Name of Observer: Jane Ficalora
Observed Meeting: Langley City Council
Date of Meeting: 2/21/2023
Members present: Rhonda Salerno, Thomas Gill, Craig Cyr, Gail Fleming
Members absent: Harolynne Bobis
Others present (staff, media, public): Mayor: Scott Chaplin, Planning Director: Meredith Penny, Director of Public Works: Randi Perry, Chief of Police: Tavier Wasser, Finance Director: Wanda Grone,
Finance & Personnel Legislative Commission Chair, Retiring and newly appointed Langley Library managers, Members of volunteers for BrookHaven Creek project and Faucet Forest Project
There were also members of public on zoom - they are not shown unless they make a comment.
Summarize the main issues discussed at the meeting:
• Ordinance for Structure on City Administrator/Clerk Position, 2nd Reading. Concerns over structure of ordinance and lack of legal language of ordinance were voiced. Motion was tabled.
• Slide show was presented in honor of retiring library manager. Mayor declared 2/22 as now Vicky Welfare Day because of her many years of service.
• Motion carried to add a council letter of support to BrookHaven grant request.
• Faucet Forest Trail requested council support for letter to county commissioners.
• Public Works Director presented details on Puget Sound Nutrient Reduction Grant Agreement
• Council member Salerno brought up topic of Commissions Update and Review. The subject was discussed, and it was agreed to continue discussion on topic at later date.
• Community Planning Director proposed addressing gaps in code to mixed use ordinance and auto-detailing ordinance.
• Public Works Director did short summary of the many projects of that department: streetlights, drinking water leak, solar panels grant for city hall, needing new company for engineering contract and more.
• Chief of Police updated some on the litigation meetings attended and new hire process for that department.
• Council member Salerno spoke of arrival next Monday of totem pole by House of Tears to advocate protection of lands from copper mining and is hoping for a warm Langley welcome for the visiting tribe.
Do you recommend local League action or study on any of these issues? NO
Was the meeting conducted in an open, business-like, and civil manner? Yes – All in attendance were polite and the motions were discussed and voted on in an orderly manner.
Consider the following questions and respond if relevant:
FEATURE EVALUATED COMMENTS
Was the agenda made available prior to and at the meeting? Yes - https://cms4files1.revize.com/langleywashington/2023%2002%2021%20Council%20Packet_Redacte.pdf
Did members adhere to the provided agenda? Yes
Were any non-agenda items discussed? No
Was there adequate discussion of issues? Yes
Were any “Executive Sessions” called? No
Was there adequate opportunity for public input? Yes
Was background material available to the public? Yes – see council packet linked above.
Did any member recuse themselves during the meeting? For what reason? No
List any other concerns or observations:
Observer E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Date submitted: 2/23/23