GENERAL GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEECOUNCIL PRESENT:
DECEMBER 15, 2010
2:00 – 3:10 P.M.
Ron Lawson, Virgil Clarkson, Cynthia Pratt
Ken Ahlf, Scott Spence, Scott Egger, Troy Woo, Lori Flemm, Carol Litten
COUNCILMEMBER PRATT MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA. DEPUTY MAYOR CLARKSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.TCTV CONTRACT
Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, stated that since 1986, the City of Lacey has contracted with TCTV to manage community access cable television on its behalf. An operating agreement governs the services provided by TCTV and allows for the administration of community access channels 3, 22, and 26, currently available on the Comcast cable system locally.
At the end of 2010, Lacey’s operating agreement with TCTV will expire. The City of Lacey and TCTV have tentatively agreed to a three-month extension of the current operating agreement. For the first three months in 2011, the City of Lacey will pay TCTV a total of $21,575.56. Future expense was anticipated for the 2011 Budget.
In return, TCTV would manage the community access channels, maintain studio facilities and equipment necessary for production and broadcast of community-based programming as well as televise City government meetings. In addition, access to facilities and equipment would be available to Lacey residents for a nominal membership fee. In 2010, Lacey paid TCTV approximately $85,000 for similar services.
The City of Lacey and TCTV are currently negotiating a multi-year operating agreement. A new operating agreement will address future funding of TCTV operations, channel management, and future services provided to the City of Lacey.
COUNCILMEMBER PRATT MOVED TO RECOMMEND TO FULL COUNCIL AN EXTENSION TO THE TCTV OPERATING CONTRACT FOR 3 MONTHS. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
AMENDMENTS TO CITY PARK RULES
Lori Flemm, Parks & Recreation Director, presented the Committee with a recommendation to revise the City’s Park Rules to be consistent with Washington State Law and Lacey Municipal Code.
The key changes proposed include:
- Provides for trails as a location where the rules are effective.
- Deletes the firearm and weapon rule since it is covered in RCW and LMC.
- Provides examples of sound amplification systems, not allowed without prior approval.
- Includes yard waste and construction debris as “garbage.”
- Provides for consistency with the leash law and pet waste, LMC Chapter 7.04.
- Identifies park areas and amenities off limits for skating, scooting and bicycling.
- Provides for repeat offenders to be trespassed from our parks and facilities for a period of one year.
In response to several citizen comments that City park rules related to weapons and firearms were not consistent with state law, the Board of Park Commissioners reviewed the rules at their September 27 meeting. On October 25, 2010, they approved revisions to the park rules to be consistent with state and city laws.
Lori stated that once adopted, the new park rules will be posted on the website, staff will be trained to enforce the rules, and eventually, as signage in the parks are replaced, the new rules will be added. It was noted that although no citations are issued for violating the rules, users who violate are requested to leave the park.
Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, noted that the Board of Park Commissioners is the primary rule maker with Council approval. Park rules and regulations are effective as rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Chapter 2.44 of the Lacey Municipal Code.COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO FORWARD TO FULL COUNCIL A RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE THE REVISED PARK REGULATIONS. COUNCILMEMBER PRATT SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED. BOARD OF PARKS COMMISSIONERS
Lori Flemm, Parks & Recreation Director, presented the Committee with a recommendation to amend Lacey Municipal Code 2.44 to increase term limits and update record keeping practices for the Board of Park Commissioners.
The key changes proposed include:
- Increase term limit from 2 to 3 terms, if no applications are received for a vacant position.
- Exclude the youth commissioner from the count constituting a quorum.
- A recording secretary may be appointed from either the general board members, or by the parks and recreation director to transmit records of meetings to the City Clerk instead of the City Council.
At its March 18, 2010, meeting, the Board of Park Commissioners discussed the number of commissioners who need to be present at a meeting to constitute a quorum in order to conduct business, and how the absence of the youth commissioner was affecting the quorum. Voting privileges would be exercised by the youth commissioner when attending meetings and work sessions.
Revisions to LMC 2.44 were reviewed by the Board of Park Commissioners at its regular monthly meetings on July 26 and August 23, 2010, and approved.DEPUTY MAYOR CLARKSON MOVED TO FORWARD A RECOMMENDATION TO FULL COUNCIL TO AMEND LMC 2.44 RELATED TO BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS TERMS AND RECORD KEEPING PRACTICES. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.