CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, February 2, 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 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, Police Chief Blair, Recreation Specialist Bibby, Recreation Supervisor Robinson, City Engineer Ecklund, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, Public Works Director Cooper, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Paralegal Grover and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember Worthington led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the minutes of January 20, 2015 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
Proclamation – Mayor McCluskey, along with Executive Director/ACM Craig, presented Economic Development Commissioner McCaffree with a proclamation in recognition of her leadership, hard work and dedication to serving the community.
Public Safety Bomb Team Presentation – Police Chief Blair introduced Sgt. Roger Toles of the Pierce County Sheriff Department’s Hazardous Material Devices (Bomb) Squad. Sergeant Toles presented information on services provided by the unit for not only the residents of Pierce County, but other local, state and federal agencies as well. The Hazardous Material Devices Squad will be part of the U.S. Open event contingency.
6. PUBLIC COMMENT – The following individual provided comment: Bunny Nance, 5818 75th Avenue Court West.
7. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Belleci reminded Council of Pierce County Regional Council’s Annual General Assembly meeting on February 19, 2015 in Puyallup.
Councilmember Grassi recognized Fred Meyer Stores, Inc.’s impressive design and construction of its gas station.
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa reported on the impact of JBLM’s sequestration and potential loss of personnel. He also indicated that he and Councilmember Worthington will be attending the Association of Washington Cities’ (AWC) legislative conference and will be meeting with various legislators to communicate City issues.
Councilmember Keel stated that he too will be attending the conference under the AWC banner. He also updated Council on Pierce Transit Authority matters discussed at its recent conference.
Councilmember Grassi requested an update on the Bridgeport/54th Street project.
Councilmember Worthington reported that he participated in a conference call with the AWC Legislative Committee and shared some legislative and editorial updates.
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa commended Public Works Director Cooper for doing a good job of maintaining the City streets and credited the citizens of University Place for keeping it clean.
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Engineer Ecklund updated Council on the Mildred Street Roadway Improvement project’s status and construction schedule.
Recreation Specialist Bibby and Recreation Supervisor Robinson provided information on the Daddy-Daughter Dance, senior day trips and overnight tours, events and activities.
9A-9B. CONSENT AGENDA
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa requested that Item 9A 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 01/15/15, signed and dated 01/30/15, check nos. 318265 through 318279, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Eleven Thousand Six Hundred Twenty-Nine and 53/100 Dollars ($211,629.53); Claims dated 01/30/15, signed 01/30/15, check nos. 51764 through 51781 (2015 invoices), in the total amount of Forty-Seven Thousand Eight Hundred Seventeen and 69/100 Dollars ($47,817.69); Claims dated 01/30/15, signed 01/30/15, check nos. 51782 through 51790 (2015 invoices), in the total amount of Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Ninety-Five and 88/100 Dollars ($9,895.88); Claims dated 01/30/15, signed 01/30/15, check nos. 51791 through 51824 (2014 invoices), in the total amount of Two Thousand Nine and 26/100 Dollars ($2,009.26); and Claims dated 01/15/15, signed 01/13/15, check nos. 51701 through 51753 (2014 invoices), in the total amount of Four Hundred Forty-Four Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty-Six and 33/100 Dollars ($444,866.33). (Pulled for separate consideration.)
B. Adopt a resolution approving the purchase of a perpetual easement over real property for the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail. (RESOLUTION NO. 778)
Item 9A – After responding to questions on claim items, MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa to approve Item 9A.
The motion carried.
10. STAY OUT OF AREAS OF DRUG ACTIVITY (SOADA) ORDINANCE
Staff Report – City Attorney Victor presented the proposed change to the City’s 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 is limited to 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.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to pass an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 611 and University Place Municipal Code Title 7, to enable any court of competent jurisdiction to utilize the City’s Stay Out of Areas of Drug Activity (SOADA) Ordinance.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 648)
11. CIRQUE DRIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT AWARD
Staff Report – City Engineer Ecklund recommended awarding the bid for the Cirque Drive Street Improvement project to Stan Palmer Construction, Inc. who submitted the lowest responsive, responsible bid of the nine received by the City, in the amount of $246,587.
This project includes the construction of 1,200 lineal feet of sidewalk with ADA ramp, bike lanes, and decorative street lights on the north side of Cirque Drive West from 79th Avenue West to Bridgeport Way West. These improvements are funded through a $223,300 Community Development Block Grant and $37,000 in surface water management funds.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Kent, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to authorize the City Manager to award the Cirque Drive Street Improvements project to Stan Palmer Construction, Inc. in the amount of $246,587 and execute all necessary contract documents.
The motion carried.
UNIVERSITY PLACE BENEFIT TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT
The City Council recessed and convened as governing Board of the University Place Transportation Benefit District.
1. CALL TO ORDER
The Transportation Benefit District Board meeting was called to order at 8:05 p.m.
2. UNIVERSITY PLACE TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT UPDATE
Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell provided an update on the University Place Transportation Benefit District (UPTBD). She informed the Board that the initial UPTBD set up involved assessing the TBD fee. The fee assessment took effect six months after adoption of the ordinance. The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) collects the fee and remits the funds to the City. In addition, the City has set up a web page with frequently asked questions and details about the Transportation Benefit District and its creation. Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell indicated that numerous calls have been received since DOL began the fee collection. A majority of the calls were just information requests and clarification on how the money is being spent. The University Place Transportation Benefit District will be annually audited by the State Auditor in conjunction with the City’s audit. The State legislation also requires that an annual budget and plan for services be adopted by the Board. The UPTBD 2015-2016 Budget and Annual Plan was adopted in November, 2014.
The University Place Transportation Benefit District has collected $175,626 in 2014. This amount will be transferred to the Street Fund for street maintenance.
The Transportation Benefit District Board meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m. No other action was taken.
12. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey informed Council that Whole Foods Market will have its soft opening on May 5. She reported that she’s working with Summit Strength and Conditioning to put on a Mayor’s Fitness Challenge. In addition, she noted the transformation happening at Chambers Bay in preparation for the 2015 U.S. Open, and lastly, Mayor McCluskey put out a call for anyone in the community most fitting of the 12th man esprit de corps recognition.
At 8:13 p.m., the Council concluded its business meeting and recessed to study session at 8:22 p.m. after a five minute break.
13. SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
City Engineer Ecklund provided a brief background of the Surface Water Management Program (SWMP) update intended to protect the State’s surface water. The City is required to annually update the Program under condition of the federally mandated National Pollution Detection Elimination System permit administered by the Department of Ecology.
Mr. Ecklund detailed the required elements of the Surface Water Management Program: public education and outreach; public involvement and participation; illicit discharge detection and elimination; controlling runoff from new development, redevelopment and construction sites; pollution prevention and operations and maintenance for municipal operations; and monitoring and reporting.
To meet the Program mandates, local governments must provide opportunity for the public to provide input. This report is due at the end of March each year and is required to be posted on the City’s website for the public to view.
At 8:41 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 9:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 8:57 p.m. No other action was taken.