CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, June 1, 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 Deputy 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, City Engineer Ecklund, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Paralegal Grover and Deputy City Clerk Nicholas.
Councilmember Belleci led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the minutes of May 18, 2015 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to amend the agenda to reset Item #9, Public Hearing, Right-of-Way Vacation, to the Council Meeting of July 6 to allow the City to fulfill all legal requirements and to limit Item #10, Public Hearing, Sewer Fee, to the action of Public Hearing only and remove Consideration by Council.
The motion carried.
5. PUBLIC COMMENT – The following individuals provided comment: Bob Bennett, 2125 Seaview Avenue West; Bunny Nance, 5818-75th Avenue Court West; Helen McDaniel, 3555 Market Place West, and Karen Kolley, 8612- 29th Street West.
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Keel congratulated UP for Arts on its accomplishments and expressed his disappointment in not being able to attend the “Between Sea and Sky” public dedication due to family commitments.
Councilmember Worthington participated in the University Place Historical Society’s Garden Tour as one of six featured gardens visited by approximately 300 tour attendees. He complimented the Historical Society for a very professional and successful event and looks forward to seeing the UP for Arts “Between Sea and Sky” art project.
Councilmember Grassi thanked Ms. McDaniel, who provided public comment, for noticing and mentioning the City’s beautification and thanked the Public Works staff for their involvement.
Councilmember Belleci commented on the success of the UP for Arts “Between Sea and Sky” dedication and the coordinated Dance Theatre Northwest performance. She recognized the community for coming together to raise $100,000 in less than one year, which exceeded UP for Arts’ five-year fundraising goal. She also congratulated the University Place Historical Society on the progress and attendance of this year’s Garden Tour.
7. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg encouraged the community to attend the June 6, 2015 Duck Daze parade and festival and provided instructions for those interested in marching in the parade.
8A-8C. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Adopt a resolution appointing voting delegates to Association of Washington Cities’ Annual Business Meeting. (RESOLUTION 782)
B. Approve cancellation of City Council’s Regular Meeting of June 15, 2015.
C. Adopt a resolution authorizing the Administrative Settlement amount of $47,123.00 for an easement from BP West Coast Products over a portion of parcel #0220101084 for the Bridgeport Way Phase 5 project and authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents (Pulled for separate consideration)
The motion carried.
8C. City Attorney Victor explained that the proposed exhibits to the Resolution include an underlying easement that makes reference to the granting of a variance which is not required. The documents to be signed will be redrafted without reference to the granting of a variance.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to adopt a resolution authorizing the Administrative Settlement amount of $47,123.00 for an easement from BP West Coast Products over a portion of parcel #0220101084 for the Bridgeport Way Phase 5 project and authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 783)
9. PUBLIC HEARING: RIGHT-OF-WAY VACATION – Rescheduled to July 6, 2015
10. PUBLIC HEARING: SEWER FEE
Staff Report – City Attorney Victor explained that Council has been seeking to move away from the practice of budgeting with the use of one-time funds and has a desire to identify stable revenues to create a budget through the year 2020 that does not rely on one-time revenues. Through a series of public meetings, Council narrowed its options to one with new revenues such as the proposed sewer fee and one without new revenues but with a reduction in General Fund subsidies. He reminded Council that adding a fee would not preclude other changes in the mid-biennium budget.
Council discussed the need to apply fees equally to all utility companies and providers and to address the City’s negative cash flow.
Public Comment – The following individual provided comment: Howard Lee, 8302-41st Street West.
The City Council recessed and convened as governing Board of the University Place Town Center Authority.
UNIVERSITY PLACE TOWN CENTER AUTHORITY BOARD
1. CALL TO ORDER
The Town Center Authority Board meeting was called to order at 7:11 p.m.
2. UNIVERSITY PLACE TOWN CENTER AUTHORITY UPDATE
Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell recapped the City’s application process and eligibility of $500,000 a year in Local Revitalization Financing by the State. This State grant reinvests a portion of Sales Tax revenues into communities designated as revitalization areas for use toward projects to stimulate economic development.
She reviewed the annual debt service payments, reserve account status and provided a brief update of associated projects.
Council discussed terms, projects and State legislative issues affecting the City’s budget.
At 7:24 p.m., the Town Center Authority Board adjourned and reconvened as the City Council.
11. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey applauded UP for Arts, Dance Theatre Northwest, University Place Historical Society and Friends of Colgate Park for the groups’ contributions to the community.
Mayor McCluskey appealed to the public to engage in the City’s efforts to sustain its recreation programs which are at risk because of the pending 2018 budget deficit. Although the City is solvent, in 2016 the recreation program will no longer be subsidized by the City’s general fund and must then operate as a full cost recovery program. She recounted Council’s efforts, processes and present-day options to address the shortfall and prepare citizens for the changes. Part of these processes included a study by the Parks & Recreation Commission followed by a recommendation for Council to create a metropolitan parks district and dedicate a junior taxing district which requires a citizen vote. There are two ways to initiate the formation of a park district: by citizen petition or by a resolution of the governing body. Council has determined that a citizen petition would be the preferred method and, if interested, citizens may contact Mr. Baldes, the Parks & Recreation Commission chairman, for more information.
The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m. No other action was taken.
Deputy City Clerk