CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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 Excused
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, Police Chief Blair, Human Resources Manager Petorak, and City Clerk Genetia.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to excuse the absence of Councilmember Belleci.
The motion carried.
Councilmember Keel led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the minutes of January 5, 2015 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Keel, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
Introduction and Recognition of Public Safety Officers – Police Chief Blair introduced and recognized Deputy Michael Cooney and Deputy Dennis Banach for their outstanding service. Deputy Banach was awarded the 2014 Officer of the Year for his outstanding patrol work and investigation throughout the year, and Deputy Cooney was awarded the 2014 Chief’s Award for his service and dedication to the citizens of University Place.
6. PUBLIC COMMENT – None.
7. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Keel invited Council to attend the Pierce County Regional Council’s Annual General Assembly meeting on February 19, 2015 at Puyallup Park Pavilion. He announced that the Association of Washington Cities is currently seeking a replacement for Mike McCarthy who retired last December. Additionally, he indicated that Pierce Transit is in the process of selecting its Chief Executive Officer.
Councilmember Grassi thanked the University Place business owners who participated in the Light UP program.
Councilmember Worthington recognized Mayor McCluskey’s efforts in administration of the commission selection process and acknowledged the City Commissions’ applicants for offering to serve the community.
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa relayed comments from area business owners of how the summer construction schedule for the Mildred roadway improvement project will impact their business.
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg briefed Council on recent business development and store front activities in Green Firs.
9A-9H. CONSENT AGENDA
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa requested that Item 9G be pulled for separate consideration.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 12/15/14, signed and dated 12/30/14, check nos. 318233 through 318247, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Thousand Four and 36/100 Dollars ($200,004.36); Payroll for the period ending 12/31/14, signed and dated 01/13/15, check nos. 318248 through 318264, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Sixty-Four Thousand Nine Hundred Forty and 33/100 Dollars ($264,940.33); Claims dated 12/31/14, signed 12/31/14, check nos. 51614 through 51689, in the total amount of Six Hundred Sixteen Thousand Four Hundred Twenty-Nine and 80/100 Dollars ($616,429.80); Claims dated 12/30/14, signed 01/13/15, check no. 51690, in the total amount of Twenty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Eight and 64/100 Dollars ($29,498.64); Claims dated 01/05/15, signed 01/13/15, check nos. 51691 through 51700 (2015 invoices), in the total amount of Two Thousand Nine and 26/100 Dollars ($2,009.26); Claims dated 01/15/15, signed 01/13/15, check nos. 51701 through 51753 (2014 invoices), in the total amount of Two Hundred Ninety-One Thousand Forty-Three and 52/100 Dollars ($291,043.52); and Claims dated 01/15/15, signed 01/13/15, check nos. 51754 through 51763 (2015 invoices), in the total amount of One Hundred Thirty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred Forty and 28/100 Dollars ($139,440.28).
B. Authorize the purchase of real estate and an easement in the amount of $15,850.00 from Robert M. and Alecelia R. Warren over a portion of parcel #0220102017 for the Bridgeport Way Phase 5 project and authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.
C. Confirm Elias Santiago’s re-appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2019.
D. Confirm Steve Victor’s appointment to the Greater Tacoma Regional Convention Center Public Facilities District Board of Directors for a term ending December 31, 2018.
E. Confirm Chuck Foster, John Siridakis and Peggy Rose Webster’s re-appointments to the Economic Development Commission for four-year terms ending January 31, 2019; and confirm Jason Light’s appointment to the Economic Development Commission as representative for the West Side Branch of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.
F. Confirm Anthony Paulson, Cliff Quisenberry, Jr. and Frank Boykin, Jr.’s re-appointments to the Planning Commission for four-year terms ending January 31, 2019.
G. Confirm Galina Perekopsky, Michael Smith and Phillip Hoffman’s re-appointments to the Public Safety Commission for four-year terms ending January 31, 2019; and confirm Howard Lee and Lance Orloff’s appointments to the Public Safety Commission for four-year terms ending January 31, 2019. (Pulled for separate consideration.)
H. Adopt a resolution approving finance software maintenance and support in the amount of $46,445.83 with Eden Systems/Tyler Technologies through December 31, 2015. (RESOLUTION NO. 777)
The motion carried.
Item 9G – Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa recognized the individuals who volunteered for service on City Commissions.
MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to confirm Galina Perekopsky, Michael Smith and Phillip Hoffman’s re-appointments to the Public Safety Commission for four-year terms ending January 31, 2019; and confirm Howard Lee and Lance Orloff’s appointments to the Public Safety Commission for four-year terms ending January 31, 2019.
The motion carried.
10. PUBLIC HEARING: UNIVERSITY PLACE REFUSE RATE INCREASE
Staff Report – Human Resources Manager Petorak presented an ordinance approving the Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment and pass-through rate increases for refuse services in accordance with the City’s franchise agreement with University Place Refuse Service, Inc. and Lakewood Refuse Service. The ordinance also calls for an elimination of the second toter discount. The tipping fee pass-through rate associated with the cost of dumping solid waste, based on the weight, at the County facility will increase from $139.38 to $144.97 per ton, and will be distributed among University Place Refuse customers based on the average weight of their toter size. The second adjustment is based on 70% of the June to June Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton CPI-U for 2014. The CPI and the pass-through rate increases will be between $0.41 and $0.74 per month depending on the size of the toter and frequency of collection.
The rate increase will be effective March 1, 2015.
Public Comment – The following individual provided comment on the issue: Bob Schwartz, 8020 Cirque Drive.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to pass an ordinance increasing the solid waste base rate and enacting a uniform second toter rate in accordance with the current solid waste franchise agreements with University Place Refuse Service, Inc. and Lakewood Refuse Service.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 647)
11. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey reported that Pierce County Cities and Towns Association finalized a consensus on issues relating to the SR167 transportation packet, streamline sales tax and public works trust loans. She also reported that AUSA is urging cities to provide comments regarding regional impacts of JBLM’s sequestration and potential loss of additional personnel. She and City Manager Sugg met with Congressman Heck who showed interest in the economic development associated with the Mildred corridor project and finding funding sources for the necessary feasibility study. Mayor McCluskey commented on her attendance at the 16th CAB uncasing ceremony and thanked the Parks and Recreation Commission for their extensive work on the funding and future facilities report. She spoke to the spirit of inspiration resulting from the Seattle Seahawks win of the National Football Championship game, and lastly, announced the January 31 Council workshop.
Councilmember Keel shared information on Association of Washington Cities’ position and action on marijuana legislation.
At 7:16 p.m., the Council concluded its business meeting and recessed to study session at 7:24 p.m. after a five minute break.
12. TACOMA PUBLIC UTILITIES RATE ADJUSTMENT PROPOSAL
As part of their outreach effort, Mr. Clark Mather, Senior Manager-External Affairs, along with Christina Leinneweber of Power Utilities, and Linda McCrea, Water Superintendent of Tacoma Public Utilities, presented information on Tacoma Public Utilities’ proposed changes to its cost of service. Tacoma Power is proposing a system average rate increase of 3.0% to begin April 1, 2015. Despite this proposed increase, University Place residents will see a 2.3% rate decrease this year. This is due to a difference in franchise fees calculation and how it will be incorporated into the rates for all Tacoma Power customers. Tacoma Water is proposing a system average rate increase of 4.0% for 2015 and 2016. Similarly, the residents of University Place will actually see less impact from the proposed increase for 2015 and 2016, the first of which will be effective April 1, 2015 and the second on January 1, 2016.
13. PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SOADA ORDINANCE
City Attorney Victor presented the proposed amendment to the Stay Out of Areas of Drug Activity (SOADA) Ordinance. He indicated that there has been a decrease in misdemeanor level SOADA orders issued by municipal and district courts because of the effective decriminalization of marijuana. However, the order doesn’t just pertain to marijuana, but pertains to other types of drug-related misdemeanor prosecutions. The City’s SOADA Ordinance limits orders issued by a municipal or district court for misdemeanor proceedings. The proposed change will remove the language specific to the misdemeanor courts and be replaced with a language that will allow the City to enforce SOADA orders issued by any court of competent jurisdiction.
The proposed ordinance will be brought back to Council for consideration at its next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 8:33 p.m. No other action was taken.