LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL
STUDY SESSION MINUTES
Monday, March 26, 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 7:09 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Members Present: 2 –Phillip Raschke and Linda Smith.
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Members Absent: 4 - Tasha Bishop, Rebecca Huber, Mario Lee, and Morris Northcutt, Sr.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
Joint meeting with the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.
Economic Development Manager Chambers-Grady explained that lodging tax funds can be used for tourism activities and building facilities that would attract tourism.
Parks and Recreation Director Dodsworth spoke about bringing a triathlon to Lakewood using lodging tax funds.
Discussion ensued on the elements of the races; naming the triathlon; and sponsors for the event.
City Manager Neiditz spoke about a Farmers Market event in July and August and a proposal to use lodging tax funds in the amount of $5,000 for staffing costs to kick-off this event.
Discussion ensued on the status of the Today in America promotional video; when and where the Farmers Market will be held (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 – 3:00 at City Hall); and other uses for lodging tax funds.
Shoreline Master Plan Update.
Senior Planner Marc Amrine provided a summary of the Plan development process and schedule for completion of a Shoreline Master Plan.
Council questioned, based on community input, where does the City sit in association with private interests; what are the key points of the Planning Advisory Board in forming their recommendations (setbacks were reduced by 10 feet, and flexibility of staff to conduct shoreline reviews); what areas will be the public’s concerns (docks, non-conforming uses); are there issues with remodeling; providing a summary of changes to show what are more restrictive and what are less restrictive; what is the gain for putting Waughop Lake into conservancy; the proposed language in the plan exhibits is somewhat unusable to the general public who isn’t a professional planner; what are the mandatory timelines to complete the Plan; what is the difference between the policy and regulations statements; the Plan has not addressed potential annexations; how does the progress for completion on Lakewood’s Shoreline Plan compare to other urban jurisdictions; Council’s consensus to not make Waughop Lake into conservancy; and it was the desire of Council to meet with staff individually to review the draft regulations for better clarity and understanding.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that with regard to the Camp Murray Gate appeal, staff is planning to formally issue a report the week of April 2, 2012.
He then provided an overview of the LOCCRS system and that staff is analyzing its usefulness and will likely continue to use the system.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) approached the City and expressed an interest in conducting a community clean-up in May. He indicated that staff will be meeting with KLB about the proposed event.
City Manager Neiditz indicated that at next week’s April 2, 2012 Council meeting, a resolution will be brought forward for Council’s consideration to pledge 2013-2014 matching funds for street improvements on portions of Bridgeport Way SW and South Tacoma Way SW.
ITEMS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE April 2, 2012 REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING:
Pledging a funding match for the Transportation Improvement Board grants to construct curbs, gutters and sidewalks on Bridgeport Way from 83rd Street SW to 75th Street West and on South Tacoma Way SW between State Route 512 and Interstate 5.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Brandstetter asked if the Council was interested in moving forward with forming a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) on the April 2, 2012 Council’s agenda. City Manager Neiditz explained that a Legislative proposal to authorize a Councilmember authority to impose up to a $40 TBD car license tab fee has yet to be determined by the Legislature, which Council may wish to consider.
Mayor Richardson reminded Council to submit their Public Commission filings by April 16, 2012.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 40 minutes to discuss the performance of a public official.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 9:25 p.m. and reconvened at 10:05 p.m.
At 10:05 p.m., Mayor Richardson announced that Executive Session would be extended an additional 30 minutes.
Council reconvened at 10:35 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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