LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL
STUDY SESSION MINUTES
Monday, April 26, 2010
City of Lakewood Police Station
9401 Lakewood Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:16 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
Planning Advisory Board Members Present: - Jeff Brown, Chair; Donne Daniels, Vice-Chair; Connie Coleman-Lacadie, Stephen Mazoff and Darrel Shiley.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
Joint meeting with the Planning Advisory Board.
Planning Advisory Board (PAB) Chair Jeff Brown introduced himself and members of the PAB present. He then reviewed the PAB’s significant accomplishments in 2009 and reviewed their 2010 Work Plan.
Discussion ensued on the review and development of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan amendments; sign code amendments; cottage housing ordinance; and the Shoreline Master Plan update.
Further discussion ensued on the sign code amendment process and involvement with the Redevelopment Advisory Board and outreach to business owners; providing for ample notification about the public hearing on the amendments; whether height restrictions in commercial areas will be reviewed in the Comprehensive Plan as it relates to density in Tillicum and in the Pacific Highway redevelopment; and what the ramifications would be for not completing the South Tacoma Way land use study.
It was the consensus of the Council to meet with the Planning Advisory Board and the Redevelopment Advisory Board to discuss strategic initiatives in developing the vision of the City, including economic development.
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City Council Study Session Minutes -2- April 26, 2010
Speaking before the Council was:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about marketability of the Comprehensive Plan and failures of bike plans.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that with regard to the Gravelly Lake Drive closure, Northwest Cascade informed the City that the closure is being delayed to April 29, 2010.
City Manager Neiditz announced that approximately 300 volunteers participated at four sites during Parks Appreciation Day.
Biennial budget process.
City Manager Neiditz reviewed staff’s recommendation to develop a biennial budget process. He called on Assistant City Manager Halladay who then reviewed the process for developing biennial budgets.
Discussion ensued on the number of full time employees needed for developing a biennial budget; will biennial human services funding be addressed in the biennial budget ordinance; how will financial audits be conducted (annually, as is); and how will the biennial cycle mesh with the Council election cycle.
Update on Ft. Steilacoom Park.
City Manager Neiditz reviewed the proposal for constructing Ft. Steilacoom Park restrooms.
Parks and Recreation Director Dodsworth reviewed the proposed cost and time schedule for the project.
Discussion ensued on the funding sources for the project.
Mr. Charlie Maxwell, Partners for Park, announced that the Board has committed $96,000 to this project.
Further discussion ensued on the use of lodging tax funds to fund some of the improvements at Ft. Steilacoom Park; what is the status of the Pierce County lease with the State for Ft. Steilacoom Park; and, if this project is accelerated, could the City potentially lose potential grant funds.
City Manager Neiditz informed the Council that Pierce County is discussing a potential reduction in their budget to fund Ft. Steilacoom Park.
City Manager Neiditz asked for Council’s input on proceeding with a Request for Proposal to develop a Ft. Steilacoom Park plan, including the golf course.
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It was the consensus of the Council to proceed with the Ft. Steilacoom Park Plan study including the growth of the park and a full continuum on the use of the park; potentially providing a Farmer’s Market; opening up the historic buildings; and including the Pierce College performance arts center in the plan in relation to Ft. Steilacoom Park by crafting a plan to compliment each other.
ITEMS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 3, 2010 REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING:
- Proclamation declaring the week of May 2 – 8, 2010 as Teacher Appreciation Week. – Mr. Sam Fitzgerald, President, Clover Park Education Association
- Pierce County Library 2030 Master Plan – Ms. Neel Parikh, Executive Director, Pierce County Library System
- Creating a biennial budget process. – (Ordinance – Regular Agenda)
- Approving a Public Works Trust Fund loan for approximately $1,000,000 to provide funding for side sewer loans in Tillicum and Woodbrook. – (Resolution – Regular Agenda)
- Adopting the Five Year FY 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan, FY 2010 Annual Action Plan and FY 2007 and FY 2008 Consolidated Plan amendments and proposed use of funds for CDBG and HOME. – (Resolution – Regular Agenda)
- Approving the abatement of dangerous buildings and a public nuisance at 15013 Union Avenue SW. (Richard Hilton) - (Resolution – Regular Agenda)
- Approving the abatement of dangerous buildings and a public nuisance at 12706 Pacific Highway SW. (Hyun Park) – (Resolution – Regular Agenda)
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary commented on the Lakeview Neighborhood Association meeting he attended and asked that the Council be notified when a Community Safety and Resource Team (CSRT) member is not able to attend the meeting.
Councilmember Thomas commented on the Northeast Neighborhood Association meeting she attended. She commented about the rumors she has heard in the community that the City has raised taxes and requested that something be placed on the City’s website to educate our citizens that the City has not raised taxes.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the positive The News Tribune article about the building permit training at My Service Mind and complimented the Community Development staff.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the meetings he has held with the leadership of the Pacific Neighborhood Association and their interest in housing.
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Councilmember Brandstetter expressed concern about moving forward with the abatement lien for 12706 Pacific Highway when the property owner has made a good faith effort with a partial payment and notice to pay the abatement. He suggested that the lien be held off.
Councilmember Moss commented that she presented several proclamations on the Vietnam Veterans Month to members of the Military Affairs Committee.
Councilmember Moss indicated that she participated at the Wards Lake Park Parks Appreciation Day event.
Councilmember Whalen also commented on participating at Wards Lake Park for Parks Appreciation Day.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on a legal seminar he attended and a session he attended on stimulus funding.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the suggestion of renaming South Tacoma Way to Pacific Highway, and suggested the name “American Way” as a representation of uniting the Korean immigration population anchored at one end of South Tacoma Way with the military base population at the other end.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 40 minutes to discuss pending litigation.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:10 p.m. and reconvened at 9:50 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced that Executive Session will be extended for an additional ten minutes. At 10:00 p.m., Mayor Richardson announced that Executive Session will be extended for an additional ten minutes. The Council reconvened at 10:10 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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