LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
August 22, 2011
City of Lakewood
Lakewood Police Station
9401 Lakewood Drive SW
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Lakewood City Council
Councilmembers Present: 7 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Walter Neary and Claudia Thomas.
Steilacoom City Council
Councilmembers Present: 4 – Mayor Ron Lucas, Councilmembers Lowel Bier, Steve Stovall, Robert “Milt” Davidson.
Councilmembers Excused: 2 – Councilmembers Bruce Judson and Marion Smith.
Dupont City Council
Councilmembers Present: 8 – Mayor Tamara Jenkins, Councilmembers Roger Westman, Michael Grayum, John Ehrenreich, Penny Coffey, Kathleen Trotter, John Hills and Larry Wilcox.
Pierce County Council
Councilmember Present: 1 – Councilmember Dick Muri.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
Flood Control Zone District policy options
Mr. Brian Ziegler, Pierce County Public Works Director, spoke about the restart of the Flood Control Zone District. He indicated that the purpose of his presentation was to begin discussions collectively about Food Control.
Mr. Harold Smelt, Surface Water Management Manager, explained the purpose of a flood control plan and the economic impacts and flood losses should a significant flood occur.
He then reviewed the number of individuals (approximately 24.9 percent of Pierce County’s population) travel north for employment.
Discussion ensued on when was there a significant flood for the County to take a more regional approach; what projects in the United States have the federal government funded a project at 65 percent.
Mr. Ziegler reviewed the purpose of forming a Flood Control District and its benefits.
He explained that the Flood Control Zoning District created in 2010 was dissolved by the Pierce County Council and the County is in the process of completing a SEPA review for a flood control district encompassing the entire Pierce County. The County is conducting public outreach and involvement. He then reviewed what public input and concerns were received. He indicated that the County Council, acting as the Flood Control Zoning Board, is proposing to appoint up to 15 representatives from affected jurisdictions and stakeholders to provide advice and technical assistance to the Board. He explained that funding for the District may be an assessment not to exceed ten cents per thousand dollar of assessed property value which would generate approximately $8.5 million annually based on a countywide assessment.
Discussion ensued on a per parcel fee structure versus an assessment per thousand of assessed value; can the fee structure be different by sub zones (there are four watershed sub zones Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula, Puyallup, Nisqually, and Clover Chambers) – all of which are experiencing flood and flood damage and would be eligible for flood control district funding; is there a limitation on the amount of property tax increase that can be assessed for property taxes; what are the flood risks along the Nisqually; what plans are being made to not build and develop in areas of significant risks; is Pierce County competing with federal funding from other mid-west states that have regular floods such as the Mississippi River floodings; what collaboration has the County engaged in with the Clover Creek Council; is there a list of projects that have been vetted as priorities in the Flood Plan; is work being done toward ensuring development consistencies with cities that are within flood plains; and what are cities in direct flooding impacts doing to control flooding. Further discussion ensued on the proportionality of funding potential risks; can taxes be imposed to citizens at the same rate when service is not provided at the same level as others; concerns about imposing per parcel assessment; judge projects on its merits and not on its payoffs; and recommending that the three cities provide Councilmember Muri with input on the County’s draft ordinance for forming the Flood Control Zoning District.
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Mayor Douglas Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 10 minutes to discuss pending litigation.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:20 p.m. and reconvened at 9:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced that executive session will be extended an additional 35 minutes. Council reconvened at 10:05 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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