CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, November 2, 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 (Arrived at 6:45 p.m.)
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, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, Police Chief Blair, Public Safety Manger Hales, and Deputy City Clerk Nicholas.
Councilmember Worthington led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to approve the minutes of October 19, 2015 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
City Attorney Victor requested that Item 14 – Jail Services Contract be removed from the agenda.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the agenda as amended.
The motion carried.
5. PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual provided public comment – David Harrowe, 4616-79th Avenue Court West.
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS – None.
7. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg announced the November delivery dates for the last publication of the City’s Headlines newsletter and the first publication of its replacement, the University Place Press.
8. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Nye, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 10/15/15, signed and dated 10/29/15, in the total amount of One Hundred Eighty-Six Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-Two and 13/100 Dollars ($186,722.13); Claims dated 10/30/15, signed 10/29/15, check nos. 51977133 through 51977198 in the total amount of Three Hundred Twenty-Four Thousand Six Hundred Fifty-Three and 29/100 Dollars ($324,653.29).
B. Adopt a resolution establishing a Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee, defining its purpose, and providing guidance for membership, organization and meetings. (RESOLUTION NO. 796)
The motion carried.
9. PUBLIC HEARING: COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATES
Staff Report – Planning and Development Services Director Swindale reported on the City’s periodic review process for the Comprehensive Plan as required under the Growth Management Act and referenced the review and study dates by the Planning Commission and the City Council. He noted that after much public input by residents on 37th Street, the 37th Street Connection project was removed from the Transportation Improvement Plan and replaced with the 37th Street Pedestrian Connection for potential pedestrian-only access.
Public Comment – The following individual provided comment: Karen Kolley, 8612-29th Street West.
10. PUBLIC HEARING: PROPERTY TAX LEVY
Staff Report – Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell recalled Council’s previous study of the proposed ordinances for an increase in the regular property tax levy amounts. State law allows cities to establish a levy limit up to a maximum of 1% if there has been a finding of substantial need. A finding of substantial need was determined necessary to preserve revenues dedicated to Police and Public Safety for the purpose of providing core and mandatory services.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, to pass an ordinance finding that substantial need exists to establish a levy limit up to the maximum of 1 percent for the 2016 Property Tax Levy.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 657)
Staff Report – Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell explained details of the proposed ordinance which sets the levy for the year 2016 by taxation on the assessed valuation of property in the City resulting in an increase in the levy of $10,138.99.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to pass an ordinance relating to ad valorem property taxes, establishing the amount to be raised in 2016 by taxation on the assessed valuation of property in the City of University Place, and setting the levy for the year 2016.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 658)
11. UNIVERSITY PLACE TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT RESOLUTION
Staff Report – Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell reported on a recent change in legislation which allows the City to assume the rights, powers, functions, and obligations of the Transportation Benefit District (TBD). She estimates cost savings to the City of approximately $5,000 in insurance and audit costs. City Attorney Victor clarified that assumption of the TBD is a procedural change only and does not change anything or add any risk.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration - MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to adopt a resolution setting a public hearing for November 16, 2015 for Council to consider the assumption of the University Place Transportation Benefit District rights, powers, functions and obligations and amending Chapter 4.70 of the University Place Municipal Code.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 797)
12. MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor McCluskey reported on the city-making presentation to the Hawaii delegation, crisis incident solutions training attended by City Attorney Victor and Human Resources Manager Petorak, her meeting with the new commander of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) and invited residents to visit CAB’s Facebook page for interesting updates. She congratulated the new University Place School District Superintendent, Jeff Chamberlin, thanked the many volunteers who participated in Make a Difference Day and reminded audiences of Roger Gruener’s annual Thanksgiving dinner to be held at University Place Primary School.
The regular business meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m., and the City Council recessed to study session.
13. FIRE INVESTIGATION CONTRACT
City Attorney Victor explained the City’s jurisdiction over fire investigation and law enforcement investigations of all fires within the city limits with relation to the origin, cause, circumstances, and extent of loss. He proposed that the City, which does not have its own fire department, continue to contract with Pierce County Fire District to meet those responsibilities. The proposed agreement will make a fire investigator immediately available at all times and incorporates an improved policy that sets better standards for when a fire investigation is warranted.
Council discussed authority to initiate investigations, statistics, outcomes and alternative agencies to contract with.
14. JAIL CONTRACT – Tabled for a future meeting.
15. PARK IMPACT FEE AND TRAFFIC IMPACT FEE AMENDMENTS
City Attorney Victor proposed amendments to the City’s traffic impact fee and park impact fee ordinances to conform to State law. State law extended the period for which impact fees must be expended from 6 years to 10 years from time of collection to allow cities and counties more flexibility in utilizing the impact fees. The proposed amendment will be placed on a future consent agenda.
16. 2016 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Councilmember Keel presented the following issues for discussion as Council builds its 2016 legislative agenda:
· Town Center Transit Development – Funding for Phase 2 commuter/transit-oriented public parking.
· South Puget Sound Transportation – Fund additional Sounder Rail and Light Rail to Tacoma, Fund Bus Rapid Transit to U.P. and other South Sound communities.
· Fireworks Regulation in High Risk Conditions – Amend State fireworks law to allow temporary prohibition during extreme fire conditions.
· Emergency Response and Management Facility (EOC) – Funding for permanent emergency management and response facility.
· Chambers Creek Canyon Trail – Funding for planning, design and construction of trail, boardwalks, bridges, and amenities.
· Transparency on City Funding Challenges – Support Association of Washington Cities Strong Cities, Communicate funding challenges to citizens.
· Mildred Corridor Redevelopment Feasibility Study – Funding for a feasibility study for the Mildred Corridor.
Councilmembers discussed options for an emergency response facility, alternative granting sources, and various methods, venues and strategies for communicating Council’s message. Council requested an additional resolution for Support of AWC Strong Cities, suggested grouping transportation related items together, inserting a clause for AWC to support the City’s 2016 legislative priorities and including federal funding. This item will be placed on the December 7, 2015 Council meeting agenda.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. No other action was taken.
Deputy City Clerk