MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
JANUARY 25, 2007, AT LACEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Clarkson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
V. Clarkson, N. Peterson, A. Burgman, G. Sackrison, M. Dean, J. Darby, T. Nelson.
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, J. Sheler, M. Lannoye, D. Ritter, J. Litt, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, C. Litten.
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 meeting of January 11, 2007.
THE PUBLIC: Scott Penner, Pacific Disposal, provided an update on the new Single Stream Recycling Program which will be implemented in February 2007. All recyclable material, except glass, will be placed in one container and picked up every other week. Glass will be placed in a separate container and picked up every 4 weeks. The process will be automated to increase worker safety and efficiency.
Mr. Penner reported Lemay, Inc. will invest $4.3 million to implement the program. A rate increase of $3 per month for customers has been requested to offset costs. Recyclable materials include newspapers, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic cartons, and more. A list of recyclable items is printed on the lid of the new recycling containers which will be distributed to 47,000 customers. Pacific Disposal will work with customers who need special accommodations to move the trash bins to the curb.
Councilmember Darby who serves as Lacey’s representative on the Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAC) expressed his appreciation to the Lemay Company and staff for their support of SWAC Boardmembers during the decision-making process.
Mike Beehler, President of the Lacey Sister City Association (LSCA), introduced several members of the organization. He also introduced Piotr Gryzwanowski and Aleksander Czura, two exchange students from Minsk Mazowiecki, Lacey’s Sister City.
Mr. Gryzwanowski and Mr. Czura commented they are attending Timberline High School for one month to experience American cultural and educational activities, which they will share with classmates, family and friends in Poland.
The students, on behalf of the Mayor of Minsk, presented Mayor Clarkson with gifts from Poland. Mayor Clarkson expressed his appreciation and said he looks forward to visiting Minsk and meeting the Mayor in the spring.
Tom Howdeshell, 718 Sawyer Street, commented on a news article regarding the lack of concern for trees by a developer in southeast Lacey. Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, remarked the Council has recently adopted a new ordinance requiring trees to be planted on individual lots. The developer, D.R. Horton, has challenged the ordinance, on the basis that the ordinance was not in effect when his property was platted. Jerry Litt, Community Development Director, issued a ruling that the ordinance applies to all individual lots within the city when building permits are issued. A decision is expected in a few weeks.
Mayor Clarkson recognized Scouts from BSA Troop 87. He also recognized Don Melnick, Planning Commission member, and Rosalie Raps Melnick is being recommended to serve on the Thurston Council on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights at tonight’s meeting.
Resolution (918) supports the continuation of the City’s Wellness Program. Merri Lannoye, Human Resources Director, stated the mission and goals of the City’s Wellness Program were developed in 1991. In 2000, the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) began presenting the Well-City Award in recognition of cities sponsoring wellness programs for employees. Lacey has received the award every year since 2001.
Ms. Lannoye reported that recently, AWC changed the criteria for receiving the award to require a resolution or ordinance in support of the wellness program. In 1999, the state auditor made a recommendation that official support from the legislative body is necessary for a wellness program to be valid. Staff requests Council to approve a resolution to continue Lacey’s eligibility to receive the Well-City Award.
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPROVE RESOLUTION (918) TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUATION OF LACEY’S WELLNESS PROGRAM. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson asked for Council support to appoint Rosalie Raps Melnick to a first term on the Thurston Council on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights.
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPOINT ROSALIE RAPS MELNICK TO A FIRST TERM ON THE THURSTON COUNCIL ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson asked for Council support to re-appoint Dorothy O’Loughlin to a second term on the Lacey Library Board.
DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO RE-APPOINT DOROTHY O’LOUGHLIN TO A SECOND TERM ON THE LACEY LIBRARY BOARD. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, invited Council to the City’s 17th Annual Employee Breakfast on January 26, 2007.
Mr. Cuoio reported that LOTT (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Thurston County) is coordinating an All Elected Officials Workshop for March 29. Council indicated they would be able to attend.
Jerry Litt, Community Development Director, reported Steve Chamberlain, has filed a request to annex two parcels totaling 14 acres. The property is located along 32nd Avenue in northeast Lacey west of Marvin Road and is located in the unincorporated area. Both parcels are moderate density residential. The Utilities Committee reviewed the proposal in 2005 and determined the annexation request should not proceed, because the City could not guarantee water service. However, the Committee suggested if the applicant could bring sufficient water rights with the application, the City would consider allowing the annexation proposal to move forward. The applicant has secured water rights sufficient to provide for the development of the property and has included the water rights as part of the proposal for annexation. The Utilities Committee reviewed the proposal again and approved. The petition meets all the criteria: utility services are available, zoning is consistent with the Lacey Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and bonded indebtedness will apply.
Mr. Litt commented that the next step in the annexation process would be to collect signatures from 60% of the property owners. However, since there is only one property owner, the annexation petition would go to the Boundary Review Board. Councilmember Dean asked about the process if the parcel is too small to annex. Mr. Litt responded the County can invoke jurisdiction and hold a public hearing to consider the issue. Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, clarified that the Council has the option to stop the process if they don’t support the County’s recommendation. Councilmember Burgman reported the Utilities Committee recommended approval of the annexation petition.
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPROVE THE ANNEXATION PETITION FROM STEVE CHAMBERLAIN FOR 32ND AVENUE. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Community Action Council:
Councilmember Sackrison reported Community Action Council received its 19th consecutive clean audit. He also shared that the City of Olympia announced they will no longer participate on the CAC Board.
Emergency Medical Services System:
Councilmember Nelson reported that medic contracts are being revised and policies and procedures are under review.
Human Services Review Council:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported Yelm has not responded yet about joining HSRC. Discussion continues about the focus of 2008 priorities. More information is needed regarding how much federal funding is allocated towards homelessness. HSRC funding for the Union Gospel Mission in 2007 has been rescinded, because of discriminatory hiring practices. The funding will be redirected.
Intercity Transit Authority:
Councilmember Burgman reported a marketing program was presented to the IT Board and a new communication system has been installed in the buses.
LOTT Advisory Committee:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported LOTT implemented a pilot program at Komachin Middle School to educate students about the wastewater treatment process. LOTT received the 2006 Excellence Award for its reclaimed water plant on Martin Way and an award for its engineering efforts. She also reported that during the recent windstorm, the plant operated 8 consecutive hours at peak flows.
Thurston Regional Planning Council:
Mayor Clarkson reported the County has contracted with TRPC to produce a report on Buildable Lands. He noted, however, that the Master Builders have questioned some of the data used to produce the report. TRPC staff will review the information and report back.
Councilmember Dean reported that the Lacey Area Youth Task Force will sponsor an Anti-Harassment Forum on February 7 at the Worthington Center at 7 p.m. Registration can be made by contacting the City of Lacey or the North Thurston Public School District.
Transportation Policy Board:
Councilmember Sackrison reported the Transportation Policy Board ratified changes to their by-laws which will be forwarded to the TRPC Board for review. A study of Olympia’s Westside transportation is also planned by the Board.
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.
Council minutes approved and signed on February 22, 2007