LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, August 20, 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.
Councilmembers Present: 6 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
Councilmembers Excused: 1 – Councilmember Jason Whalen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz asked Council for input on the budget calendar that was provided to the Council last week.
He reported on the South Sound community partnership meeting last week with Senator Patty Murray who conveyed that the OEA grant of $235,000 will be continued. He indicated that an effort is underway for a veteran’s cultural center that will be a public-private partnership for a one-stop veteran military service concept.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Business showcase. - Print NW - Mr. Ned Witting, CFO
Mayor Richardson presented Mr. Net Witting, CFO of Print NW, with a recognition award for service in the community.
Speaking before the Council were:
Mara Porter, Lakewood resident, spoke about overgrown vegetation on sidewalks and asked when the overgrown vegetation of blackberry will be removed.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the City having no performance measurements and showed a video of Fargo, North Dakota that saved billions of dollars.
Jim Taylor, Lakewood resident, spoke about the proposed amendment to the sewer availability fees (Ordinance No. 551) and expressed concern about those who have smaller complexes that would not be able to qualify under the proposed ordinance and requested Council to defer action on this ordinance tonight.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, announced that the Historical Society will be conducting a meeting on the history of Lakewood on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
Parley Applegate, Lakewood resident, spoke about the proposed amendment to the sewer availability fees (Ordinance No. 551) and expressed concern about apartments that are not low cost housing and that the Pierce County Housing Authority receive assistance from the federal government.
Carla Richards, Lakewood resident, spoke about her son who was recognized for his service as a youth ambassador for helping provide awareness of the Tourette syndrome.
Ken Richards, Lakewood resident, spoke about the need for certified teachers for special needs youth.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of August 6, 2012.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of August 13, 2012.
C. Approval of claim voucher numbers 67617 through 67683, in the amount of $249,795.68, for the period ending August 2, 2012.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 67684 through 67689, in the amount of $288.00, for the period ending August 6, 2012.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 67690 through 67769, in the amount of $276,533.92, for the period ending August 9, 2012.
F. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of May 2, 2012 and June 13, 2012.
- Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 11, 2012 and July 25, 2012.
3. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of July 2, 2012.
4. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of May 30, 2012.
G. Resolution No. 2012-25
Setting Monday, September 17, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on vacating a portion of Orchard Street SW right-of-way from Portland Avenue SW and West Thorne Lane SW.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Ordinance No. 551 amending Section 12A.15.050 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to sewer availability charges.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 551. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 551 SECTION 12A.15.050 D BY ADDING THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE:
“THE PROPERTY OWNER SHALL ALSO SUBMIT CERTIFICATION FROM THE TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT THAT THE EXISTING SEPTIC SEWER SYSTEM IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.” SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDMENT AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI MOVED TO AMEND SECTION 12A.15.050 D. OF ORDINANCE NO. 551 BY REPLACING FIVE (5) YEARS TO FOUR (4) YEARS AFTER SERVICE AS FOLLOWS:
“PROPERTY OWNERS THAT REQUEST AND RECEIVE A REDUCED AVAILABILITY CHARGE UNDER THIS EXCEPTION WILL NOT BE GRANTED AN ADDITIONAL DEFERRAL OF CONNECTION PER SECTION 12A.14.090 LMC SAND SHALL BE CONNECTED TO SANITARY SEWER NO LATER THAN FIVE (5) FOUR (4) YEARS AFTER SERVICE AND RECORDING OF THE NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY.” SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDMENT AND CARRIED WITH MAYOR RICHARDSON VOTING IN OPPOSITION.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDED ORDINANCE NO. 511 AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI VOTING IN OPPOSITION.
Resolution No. 2012-26 authorizing the execution of Amendment No. 1 to the interlocal agreement with Pierce County, City of Tacoma, City of Fife and West-Pierce Fire District relative to South Sound 9-1-1
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-26. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz announced that the August 27, 2012 Council Study Session is cancelled.
He then provided an update on the City’s response to the Nisqually Tribe property and the draft Memorandum of Understanding.
He then commented on THE NEWS TRIBUNE article on the Arrowhead Partridge Glen annexation and that staff is working on an annexation report.
He then reported on staff applying for a grant for road improvements in Woodbrook and South Tacoma Way and SR-512. He also indicated that a $2.2 million housing improvement grant is being sought. He spoke about the environmental assessment process on the Pt. Defiance Bypass project and that staff is monitoring that project.
He indicated that he had samples of name tags for Councilmembers to review.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Bocchi commented on his participation in National Night Out that were well-attended.
Councilmember Moss complimented the landscaping work that was done on Phillips Road and Steilacoom Boulevard. She then commented on a tour she took of an Oregon Duck fire engine.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the Flood Control Zoning District meeting he attended and their discussion about preparing a 2013 budget. He reported that a Councilmember from Sumner was elected as Chair of the Committee, and that each committee member was to appoint an alternate, and asked for Council feedback. Council suggested that an alternate from the Town of Steilacoom be considered.
Councilmember Barth spoke about the Harrison Preparatory groundbreaking ceremony. She also reported that she attended the Clover Park School District Board meeting on August 13, 2012.
Deputy Mayor Anderson thanked staff for preparing Council name tags.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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