MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
JANUARY 11, 2007, AT LACEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Clarkson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
COUNCIL PRESENT: V. Clarkson, N. Peterson, A. Burgman, G. Sackrison, M. Dean, J. Darby, T. Nelson.
STAFF PRESENT: G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, J. Sheler, M. Lannoye, D. Ritter, J. Litt, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, C. Litten, Miguel Stansbury, Joe Upton, John Suessman, Dave Campbell, Dave Johannsen, Adam Seig, Jake Allenton, Don Arnold, Mike Aalbers, Scott Eastman, Chris Wenschof.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER DARBY SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting on December 21, 2006
Police Chief Pierpoint presented an Exceptional Service Award to Officer Wenschof for his outstanding work with the Narcotics Task Force, the Detective Division and the Canine Program. Commander Suessman presented an Exceptional Service Award to Officer Dave Johannsen for his outstanding efforts as Lacey’s Traffic Officer, receiving a grant for aggressive driver enforcement, testing the state e-ticket pilot program, and supervising the Explorer Post.
Chief Pierpoint announced Officer Miguel Stansbury was nominated and elected as Employee Officer of the Year by his peers. He has served on the Officer Response Team, as a Lacey Reserve Officer and is active in community service, coaching youth football and participating in fundraising efforts for a variety of causes.
Mayor Clarkson thanked the Lacey Police Officers for their dedication and commitment to service to the Lacey community.
The Mayor recognized Planning Commission member, Don Melnick.
Mayor Clarkson proclaimed January 15, 2007, as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Ruth Elder from Thurston Council on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights accepted on behalf of the Planning Committee for the Coalition of Thurston County organizations. She thanked the City for its continued commitment to Dr. King’s legacy. She invited Council to attend the numerous events that will be offered January 13-15 in celebration of his work.
Councilmember Dean proclaimed January 2007 as National Mentoring Month. Jackie Crowley and Roland Loya accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Be the One Mentoring Coalition of Thurston/Mason County. The program provides positive role models and raises awareness about the benefits of mentoring. Council was invited to attend the Annual Mentoring Recognition on January 23 at 5:45 p.m. at Regal Cinemas.
Ordinance (1281) authorizes the use of eminent domain to acquire land and an easement in the Hawks Prairie area for construction of new wells, stormwater facilities, ponds for reservoir and well overflow and pumping.
Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, stated the land needed for additional facilities is directly adjacent to the City’s water reservoir in the northeast area and will accommodate the drilling and construction of one or more new wells. He reported the property and easement have been appraised and an offer of the appraised price has been made to the owner. He said the City will continue to negotiate with the owner, but due to the critical need for water, the City must move forward to acquire the property. The Council is asked to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire this property and the easement rights.
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1281) TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN TO ACQUIRE LAND AND AN EASEMENT IN THE HAWKS PRAIRIE AREA FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW WELLS, STORMWATER FACILITIES, RESERVOIR PONDS AND WELL OVERFLOWS. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Barbara Crane, 4808 50th Avenue SE, shared concerns about rapid growth in the Lacey area, the quality and affordability of homes being built, and the shortage of water.
In response, Councilmember Darby explained the City is required by the Growth Management Act to accommodate growth. It cannot stop development, but can control the way land develops through zoning.
Deputy Mayor Peterson agreed and noted that increased urban density and smaller homes provides affordability.
Councilmember Sackrison remarked the purpose of the GMA is to increase density within the City limits to allow the preservation of rural lands outside city limits.
Councilmember Dean commented that increasing density in the City minimizes urban sprawl, promotes mass transit, and creates an urban atmosphere while preserving rural lands.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, added that Thurston Regional Planning Council recently presented a forum on future growth in the Puget Sound area. Statistics show that home prices are rising in relation to increased density.
Mayor Clarkson asked for Council support to reappoint Ruth Shearer to a 2nd term and Barbara Lally to a 1st term on the Planning Commission.
COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO APPROVE THE REAPPOINTMENT OF RUTH SHEARER TO A 2ND TERM AND THE APPOINTMENT OF BARBARA LALLY TO A 1ST TERM ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION. DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, distributed the new Gateway Project brochure which will be used to promote funding efforts for infrastructure development in the northeast area.
STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
General Government & Public Safety Committee:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Committee met on December 13, 2006. Topics of discussion included the removal of residential buildings at Wanschers Park, a Professional Service Agreement with Cable Consulting Services, and an extension of the TCTV Agreement. These items were acted upon at the December 21 Council meeting. The Committee also received a presentation on the Red Light Camera Enforcement program.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Committee met December 21, 2006, to discuss an annexation petition of property adjacent to and east of Rainier Road including Horizons Elementary School. Other topics included a Resolution setting a city policy for future water utility services and creating a Reclaimed Water Utility which were acted upon at December 21 Council meeting.
City Attorney, Ken Ahlf, advised Council they could take action on the petition for annexation at tonight’s Council meeting.
DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO ALLOW THE PETITIONER TO PROCEED WITH THE COLLECTION OF ADDITIONAL SIGNATURES AND USE EXISTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY TO REACH THE STATUTORY REQUIRED 60% THRESHOLD FOR ANNEXATION OF THE PROPERTY. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. COUNCILMEMBER DARBY ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:
HOME Consortium (Interjurisdictional forum on Homelessness):
Councilmember Dean reported the HOME Consortium received a grant from Community Trade and Economic Development to buy a home to house 12 inmates awaiting trial. She also announced the population count for the homeless is scheduled for January 25. Volunteers can contact the Housing Task Force at 664.2485.
Lacey Area Youth Task Force:
Councilmember Dean reported the City and NTPS District will partner to present an Anti-Bullying Forum on February 7 at the Washington Center to raise awareness about the negative impacts of teen bullying.
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency:
Councilmember Burgman reported the outdoor burn ban has been expanded to include smaller cities. She noted the agency has received a 6.5% reduction in federal grant funding this year which is 10% of their budget. She announced the contract for the Executive Director has been renewed for three years.
Sister City Association:
Mayor Clarkson reported two students will visit Lacey from Poland. He announced that the Sister City Association will host a Mother’s Day Brunch as a fundraiser.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee:
Councilmember Darby reported Single-stream recycling will be launched in spring 2007.
Thurston Community Network:
Councilmember Dean reported a luncheon will be held on February 19 to recognize people who have made a difference in the life of a child. Nominations can be made by calling 493.2230, ext. 10.
Thurston Regional Planning Council:
Councilmember Sackrison reported he attended a forum focusing on growth in the Puget Sound region. Data was shared highlighting trends in housing, growth and densities.
Transportation Policy Board:
Councilmember Sackrison reported the TPB approved several projects in the Transportation Plan including the Marvin Road Interchange - Phase II, the collection of arterials for the Gateway Project, and widening Carpenter Road to Britton Parkway. Project recommendations will be forwarded to TRPC for action.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the 211 program is going live in western Washington in two weeks. She noted the state call centers have received 15,000 calls in the past two weeks. The program serves as a central clearinghouse for calls requesting referrals for social services.
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting at 8:12 p.m.
Council minutes approved and signed on January 25, 2007