Public Works maintenance facility on the north end of Pacific Highway and the buildings south of the area will be demolished and burned.
City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council that there is a public hearing by the Planning Advisory Board on the Tillicum Plan.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that the Mayor and he met with Congressman Adam Smith and his staff to discuss Council?s concerns about the Pt. Defiance Bypass project.
City Manager Neiditz reported that the U.S. Discount Store received their certificate of occupancy. He also reported that the Candlewyck Street project on 108th street is going well. He also indicated that the review of the Wal-Mart store Phase 2 project construction has been completed, and that the McDonald?s restaurant in Tillicum is planning to do a major expansion.
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City Manager Neiditz reminded the Council of the February 18, 2010 Pierce County Regional Council General Assembly meeting.
About the Pacific Highway realignment project from Bridgeport to Gravelly Lake Drive, City Manager Neiditz indicated that over 100 letters were sent to businesses and property owners about the closure of Pacific Highway for repairs and that there had been a mix of responses. He indicated that the Fire Department has requested a two-week closure as opposed to a four-week closure.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
2010 U.S. Census Update.
Mr. Lane DeLarme, Information Systems Manager and Ms. Kim Dodds, Human Services Coordinator reported on the City?s involvement with the past census as well as the upcoming 2010 U.S. Census outreach.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the U.S. Census and illegal aliens. He then commented about the credibility of services being provided.
James Taylor, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about the Pt. Defiance Bypass project and a meeting he attended with Congressman Adam Smith and residents of Tillicum. He indicated that Congressman Smith will be obtaining more information about the project.
Ismael Arslangiray , Tacoma resident, spoke about the 11-page pre-application forms and process for securing a building permit and the difficulties for small businesses to start and maintain their businesses.
Peter Slowiaczek, Lakewood resident, thanked the Council for bike paths. He expressed concern about sewer grates in bike paths and their safety hazards. He suggested taking the white bike lane paint lines and bike signs off the streets as they can create a false sense of security.
Fahad Imtiaz, Federal Way resident, spoke about the tire shop that burned down in Lakewood and the problems he encountered in getting a building permit in Lakewood. He asked for help with accelerating the permit process.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of February 1, 2010.
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B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of February 8, 2010.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 214, 111847 to 111879, and direct deposit check numbers 38345, 38600 to 38853, in the amount of $1,157,350.61, for the period January 16-31, 2010.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 55124 to 55208, in the amount of $1,302,437.82, for the period ending February 11, 2010.
F. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 21, 2009.
2. Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of November 19, 2009.
3. Lakewood Sister Cities Association meeting minutes of November 19, 2009.
4. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 6 and 13, and February 3, 2010.
MAYOR RICHARDSON NOTED A SCRIVNER?S ERROR ON PAGE 6 OF THE FEBRUARY 1, 2010 MINUTES, SECOND PARAGRAPH, TO REPLACE THE WORDS ?CEASED AND DECEASED? WITH ?CEASE AND DESIST.?
COUNCILMEMBER thomas MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Resolution No. 2010-06 creating a sewer connection loan program for qualifying property owners to construct sewer connections between properties and the Tillicum-Woodbrook sewer extension.
COUNCILMEMBER brandstetter MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2010-06. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR anderson. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Mayor Richardson introduced Motion 2010-08.
Motion 2010-09 amending the term expiration date for members of the Human Services Funding Advisory Board from July 31 to December 31.
COUNCILMEMBER NEary MOVED TO AMEND THE TERM EXPIRATION DATE FOR MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING ADVISORY BOARD FROM JULY 31 TO DECEMBER 31. SECONDED BY councilmember moss. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
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Mayor Richardson reported that the Daffodilian group had earlier requested $4,000 of Lodging Tax funds and that the Council?s funding was contingent upon the Daffodilians holding their promenade in Lakewood. He noted that the Daffodilian group did hold their promenade at the McGavick Center.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz indicated that Pierce County is requesting a letter of support of the North Dock renovation project at Chambers Bay. The Council concurred with sending a letter of support for this project.
City Manager Neiditz reported that staff is working on options and a plan of action to cut spending for 2010.
City Manager Neiditz asked if Councilmembers were interested in having a Lakewood table at the February 20, 2010 Caring for Kids event to notify him.
Proposed modifications to the International Building Codes.
Assistant City Manager Bugher reviewed the modifications to the International Building Codes.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss spoke about the Association of Washington Cities Workshop that she attended.
Councilmember Brandstetter distributed copies of an essay by Eric Burkevics, a student from Axia College, about diversity in Lakewood.
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Councilmember Brandstetter asked Council for their input about a Council discussion on establishing a policy or guidelines about mandatory hookup of sewers in Tillicum. Mayor Richardson suggested that it may be timely for inviting Pierce County to discuss the contingencies relative to sewer hookups in Tillicum.
Councilmember Whalen commented about the Association of Washington Cities Workshop he attended and the session about the role of the Council. He then commented about a run he and Mayor Richardson participated in for a fundraising effort for Officer Kent Mundell.
Mayor Richardson commented on the Lakewood Elks event for the fallen officers on February 20, 2010.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of a public official.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. and reconvened at 9:00p.m. At 9:00 p.m., Mayor Richardson announced that that Executive Session would be extended for an additional 10 minutes. Council reconvened at 9:10 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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