CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, February 1, 2016
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
Mayor 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 (Arrived at 6:49 p.m.)
Councilmember McCluskey Present
Councilmember Nye Present
Councilmember Worthington Present
Mayor Pro Tem Keel Present
Mayor Figueroa Present
Staff Present: City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Human Resources Manager Petorak, Police Chief Blair, Paralegal Grover, and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember McCluskey led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Figueroa requested that an Item 9 – Adjournment of the Regular Business Meeting, be added to the agenda.
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Keel, to approve the agenda as amended.
The motion carried.
Public Safety Report – Police Chief Blair presented the Public Safety report covering the 2015 crime statistics in comparison to the 2014 figures, enforcement enhancements and partnership with the Sheriff Department’s Property Crime Unit, staffing cuts and policy changes; 2016 mission and upcoming Public Safety undertakings.
Chief Blair also recognized the work of Deputy Adam Paulik who was presented with the “2015 Officer of the Year” award, and Deputy Dan Hacker who was presented with the “2015 Police Chief’s Award.”
5. PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.
6. CONSENT AGENDA
Councilmember McCluskey requested that Item 6B be removed for separate consideration.
Councilmember Belleci requested that Items 6D-6K be removed for separate consideration.
MOTION: By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 01/15/16, signed and dated 01/14/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Two Hundred Eleven and 88/100 Dollars ($225,211.88); Claims dated 01/25/16, signed 01/14/16, check nos. 51977590 through 51977617, in the total amount of One Hundred Six Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Four and 99/100 Dollars ($106,584.99); Claims dated 01/27/16, signed 01/14/16, check nos. 51977618 through 51977663, in the total amount of Forty-Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-Seven and 88/100 Dollars ($49,837.88).
B. Receive and File: 2016-2017 Committee and Representative Assignments. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
C. Adopt a resolution amending the Council Rules to formally establish a City Council Finance Committee of the Whole and a process for appointment of the Finance Chair. (RESOLUTION NO. 801)
D. Confirm Julie Finnegan’s re-appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
E. Confirm Susan Mauss’ appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
F. Confirm Ken Campbell’s appointment to the Planning Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
G. Confirm David Graybill’s appointment to the Planning Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
H. Confirm Stephen Smith’s re-appointment to the Planning Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
I. Confirm Jeanne Thurston’s appointment to the Public Safety Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
J. Confirm Melody Williams’ re-appointment to the Public Safety Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
K. Confirm Ed Wood’s re-appointment to the Public Safety Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020. (PULLED FOR SEPARATE CONSIDERATION.)
The motion carried.
Item 6B: 2016-2017 Committee and Representative Assignments was amended to reflect representation of all Council members in the Legislative and Intergovernmental Council line item with Mayor Figueroa being designated the lead responsibility and Mayor Pro Tem Keel as alternate; and in the Community Connector Program (16th CAB) with Councilmember McCluskey being designated the lead responsibility and Councilmember Belleci as alternate.
After discussion, a motion to receive and file the amended 2016-2017 Committees and Representative Assignments was approved and carried.
After a brief comment, approval of items 6D through 6K were carried.
7. UNIVERSITY PLACE REFUSE RATE INCREASE
Staff Report – Human Resource Manager Petorak provided a brief background on the refuse services that are offered within the City. She presented a proposed ordinance authorizing an increase of the solid waste base rate in accordance with the City’s current franchise agreement with University Place Refuse Service, Inc. and Lakewood Refuse Service. The increase is based on (1) Pierce County’s solid waste tipping fee increase of $0.87 per ton, and (2) a 1.12% increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure in 2015. The proposed increase is specifically provided for under the current franchise agreements. In addition, a waste broker account restart fee in the amount of $50.00 for delinquent waste broker accounts and a doubling to $100 if the account lapses within the consecutive 12 month period; and an increase to the late charge fee for all customers from $1.69 to $6.50 is being proposed. The above, if approved by Council, will be effective March 1, 2016.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Keel, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to pass an ordinance increasing the solid waste base rate, approving the waste broker account restart fee, and increasing late charge fees in accordance with the current solid waste franchise agreements with University Place Refuse Services, Inc., and Lakewood Refuse Service.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 663)
8. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Mayor Pro Tem Keel reported on the Legislative Action Days session that he, Mayor Figueroa and Councilmember Worthington attended in Olympia.
Councilmember Worthington thanked staff for creating the brochure that listed the City’s legislative priorities which was well received by individual elected officials.
Councilmember Belleci reminded Council of Pierce County Regional Council’s Annual General Assembly meeting on February 25.
9. ADJOURNMENT OF THE REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING (ADDED)
The regular business meeting was adjourned at 7:26 p.m. The City Council reconvened and recessed to study session at 7:32 p.m., after taking a five-minute break.
RECESS TO STUDY SESSION
10. ANIMAL CONTROL/CODE ENFORCEMENT AMENDMENTS
City Attorney Victor discussed minor amendments to the City’s Animal Control and Civil Infraction codes. He explained that when the City contracted with the County for animal control services, the City retained the animal licensing function. He indicated that in order to allow the County to enforce the licensing code for unlicensed animals, an amendment to the City’s code is needed in the interlocal agreement and the code to allow them to enforce and assess the penalty for unlicensed pets. In order for them to use our civil infraction code, the City needs to align its civil infraction penalty with that of the County’s – from $100 to $120. This also has the benefit of allowing the City’s law enforcement personnel to use the civil infraction code for violations of City code should they find it necessary or useful in their work.
11. COUNCIL HEALTH BENEFITS PROPOSAL
Human Resource Manager Petorak provided a brief background and history on benefits that have been provided to Council in the past. In 2010, Council decided to discontinue participation in those benefits. She indicated that since then, there have been certain plan amendments and new participation requirements that may warrant a look into this topic again. She provided an overview on health benefits offered to regular employees through the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) trust. Ms. Petorak explained the variance in financial impact to the City based on the number of participants and the chosen coverage afforded to Council and added that AWC modified its participation requirement rate from 75% to 50% for Council members. She indicated that should Council adopt an ordinance restoring Council participation in medical benefits, it is recommended that Council members participate in the same medical plans and premium percentage payments provided for regular employees to provide for a cohesive and uniform benefits program. Because staff has also determined that the provision for medical benefits is separate and apart from “salaries”, a new Employer Master Participation Agreement will need to be completed.
At 8:00 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 8:30 p.m.
Discussion followed and staff was directed to bring back two proposals for further consideration: (1) that extend to Council members the same medical benefits offered to employees and (2) an option for coverage for Council members only.
The meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m. No other action was taken.