LAKEWOOD CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
City of Lakewood
City Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Richardson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Councilmembers Present: 6 – Mayor Douglas Richardson; Deputy Mayor Don Anderson; Councilmembers Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi.
Councilmember Excused: 1 – Councilmember Jason Whalen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Richardson.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported that staff continues to monitor legislative issues. The $5 million transportation IJR funds for I-5 improvements were approved by both houses of the legislature. In terms of state shared revenues, he indicated that it is not looking quite as promising. He indicated that staff is also monitoring the traffic camera and public records proposals. He reported that the E-verify proposal is officially dead and the flood control district proposal is dead. Secondly, he indicated that the hearing examiner decision on the Camp Murray gate relocation is scheduled to be released next week. Another business contractor workshop is scheduled for March 28, 2012 in partnership with the Thurston County economic development department.
Speaking before the Council were:
Dennis Haugen, Lakewood resident, spoke about new technology for fuel savings that is being integrated in agriculture.
David Patten, Lakewood resident, spoke about the parks fee increase for events. He spoke about the impact it will have on soccer events.
Tracey Massey, Lakewood resident, expressed concerns about proposed fee increases for events and that large events will move out of Lakewood.
Eric Rolland, Lakewood resident, spoke about different leagues that uses Lakewood parks and suggested that raising rates may not be the best move and to take into account what the schools do for the parks.
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 6, 2012.
B. Approval of the minutes of the City Council Study Session of February 13, 2012.
C. Approval of payroll check numbers 112646 through 112656, and direct deposits and automated clearing house in the amount of $1,257,232.05, for the period January 16 - 31, 2012.
D. Approval of claim voucher numbers 65055 through 65123, in the amount of $185,269.91, for the period ending February 2, 2012.
E. Approval of claim voucher numbers 110328 through 110336 and 65124 through 65224, in the amount of $787,617.61, for the period ending, February 9, 2012.
F. Items Filed in the Office of the City Clerk:
- Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board meeting minutes of December 1, 2011.
- Lakewood Arts Commission meeting minutes of January 9, 2012.
- Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting minutes of January 4, 2012.
- Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting minutes of November 22, 2011.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER.
Councilmember Brandstetter asked what voucher number 65152 for the Pierce County Housing Authority was for. Mr. Neiditz indicated that staff will look into this matter and report back to the council.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
R E G U L A R A G E N D A
Ordinance No. 545 repealing Chapter 8.24 and creating Chapter 8.26 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to junk and nuisance vehicles.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 545. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BARTH. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED WITH COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER VOTING IN OPPOSITION.
Resolution No. 2012-09 amending the fee schedule.
COUNCILMEMBER MOSS MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 2012-09. SECONDED BY MAYOR RICHARDSON.
COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER MOVED TO AMEND EXHIBIT A OF RESOLUTION NO. 2012-09 TO DELETE THE PROPOSED FEE CHANGES DEALING WITH FT. STEILACOOM PARK EXCLUDING THE BOAT LAUNCH CHANGES (IE. THE ONLY FEE CHANGES TO ACCEPT WOULD BE THE PROPOSED BOAT LAUNCH FEES AND ALL OTHER CHANGES IN THE EXHIBIT A IS NOT PROPOSED TO TAKE EFFECT). SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BOCCHI. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE MOTION TO AMEND EXHIBIT A OF RESOLUTION NO. 2012-09 AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN ON THE AMENDED RESOLUTION NO. 2012-09 AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Motion No. 2012-11 authorizing the execution of an agreement with Stewart Beall MacNichols and Harmell, Inc., in the amount of $201,000, for public defense services from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
DEPUTY MAYOR ANDERSON MOVED TO AUTHROIZE THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH STEWART BEALL MACNICHOLS AND HARMELL, INC., IN THE AMOUNT OF $201,000, FOR PUBLIC DEFENSE SERVICES FROM JANUARY 1, 2012 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2012. SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER BRANDSTETTER. VOICE VOTE WAS TAKEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
BRIEFING BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Neiditz reported on the Farmers Market planning meeting that was held and announced that another upcoming meeting is scheduled.
City Manager spoke about a news article about the new owner of the B & I and his proposed changes.
He then announced that the Council Study Session of February 27 will be about the Community Development Block Grant program, the Parks Legacy Plan and zoning and liquor sales.
CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilmember Moss commented that last week she was in Washington, DC as a member of the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees to meet with legislators to advocate for higher education.
Councilmember Moss indicated that she will be serving for two years as honorary commander for the 62nd Airlift Wing representing the City of Lakewood.
Councilmember Brandstetter reported on the Lakewood Sister Cities Association meeting he attended and their request for an appointed Councilmember liaison to facilitate communication between the City and their organization.
Councilmember Barth spoke about attending the Maple Creek Retirement center to celebrate a 100th birthday of a resident there.
Deputy Mayor Anderson commented on the Pierce Transit Board discussion, and explained that their natural gas refueling should begin later this month with completion in April. He then commented on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting he attended and that there is conflict between the PAB and PRAB relative to the land use designation of Waughop Lake at Ft. Steilacoom Park.
Mayor Richardson commented that at the last LESA Board meeting, the LESA Board found excess revenues and a larger fund balance. The Board asked the LESA Director to review the numbers and maintain $1 million in reserves and authorize $1 million for phone improvements and the remaining, about $654,000, be returned to customers.
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There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.
DOUGLAS G. RICHARDSON, MAYOR
ALICE M. BUSH, MMC
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