General Government & Public Safety CommitteeCouncil Present:
November 17, 2010
2:00 – 3:05 p.m.
Chair, Ron Lawson, Virgil Clarkson, Cynthia Pratt
Greg Cuoio, Scott Spence, Rick Walk, Scott Egger, Troy Woo, Lori Flemm, Heidi Cerniwey, Jeff Cook, Carol Litten
COUNCILMEMBER PRATT MOVED TO ADOPT AN AMENDED AGENDA TO INCLUDE THE HOLIDAY TREE PICKUP. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED. State-wide Medicine Return Program
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, briefed the Committee on the proposed Statewide Secure Medicine Return Program. HB1165 and SSB5279 will create a producer-provided medicine return program that is convenient, safe and secure. Over the counter medicines and prescription drugs, including controlled substances, will be securely collected and safely disposed. Medicines that are not properly disposed of can cause accidental poisoning death, be used illicitly by a teenager, or contaminate the environment.
The program is endorsed by dozens of agencies, including the Washington Council of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs, the Thurston County Sheriffs, Washington State Medical Association, and local-area cities.
Local governments can support the creation of a statewide medicine return program for residents in Washington State. Sustainable funding is needed to ensure all residents have access to a secure medicine return program. Council could either pass a resolution in support of the legislation, or direct the City’s lobbyist to contact legislators for further discussion.
The City’s drop off box at City Hall would continue to be available as a drop-off point for the community.COUNCILMEMBER PRATT MOVED TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL THE APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HB1165 AND SSB2010 TO CREATE A SECURE RETURN MEDICINE PROGRAM, AND TO DIRECT THE CITY’S LOBBYIST TO CONTACT STATE LEGISLATORS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
IGA with General Administration for Energy Service Performance
Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, presented the Committee with a proposal to support action to enter into an Interagency Agreement with the Washington State Department of General Administration (GA) to provide project management services for energy efficiency upgrades in City facilities through the ESPC program. Funding for ESPC approved projects, including project management fees, can be financed primarily through energy savings. Funds from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), utility grants, and rebates are also available to fund a portion of potential future projects.
Building and energy audits conducted over the past year through the City’s Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) Program have identified opportunities for maximizing energy savings. Several buildings were identified that could benefit from capital upgrades in lighting, heating, heat recovery ventilation systems, and well site upgrades to yield energy and fiscal savings.
To participate in the ESPC program, the City must enter into an Interagency Agreement with GA, which allows the City to access a list of approved energy contractors to perform energy efficient audits and upgrades. The GA will independently monitor and verify the promised efficiencies one-year following the completion of the selected projects. GA will be paid a fee for this service. COUNCILMEMBER PRATT MOVED TO FORWARD A RECOMMENDATION TO FULL COUNCIL TO APPROVE AN IGA WITH GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FOR ENERGY SERVICE PERFORMANCE. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Other City-wide conservation efforts include reducing printing, increasing recycling, and reducing heating. Employees are encouraged to take an office pledge to reduce their energy use.
Councilmembers recommended that staff report on the City’s energy conservation measures at a televised Council meeting, and suggest energy saving challenges for Council participation. Woodland Creek Community Park Master Plan Update
Lori Flemm, Parks and Recreation Director, stated the Woodland Creek Community Park Master Plan was prepared in July of 1994, and needs to be updated to reflect existing amenities in the park, proposed projects such as the expansion of the Senior Center, and future needs. A current Master Plan is needed for grant applications and permit application submittal.
Lori reported that two open houses were held to solicit public comment. Citizens responded positively to the preliminary master plan. Additional comments included tree and native planting suggestions, keeping paved surfaces to a minimum, and keeping the park as passive and natural as shown. Other comments included additional parking, the senior center expansion, replacement of the pedestrian bridge, installation of trail maps and signs, and a new trail from the sidewalk along Pacific Avenue to connect to the existing trail east of the Senior Center. Further comments included a second vehicular entrance, and a county-wide walking trail guide. Dog owners requested shared use in the park and off leash areas in other Lacey parks. Off Leash areas are not proposed for the Master Plan, as that is incompatible with water quality goals for Woodland Creek, as pet waste is a contributing factor to poor water quality. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO FORWARD THE WOODLAND CREEK COMMUNITY PARK MASTER PLAN TO FULL COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION. COUNCILMEMBER PRATT SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED. Holiday Tree Pickup
Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, proposed a change to the City’s annual holiday tree disposal program. In January, the City partners with Pacific Disposal to collect and dispose of discarded holiday trees at no cost to residents. The process involves significant staff time to cover an entire City area over a four-week period.
In an effort to transition away from this service to reduce costs, it has been suggested that the City initiate a community service pilot project in partnership with the Boy Scouts who would collect the trees. Donations would be accepted, but would be optional.
There are 14,000 homes in the pickup area, and approximately 2,000 trees collected each year. During Phase 1 of this project, the Scouts would collect trees from 2,400 homes in the northeast area over a one day period, beginning January 8, 2011.
Committee members agreed to support the pilot project.