City of Brier, Washington


January 11, 2022

Mayor Kaemingk called the regular Brier City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 PM.


Roll Call:

Present: Mayor Kaemingk, Councilmembers Gallagher, Krienke, Lockhart, Marley, Moran, Nick, and Rosman.

Staff: Clerk-Treasurer Swisher, Deputy Clerk Snowden, and Public Works Supervisor Smith.


Public Requests & Oral Communications:

Hisham Othman, Brier, does the City of Brier have a vaccination requirement and what is was the comparison of the staffing level from this event compared to the February 2021 and the 2019 snowmagedon event.

Lauren Martin, Brier, they live in a tiny cul-de-sac area near what is the priority level of their street. Lives across the street from the new development on 216th would the City consider a speed bump.

Bill Bartig, Brier, has noticed we have been doing a lot of mapping of the City stormwater system and is wondering why or if we will be mapping the private owned stormwater systems as they work together. In the snow event on Brier Road north of Larch Way the snow got cleared down to pavement.

Kevin Davis, Brier, wanted to give kudos to Steve and his team for what they did with what they had to work with. He suggested to contract with Mountlake Terrace or Lynnwood to de-ice our streets. In the Dundee neighborhood he would like local access only signage to avoid the heavy traffic near the school. He would like to know the City's plan on the comprehensive plan regarding the ADUs.

Kathie Wood, Brier, lives in one of the apartments behind Brier Pizza. She was hoping that there was something discussed to address the snow clearing.


Reports of Committees & City Officials:

Mayor Kaemingk discussed our snow event and thanked Steve Smith our Public Works Supervisor for working from home last week while ill and directing staff. He also thanked public works staff Tim and Marcus for their efforts and extra hours they put in to help deal with the road conditions. In addition, he thanked the public for their emails about issues to help us improve our service. Mayor Kaemingk went onto discuss our plows, the weather, de-icing, salt, the good and the bad. He thanked our police officers for their assistance during the snow event as well.

Public Works Supervisor, Steve Smith discussed how and why we handle the snow events in the manner that we do.

Mayor Kaemingk met with local mayors, and they discussed snow removal, and everyone was challenged during this event. They also have been discussing covid response.

Councilmember Moran asked about how we compare to our neighboring cities and can we learn something from them for future events.

Councilmember Krienke asked for comparison of the costs, equipment and manpower for their cities.

Councilmember Lockhart asked about whether it is the de-icer or salt that degrades the roadway more like in Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood.

Mayor Kaemingk noted that last week we approved a contract for a new Police Chief, Nick Almquist and the process we used.

Councilmember Gallagher reported that he attended the CT meeting last week and they too had a lot of issue with the snow event.

Councilmember Nick January 10th reviewed claim checks.



Mayor Kaemingk opened for consideration of Home Occupation #604222592, located at 3121 236th St SW by Bea Stockwell for Bea Stockwell, CPA. Councilmember Krienke stated that he has done business with Bea over the years. Mayor Kaemingk asked if anyone had an issue with Councilmember Krienke's involvement to state so at this time. Deputy Clerk Snowden gave a brief overview of the business and recommended approval. Bea Stockwell was present and stated she is on the back end of her career and is going to handle just a few clients that she has had for many years. Mayor Kaemingk opened the Public Hearing at 7:39 PM. The Public Hearing was closed at 7:40 PM. Motion: Approve Home Occupation #604222592, located at 3121 236th St SW by Bea Stockwell for Bea Stockwell, CPA, Moved by Councilmember Krienke, Seconded by Councilmember Rosman. Motion Carried.


New Business, Petitions, Communications, Application Appeals:

Mayor Kaemingk opened for consideration approval of the appointment of Mill Creek Councilmember Stephanie Vignal to the Snohomish Health District Board. Motion: Approve Mill Creek Councilmember Stephanie Vignal to the Snohomish Health District Board, Moved by Councilmember Gallagher, Seconded by Councilmember Nick. Motion Carried.


Mayor Kaemingk read into the record the annual request to consider Comprehensive Plan Amendments. The City will take requests until March 31, 2022 until end of the business day.


Mayor Kaemingk opened for consideration the nominations and selection of Mayor Pro-Tem for 2022. Councilmember Nick nominated Councilmember Gallagher who was happy to accept the nomination. Councilmember Lockhart seconded to nominate Councilmember Gallagher. Councilmember Marley nominated Councilmember Krienke who accepted the nomination as well. There was a roll call vote with Councilmembers Nick, Moran, Gallagher, Lockhart and Rosman voting for Councilmember Gallagher and Councilmembers Marley and Krienke voted for Councilmember Krienke. Motion Carried with Councilmember Gallagher 5/2 to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2022.

Miscellaneous Business by Call of Councilmembers & City Officials:

Councilmember Gallagher asked if there would be a meeting next week. It was determined that we will be discussing the rebranding at next week's meeting.


Auditing of Accounts:

Mayor Kaemingk opened for consideration approval of the January 2022 Claim Checks. Motion: Approve the January 2022 Claim Checks No. 43338 through No. 43363 in the amount of $79,647.46, Moved by Councilmember Nick, Seconded by Councilmember Gallagher. Motion Carried.



Mayor Kaemingk declared the meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.

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