LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, November 5, 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 7:02 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 reminded the Council that the Kenworth Trucking Company will conducts its groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, November 9, 2012. He announced that the H Mart Company will open its new international market on South Tacoma Way in the next few months. Along the north end of Bridgeport Way, the gateway sign has been erected. He then reported that the Lakewood Police Department held a hiring fair on November 4, 2012 to learn about job qualifications at Lakewood’s Police Department.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on their activities with Make a Difference Day and upcoming events of the Youth Council that includes Stuff the Bus on November 10, 2012, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7, 2012 and a Holiday Fair on December 8, 2012. The Youth Council then reported on the activities at Clover Park High School and Harrison Preparatory School.
Presentation of the 2012-2013 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar.
MAYOR RICHARDSON PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION TO THE LAKE LOUISE ELEMENTARY AND TILLICUM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO PRODUCED THE 2012-2013 STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION AND WATER CONSERVATION CALENDAR.
Proclamation declaring November 2012 as Veterans Appreciation Month.
MAYOR RICHARDSON PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION DECLARING NOVEMBER 2012 AS VETERANS APPRECIATION MONTH TO MS. JODY MILLER, MS. LIVIA COLUMBI, DEPUTY MAYOR DON ANDERSON, LT. STEVE MAUER, OFFICER JEREMY VAHLE, AND MR. LLOYD JACOBSON.
Army Coat Drive.
LT. COLONEL R. DOUGLAS HENRY, BATTALION COMMANDER, 13TH COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION PRESENTED MS. DIANE FORMOSA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CARING FOR KIDS WITH COATS COLLECTED FROM THE ARMY COATS DRIVE.
Council recessed at 7:45 and reconvened at 7:58 at p.m.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Marty Schafer thanked the City Council for investing in the community and honoring the Lake Louise and Tillicum Elementary Schools and Youth Council this evening. He provided an update on the school construction projects. Lakes High School is completed. Two projects are being constructed on the military bases. In the CPSD news brief, a new communication tool is in place for families to access their children’s grades and schedules to help guide their students through their academics. He spoke about strategies that the Board is working on for an international baccalaureate program and that the Lakewood Rotary has contributed $30,000 to the program.
Point Defiance Bypass Environmental Assessment Update.
Mr. David Smelser, Program Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation, provided background information on the project. He indicated that the Environmental Assessment for the Pt. Defiance Bypass is currently in the public comment period. It reroutes Amtrak’s intercity passenger rail and constructs 3.5 miles of new track and reconstructs 9.5 miles of track. Planned transportation improvements include synchronized traffic signals, upgraded warning devices and pedestrian improvements.
Ms. Carol Lee Roalkvam, Environmental Policy Branch Manager, provided an overview of the Environmental Assessment (EA) that is being circulated for public review through November 9, 2012. She reviewed the EA findings on transportation impacts in Lakewood, noise effects, and socioeconomic findings. She encouraged the Council to submit written comments by November 9, 2012.
Discussion ensued on the Federal Rail Administration standards for a new line; if a cost-benefit analysis been conducted; at what point is the federal funding for this project secure; concerns that the intersections that would have impacts in Lakewood are primarily in the Tillicum neighborhood; is there a significant benefit to the community with this project; how fast will trains travel through Lakewood (up to 79 miles per hour) and how long will it take for a train to stop going 79 miles per hour; what is the likelihood that freight rail will be using these tracks; why is there refusal to improve Lakewood’s intersections instead of staying with at-grade levels; concerns about the effects to a low-income minority neighborhood; what could happen in the process to stop building the bypass; concerns about design that were predicated around an existing corridor; and concerns about addressing the mental health population in the EA.
Speaking before the Council was:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about rapid transit and amount of fuel that would be used.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of October 1, 2012.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 15, 2012.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 17, 2012.
D. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 22, 2012.
E. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of October 29, 2012.
F. Approval of payroll check numbers 112802 to 112810 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,324,498.12, for the period September 16 - 30, 2012.
G. Approval of payroll check numbers 112811 to 112814 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $876,928.07, for the period October 1 - 15, 2012.
H. Approval of claim voucher numbers 68301 through 68361, in the amount of $518,102.25, for the period ending September 27, 2012.
I. Approval of claim voucher number 68362, in the amount of $648.00, for the period ending October 1, 2012.
J. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900255, and 68363 through 68461, in the amount of $482,998.68, for the period ending October 4, 2012.
K. Approval of claim voucher numbers 68462 through 68558, in the amount of $523,384.72, for the period ending October 11, 2012.
L. Approval of claim voucher numbers 10120904 and 68559 through 68654, in the amount of $208,022.10, for the period ending October 18, 2012.
M. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900256 and 68655 through 68737, in the amount of $701,145.72, for the period ending October 25, 2012.
N. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 24, 2012 and September 25, 2012.
- Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of September 10, 2012.
- Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 12, 2012 and September 26, 2012.
- Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 26, 2012.
- Public Safety Advisory Board meeting minutes of March 7, 2012, August 1, 2012 and September 5, 2012.
- Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 11, 2012.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT 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
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS
This is the date set for a public hearing on vacating a portion of 88th Avenue Ct. SW right-of-way.
Speaking before the Council was:
Mark Hood, attorney, Tacoma, Washington, representing Union Bank, spoke about appropriate setbacks for the affected property.
The hearing was declared closed.
This is the date set for a public hearing on the 2013-2014 biennial budget and the 2013 property tax collection.
Dylan Carlson, Olympia, Washington, AFSME, spoke about concerns regarding the 2013-2014 budget and the proposed layoff of a senior planner. He requested that the position not be eliminated at a time when long range planning is needed. He spoke about the budgets for LESA and Fire Marshall Services.
Mary Green, Lakewood resident, Human Services Advisory Board, spoke about supporting human services funding.
The hearing was declared closed.
Motion No. 2012-43 appointing Robert Pourpasand, Christopher Webber and Levi Wilhelmsen to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2015.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENTS OF ROBERT POURPASAND, CHRISTOPHER WEBBER AND LEVI WILHELMSEN TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS’ TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE THROUGH NOVEMBER 5, 2015. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2012-30 authorizing the purchase and acquisition of property at 4723 127th Street SW for Springbrook Park.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-30. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2012-31 authorizing the purchase and acquisition of property at 9416 and 9420 Front Street South for a Public Works maintenance facility.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-31. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012-44 authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $100,000, for the design and environmental services relative to the Madigan Access Improvement Project.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000, FOR THE DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES RELATIVE TO THE MADIGAN ACCESS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported on a Puget Sound Regional Council meeting for outgoing Congressman Norm Dicks. He announced that the regional AWC meeting will be held in Olympia. He indicated that the WSDOT Commission invited the City to participate in a meeting on November 13, 2012 to discuss transportation system needs and if Councilmembers are interested in attending to inform the City Manager. He reported that the State Auditor conducted the City’s exit conference. There were no audit findings. There is a management letter expressing concern about the declining fund balance. He explained that the Auditor is suggesting to minimize the number of accountability audits. He announced that the Council’s fifth Budget Workshop is scheduled for November 13, 2012 in Conference Room 1E.
Councilmember Brandstetter noted that from a governance role, he suggested that the Council discuss the State Auditor’s offer to minimize the number of accountability audits. Councilmember Whalen asked if minimizing the number of audits impact the budget.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss provided an update on Sound Transit and the feedback received about Sound Transit’s service. She commented on the Communities In Schools gala event. She indicated she would be attending the Tillicum Neighborhood Association meeting next month.
Councilmember Barth commented on the Emergency Food Network’s gala event. She indicated she will be in Florida next week.
Councilmember Brandstetter provided an update on the Flood Control Advisory Committee’s funding recommendations and what to spend the money on. He suggested that the Council hold a joint meeting with the Youth Council like other Citizens Advisory Boards and Committees.
Councilmember Whalen spoke about a Redevelopment Advisory Board (RDAB) tour to various locations in Lakewood. He reported that RDAB members found the tour helpful. He reported on the Pierce County Regional Council meeting he attended and announced that Lakewood received $100,000 for a signal coordination project. He then commented on the Communities In Schools event. He also spoke about the National Association of Investment Property meeting. He asked about the City’s response to the Pt. Defiance Bypass Environmental Assessment. He also asked that tonight’s public comment about the budget and the LESA and Fire Marshal costs be discussed at the next Council Budget Workshop meeting.
Mayor Richardson asked when can the Council receive a draft of the Pt. Defiance Bypass response letter and asked Councilmembers to timely return their comments in order to respond by November 9, 2012.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:47 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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