MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY, CALL TO ORDER:
AUGUST 23, 2007, AT LACEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Mayor Clarkson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.COUNCIL PRESENT:
V. Clarkson, N. Peterson, A. Burgman, G. Sackrison, M. Dean, J. Darby, T. NelsonSTAFF PRESENT:
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, S. Spence, J. Sheler, D. Burns, S. Egger, J. Litt, D. Pierpoint, P. Brooks,
APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AND AGENDA. DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from July 26, 2007
Commissioner Joel Graham, Lacey Fire District 3 (FD3), presented Deputy Mayor Peterson with a clock in recognition of her support of FD3 services. Commissioner Frank Kirkbride remarked that Nancy’s actions as former Mayor and now as a Councilmember embody the vision and partnership of the City of Lacey and Fire District 3. Deputy Mayor Peterson thanked the Commissioners for the recognition and commented that she has enjoyed the opportunity to work with the community.
Chief Dusty Pierpoint and Lt. Matt Koehler recognized efforts by Officer Chris Wenschoff and his wife, Amy, to secure funding for purchasing a trunk organizer for the department’s K-9 unit. The custom pull-out bed will improve efficiency and organization. PUBLIC COMMENT:
Dan Cathers, 1418 Laredo Drive SE in Olympia, commented on the Family Investment Initiative and the proposed evidence-based outcomes for early prevention and intervention programs. Mr. Cathers stated he works for the juvenile section of the Department of Health and Social Services. He expressed concerns about Exhibit 1 of the Interlocal Agreement which includes comments from a 2006 citizen survey identifying strategies to reduce crime. He suggested that the strategies listed in the Washington State Policy Report should be used instead. He agrees with the idea of the Family Investment Initiative for early prevention and intervention, but said funds need to be applied to programs with proven success. Mayor Clarkson offered assurances that the Family Investment Board representing the county and cities would consider all options before finalizing strategies and priorities.ORDINANCES:
Ordinance (1290) authorizes the use of automated traffic safety cameras in the City of Lacey to aid in traffic enforcement at the intersections of two arterial streets and within school speed zones; establishes the fine of $124 for infractions; and modifies the penalty attached to parking violations within the City. The ordinance adds a new Chapter 10.06 to the Lacey Municipal Code and amends LMC section 10.14.030.
Chief Dusty Pierpoint reported in 2005, the state legislature passed a law allowing the use of cameras at traffic signals, railroad crossings and school speed zones to reduce red light violations and increase public safety. Only photos of the vehicle and license are taken, not the occupant. The violation is reviewed by an officer, and a notice of the infraction is mailed within 14 days. The ticket is issued to the vehicle and is the equivalent of a parking ticket. Upon receipt of the ticket, the driver can visit the website to view a video-clip of the infraction. The infraction is a misdemeanor and does not go on the driver’s record. The Chief stated intersections are being studied to determine the location of the cameras. If violations are reduced at the targeted intersection, cameras can be moved to a new location.DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1290) TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 10.06 TO THE LACEY MUNICIPAL CODE (LMC) AND TO AMEND LMC SECTION 10.14.030 TO IMPLEMENT THE TRAFFIC SAFETY PROGRAM. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson requested Council approval for the appointment of Ken Dean to a first term on the Historical Commission. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF KEN DEAN TO A FIRST TERM ON THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson requested Council approve the re-appointment of Roger Easton to a second term on the Historical Commission.COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF ROGER EASTON TO A SECOND TERM ON THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Peter Brooks, Water Resources Manager, requested Council award Lacey Contract Number PW 2007-19 for the drilling and testing of a well located on the Meridian Park property.
Boart-Longyear Company of Milton, Washington, submitted a bid totaling $218,324.10. The Engineer’s Estimate is $256,821.28.COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO AWARD PW 2007-19 TO BOART-LONGYEAR COMPANY FOR DRILLING AND TESTING OF A WELL ON MERIDIAN CAMPUS IN THE AMOUNT OF $218,324.10. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, presented Council with the Interlocal Agreement for the Family Investment Initiative for approval. This agreement includes Thurston County, the Town of Bucoda, and the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater and Yelm. The parties have agreed to dedicate revenues generated from a proposed 3/10 of 1% sales tax to a Prevention and Early Intervention Fund, if approved by voters. Monies will be allocated to funding new and expanded proven, research-based prevention and early intervention strategies and criminal justice programs throughout Thurston County for a period of 20 years.
Mr. Cuoio stated the agreement provides details of how funds will be spent and the program implemented. Thurston County will contribute 66.7% of its revenue from the tax and the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm will each contribute 50% of their revenue from its tax. The Town of Bucoda and the cities of Rainier and Tenino may contribute revenues to this fund.
Mr. Cuoio reported the Board will consist of one elected official from each jurisdiction. A quorum of six Boardmembers is required for any decision. The Board will be responsible for the creation of program standards and evaluation criteria. Every five years an evaluation of the programs will be conducted and recommendations made for strategic program changes.DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO SIGN THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR THE FAMILY INVESTMENT INITIATIVE. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED.
Councilmember Sackrison commented on Mr. Cathers remarks regarding Exhibit 1 of the Family Investment Interlocal Agreement. He stated the citizen survey provided some ideas on early prevention and intervention programming, but is informational only. The Family Investment Board of elected officials will identify and select the evidence-based practices and programs for implementation.
Mayor Clarkson remarked that he is in favor of requiring a supermajority for any actions.
Deputy Mayor Peterson stated she is pleased with the Interlocal Agreement, and the authorization of funding for 20 years. This length of time is needed to measure the effectiveness of interventions during the span of a generation. She noted, although the initiative is focused on early intervention and prevention, some funds will be directed to jail programs to reduce recidivism.
Councilmember Burgman reinforced that the Board will be represented by elected officials who are accountable to the public, and they will be responsible for selecting the programs.
Councilmember Dean remarked she is pleased with the accountability and annual reviews. She noted that after five years, the Board will re-evaluate the programs and if not performing, programs will be terminated.
Councilmember Darby said he supports the concept, but expressed reservations about committing funds over a twenty-year period. He also clarified that Council support is not an endorsement for the public to vote in favor of the tax increase. MOTION CARRIED. STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
Finance, Economic Development and Land Use Committee:
Mayor Clarkson reported the Committee met on July 23, 2007, to discuss the 2008 Budget; the issue of tent city; credit cards and proposed fees; authorization of interfund loans for water projects; city hall expansion; potential L.I.D. for the Gateway Project; and the Preferred Leasing Agreement.
The Mayor reported he asked that funds carried over from 2007 projects that have not been completed, be identified in the 2008 budget. Councilmember Sackrison requested the city to implement a plan to begin replacing city vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles. He also suggested electrical outlets be provided in city parking lots for recharging electrical vehicles. Funding will continue for social service programs and the rehabilitation of Woodland Creek to mitigate water rights.
The issue of locating a tent city within Lacey city limits was referred to the Planning Commission for further review and discussion.
he city is exploring the use of credit cards for online transactions which should help reduce delinquent fees on checks. The City Hall remodel will include an additional 25,000 square feet and modifications to the existing building. The Committee agreed that the Preferred Leasing Area in Lacey’s core area should not be expanded.Community Relations & Public Affairs Committee:
Councilmember Dean reported the Committee met on August 3, 2007, to review the city’s public art selection process. Plans are underway for placing a statue of a hawk in the northeast area of Lacey. Committee members agreed the process should be competitive and the sculpture should be durable metal. Committee members, staff and possibly a citizen-at-large will serve on the selection committee. A final recommendation will be made to full Council.
Jim Sheler, Parks and Recreation Director, presented proposals to create a city policy regulating mobile vendors as businesses in city parks to address public safety concerns; and to develop a formalized reservation system for the use of picnic shelters in city parks. Committee members agreed with staff recommendations.
Councilmember Darby asked that the minutes be corrected to show that he was not in attendance at the Community Relations Committee meeting. BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:CAPCOM:
Councilmember Nelson reported discussions continue with tow companies on whether to charge the same member fee as other users. CAPCOM passed their 2008 Budget and will hire two new employees next year. CAPCOM will be reimbursed $90,000 from the state’s 911 fund for database charges. The Board also received information about hiring a radio consultant to update radio equipment. HOME Consortium:
Councilmember Dean reported the Board approved its bylaws and elected new officers. Cathy Wolfe remains as the chair and Donna Kelly as the vice Chair. The Board is exploring means to involve homeless advocates in discussions with the HOME Consortium.
Ms. Dean reported the HOME Consortium and Interjurisdictional Forum on Homelessness have consolidated because the issues they discuss are similar. Initially, the HOME Consortium was created to implement state and federal grant funding and IFG was created to respond to emerging needs in the community.Intercity Transit:
Councilmember Burgman stated that transit services for 2008 are being presented to the public for general comments. She noted that services on existing routes will be improved, but no new routes will be added.Lacey Sister Cities Association:
Mayor Clarkson reported the group met to discuss the cancellation of the Polish Mayor’s visit to Lacey. It is anticipated that he will visit at a future date. LOTT Board of Directors:
Deputy Mayor Peterson reported the Board received mockups of public information materials, and presentations from Washington Cities Insurance Authority and FM Global on property and liability coverage. The Board approved the Budd Inlet Master Plan and the purchase and sale agreement for 1.9 acres adjacent to LOTT. Visitor and Convention Bureau:
Councilmember Darby reported the VCB has studied various types of media used by tourists when visiting the Thurston County area. Based on this information, a new marketing campaign is being designed to increase tourism.WRIA:
Mayor Clarkson stated WRIA 11 is circulating a letter proposed by the Nisqually Tribal Council in support of Lacey’s request for funding from the Department of Ecology for water storage facilities.ADJOURNMENT:
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting to a worksession at 8:05 p.m. to discuss the Transportation Benefit District.Council minutes approved and signed on September 13, 2007