CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, October 19, 2015
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa 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 Excused
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Principal Planner Boers, Public Works Director Cooper, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, and City Clerk Genetia.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to excuse the absence of Mayor McCluskey.
The motion carried.
Councilmember Belleci led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the minutes of October 5, 2015 and October 12, 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.
University Place Lacrosse Team - Councilmember Nye presented proclamations to the University Place Lacrosse Club teams in recognition of their hard work, dedication and achievements.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.
7. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember Keel reported that he and Councilmember Worthington are working on the City’s legislative agenda and solicited Council’s participation.
Councilmember Grassi thanked Public Works Director Cooper and his staff for their hard work in the City’s beautification efforts. He also thanked the public for their continued support of the City’s beautification program.
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg reported that the City received two grant award letters totaling $1.1 million from the State of Washington for two pedestrian, bicycle and safety projects. Both projects will greatly improve walking and bicycle safety in the identified areas, especially for school children. He recognized the Engineering staff and State Representative Christine Kilduff, who was instrumental in securing these funds.
9. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 09/30/15, signed and dated 10/14/15, in the total amount of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-Seven and 67/100 Dollars ($250,927.67); Claims dated 10/15/15, signed 10/14/15, check nos. 51977058 through 51977132, in the total amount of One Hundred Fifty-Two Thousand Five Hundred Seventy-Eight and 91/100 Dollars ($152,578.91).
B. Adopt a resolution finding a special facility or market condition exists with respect to the repair of the fire damage to Kobayashi Park, and approving a contract with Modern Builders for that work. (RESOLUTION NO. 793)
C. Authorize the City Manager to execute a Local Agency Standard Consultant Agreement with KPG for Traffic Engineering Services, as required for construction of the Mildred Street Improvement project, in an amount no to exceed Forty-Nine Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty-Three and 67/100 Dollars ($49,733.67).
The motion carried.
10. RECREATION FUNDING
Staff Report – City Manager Sugg presented a resolution that directs him to prepare a 2017-2018 biennial budget that eliminates funding for the provision of recreation services beginning in 2017. He indicated that due to a significant decline in economic conditions and reduced financial resources starting in 2009, the City’s budget substantially reduced recreation staffing and programs. Given that economic conditions have not measurably improved, and after extensive, multi-year evaluation of alternatives, the City Council finds that the current recreation services subsidy is no longer sustainable.
Public Comment – The following individuals provided comment on the matter: Joe Scorcio, 8513 43rd Street West; Bruce Holmberg, 3800 Bridgeport Way West; Scott Traynor, 8305 55th Street West; Phil Hoffman, 3613 Tahoma Place West; and Dan Novogrodsky, 9415 Columbine Circle West.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to adopt a resolution directing the City Manager to prepare a 2017-2018 biennial budget that eliminates funding for the provision of City Recreation Department services beginning in 2017, while maintaining existing service levels in respect to maintenance of the City’s park properties and facilities.
The motion passed 5 to 1. Councilmember Grassi voted no. (RESOLUTION NO. 794)
11. RESOLUTION CALLING ON TACOMA TO NOT EXTEND ANY PROPOSITION NO. 3 UTILITY TAX TO UNIVERSITY PLACE
Staff Report – City Attorney Victor presented a revised resolution which expresses the City Council’s view on the City of Tacoma’s Proposition No. 3. Proposition No. 3 is part of three measures by the City of Tacoma to raise sales tax, property tax and utility tax for the purposes of repairing Tacoma streets. If this Proposition is passed by Tacoma voters, it is anticipated that the Tacoma City Council may pass the 1.5% utility tax increase on to all utility rate payers, including University Place residents.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to adopt a resolution calling on the Tacoma City Council, in the event Tacoma Proposition No. 3 passes, to refrain from taking any action that results in University Place residents in effect paying an increased Tacoma utility tax to repair Tacoma streets, without having had the opportunity to vote on such an increase.
AMENDMENT: By Councilmember Keel, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to change the language in the resolution, under Section 1, Expression of Intent, to read: “The City Council of the City of University Place calls on the Tacoma City Council and asks that in the event Tacoma Proposition No. 3 passes, the Tacoma City Council refrain from taking any action that results in University Place residents in effect paying an increased Tacoma utility tax to repair Tacoma streets, without any benefit within University Place.”
The motion carried.
The main motion carried as amended. (RESOLUTION NO. 795)
12. MAYOR’S REPORT - None.
The regular business meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m. The City Council reconvened and recessed to study session at 8:01 p.m., after taking a five-minute break.
13. PROPERTY TAX ORDINANCE
Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell presented information on the preliminary certification of assessed values/levy limit factor for the 2016 property tax levy. Preliminary report shows that the assessed values for 2015 ($3,157,758,584) have increased over the 2014 ($3,006,817,787) values. She indicated that those assessed values are what is used to set the 2016 tax levy, and by statute, districts assessing a levy must submit a Levy Certification and their approved ordinance or resolution no later than November 30, 2015 to Pierce County.
She pointed out that Initiative 747 limits property tax increase by the lesser of 1% or the Implicit Price Deflator (IPD). Passing the normal ordinance would result in an increase of $4,144 – an increase of $0.31 per year to an average property owner. Because this year’s IPD is less than 1%, Deputy Director Blaisdell indicated that another option has recently been presented that allows districts to pass a second ordinance demonstrating and stating the nature of a substantial need to levy up to 1%. This ordinance must be passed by a supermajority vote of the Council. This would result in an increase of $10,139 – an increase of $0.75 per year to an average property owner.
The adopted budget for 2016 assumes an increase in the City’s ad valorem property tax. The Council would need to adopt an ordinance in order to implement an increase for 2016 as it is necessary to adopt an ordinance to set the levy. A public hearing to consider the above is set for November 2, 2015.
14. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATES
Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented a revised proposal on population and housing numbers to meet the growth targets of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The revised proposal extends the population growth target to 2035, accommodating an additional 10,000 people at 1.5 persons per housing unit, bringing the housing capacity to 6,666 units. He informed Council of Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) additional concerns with regard to the City’s employment capacity and that he has requested a meeting with them to discuss/explain the City’s employment capacity analysis.
15. REGIONAL GROWTH CENTER SUBAREA PLAN AD-HOC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
As discussed at last week’s study session, Planning and Development Services Swindale presented a draft resolution that would establish the Subarea Plan Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee, defining its purpose, provide guidance for membership, organization and meetings. He indicated that membership would be structured to ensure broad representation, including members from the City’s Planning and Economic Development commissions; individuals with interests in each of the three subarea districts; individuals with economic development background, architectural or urban design background; and individuals with other background relevant to the subarea planning process. City staff recommended the formation of such committee in response to the Puget Sound Regional Council’s requirement for the City to develop and adopt a subarea plan in order to obtain a non-provisional designation as a Regional Growth Center within two years of the provisional designation.
The meeting adjourned at 8:48 p.m. No other action was taken.