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COWL <br /> DIGITAL RECORDING APPROM <br /> APR 3 1011 <br /> CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES <br /> Wednesday, March 20, 2013 <br /> The weekly meeting of the City Council of the City of Bremerton was called to order Wednesday, <br /> March 20, 2013, at 5 00 PM in the Council Conference Room 603 of the NORM DICKS <br /> GOVERNMENT CENTER, 345 6 th Street, Bremerton, Washington, with Council President Greg <br /> Wheeler presiding Council Members present were Nick Wofford, Eric Younger, Carol Arends, <br /> Faye Flemister, Wendy Priest, Adam Brockus, Leslie Daugs, and Jim McDonald Also present <br /> were City Attorney Roger Lubovich, Financial Services Director Becky Hasart, and Council <br /> Assistant Christine Grenier <br /> A COUNCIL BRIEFING was held to discuss General Council Business at 5 00 PM in the Council <br /> Conference Room At 5 30 PM the meeting moved to the Meeting Chambers <br /> The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Council Member Jim McDonald followed by the invocation <br /> provided by Reverend Ron Anderson of Manette Community Church <br /> PUBLIC RECOGNITION <br /> Todd Best provided comments regarding the impact of sequestration on downtown businesses, <br /> hoped the City would not consider an increase in benefits to City management during these tough <br /> economic times, and did not support the effort to eliminate the City's Internal Auditor <br /> Roy Runyon requested that at the upcoming Joint Retreat Planning Session, the Council include <br /> a discussion on the items proposed by the Bremerton Charter Convention held March 18, 2013 <br /> Wendy Stevens expressed concerns regarding pedestrian safety and emergency vehicle access <br /> around Naval Elementary School <br /> Vern LaPrath commended Todd Best for his committed involvement and hard work for improving <br /> Bremerton, believed that the money spent on Pacific Avenue could be better spent in other <br /> neighborhoods, and added that there needed to be tax relief for residents on fixed incomes <br /> John Torres asked if anyone has calculated the potential revenue lost to Bremerton due to <br /> sequestration <br /> Robert Parker made some suggestions that would help beautify the Gateway area while at the <br /> same time, require less maintenance from the Parks Department <br /> Tammy Perry encouraged the Council and the City of Bremerton to convert empty buildings into <br /> housing for disabled homeless population <br /> Jerry McDonald reported on the 3 rd Annual Hotel Concierge Tour which included trips to golf <br /> courses and museums, and also hoped that concerts will return to downtown this summer <br /> Chal Martin Public Works & Utilities Director, responded to previous comments regarding the <br /> Pacific Avenue project and Gateway landscaping <br /> MAYOR'S REPORT — Mayor Patty Lent <br /> • Announced that the City has been awarded a $500,000 Department of Commerce grant to be <br /> used towards improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, <br /> • Looked forward to this year's Washington State Science & Engineering Fair and Film Festival <br /> scheduled on April 5 & 6 at Bremerton High School, <br />