BRIER CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 4, 2023
Mayor Kaemingk called the
regular Brier City Council Meeting to order at 7:02 PM and flag salute was
Present: Mayor Kaemingk
Councilmembers Gallagher, Krienke, Marley, Moran and Nick.
Absent: Councilmember Lockhart and
Staff: Clerk-Treasurer Swisher, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer
Snowden, Police Chief Almquist, City Attorney Dawn Reitan.
Requests & Oral Communications: None
Committees & City Officials:
Welcomed all the visitors to the meeting.
Mayor Kaemingk opened for
consideration to change the order of the agenda. Motion: Move to change the order of the agenda, moving the presentation
and discussion of the South County Fire Annexation information before the
consideration of Resolution 598 expressing support for the City of Brier
proposition No. 1 seeking voter approval to annex into the South Snohomish
County Fire and Rescue Regional Fire Authority. Moved by Councilmember Marley, Seconded
by Councilmember Nick. Motion Carried.
Mayor Kaemingk opened for consideration approval
of the Brier City Council Minutes of March 28, 2023. Motion: Approve the Brier City
Council Minutes of March 28, 2023, Moved
by Councilmember Nick, Seconded by
Councilmember Gallagher. Motion Carried.
Mayor Kaemingk opened the
the South County Fire Annexation information. Mayor Kaemingk
introduced Fire Chief Hovis, Asst. Fire Chief
Maxwell, PIO Leslie Hynes, Chloe Kinsey of BERK Consulting, City Attorney Dawn Reitan and staff. Presentation
given by Mayor Kaemingk, Fire Chief Hovis, City Clerk Swisher.
Robert Hatchel, Brier - If the City gave back the
.37 to the voters and voted to annex, when would the city be insolvent? He also asked how the Council felt about the
state raising the property tax cap from 1% to 3%.
Peter Cowley, Marysville - He thanked the Council for
being transparent with this material. He
stated that he was not happy with how Lynnwood and Marysville went about their
process of annexing into the RFA. When a
city is annexed into the RFA, his main objection is with the Snohomish County Fire
employment compensation package due to the large expense.
William Bartig, Brier - He
is supportive of the annexation but stated he would like to see the .37 cents
be invested in City employees, public works and parks.
How is the City planning for future needs with
Matt Smith, Brier - Asked why the Fire, EMS and Benefit Surcharge levys
aren't combined on when being voted on by the voters.
He is retired and can't afford to pay for all the new taxes being brought
forth. If the city is annexed into the
RFA, what specifically is the RFA spending the funds
Gary Morgan, Brier - We
are going from 1.2 million to what in 2025? What will the cost be when we annex, 2.5 million? If the city annexes, do we get the benefit of the contract in 2024? What were the other cities used in the comparables that South County Fire used? He also stated that
he would like to see Brier create our own Fire District through bonds and
Kara Kinsley, Brier - Asked for clarification on if
the city annexes in and we keep the .37 cents, does the City still go negative
in the general fund? Why does the City prefer to be annexed into the RFA vs
Kevin Davis, Brier - Concerned about residents on
fixed income with the huge increases in taxes being proposed, why didn't the
council bring this issue up sooner to let the residents of Brier decide what to
do the .37 cents? If the annexation is voted down this year and brought back
next year, would the rate be different?
Steve Dekoekkoek, Brier -
Clarified as to where the city receives its funds - what is the total amount of
state taxes the city receives annually and do we get
sale tax equalization?
Hisham Othman, Brier - Questioned the annexation
start date and current contract end date and why the city can't finish up the current
Zach Cash, Lake Stevens - He is the political
director for the local fire union no. 1828 and the union is in support of the
Questions answered and clarifications given by a
combination of Mayor Kaemingk, Fire Chief Hovis, Clerk-Treasurer Swisher, various councilmembers
and the Berk Consulting representative.
Ordinances, Resolutions & Orders:
Mayor Kaemingk opened for
consideration approval of Resolution No. 598 expressing support for the City of
Brier Proposition No. 1, seeking voter approval to annex into the South
Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Regional Fire Authority. Additional
information will be provided.
Motion: Approve Resolution No. 598
expressing support for the City of Brier Proposition No. 1, seeking voter
approval to annex into the South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Regional
Fire Authority. Moved by
Councilmember Marley, Seconded by
Councilmember Gallagher. Councilmember
Gallagher stated that he is also retired and is concerned about the costs and
the increases taxes. He talked about the
benefits of approving the Resolution due to personal/family experiences and
stated he was in support of the annexation. Councilmember Krienke mentioned that the current
contact was very good at that time, but with the city
not keeping up on the costs, the increase being proposed is bigger than it
should be. Councilmember Moran expressed support of the annexation due to the
appreciation of having the insurance of the emergency personnel close by and
spoke about some of the costs associated with the RFA. Motion Carried. No public discussion.
Business by Call of Councilmembers & City Officials: None
Mayor Kaemingk thanked
all the staff, council, City Attorney Reitan, Berk
Consulting for their work on this issue. The Mayor also along with Councilmember Krienke thanked the residents for showing up and asking
great questions and being involved.
Mayor Kaemingk declared the meeting adjourned
at 9:13 PM
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