LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 1, 2012
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Deputy Mayor Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 5 – Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Jason Whalen, and Marie Barth.
Councilmembers Excused: 2 – Councilmember Bocchi (arrived at 7:08 p.m.) and Mayor Douglas Richardson (arrived at 7:10 p.m.).
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Mayor Anderson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that the City received a clean audit by the State Auditor relative to its financial statement and federal grants. The performance audit is expected to be completed next month.
The Harrison Preparatory School improvements and its construction permit are ready to move forward. Sound Transit is about to hold its inaugural commuter rail service starting October 8, 2012. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for October 6, 2012.
He reported that the Springbrook Park Phase II property acquisition was approved by two banks in a short sale and should close in 30-60 days.
He announced that the Kmart retail store announced its intention to close. It will be operational for a couple more months and the City is working with another potential retailer.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on their upcoming activities including Make a Difference Day, Youth Council Celebration, CIS Autumn Gala Dinner, Truck and Tractor Day, Thrill the World, Stuff the Bus and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Proclamation declaring the month of October, 2012 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION DECLARING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2012 AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH TO CITY ATTORNEY HEIDI WACHTER.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Update on 4/2 Stryker Brigade.
Colonel Getchell, Commander of the 4/2 Stryker Brigade, reported on the activities of the Stryker Brigade since May 2012.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about an article about a Department of Corrections settlement and expressed concerns about crime.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of September 17, 2012.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of September 24, 2012.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 112798 to 112801 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $914,276.03, for the period September 1 - 15, 2012.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 68111 through 68171, in the amount of $401,717.04, for the period ending September 13, 2012.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 68172 through 68198, in the amount of $750,450.25, for the period ending September 13, 2012.
F. Approval of claim voucher number 68199, in the amount of $1,170.75, for the period ending September 18, 2012.
G. Approval of claim voucher numbers 9964991 and 68200 through 68300, in the amount of $215,978.03, for the period ending September 20, 2012.
H. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of August 15, 2012.
- Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting minutes of April 23, 2012.
- Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 5, 2012 and September 13, 2012.
I. Resolution No. 2012-28
Setting Monday, November 5, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on vacating a portion of 88th Avenue Ct. SW right-of-way.
J. Motion No. 2012-40
Setting Monday, November 5, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2013-2014 biennial budget and property tax collection.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
RE G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2012-41 appointing Helen Bloodsaw, Sandra Calvillo, Marquita Hunt and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lakewood Arts Commission.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTs OF HELEN BLOODSAW, SANDRA CALVILLO, MARQUITA HUNT AND PHILLIP RASCHKE TO SERVE ON THE LAKEWOOD ARTS COMMISSION. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2012-29 approving the Fiscal Year 2013 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Act policy statement and funding priorities.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-29. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Mayor Richardson announced that the application for vacating a portion of Orchard Street SW has been withdrawn by the applicant.
MAYOR RICHARDSON MOVED TO CANCEL THE NOVEMBER 5, 2012 PUBLIC HEARING THAT WAS EARLIER SET TO VACATE A PORTION OF ORCHARD STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY FROM PORTLAND AVENUE SW AND WEST THORNE LANE SW. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012-42 authorizing the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Nisqually Indian Tribe relative to the provision of City services at a Tribal trust property located at 11741 Pacific Highway SW.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE NISQUALLY INDIAN TRIBE RELATIVE TO THE PROVISION OF CITY SERVICES AT A TRIBAL TRUST PROPERTY LOCATED AT 11741 PACIFIC HIGHWAY SW. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER barth. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Presentation of the proposed 2013-2014 biennial budget.
City Manager Neiditz distributed the proposed 2013-2014 budget to Councilmembers. He provided an overview of the proposed budget and reviewed the budget highlights. He explained that 3.5 FTEs are proposed to be eliminated – 1.0 FTE long range planner, 2.0 FTE prosecuting attorneys and .5 FTE Human Services Coordinator. There are no new positions proposed in any fund, continuation of three (3) grant funded police officers and no budgeted cost-of-living adjustments. Increases are proposed for facility maintenance for the Sound Transit Station, increases in the public defender costs and a new building permitting software. Fee increases are proposed in development permitting, business licenses and parks and recreation fees as well as a utility tax adjustment. The proposed budget highlights recommendations include continuation of the Community Safety Resource Team program at the current staffing levels, continuation of the University Place Municipal Court, continuation of economic development emphasis and completion of the Parks Legacy Plan. He also reviewed staff’s recommendation for Transportation Benefit District funding, $16.1 million for roads capital projects during the biennium, $3.5 million in surface water management capital projects, and funding for the side sewer connection program.
He announced that the first Budget Workshop is scheduled for October 15, 2012.
Discussion ensued on the proposed revenues and the Council requested information on estimated revenues to date and actual revenues from previous years. For example, staff’s recommendation to increase utility taxes is reflected in the numbers as an increase in the proposed budget. It was requested that the Council be provided the 2012 budget adjustments.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Bocchi reported on the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting he attended.
Councilmember Moss announced that on October 6, 2012 the Sound Station ribbon cutting ceremony will be held and any comments or suggestions may be provided to Sound Transit.
Councilmember Barth spoke about the AUSA event she attended. She also spoke about the Youth Council meeting she attended and encouraged the Council to attend their October 15, 2012 celebratory event. She then reported on the Farmer’s Market recap meeting she attended today.
Councilmember Brandstetter reported that October 8, 2012 is the next meeting of the Flood Control Zoning District to discuss how and what activities should be funded. He indicated that he received information from the Town of Ruston and asked if the City Manager could ask other municipalities that he represents to provide the information that he requested earlier. He announced that on October 6, 2012 the Lakewood First Lions will be holding their Oktoberfest celebration.
Councilmember Whalen spoke about the Farmer’s Market recap meeting he attended today. He indicated that the timing of Summerfest is proposed to change to mid-July. He commented on the proposed budget and the challenging times that the City faces. He asked if there was a mechanism in place for the cleanup of vacant commercial properties.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting he attended and their discussion about proposed fee increases and the Shoreline Master Plan. He spoke about the 4/2 Stryker appreciation event held by AUSA that he attended. Lastly, he indicated that there will likely be a parking issue at the Lakewood Sounder Station and expressed concerns about fairness in fees.
Mayor Richardson announced that the Sounder Trains will be providing train service to Seahawks games.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented on property at Steilacoom Boulevard that needed cleanup and the successful cleanup efforts that occurred relative to that property.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into Executive Session for approximately 30 minutes to discuss the performance of a public official.
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Council recessed into Executive Session at 8:50 p.m. and reconvened at 9:20 p.m.
At 9:20 p.m. Mayor Richardson announced Executive Session would be extended an additional 30 minutes.
Council reconvened at 9:50 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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