LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 17, 2011
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:06 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 approximately 230 notices were sent to property owners about the availability of sewer connections in Tillicum.
City Manager Neiditz reported that the Nisqually Corrections Center jail services contract that was scheduled for tonight’s Council meeting is being reviewed and will be rescheduled for another Council meeting.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation declaring the month of October 2011 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Councilmember Neary presented a proclamation recognizing October 2011 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Ms. Karin White-Tautfest, Deputy Director, YWCA.
Proclamation declaring October 22, 2011 as Make a Difference Day.
Councilmember Whalen presented a proclamation recognizing October 22, 2011 as Make a Difference Day to Youth Council, Olivia Whalen.
Proclamation recognizing Lakewood as one of 100 Best Cities in the United States of America for Young People.
Mayor Richardson presented a proclamation recognizing Lakewood as one of 100 Best Cities in the United States of America for Young People to Ms. Debbie LeBeau, Superintendent, Clover Park School District and Mr. Jordan LaPier of America’s Promise.
Presentation of Lakewood Police Chief’s Citizen Commendation Award.
Mayor Richardson and Police Chief Farrar presented the Police Chief’s Citizen Commendation award to Mr. Shawn Klarich for his heroic efforts in assisting a Lakewood Police Officer apprehend a violent offender.
Presentation of Pierce County’s Winter Air Pollution Problem.
Mr. Craig Kenworthy, Executive Director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency reviewed winter air pollution problems in Pierce County. He spoke about the harm of fine particles and its health effects and solutions that the Task Force is working on to minimize air pollution.
Presentation of City of Lakewood’s website overview.
Mr. Mike Savage and Mr. Lane DeLarme provided an overview of the City of Lakewood’s proposed new website.
Discussion ensued on news updates of the City; having a form-filled application for citizens advisory boards and committees; if Police tweets were kept up-to-date; subscribing to Council agendas and minutes and city newsletters; how citizens can sign-up to receive Lakewood alerts; is there adequate staffing to keep the website updated; including success stories for Lakewood businesses; how many hits have the Lakewood video tour book receive; linking to the Lakewood Chamber’s Community events calendar; and using the space where the Lakewood video tour is positioned to provide for more visibility to advertise current events.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about advertising and actions are not the same thing. He then spoke about taxes.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Strategic Workshop meeting minutes of October 1, 2011.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of October 3, 2011.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of October 10, 2011.
D. Approval of payroll check numbers 112593 to 112599, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,320,201.44, for the period September 16-30, 2011.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 63192 to 63283, in the amount of $547,976.21, for the period ending September 29, 2011.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 200241, 200242, 63284 to 63416 , in the amount of $350,651.15 for the period ending October 6, 2011.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 14, 2011.
- Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board and Human Services Funding Advisory Board Public Hearing meeting minutes of September 8, 2011.
- Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of July 12, 2011.
- Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of June 28, 2011.
- Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of September 12, 2011.
- Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 13, 2011.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER NEARY. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2011-39 reappointing Rebecca Huber and Linda Smith to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2014.
DEPUTY MAYOR anderson MOVED TO reappoint Rebecca Huber and Linda Smith to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2014. SECONDED BY
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2011-40 appointing Douglas Babbit to the Planning Advisory Board through February 11, 2015.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO appoint Douglas Babbit to serve on the PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH FEBRUARY 11, 2015. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz indicated the Council was provided the Human Services Funding Advisory Board recommendations for 2012 funding. He asked for Council comments on the rating process that was used. Deputy Mayor Anderson expressed concern about the ratings/points structure on process instead of performance and accountability. Councilmember Brandstetter asked that the Board consider points for an agency achieving 200% of its goals in consideration of an agency reaching 100% of its goals.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Whalen commented on the Youth Council’s program and enhancing opportunities for the Youth Council to attend a citizens’ advisory board meeting or a neighborhood association meeting. He then asked if there are plans to hold a volunteer recognition event. He thanked staff for creating the City’s new website. He encouraged that the web provide for subscriptions of the City newsletters and other documents.
Councilmember Moss expressed appreciation for the 100 Best Communities for Youth recognition. Councilmember Moss indicated that in her conversation with Port of Tacoma Commissioner Connie Bacon, she indicated that there are several area Lakewood businesses that are using the Port of Tacoma for their success.
Councilmember Moss commented on an award program she attended for two-year colleges.
Councilmember Neary commented about the City’s new website and pushing messages out to citizens. Councilmember Neary commented on the Spokane City Council meetings and how Councilmembers use PowerPoint for presenting Councilmember comments and reports.
Councilmember Thomas reported on the Human Services Collaboration meeting where community needs were discussed.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Pierce County’s winter air pollution boundaries. In regard to sewer availability fees, he asked about pockets of Lakewood properties in sewered areas that had yet to connect.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss performance of a public official.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:10 p.m. and reconvened at 9:30 p.m.
At 9:30 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced Executive Session would be extended an additional 20 minutes.
Council reconvened at 9:50 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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