MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,CALL TO ORDER:
OCTOBER 25, 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, J. Darby, T. Nelson, M. DeanSTAFF PRESENT:
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, J. Sheler, S. Egger, J. Litt, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, C. Litten, T. Wilson, P. Brooks, D. Burns.APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA WITH CORRECTIONS TO THE OCTOBER 11, 2007, MINUTES REGARDING CLARIFICATION OF THE RECLAIMED WATER ORDINANCE. COUNCILMEMBER DARBY SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED. Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting on October 11, 2007.
- Ordinance (1293) amending Lacey Municipal Code relating to building and construction codes
- Ordinance (1294) adopting Reclaimed Water Policy
Joe Fenceroy, 4648 17TH Lane NE , stated he owns a manufactured home on leased property. He recently received notice from the property owner that the land will be sold. He and his neighbors have one year to move. Mr. Fenceroy asked Council for their assistance in resolving the issue. Councilmember Sackrison referred the issue to Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager.
George Crommes, 5810 22nd Avenue SE , presented Council with a petition signed by residents on 22nd Avenue , Shirley Street and Lilac Street requesting the City address speeding concerns on their streets. Residents are asking for police enforcement and traffic calming devices to reduce speeding in their neighborhood. Mayor Clarkson referred the issue to Scott Egger, Public Works Director.PROCLAMATION:
Mayor Clarkson declared November 12-18, 2007, as World Kindness Week. He announced that Random Acts of Kindness of Thurston County will sponsor a celebration on November 18, 2007. REFERRAL FROM PLANNING COMMISSION:
Ordinance (1295) adopts new wetland buffer width standards in Section 14.28.280 of the Lacey Municipal Code (LMC).
Dave Burns, Principal Planner, stated the City currently has a wetland protection ordinance that classifies wetlands based upon a wetlands value and function, but has only one width for each classification. He explained as the classifications increase from 1 to 4, the difference in widths is significant. The Department of Ecology is encouraging jurisdictions to consider a different methodology for buffer calculation that gradually increases the buffer width in small increments based on the wetland’s actual value and function.
The Planning Commission held a hearing with no public testimony received, and recommend approval of the new methodology. The Council reviewed the issue at its October 18, 2007, worksession. The Finance Committee reviewed the issue at its October 22, 2007, meeting and recommended approval.
Deputy Mayor Peterson asked for a correction to Section 14.28.280 for language regarding standard width. She suggested the word standard be removed.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, asked if wetland biologists are certified to understand how to rate the new criteria and evaluation sheet. Jerry Litt, Community Development Director, stated the Department of Ecology (DOE) offers certification, requiring a minimum number of hours to be proficient. He added, when contracting with a wetland biologist, the City requires a certain level of experience, a biology degree and certification by DOE as a wetland biologist.COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1295) TO ESTABLISH NEW WETLAND BUFFER WIDTH STANDARDS IN SECTION 14.28.280 OF THE LACEY MUNICIPAL CODE WITH CORRECTIONS AS NOTED. COUNCILMEMBER DEAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Councilmember Sackrison stated, for the record, this ordinance does not provide less protection for wetlands, rather it provides a more rational process to determine buffer width.ORDINANCES:
Ordinance (1296) amends the Lacey Municipal Code (LMC) relating to For-Hire Driver’s Licenses. Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, stated the current ordinance requires that an applicant for a license to operate a taxi cab vehicle, hold a Washington driver’s license for at least two years prior to application. Upon review, the City Attorney and Police Chief recommend eliminating this requirement. The Government Committee reviewed the proposal at its October 17, 2007, meeting and recommended approval.
Councilmember Sackrison commented he is not comfortable with eliminating the requirement to hold a drivers license for two years, because it would allow a newly licensed driver to operate a taxi cab. Mr. Ahlf suggested striking the word Washington from the language and retaining the requirement to hold a drivers license for two years prior to applying for a license.
Councilmember Dean expressed the same concern as Councilmember Sackrison. She also suggested that eligible applicants be free of felony charges five years prior to applying.
Councilmember Darby asked what triggers the need for a taxi cab driver to be licensed within the City of Lacey . Mr. Ahlf responded in order to operate a business in Lacey and drive a taxi cab, the applicant would need to be licensed. Councilmember Darby asked if a business were located in Lacey, but provided service in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, would a license be required in all three jurisdictions. Mr. Ahlf stated there is a reciprocal agreement in all three jurisdictions, so only one license would be required.
Councilmember Dean asked if this ordinance is similar to Olympia and Tumwater’s. Mr. Ahlf responded further research would need to be done to determine similarities. Deputy Mayor Peterson suggested Council adopt the ordinance and then refer the issue to the Government Committee for further review.DEPUTY MAYOR PETERSON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE (1296) AMENDING SECTION 5.24.130 OF THE LACEY MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO FOR-HIRE DRIVER’S LICENSES. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson requested Council approve his appointment of Deborah Erickson to an unexpired term on the Library Board.COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF DEBORAH ERICKSON TO AN UNEXPIRED TERM ON THE LIBRARY BOARD. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Clarkson reported he attended a regional meeting to discuss the replacement needs of the Salvation Army’s shelter and social service facilities currently located in downtown Olympia . The group discussed rebuilding on a new site or rehabilitating the existing facility. It was decided the current location provides more convenient services for clients who use the facility. It is anticipated a three-story 30,000 square foot facility can be built on the current site for an estimated $10-12 million. Mayor Clarkson suggested surveying the population who use the facility to determine point of origin and jurisdictional responsibility.
Mayor Clarkson announced he attended the annual Historic Society meeting. A rare photo of Isaac Wood was presented to his great-great granddaughter, Maggie Wood. Randy Orth was recognized for his efforts in restoring the Jacob Smith House.CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
Peter Brooks, Water Resources Manager, presented Council with a request to authorize the City Manager to sign an interlocal agreement between Lacey, Olympia , and Yelm to contract with an independent consultant to identify potential water rights for acquisition in the Deschutes watershed that can be relinquished for mitigation. The Utilities Committee reviewed the proposal at its October 18, 2007, meeting and recommends approval.COUNCILMEMBER DARBY MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO SIGN AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN LACEY, OLYMPIA , AND YELM TO HIRE A CONSULTANT TO IDENTIFY EXISTING WATER RIGHTS. COUNCILMEMBER SACKRISON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Deputy Mayor Peterson noted under the heading of Purpose and Objective, the statement . . . the purpose of this agreement . . . should also include the word objective. Mr. Ahlf remarked the first section of the agreement is more detailed followed by the agreement with the consultant.
Mr. Brooks remarked the first section defines the objective and various mechanisms to accomplish mitigation. The purpose in mid-paragraph states these rights to mitigate impact.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, announced Evelyne Betti died this week. She will be remembered as a pioneer in developing Hawks Prairie and for her generous contributions to local area colleges and military families. Her funeral will be held on October 29, 2007.BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:
Community Action Council:
Mayor Clarkson reported the CAC met on October 24, 2007. The eighteen member Council is divided into three areas of service: private, public, and the disadvantaged in the community. The Council is reviewing its bylaws to address unanticipated changes in member roles (i.e., employment).Emergency Medical Services ( EMS ):
Councilmember Nelson reported the Board approved the budget, which includes funds to increase a half-time medic to full-time.
Medical requirements for licensing medics in the county were discussed. South county jurisdictions believe it is too stringent to require medics to have 314 medic calls in one year. It was recommended that licensing be based on research and a certain number of calls per year. Human Services Review Council:
Deputy Mayor Peterson stated that HSRC has presented its recommendations for 2008. She said she does not completely agree with the list and thinks there were other agencies more worthy. She suggested placing this issue on an upcoming worksession or Council meeting for further discussion and action. Council agreed to place HSRC funding recommendations on its November 1, 2007, Council agenda.
Deputy Mayor Peterson expressed her appreciation to the mental health Access program, which withdrew their request for HSRC funding when they received funding from another source. Their generous action allowed another agency to receive HSRC funding.
The HSRC Conflict of Interest Policy will be amended to allow policy citizen members or elected officials. who represent a jurisdiction and sit on another organization’s board. the right to vote.LOTT Board of Directors:
Mayor Peterson reported LOTT held a public hearing on the budget, no comments were received. The budget will be adopted at the next scheduled LOTT meeting.
In other news, Jubilee has announced they will install purple pipes for reclaimed water.
LOTT also applied to the National Association of Clean Air Agency and was awarded a check for $200,000.Joint Animal Services:
Councilmember Nelson reported JASCOM held a public hearing on the budget with no comments received. The budget will maintain current services. Visitor & Convention Bureau:
Councilmember Darby reported an offer was made to a candidate for the position of Executive Director, and it is anticipated the vacancy will be filled within a month. ADJOURNMENT:
Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m. Council minutes approved and signed on November 15, 2007