General Government & Public Safety CommitteeCouncil Present:
October 20, 2010
2:00 – 3:05 p.m.
Chair, Ron Lawson, Virgil Clarkson, Cynthia Pratt
Greg Cuoio, Scott Egger, Brad Burdick, Scott Spence, Carol Litten, Troy WooCouncilmember Pratt moved to adopt the agenda. Deputy Mayor Clarkson seconded. Motion carried.IGA – GA Administration for Energy Service Performance
Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, reported the City is considering participation in a program offered by Washington State General Administration to administer an energy audit to determine future energy savings. The goal would be to reduce the City’s carbon footprint. Staff is in the process of analyzing additional data and will provide a detailed report at the November 17 committee meeting. Business Recognition Program
Councilmember Ron Lawson presented Committee members with a proposal to recognize Lacey businesses for their achievements and contributions to the community.
Councilmember Cynthia Pratt raised questions about redundancy, since the EDC and Chambers have similar programs. She also suggested the City consider expanding its reputation as business-friendly to include other areas, such as environmentally-friendly. Cynthia expressed concern about showing favoritism or creating a competitive environment for businesses not selected. Ron remarked that the purpose of the program would be to recognize all types of businesses with a goal of connecting businesses in the community.
Committee members discussed the details of the program, suggesting that a quarterly or annual recognition may have more impact and significance than monthly events. They also discussed recognizing or showcasing businesses in specific categories or those who have made a special contribution to the community.
Committee members suggested Councilmember Lawson continue to develop the concept of recognizing Lacey businesses, and report out at the January 2011 committee meeting. Tree and Vegetation Protection Policy (LMC 14.32)
In response to Council inquiries about the City’s policy for removing nuisance vegetation in City right-of-ways, Brad Burdick, Public Works Operations Manager, briefed the Committee. He noted the City’s sidewalk maintenance program has been in effect for 30 years. On an annual basis, staff inspects the sidewalks to determine where deficiencies exist. An inventory is created, and crews are assigned to remove vegetation as part of their regular schedule. As emerging problems arise, they are addressed.
Brad commented that the City insurance carrier recommends the City be proactive in removing overgrown vegetation that could cause potential accidents. He added if crews are removing vegetation or trimming trees that are overhanging City property, property owners normally are not notified prior to trimming. However, there are certain scenarios, where the City will provide notification.
Brad noted that since the new website has been launched, citizens are contacting public works to report problem areas where vegetation has overgrown.