MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD THURSDAY,
MARCH 26, 2009, AT LACEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Sackrison called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.COUNCIL PRESENT:
G. Sackrison, V. Clarkson, J. Hearn, A. Burgman, T. Nelson.STAFF PRESENT:
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, B. Martin, S. Egger, S. Spence, D. Pierpoint, R. Walk, C. Litten APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
COUNCILMEMBER NELSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER CLARKSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Consent Agenda Items:
- Minutes from the regular Council meeting on March 12, 2009.
Jim Sheler, Parks and Recreation Director, presented Diane Dean with a Public Service Award for her service on the Historical Commission from 2003-2008. He commented that Ms. Dean provided tremendous leadership and enthusiasm during her two terms as Chair of the Commission. He noted she was instrumental in coordinating efforts in the recovery, dismantling and containerizing of Lacey’s historic 1850 structure. She will continue to volunteer to seek grant funding for the restoration of the building. Mayor Sackrison expressed the Council’s appreciation for Ms. Dean’s tireless efforts. Ms. Dean thanked Council and encouraged citizens to visit the Lacey Museum to experience the City’s rich heritage. PROCLAMATION:
Mayor Sackrison proclaimed that the 5-Hub System of the Asset Building Coalition of Thurston County be implemented to improve asset building among low income people. The goal of the coalition is to strengthen an integrated system of community resources to promote opportunities for people with limited incomes to become more financially stable.
Michael Cade, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council, stated he is the fiscal agent and administrative coordinator for the Asset Building Coalition of Thurston County. Lee Wojnar, Vice President of Marketing at the O’Bee Credit Union is the Co-Chair.
This statewide coalition effort is a partnership of public and non-profit organizations working together to combine resources that eliminate the duplication of food, housing, income, financial management and health services in the community for low income residents. In Thurston County, the organization has raised $17,000. The banks and credit unions recently attended a summit to discuss ways to collaborate more efficiently and effectively for the betterment of the community. The coalition will sponsor an Economic Survival Fair on April 4, 2009, to provide information and community resources to low income residents.
Mayor Sackrison remarked that the Council supports coalition efforts to reduce duplication of services. REFERRAL FROM HEARINGS EXAMINER:
Sarah Schelling, Associate Planner, presented Council with a request for approval of a conditional use permit application to construct a sanitary sewer lift station for the Lacey Gateway Project on tract C and lot 88 of the future Britton Place residential subdivision. The total project area is 11,574 square feet, and the parcel number is 11810210000. The application also includes a request for wetland development permit approval for temporary impacts to a wetland buffer as a result of construction of the road.
Ms. Schelling stated the Hearings Examiner conducted a Public Hearing on March 3, 2009. Two adjacent property owners expressed concerns regarding water quality and impacts to wells, construction methods, and buffering.
The Hearings Examiner recommended approval of the conditional use and wetland development permit applications. Staff is requesting Council approve the proposal with conditions as recommended by the H.E.
Lynn Larson, 2610 Carpenter Road, who is one of the property owners adjacent to the proposed development, approached Council to express his concerns. Ms. Schelling noted that Mr. Larson’s comments were received prior to the public hearing and is part of the official record. Mayor Sackrison noted that this agenda item is a closed record and no new comments can be considered by Council. However, he allowed Mr. Larson to speak.
Mr. Larson requested that additional requirements be placed on this project to move all buildings 20 feet from his property line to allow for an earthen berm, and to install two backup power generators to prevent an overflow from the lift station onto his property during emergencies.
Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, responded that Mr. Larson’s concerns were addressed by the Hearings Examiner, who determined that agricultural use is compatible with the lift station. He also noted that the City has two generators which are adequate for emergencies. COUNCILMEMBER CLARKSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE HEARINGS EXAMINER RECOMMENDATION FOR APPROVAL OF THE CONDITIONAL USE AND WETLAND DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS FOR CITY OF LACEY GATEWAY LIFT STATION –
CASE NO. 09-09. COUNCILMEMBER NELSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Resolution No. 943 adopts the revised 2009-2014 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Traffic Mitigation Schedule.
Scott Egger, Public Works Director, noted the City is required to prepare an annual TIP for tracking grant funds and to be eligible for grants. The TIP is also the basis for the City’s Traffic Mitigation project list.
Mr. Egger stated that Traffic Impact Analysis’s have shown a need for additional improvements to accommodate the projected traffic and meet the concurrency requirements of the Growth Management Act.
Four projects are not currently in the TIP that would resolve the issues with new growth and improve intersection level of service in the northeast area:
• Marvin Road and Hawks Prairie Road Intersection
• Marvin Road and Britton Parkway Intersection
• Britton Parkway and Carpenter Road Intersection
• 31st Avenue Extension from Marvin Road to Hogum Bay Road
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on February 17, 2009. No comments were received. The Transportation Committee reviewed the issue at its March 6, 2009, meeting and recommended approval.COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 943 TO APPROVE THE REVISED 2009-2014 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND TRAFFIC MITIGATION SCHEDULE. COUNCILMEMBER CLARKSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Sackrison presented Council with a request to appoint Andrew Ryder to an unexpired term on the Historical Commission. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO APPOINT ANDREW RYDER TO AN UNEXPIRED TERM ON THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION. COUNCILMEMBER CLARKSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Sackrison acknowledged O’Dean Williamson, Planning Commission member.
Councilmember Hearn acknowledged Mark Kitabayashi, President-Elect of the Thurston County Realtors Association. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT:
Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, presented Council with a request to approve a project selection for the City of Lacey 2009 Neighborhood Stabilization Program. A public hearing was held on March 12, 2009 to inform citizens about the availability of $360,000 in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding and to receive proposals for administering the funds. The City must submit its proposals to CTED by April 1, 2009, and expend the funds within 18 months.
Two organizations, the Housing Authority of Thurston County (HATC) and the Community Action Council (CAC), proposed projects during the hearing.
HATC is proposing a down payment assistance program for low-income residents that would facilitate the purchase of foreclosed-upon residential properties, thereby adding additional homes to Lacey’s stock of affordable housing. Approximately 25 families are currently prequalified by HATC to participate in the program.
CAC is proposing the purchase of foreclosed duplexes for the purpose of providing affordable rental housing to seniors, the disabled, and low-income residents. The CAC typically has a waiting list of 25-100 residents within these demographics.
The General Government and Public Safety Committee members discussed the proposals at its March 18, 2009 meeting. The committee is recommending that Council approve dividing the funding equally between the two proposals. This will allow HATC to finance four down payment assistance projects, and CAC to acquire a two-unit residential property. COUNCILMEMBER CLARKSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE ALLOCATION OF APPROXIMATELY $360,000 IN CITY OF LACEY 2009 NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM FUNDING TO BE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN HATC AND CAC. COUNCILMEMBER BURGMAN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, reported that Senator Patty Murray reported that Washington State has received $58 million for energy efficiency projects. The City of Lacey will receive $108,000 and will apply the funding to energy saving lights in city facilities. GENERAL STANDING COMMITTEES:
Councilmember Clarkson reported the Committee met on March 3, 2009, to discuss a Mutual Aid Agreement between Thurston County Law Enforcement Agencies; and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Protection Act. Transportation Committee
Councilmember Burgman reported the Committee met on March 6, 2009, to consider a revised 2009-2014 Six Year TIP and Traffic Mitigation List. Committee members also received an update on Lacey’s Commute Trip Reduction Plan. BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES:
Community Action Council
Councilmember Clarkson reported that CAC has received energy funding to assist low-income residents. He noted that applications for assistance have increased by 30%. Economic Development Council.
Councilmember Burgman reported the Annual EDC meeting will be held on March 31, 2009, at the Great Wolf Lodge from 11:30-1:30. The public is invited. Emergency Medical Services
Councilmember Nelson reported the Board is continuing efforts to negotiate a fair and equitable rental price for its office. In other business, they are reviewing changes to the Bylaws, and sent a letter to the County Commissioners to consolidate services into one. ADJOURNMENT:
Mayor Sackrison adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
Council minutes approved and signed April 23, 2009.