CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, September 16, 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 Excused
Councilmember Keel Present
Councilmember Nye Present
Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey Excused
Mayor Grassi Present
Staff present: Executive Director/ACM Faison, City Attorney Victor, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Police Chief Blair, Parks, Recreation and Public Works Director Cooper, Assistant City Engineer Avcular, Human Resources Manager Petorak, Community Support Officer Estep, and City Clerk Genetia.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to excuse the absences of Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey and Councilmember Figueroa.
The motion carried.
Councilmember Keel led the pledge of allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
Welcome and Introduction – Police Chief Blair introduced Sandy Estep as Public Safety’s Community Support Officer (CSO). On behalf of the City Council, Mayor Grassi welcomed CSO Estep.
Service Recognition – Councilmember Choiniere presented Robbie Jordan with a proclamation recognizing his contributions to the community through his service on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Service Recognition – Councilmember Choiniere presented John Heinzinger with a proclamation recognizing his contributions to the community through his service on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Mr. Heinzinger has served the Commission since 2002.
5. PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual provided public comment: Kevin Hayes, 8808 21st Street West.
6. COUNCIL/COMMISSION COMMENT
Council Comments – Councilmember Choiniere shared news about a University Place resident who won several exhibition awards at the Washington State Fair.
7. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT – None
8A-8D. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 08/31/13, signed and dated 09/12/13, check nos. 317648 through 317670, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Sixty-Eight Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty-One and 99/100 Dollars ($268,881.99); Claims dated 09/13/13, signed 09/12/13, check nos. 49138 through 49202, check nos. 49136 and 49137 replacements for check nos. 47670 and 48778 respectively, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eleven Thousand Five Hundred Forty-Seven and 11/100 Dollars ($211,547.11).
B. Approve new application for Liquor License for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar.
C. Authorize the payment of $51,165.50 to Dell for the purchase of datacenter hardware.
D. Adopt a resolution approving an Interlocal Agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust. (RESOLUTION NO. 733)
The motion carried.
9. PUBLIC HEARING: SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Staff Report – Assistant City Engineer Avcular presented the proposed updates to the City’s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) that covers the years 2014 to 2019. The primary changes to the TIP include:
§ Updates to project schedules and costs
§ Updates to project funding status
§ Removal of Beckonridge SRTS project
§ Removal of 19th Street CDBG project
§ Removal of 27th Street SRTS project
§ Removal of 27th Street Overlay project
§ Removal of 40th Street Overlay project
The City of University Place is required by State law to adopt and annually update a Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). However, the approval of the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan does not commit the City to any financial expenditure; rather, each project is reviewed individually by the City Council in each relevant budget cycle as a component of the Capital Improvement Plan. Its approval, however, does create eligibility for the City to apply for various grant opportunities, and provides an indication of the City’s planning direction for transportation needs.
Assistant City Engineer Avcular noted that project number seven of the TIP was amended to include undergrounding of utilities.
Mayor Grassi opened the public hearing at 6:46 p.m.
Public Comment - The following individuals provided comment on the matter: Tony Paulson, 9201 65th Street West; Nancy Morgan, 7707 53rd Street Court West.
There having no other comments, Mayor Grassi closed the public hearing at 6:55 p.m.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to adopt a resolution approving the approving the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan for years 2014 to 2019.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 734)
10. PLANNED ACTION ORDINANCE
Staff Report – Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented the proposal to extend the date for review of the environmental conditions to determine the continued validity of the Planned Action Ordinance with respect to environmental conditions within the Planned Action area.
The City originally adopted the Planned Action Ordinance in 2004 upon the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that established a planned action area located on the east side of Bridgeport Way. Later in 2006, the Planned Action Ordinance was amended and an addendum to the EIS was made to add the west side of Bridgeport Way. Each of those Planned Action Ordinances include a provision that requires the document to be reviewed every two years to ensure that any mitigation measure called for within the EIS will continue to be valid to mitigate any anticipated impacts associated with the proposals in the Planned Action area. Currently, development progress in the Town Center area is still consistent with the uses mentioned in the EIS, and is below the mitigation framework threshold of the Planned Action Ordinance. He also noted that the model assumed and planned for traffic growth rate of 1% has slowed to 0.5%, reducing the level of impacts associated with the development of the City’s Town Center, further supporting the continued validity of the EIS.
Based upon the review of the Environment Impact Statement and the associated models, and the review of the environmental conditions of the Planned Action area and vicinity, staff recommends that the review period of the Planned Action Ordinance be extended to no later than December 1, 2015.
Public Comment – The following individual provided comment on the matter: Nancy Morgan, 7707 53rd Street Court West; Steve Worthington, 6912 53rd Street West.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Keel, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to pass an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 601, extending the date for review of environmental conditions to determine the continued validity of the Planned Action Ordinance with respect to environmental conditions within the Planned Action area.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 626)
11. MAYOR’S REPORT – None
The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m. No other action was taken.