MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
MARCH 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, T. Nelson.
STAFF PRESENT: G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, J. Sheler, R. Schoessel, J. Litt, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, C. Litten, S. Hawkins, D. Burns, P. Brooks.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting of March 8, 2007.
- Final plat approval for Hawks Prairie Phase 2 – Unit 2 (Case No. 06-180)
- Resolution (922) segregating assessments within LID #19, as requested by Jenamar.
Tom Howdeshell, 718 Sawyer Street SE, Olympia, asked Council to recognize the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams at River Ridge High School for placing 1st and 3rd in the 2AA State Tournament. He noted this is the first time since the school’s founding in 1993, that the boys’ team has won a title at state level. Mayor Clarkson indicated the City would recognize the RRHS basketball teams in the near future.
Mayor Clarkson proclaimed April, 2007, as Records and Information Management Month. Eileen Harke, ARMA member, accepted the proclamation.
REFERRAL FROM HEARINGS EXAMINER:
Sarah Hawkins, Associate Planner, requested Council authorization for preliminary plat approval for Campus Highlands North – Case No. 05-226. An application was submitted by Meridian Campus Development Partners to subdivide approximately 18.67 acres into 56 lots for future residential development. The site is zoned low-density residential 0-4 and is located in the Meridian Campus Planned Community.
The Hearings Examiner conducted a Public Hearing on February 20, 2007. No comments or public testimony were received. The Hearings Examiner recommends approval with recommended conditions.
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE PRELIMINARY PLAT APPROVAL FOR CAMPUS HIGHLANDS NORTH (CASE NO. 05-226), SUBMITTED BY MERIDIAN CAMPUS. DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
REFERRAL FROM THE PLANNING COMMISSION:
Ordinance (1284) relates to day care centers within the Business Park District of the city and amends Section 16.41.020 of the Lacey Municipal Code. The Planning Commission recommends allowing day care centers with up to 10,000 square feet of floor area in the Business Park District.
Currently, the Business Park District allows day care centers as a secondary use, and classifies day care centers as retail activity. Retail activities are limited to 5,000 square feet. A KinderCare day care center would like to locate in the Crossroads Development, but would need up to 10,000 square feet for its facility.
A public hearing was held on this proposal and no one spoke against the proposal. The Planning Commission recommends approval.
COUNCILMEMBER DEAN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1284) TO AMEND LACEY MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 16.41.020 TO ALLOW DAY CARE CENTERS UP TO 10,000 SQUARE FEET IN BUSINESS PARK ZONE. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Resolution (922) See action under Consent Agenda.
Mayor Clarkson requested Council approval to appoint Glen Crandal to a 1st term on the Parks Board.
COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO APPOINT GLEN CRANDAL TO A 1ST TERM ON THE PARKS BOARD. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Roger Schoessel, Acting Public Works Director, presented Contract No. PW 2006-26 to the Council for approval. The contract provides for the rehabilitation of existing Beach Crest wells, the drilling of two smaller diameter test wells at the Beach Crest site and at the North Thurston Public Schools site along Marvin Rd NE. It also includes the drilling and testing of a large diameter production well located on the Meridian Parks property.
Bids were opened on March 12, 2007. One bid was received from Boart Longyear Company from Milton, Washington at $1,015,885.77. The Engineer’s estimate was $743,759.50. The difference in price is attributed to the risk associated with complex drilling methods and mobilization/demobilization. The drilling method requires two separate types of drilling equipment which limited the field of prospective bidders.
The project will help the City recoup the lost pumping capacity at the existing Beach Crest wells, and provide a new production site in the northeast area that can be developed immediately upon receipt of water rights from the Department of Ecology.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, remarked this project is within budget and the City needs to aggressively pursue well exploration. Staff strongly recommends approval.
DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO AWARD LACEY CONTRACT NO. PW-2006 TO BOART LONGYEAR COMPANY IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,015,885.77. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, reported that he has prepared a letter to the Thurston County Commissioners for Council’s review regarding the Family Investment Initiative. He suggested Council discuss the issue when they adjourn to a Worksession following the Council meeting tonight.
Mr. Cuoio announced on Saturday, March 24, 2007, volunteers can participate in a landscaping project coordinated by the Washington State Department of Transportation. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. near the stormwater pond on Marvin Road and Interstate 5 to plant 200 trees and 5,000 shrubs.
Mr. Cuoio reminded Council of the LOTT Local Elected Officials meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2007, from 6-8 p.m. at Lacey City Hall.
Mr. Cuoio announced the Economic Development Council’s (EDC) Annual Awards Recognition will be held on March 28, 2007, at 11:30 a.m. at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club. Two Lacey businesses, Econet and Hummingbird, will be recognized as new small businesses. Reservations can be made by contacting the EDC.
STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
Community Relations and Public Affairs Committee:
Councilmember Mary Dean reported the Committee met on March 2, 2007, to discuss public art. The Committee reviewed the Public Art Policy, discussed different themes that reflect Lacey’s diversity and family-oriented community, and agreed that a piece of art should be selected in 2007. Currently, there is $64,000 in the public art fund.
The Committee agreed to a recommendation to commission a sculpture, such as a hawk, for the roundabout at the Quinault slip ramp as a welcoming feature to the Hawks Prairie district. Staff will develop a Request for Proposal and submitted projects will be reviewed by the Community Relations Committee.
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:
Emergency Medical Services System:
Councilmember Nelson announced an EMS scholarship was awarded to Adam Finney from Tumwater.
Councilmember Nelson reported that EMS response calls were up by 1,407 or 6% higher than last year. Medic units have implemented an on board data system to streamline their reporting process.
Councilmember Nelson also stated in 2006, EMS responded to 2,653 calls or 89% of the calls in 10 minutes or less. Since the new medic unit has been added to the Lacey area, response time has increased to 98% in ten minutes or less for calls.
Human Services Review Council:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported that the HSRC Board will meet with representatives from the health, housing/homeless, and family agencies to identify duplication of services. The information gathered will be used to help determine HSRC allocations for 2008.
Intercity Transit Authority:
Councilmember Burgman reported that several state agencies, including Department of Corrections, Department of Health, Labor & industries, Department of Transportation, and the Attorney General are competing in the Commute Trip Reduction contest. She noted that they are close to meeting their goal.
Lacey Area Youth Task Force:
Councilmember Dean reported that the LAYTF reviewed the Anti-bullying Forum and discussed topics for future sessions. She extended her appreciation to Scott Spence and Courtney Schrieve for their assistance with planning. Councilmember Dean announced that she attended the grand opening of the Drexel House on Devoe Street. The facility is a clean, modern transitional shelter for women, men and children as they move from homelessness to employment.
LOTT Advisory Committee:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported that LOTT recently conducted a staff education process at Komachin Middle School with 118 students participating. The Deputy Mayor will represent LOTT on a TV show being aired by the City of Olympia to discuss the redevelopment of the Port of Olympia. She will talk about education opportunities for LOTT reclaimed water.
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency:
Councilmember Burgman announced that an open house will be held on March 15, 2007, for the office in Raymond, Washington.
Transportation Policy Board:
Councilmember Sackrison reported that the Transportation Policy Board (TPB) approved three new members – two business representatives and one citizen representative. He reported the TPB forwarded a Human Services and Transportation Plan to Thurston Regional Planning Council for review.
Three new Washington State Department of Transportation projects were included in their Transportation Plan. Projects include the I-5/SR121 paving project; US 12 and Jocelyn paving project; and the Highway 101/Crosby Boulevard/Cooper Point landscaping project.
TPB members also approved the amendment docket for the Marvin Road Interchange Phase 2, and improvements for Carpenter Road from Martin Way to Britton Parkway.
Councilmember Sackrison reported he attended the Puget Sound Regional Council in Seattle, Washington. Discussion centered on alternative methods for controlling traffic, such as speed harmonization, active traffic management, and individual speed limits for individual lanes.
Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA):
Mayor Clarkson reported that staff continues to work diligently with the Nisqually Tribe to resolve its water issues.
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
Council minutes approved and signed on March 8, 2007