LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, December 17, 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 7:03 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 request of Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that the Nisqually Tribe awarded a series of grants to Lakewood and West-Pierce Fire District. Lakewood received a $20,000 grant for the healthy start program and a $40,000 grant for Clover Creek. He noted that the Parks and Recreation Department delivered a tree and holiday box for a Senior Center employee on medical leave and in the Public Works Department employees provided gifts and cash to families of the Lakewood Area Shelter Association, and the Police Department provided support to various Lakewood schools and a shopping spree for needy children.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation recognizing West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s CERT Program
Councilmember Whalen presented a proclamation recognizing West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s CERT Program to Fire Chief Ken Sharp and Ms. Colleen Adler, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, West Pierce Fire & Rescue.
Deputy Commander Miller and Sgt. Major Jenkins provided a holiday message to the City and Council from Colonel Getchell and an update on the Raider Team and Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan.
Speaking before the Council was:
Walter Neary, Lakewood resident, announced that he and Steve Dunkleberger will be writing the second history book on Lakewood. He indicated that he will be asking the City for photographs of historic people. He then spoke in support of the lodging tax funds being considered for the Lakewood Heritage and Advisory Board.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, thanked the Mayor for his support on all historic activities and efforts.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of December 3, 2012.
B. Approval of payroll check numbers 112831 to 112838 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,226,900.87, for the period November 15 - 30, 2012.
C. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900259 through 900262 and 69151 through 69248, in the amount of $1,532,130.47, for the period ending November 29, 2012.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 69249 through 69327, in the amount of $958,028.58, for the period ending December 6, 2012.
E. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of October 22, 2012.
2. Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 27, 2012.
3. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of November 5, 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
Motion No. 2012-47 reappointing Glen Spieth and Stephanie Walsh to serve on the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board through December 31, 2015.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO REAPPOINT GLEN SPIETH AND STEPHANIE WALSH TO SERVE ON THE LANDMARKS AND HERITAGE ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2015. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012-48 approving the 2013 lodging tax funding allocations.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO APPROVE THE 2013 LODGING TAX FUNDING ALLOCATIONS. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012-49 approving the 2013 human services funding allocations.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE 2013 HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING ALLOCATIONS. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012-50 authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, in the amount of $1,240,000, for street improvements on South Tacoma Way between Steilacoom Boulevard and 88th Street SW.
COUNCILMEMBER WHALEN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT BOARD, IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,240,000, FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS ON SOUTH TACOMA WAY BETWEEN STEILACOOM BOULEVARD AND 88TH STREET SW. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012-51 authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, in the amount of $97,130, for animal sheltering services from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR TACOMA AND PIERCE COUNTY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $97,130, FOR ANIMAL SHELTERING SERVICES FROM JANUARY 1, 2013 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2013. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz provided an update on the Puget Sound Energy transmission line project to improve service by replacing the old transmission lines and increase system reliability.
City Manager Neiditz summarized a legal opinion about an appointment process for filling a vacancy on the City Council. He indicated that the Council has 90 days from the occurrence of the vacancy to appoint a qualified person to fill the position. Deputy Mayor Anderson suggested making available applications for interested individuals and also that the Council bring forth nominations for consideration. Mayor Richardson indicated that he will be submitting a letter of resignation from the Council effective January 15, 2013. Councilmember Brandstetter suggested starting an application recruitment process in January after the holidays. Councilmember Bocchi agreed with starting a two-week application process and a process that is substantive. City Manager Neiditz suggested that the process include the submittal of a one-page letter of interest stating the reasons for the interest and attaching a resume if desired. Mayor Richardson suggested that the application process be opened through January 10, 2013 and that the Council be provided the applications with their Council packet for the January 14, 2013 meeting. Councilmember Brandstetter suggested that the Council place this topic on the January 7, 2013 Council meeting agenda to discuss the process for appointment. Councilmember Whalen suggested getting the application notice out sooner. Councilmember Moss suggested that a question to ask is “Why are they interested in serving on the Council.” Councilmember Barth suggested getting the application notice out sooner.
It was the consensus of Council to place on the January 14, 2013 Council agenda a discussion on the process for filling the vacant Council position, start the announcement and solicitation of the vacancy this week for submitting letters of interest and resume by January 10, 2013, and filling the position by February 4, 2013.
City Manager Neiditz called upon Mr. Eisenhour, artist for the City’s entrance gateway, who displayed several of the oak leaves sculpture.
City Manager announced that on December 20, 2012 is the employee’s fourth quarterly event and invited Councilmembers to attend.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Brandstetter indicated that this past year has been a good year and commented on several accomplishments of the City.
Councilmember Barth commented on the Police ride-along she participated in and expressed her appreciation to the Police Chief and his staff. She thanked the Council for their support on her first year on the Council.
Councilmember Moss thanked the Council for their support and expressed how she enjoyed the accomplishments of the City. She commented on the Tillicum Neighborhood Association meeting she attended and their discussion. She then reported on the Sound Transit Board meeting she attended and their discussion for developing a new schedule. She then commented on the Master Builders Association meeting, the Sister Cities reception, the annual tree lighting ceremony and the Lakewood’s Promise meetings she attended.
Councilmember Bocchi commented on the tree lighting ceremony and Jingle Bell 5K run he participated in. He then commented on Dick Towell’s retirement ceremony from Greater Lakes Mental Health.
Councilmember Whalen thanked the Council for the good work that has been done in the City. He then commented on the tree lighting ceremony and the Jingle Bell 5K run he participated in.
Deputy Mayor Anderson thanked the Council for their support and work. He commented on the Commander reception at JBLM he attended. He also reported on the Pierce Transit Board work session he attended.
Mayor Richardson indicated that AWC is seeking nominations for youth achievement scholarships. Mayor Richardson announced that the December 24, 2012 Council meeting is cancelled and that the next Council meeting is scheduled for January 7, 2013.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
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Mayor Richardson announced that Council will recess into a closed session to discuss employee relations pursuant to RCW 42.30.140(4).
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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