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2012 08 06 Council Minutes

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LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

Monday, August 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 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Councilmembers Present:  6 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, and Paul Bocchi.

Councilmember Excused:  1 – Councilmember Marie Barth.

FLAG SALUTE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz presented a video of an award that the City of Lakewood received from the Association of Washington Cities for the City’s CSRT program.

City Manager Neiditz announced that at the Association of Defense communities conference the Secretary of Defense announced the award of a $5.7 million grant to the City of Lakewood for the freedom bridge interchange.

PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Recognizing the athletic achievements of the Commencement Bay Rowing Club and YMCA Gymnastics Teams.

Mayor Richardson and Councilmember Whalen presented the youth athletes from the Commencement Bay Rowing Club and the YMCA gymnastics teams with City coins for their national athletic achievements. 

Proclamation declaring August 11, 2012 as National Chicago Style Steppers Day.

COUNCILMEMBER MOSS PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION DECLARING AUGUST 11, 2012 AS NATIONAL CHICAGO STYLE STEPPERS DAY TO MS. CATHERINA BROWN, FOUNDER AND LEAD INSTRUCTOR, STYLES OF STEPPIN’.

Clover Park School District Board Report.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Carole Jacobs reported on the summer school programs.  She commented on the Department of Defense grant funds received by the CPSD.  She then reported on a Jobs of America award that was received by a teacher’s specialist.  She commented on a transition program for students transitioning from middle to high school.  She provided an update on the progress of completing the construction of Hudtloff Middle School.  She invited Council to the ground breaking ceremony of Harrison Preparatory and the new elementary school on August 13, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.  She then commented on the priorities of the CPSD Board.    

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Speaking before the Council were:

Brian Dennery, Lakewood resident, spoke about the completion of a permit for the Camp Murray Gate that was issued on October 10, 2011 in which certain requirements were to be completed within 180 days which Camp Murray has not complied with in addition to other requirements stipulated in the permit.  

Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about Fargo, North Dakota and emergency management. 

C  O  N  S  E  N  T    A  G  E  N  D  A

A.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of July 16, 2012.

B.        Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of July 23, 2012.

C.        Approval of payroll check numbers 112751 to 112763, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $919,092.02, for the period July 1 - 15, 2012. 

D.        Approval of payroll check numbers 112765 to 112776, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,251,868.19, for the period July 16 - 31, 2012. 

E.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 67299 through 67449, in the amount of $487,483.04, for the period ending July 12, 2012.

F.         Approval of claim voucher numbers 9656365, 67450 through 67506, in the amount of $214,524.73, for the period ending July 19, 2012.

G.        Approval of claim voucher numbers 67507 through 67616, in the amount of $531,307.00, for the period ending July 26, 2012.

H.        Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:

  1. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of April 4, 2012 and June 20, 2012.
  2. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 8, 2012.

I.          Ordinance No. 549

           Amending Section 1.20.025 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to the City’s logo and seal.

COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER REQUESTED THAT ITEM I. BE REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA TO THE REGULAR AGENDA.

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COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT ITMES NO. A-H OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.   VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

R  E  G  U  L  A  R    A  G  E  N  D  A

I.          Ordinance No. 549

            Amending Section 1.20.025 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to the City’s logo and seal.

COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER NOTED A SCRIVENER’S ERROR IN ITEM B. OF SECTION 1.20.025 OF ORDINANCE NO. 549 THAT THE INITIALS OF THE STATE “wa” BE REMOVED FROM ITEM B.

COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 549.  SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Ordinances

Ordinance No. 550 creating Chapter 12A.16 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to the formation of a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) to provide adequate levels of funding ongoing transportation improvements that preserve, maintain and, as appropriate, construct or reconstruct the transportation infrastructure of the City of Lakewood and establishing a governing board of the TBD in accordance with RCW 36.73. 

COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 550.  SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion No. 2012-32 authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the

U. S. Department of Justice, in the amount of $55,503, for the problem gambling court program.

DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, IN THE AMOUNT OF $55,503, FOR THE PROBLEM GAMBLING COURT PROGRAM. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS.  VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER

City Manager Neiditz noted a number of City employees who participated in the three-day Courage Classic bike event.

He then announced that August 7, 2012 is National Night Out and the change of command ceremony will take place on August 7, 2012. 

He then called on Judge Heller and Court Administrator Wright who provided an update and overview of the Lakewood Municipal Court.  

Discussion ensued on University Place filings; Department of Corrections booking charges; public defender services and standards; and how mentally ill defendants are assessed for booking into jail or sent for mental health evaluation.       

CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Bocchi noted that he will not be attending the August 13, 2012 Study Session.

Councilmember Bocchi expressed concern about how the County is changing the criteria on how they do Conservation Futures that could impact Lakewood. 

Councilmember Bocchi asked what is the City doing relative to overgrown vegetation and how is the City managing such growth in the rights-of-way.

He asked when is the next Council’s retreat to be scheduled. 

Councilmember Moss noted that there was some overgrown vegetation on Lakewood Drive.  She then commented on the discussions of the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting she attended.  She spoke about the discussions at the Sound Transit Board meeting she attended last week. She commented on the US Army racing day event she attended in Kent.  She indicated that she attended the baseball game between West-Pierce Fire and the University Place Police Department.

Councilmember Brandstetter thanked staff for providing him an update about Tillicum/Woodbrook.  Councilmember Brandstetter asked for clarification on the Council Rules relative to electing one of its members to serve as presiding officer in the absence of the Mayor. He then commented on Mr. Dennery’s comments about Camp Murray Gate and the appeals process.

Councilmember Whalen thanked the City Manager for arranging to have the youth athletes recognized at tonight’s meeting.  He indicated that the Lakewood Rotary Board would like to consider upcoming community projects and asked if there are potential Parks projects the Rotary might assist in.  City Manager Neiditz suggested the Springbrook Park expansion project. Councilmember Whalen noted that an applicant might find it inappropriate to do work outside of Camp Murray while an appeal was pending.    

Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Hillside elementary school groundbreaking ceremony.   He indicated that he participated in the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce annual cruise.  He asked if Pierce Transit may use City Hall facilities to hold a community meeting.  He indicated that he was an opponent to some of the recent Countywide Planning policies implications and referenced the land banking of property by the Bethel School District. He commented that the Courts said it was done in compliance with the zoning and land use planning changes however it would conflict with the Vision 2040.

Mayor Richardson indicated that an amendment to the Interlocal Agreement on South Sound 911 is forthcoming which would make a representative on the City of Fife a permanent member and add another 2-year term rotating position of a city under 50,000. 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

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DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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ALICE M. BUSH, MMC

CITY CLERK