LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, March 18, 2013
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 7 – Mayor Don Anderson; Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Helen McGovern, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Anderson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
Interim City Manager Wachter announced that the Women’s In Aviation topic by the Lakewood Historical Society will be featured at their meeting on March 19, 2013. Also on March 19, 2013 the topic for Coffee with the Mayor is on economic development. On April 16, 2013 Court staff will be speaking about Court services and on May 21, 2013, the Lakewood Police Department will present the Police Year End Report of Professional Standards and on June 18, 2013 the Legacy Plan will be presented.
She then announced that General Odierno’s reception has been postponed.
On April 1, 2013 the Nisqually Convenience Center will be holding an open house.
She then commented on the HMart and street ends news articles. She noted that street ends will be addressed when the Legacy Plan is presented to the Council.
Interim City Manager Wachter then called on Recreation Coordinator Amanda Richardson and Office Assistant Arielle Carney who presented a review of last year’s Farmer’s Market and what is planned for this year’s Farmer’s Market.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Pierce County plan to end homelessness
Ms. Mia Wells, Program Specialist II, Pierce County Department of Community Connections, reviewed the Pierce County plan to end homelessness.
She reviewed the current homeless population count, housing system and their costs.
Discussion ensued on what rapid re-housing consists of (short-term rental assistance and shortening stays in shelters); some of the transitional housing stock being transferred into short-term rentals; are there agencies that can help individuals without jobs find jobs; what is the breakdown of drug abusers, substance abusers and the profoundly mentally-ill; concerns about homeless youth; where and how are the homeless data obtained; and what is the magnitude of the cost differential of the various housing systems (i.e. transitional and permanent housing).
Speaking before the Council was:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about managing social service programs and showed a video.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of March 4, 2013.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of March 11, 2013.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 112887 to 112899 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,242,573.30, for the period February 16 - 28, 2013.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 900268, 10832035, and 70315 through 70361, in the amount of $82,304.13 for the period ending February 28, 2013.
E. Approval of claim voucher number 70362 in the amount of $4,492 for the period ending March 1, 2013.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 70363 through 70456, in the amount of $174,525.79 for the period ending March 7, 2013.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of January 22, 2013.
- Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 9 and 23, 2013.
- Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of January 9, 2013.
- Lakewood Arts Commission regular and Retreat meeting minutes of February 4, 2013.
Resolution No. 2013-03
Setting Monday, April 15, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 Draft Consolidated Annual Action Plan and Fiscal Years 2010, 2011 and 2012 Consolidated Annual Action Plan Amendments and the proposed use of funds.
Resolution No. 2013-04
Setting Monday, April 15, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed vacation of Chicago Avenue SW right-of-way.
DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2013-15 authorizing the execution of an agreement with the National Development Council, in the amount of $60,000, for analyzing potential economic development projects.
DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN MOVED TO CONTINUE MOTION NO. 2013-15 TO THE MEETING OF APRIL 1, 2013. SECONDED BY COUNCIMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2013-16 authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Living Access Support Alliance and the Tacoma Housing Authority, in the amount of $250,000, to construct fifteen units of affordable housing at 5954-5960 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.
Mayor Anderson and Deputy Mayor Whalen disclosed their affiliation with the Living Access Support Alliance and recused themselves from discussion of this item.
DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN MOVED TO CONTINUE MOTION NO. 2013-16 TO THE MEETING OF APRIL 1, 2013. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Interim City Manager Wachter distributed copies of the Prothman Consulting firm’s recruitment flyer for the City Manager position and asked for Council comments.
Councilmember McGovern expressed concern that the flyer mentioned other educational colleges and should have mentioned Lakewood’s colleges, Pierce and Clover Park Technical College. She also expressed concern that the flyer mentioned that the Transportation Benefit District would appear on the fall ballot when the Council has not made such a decision.
Councilmember Barth suggested that a characteristic of a City Manager that the Council desires is an individual who has vision of the community, willingness to grow with the community and be a part of the changes.
Councilmember Bocchi indicated that the “Opportunities and Challenges” section should be re-written. He noted that Lakewood’s crime challenges, degree of low-income/poverty, need to push for more jobs, economic development, improvement of neighborhoods, building community, building a stronger tax base are some of the opportunities and challenges of the City Manager position.
Deputy Mayor Whalen also spoke about including Lakewood’s colleges in the flyer. He also suggested that piecing in economic development into a challenged budget should also be noted in the flyer.
Councilmember McGovern suggested that Lakewood’s diversity be highlighted. She also noted that the Grand Prix raceway is not necessarily the main attraction of Lakewood.
Councilmember Brandstetter expressed concern about the tone of the flyer. He indicated that he would like to directly state the priorities of the Council that the City Manager is expected to advance. The flyer should reflect that Lakewood is a community of volunteerism and works with a collaboration of agencies that are actively engaged with the City. He also suggested that there be some order of priority.
Mayor Anderson suggested that the statement about the colleges start by saying that the City enjoys a close working relationship with its two colleges, Pierce College and CPTC, and are minutes away from four year educational institutions.
Councilmember Moss asked about making the deadline for submittal of candidate applications be more firm instead of having the applicants be “encouraged” to submit applications by a certain date.
Mayor Anderson appointed Councilmember Brandstetter and Deputy Mayor Whalen to work with the Interim City Manager to revise the Prothman flyer to include comments and changes expressed by the Council.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Interim City Manager Wachter called on Assistant City Manager Bugher who provided an update of heavy truck traffic from I-5 through Lakewood to work on improvements at the waste water treatment plant.
Ms. Wachter noted that the Council will be meeting as a Transportation Benefit District governing body on March 25 and following that meeting, the Council will be holding a joint meeting with the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee and a discussion on a survey of City services are scheduled for the Council’s Study Session. She announced that at the April 1, 2013 Council meeting, the Council’s group photos will be taken.
She reported that the Legacy Plan review that was scheduled for April 8, 2013 has been rescheduled to the Council’s Study Session of April 22, 2013. At the April 8, 2013 Council’s Study Session a discussion on public nuisances and abatements is scheduled.
She then reported that staff is working on developing a Work Plan for the City within the next month.
She then called on Assistant City Manager Bugher who provided a report on the Council’s priority about developing a vision for the City. Copies were distributed of a Puget Sound Regional Council article about Lakewood’s Town Center and Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan for urban design for the Central Business District.
Discussion ensued on developing a true vision and work plan of the Towne Center through collaborative partners; how the US Post Office will be affected with the closing of Kmart; and would a subarea plan of the Comprehensive Plan be the vehicle for the Towne Center vision.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss commented on the Lakewood’s Promise Board meeting she attended and asked for Council’s input on what the five promises mean to the Council. She also commented on the Master Builders Association meeting and the change of command event she is scheduled to attend. She spoke about the Sound Transit discussion about their plans for constructing fencing and lighting in the trains overnight stay area.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the Clover Park School District STEM award ceremony he attended. He also commented on a reception he attended for the Sergeant Major of the joint chief of staff.
Councilmember Barth commented on the STEM award ceremony she attended and asked that the STEM students be recognized. She commented on a reception that she attended for Lieutenant General McDew and Chief Master Sergeant McGamble. She commented on Chief Ken Sharp’s farewell BBQ.
Councilmember McGovern commented on Chief Ken Sharp’s farewell she attended. She spoke about the YMCA tour she took today.
Deputy Mayor Whalen commented on the Sergeant Major event he attended. He also spoke about the HMart grand opening. He noted that he will be attending a meeting in Olympia to discuss the pending legislation on the annexation of Camp Murray. He reported that discussion at the PCRC meeting he will be attending consists of the 2013 work plan and centers of local importance.
Mayor Anderson asked for an update on the rescheduling of the General Odierno reception. Mayor Anderson commented on the South Sound Military Partnership elected officials meeting he attended last week, and following that meeting, he attended a meeting at Camp Murray. He then commented on a CPTC round table meeting about the recruitment for a new Clover Park Technical College President. He then noted that on Thursday, March 14, 2013, he spoke at the HMart opening.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
DON ANDERSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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