CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Tuesday, September 8, 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 Excused
Mayor McCluskey Present
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Public Works Director Cooper, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, Police Chief Blair, Public Safety Manager Hales, City Engineer Ecklund, and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember Keel led the Pledge of Allegiance.
MOTION: By Councilmember Keel, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to excuse the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa.
The motion carried.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the minutes of August 3, 2015, August 10, 2015 and August 17, 2015 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – Councilmember Worthington, along with Mayor McCluskey, presented a proclamation to Willie Stewart of the Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group, recognizing the month of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Constitution Week – Mayor McCluskey presented a proclamation to Muriel Parrish, Regent of Elizabeth Forey Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, declaring September 17 through September 23 as Constitution Week.
Washington Finance Officers Association Award – Mayor McCluskey recognized Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell and Assistant Finance Director Garret for having received the Professional Finance Officer Award and thanked them for their commitment to continued professional development and achievements in the governmental finance arena.
National Night Out – Police Chief Blair and Public Safety Manager Hales presented a report on the successful National Night Out event.
Mayor McCluskey introduced and welcomed Chris Platt, appointee to the Economic Development Commission.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.
7. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Keel reminded Council that a Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for September 14 to review and discuss funding options for Parks and Recreation.
Councilmember Worthington reported that he participated in the City’s exit conference with the State auditor. He also reported that the Solid Waste Advisory Committee completed Pierce County’s Solid Waste Management Plan and will do the final document review tomorrow.
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg reported on the Crystal Creek culvert replacement project. He recognized Public Works Director Cooper who was instrumental in convincing the Department of Ecology that the culvert is a fish passage thus saving the City $1 million in NPDIS requirement cost. He also recognized Planning and Development Services Director Swindale and City Engineer Ecklund for their assistance in this endeavor.
9. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 07/15/15, signed and dated 07/30/15, in the total amount of Two Hundred Three Thousand Two Hundred Sixty-Eight and 42/100 Dollars ($203,268.42); Payroll for the period ending 07/30/15, signed and dated 08/14/15, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eighty-Three Thousand Four Hundred Eighty-One and 62/100 Dollars ($283,481.62); Payroll for the period ending 08/15/15, signed and dated 08/28/15, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eight Thousand One Hundred Seventy-Seven and 97/100 Dollars ($208,177.97); Claims dated 08/14/15, signed 08/14/15, check nos. 51976797 through 51976845, and wire #16090480, in the total amount of Three Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand Four Hundred Forty and 76/100 Dollars ($322,440.76); and Claims dated 08/31/15, signed 08/28/15, check nos. 51976846 through 51976922, and wire #3794733, check no. 51976857 voided, in the total amount of Four Hundred Ninety-Five Thousand Eight Hundred Fourteen and 69/100 Dollars ($495,814.69).
B. Confirm Christopher Platt’s appointment to the Economic Development Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2019.
C. Authorize the City Manager to award the 2015 Asphalt Hot Patching Contract to Puget Paving Construction, Inc. in the amount of $59,572.26 and execute all necessary contract documents.
D. Adopt a resolution declaring certain equipment surplus and authorize its sale. (RESOLUTION NO. 787)
E. Adopt a resolution ratifying the City’s contract with Cerium for emergency replacement of the City’s telephone system. (RESOLUTION NO. 788)
The motion carried.
10. PUBLIC HEARING: SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Staff Report – City Engineer Ecklund presented the proposed amendments to the City’s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for years 2016-2021 and identified the primary changes to the project list.
The City of University Place is required by State law to adopt and annually update a Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). However, the approval of the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan does not commit the City to any financial expenditure; rather, each project is reviewed individually by the City Council in each relevant budget cycle as a component of the Capital Improvement Plan. Its approval, however, does create eligibility for the City to apply for various grant opportunities, and provides an indication of the City’s planning direction for transportation needs.
City Engineer Ecklund also addressed concerns identified by Council at its August 17 meeting with regard to the projects associated with 37th Street between Bridgeport and Sunset, the elimination of the sidewalk along the south side of 37th Street, and the requirement for a 2/3 majority vote for projects 41 and 53.
Public Comment – The following individual provided comment on the matter: Anthony Paulson, 9201 61st Street Court West.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Grassi to amend the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan in its current draft to add “and intersection improvements” in the description for Project #11.
The motion carried.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Nye, to adopt the resolution approving the amended Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan for years 2016-2021.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 789)
11. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey reminded the public to stay safe as the daylight hours get short. She also shared a citizen comment she read on the News Tribune about the City’s display of flowers in the Town Center.
The regular business meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m. The City Council reconvened and recessed to study session at 7:37 p.m., after taking a ten-minute break.
12. SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT
Public Safety Manager Hales presented the proposed School Resource Officer (SRO) Agreement, highlighting program enhancements that have been added to the 2015 Agreement. City Attorney Victor pointed out the unique feature of the Agreement that is not typical of SRO agreements – a mutuality of obligation and consideration – it’s more of a partnership than it is a contract for service. A key feature of the City’s agreement with the University Place School District is the Police Department’s ability to use the SRO to supplement the City’s patrol shift as necessary. This adds to significant cost savings and is a valuable force multiplier.
Discussion followed with regard to the cost sharing between the City and the University Place School District, contract expectations and benefits, and the bargaining process.
The meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m. No other action was taken.