LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, February 6, 2012
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: 7 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the winter storm and stated that the cost of materials, labor and equipment amounted to approximately $81,000. In comparison to the last major storm event in 2008, at that time under contract with the County, the cost was $104,000 for the clean-up only. He noted that information on the storm debris clean up and where storm debris can be taken is posted on the City’s website.
He reminded the Council that the Pierce County Regional Council General Assembly will be in Fife on February 9, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
He then announced that the Economic Development Board Annual meeting is scheduled for March 2, 2012.
He reported that the Marriott Corporation will be announcing that two hotels will start up construction on Pacific Highway this year.
Councilmember Brandstetter asked if the website provides information about dangerous trees describing what the responsibilities are of the property owner and the City.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report
The Youth Council spoke about their activities at the Martin Luther King celebration. The Youth Council will participate in the Relay for Life event on June 1 and 2, 2012, and Parks Appreciation Day on April 21, 2012. A school report was provided on activities at Clover Park High School, Bellarmine Preparatory, Lakes High School and Harrison Preparatory.
Clover Park School District Report
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Vice President Marty Schafer introduced CPSD Director Pape Salamanca. He reported that the CPSD has $5.6 million less in the budget this year due to budget cuts. He indicated that the Harrison Preparatory and Oakwood Southgate project is moving along to have a combined elementary school, 6-12 grades with Harrison Preparatory and collaboration with Clover Park Technical College. He then spoke about the Harrison Preparatory international baccalaureate program supported by the Lakewood Rotary. He announced that the Southgate Elementary and Harrison Preparatory received the Washington State Achievement Award. Four schools are participating with Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students). Lastly, he asked the Council and citizens to vote on February 14, 2012. A CPSD replacement levy is on the February 14, 2012 ballot.
City Manager Neiditz introduced a new program to recognize Lakewood businesses. He explained that a story of a Lakewood business is being posted on the City’s website monthly. Mayor Richardson presented Business Showcase plaques to Mr. Joe Nealon, President, Pacific Western Lumber; Mr. and Mrs. Perry Preston, Owners, Stina’s Cellars; and Mr. Justin Coffey, President, Tactical Tailor.
Tacoma Smelter Plume Update
Ms. Elizabeth Weldin, Technical Assistance Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecology, introduced Ms. Amy Hargrove from the Department of Ecology and Mr. John Sherman, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
Ms. Weldin provided information on the Tacoma Smelter Plume and what the Department of Ecology has done. She explained that arsenic contamination estimates show 40.1 ppm to 100.0 ppm (moderate levels) for Lakewood and recommended that soils be tested to examine the levels of lead contamination. She explained that arsenic and lead are associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancers; and lead causes developmental delays and behavioral problems. She spoke about outreach and education and encouraging the public to take “healthy actions.” Free home soil testing is being offered in partnership with the Health Department. She indicated that sampling and clean-ups were completed in all Lakewood schools, licensed child cares, and some parks. The Department of Ecology is working to encourage voluntary cleanups.
Councilmember Whalen asked to describe what has been the experience with a homeowner’s cost for cleanup and its process. Councilmember Brandstetter asked based on Lakewood’s lead levels, is Ecology asking Lakewood to require sampling and removal. She explained that Lakewood’s level is at a moderate level, and that Ecology is encouraging local jurisdictions to advise and encourage soil sampling and remediation. Councilmember Moss suggested using the City’s website to get the word out and getting information to Lakewood schools. Deputy Mayor Anderson asked if there has been health studies to determine actual causal relationships resulting in negative health effects versus using computer modeling projections. Mayor Richardson asked if the Woodbrook area has been tested. Ms. Weldin indicated that the Woodbrook area was tested and found to have moderate levels.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the Ecology Department wanting to expand their bureaucracy.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of January 17, 2012.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of January 23, 2012.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 112638 to 112645, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $901,770.07, for the period January 1– 15, 2012.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 110246, 110247 and 64707 through 64754, in the amount of $892,902.55, for the period ending January 11, 2012.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 64755 through 64756, in the amount of $727.34, for the period ending January 11, 2012.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 64757 to 64901, in the amount of $252,572.68, for the period ending January 12, 2012.
G. Approval of claim voucher numbers 64902 to 64964, in the amount of $648,331.23, for the period ending January 19, 2012.
H. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900251, 64965 to 64985, in the amount of $14,450.79, for the period ending January 19, 2012.
I. Approval of claim voucher numbers 120006, 8777767 and 64986 to 65036, in the amount of $151,579.15, for the period ending January 26, 2012.
J. Approval of claim voucher numbers 65037 to 65054, in the amount of $6,820.86, for the period ending January 26, 2012.
K. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of December 5, 2011.
- Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board Committee meeting minutes of January 4 and 11, 2012.
- Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of November 15, 2011.
- Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 25, 2011.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Councilmember Whalen asked what the $462,806 voucher expense for WCIA consisted of. Assistant City Manager Halladay indicated that the expense was for insurance premiums. With regard to Voucher # 64963 in the amount of $255,487 for West Pierce Fire and Rescue for the 2011 Fire Marshall contract, Councilmember Brandstetter asked why was it paid after the year in which the service was provided. Assistant City Manager Halladay indicated he would need to check the voucher and provide an explanation.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS
This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on the Fiscal Year 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan Amendment for Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investment Partnership Act Programs.
Speaking before the Council was:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, suggested building infrastructure. He indicated that bureaucrats should not be loaning money.
There being no further testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed vacation of 114th Street SW right-of-way.
Speaking before the Council were:
There being no testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
Motion No. 2012-10 reappointing Bruce Bodine and Jim Charboneau to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board through February 18, 2015.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO CONFIRM THE REAPPOINTMENT OF BRUCE BODINE AND JIM CHARBONEAU TO SERVE ON THE REDEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARKD THROUGH FEBRUARY 18, 2015. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Ordinance No. 544 vacating 114th Street SW right-of-way for future development.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 544. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2012-07 approving the Fiscal Year 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan Amendment for Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investment Partnership Act Programs.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-07. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz provided a legislative update. He indicated that the Flood Control District legislation has been introduced by Lakewood’s lobbying consultant that would allow for subzoning. In regards to the House Bill to eliminate e-verify, the City has registered in opposition of the Bill; and with regard to transportation, there is a joint proposal that Pierce and Thurston counties are working on relative to the Interchange Justification Report for five interchanges.
As the legislative session moves forward, State shared revenues remains a concern for cities. He noted that there is a 3% differential budget adjustment that the City is working to reconcile. As a result of this budget challenge, 2012 cost-of-living adjustments for the senior management team is eliminated and the non-management non-represented employees 2012 cost-of-living adjustment was reduced in half to 1%. He distributed a summary sheet of recommended areas in the General Fund for reduction in the first round and noted that a second round may be necessary depending on State revenues. He indicated that reductions are proposed for contractual services, fund transfers, operations, and personnel of 7.5 FTEs (3.5 vacant positions and 4 currently filled positions). He noted that there are no police personnel reductions.
Discussion ensued on what revenue impact the sewer franchise fee has had on the budget ($450,000); if contractual options were studied as potential cost saving measures versus providing services in-house; what portion of the 2012 proposed reductions would take effect (all reductions are annualized except for personnel reductions); review of building permit fee discrepancies; and if the estimated revenues for the two new hotels were accounted for in the budget adjustments amount.
City Manager Neiditz then requested an Executive Session on the performance of public officials.
Mayor Richardson introduced Resolution No. 2012-08.
Resolution No. 2012-08 opposing House Bill 2568 relative to e-verify.
MAYOR RICHARDSON MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-08. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Whalen asked if the Ad Hoc Committee on the Transportation Benefit District received input from staff on projects given potential grant funding. He noted that he will be attending the Transportation Board meeting of the Pierce County Regional Council on February 8, 2012. He indicated he would be attending the Asian Pacific Cultural event on February 11, 2012 in celebration of the annual cultural exposition. He then read a thank you card from the homeowner’s association relative to the rock wall at 112th and Gravelly Lake Drive. He announced that he was appointed to attend the American Leadership forum class starting in June, 2012. He commented on the former Safeway retail outlet that has had a change of ownership by way of public non judicial trustee’s sale and that the note went back to the lender. He announced that he is a new member of the American Leadership Forum class starting in June 2012.
Councilmember Barth commented on the Chili cook-off contest and the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association meeting she attend. She also commented on the AWC conference.
Councilmember Brandstetter indicated that it is his intention to attend the Asian Pacific Cultural event. He asked if a Council photo was provided to the Asian Pacific.
Councilmember Moss commented on the AWC conference and the sessions she attended. She also noted that she was appointed to the Sound Transit Board and other Committees that she will be serving on. She then commented on the Planning Advisory Board meeting discussions.
Councilmember Bocchi indicated that he will be attending the Lake City Neighborhood Association meeting on February 9, 2012 following the Ad Hoc Committee on Transportation Funding.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Tillicum Neighborhood Association meeting he attended. He indicated that he will be attending the Pierce Transit Board orientation meeting this week which includes driving a bus.
Mayor Richardson asked Councilmembers to provide their meeting schedules to the Executive Assistant to ensure that the Council is represented at meetings where Council representation is needed.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 20 minutes to discuss performance by a public official.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 10:00 p.m. and reconvened at 10:20 p.m.
At 10:20 p.m., Mayor Richardson announced that Executive Session will be extended an additional 5 minutes.
The Council reconvened at 10:25 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:25 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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