CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, November 17, 2014
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
Mayor McCluskey 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 Grassi Present
Councilmember Keel Present
Councilmember Nye Present
Councilmember Worthington Present
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa Present
Mayor McCluskey Present
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Executive Director/ACM Craig, City Engineer Ecklund, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Public Works Director Cooper, Police Chief Blair, Human Resources Manager Petorak, Assistant Finance Director Blaisdell, Paralegal Grover and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember Nye led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. EXECUTIVE SESSTION
At 6:31 p.m., the City Council recessed to Executive Session for approximately thirty (30) minutes, per RCW 42.30.110, to discuss potential litigation with legal counsel.
The Regular Meeting reconvened at 6:55 p.m.
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the minutes of November 3, 2014 as submitted.
The motion carried.
5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to amend the agenda to add Item 12A, Reconsideration of the Interim Zoning Regulations on Large Religious Institutions in the Commercial Zone, under Council consideration.
The motion carried.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the agenda as amended.
The motion carried.
Library Report – Georgia Lomax, Executive Director of the Pierce County Library System, presented the State of the Library Report.
7. PUBLIC COMMENT – The following individuals provided comments: Wade Stuart, 2010 Cascade Place West; Betsy Tainer, 333 Locust Avenue West; Dr. Gerry Hagan, 9518 55th Street Court West; and Steve Sarwano, 4816 70th Avenue West.
8. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Worthington reported that the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is in the process of preparing a new Solid Waste Management Plan for the County.
Councilmember Keel reported that Pierce Transit adopted its 2015 budget which included an increase in transit service hours.
9. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg presented an accident rate analysis of major City street corridors and intersections. The data shows significant reductions in vehicular crashes at key intersections and along key corridors in University Place.
10A-10E. CONSENT AGENDA
Councilmember Worthington requested that Item 10E be pulled for separate consideration.
MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 10/31/14, signed and dated 11/10/14, check nos. 318174 through 318193, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Fifty-One Thousand Eight Hundred Nine and 06/100 Dollars ($251,809.06); Claims dated 11/14/14, signed 11/10/14, check nos. 51407 through 51459, check no. 51422 voided, check nos. 51406 and 51409 replacements for check nos. 50874 and 50878 respectively, in the total amount of Two Million Nine Hundred Sixty-Five Thousand Seven Hundred Three and 63/100 Dollars ($2,965,703.63).
B. Pass an ordinance amending UPMC Title 4 Revenue and Finance, Section 4.40.120 Strategic Reserve Fund, to add a provision requiring an affirmative vote of five Council members to authorize use of the Strategic Reserve Fund. (ORDINANCE NO. 643)
C. Approve the Final Plat of Sunset South, a 21-lot Single Family subdivision containing 21 proposed homes located at the 7900 block of 44th Street West.
D. Adopt a resolution finding a special facility or market condition exists with respect to certain street and sidewalk work immediately adjacent to the new University Place Whole Foods Market, and approving a contract with Abbott Construction for that work. (RESOLUTION NO. 773)
E. Adopt a resolution granting all regular staff, including the City Manager, a 2% COLA for 2015 and a 2.5% COLA for 2016, as reflected in the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. (Pulled for separate consideration.)
The motion carried.
Councilmembers Worthington, Keel and Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa expressed their views for supporting this proposal.
Item 10E - MOTION: By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to adopt a resolution granting all regular staff, including the City Manager, a 2% COLA for 2015 and a 2.5% COLA for 2016, as reflected in the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 774)
At 7:48 p.m., the City Council recessed and convened as the governing Board of the University Place Transportation Benefit District (TBD).
1. CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER
Board Chair McCluskey called the meeting to order.
2. PUBLIC HEARING: 2015-2016 TBD BIENNIAL BUDGET
Staff Report – Assistant Finance Director Blaisdell presented an ordinance and documentation for the University Place Transportation Benefit District 2015-2016 proposed budget. The 2015 budget appropriates $151,900.00 for insurance, annual audit, and transfers funds to the City of University Place Street Fund for street maintenance based on the TBD revenues received in 2014. The 2016 budget reflects an appropriation of $293,650.00. These budget amounts are reflected on the City’s 2015-2016 proposed biennial budget.
Public Comment – None.
Board Consideration – MOTION: By Board member Belleci, seconded by Board member Grassi, to pass an ordinance adopting the 2015-2016 Transportation Benefit District Biennial Budget.
The motion passed 6 to 1. Board member Keel voted no. (ORDINANCE NO. 1)
At 7:54 p.m., MOTION: By Board member Belleci, seconded by Board Member Figueroa, to adjourn the Transportation Benefit District Board meeting. No other action was taken.
RECONVENED TO REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
11. PUBLIC HEARING: ONE PERCENT PROPERTY TAX LEVY
Staff Report – Assistant Finance Director Blaisdell presented the proposed ordinance that will impose a one percent (1%) increase in the regular property tax levy for 2015 in the amount of $35,386.23, an average increase of 0.889% from the previous year. The proposed 2015-2016 budget presented to Council assumes a 1% increase in the City’s ad valorem property tax in each year of the biennial budget.
Public Comment – The following individual provided comment: Phil Hoffman, 3613 Tahoma Pace West.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to pass an ordinance relating to ad valorem property taxes, establishing the amounts to be raised in 2015 by taxation on the assessed valuation of property in the City of University Place, and setting the levy for the year 2015.
The motion passed 6 to 1. Councilmember Nye voted no. (ORDINANCE NO. 644)
12. PUBLIC HEARING: 2015-2016 BIENNIAL BUDGET ADOPTION
Staff Report – Assistant Finance Director Blaisdell presented the proposed ordinance, along with the corresponding exhibits, to adopt the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. The documents include all the changes requested at the November 3, 2014 meeting. A summary of the City’s 2015-2016 revenue estimates and proposed biennial budget was presented by the City Manager at the October 1, 2014 Council meeting. Director Blaisdell indicated that the 2015-2016 proposed biennial budget is balanced and fits the conservative financial assumptions for the City’s operating and capital budgets, Town Center, and debt management that supports a continuation of the 2014 core level of service to the community.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to pass an ordinance adopting the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget.
The motion passed 6 to 1. Councilmember Nye voted no. (ORDINANCE NO. 645)
12A. RECONSIDERATION OF THE INTERIM ZONING REGULATIONS ON LARGE RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS IN THE COMMERCIAL ZONE
Staff Report - City Attorney Victor informed Council of new information the City received last week, the most material of which was unknown to Council at the time it considered adopting the interim zoning regulations on large religious institutions in the commercial zone. The reason for the interim regulation was to study whether there are adverse impacts on commercial viability of the City’s limited commercial areas and whether large religious institutions are potential inhibitors of commercial viability in commercial zones. The interim zoning regulations came at the time when negotiations were materially underway between the property owner and an interested party. While Council has great interest in protecting the City’s commercial zones, in promoting investment, commercial activities and commercial development, it also has great interest in supporting property owners and private businesses in University Place. City Attorney Victor indicated that since neither the Council nor the City administration had an intent to unwittingly interfere in an ongoing act of negotiation, and that it is less than 60 days into the interim zoning regulations, the Council has the opportunity to reconsider the moratorium in light of this new information.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to repeal the interim zoning regulations on large religious institutions in the Commercial Zone.
The motion carried.
13. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey conveyed the safe return of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers from deployment. She encouraged the public to attend the Open House meetings on the U.S. Open restricted parking plan on November 18 and 20 at Curtis High School. She also invited the community to attend the Winter Fest activities on December 6 at Market Square.
At 8:42 p.m., the Council concluded its business meeting and thereafter recessed to Study Session at 8:50 p.m. after a five minute break.
14. ALTERNATIVE JAIL CONTRACT
City Attorney Victor presented and discussed an alternative to jail services to supplement the City’s existing jail services for inmates who are sentenced for over thirty days to a year. He stated that many cities have more than one jail contract because various jails have different rates varying significantly. The City of University Place has historically maintained just one with the Pierce County jail for reasons of location, ease of booking, and favorable advantages for medical and liability coverages. He indicated that while our municipal court does a very good job of using alternative sentencing and other means than prolonged incarceration, there are times when an inmate who poses dangerous behavior is sentenced to more than 30 days. Municipal courts can only sentence up to a year, however, six months to year of sentencing can be a substantial cost. This prompted the City’s Public Safety Department to seek other jail services and recommended Toppenish. Toppenish has a relatively new jail, is city owned, and run by its police department. Their daily rate is $35.00 less than what the City pays the Pierce County jail which can be a significant cost savings over time.
Staff recommended that Council consider entering into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Toppenish as an alternative provider of jail services.
15. AMENDMENT TO RIGHT-OF-WAY ORDINANCE–EASEMENT/DEDICATION TO RIGHT-OF- WAY
City Attorney Victor explained the City’s provision on right-of-way conveyances, indicating that the University Place Municipal Code has included a provision that supported property owners’ development rights are not impacted by the conveyance of right-of-way to the City. However, it has come to light that there is not an equivalent provision providing the same support with respect to density calculations. This means that the conveyance of right-of-way could limit the development potential of some properties by reducing the total area of developable property under density calculations.
Staff recommended clarifying the provision with respect to this unintended issue in the acquisition of right-of-way by adding a language to the same effect for density calculation.
The meeting adjourned at 9:19 p.m. No other action was taken.