CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, August 3, 2015
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
Mayor McCluskey called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:45 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, IT/Communications Manager Seesz, Parks & Recreation Manager Smith, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember Worthington led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the minutes of July 13, 2015 and July 20, 2015 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
5. PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided comment: Linda Kirch, 7616 37th Street West; William Matthias, 6917 44th Street West; and Karen Kolley, 8612 29th Street West.
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Belleci thanked the staff, Venti Productions and the purveyor of the fireworks show for a fantastic SunFest event, celebrating the City’s 20th anniversary.
Councilmember Worthington commented on SunFest and the fireworks festivities. He also reported that he received a number of comments from neighbors near the area, about the size and location of the fireworks display.
7. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg remarked on the successful celebration, marking the City’s 20th anniversary and the accomplishments the City has achieved over the past years. Additionally, he commended Marian Holloway for her efforts in planning and executing this event, as well as Linda Seesz and Amanda Kleber for recording the historic moments.
8. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Claims dated 07/31/15, signed 07/31/15, check nos. 51976707 through 51976796, and wire #160003354, in the total amount of One Million Forty-Three Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-Six and 90/100 Dollars ($1,043,466.90).
The motion carried.
9. STATE RECREATION & CONSERVATION OFFICE GRANT APPLICATION
Staff Report – Parks & Recreation Manager Smith presented an application for a Youth Athletic Facilities grant through the State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) for council consideration. If awarded, the funds will be used to assist in carrying out the Cirque Park Athletic Field improvement project that the City has been working on. The project includes installation of additional lighting on the baseball field and the replacement of the dirt in-field of the softball field with artificial turf. He indicated that the grant application sets forth the City’s request for $237,500 with the required 50% match to come from the Parks Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget.
Concerns were expressed about the proposed improvement in Cirque Park, specifically the installation of artificial turf - the possible long-term health issues associated with its use; injury rates; and maintenance and replacement costs. Additionally, concerns were expressed over how projects are being prioritized, the timing of the request, and the use of Parks CIP funds at a time when things are uncertain.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to suspend Council rules to allow consideration of this item without prior study session.
The motion carried.
AMENDED MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Nye, to consider this application solely for the purpose of installing lighting for the multi-purpose and baseball fields at Cirque Park.
The motion failed 2 to 5. Mayor McCluskey, Councilmember Belleci, Councilmember Worthington, Councilmember Grassi and Councilmember Keel voted no.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to adopt a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for grant funding assistance to the State Recreation and Conservation Office for the Cirque Park Athletic Field Improvement Project No. 15-1394.
The motion failed 2 to 5. Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, Mayor McCluskey, Councilmember Belleci, Councilmember Worthington and Councilmember Keel voted no.
10. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey remarked on the City’s 20th year celebration and shared historic facts about the City’s progress. She also shared information about National Night Out, Partner UP events, Dance Theatre Northwest’s upcoming free performance, and the grand opening/ribbon cutting event at LeRoi’s Hair Salon.
The regular business meeting was adjourned at 8:59 p.m. The City Council took a ten-minute break.
The City Council reconvened and recessed to study session at 9:07 p.m.
11. ANIMAL CONTROL INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT
City Attorney Victor presented, for future consideration, a resolution approving an Interlocal Agreement with Pierce County for animal services. He indicated that while the Agreement remains in force, the Pierce County Auditor subsequently entered into other animal control service agreements, and in an effort to ensure consistency in the form of its Interlocal Agreements, has requested that the City approve an updated form. The terms contained in the new form are substantively identical to the existing 2013 Interlocal Agreement.
12. LAND USE DESIGNATION AMENDMENTS
As follow-up to the July 13, 2015 study session on this matter, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented a drafted resolution that reflects additional directions to the Planning Commission in their study of the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Maps. The legislative proposal would modify the type of land use designations in the City’s Comprehensive Plan Map from more specific land use designations to broader categories of uses which would allow several specific zoning districts to be located within it. The intent is for the land use under each category to reflect the existing and/or desired characteristics of the area including, but not limited to, traffic volume, distance to arterials, and proximity to uses by which appropriate zoning districts could be determined.
The resolution would direct the Planning Commission to study and recommend findings and criteria that ensure that the intent of the Comprehensive Plan is met and to prevent unintended consequences.
At 9:58 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 10:40 p.m.
13. COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY – Tabled for the August 10, 2015 Special Council meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 10:16 p.m. No other action was taken.