LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL
STUDY SESSION MINUTES
Monday, July 12, 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 7:04 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board Members Present: - Michael Lacadie, Chair; Martha Larkin, Robert Pourpasand, Sisay Telahun and Edith Owen Wallace.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
Joint meeting with the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board. (CDBG/CAB)
CDBG/CAB Chair Michael Lacadie reviewed the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board’s work plan for Fiscal Year 2011.
Discussion ensued on providing the CDBG/CAB with any Council changes in priorities as early in the process as possible.
Further discussion ensued on the business loan program and what the demand for such loans are; and providing the Council with any new or quantitative comments the Board receives at the CDBG public hearing on CDBG needs.
Speaking before the Council was:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about being cost-effective in developing an economic loan program.
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BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Economic Development Priority Project Update: Tillicum/ Woodbrook/ Pacific Highway-Ponders
City Manager Neiditz asked that the Council engage in a strategic discussion about the Tillicum, Woodbrook and Pacific Highway-Ponders priorities to set the stage for implementation.
Assistant City Manager Bugher provided an overview of the Tillicum Neighborhood Plan. He then reviewed three proposals for Union Avenue improvements by the Planning Advisory Board, Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee and Redevelopment Advisory Board.
Discussion ensued on a proposal for a non-motorized transportation plan considering the Sound Transit’s right-of-way along Union Avenue; and what the market interests are at this point for Tillicum properties. Staff noted that the market interest is for properties along the waterfront and that staff is projecting that the Tillicum sewers should become operational in early 2011.
Further discussion ensued on meeting the minimum flow requirements and considering mandatory hook-ups. Staff indicated that the sewer loan program is being marketed with a September 30, 2010 deadline in order to determine the level of interest and provide a gauge in meeting the minimum flow requirements and whether mandatory sewer hook-ups will be needed.
Assistant City Manager Bugher then reviewed the Woodbrook sanitary sewer extensions and potential relocation of the Woodbrook Middle School to the military base. It was asked if the type of users of the sewer system should be categorized (for example commercial, single-family, multi-family, etc.) and require some type of users to hookup, exempt some, and whether such a determination would affect the Environmental Assessment. A question was raised on what is the “best bang for the buck” in putting funds into the development of an industrial park in Woodbrook or putting funds into commercial and residential uses in Tillicum.
Discussion ensued on the status of the Port of Tacoma’s interest in the industrial park and conducting an economic development modeling to project the anticipated returns assuming economic development takes place and what would that do to the tax base, creation of new jobs and revenues that would be generated. Also, if the Woodbrook Middle School was not in Woodbrook, is there an option to develop access to Woodbrook on 146th Street.
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Pacific Highway/Ponders Area
Staff presented an aerial map depicting right-of-way lines along Pacific Highway from Bridgeport Way to the Ponders area.
Discussion ensued on splitting the right-of-way vacation development value along Pacific Highway totaling $2.3 million to be used 50 percent as the developer’s incentive and 50 percent for the City, similar to what was done with the Lakewood Ford development.
City Manager Neiditz noted that there has been good interest in the redevelopment of Pacific Highway/Ponders. He explained that staff’s challenge is how to deal with the right-of-way in order to recruit quality development.
Discussion ensued on whether the Woodbrook infrastructure improvements were included in the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program.
City Manager Neiditz noted that the Pierce County Flood Control District presentation is scheduled for the July 19, 2010 Council meeting. He announced that the Police Department commissioning ceremony will be held on July 15, 2010 and that the Shoreline Management workshop is scheduled for July 20, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
City Manager Neiditz spoke about the first drowning in American Lake Park occurred over the weekend.
ITEMS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE JULY 19, 2010 REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING:
- Pierce County Flood Control District Presentation.
- Setting Monday, August 2, 2010, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council to abate dangerous buildings and a public nuisance at 12623 Bridgeport Way SW (SLI Associates, LLC – Fir Acres Mobile Home Park).
- Adopting the Six-Year (2011-2016) Transportation Improvement Program. – (Resolution – Regular Agenda)
- Authorizing a special assessment and lien against the property at 15116 Portland Avenue SW for the abatement of public nuisances and dangerous buildings. (Michael Gunter). – (Resolution – Regular Agenda)
- Awarding a bid relative to the Woodbrook sewer extension project (e3116) and the Woodbrook storm drainage and roadway project (e4116). – (Motion – Regular Agenda)
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CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Neary commented on the Coffee with the Mayor session he attended.
Councilmember Brandstetter indicated that he will not be attending the July 19, 2010 Council meeting.
Councilmember Whalen announced that he will be attending the Puget Sound Regional Council meeting on July 15, 2010.
Councilmember reminded the Council of the COPS program on Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on a non-motorized tour he took at American Lake Park and the tunnel at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
Mayor Richardson commented on Clover Park School District Board Director Jacob’s efforts to post school reader boards at schools conducting summer school that traffic speeds in school zones were in force.
Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into a closed session to discuss employee relations pursuant to R.C.W. 42.30.140(4).
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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