CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, November 18, 2013
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER – MAYOR
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 Excused
Councilmember Choiniere Present
Councilmember Figueroa Present
Mayor Grassi Present
Councilmember Keel Present
Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey Present
Councilmember Nye Present
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, Executive Director/ACM Craig, City Attorney Victor, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Police Chief Blair, Public Safety Manager Hales, Human Resources Manager Petorak, and City Clerk Genetia.
MOTION: By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to excuse the absence of Councilmember Belleci.
The motion carried.
Councilmember Keel led the pledge of allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – Mayor Grassi presented Mary Hanson with a proclamation declaring the month of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
5. PUBLIC COMMENT – The following individuals provided comments: Imad Aljanabi; Risë Windell, 6219 57th Street Court West; and Cathy Zeiniga, 7211 44th Street West.
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS – Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey reported her attendance at the following: University Place Veterans Day celebration; Community Connector strategy meeting with Col. Male and Cpt. Paulsboe of 16th CAB; Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting on County issues; and University Place Historical Society meeting.
Councilmember Keel gave an update on Pierce Transit’s demonstration project and announced that a bus route from University Place to Olympia has been approved and is to begin in December. In addition, he remarked on the importance of public participation/input on City related issues.
Councilmember Figueroa reported that he was interviewed by CNN on the topic of Iniative-502. He also reported that he attended the National League of Cities conference and shared his perspective about University Place based on his interactions with other city administrations.
Mayor Grassi reported that he attended the memorial service for Harry Hanson, husband of the former Economic Development Commissioner Judy Hanson.
7. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT – City Manager Sugg reported that the Clearview 100 Building will have its official ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday and invited everyone to attend. He remarked upon Item 8B of the Consent Agenda.
8A-8C. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 10/31/13, signed and dated 11/14/13, check nos. 317718 through 317740, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Two Hundred Ninety-Eight and 21/100 Dollars ($250,298.21); Claims dated 11/15/13, signed 11/14/13, check nos. 49423 through 49499, in the total amount of Two Million Nine Hundred Thirty-Two Thousand Forty-Three and 28/100 Dollars ($2,932,043.28).
B. Authorize the City Manager to increase the contract amount in the existing contract with CWA Consultants P.S. for structural plan review services from $25,000.00 to $45,000.00.
C. Approve application for renewal of Liquor License for Harbor Greens U.P., LLC.
The motion carried.
9. PUBLIC HEARING: 2013-2014 BUDGET AMENDMENT
Staff Report – Assistant Finance Director Blaisdell presented the proposed 2013-2014 mid-biennium budget adjustments. She enumerated the significant changes in revenue and expenses, including the addition of the U.S. Open budget as discussed during the November 12 study session.
Public Comment - None
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to pass an ordinance amending the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget for the mid-biennial budget adjustment.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 632)
10. PUBLIC HEARING: ONE PERCENT PROPERTY TAX LEVY
Staff Report – City Manager Sugg presented the proposed ordinance relating to the ad valorem property tax for 2014. The ordinance will impose a one percent (1%) increase in the regular property tax levy for 2014 in the amount of $30,051.35, an average increase of 0.76887%. The City Council’s budget for the 2013-2014 biennium assumes a 1% increase in the City’s ad valorem property tax in each year of the biennial budget. In order to implement this increase, it is necessary to adopt an ordinance to set the levy.
Public Comment – None
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to pass an ordinance relating to ad valorem property taxes, establishing the amounts to be raised in 2014 by taxation on the assessed valuation of property in the City of University Place, and setting the levy for the year 2014.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 633)
11. MAYOR’S REPORT – None
At 7:09 p.m., MOTION: By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey, to adjourn the business meeting of the City Council and recess to Study Session.
The motion carried.
12. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
In an effort to clarify the City role and responsibilities in relation to Emergency Management services, staff provided information and an update on the City’s current Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The City’s EOP covers internal and external procedures that will be implemented when and if an emergency occurs. Since the last update to the EOP, the City has instituted and implemented the following:
§ Integrated the Code Red application for internal and Council notification for emergency and crisis situations;
§ Initiated regular and on-going first responders/partners round table meetings to ensure communications, information and coordination among various agencies within the City; and
§ Engaged the assistance of the Public Safety Commission in community outreach, education and information regarding community planning and emergency preparedness.
Casey Broom of Pierce County’s Department of Emergency Management talked about its role, plans and the services the County provides under its contract with the City.
13. 67th AVENUE AND BRIDGEPORT WAY RE-ZONE
City Attorney Victor provided background information on the rezone proposals of two parcels – one located at 67th Avenue and Bridgeport, and the other behind Fred Meyer on 67th Avenue. He presented and explained each of the following four legislative options the Council has on this issue:
1) To accept the owner’s proposal to rezone both parcels as neighborhood commercial. The rezone approval would carry the two following conditions: (a) the owner would relinquish mining rights on both properties; and (b) the parcel located at 67th Avenue and Bridgeport would be permanently restricted from being developed as either a gas station or a 24-hour use. The residents from the surrounding neighborhood oppose this option.
2) To accept the Planning Commission’s recommendation to rezone the parcel behind Fred Meyer from R1 to R2 and rezone the parcel located at 67th Avenue and Bridgeport to Mixed-Use Office. This option is opposed by the property owner.
3) To reject both potential rezones and leave both parcels zoned the way they are.
4) To continue this matter into next year to allow for the possibility of further discussion between the owner of the parcels and the neighbors.
City Attorney Victor noted that if the current zoning stands, there is still a possibility for the owner of the properties to propose projects on either of those parcels under what is known as a contract or site specific rezone.
The above legislative options were further discussed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m. No other action was taken.