CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, September 21 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 Excused
Councilmember Nye Present
Councilmember Worthington Present
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa Present
Mayor McCluskey Present
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Principal Planner Boers, Police Chief Blair, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Human Resources Manager Petorak, Payroll & Benefits Supervisor Hands, Communications/I.T. Manager Seesz, and Communications Specialist Kleber, Deputy City Clerk Nicholas.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to excuse the absence of Councilmember Keel.
The motion carried.
Councilmember Grassi led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the minutes of September 8, 2015 and September 14, 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.
Welcome and Introduction of Col. Ryan III – Commander, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade – Mayor McCluskey, thanked Cpt. Paulsboe for his exemplary service to the City/16th CAB partnership. She introduced the new commander, Col. Ryan and the new public affairs officer, Cpt. Harris.
At 6:45 p.m., the City Council took a fifteen minute break. The regular meeting reconvened at 7:00 p.m.
National Preparedness Month – Mayor McCluskey presented a proclamation to Christine Badger, Emergency Management Coordinator of West Pierce Fire and Rescue, recognizing the month of September as National Preparedness Month.
Wellness Committee Recognition – Mayor McCluskey recognized Payroll Supervisor Hands, Human Resources Manager Petorak and Communications Manager Seesz for volunteering to serve on the City’s Wellness Committee and thanked them for their efforts in making the Wellness program a success.
NATOA Award Recognition - Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa recognized the UPTV crew for their 2015 award-winning programs. The City received three National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awards, including a first place award for the 27th Street Safe Routes to School program.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – Karen Kolley, 8612 29th Street West.
7. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Worthington reported that Pierce County’s draft Solid Waste Management Plan is projected to be available for public comment in early 2016. He acknowledged the Wellness Committee’s efforts that resulted in a positive impact on employee’s health as well as a two percent savings in health benefit costs. He also updated Council on his Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Legislative Committee meeting and requested that Council establish an agenda to develop its own 2016 legislative priorities.
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa supported efforts to develop Council’s 2016 legislative priorities and requested that Council review AWC’s legislative agenda to consider if it aligns with Council’s priorities and adopt a resolution to support the outcome of Council’s review.
Councilmember Grassi thanked residents for their contributions to the Patrons of Beautification program enabling the City to plant twelve thousand daffodils.
Councilmember Belleci recognized Councilmember Grassi for his years of diligent and continued advocacy for the City’s beautification program and appealed to the City’s residents for continued support.
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa thanked Councilmember Belleci for recognizing Councilmember Grassi and contributed Councilmember Grassi’s leadership to the success of the City’s beautification program.
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg reported that the 44th Street Safe Routes to School project between Bridgeport and 67th is nearing completion next month, and he detailed approximately seven million dollars’ worth of additional projects that are ready to go out to bid this fall.
9A - C. CONSENT AGENDA
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa requested Item 9C be pulled for separate consideration.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 08/31/15, signed and dated 09/11/15, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Seven Hundred Eleven and 38/100 Dollars ($280,711.38); Claims dated 08/28/15, signed 09/11/15, check no. 51976923 in the total amount of Six Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-Two and 57/100 Dollars ($6,432.57). Claims dated 09/15/15, signed 09/11/15, check nos. 51976924 through 51976979, in the total amount of Three Hundred Eighty-Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty and 92/100 Dollars ($388,950.92).
B. Receive and File: American Business Women’s Day Proclamation.
C. Adopt a resolution approving an agreement between the City of University Place and University Place School District for a School Resource Officer. (Pulled for separate consideration.)
The motion carried.
9C. - At the request of Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, Police Chief Blair explained to the audience how the terms of the School Resource Officer Agreement benefit both the City and the School District.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to adopt a resolution approving an Agreement between the City of University Place and University Place School District for a School Resource Officer. (RESOLUTION NO. 790)
The motion carried.
10. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor McCluskey reported that she and Councilmember Belleci participated in a boot camp challenge at Whole Foods Market, she and Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa attended the ribbon cutting for Rainier Medical Weight Loss & Wellness, and upon invitation she spoke at the new Citylights Church. She announced the upcoming UP for Arts concert and its fundraising efforts to purchase a baby grand piano for the Atrium. Mayor McCluskey also announced that she will be attending the Pacific Northwest – China: Trade & Investment Summit in conjunction with the Chinese president’s visit to the State.
At 7:49 p.m., the City Council concluded the business meeting and after taking a short break reconvened to study session at 7:56 p.m.
11. LAND USE DESIGNATION RESOLUTION
Planning and Development Services Director Swindale summarized the legislative proposal submitted by Councilmembers Worthington and Figueroa. Their goal is to shorten some of the Comprehensive Plan amendment processes by modifying the land use designations to more broad categories of uses within which several specific zoning districts could be located rather than having a land use designation linked to each zoning district as it is today.
Council discussed the proposal’s impact to single family livability, economic development, and the existing quasi-judicial process.
Mayor McCluskey requested that the proposed resolution directing the Planning Commission to review and recommend amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, based on the legislative proposal, be placed on the agenda of the next council meeting.
12. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATES
Planning and Development Services Director Swindale brought forward proposed Comprehensive Plan Update amendments with revisions made based on Council’s suggestions from the August 17, 2015 Study Session. Councilmembers obtained clarification on their questions and had no objections to the proposed amendments and revisions.
At 9:00 p.m., a motion was made and carried to extend the meeting to 9:15 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 9:09 p.m. No other action was taken.
Deputy City Clerk