LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, October 21, 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-Pilant, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Anderson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
Acting City Manager Wachter introduced Brent Champaco, the City’s new Community Relations Manager.
She then reported that City Manager Caulfield and Mayor Anderson participated in a briefing with Governor Inslee and JBLM Colonel Hodges on future planning efforts underway at JBLM to include transportation initiatives to help alleviate traffic along the I-5 corridor.
She then provided a report on the results of the City’s annual accountability audit.
She reported on improvements at the Lakeview Avenue and 100th Street intersection to address a problem with truck turns at that intersection.
She announced that a new 97,000 square foot National Guard readiness center is to be constructed at Camp Murray.
She announced that the Transportation Benefit District Board meeting that had been scheduled for October 28, 2013 will be moved to November 4 or 12, 2013 to allow for additional staff time to analyze and develop financing options.
She announced that the Joint City Council and Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board Subcommittees will meet on October 24, 2013 at 5:00 p.m., in Conference Room 3A.
She explained that the October 28, 2013 Council Study Session agenda includes a:
1) Joint meeting with Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board
2) Sound Transit Long Range Plan Update
3) Review of proposed amendments to LMC Chapter 5.02 relative to business licenses
4) Presentation on the parks & streets survey results
5) Point Defiance Bypass Rail Update
6) Legislative Policy Manual and Legislative Agenda update
7) Review of a state government relations contract
She also reported that the November 12, 2013 Council Study Session includes a:
1) IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update
2) Review of proposed human services funding recommendations
3) Review of 2013 budget amendments
4) Review of Prairie Oaks (Living Access Support Alliance) Section 108 loan
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Recap of the 2013 Lakewood Farmers Market
Recreation Coordinator Richardson provided an overview of the 2013 Lakewood Farmer’s Market.
Discussion ensued on what the staffing costs would be if the market extended its hours from May – October, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; was the market well attended during extended night hours; how accommodating would it be if the event was held on a hard work surface; what was WIC’s feedback on how well they did with recruiting new clients by having a booth at the market.
Proclamation recognizing St. Clare Hospital for supporting the Lakewood Farmers Market
DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING ST. CLARE HOSPITAL FOR SUPPORTING THE LAKEWOOD FARMERS MARKET TO MR. TIM PLANTE, ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, PATIENT SERVICES, ST. CLARE HOSPITAL.
Mayor Anderson deviated from the agenda to consider the Public Hearing portion of the agenda at this time.
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS
This is the date set for a public hearing on the City of Tacoma Special Election, Proposition No. 1, 2% Utility Company Earnings Tax For Tacoma Street Improvements, Official Ballot Title: The City Council of the City of Tacoma adopted Substitute Resolution No. 38700 concerning an additional 2% earnings tax on utility companies for streets. If passed, Proposition No. 1 would authorize the City to levy an additional 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric, and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic maintenance and safety upgrades City-wide, for roads, arterials, and bridges; permanent pothole repairs; pedestrian safety improvement to crosswalks near schools, sidewalks and intersections; repaving neighborhood streets; and improved signal timing, all as provided in Substitute Resolution No. 38700. Should Proposition No. 1 be enacted into law?
Yes………… [ ]
No………. ...[ ]
Speaking before the Council were:
Rick Jyelm, Lakewood business on John Dower Road, expressed opposition to the proposed City of Tacoma Proposition 1 utility earnings tax.
Thomas Silva, Lakewood resident on 66th Avenue, expressed opposition to the proposed City of Tacoma Proposition 1 utility tax earnings and his concerns that it would impact senior citizens.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke in opposition of the proposed City of Tacoma Proposition 1 and the tax impacts it would have on industrial businesses.
Catherine Rudolff, Tacoma Pierce County Realtors, spoke in opposition of the City of Tacoma Proposition 1.
Kris Kaufmann, Lakewood resident, spoke in opposition of the City of Tacoma Proposition 1 and expressed support of Council’s resolution to oppose the tax.
Mary Lorayne Goad-Ballensky, Lakewood resident, asked what power does Lakewood citizens have and can citizens vote against City of Tacoma’s proposition.
Cheryl McColm, Lakewood resident, spoke about the street conditions of Tacoma and spoke in opposition of the City of Tacoma’s proposition.
John Barline, Lakewood resident, spoke about his testimony before the City of Tacoma and the concerns he expressed when raises were being given out during the economic downturn. He spoke against Tacoma’s Proposition 1. He commented that the proposition is taxation without representation. If the proposition is passed, he asked that the Council seek the pro rata portion that is Lakewood’s portion and use it for the benefit of Lakewood’s residents.
Ed Vore, Lakewood resident, spoke in opposition of City of Tacoma’s Proposition 1.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood resident, spoke in opposition of Tacoma’s tax and noted that Lakewood residents are already paying a Tacoma tax.
Don Laughlin, Lakewood resident, spoke about Tacoma’s mismanagement and expressed opposition of the City of Tacoma’s tax.
There being no further testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
Speaking before the Council were:
Connie Coleman-Lacadie, Lakewood Sister Cities Association, spoke about the international students program at Pierce College. She then asked each international student in the program to introduce themselves and speak about their studies at Pierce College.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, showed a video about South Carolina’s economic development efforts and its Port.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Retreat of October 5, 2013.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of October 7, 2013.
C. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of October 14, 2013.
D. Approval of payroll check numbers 113050 to 113058 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,332,365.38 for the period September 16 - 30, 2013.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 73011 to 73091, in the amount of $388,006 for the period ending October 3, 2013.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 73092 to 73220, in the amount of $455,922.07 for the period ending October 10, 2013.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 24, 2013.
2. Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 12, 2013.
3. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of September 9, 2013.
4. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of July 9, 2013.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN-PILANT MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2013-49 appointing Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN MOVED TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT OF MARIO LEE, MICHELLE PERRENOD, AND PHILLIPS RASCHKE TO SERVE ON THE LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE THROUGH NOVEMBER 1, 2016 SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2013-23 authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2013-23 SECONDED BY DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2013-24 expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma Special Election, Proposition No. 1, 2% Utility Company Earnings Tax For Tacoma Street Improvements, Official Ballot Title: The City Council of the City of Tacoma adopted Substitute Resolution No. 38700 concerning an additional 2% earnings tax on utility companies for streets. If passed, Proposition No. 1 would authorize the City to levy an additional 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric, and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic maintenance and safety upgrades City-wide, for roads, arterials, and bridges; permanent pothole repairs; pedestrian safety improvement to crosswalks near schools, sidewalks and intersections; repaving neighborhood streets; and improved signal timing, all as provided in Substitute Resolution No. 38700. Should Proposition No. 1 be enacted into law?
Yes………… [ ]
No…………. [ ]
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2013-24 SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH.
Roll call vote was taken resulting as follows:
Ayes: 7 – COUNCILMEMBERS BOCCHI, BRANDSTETTER, MCGOVERN-PILANT, MOSS, BARTH, DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN AND MAYOR ANDERSON.
RESOLUTION 2013-24 PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Acting City Manager Wachter reported on the City’s participation in the National ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 17, 2013.
She then reported that staff continues to work on a more comprehensive City Council meeting schedule of upcoming agenda items through 2014.
Acting City Manager Wachter then provided a report on the Truck and Tractor event that was held over the weekend.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Bocchi spoke about the Council Subcommittee and Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board Subcommittee meeting that he and Councilmember Brandstetter will be attending on October 24, 2013.
Councilmember Barth commented on the Lakewood Historical Society meeting she attended about the Nisqually Tribe.
Deputy Mayor Whalen thanked staff for sending the post cards on the opposition of City of Tacoma Proposition 1. He then commented on the October 26, 2013 Emergency Food Network dinner and the Arts Fest Community committee meeting on October 22, 2013. He asked for an update on the Pierce County Regional Council meeting that he was not able to attend.
Councilmember Brandstetter suggested that the Council consider participating in the “RACE: Are we so different project?” with the Youth Council. Mayor Anderson asked that Council be provided with information on the schedule and what the Council would be involved with in this joint project.
Mayor Anderson commented on the JBLM panel he participated in with regard to I-5 improvements in which the Governor attended. He then reported on the promotion ceremony he attended for Col. Jody Miller. He then commented on a luncheon he attended with Congressman Denny Heck and their discussion about I-5/JBLM and the Point Defiance Bypass project.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
DON ANDERSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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