LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 19, 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 7:01p.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 reported that the 4-2 Stryker Brigade experienced its first casualty. He noted that memorial services will be held in early December.
He then reported on a major cleanup at Springbrook Park over the weekend.
He then spoke about a cover story in THE NEWS TRIBUNE on the Councilmember appointment process at the City of Tacoma. He indicated that staff is currently working on a process and schedule for Council’s review and consideration. He then acknowledged that 7 employees have been identified for their work on the Sound Transit project who will be acknowledged at the Employees Quarterly event. He then reported on the Auditor’s proposal relative to the City’s performance management audit. He also reported on the legislative agenda development, and that a draft priority statement will be provided to the Council for discussion.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation declaring November 29, 2012 as Hunger Awareness Day.
MAYOR RICHARDSON PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING NOVEMBER 29, 2012 AS HUNGER AWARENESS DAY TO MS. CINDY SALAZAR, FALLEN OFFICER FOOD DRIVE COORDINATOR.
Speaking before the Council were:
Connie Coleman-Lacadie, Lakewood resident, Lakewood Sister Cities Association, spoke about Pierce College’s international student project for Make a Difference Day. The international students then introduced themselves.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about a letter he wrote to the Seattle Times a while ago.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of November 5, 2012.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Budget Workshop of November 13, 2012.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 112815 to 112824 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,223,921.59, for the period October 16 - 31, 2012.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 68794 through 68889, in the amount of $1,061,197.91, for the period ending November 1, 2012.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900257 and 68890 through 68982, in the amount of $545,330.29, for the period ending November 8, 2012.
F. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of October 1, 2012.
- Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 24, 2012.
- Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 9, 2012.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2012-45 appointing Linda Buzbee and Jeff Greenwell to serve on the Lakewood Arts Commission.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO APPOINT LINDA BUZBEE AND JEFF GREENWELL TO SERVE ON THE LAKEWOOD ARTS COMMISSION. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Ordinance No. 553 vacating a portion of 88th Avenue Ct. SW right-of-way.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 553. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into a closed session to discuss employee relations pursuant to R.C.W 42.30.140(4).
Council recessed at 7:40 p.m. and reconvened at 8:35 p.m.
2013-2014 Biennial Budget
City Manager Neiditz spoke about the proposed budget revisions for Council’s consideration that reflect requests of the Council from prior budget workshops. Assistant City Manager Halladay reviewed the summary of proposed changes in the Council, Parks and Recreation, Non-Departmental, Transportation projects and Public Art Funds.
Discussion ensued on revenue projects for liquor activities; concerns about estimated fund balance figures (4%) for 2013 and how to increase reserves 5 to 7% in 2014; if the utility tax (gas and electricity) increase from 5% to 6% is not imposed, then the budget would need to be cut; suggestion for increasing the gambling tax 1.5% and increasing the utility tax use from 5% to 6%; health insurance premium costs; what is proposed for sales tax projections (relatively flat); how does Lakewood compare with cities in the area relative to fund reserve percentages; is a four year budget cycle a reasonable measure to get to a 10% fund reserve percentage; with South Sound 911, how is that budget calculated; what kinds of things are not budgeted in this biennial budget which would be budgeted in a better economic climate (i.e. funding for snow removal, telephone system, software technology compatibilities, sinking fund for facility maintenance); clarification on potential savings from LESA calls; potential change in the admissions tax and Council review of that tax for a future meeting; adjusting medical insurance plans and premiums; imposing a sunset provision in the utility tax to allow time for economic growth; it was the consensus of the Council to impose a utility tax use increase.
Mayor Richardson requested that a budget ordinance be brought forward with no increase in a utility tax. Further discussion ensued on providing for clarification of cost savings such as contracting at lower rates for health care, providing for furlough days, not filling open positions or withhold filling open positions for a longer period of time.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Bocchi reported on the Clover Park School District Board meeting he attended. He indicated that he will be attending the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
Councilmember Moss commented on the AWC Conference she attended and the Stryker 4-2 brigade walk run she also attended.
Councilmember Barth indicated that she was out of town last week and did not attend any City business matters.
Councilmember Brandstetter reported on the candlelight vigil that he attended for Victims of Drunk Drivers in Fife. He also reported on the Lakewood Sister Cities Association meeting he attended and that the Council will receive an invitation on the roll out of their website. He then spoke about the draft minutes of the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board and the activities they are undertaking.
Councilmember Whalen spoke about a tourism luncheon he attended. He then spoke about the American Leadership forum that he is a participant of and suggested partnering with JBLM to coordinate a welcome home event. He announced that there is a special Sounder train run on Friday, November 23 to Seattle.
Deputy Mayor Anderson reported on the Pierce Transit Board meeting he attended and their budget discussions. He then commented on the Habitat for Humanity research study on the relationships between local government and Habitat. He indicated that he joined the American Lake Veterans Golf.
Mayor Richardson commented on fantasy lights and the City looking at opportunities for donations and sponsorships for parks.
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There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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