LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 5, 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 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 6 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, and Claudia Thomas.
Councilmembers Absent: 1 – Councilmember Walter Neary.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
Mayor Richardson deviated from the agenda to consider the Youth Council report at this time.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on the stuff the bus event with Caring for Kids; the Tree Lighting Ceremony and upcoming events of the Martin Luther King Day celebration and Parks Appreciation. School reports were then provided.
Clover Park School District Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board President Kelcy commented on the upcoming School levy and asked for the Council’s support and endorsement. Director Jacobs and President Kelcy presented Councilmember Thomas with a Clover Park School District merit coin for her contributions to the District, students and families.
Proclamation extending appreciation to Claudia Thomas for her dedicated service to the Lakewood City Council and citizens of Lakewood.
Mayor Richardson presented a proclamation recognizing Claudia Thomas for her dedicated service to the Lakewood City Council and citizens of Lakewood.
Videos were shown in recognition of Councilmember Thomas.
A musical presentation was presented to Councilmember Thomas from the Bill Harrison Preparatory School.
Former Mayor Bill Harrison presented Councilmember Thomas with a card of appreciation.
Becky Huber, Lakewood resident, expressed her appreciation for Councilmember Thomas and her support to the community.
Joni Earl, Sound Transit, expressed appreciation for Councilmember Thomas’ service on the Sound Transit Board.
Lynne Griffith, Pierce Transit, thanked Councilmember Thomas for her service to Pierce Transit and bring a champion of education and transportation.
Pastor of Allen Episcopal Church, thanked Councilmember Thomas for her work.
Andie Gernon, Lakewood resident, spoke about Councilmember Thomas’ work in building the human services collaboration. She then read an excerpt from a book about collaboration on the battlefield.
Helen McGovern, Lakewood resident, spoke about working with Councilmember Thomas on the City Council and the early years of cityhood.
Kris Kaufmann, Lakewood resident, spoke about Councilmember Thomas’ campaign and her positive approach to issues.
Jim Taylor, Lakewood resident, expressed his appreciation to Councilmember Thomas for supporting the citizens of Lakewood.
City Manager Andrew Neiditz, Lakewood resident, acknowledged Councilmember Thomas on behalf of City employees and thanked her for her support and caring of all City employees.
Councilmember Jason Whalen, Lakewood resident, commented on Councilmember Thomas’ dedication to youth, and bring a leader selfless giver, motivator, listener, an inspirational woman and our “Mom.”
Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, Lakewood resident, spoke about the envy of Lakewood and the influence and legacy that Councilmember Thomas has set in this regard.
Councilmember Mary Moss, Lakewood resident, thanked Councilmember Thomas for her support, being a mentor, and for her leadership in supporting our youth.
Deputy Mayor Don Anderson, Lakewood resident, spoke about a statute of the Pioneer Mother that represented Councilmember Thomas and thanked her for all she has done.
JoEthel Smith, Lakewood resident, spoke about her personal friendship and her friendship to the City and the community.
Desiree Winkler and her son Jesse, Lakewood resident, thanked Councilmember Thomas for her support of City staff.
Mayor Richardson presented a commemorative coin to Councilmember Thomas for her contribution and outstanding performance.
Speaking before the Council was:
James Taylor, Lakewood resident, announced that Habitat of Humanity will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony in Tillicum on December 6, 2011.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the Joint City Council and Legislators special meeting of November 18, 2011.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of November 21, 2011.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of November 28, 2011.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900246 to 900248 and 63919 to 64053, in the amount of $1,131,251.15, for the period ending, November 17, 2011.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 64054 to 64124, in the amount of $187,081.34, for the period ending November 23, 2011.
F. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of
- November 1, 2011.
- Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 26, 2011
- Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 27, 2011.
- Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of October 5, 2011.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS NOTED A SCRIVENER’S CORRECTION to BE MADE TO PAGE 6 OF THE NOVEMBER 21, 2011 MINUTES TO READ that she ATTENDED THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCE FACILITY TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR OPENING ON JUNE 13TH AT CLOVER PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2011-49 appointing James Taylor to the Planning Advisory Board through February 11, 2013.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO APPOINT JAMES TAYLOR TO THE PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH FEBRUARY 11, 2013. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2011-50 appointing Joan Cooley, Steve Dunkleberger, and Walter Neary to the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board starting January 1, 2012.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO APPOINT JOAN COOLEY, STEVE DUNKLEBERGER, AND WALTER NEARY TO THE LANDMARKS AND HERITAGE ADVISORY BOARD STARTING JANUARY 1, 2012. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2011-51 reappointing Mary Bohn, Susan Hart and Paula Renz to the Human Services Funding Advisory Board through December 31, 2014.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO REAPPOINT MARY BOHN, SUSAN HART AND PAULA RENZ TO THE HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2014. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER moss. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2011-13 appointing an elected official to represent the City of Lakewood at the Pierce Transit Public Transportation Improvement Conference and meetings to consider the need and desirability of adjusting the boundary of Pierce Transit.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2011-13 NOMINATING INCOMING COUNCILMEMEBER PAUL BOCCHI. SECONDED BY MAYOR RICHARDSON.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AMEND THE MOTION TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2011-13 AND NOMINATE COUNCILMEMBER CLAUDIA THOMAS. SECONDED BY MAYOR RICHARDSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION AND CARRIED. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED ON THE AMENDED RESOLUTION NO. 2011-23 UNANIMOUSLY.
MAYOR RICHARDSON ASKED THAT A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 2011-13 TO BE PLACED ON THE JANUARY 3, 2012 COUNCIL AGENDA TO NOMINATE ANOTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL TO REPLACE COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS BECAUSE HER TERM ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2011.
Ordinance No. 542 approving the 2011 budget amendments.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 542. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Ordinance No. 543 amending Sections 10.16.010 and 10.16.015 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to vehicles parking in public rights-of-way.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 543. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2011-52 authorizing the execution of a collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters for 2011-2012.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WITH THE TEAMSTERS FOR 2011-2012. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2011-53 authorizing the City Manager to execute a grant agreement with the Transportation Improvement Board, in the amount of
750,000, for improvements at Murray Road between 146th and 150th Street and 150th Street between Murray Road and Spring Street.
COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A GRAND AGREEMENT WITH THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT BOARD, IN THE AMOUNT OF $750,000, FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT MURRAY ROAD BETWEEN 146TH AND 150TH STREET BETWEEN MURRAY ROAD AND SPRING STREET. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER whalen. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz informed the Council that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s review of the City’s Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report was satisfactory.
City Manager announced that the December 12, 2011 Council meeting is a joint meeting with DuPont and Steilacoom City Councils at the City of DuPont.
He then reported that he provided the Council with the link to the Today In America video production. He asked if there was consensus of the Council to bring the Lakewood video proposal before the Council for consideration and action.
City Manager Neiditz requested a 10 minute Executive Session to discuss pending litigation.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss noted that she will miss Councilmember Thomas.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented that at the last Lakewood United meeting a discussion took place on recycling durable medical items that can be made available for reducing medical costs, and if there was a vehicle available for such recycling.
Councilmember Whalen thanked Councilmember Thomas for a job well done. He commented on the Arts Commission discussion about a rush for invoicing to purchase banners and asked if any of the unspent $5,000 2011 funding allocation for the Arts Commission can be rolled over into the 2012 allocation. He then commented on a public art presentation that was well received. He suggested that a funding mechanism for public donations be put into place.
Deputy Mayor Anderson thanked Councilmember Thomas for all that she has taught him. He then commented on the City of Tacoma’s budget crisis and compared Tacoma and Lakewood’s staffing.
Councilmember Whalen indicated that he will not be attending the December 12, 2011 Council meeting.
Mayor Richardson commented on the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 2, 2011 and thanked the Parks and Recreation Department.
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Mayor 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 10:10 p.m. and reconvened at 10:20 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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