CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, February 4, 2013
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
Mayor Grassi called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
2. ROLL CALL AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Roll call was taken by the City Clerk as follows:
Councilmember Belleci Present
Councilmember Choiniere Present
Councilmember Figueroa Present
Councilmember Keel Present (arrived 6:38 p.m.)
Councilmember Nye Present
Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey Present
Mayor Grassi Present
Staff present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Police Chief Blair, Parks, Recreation and Public Works Director Cooper, Paralegal Grover, and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember Figueroa led the pledge of allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the minutes of January 14, 2013 and January 22, 2013 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
National Go Red Day Proclamation – Mayor Grassi presented a proclamation to Mary Harrison and Nadine Kelly of Pierce County American Heart Association in support of the National Wear Red Day for Women, a national call to increase awareness about heart disease and to inspire women to take charge of their health to reduce risk.
2012 Administrator of the Year – Mayor Grassi presented a proclamation to Sandy Nelson of Bridgeport Place Assisted Living in recognition of her effective leadership of Bridgeport Place Assisted Living. Ms. Nelson was recognized as the 2012 Administrator of the Year by the Washington State Association of Activity Professionals.
Chambers Creek Trail Update – Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey provided an update on the proposed Chambers Creek Trail extension. With support from the Pierce County Executive and in partnership with
the City of Lakewood, the City has been able to move forward in extending the Chambers Creek Trail from the trailhead and Chambers Bay to Kobayashi Park. An Open House was held on January 29, 2013 as a first step towards developing an implementation plan for the Trail.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – Karen Kolley, 8612 29th Street West
7. COUNCIL/COMMISSION COMMENT
Council Comments – Councilmember Choiniere reported that he, Councilmember Belleci and Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey attended a presentation by Mortensen Construction regarding the current progress of the waste water treatment facility construction project at Chambers Creek.
Councilmember Keel reported on the meeting that he, Councilmember Nye, City Manager Sugg, and City Attorney Victor had with the County Executive and USGA representatives regarding the 2015 U.S. Open. Additionally, he reported that the Black Tie fundraising event hosted by Community Supported Parks and Recreation was a success.
Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey also commented on the success of the Black Tie fundraising event. She asked the public to save August 3rd for the upcoming UP Festival at Cirque Park. Lastly, she reported on the meeting that she, Councilmember Belleci, City Engineer Ecklund, Planning and Development Director Swindale and City Manager Sugg had with Dan Burden to brainstorm on how to continue the City’s vision to becoming a totally walkable community.
Mayor Grassi gave kudos to the Peace Out group for doing an outstanding job with the gift baskets at the Black Tie event.
Commission Reports – None
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg gave an informative presentation on the breakdown of property tax income including the portion allotted to the City.
Director Cooper provided information on upcoming Recreation events and offered the opportunity for the public to learn how to play bridge.
9A-9D. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey, to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 01/15/13, signed and dated 01/31/13, check nos. 317352 through 317362, and wires in the total amount of One Hundred Eighty-Three Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-Nine and 52/100 Dollars ($183,699.52); Claims dated 01/31/13, signed 01/31/13, check nos. 47833 through 47834; 47836 through 47860 (2013 invoices), check no. 47835 in 2012 invoice check batch, in the total amount of Thirty-Eight Thousand Six Hundred Eleven and 57/100 Dollars ($38,611.57); Claims dated 01/31/13, signed 01/31/13, check nos. 47835; 47861 through 47892 (2012 invoices), in the total amount of Two Hundred Eighteen Thousand One Hundred Seventy-Five and 93/100 Dollars ($218,175.93); Claims dated 01/31/13, signed 01/31/13, check nos. 47893 through 47909 (2013 invoices), in the total amount of Seventy-Four Thousand Three Hundred Twelve and 92/100 Dollars ($74,312.92).
B. Receive and File: City Council Committees and Representatives Assignments for 2013.
C. Approve application for renewal of Liquor Licenses for Albertson’s No. 467, Rocky’s Mini Mart, and A’s Liquor Spirits 2.
D. Adopt a resolution directing the Public Safety Commission to examine the long-range Public Safety needs for the City of University Place. (RESOLUTION NO. 711)
The motion carried.
10. ADMISSION TAX ORDINANCE
Staff Report – City Attorney Victor provided an overview of the proposed amendments to UPMC Section 4.60. The amendments improve and clarify the ordinance and make it easier to administer.
Public Comment – None
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Choinere, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to pass an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 255, University Place Municipal Code Section 4.60 – Admissions Tax.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 618)
11. MAYOR’S REPORT - Mayor Grassi informed Council of his meeting with County Council member Connie Ladenburg about City issues.
At 7:18 p.m., Mayor Grassi adjourned the regular business meeting and called for a ten-minute recess before resuming to Study Session at 7:30 p.m.
12. UP CROSSING PROPERTY EXCHANGE
City Attorney Victor presented the proposed Development Agreement for an exchange of property that would allow the owners of UP Crossing to make improvements to the commercial center. In the Agreement, the City will convey the 27th Street property and the Regents Boulevard property to the owners for the parking lot improvements, and in exchange, the developer will construct a sidewalk and frontage improvements on Regents Boulevard.
After the sidewalk and frontage improvements are complete, the owners will convey the Regents property back to the City as well as the owner’s real property located at the intersection of Regents Boulevard and 67th Avenue West. The proposed improvements to the UP Crossing commercial center will benefit the City by way of supporting business and improving economic development.
The owners of UP Crossing approached the City about their desire to make improvements to the commercial center and to obtain the City’s assistance by allowing some significant work in the sidewalk area for the creation of additional parking.
The meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m. No other action was taken.