MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
APRIL 12, 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, M. Dean, J. Darby.
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, J. Sheler, J. Litt, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, C. Litten; T. Wilson, K. Owens, S. Kirkman.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting of March 22, 2007
Mayor Clarkson reported Councilmembers Nelson and Sackrison were excused from tonight’s meeting.
Mayor Clarkson read a proclamation declaring April 2007 as Arbor Month in the City of Lacey.
Eric Schroff, Department of Natural Resources, presented the City of Lacey its 16th consecutive Tree City USA Award. Mayor Clarkson accepted on behalf of the Lacey City Council. The City also received recognition for adopting an Urban Forestry Plan and for improving itsTree Ordinance which strengthens tree protection regulations.
Continuing the Arbor celebration, Mayor Clarkson presented a dogwood tree to Lacey’s Sister City of Yelm. Mayor Ron Harding accepted the gift on behalf of the Yelm community.
Mayor Clarkson also recognized several groups involved in tree planting projects coordinated by City staff, Tim Wilson, Kathy Owen and Steve Kirkman. Dozens of students planted trees at Lake Lois and Woodland Creek, and more than a dozen Jubilee residents planted native trees along Woodland Creek which will provide shade for spawning salmon.
The Mayor concluded the Arbor month celebration by inviting citizens to participate in the April 21, 2007, Annual Tree Seedling Giveaway at noon at Huntamer Park. Last year’s event attracted more than 800 people.
Gail Johnson, George Hartwell, Jerry Smith and Talitha Thyla addressed Council with a request to pass a Resolution in support of a congressional investigation to impeach Bush/Cheney. The group called attention to the large number of signing statements added to laws under the Bush Presidency which could nullify the laws enacted. They remarked this issue impacts government at all levels and noted that revenue targeted for county programs may have been lost to spending on the war effort. Mayor Clarkson responded, in accordance with Council policy, issues requiring action by state or federal government are normally deferred to those agencies. The Mayor referred the request to the General Government Committee for review.
David Price, 6214 Alder Glen Drive, reported that his car was recently towed from a City lot adjacent to Pints & Quarts. He noted, for the past two years, this lot has been open for public parking after-hours and questioned why it has now been closed. He suggested due to the recent change in City policy, a warning period would be more appropriate than towing vehicles. Mr. Price asked the City for reimbursement of the towing charge. Mayor Clarkson responded the City is working with the owners of Pints & Quarts to resolve parking issues.
Mayor Clarkson proclaimed April 23 through May 25, 2007, as The Big Read: Timberland Reads Together 2007. Ruta Maeda, Head Librarian, invited Council to participate in the kickoff on April 23 at noon at the Olympia Library; a reading session at the Lacey Library on April 25; and a performance of the interpretation of My Antonia on May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Lacey Library.
Councilmember Burgman proclaimed April 15 through 22, 2007, as Days of Remembrance and encouraged all citizens to remember the Holocaust.
Deputy Mayor Peterson proclaimed April 2007 as Alcohol Awareness Month. Chris Zipperer, TOGETHER, thanked Council for recognizing the need to reduce underage drinking.
Councilmember Dean proclaimed April 26, 2007, as Dine Out for Life Day. Susanne Hidde, United Community AIDS Network, invited Council to participate in this annual event. She reported that twenty local-area restaurants have agreed to donate 25% of their proceeds on April 26 from non-alcohol sales to the AIDS network.
Councilmember Darby proclaimed April 2007 as National Financial Literacy Month. Bruce Kramer, OBEE Credit Union, accepted the proclamation and thanked Council for the recognition.
Mayor Clarkson recommended appointments of Ruth Kirk, Richard Daughterty and Barbara Crane to fill unexpired terms on the Library Board.
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPOINT RUTH KIRK, RICHARD DAUGHTERTY AND BARBARA CRANE TO UNEXPIRED TERMS ON THE LIBRARY BOARD. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
General Government & Public Safety Committee:
Chair, Councilmember Burgman, reported the Committee met on March 21, 2007, to discuss Charity Grant Funding and the NPDES – Phase 2: Municipal Stormwater Permit.
The Committee discussed expanding social services funding to directly benefit Lacey area residents. Funding would be allocated towards basic needs, such as shelter, food and health care. The Committee will review a draft policy at a future meeting. Councilmember Darby asked for clarification regarding the criteria. Councilmember Burgman explained that although funding would be allocated to directly benefit Lacey residents, agencies providing the services do not have to be located within the City.
Councilmember Burgman reported the NPDES – Phase 2: Municipal Stormwater Permit is a federal mandate that will require a significant investment of time and staffing.
Finance, Economic Development and Land Use Committee:
Chair, Mayor Clarkson reported the Committee met on March 26, 2007, to discuss the Capital Facilities Plan, funding for the Boys and Girls Club, and an Intergovernmental Water Agreement with Olympia.
Jerry Litt, Community Development Director, reported the Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on the 2007-2027 Capital Facilities Plan, and no comments were received. The Planning Commission recommends forwarding the draft plan to Council for approval.
The Committee recommended authorizing funding to the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club for $100,000 to expand its existing facility at Tracey Street.
DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE A FUNDING CONTRACT WITH THE THURSTON COUNTY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB FOR $100,000 TO EXPAND THE EXISTING FACILITY IN THE CITY OF LACEY. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED.
Councilmember Darby remarked it was his understanding the funding would be applied towards a permanent facility. Greg Cuoio, City Manager, stated Council did authorize $100,000 for a permanent facility. He explained originally, the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club planned on constructing a facility near Nisqually Middle School. However, an opportunity was recently presented to negotiate a five-year lease with the North Thurston Public School District for the existing Boys and Girls Club at Tracey Street with the option to extend the lease for 2 five-year terms. The organization plans on expanding the Tracey Street Club into a permanent facility.
Mayor Clarkson called for the vote.
The Committee was briefed on Lacey’s existing Intergovernmental Water Agreement with the City of Olympia which expires on June 30, 2007. Staff is in the process of drafting a new agreement for Council action.
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:
HOME Consortium (Interjurisdictional forum on Homelessness)
Councilmember Dean reported the HOME Consortium awarded funding to the following social services agencies: HUD, Habitat for Humanity, Safeplace, CYS – Rosie’s Place, Thurston County Housing Authority, CYS – Haven House, Salvation Army and Drexel House. Councilmember Sackrison participated in ranking the proposals. It was noted that Drexel House received funding for maintenance and operations which is a need that has not been funded previously.
Human Services Review Council:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported HSRC met on April 3, 2007, with several social services agencies. On April 8 they will meet with housing agencies, and on April 16 with health care advocates. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss opportunities for collaboration and to identify duplication of services.
HSRC has agreed to set aside $50,000 for a cooperative effort in providing mental health services.
Intercity Transit Authority:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Board approved the 2006 Annual Report, the 2007 Transit Development Plan and transportation improvement projects. They established a Public Information Request Policy and approved an Ordinance releasing the agency from providing a detailed records index.
Councilmember Burgman reported the DASH shuttle is now providing service to 43,000 riders. Councilmember Darby raised a concern about sharing costs for shuttle services that do not directly benefit the City of Lacey. He suggested Intercity Transit Board review the funding mechanism for the DASH shuttle service.
LOTT Advisory Committee:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported LOTT met on April 11, 2007, to discuss proposed rate increases. LOTT has not raised its rates in ten years. Committee members discussed creating a five-year rate plan with an annual review by the cities. The first rate increase would be in 2008.
The LOTT Board discussed the Elected Officials workshop on March 30. In order to improve participation, they are considering presenting the workshop to individual City Councils instead of one large group.
Councilmember Dean asked for a briefing on LOTT’s presentation of global warming.
Mayor Clarkson reported the group met on April 6, 2007, and discussed the impact of recent legislation regarding sales tax on internet purchases.
They also discussed the Family Investment Initiative, and Commissioner Oberquell presented a new proposal for the Initiative.
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency:
Councilmember Burgman reported the agency met on April 11, 2007, and discussed raising registration fees to 25%.
A citizen group addressed the Board regarding odors from a composting farm in Tenino. ORCAA is working with LOTT to address the issue.
Sister City International Committee:
Mayor Clarkson reported the Committee met on April 4, 2007 and are finalizing plans for their Mother’s Day Brunch. Tickets are $30. The Mayor stated he will be visiting Minsk the last week of May.
Thurston Community Network:
Councilmember Dean stated April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The April 5, 2007, Make A Difference luncheon honored community agencies who are improving the lives of children through their work.
The Board is in the process of interviewing three finalists for the position of Coordinator.
Thurston Regional Planning Council:
Mayor Clarkson reported TRPC met on April 6, 2007, and discussed the Commute Trip Reduction program. He noted smaller work sites of 100 employees or less are being encouraged to participate in the program.
Mayor Clarkson reported the group discussed a prevention planning program for Thurston County. The plan would involve networking and a community assessment to identify the issues and risk factors of teen drug and alcohol abuse.
Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA):
Mayor Clarkson noted that grant money has been available for WRIA activities, and in the past, funds could be rolled over from year to year. That policy has now been changed, and funds that are not spent will be lost.
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting at 8:37 p.m.
Council minutes approved and signed on April 26, 2007