LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 3, 2014
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, John Simpson, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Anderson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Caulfield indicated that he would defer his report until later in the agenda under the Briefing by the City Manager.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Youth Council Report.
The Youth Council reported on their program activities including the AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship program, World Vision, Youth Empower Program, and upcoming events such as the Daddy/Daughter Dance, Human Services Collaboration panel, Lakewood United, Fairy Garden Tea Party, Art Fest and the Lions Club Crab Feed.
Proclamation declaring March 10 - 14, 2014 as Classified Schools Employee week.
Mayor Anderson announced that the President of the Educational Support Personnel of the Clover Park School District was unable to attend tonight’s meeting to receive this proclamation. The proclamation will be sent to the President.
Clover Park School District Board Report.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board Director Carole Jacobs spoke about the work of the Classified Employees of the School District. She reported on the Lakes High School STEM fair. She spoke about a demographics study of the city and its effect on the School District and how it will be used. She reported that Hudtloff Middle School received the Golden Apple Pathway of Access award that recognizes schools that are making achievements by closing the gap. She then provided a reported on students and staff who were once a part of the Clover Park School District and are returning back to the District. She then recognized a Hudtloff Middle School athlete who won two gold medals at the national athletic track and field event in Houston, Texas. She then provided an update on the construction of the Harrison Preparatory and elementary schools.
Speaking before the Council were:
Nancy Dilworth, representing three other individuals from the Oakbrook neighborhood, spoke in opposition of the Ruby Apartment complex development and stated that it is not in compliance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan. She spoke about her concerns relative to the SEPA checklist on this project and highlighted concerns relative to the environment including soils, storm drainage, vegetation, and wildlife (eagles have been sited). She indicated that an EIS is needed.
Don Macsparran, Lakewood/Oakbrook neighborhood, spoke about a public hearing in Olympia about the proposed rules relative to adult family homes as proposed by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). He expressed concerns about creating adult family homes in Oakbrook.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, showed a video of a 2011 flood in Fargo and the work of youths that assisted in flood control.
Mike Campbell, Lakewood/Oakbrook neighborhood, expressed concerns about the impacts of adult family homes in the community as well as safety issues, response time to Western State Hospital and being located near schools.
Charlie Maxwell and Ted Weir, Partners for Park, spoke in support of the reconsideration of Ordinance 579 relative to the parks.
Becky Huber, Lakewood Historical Society, spoke about women writers being the topic of discussion at the Lakewood Historical Society’s meeting.
Cathy Fiala representing three other residents in the Oakbrook neighborhood, expressed concern about DSHS’s adult family homes moving into Oakbrook.
Molly Meyer, Lakewood resident, expressed concern about DSHS’s adult family homes proposal and its legal liability to the City and State. She expressed concern about the staffing ratio in these types of homes and how can these facilities hold up to 16 individuals.
Eric Greeson, Oakbrook neighborhood resident, expressed concern about the disproportionate number of adult family homes in the Oakbrook neighborhood.
Mayor Ron Lucas, Steilacoom resident, spoke about 14 break-ins in Steilacoom and thanked the Lakewood Police Department for their assistance.
C O N S E N T A G E N D A
A. Approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting of February 18, 2014.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of February 24, 2014.
C. Approval of payroll checks in the amount of $2,216,772.23, for the period January 16, 2014 through February 15, 2014.
D. Approval of claim vouchers in the amount of $862,360.63, for the period January 23, 2014 through February 24, 2014.
E. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of December 9, 2013.
2. Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of January 6, 2014.
3. Planning Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 15, 2014.
4. Human Services Funding Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 16, 2014.
5. Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee meeting minutes of January 28, 2014.
COUNCILMEMBER SIMPSON MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion No. 2014-11 reappointing Jason Gerwen to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board through September 19, 2016.
COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI MOVED TO CONFIRM THE REAPPOINTMENT OF JASON GERWEN TO SERVE ON THE PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19, 2016. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Resolution No. 2014-04 adopting the Legacy Plan relative to the parks and recreation program.
COUNCILMEMBER BARTH MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO.2014-04. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER SIMPSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Amended Ordinance No. 579 relative to Chapter 8.76 of the Lakewood Municipal Code regarding parks.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO RECONSIDER THE COUNCIL’S FEBRUARY 18, 2014 VOTE ON AMENDED ORDINANCE NO. 579 AND THE AMENDMENT TO SECTIONS 8.76.050 AND 8.76.165 RELATIVE TO ALCOHOL USE IN PARKS. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE RECONSIDERATION AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI MOVED TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 579 BY ADOPTING THE LANGUAGE AS RECOMMENDED BY THE PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD FOR SECTIONS 8.76.050 AND 8.76.165 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER SIMPSON.
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTING AS FOLLOWS:
AYES – 6: COUNCILMEMBERS BARTH, BOCCHI, MOSS, SIMPSON, DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN AND MAYOR ANDERSON.
NAYS: 1 – COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER.
THE MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED.
ROLL CALL VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDED ORDINANCE NO. 579 RESULTING AS FOLLOWS.
AYES: 7 - COUNCILMEMBERS BARTH, BOCCHI, BRANDSTETTER, MOSS, SIMPSON, DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN AND MAYOR ANDERSON
THE AMENDED ORDINANCE NO. 579 WAS DECLARED ADOPTED.
Mayor Anderson commented on the regulatory rule hearing on adult family homes that citizens referred to under public comments. City Manager Caulfield added that the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is directed to develop new licensing requirements and new regulations for adult family homes as was adopted by the Legislature. DSHS is seeking public comment. He explained that the City’s Community Development is in the process of analyzing the impacts to Lakewood and if this is something that can be done legislatively. Mayor Anderson asked if the Council wants to pursue adopting a policy to impact the rule making policy.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED THAT THE COUNCIL OPPOSE THE INCLUSION OF ADULT FAMILY HOMES IN THE CATEGORY OF ENHANCED SERVICES FACILITIES PROPOSED IN WAC CHAPTER 388-107-0030. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER SIMPSON. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED.
Motion 2014-12 authorizing the execution of an agreement with the United States Golf Association, in the amount of $40,000, for parking at Ft. Steilacoom Park during the US Open golf tournament from June 15 through 21, 2015.
DEPUTY MAYOR WHALEN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION, IN THE AMOUNT OF $40,000, FOR PARKING AT FT. STEILACOOM PARK DURING THE US OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT FROM JUNE 15 THROUGH 21, 2015. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2014-13 authorizing the execution of an agreement with Stewart MacNichols Harmell, Inc., for public defense services through January 31, 2015.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH STEWART MACNICHOLS HARMELL, INC., FOR PUBLIC DEFENSE SERVICES THROUGH JANUARY 21, 2015. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion 2014-14 approving the replacement of computers, monitors and purchase of Microsoft Office licenses.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO APPROVE THE REPLACEMENT OF COMPUTERS, MONITORS AND PURCHASE OF MICROSOFT OFFICE LICENSES. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Caulfield reported that General Lanza has assigned the 2/2 as Lakewood’s community partner.
On the Legislative front, City Manager Caulfield reported that Friday, February 28, 2014, was the last day for bills to be passed out of each chamber. Today was the last day for items to be sent out from the budget committee. He explained that the legislature will likely start to take action. The House and Senate have released operational transportation budgets that focus on maintenance, reduced liquor tax distribution to cities to be backfilled by marijuana tax revenues. The Senate provided for the Washington Sheriffs and Police Association to provide a grant program stopping metal theft. The House operational budget includes $200,000 for reform of the Public Records Act. For capital improvement, $250,000 has been allocated for the Towne Center Green. For Western State Hospital, $1.3 million is allocated out of the Senate to upgrade the kitchen and commissary building. The House has allocated $1.1 million. On the supplemental transportation budget amendment, Senator O’Ban’s $2.4 million in support of the Pt. Defiance Bypass safety improvements will be a work in progress. The Tacoma Dome Neighborhood Association and Freighthouse Square are experiencing the same problems as Lakewood with regard to rail issues and perhaps there can be collaboration on similar issues. He noted that there could be $350 million for the I-5/JBLM corridor improvements. The matter to surplus Washington State Department of Transportation property can be expected to come back next session. City Manager Caulfield indicated that Mr. Dan Slattery is no longer with RPAI, and it is the City’s desire to continue the discussion and progress on the new restaurants RPAI had proposed for the Towne Center.
He reported that the CSRT program will be reporting to the Police Chief.
He then explained that Tacoma Power will be getting out of providing streetlighting maintenance and the City will be responsible for about 700 lights.
He announced that $750,000 of Pierce County sewer grants is expected to be made available.
He reported that the PCRC Growth Management Committee deferred action on designating centers of local importance. A special meeting is scheduled for March 13, 2014 to look at all centers of local importance.
He then reported that the Mayor, City Manager, Clover Park School District (CPSD) President and CPSD Superintendent met to discuss issues of common interest and the group suggested that the Council and CPSD Board hold joint meetings to discuss areas of common interest.
He announced that Jermaine Kearse, will be at the Verizon store, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Communications Manager Brent Champco has been meeting with CPSD about an event to recognize Jermaine Kearse.
He then thanked Puget Sound Model Boat Club volunteers for their help at Waughop Lake.
He suggested that a Council’s goal setting retreat be scheduled in April as a follow-up to the December 2013 retreat. He noted that departments are developing work plans that will be shared with the Council.
He then announced that a Council tour of Classic Reflections Coachworks is scheduled for March 27, 2014 and a Council tour of Tactical Tailor is scheduled for April 10, 2014. A tour of Camp Murray is scheduled for May 3, 2014. The Arts Fest and Sister Cities Festial is scheduled for April 25 - 27, 2014. Farmer’s Market begins on June 3, 2014.
For the March 10, 2014 Council Study Session agenda items for discussion include the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME funding proposals, three-year HOME Consortium agreement with the City of Tacoma, South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) 2014 Work Plan and review of the SSMCP Joint Land Use Study agreement.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss provided a progress report on Sound Transit. She indicated that she and Councilmember Bocchi serve on the Communities In Schools Board and asked if the Council would be interested having Executive Director Dave O’Keefe provide a report about Communities In Schools. It was suggested that Mr. O’Keefe provide a report under the public comments portion of the March 17, 2014 Council meeting.
Councilmember Bocchi asked for an update on the Comprehensive Plan and Shoreline Master’s Plan. Assistant City Manager Bugher provided a timeline for the Plans. Councilmember Bocchi then asked what can the City do to encourage RPAI to move forward on the restaurant development at the Towne Center Green property.
Councilmember Brandstetter asked how is the zoning that allows for the Ruby Apartments development in Oakbrook different and how is it similar to the Camp Murray gate issue.
Councilmember Barth indicated that she will be attending the Tacoma Habitat for Humanity luncheon on March 4, 2014. She indicated that she was interested in seeing the demographics information that CPSD Board Director Jacobs referred to in her report.
Councilmember Simpson thanked the Council and staff for their work.
Deputy Mayor Whalen commented on the Economic Development Board meeting he attended. He thanked the City Manager on the Council meetings schedule and follow-up.
Mayor Anderson asked what is the assessed value of the Oakbrook (Ruby Apartments) property and what would the actual cost be for possible acquisition. Mayor Anderson commented on the CPSD demographic study and noted that the growth has been in the lower economic end and multiple family occupancies in single family residences. He announced that the 446 Air Wing awards banquet is scheduled for March 8, 2014. He indicated that he will not be attending the March 10 and 17, 2014 Council meetings. He then noted that he has been appointed to the Pierce County Executive Alliance Committee.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:15 p.m.
DON ANDERSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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