LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, December 3, 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, Jason Whalen, and Paul Bocchi.
Councilmember Excused: 1 – Councilmember Marie Barth.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that Congressman Denny Heck from the 10th Congressional District visited City Hall and met with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and City Manager.
He reminded the Council that the City submitted a Department of Ecology grant requesting funding for the cleanup of Waughop Lake.
He announced that the Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, December 7 and a 5K Jingle Bell Rock event will be held on December 8, 2012. Mr. Tim Plante, St. Clare Hospital, spoke about St. Clare Hospital’s sponsorship of the Jingle Bell Rock event.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on their activities with Stuff the Bus, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Fair and events at Clover Park High School and Harrison Preparatory.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
None, at this time.
Review of the proposed 2013 human services funding allocations.
Parks & Recreation & Community Services Director reviewed the human services funding allocation process and recommendations for funding in 2013.
Discussion ensued on basic needs and how did Human Services Funding Advisory Board determine the split with food programs, for example; how were the points and priority areas weighted; were agencies overhead costs and efficiencies considered in the delivery of services; what are the City’s impact in administering 29 contracts as opposed to 10; and how does the Franciscan’s children’s immunization program work in serving Lakewood youth.
Speaking before the Council were:
Helen McGovern, Emergency Food Network, thanked the Council for funding Emergency Food Network’s programs.
Pat Elliott, FISH Foodbank, thanked the Human Services Funding Advisory Board for their work and the Council for funding. She spoke about a cloud database system to track who are being served at multiple food banks.
Karen Priest, Tillicum Community Center, thanked the Human Services Funding Advisory Board. She expressed concern about not funding the Tillicum Community Center and asked the Council to reconsider the recommendation.
David O’Keefe, Communities In Schools, thanked the Human Services Funding Advisory Board and the Council for funding this program.
Debbie Krull, Rebuilding Together South Sound, thanked the Council for funding this program.
Janne Hutchins, LASA, thanked Council for human services funding and spoke about the differences that LASA has provided to Lakewood citizens.
Clover Park School District Board Report
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Member Carole Jacobs commented on the City’s human services program. She reported that CPSD received word from OSPI that five of Lakewood’s schools have been put on the distinguished list of schools. She spoke about the Accelerated Program Honor roll that is issued by the College Board and college credit is awarded at the high school level. She reported that the Clover Park School District Board received the Board of distinction of award. She commented on the content of the recent Inside Schools newsletter and the School District’s Facebook page. She provided an update on the construction of Hudtloff Middle School and other schools on JBLM. She explained that the Board will be holding a retreat on priorities and strategic planning.
Review of the proposed 2013 lodging tax funding allocations.
Economic Development Manager Chambers-Grady introduced members of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) members present. She reviewed the lodging tax funding process, recommendations and requirements on the use of lodging tax funds.
Discussion ensued on the Lakewood Playhouse funding recommendations; what was the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce music festival about and why were they not funded; what is the estimated fund balance; and are there unpaid bills from 2012 Summerfest.
Mayor Richardson explained the rationale of the LTAC funding recommendations of $439,350 and the addition of $38,582.30 for Lakewood Playhouse and consulting services for the Landmark Heritage Advisory Board’s projects.
Speaking before the Council were:
Tim Ware, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission, expressed Council’s support for lodging tax funding.
Stephanie Walsh, Lakewold Gardens, spoke about the use of lodging tax funds for Lakewold Gardens and thanked the Council for funding.
Mario Lee, Candlewood Suites, thanked the Council for lodging tax funding.
Speaking before the Council were:
Becky Huber, Lakewood Historical Society, announced that there will be an open house on December 8, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Historical Museum at the Lakewood Colonial Center.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, spoke about the need for a funding source for professional services for the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the public sector getting too powerful and costly.
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 19, 2012.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Special Meeting of November 26, 2012.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 112825 to 112830 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $895,639.69, for the period November 1 - 15, 2012.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900258 and 68983 through 69093, in the amount of $351,794.30, for the period ending November 15, 2012.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 10304239 and 69094 through 69150, in the amount of $134,216.33, for the period ending November 21, 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
Ordinance No. 557 amending the 2011-2012 biennial budget.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 557. SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012- 46 adopting the 2013-2015 legislative priorities.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO ADOPT THE 2013-2015 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Assistant City Manager Halladay reported that he will be Acting City Manager in City Manager Neiditz’s absence.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss reported on the promotion ceremony for John Faust to Major at the Spanaway Army Unit on Pacific Highway.
She announced that she is the State President for the Air Force Association and attended the November 29, 2012 Commanders Holiday Reception at Columbia Towers in Seattle. She then reported on the discussions of the Sound Transit Board meeting she attended. She indicated that she will be attending the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association meeting, the elected official’s reception at the LeMay Car Museum and the Master Builders official’s reception and the annual tree lighting ceremony this week.
Councilmember Bocchi indicated that he will be attending the annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 7. He asked if the Council, at the Joint Council and Legislators meeting on December 14, had a plan to discuss what actions that may be taken about the Pt. Defiance Bypass project.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the Volunteer recognition ceremony he attended at the Lakewood Senior Center.
Councilmember Whalen commented on the Arts Commission meeting he attended today and asked that staff provide the Commission with clarification on what the budget allocation for the Arts Commission can be used for. He then indicated that he is planning to attend the public officials Tacoma-Pierce Chamber of Commerce meeting on December 5.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting he attended last week. He then reported that he and Councilmember Whalen is scheduled to meet with the military Commander to discuss the community connector relationship. He then commented on the meeting he attended with Congressman Denny Heck.
Mayor Richardson indicated that the South Sound 911 Board has agreed to continue meeting on the fourth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the City of Lakewood in 2013. He indicated that a Lakewood representative will need to be appointed for 2013. He explained that the Board is in the process of selecting an Executive Director. He also reported that the Pierce County TV (Rainier Commission) will be approaching the City to consider joining their membership.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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