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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, May 6, 2013

City Hall, Windmill Village







Mayor Grassi called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.




Roll call was taken by the City Clerk as follows: 


Councilmember Belleci                           Present

Councilmember Choiniere                       Present

Councilmember Figueroa                        Present

Councilmember Keel                              Present

Councilmember Nye                               Present

Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey                     Present

Mayor Grassi                                         Present


Staff present: City Manager Sugg, Executive Director/ACM Craig, City Attorney Victor, Police Chief Blair, Communications/IT Manager Seesz, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Communications Technician Kantzer, Paralegal Grover, and City Clerk Genetia.


Councilmember Belleci led the pledge of allegiance.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to approve the minutes of April 15, 2013 as submitted.


The motion carried.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to remove Item 8-City Manager’s Report from the agenda.


The motion carried.  The agenda was approved as amended.




Cadet Program – Police Chief Blair introduced the new Cadet Program.  Under the leadership of Pierce County Deputy McDonald, the program is part of the Boy Scouts of America’s Explorer Program and is intended to teach youth from ages 14 to 20 the general knowledge and understanding of a career in law enforcement while providing service to the community.


6.      PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.




Council Comments - Councilmember Belleci reported on the Puget Sound Regional Council general assembly meeting that she, along with Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey, Councilmembers Choiniere, Keel and Figueroa attended.


Councilmember Figueroa reported on Rainier Communications Commission’s election of officers.  He thanked University Place Refuse for holding the spring clean-up event.  In addition, he stated that various City, County, and community leaders attended a U.S. Open meeting with the USGA officials.


Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey reported on the Environmental Fair event and provided information from the Solid Waste Advisory Committee report.  She asked the community to save August 3 for the University Place Festival event and celebration.  In addition, she informed the public of the University Place Tour of Gardens sponsored by the University Place Historical Society on June 8 and 9, and the Duck Daze event on June 1.


Councilmember Choiniere reported that he and Councilmember Figueroa attended the dedication of the new West Pierce Fire Boat and that several Councilmembers attended the University Place Volunteer Appreciation dinner.


Mayor Grassi reported on the success of the Flower Show and Plant Sale.  He also reported that the Friends of Homestead Park hosted a tour of the Homestead Park.  Lastly, he reminded the public of the Treasures in the Park event on June 1.


Councilmember Keel reported on the Partner UP event hosted by Team Insurance.


8.      CITY MANAGER’S REPORT – Removed.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:


A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 03/15/13, signed and dated 04/15/13, check nos. 317429 through 317448, and wires in the total amount of One Hundred Ninety-Nine Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-Four and 43/100 Dollars ($199,384.43); Payroll for the period ending 03/31/13, signed and dated 04/15/13, check nos. 317449 through 317467, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Forty-Six Thousand Seven and 73/100 Dollars ($246,007.73); Payroll for the period ending 04/15/13, signed and dated 04/30/13, check nos. 317468 through 317481, and wires in the total amount of One Hundred Seventy-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-Nine and 30/100 Dollars ($179,679.30); Payroll for the period ending 04/30/13, signed and dated 5/13/13, check nos. 317482 through 317500, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Forty-Eight Thousand Six Hundred Twenty-Three and 24/100 Dollars ($248,623.24); Claims dated 04/15/13, signed 04/15/13, check nos. 48194 through 48264, in the total amount of Four Hundred Three Thousand Six Hundred Five and 10/100 Dollars ($403,605.10); Claims dated 04/30/13, signed 04/30/13, check nos. 48265 through 48332, check no. 48276 voided, in the total amount of Four Hundred Forty-Four Thousand One Hundred Forty-Eight and 13/100 Dollars ($444,148.13).

B.    Approve application for renewal of Liquor Licenses for Affairs Café & Bakery, Chambers Bay Grill, Frog n Kiwi Café, India Mahal Restaurant, Narrows Plaza Bowl, Walgreens #07137, and Walgreens #3723.

C.    Adopt a Resolution directing the Public Safety Commission to examine the City’s current and future public safety needs and services including expenditures for purposes of evaluating the City’s long-term service levels and funding.  (RESOLUTION NO. 721)

D.    Authorize appropriation of up to $3,000 from General Fund Contingency-U.S. Open Related to the Development Services budget for the travel costs associated with the Development Services Director and Building Inspector’s trip to Philadelphia for the 2015 U.S. Open preparation.

E.    Authorize the payment of $46,189.12 for the Rainier Communications Commission invoices for 2013 RCC membership dues covering January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.


The motion carried.






Staff Report - City Attorney Victor advised that although Initiative 502 that was passed by Washington voters in November 2012 purports to legalize the production, sale, use and consumption of marijuana, it remains illegal under Federal law.  He recommended that Council consider enacting a moratorium on any activities associated with marijuana uses for an initial six-month period to provide the City additional time to develop a work plan regarding all the issues surrounding marijuana use in a thoughtful, methodical manner so that the City is ready if/when the State begins to license such activities.


Public Comment – The following individual provided comment on the issue:  Phil Hoffman, 3612 Tahoma Place West.


Council ConsiderationMOTION: By Councilmember Keel, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey, to pass an ordinance adopting a six-month moratorium within the City of University Place on establishment, location, permitting, licensing or operation of marijuana cultivation, production of marijuana derivatives, and the sale of marijuana or marijuana derivatives, or any other activities asserted to be authorized or actually authorized under Washington State Initiative No. 502 or any other laws of the State Washington, providing for severability, declaring an emergency, and establishing an effective date.


The motion carried.  (ORDINANCE NO. 621)




Staff Report – City Engineer Ecklund recommended awarding the bid for the 19th Street West Sidewalk project to R L Alia Company who submitted the lowest responsive, responsible bid of the five proposals received by the City, in the amount of $99, 213.00, including taxes.


This project will complete construction of approximately 2,000 linear feet of sidewalk with ADA ramps on the south side of 19th Street West from Bridgeport Way West to Mildred Street, and is funded through a $105,000 grant from the Pierce County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. City matching funds are not required for the construction project.  Representatives from Pierce County have reviewed and approved the low bid proposal.


Public Comment – None.


Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to authorize the City Manager to award the 19th Street West Sidewalk project to R L Alia Company in the amount of $99,213.00, including sales tax and execute all necessary contract documents.


The motion carried.


12.     MAYOR’S REPORT – None.




The meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.  No other action was taken.


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk


Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20130506-0912 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

41400/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 


Regular Meeting Agenda-20130506-1011 


Ordinance :621-19010912-621 


Content Type: Meeting Minutes
Created at 5/21/2013 9:12 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 5/21/2013 9:18 AM  by Emelita Genetia