MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE LACEY CITY COUNCIL HELD
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, IN LACEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Nelson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Mayor Nelson led the pledge of allegiance. COUNCIL PRESENT:
T. Nelson, V. Clarkson, R. Lawson, C. Pratt, J. HearnCOUNCIL EXCUSED:
A. RyderSTAFF PRESENT:
G. Cuoio, S. Spence, K. Ahlf, L. Flemm, T. Woo, D. Pierpoint, S. Egger, E. Keith, S. Beauregard, C. Litten, D. Burns, J. Seiler APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA:
Consent Agenda Items:
COUNCILMEMBER PRATT MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AND CONSENT AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
- Worksession Minutes of January 6, 2011
- Council Minutes of January 13, 2011
- Final plat approval for Southlake Subdivision
Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor, provided a brief presentation on the Lacey Loves to Read Program, and recognized this year’s bookmark winners. The program, a partnership of the City and the North Thurston School District, is in its 8th year. This year’s author, Kirby Larsen, a Newberry winner, will participate in Lacey Loves to Read events on February 16 & 17, 2011. The public is invited to attend.
Ms. Sieler announced this year’s Lacey Loves to Read Bookmark Winners, ranging in age from kindergarten to 12th grade. Awards are presented at three levels to school winners, district winners, and grand prize winners.
Chloe Van Deventer
Ms. Sieler thanked the sponsors whose contributions make this program possible.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, recognized Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, for 40 years of exceptional service to the City of Lacey. Mr. Ahlf was appointed Assistant City Attorney in 1967, and elected City Attorney in 1970.
Mr. Cuoio remarked that Mr. Ahlf is an essential member of the management team, and is well-respected by all as a caring, competent, innovative individual with the highest level of integrity. In 2010, Mr. Ahlf was recognized for his exceptional service by receiving the Washington State Municipal Attorney’s Association Ernest Campbell Award for excellence in practice of municipal law.
Mr. Ahlf remarked he has enjoyed his job immensely, noting that it has been very satisfactory to be a member of the City’s management team. He noted it is a privilege to work for a City with a can-do attitude and with directors who are very competent and dedicated. Mayor Nelson presented Mr. Ahlf with the City’s Public Service Award and expressed his heartfelt appreciation on behalf of the City Council.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, recognized Tim McGuire, Financial Services Manager, for 40 years of outstanding service with the City of Lacey. Mr. McGuire was appointed Deputy Clerk/Treasurer in 1973, and appointed Interim City Manager in 1974 until the position was filled. He recommended the City Council appoint Ken Ahlf as City Attorney in the same year. In 1978, he was appointed Director of Administrative Services, and Financial Services Manager in 1983.
Mr. McGuire has been instrumental in maintaining a great financial accounting record with the City, achieving its 32nd year of consecutive no findings audit. Lacey is the first City in the state to implement automated meters, and recently implemented online bill paying. Mr. McGuire is an extremely valuable member of the City’s team. Mayor Nelson presented Mr. McGuire with the City’s Public Service Award on behalf of the City Council for exceptional public service.
Rob Cavanaugh, Lacey resident, addressed the Council regarding violations of the City’s sign ordinance. He stated that he regularly picks up litter along Carpenter Road, and has noticed the proliferation of real estate signs placed in right-of-ways has increased significantly. Mr. Cavanaugh stated that real estate signs are placed in right-of-ways on weekends, when City staff is not available to enforce violations. He met with City staff regarding the issue and recommends using inmates from the jail. He encouraged the Council to provide staff with the resources needed to enforce the sign ordinance. Mayor Nelson thanked Mr. Cavanaugh for his volunteer efforts, and referred the issue to the General Government & Public Safety Committee for further review.
Lee Warner, Vice President of O’Bee Credit Union, briefed the Council on Capture the Tag, a new program designed to educate and promote commerce locally. Twenty-six businesses are participants in the program which uses smart phones to play videos that capture a business tag. Once captured, a brief video plays describing the business, and leads to the next clue and an educational tag about fraud, savings, etc.
The grand prize is $15,000. Mr. Warner invited everyone to participate in this great program that promotes local business. The contest begins on January 27 and ends on March 18.ORDINANCES:
Ordinance No. 1361 amends section 13.02.010 of the Lacey Municipal Code, adding a section 3.045 of the Development Guidelines and Public Works Standards to require that all utility connection charges and traffic mitigation fees be paid at the time of the issuance of building permits.
The revisions will ensure a timely collection of fees, and reduce staff tracking. The permitting process will be consistent for all projects within the Corporate City Limit and Urban Growth Area. Confusion for the development community as to when fees are to be paid will be eliminated.
The General Government Committee reviewed this proposal on January 19, 2011, and recommend approval to full Council. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 1361 TO REQUIRE CONNECTION FEES TO BE PAID PRIOR TO OBTAINING BUILDING PERMIT FOR PROJECTS. COUNCILMEMBER PRATT SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Nelson announced he made a presentation to the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), and expressed the City’s appreciation for TIB support of road improvement project funding. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT:
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, remarked he attended the Panorama City grand opening of its new convalescent center, and was impressed with the broad range of comprehensive services provided. He noted that Panorama City has been a great partner with the City.
On February 2, 2011, Mr. Cuoio will present the State of the City Report to the Lacey Chamber of Commerce. He also announced that the Chamber Board of Directors has initiated a new event, the South Sound Barbecue Fest, which will be held on July 9, 2011, in Cabela’s parking lot.
Mr. Cuoio announced that an exit conference for the Public Facilities District Board was conducted on January 27, 2011, by the state auditor’s office with no findings issued. STANDING GENERAL COMMITTEES:
Councilmember Hearn reported the Committee met on January 14, 2011, to discuss staff analysis of the intersection at 45th Avenue and Ruddell Road. It was determined that road design did not contribute to the accident. The Committee also approved acquisition of property along College Street Corridor for future road improvements. BOARDS & COMMISSIONS:
Community Action Council:
Councilmember Lawson reported a memorial was held for Ken Black who served the Thurston County community for many years. The Board received a solid financial report for the organization, and approved the purchase of housing in Lacey for rehabilitation. The City granted a waiver for weatherization. Mason County will transfer ownership of four low income houses to CAC sometime this year. Law and Justice:
Chief Pierpoint reported the cost of annual maintenance for the unoccupied Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) has been reduced from $400,000 to $200,000.LOTT:
Councilmember Pratt reported the Board will hold its retreat on February 26, 2011. Thurston County Leadership Council:
Councilmember Pratt reported the Board discussed increasing access to an early learning system. TOGETHER:
Councilmember Pratt reported a retreat was held on February 5, 2011. ADJOURNMENT:
Mayor Nelson adjourned the meeting at 8:26 p.m. Council minutes approved and signed on February 10, 2011.