General Government & Public Safety CommitteeCouncil Present:
July 21, 2010
2:00 – 2:25 p.m.
Chair, Ron Lawson, Virgil Clarkson, Cynthia Pratt
Greg Cuoio, Troy Woo, Dave Schneider, Scott Spence, Dusty Pierpoint, Robin Quinn-Dowling, Chris Ward,
Carol LittenDeputy Mayor Clarkson moved to add two items to the agenda to discuss traffic safety, and publishing public notices for regional elected officials meetings. Councilmember Pratt seconded. Motion carried.
Red Light Camera
Police Chief Pierpoint provided an update on the City’s assessment to add a red light camera at the Marvin Road and Martin Way intersection. Currently, one camera is located at the intersection of Sleater-Kinney Road and Pacific Avenue.
Dusty reported that the City’s vendor, American Traffic Solutions, conducted testing at the Marvin Road/Martin Way intersection during a 12-hour period and reported 6 violations of motorists running red lights. Based on this information, staff would not recommend placing a red light camera at this intersection at this time. However, police will continue to monitor traffic at this location, and if warranted, conduct another assessment.
In response to Council requests about assessing other busy intersections, Dusty noted that when the program was initiated in 2007, several major arterial intersections were studied to determine if a red light camera was needed. At the time, only one intersection was selected. Police continue to monitor red light violations at major arterial intersections. Request to sponsor CAPCOM as Member of AWC Employee Benefits Trust
KD Seeley, Deputy Director of CAPCOM (Thurston 911 Communications), presented the Committee with a request to sponsor CAPCOM as a member of the AWC Employee Benefits Trust. KD stated that CAPCOM is in the process of transitioning to a non-profit government agency on January 1, 2011. As part of the transition, CAPCOM will obtain employee benefits through the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust. The AWC application process requires sponsorship from a member agency that is a member of AWC.
KD stated there are no substantive changes to overall operations, and all legal documents will be reviewed by legal representatives of each jurisdiction.
Wendy Hill, Human Resources Director, reported that currently CAPCOM employees are covered under the County’s Health Care Authority, but are interested in applying to AWC for medical and long term disability coverage.
Robin Quinn-Dowling, Human Resources Analyst, reported she contacted AWC on behalf of the City regarding this request, and CAPCOM meets all the qualifications according to Association standards. Deputy Mayor Clarkson moved to recommend to full Council adoption of a resolution to sponsor CAPCOM as a member of the AWC Employee Benefit Trust. Councilmember Pratt seconded. Motion carried.Process for Notification of Public Meetings
Councilmember Pratt raised concerns that regional meetings for elected officials, such as the 5th Wednesday County-City meeting, be appropriately publicized in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act. She stated that she supports open, transparent government, and if there is a quorum of the Council, a public notice needs to be published. Carol Litten, City Clerk, responded that the City complies with state requirements to publish public notices for special meetings of the City Council, which could include regional meetings of elected officials. A public notice is posted to the City’s website, at City Hall, the Library and Fire District 3 headquarters. Dave Schneider, Assistant City Attorney, stated that if Council does not conduct City-related business, then a public notice is not required of the meeting.
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, remarked that the original intent of the 5th Wednesday County-City meeting was to provide an opportunity to strengthen relationships, improve communications and socialize, not to discuss issues under review in other forums. Greg stated it would be helpful if the purpose of this meeting would be defined. He offered to contact the County Administrator to clarify the purpose of the 5th Wednesday meeting, and to express Council concern about discussing items that are currently being addressed in other forums. Pedestrian Safety at Traffic Signals
Councilmember Cynthia Pratt raised concerns about the pedestrian crossing at 54th Avenue and Ruddell Road. She noted that an acquaintance of hers was recently injured by a vehicle while crossing Ruddell Road at 54th Avenue.
Scott Egger, Public Works Director, stated that the pedestrian crossing time at this traffic signal is 22 seconds. He noted that the accident involving this pedestrian was not related to signal timing, but rather driver error. He added that the City complies with the model traffic code which sets the standards for pedestrian crossing times.Deputy Mayor Clarkson moved to adjourn the meeting. Councilmember Pratt seconded. Motion carried.