September 21, 2004
Mayor Starks called the regular Brier City Council Meeting to order at 7:38 PM and the flag salute was given.
Present: Councilmembers Colinas, McClenny, Kaemingk, Gipson, and Corpron-Smith and Councilman Morgan arrived at 7:40 PM.
Absent: Councilmember Doolittle.
Public Requests & Oral Communications:
Ed Walker 21206 Poplar Way, stated that the workshop agenda doesn’t include the stormwater issue that the council had expressed an interest in speaking about during their last meeting and had said they would talk about it at this workshop.
Oneta Griffen PO Box 540, Mountlake Terrace 98043, spoke to the council regarding her name stated in the newspaper and the letter that is quoted in this article. She wanted to set the record straight regarding the gun issue and the misunderstanding that has arisen from it.
Peggy Dare 22320 Hickory Way, had questions regarding the Mayor carrying a gun issue and some document stating this information. She went on to state that she has had two separate issues regarding the current administration and in particular Mayor Gary Starks. She would like to urge the council to look at hiring a City Manager.
Ivar Sachs 22614 22nd Pl. W., stated that he believes that the council has acted immaturely and that they need to try to work out issues without wasting tax payer dollars on legal counsel.
Approval of Minutes:
Mayor Starks opened for consideration of approval of the Brier City Council Minutes of September 14, 2004. Councilmember Gipson moved and Councilmember Corpron-Smith seconded to approve the Brier City Council Minutes of September 14, 2004. Motion Carried with the correction that Councilmember McClenny abstained on the approval of the August 24, 2004 minutes.
New Business, Petitions, Communications, Applications & Appeals:
Mayor Starks opened for consideration the authorization of the Mayor’s signature on the Personnel Service Contract with Donald Lane for the position of Chief of Police. Donald Lane spoke to the council and public, giving his background and history. There was a brief questions and answer period. Councilmember Corpron-Smith moved and Councilmember Colinas seconded to make modifications to wording in the contract with Donald Lane for Chief of Police, specifically to Section 7. There was council discussion. There was a Roll Call Vote with Councilmembers Colinas, McClenny, Corpron-Smith and Kaemingk in favor and Councilmembers Gipson and Morgan opposing. Motion Carried 4-2. Councilmember McClenny moved and Councilmember Gipson seconded to authorize the Mayor’s signature on the Personnel Service Contract with Donald Lane for the position of Chief of Police with the necessary modifications. Councilman Kaemingk stated he felt that this was bad timing to be voting on this issue. With the council hiring an attorney last week for personnel issues shouldn’t they wait until the attorney has had more time to get back to them before signing a new personnel contract. There was council discussion. Motion Carried.
Mayor Starks opened for consideration the re-appointment of Mike Lavoie and Allyn Chrisman to the Planning Commission Positions No. 6 and 7 to expire July 31, 2006. Councilmember Gipson moved and Councilmember Morgan seconded to approve the confirmation of re-appointment of Mike Lavoie and Allyn Chrisman to the Planning Commission Positions No. 6 and 7 to expire July 31, 2006. Motion Carried.
Miscellaneous Business by Call of Councilmembers & City Officials
Councilman Colinas would like to follow up on the issue that Ed Walker raised about discussing the stormwater issue at the next workshop. He would also like a copy of the September 14, 2004 Council meeting tape.
Councilman Gipson addressed the council regarding the issues that the Legal counsel they hired last week had asked that no one speak to the press. He would like to encourage the councilmembers to follow this advice and stop talking to the press. There was council discussion.
Councilmember Gipson moved and Councilmember McClenny seconded to adjourn. Mayor Starks declared the meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
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