LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 17, 2014
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, John Simpson, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
Councilmembers Excused: 1- Mayor Don Anderson.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Deputy Mayor Whalen.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Caulfield deferred his report to later in the agenda under the Briefing by the City Manager.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation declaring March 2, 2014 through April 24, 2014, as Pierce County Reads
COUNCILMEMBER SIMPSON PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION DECLARING MARCH 2, 2014 THROUGH APRIL 24, 2014 AS PIERCE COUNTY READS TO MS. NEEL PARIKH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM.
Speaking before the Council were:
David O’Keefe, Communities In Schools, provided a report on the work of Communities In Schools including the afterschool, mentoring and healthy start programs. He then spoke about the various partnerships engaged with Communities In Schools. He announced that the Communities In Schools breakfast is scheduled for March 27, 2014.
Glen Spieth, Lakewood Historical Society, announced that the Lakewood Historical Society’s next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s Church, on March 18, 2014. The topic of discussion is women authors in the area.
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about the work of Governor Nikki Haley. He then spoke about the Council’s discussions relative to historical sites.
Paul Wagemann, Lakewood resident, spoke about his candidacy as a State legislator. Mr. Wagemann was asked to refrain from making further political campaign remarks in a public facility pursuant to State law.
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 3, 2014.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of March 10, 2014.
C. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
1. Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 22, 2014.
2. Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of February 5, 2014.
3. Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting minutes of January 14, 2014.
Setting Monday, April 21, 2014, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the Fiscal Year 2014 and Amendments to the Fiscal Years 2009, 2012 and 2013 Consolidated Annual Action Plans for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Act Partnership Programs.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Motion 2014-15 authorizing the execution of an agreement with AECOM Technical Services, Inc., on behalf of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, in the amount of $360,000, to conduct a Joint Base Lewis McChord Joint Land Use Study.
COUNCILMEMBER SIMPSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH AECOM TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC., ON BEHALF OF THE SOUTH SOUND MILITARY & COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP, IN THE AMOUNT OF $360,000, TO CONDUCT A JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD JOINT LAND USE STUDY. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
Public Safety Advisory Committee’s proposed work plan.
City Manager Caulfield called upon Chief Farrar to speak about the Public Safety Advisory Committee’s (PSAC) proposed work plan. He explained that the PSAC could work on developing an abandoned and stolen shopping cart ordinance, assist with police recruitments, deal with the homeless and mental health issues, deal with abandoned homes and foreclosures before such homes are damaged and vandalized, and deal with structure fires. It was the consensus of the Council that the two top priorities for the PSAC to work on would be developing a shopping cart ordinance and work on the abandoned homes issue.
Lakewood Rotary’s proposal for an amphitheater at Fort Steilacoom Park.
City Manager Caulfield called on Parks and Recreation Director Dodsworth and Lakewood Rotary’s President Mark Blanchard who requested Council’s endorsement to develop an amphitheater at Fort Steilacoom Park.
Mr. Blanchard spoke about the opportunity to build an amphitheater at Fort Steilacoom Park and asked for Council’s endorsement as they begin their fundraising effort. He indicated that the Rotary is expecting to raise $300,000 for this project and are looking for partnerships. Architect Casey spoke about the seating area and location of the amphitheater.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION NO. 2014-06 THAT THE LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL ENDORSES THE EFFORTS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAKEWOOD TO SPEARHEAD AN AMPHITHEATER IN FORT STEILACOOM PARK THAT IS IN AGREEMENT AND SUPPORTS THE CONCEPT OF THE PROJECT CONSISTENT WITH THE MASTER PLAN FOR LAKEWOOD PARKS. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MOSS. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
City Manager Caulfield reported that Standard & Poor’s has raised the City’s rating to an AA-. He indicated that the City’s financial fund balances, City reserves, positive cash flow in the General Fund and low debt profile were positive reflections on the City.
He announced that the Clover Park School District named one of its elementary schools “Four Heroes Elementary.” He thanked the District for a very warm recognition.
He then reported that the State legislature adjourned last Thursday, March 13, 2014. There is no capital supplemental budget and no transportation supplemental budget, however, Lakewood is well positioned for 2015-2016 and Lakewood was successful in getting its message out. He noted that hopefully after the November election, discussions may kickoff in December.
He announced that the City was successful in receiving a $500,000 grant for converting streetlights to LEDs.
He reported that there were 200 participants at the Father/Daughter dance on March 15, 2014. He thanked Albertson’s, Floral Service, Cash and Carry and Old Country Buffet for their sponsorships.
He then announced that the Growth Management Coordinating Committee approved the Lakewood centers for local importance.
He reported that the Washington State Department of Transportation will be removing trees along I-5 at Thorne Lane, Gravelly Lake Drive and New York Avenue on the JBLM side for installation of traffic cameras.
He reported that 37 volunteers participated in a blood and bone marrow drive hosted by the Police Department.
For the April 7, 2014 Council meeting, the 4/2 and 2/2 Stryker Brigade will be making a presentation and the Clover Park School District STEM students will be recognized. Also, on April 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., a re-take of the Council’s group photo is scheduled. A business show case on Da Vinci Salon & Spa is scheduled for the Council’s April 21, 2014 meeting. At the March 24, 2014 Council Study Session an update on the Ruby Apartments proposal will be provided.
The grand opening of the Hobby Lobby will be held at 9:00 a.m. on March 24, 2014. Big Lots will also be opening soon and the U.S. Post Office is making façade improvements to their facility.
The Council tour of Classic Reflections Coachworks is scheduled for March 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
For the next Council Retreat, he suggested that it be held on April 19, May 10 or 17, 2014 and asked that the Council inform him which date works best for their schedule.
He announced that April 12, 2014 is scheduled to recognize Jermaine Kearse and April 26, 2014 is Parks Appreciation Day.
For the March 24, 2014 Council Study Session agenda, a 2013 Police Department Year End Report, proposed lodging tax code, and an update on economic development is scheduled.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss spoke about the 4/2 inactivation ceremony she attended on Friday, March 14, 2014. She also reported on the Lake City Neighborhood Association meeting she attended and how the Association was appreciative of the website tool for reporting eyesores and abandoned shopping carts and the School District’s naming of the Four Heroes Elementary School. She spoke about the Lewis Community Spouses Club annual auction she attended. She then indicated that she will be attending the Planning Advisory Board meeting.
Councilmember Bocchi commented on the Pierce County Regional Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 20, 2014 in which transportation projects will be discussed and asked to see the rating scores of these projects. He then commented on the Father/Daughter dance he attended.
Councilmember Brandstetter spoke about an email he received from the Emergency Manager Coordinator about making a call on a guest card, which was somewhat unclear to him.
Councilmember Barth commented on the STEM award ceremony she attended as well as the 4/2 inactivation ceremony.
Councilmember Simpson commented on the 4/2 inactivation ceremony he attended and the discussion he had with a veteran who attended the ceremony who portrayed a deep connection with the community.
Deputy Mayor Whalen commented on the 4/2 inactivation ceremony he attended. He also spoke about the Daddy/Daughter dance he attended. He announced that he will be presenting the State of the City address before Lakeview Light and Power. He indicated that he will be attending the March 20, 2014 Pierce County Regional Council meeting. He then expressed his appreciation of the Lakewood Rotary’s efforts in developing an amphitheater at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.
JASON WHALEN, DEPUTY MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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