LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Monday, November 4, 2013
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Deputy Mayor Whalen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 6 – Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Helen McGovern-Pilant, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
Councilmembers Excused: 1- Mayor Don Anderson
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Mayor Whalen.
Deputy Mayor Whalen deferred from the agenda to consider Proclamations and Presentations at this time.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATION
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on the pre-exhibit RACE event with the Council scheduled for November 18, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. The Youth Council then reported on the Truck and Tractor Day and Make a Difference Day event they participated in.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Marty Schafer commented on the Youth Council report and public speaking skills. He reported on the progress of several building projects. He announced that the School District was awarded a $100,000 Washington School Achievement grant to be used for applying critical thinking skills. He reported that the District also received a grant for mentoring. He announced the names of the Clover Park High School and Lakes High School Daffodil princesses selected for 2013-2014. He also announced that Beachwood, Tillicum and Oakwood Elementary Schools were recognized as schools of distinction.
Speaking before the Council were:
Becky Huber, Lakewood resident, announced that on November 19, 2013 the Lakewood Historical Society will hold their annual meeting and the topic of discussion will be the legacy of the Buffalo soldiers.
Katherine Rudolph, Realtors Association, spoke about the Legislative agenda and the importance of supporting SR-167.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, showed a video of the speed of a freight train at 70-80 mph and economic development in South Carolina.
Alton McDonald, resident of Washington State, spoke about Police brutality and their treatment of black citizens in Lakewood.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of October 21, 2013.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of October 28, 2013.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 113059 to 113066 and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $928,839.52 for the period October 1 - 15, 2013.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 73221 to 73353, in the amount of $1,232,505.37 for the period ending October 17, 2013.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 12112352 and 73354 to 73405, in the amount of $183,549.95 for the period ending October 23, 2013.
F. Approval of claim voucher numbers 73406, in the amount of $800,000.00 for the period ending October 28, 2013.
G. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of July 3, 2013 and September 4, 2013.
2. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 24, 2013.
3. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of September 19, 2013.
COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN-PILANT MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
PUBLIC HEARINGS AND APPEALS
This is the date set for a public hearing on the 2014 property tax levy.
Speaking before the Council was:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about citizens who pay property taxes and investors.
There being no further testimony, the hearing was declared closed.
Ordinance No. 568 amending Sections 5.02.010, 5.02,040, 5.02.080, 5.02.190 and creating Section 5.02.171 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to general business licenses.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 568 SECTION 5.02.190 SECTION B, FIRST SENTENCE TO READ: “B. ANY APPLICANT OR LICENSEE MAY, WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF A NOTICE OF DENIAL OF APPLICATION OR OF A NOTICE AND ORDER ON, FILE WITH THE CITY CLERK A WRITTEN NOTICE OF APPEAL.”
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOTE VOICE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDMENT AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO.568 AS AMENDED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2013-50 awarding a bid to KBH Construction, Inc., in the amount of $524,485, for traffic signal improvements at Custer Road SW and John Dower Road SW.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO KBH CONSTRUCTION, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF $524,485 FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS AT CUSTER ROAD SW AND JOHN DOWER ROAD SW. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2013-51 awarding a bid to Totem Electric of Tacoma, in the amount of $774,375, for modification to 48 traffic signals.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO AWARD A BID TO TOTEM ELECTRIC OF TACOMA, IN THE AMOUNT OF $774,375, FOR MODIFICATION TO 48 TRAFFIC SIGNALS. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2013-52 authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $50,000, for the 2013-2015 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
COUNCILMEMBER BARTH MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF A GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $50,000, FOR THE 2013-2015 NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCGOVERN-PILANT. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2013-53 adopting the legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 biennial legislative agenda.
IT WAS THE CONSENSUS OF THE COUNCIL TO ADD THE SUPPORT OF SR-167 TO THE LEGISLATIVE POLICY MANUAL.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT THE LEGISLATIVE POLICY MANUAL AND 2013-2014 BIENNIAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2013-54 authorizing the execution of an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, in the amount of $55,000, for state government relations services.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH GORDON THOMAS HONEYWELL GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, IN THE AMOUNT OF $55,000, FOR STATE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SERVICES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2013-55 authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the cities of Tacoma, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and Pierce Transit relative to the Auto Crime Enforcement multi-jurisdictional task force to respond, prevent and investigate auto theft and related crimes.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITIES OF TACOMA, FIFE, SUMNER, BONNEY LAKE, PUYALLUP, AND THE PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, PIERCE COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, WASHINGTON STATE PATROL, AND PIERCE TRANSIT RELATIVE TO THE AUTO CRIME ENFORCEMENT MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL TASK FORCE TO RESPOND, PREVENT AND INVESTIGATE AUTO THEFT RELATED CRIMES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
REPORT AND BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Caulfield reported on the October 30, 2013 Employee Recognition event and recognized employees who received the team work award for the Raiders Parade which included Mary Huff, Dan Penrose, Jay Anderson, Christine Badger, Sgt. Ralph Evan, Lt. Heidi Hoffman, Lt. Chris Lawler, Weston Ott, Paul Powers, Amanda Richardson, Troy Schlepp, David Tilman, Scott Williams, Briana Schumacher, Michele Beal-Irwin, Mary Dodsworth and Greg Vigoren. He announced that the award winner for integrity was Eric Lowell, in the Finance Department, for his conduct with payroll and confidential records.
City Manager Caulfield announced that on November 5, 2013 a JBLM Master Plan roll out will be held at 10:00 a.m.
On November 6, 2013, an Association of Washington Cities meeting will be held on the upcoming legislative session.
On November 13, 2013, an I-5/JBLM Corridor event will be held at a Lakewood restaurant beginning at 5:00 p.m.
On December 6, 2013, the annual Christmas tree lighting event will be held and on December 7, 2013 the 5K Jingle Bell run will begin at 9:00 a.m.
He then reported that Communications Manager Brent Champaco has been working with Clover Park School District (CPSD) to arrange for the 4/2 Stryker Raiders soldiers to speak before students at CPSD schools as part of the Give Back civil community engagement program.
City Manager Caulfield then reported that he has been working on getting a handle of the City’s finances. He noted that the 2013-2014 mid-biennial budget review is primarily housekeeping amendments as it relates to 2013. He explained that more time is needed to get a better understanding of the 2014 budget which is scheduled to be brought before the Council in the second quarter of 2014. He reported that the 2013 third quarter financial report quarter, financial policies and forecast are forthcoming in early 2014. He explained that he will be looking at fleet and equipment, efficiencies, and information technology including a six year plan. In the area of risk management, he reported that the Human Resources Director will be working on gearing-up that program with current staff.
He reported that based on funding for ongoing street preservation and the street improvements identified for a Transportation Benefit District, funding options would encompass a six year financial plan of $6 million for ongoing preservation and overlays and $30 million for street improvement projects identified. He indicated that staff is working to present funding options for a Transportation Benefit District meeting later in the month, possibly on November 25, 2013.
He reported that the Parks and Recreation Director will be meeting with WSDOT to identify ways to maintain the landscaping at City entrances beginning with Bridgeport Way and I-5.
Councilmember Bocchi asked for an update on the Municipal Court Judge position. City Attorney Wachter indicated that the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association should be providing their ratings sometime this week or next week.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss thanked Public Works staff for their work with securing grants.
Councilmember Bocchi spoke about the Walk at John Dower Elementary School event. He commented on the district cross country meet over the weekend. He spoke positively about the activities at Lakewood’s Senior Center.
Councilmember Brandstetter commented on the celebration of the Hilltop Regional Health Center. He commented that the Human Resources Director serves on the Community Health Care Board.
Councilmember Barth spoke about the City’s facebook and thanked Communications Manager Champaco for his efforts.
Councilmember McGovern-Pilant spoke about the positive news postings on the City’s facebook. She then commented about Ed Kane’s call for help during a stroke and how a student assisted him. She asked if the Fire Department was planning to recognize the student and that the student should be recognized. She suggested that the new Councilmember be invited to participate in the Joint Council and Youth Council November 18 event.
Deputy Mayor Whalen commented on the John Dower Elementary School Walk event. He reported on the meeting he and the City Manager held with WSDOT and noted that if funding is made available for the Thorne Lane interchange there may be interconnectivity funding for Gravelly Lake Drive. He asked that a proclamation be presented in recognition of veterans. He asked if there was a process for responding to citizens’ complaints. City Manager Caulfield indicated that there is a process for responding to citizens’ complaints.
Deputy Mayor Whalen announced that Council will recess into executive session for approximately 30 minutes to discuss potential litigation.
At 9:10 p.m. Council recessed into executive session. At 9:40 p.m., Deputy Mayor Whalen announced that executive session will be extended an additional 15 minutes. At 9:55 p.m., Deputy Mayor Whalen announced that executive session will be extended an additional 15 minutes.
At 10:10 p.m., Council reconvened.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.
JASON WHALEN, DEPUTY MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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