MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
MAY 10, 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, J. Darby, T. Nelson.
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, J. Sheler, R. Schoessel, J. Litt, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, C. Litten.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AND AMEND THE AGENDA BY ADDING THE CLEAN AIR PROCLAMATION. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting of April 26, 2007.
Casey Cochrane, Amy Touslee, and Sandy Leek from Puget Sound Energy (PSE), presented the City of Lacey with a tree in recognition of the City receiving its 16th consecutive Tree City USA Award. Mr. Cochrane thanked the City for its efforts in promoting sustainability. He also thanked Councilmember Sackrison for his support of Lacey’s Alternative Fuel Fair, which PSE co-sponsored in its first year. Ms. Touslee reported that PSE regularly partners with the City to review its annual list of public works projects, such as PSE tree trimming and road improvement projects.
Rose Hodgebloom and Karen Grundler from American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 94, presented Council with poppies that symbolize the sacrifices made by American veterans. Donations made to the organization are used to provide support services for veterans and their families. The Auxiliary will sell poppies May 18-20, 2007, to raise funds for family support services.
Robert Coit, Executive Director of Thurston County Food Bank, presented the City of Lacey with a plaque and certificate in recognition of its first place finish in the Well-Fed, Well-Read interagency competition. Twenty-eight public agencies in Thurston County collected more than 17.5 tons of food and 9,000 children’s books during the Well-Fed, Well-Read Food and Book Drive sponsored by Thurston County Food Bank. The City of Lacey donated 9.8 tons of the total amount collected. Mr. Coit commented that the City of Lacey is one of its strongest community partners and expressed his sincere appreciation for its continued support as the demand for service continues to rise. He noted that over the past ten years, the City of Lacey employees have donated 100,000 pounds of food. He also recognized Wade Duffy, Lacey Building Inspector, for his extraordinary efforts in the City’s annual food drive. The Council added their appreciation to City staff for their enthusiastic support during this event. Councilmember Sackrison mentioned that the community also has an opportunity to donate food to the Thurston County Food Bank during the Lacey Fun Fair on May 19 and 20, 2007.
Tom Howdeshell, 718 Sawyer Street, thanked the Council for their recognition of the River Ridge High School Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball Teams for their first and third place finishes in the 2AA State Tournament.
Don Hewett, 3814 Apollo Street, addressed Council regarding the recharge zone for the Henderson aquifer. He expressed concern regarding actions taken by the Burgman’s to remove trees in the upland, buffer and wetland areas on their property and the impact this may have on the wetland. He also shared concerns about asphalt filling, erosion, noxious weeds, and dumping on their property.
Mr. Hewett encouraged the City to move quickly on this issue. Deputy Mayor Peterson assured Mr. Hewett the City is reviewing the issue and will respond appropriately.
Councilmember Burgman responded to Mr. Hewett’s comments by stating that many of the trees that were cut were approved for removal by the City forester and were diseased. She noted that their business is working with Department of Agriculture to control the noxious weeds and said she is not aware of any dumping on cemetery property by employees.
Rob Kirkwood, 4426 50th Avenue NE, presented a proposal to form a Thurston County Historical District Public Development Authority (PDA) to rehabilitate a regional landmark, the Old Olympia Brew House. Development of the Brew House will have historical, cultural and educational significance. The facility could provide waterfront access, serve as a large public meeting place, and offer retail, office and restaurant space. Mr. Kirkwood stated the proposal is being reviewed by the Tumwater and Olympia City Councils, and encouraged the Lacey City Council to consider the request to form a PDA. Deputy Mayor Peterson thanked Mr. Kirkwood for his comments.
Deputy Mayor Peterson opened the Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. to receive comments on the 32nd Avenue annexation.
Dave Burns, Principal Planner, stated the applicant submitted a petition in 2005 to the City to annex the property. The property owner met the petition requirements of owning at least 10% of the assessed value of the annexation area. The Utilities Committee reviewed the petition and required the applicant to bring water rights, which has been done. In January 2007, the Council authorized the applicant to pursue annexation by submitting a new petition with 60% approval. That petition was submitted and staff prepared a report to be forwarded to the Thurston County Boundary Review Board. After reviewing the application, the Thurston County Commissioners did not invoke jurisdiction. The application has been returned to Council to hold a public hearing to provide an opportunity for public comment.
Mr. Burns noted development of the property would require improvements to existing road frontage and would allow City development standards to be applied to the property. The City would provide utilities and maintenance of public improvements serving the property. Mr. Burns stated staff recommends approval.
Greg Barr, 7145 32nd Avenue, who lives across from the proposed annexation property, expressed concern about increased traffic on a narrow two lane road. Mr. Burns remarked that when the property is developed, the applicant will be responsible for improving the road.
In regards to the proposed annexation property, Tom Howdeshell, 718 Sawyer Street, asked for information regarding a purple pipe connection, sewer connection, under grounding utilities, and the enforcement of the tree policy. Mr. Burns responded that many of these questions will be addressed when the property is developed. He noted that there are no immediate plans to bring reclaimed water to this area; sewer hookups and utility under grounding will be addressed when the property is developed; and the City’s Tree Protection Ordinance will apply to the annexed property.
Deputy Mayor Peterson closed the Public Hearing at 7:38 p.m.
COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1286) WHICH ANNEXES 14.4 ACRES OF PROPERTY ADJACENT AND NORTH OF 32ND AVENUE NE. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Steve Chamberlain, applicant for the 32nd Avenue annexation, thanked Council for their support and offered to address any concerns that may be expressed.
Deputy Mayor Peterson proclaimed the week of May 19-27, 2007, as National Safe Boating Week in the City of Lacey. Stan Scott, Commander of Olympia Sail and Power Squadron, accepted the proclamation and thanked the City for its support of safe boating practices. He stated that boating safety is the organization’s primary goal and remarked that wearing a lifejacket greatly reduces the risk of injury or death. He encouraged everyone to participate in safe boating practices and to wear lifejackets.
Councilmember Burgman proclaimed May 2007, as Clean Air Month in the City of Lacey. Richard Stedman, Executive Director of Olympic Clean Air Agency, accepted the proclamation and encouraged residents to participate in clean air activities. He noted that ORCAA has met the standards for ambient air control, but noted there may be challenges for the region in complying with the new EPA regulations for particulate matter. He thanked Lacey for its efforts in pollution control and noted that ORCAA was one of the first sponsors of the Lacey Alternative Fuel Fair. Mr. Stedman thanked Councilmember Burgman for her dedication and service as Lacey’s representative on the ORCAA Board.
Ordinance (1286). See action under Public Hearing.
Deputy Mayor Peterson presented Council with a request to appoint Bradley Banks to an unexpired term on the Thurston Community Television Board.
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF BRADLEY BANKS TO AN UNEXPIRED TERM ON THE THURSTON COMMUNITY TELEVISION BOARD. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Mark Russell, Interim City Engineer, presented Council with PW Contract 2007-09 to award a bid to Site Development, Inc. from Tacoma, Washington, in the amount of $4,487,050.60 for the Gateway Improvements Phase I project. Site Development, Inc. was the low bidder. The Engineer’s Estimate was $4,871,734.13. The bid award would be contingent upon the dedication of the necessary Right-of-Way from the developer.
Mr. Russell stated the contract provides for the construction of Gateway Boulevard and sections of Britton Parkway and Main Street including a roundabout, stormwater facilities, reclaimed water, sanitary sewer, water, and stormwater main, landscaping and illumination. The project is the first phase of construction to build the public infrastructure in the Gateway Town Center. Staff recommends approval.
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO AWARD PW 2007-09 TO SITE DEVELOPMENT, INC. OF TACOMA, WASHINGTON, IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,487,050.60 CONTINGENT UPON THE DEDICATION OF THE NECESSARY RIGHT-OF-WAY FROM THE DEVELOPER. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, noted that sharply rising construction costs will have an impact on the City’s ability to complete all the planned road connections for the Gateway Project.
Mr. Cuoio stated that in 2005 Lacey citizens passed a measure to ban fireworks in city limits. The ban went into effect in January 2007. A mailer will be sent to Lacey residents asking for their cooperation in complying with the new fireworks ban on July 4. The ban does not apply to county residents.
Mr. Cuoio reminded Council and staff of the retreat on May 14, 2007. He also announced the Governor would sign the capital budget bill on May 15, 2007, at 1:30 p.m., if Council would like to attend.
STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
Councilmember Darby, Chair, reported the Committee met on April 19, 2007, to discuss the Hawks Prairie Well and 400 Zone Pressure Booster Station projects; the Intergovernmental Water Purchase Agreement with the City of Olympia; and a request from the Lacey Women’s Club to waive utility taxes.
Councilmember Sackrison announced Lacey Spring Fun Fair will be held May 19 and 20, 2007, and invited the community to participate.
Deputy Mayor Peterson recognized Bruce Freeland, Lacey Planning Commission member.
BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
Councilmember Darby reported CAPCOM has reached a settlement offer with the Olympic Ambulance Company through a successful mediation process. The Board will review its policy that may result in extending service to all ambulance companies in Thurston County.
Economic Development Council:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Economic Development Council (EDC) Board met on April 30, 2007, to tour the new Life Sciences Building. The EDC received state funding in the amount of 55 cents per capita or $128,000 for operations. The amount will be increased to 95 cents per capita.
Councilmember Burgman reported the Cabela’s advance hiring team visited the Lacey area recently to begin the hiring process for 300 new employees. The group is working with the Lacey Chamber of Commerce, EDC and South Puget Sound Community College during the process.
HOME Consortium (Interjurisdictional Forum on Homelessness):
Councilmember Dean reported a grant was approved to HOMES FIRST to add a minimum of 14 units of affordable housing for persons who make less than 50% of the median income. She reported that a group of representatives from Thurston County visited Dignity Village for the homeless in Portland, Oregon. She noted the arrangement is unique and could not be replicated in our area. The recent homeless count for Thurston County numbered 700 people who reported they were homeless due in part to unemployment, disabilities, low paying jobs, mental illness, drug abuse or alcohol abuse.
Intercity Transit Authority:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Board discussed 2007-2008 discretionary grants. Thirty-seven people participated on the bicycle commuter team and employees participated in several commuter events throughout the month.
LOTT Advisory Committee:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported a public hearing will be held on May 23, 2007, for LOTT’s proposed rate increase. In addition, an audit of LOTT was recently completed with no findings.
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Governor did not sign legislation on reclaimed water, expressing concerns about the downstream effect of reclaimed water. The issue is being reviewed by the cities.
Councilmember Sackrison attended the May Mayor’s Forum and participated in discussion of general issues.
Thurston Regional Planning Council:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported TRPC discussed the Buildable Land Report which is required by state statute. The deadline is June 30, 2007, to forward a draft of the report to Community Trade and Economic Development (CTED). Public hearings will be held in June and July of this year, and it was noted that comments from the hearings could be included in the report. CTED advises adopting the report, which will first be adopted regionally and then individually by each participating jurisdiction.
TRPC will celebrate their 40th anniversary and are planning an evening event to invite past and present members.
The TRPC Board received a presentation from the Puget Sound Regional Council, which is represented by 85 communities. The group is working on their 20-40 Vision Plan with a focus on affordable housing.
Transportation Policy Board:
Councilmember Sackrison reported he will serve on a sub-group of the Transportation Policy Board to establish evaluation tools for assessing Seamac grant proposals that will address air quality issues and congestion management.
Councilmember Sackrison also attended the Cascadia Discovery Institute for a workshop on alternative fuels. King County is exploring options for using alternative fuels to lessen independence on petroleum.
Visitor & Convention Bureau:
Councilmember Darby remarked that tourism in the Thurston County area is rapidly changing with new projects, such as the Lacey Gateway project and the Great Wolf Lodge.
Deputy Mayor Peterson adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.
Council minutes approved and signed on May 24, 2007