MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY, CALL TO ORDER:
SEPTEMBER 13, 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, M. Dean, J. DarbySTAFF PRESENT:
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, S. Spence, J. Sheler, S. Egger, J. Litt, D. Pierpoint, P. EdmondsAPPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.Consent Agenda Items:
REFERRAL FROM HEARINGS EXAMINER:
- Minutes from August 23, 2007
Ryan Andrews, Associate Planner, presented to Council a Conditional Use Permit Application for LOTT Alliance Chambers Prairie Reclaimed Water Treatment Plant – Project No. 06-42.
Mr. Andrews stated LOTT Alliance submitted an application for the construction and operation of a wastewater treatment plant to produce approximately one to five million gallons per day of Class A reclaimed water on 5.3 acres zoned Open Space Institutional. The site is currently unaddressed, but is located immediately south of Komachin Middle School and will be accessed from a future extension of Mullen Road SE. The parcel number is 11828320203 and is located in a portion of Section 28, Township 18N, Range 1W, W.M., Lacey, Thurston County, Washington.
The Hearings Examiner held a public hearing on August 20, 2007. Three members of the public attended the hearing and two written comments were received. Concerns from the public include potential odors generated by the plant, drainage, traffic, and tree retention. Agency comments were also provided to the Hearings Examiner. After consideration of the testimony provided at the public hearing, as well as the application materials, the Hearings Examiner recommended approval, subject to conditions.
Mayor Clarkson noted one of the conditions is the owner/operator must maintain beautification of the site through the life of the project. Mr. Andrews assured Council this condition is consistent with the requirements for all new developments.DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT APPLICATION FOR LOTT ALLIANCE CHAMBERS PRAIRIE RECLAIMED WATER TREATMENT PLANT – PROJECT NO. 06-42, SUBMITTED BY LOTT ALLIANCE. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Ordinance (1289) adopts the most recent changes to the LOTT Discharge and Industrial Pretreatment Regulations. The ordinance amends Section 13.10.010 of the Lacey Municipal Code.
City Attorney Ken Ahlf reported that as a routine review of their regulations, LOTT made edits to their discharge and industrial pretreatment regulations. He noted the City of Lacey has adopted their changes in the past. Upon review of the changes, Mr. Ahlf recommends Council adopt LOTT Discharge and Industrial Pretreatment Regulations as the revised official rules and regulations of the City of Lacey for discharge into the City’s Wastewater system.DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO APPROVE ORDINANCE (1289) TO ADOPT THE MOST RECENT CHANGES TO THE LOTT DISCHARGE AND INDUSTRIAL PRETREATMENT REGULATIONS, AND TO AMEND LACEY MUNICIPAL CODE 13.10.010. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Ordinance (1291) increases the wastewater capacity development charge and wastewater service charge commencing in 2008 to reflect the new LOTT Alliance schedules adopted by the LOTT Alliance Board of Directors. The ordinance amends Section 13.16.060 of the Lacey Municipal Code.
City Attorney Ken Ahlf reported the LOTT Alliance Board of Directors reviewed the rates being charged for connection fees and service charges adopted by an Interlocal Agreement in 2000, which provide for an annual increase of $64.10. The amount was established as an estimate of the cost of carrying out planned projects through the year 2020. However, it did not provide for inflation. The LOTT Board determined that in order to provide for the substantial increases in construction costs along with the necessary facilities for wastewater conveyance and treatment, it would be necessary to increase charges for the years 2008 through 2012 by an amount equal to $214.10 per year. The proposed ordinance sets the rates for connections by Lacey customers at the same amount required to be paid by Lacey to the LOTT Alliance for the capacity development charge.
Mr. Ahlf stated the 2000 Interlocal Agreement also established an initial monthly wastewater service charge to be paid to the LOTT Alliance for conveyance, treatment, and management in an amount equal to $25.50 per ERU per month. The Agreement also directed the Alliance Board to review the rate at least annually; however, the rate has not been increased since the Agreement was established. The LOTT Alliance Board has considered the matter and determined the monthly wastewater service charge be increased annually by $1.50 per ERU. He also explained the City has had in place for several years an annual increase in its portion of the service charge of twenty-five cents per ERU. This ordinance carries forward that program and incorporates the scheduled increases by LOTT Alliance for the years 2008 through 2012. Mr. Ahlf recommends Council approve Ordinance (1291) increasing the wastewater capacity development charge rates and the wastewater service charge rates to reflect the new schedules adopted by the LOTT Alliance Board of Directors. COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1291) TO INCREASE THE WASTEWATER CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT CHARGE AND WASTEWATER SERVICE CHARGE COMMENCING IN 2008 TO REFLECT THE NEW LOTT ALLIANCE SCHEDULES ADOPTED BY THE LOTT ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Deputy Mayor Peterson noted this was brought before Council at a Worksession and Council has been thoroughly informed of the changes.MAYOR'S REPORT:
Mayor Clarkson requested Council approve the appointment of James Connolly to a first term on the Historical Commission. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF JAMES CONNOLLY TO A FIRST TERM ON THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION. DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson requested Council approve the appointments of Alexander Ha and John Darby to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.
Councilmember Burgman noted for the record that Alexander Ha’s last name was misspelled in the Council Agenda.COUNCILMEMBER DEAN MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENTS OF ALEXANDER HA AND JOHN DARBY ON THE LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED, WITH COUNCILMEMBER DARBY ABSTAINING ON THAT PORTION OF THE MOTION TO APPOINT HIMSELF TO THE LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
Mayor Clarkson reported he attended the memorial service at Ft. Lewis on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, for three Ft. Lewis soldiers, including Rocky Herrera, a Lacey resident. He said he had the opportunity to write a letter to Mr. Herrera’s wife on behalf of the Council sending condolences for her loss and delivered it to her at the service.CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, informed the Council of a recent article in The Olympian regarding a rise in auto theft in Lacey. He noted the article did not provide enough detail, allowing a broader perspective on this important issue.
Chief Dusty Pierpoint noted that although auto thefts have increased, the actual numbers for Lacey are quite low at 4.1 thefts per 1,000 residents. In comparison, the state average is 7.1 car thefts per 1000 residents. Chief Pierpont emphasized that the Lacey Police Department will continue to work hard and deter these types of crimes.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, reported that the necessary right-of-way for the Sleater-Kinney/6th Avenue project has been acquired by the City. The Sleater-Kinney Road and 6th Avenue adjustment/ improvement is scheduled for next year.STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
Councilmember Darby reported the Committee met on August 16, 2007, and received the Chambers Basin Moratorium Evaluation Report, which analyzed the Chambers Basin Valley and upland areas, and addressed secondary and multijurisdictional issues. Such issues include the flooding of agricultural land and townhouses at Yelm Highway; culvert capacity/maintenance; ditch stability in the Wilderness subdivision; flows from other jurisdictions (Lacey and Thurston County); water quality; and coordination with the ditch district.
Councilmember Darby also reported that he had the opportunity to attend the Washington International Guard and Business Industry Day.BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:Home Consortium:
Councilmember Dean noted most of their last meeting was devoted to structuring a process to improve the needs assessment in communities with homeless issues. They have asked the Housing Task Force to review the summaries and report back to the Consortium.Intercity Transit Authority:
Councilmember Burgman reported the Authority will hold a public hearing on October 17, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. for the 2008-2013 Strategic Plan. In addition, a public hearing will be held the same day on the proposed service changes for February 2008. The Authority authorized the General Manager to grant four surplus vanpool vehicles to Behavioral Health Resources, Bread and Roses, Partners in Prevention, and Senior Services for South Sound.
Councilmember Burgman noted the recent stabbing that was reported to have occurred in the vicinity of an intercity transit station did not happen; rather, it occurred elsewhere and the victim made its way to the transit station where aid was given. Lacey Area Youth Task Force:
Councilmember Dean reported the Task Force is putting together a parenting workshop entitled “Protecting our Kids,” which will focus on parent education of sexual abuse. The workshop is scheduled for October 16, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center. Lacey Sister City Association:
Mayor Clarkson noted the Lacey Sister City Association will hold its 2nd annual meeting next Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at Fire Hall No. 34. He stated the Association has complied with the Council’s recommendation to have at least 30 members, and will continue to strive to have more.
Mayor Clarkson reported on Agnes Celej, the Polish visitor who arrived on July 4 and will depart on September 18, 2007. Ms. Celej secured a work permit and has been employed steadily for both the State and Saint Martins University. She indicated she wishes to visit again next year.LOTT Board Meeting:
Mayor Clarkson reported on his attendance at the LOTT Board on September 12, 2007, in Deputy Mayor Peterson’s absence. One of the agenda items was a purchase and sale agreement to acquire properties adjacent to properties owned by LOTT in Tumwater. The Board also discussed ways the City of Tumwater can get reclaimed water.Olympic Region Clean Air Agency:
Councilmember Burgman reported Lakeside Industries in Nisqually have agreed to monitor their site for air quality. She noted the Port of Olympia received a grant to assist in purchasing two ZAPP cars, instead of driving old pickups. An odor complaint policy and procedure was also adopted, which will provide more defined guidelines.Solid Waste Advisory Committee:
Councilmember Darby reported they will move forward sooner with their Master Plan due to county growth and the increase in waste per capita. This seems to be a nationwide trend and may be due to recent construction activity. As a result, the Committee will increase garbage rates and remove the subsidy for those who self-haul effective January 1, 2008.Thurston Community Network:
Councilmember Dean noted they have had a number of changes over the last six months. At the last meeting, they received an executive summary identifying work accomplished over the last two years. A few highlights of the list include: (1) an increase in community knowledge and positive parenting strategies, (2) collaborating with Parent Trust of Washington to process a comprehensive list of classes on their website to help students achieve success in the school, (3) a family support survey to make sure they are using proven practices, and (4) distributing several small mini grants.Transportation Policy Board:
Mayor Clarkson attended the September 12, 2007, meeting on behalf of Councilmember Sackrison. They discussed a new federal program called Congestion Management and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), which will provide TRPC about $2 million to invest in projects that reduce particle matter in the region’s maintenance area. One of the projects to be considered is the Idle Reduction Program. Mayor Clarkson mentioned that when emergency vehicles pass through controlled intersections, it takes several rotations before the signal is synchronized again.
Mayor Clarkson also stated he is pleased to see the Transportation Improvement Projects (TIP) at both the local and regional levels are moving forward.
Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA 11):
Mayor Clarkson reported on their recent meeting on September 12, 2007. He said most of this group’s activities have been technical in nature in the past; however, this meeting focused primarily on planning related issues. ADJOURNMENT:
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m. Council minutes approved and signed on October 11, 2007