MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
MARCH 8, 2007, AT LACEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
CALL TO ORDER:
Deputy Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
N. Peterson, A. Burgman, G. Sackrison, M. Dean, T. Nelson.
K. Ahlf, B. Martin, J. Sheler, M. Lannoye, R. Schoessel, 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 DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting of February 22, 2007.
- Final plat approval for Campus Pointe (Case No. 04-307).
- Resolution (921) segregating assessments within LID #16 and #19, as requested by Meridian Campus MF4, LLC.
- Approve City Manager’s annual contract.
Deputy Mayor Peterson acknowledged Ken Mitchell, Planning Commission member.
George Hollingberry, River Ridge High School teacher, introduced Ashley Rosado, River Ridge High School student, who presented her graduation project, Challenges of Life on the Nisqually reservation, to the City Council. Ms. Rosado described life on the reservation as a child growing up and talked about the negative effects of alcohol, drugs and domestic violence. She stated that change is possible, and thanked the adults who have made a difference in her life.
Carolyn Cox, Washington Public Campaigns, asked Council to endorse legislative bills that would provide public financing for candidates at all levels to ensure fair elections. Deputy Mayor Peterson stated the issue would be referred to the General Government Committee.
Harold Jones, resident of Hicks Lake, commented about water levels on Hicks Lake. He stated that rising water levels do not impact the homes on the shallow end of the lake. He also asked Council to review the ingress/egress to a new apartment complex on Carpenter Road.
Deputy Mayor Peterson proclaimed March 2007 as American Red Cross Month. Dan Filip, American Red Cross Boardmember, and volunteers, Heather Spates and Mary Jane Rants accepted the proclamation on behalf of the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter and thanked the City for its continued support. They noted the American Red Cross does not receive any federal funding and relies on donations to operate. Mr. Filip announced that the Real Heroes Breakfast will be held on June 2007.
REFERRAL FROM HEARINGS EXAMINER: Samra Seymour, Associate Planner, requested Council authorization for preliminary plat approval for Campus Willows – Case No. 05-246. An application was submitted by Meridian Campus Development Partners LLC to subdivide 6.84 acres into 66 lots for future townhouses. The proposal included a Planned Residential Development request to allow reduced setbacks in a townhouse development. The site is located in Section 36, Township 19 North, Range 1 West, and is on the west side of Willamette Drive NE between the southern terminus of Merriwood Drive NE and the southern terminus of Campus Greens Drive NE in Lacey, Washington. The parcel number is 11936330200. located in high density residential .
The Hearings Examiner held a public hearing on February 5, 2007. Two citizens testified with concerns about site distance, ingress, egress, stormwater runoff, and wildlife impact. The Hearings Examiner recommends approval subject to conditions.
Deputy Mayor Peterson asked why this application includes a Planned Residential Development (PRD). Jerry Litt, Community Development Director, responded that a PRD provides flexibility to modify the setback from 25 feet to 15 feet to allow some design modifications.
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE PRELIMINARY PLAT APPROVAL FOR CAMPUS WILLOWS – CASE NO. 05-246, SUBMITTED BY MERIDIAN CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS LLC. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Ordinance (1283) relates to the service charges levied for false alarms causing police response, amending Section 14.11.050 of the Lacey Municipal Code. Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint, stated under the proposal, the City would bill $50 for the fourth and every subsequent alarm within a calendar year. The fine for false robbery alarms would be increased to $150 to offset costs for additional police response time. In 2006, Lacey police responded to 1,400 alarms. This proposal could reduce the number of false alarms requiring police response and provide a more equitable system for billing.
The Government Committee reviewed the proposal and recommends approval.
COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1283) TO AMEND LACEY MUNICIPAL CODE 14.11.050 ADJUSTING SERVICE CHARGES LEVIED FOR FALSE ALARMS REQUIRING POLICE RESPONSE. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
General Government & Public Safety Committee:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Committee met on February 21, 2007, to discuss the voting equity on the Timberland Library Board, Hicks Lake water levels, the Comcast cable franchise extension, the False Alarm ordinance, charity grant funding and the purchase of Green Power from PSE.
The Committee recommended:
- Not passing a Resolution to support legislative changes to create voting equity on the Timberland Library District Board, although individual Councilmembers could contact their legislators to show support for HB 1795;
- Encouraging Hicks Lake residents to work with county staff and private property owners to resolve water level issues;
- Amending the false alarm ordinance to improve billing equity and reduce the number of police responses;
- Extending the Comcast cable franchise agreement which was acted upon at the January 25, 2007, Council meeting. Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager noted a correction to the Government Committee minutes to change the franchise extension from 2007 to 2008;
- Participate in Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power program at Leadership Level 3 by purchasing 2.5 million kilowatt hours annually;
- Researching criteria for funding local-area charities with a direct benefit to Lacey residents to augment HSRC funding.
COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO PARTICIPATE IN PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S GREEN POWER PROGRAM AT LEVEL 3 BY PURHCASING 2.5 MILLION KILOWATT HOURS ANNUALLY. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:
HOME Consortium (Interjurisdictional Forum on Homelessness):
Councilmember Dean reported they met with homeless advocates to discuss current services and extend an invitation to participate in the Homeless Task Force. An ad-hoc committee was formed to meet directly with social service providers to assess current services. The group also discussed alternative housing options.
Intercity Transit Authority:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Board reviewed a draft of the master plan for a new facility adjacent to the current building on Martin Way. All bus routes increased their ridership by 13% in 2006. A security camera has been installed at the Olympia transfer station improving safety. The Board enacted its stroller policy. A new Human Resources Director has been hired.
LOTT Advisory Committee:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Board held its annual retreat to review its mission, values and customer service goals.
Sister City International Committee:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Committee met on March 7, 2007. A Mother’s Day fundraising brunch will be held on May 13, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Puget Sound Community College. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by contacting Dina Meyers at 459.7285, or calling City Hall. The Committee also plans on sponsoring a food booth at the annual Duck Dash.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Board is restructuring its organization. Mayor Clarkson and Deputy Mayor Peterson will continue to serve on the leadership board.
Councilmember Burgman reported that Sherry McDonald, Director of Thurston County Health, will assume administration of the Project Access program. It is anticipated this will eliminate duplication of services.
Deputy Mayor Peterson adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.
Council minutes approved and signed on March 22, 2007