MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
FEBRUARY 22, 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, R. Schoessel, J. Litt, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, C. Litten, S. Hawkins.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER NELSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting of January 25, 2007
- Resolution (919) segregating assessments within LID #19, requested by Hawks Prairie, LLC
- Resolution (920) segregating assessments within LID # 16 and #19, requested by Summit Corp Park LLC
Joseph Beaulieu and Jan Wallace, Hawks Prairie Rotary members, announced that in honor of the International Rotary Club’s 100th Anniversary, their club chose to commission a statue of a military family by Gareth Curtis to show support for military families in the Lacey community. The Hawks Prairie Rotary raised $125,000 for the statue and First Western Development donated property to place the statue at Lacey Marketplace on Marvin Road. In appreciation of the City’s support of the project and a contribution of $20,000, the Rotary presented a replica of the statue to the City. Mayor Clarkson accepted the sculpture on behalf of the Council and stated it will be put on display for the public.
Mayor Clarkson recognized Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 718 and BSA Troop 318 who are working on their Citizenship in the Community and Communications merit badges. The Scouts led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Councilmember Graeme Sackrison proclaimed February 2007 as Lacey Loves to Read Month, encouraging parents and children to read and discuss books by the selected author, Naomi Shihab Nye.
Courtney Schrieve, North Thurston Public School District Communications & Community Relations Director, reported the 4th Annual Lacey Loves to Read Month has been a successful partnership between the school district and the City of Lacey. Tonight, the school district continues its tradition of bringing winners of the Bookmark Contest before the City Council to present their winning entries. She stated there were 1,600 entries and six students, ranging in age from 2nd grade to 12th grade, were selected.
Ms. Schrieve announced the winners of the contest: Sydney Uitvlugt; Kyla Coleman; Monalisa Labrador; Katelyn Guinto; Anastasia Fabriziom; and Jackie Parkman.
Sean Finney, Lacey Recreation Coordinator, thanked Council for their continued support of the program, and recognized Deputy Mayor Peterson and Councilmember Sackrison for reading the author’s book to several preschool classes in Lacey.
REFERRAL FROM HEARINGS EXAMINER:
Sarah Hawkins, Associate Planner, requested Council approve Conditional Use Permit (Case #05-335) submitted by Mountain West Senior Housing South, LLC for construction of a 217,780 square feet, 208 unit, senior housing facility including congregated care, assisted living, and memory care facilities. Site improvements for the project include stormwater facilities, parking and site landscaping. The lot is a 6.43 acre site located in the Business Park Lacey Corporate Center at 4528 Intelco Loop SE. The Assessor’s Parcel number is 58050002700.
Ms. Hawkins stated the Hearings Examiner conducted a public hearing on January 23, 2007. There was no testimony from the public and no written comments were received. The Hearings Examiner recommended approval of the conditional use permit with conditions of approval identified by staff. Staff requests Council to approve the proposal.
Deputy Mayor Peterson noted “the proposed site shall be vested for traffic mitigation fees if the remaining number of vested trips for the Lacey Corporate Center is not exceeded prior to submittal of application. If there are no remaining vested trips, then traffic mitigation fess will be required.” She asked how the City would assess the impacts and determine if there are vested trips available. Ms. Hawkins responded that traffic generation worksheets are submitted for developments in Lacey Corporate Center, and traffic counts identified by the worksheet are subtracted from the total number of trips allotted to the Corporate Center. If the total number of trips is exceeded, then applicants will have to pay mitigation. Deputy Mayor Peterson suggested revising the language to clarify when a developer is required to pay traffic mitigation.
DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO APPROVE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CASE #05-335) SUBMITTED BY MOUNTAIN WEST SENIOR HOUSING SOUTH, LLC FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A SENIOR HOUSING FACILITY LOCATED IN THE BUSINESS PARK ZONE. COUNCILMEMBER DARBY SECONDED.
Councilmember Mary Dean said she would abstain from voting, because her mother is a resident of Woodland Assisted Living Home, which was built by Mt. West, the same developer of this project.
Councilmember Graeme Sackrison commented that several retirement communities are locating in the Lacey area, and he suggested these facilities be required to have backup generators to operate essential services.
MAYOR CLARKSON CALLED FOR THE VOTE. COUNCILMEMBERS CLARKSON, PETERSON, SACKRISON, BURGMAN, DARBY AND NESLON VOTED YES. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
Ordinance (1282) extends Lacey’s franchise with Comcast Cable. Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, stated the City’s franchise will expire March 29, 2007. The City is in the process of evaluating its current franchise and cable infrastructure. The City has also entered into an agreement with Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County to conduct franchise negotiations jointly with Comcast Cable. Cable consultant, Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. has been retained to assist with creating a new franchise agreement. It is anticipated that the work will take longer than a year.
The General Government & Public Safety Committee recommends approval of the franchise extension with Comcast Cable.
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPROVE ORDINANCE (1282) TO EXTEND THE TERMS OF THE CITY OF LACEY’S CURRENT FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH COMCAST CABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2007. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson reported that he has offered his assistance to a group of Korean seniors who use the Lacey Senior Center for exercising. The Mayor is working with Lacey Athletic Club to create an exercise video recorded in Korean that will be used during exercise class.
Mayor Clarkson reported the ribbon cutting for the Chehalis Western Trail pedestrian bridge was well attended by more than 100 people representing walkers and bikers of all ages. The bridge across Interstate 5 connects two sections of the Chehalis Western Trail. The Mayor noted that two more links are needed to complete the trail and donations are welcome.
Mayor Clarkson also reported the Mayors of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater met with Congressman Brian Baird to provide input on whether local area students are prepared to meet the labor demands in the community when they graduate.
In conclusion, the Mayor reported he has attended many functions this month in celebration of Black History Month, including a major event recently sponsored by Ft. Lewis.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, presented Council with a request to award Lacey Contract Number PW 2007-05 to Pape & Sons Construction, Inc. from Gig Harbor for Sleater-Kinney Road utility improvements. Pape and Sons is the low bidder at $147,506.43. The Engineer’s estimate is $151,708.80.
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO AWARD PW 2007-05 TO PAPE AND SONS AS THE LOW BIDDER FOR SLEATER-KINNEY ROAD UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $147,506.43. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
Finance, Economic Development and Land Use Committee:
Mayor Clarkson reported the Committee met on January 22, 2007, to discuss a docketing process for amendments to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
The City’s current policy allows applications to be reviewed once a year for amendments to the City’s
Comprehensive Land Use plan. A docketing process would establish a detailed process for Council review of Comprehensive Land Use Plan amendments before staff begins processing the applications. It is anticipated this process could save staff time by filtering applications before processing.
Community Relations & Public Affairs Committee:
Councilmember Graeme Sackrison reported the Committee met on February 2, 2007, to discuss a request for use of the Washington Center by the Lacey Rotary. They also discussed the SR510 Marvin Road Stormwater Pond Landscape Project, a partnership with Washington State Department of Transportation.
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE A REQUEST BY THE LACEY ROTARY TO USE ONE OF LACEY’S FREE DAYS AT THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR A FUNDRAISER TO PURCHASE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR LOCAL AREA SCHOOLS, AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE MALAWI WATER PROJECT. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCILMEMBER NELSON MOVED TO APPROVE A REQUEST TO PARTNER WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (WSDOT) FOR THE SR510 MARVIN ROAD STORMWTER POND LANDSCAPE PROJECT. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Committee met on February 15, 2007, to receive an update on the Woodland Creek Pollutant Load Reduction Project. The project is a three-pronged effort that will estimate pollutant loads, develop options to reduce pollutants reaching shallow groundwater and Woodland Creek, and facilitate public involvement.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Committee also discussed a water right transfer agreement from
Mr. Hwang. In 2005, the City suggested Mr. Hwang could receive a letter of water availability to build a commercial development if he deeded his water rights to the City. The City received the agreement in 2006, but had recently passed Resolution 917 making the agreement inconsistent with City policy. Since the agreement was negotiated in good faith, staff recommended amending the agreement to add a provision requiring an escrow account for the cash value of the water rights for Phase 1 & 2. The funds would be transferred if the water right is not granted. The Utilities Committee recommends approval of the amended Hwang water right transfer agreement.
DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO APPROVE AN AMENDMENT TO THE WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT TO ACCEPT THE HWANG WATER RIGHTS TRANSFER. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:
Councilmember Darby reported CAPCOM revaluated their formula for charging non-member fees which would be more equitable. The formula is based on the impact on the 911 system. Depending on the number of calls made, a member would pay a percentage of the base fee.
Economic Development Council:
Councilmember Burgman announced the Annual EDC Award Event will be held on March 28, 2007, at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club.
Emergency Medical Services System:
Councilmember Nelson reported members reviewed legislation which may affect the Medic One System. The Board also approved scholarships for Emergency Medical Technicians who attend medical school. Upon graduating and hiring by local agencies, a $1,000 scholarship is awarded. The Board is also conducting a policy review. Councilmember Nelson reported that all medic vans are normally rotated every two years from active service to reserve status. However, the Ford motor company, who makes the chassis for the medic vans, has stopped making the part because of federal pollution requirements in diesel engines. Other options are being explored for the medic vans.
HOME Consortium (Interjurisdictional Forum on Homelessness)
Councilmember Dean reported the Board met on February 13, 2007, and reviewed their ten year plan. The Consortium also recently conducted its annual homeless count and is waiting final analysis of the data. Councilmember Dean reported on the Re-entry Housing Project, which provides housing for homeless inmates released from jail. A new site is being sought for location of the facility.
The City of Olympia called an emergency meeting of the group to discuss tent city, and Councilmember Sackrison attended. He reported the tent city was created by homeless persons who feel existing providers don’t meet their needs. Discussion needs to continue on those who are homeless and choose to remain outside of the system.
Human Services Review Council:
Deputy Mayor Peterson remarked that HSRC funding initially awarded to the Union Gospel Mission in the 2007 funding cycle has been reallocated to the Free Neighborhood Medical Clinic for pharmacy needs. HSRC continued their discussion on more efficiently allocating limited funds to unlimited requests. The group will hold three forums to receive input on current social services for childcare, housing/homeless, and health care. It is hoped that assessing current social services will help eliminate duplication of funding.
Intercity Transit Authority:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Board met on February 21, 2007, and discussed the Bicycle Commuter Contest in May, the new bicycle maps which will be distributed in April, and the Smart Move Program, which provides grant funding for alternative transportation for youth.
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency:
Councilmember Burgman reported ORCAA received a grant from Oregon for the Cheeka Peak Air Monitoring Station.
Sister City International Committee:
City Manager Greg Cuoio reported a Mothers Day Brunch is being planned to raise funds for upcoming events. A potluck supper was held to bid farewell to the Polish exchange students.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee:
Councilmember Darby reported that customers should be receiving their bins for single stream recycling in February or March 2007.
Thurston Community Network:
Councilmember Dean reported the group is in transition, because their coordinator resigned. The board has also approved mini grants for cultural outreach to those impacted by childhood neglect.
Thurston Regional Planning Council:
Mayor Clarkson reported TRPC staff is revising its Buildable Lands Report to address concerns about certain assumptions made in preparing the report. The revised draft should be available by June 20, 2007.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Anti-bullying Forum on February 7, 2007, was successful and she encouraged parents to watch the forum, which will be televised on TCTV Channel 3.
Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA):
Mayor Clarkson reported the group approved the Implementation Plan for WRIA 11.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the project is going well. The City of Olympia is still deciding whether to provide funding this year.
Councilmember Burgman reported Project Access has enough funds to operate through May 2007, but funding is still critical. The pharmaceutical process has also been changed.
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting at 8:17 p.m. to an Executive Session for the City Manager’s Annual Performance Review. The Council will not make a decision and will not reconvene.
Council minutes approved and signed on March 8, 2007