MINUTES OF LACEY CITY COUNCIL WORKSESSIONCOUNCIL PRESENT:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2011
LACEY CITY HALL
T. Nelson, V. Clarkson, J. Hearn, R. Lawson, A. RyderCOUNCIL ABSENT:
C. PrattSTAFF PRESENT:
G. Cuoio, K. Ahlf, S. Spence, S. Egger, R. Walk, T. Woo, D. Pierpoint, L. Flemm, C. Litten
Mayor Nelson called the meeting to order at 7 p.m., and requested adding an item to the agenda to discuss a nomination for the Champion for Kids fundraising event. COUNCILMEMBER RYDER MOVED TO ADOPT THE AMENDED AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
PROPERTY ACQUISITION – WOODLAND CREEK HABITAT PRESERVTION
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, presented a proposal to Council to acquire 500 acres of pastoral and forest land adjacent to Pleasant Glade Park in the northeast area of Lacey. The legacy acquisition would preserve the watershed along Woodland Creek, and double the City’s parks and open space acreage - 210 acres is located in the urban growth area.
The land is owned by Sterling Savings Bank and the City has negotiated a purchase price of $4.2 million. The purchase is subject to final Council approval, a clear title, and an appraisal. Funding for the property acquisition would come from reserve funds in the stormwater and water utilities, and parks and open space.
Mr. Cuoio stated the goal of acquiring the property would be to preserve and protect water quality and habitat in Woodland Creek watershed. Parks and trails could also eventually be developed. He added this is the most significant opportunity in Lacey’s history of 44 years to acquire property that will have a positive impact on the watershed. The property acquisition is consistent with Council’s goal over the past twenty years to preserve, protect and enhance the Woodland Creek corridor. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROCESS TO ACQUIRE 500 ACRES OF PROPERTY ADJACENT TO PLEASANT GLADE PARK TO PRESERVE THE WOODLAND CREEK CORRIDOR. COUNCILMEMBER HEARN SECONDED. DEPUTY MAYOR CLARKSON AMENDED THE MOTION TO INCLUDE ANNEXATION OF THE URBAN GROWTH AREA AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. COUNCILMEMBER RYDER SECONDED. AMENDED MOTION CARRIED.
2011 HSRC (HUMAN SERVICES REVIEW COUNCIL) FUNDING ALLOCATIONS
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, presented Council with a proposal of the 2011 HSRC funding allocations.
The total proposed funding amount is $260,000, as allocated from the following jurisdictions.
- Lacey $85,000 (same as 2010 funding level)
- Olympia $75,000 (reduction from 2010 funding level)
- Tumwater $25,000 (reduction from 2010 funding level)
- Thurston County $75,000 (reduction from 2010 funding level)
Thirty-seven applications were received from non-profit agencies providing social and health services. Fourteen were approved. DEPUTY MAYOR CLARKSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE 2011 HSRC FUNDING ALLOCATIONS AS PRESENTED. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Deputy Mayor Clarkson recommended that HSRC modify its current review process in 2012. Councilmember Lawson noted that Olympia has indicated it may not participate next year, which would impact the process.
Councilmember Ryder expressed pride in Lacey as a top contributor in the HSRC funding process, and appreciation for the City’s conservative fiscal approach that allows continuing contributions to charitable organizations. 2011 COUNCIL TRAVEL AND TRAINING BUDGET
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, presented the Council with an annual review of its 2011 Council Travel and Training Budget of $10,000.
- $1,000 is allocated for each Councilmember; if not used, funds can be used by others
- $2,000 provides for attendance at a regional or national conference, to be decided by the City Council in January of each year, or as the need arises
- $1,000 is to accommodate travel by the Mayor or other designated Councilmember to meet the City’s congressional delegation in DC
Council agreed to continue its current Travel and Training Policy in 2011. RECRUITMENT PROCESS FOR COUNCIL VACANCY
Councilmembers discussed the process for interviewing candidates for its Council vacancy. Eleven applicants have applied, and interviews are tentatively scheduled for January 20, 2011.
Council discussed whether to interview all candidates or a limited number of candidates based on their qualifications. There was not a consensus. Council agreed to move forward with reviewing the applications in worksession following the regular Council meeting of January 13, 2011.
Council also reviewed and agreed to an evaluation form that highlights candidate qualifications. The Mayor requested that Council submit their interview questions by January 13, 2011. 2011 RETREAT
Council selected February 25, 2011, as the date for their annual retreat, and agreed to contract with Agreement Dynamics to facilitate the meeting. Council will be contacted to provide input to set the agenda. The location of the retreat has not been selected yet. CHAMPION FOR KIDS FUNDRAISING EVENT
Mayor Nelson proposed that Council sponsor a table at the Champion for Kids Dinner, an annual fundraising effort by TOGETHER. Mayor Nelson recommended nominating Kathy Owens, Parks and Recreation Supervisor, for her tremendous dedication and commitment to youth in our community. Following discussion, Council agreed to sponsor a table, and nominate Kathy Owens.
Mayor Nelson adjourned the Worksession at 8:25 p.m.
Minutes approved and signed on January 27, 2011.