CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Tuesday, January 19, 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 Deputy City Clerk as follows:
Councilmember Belleci Present
Councilmember Grassi Present
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, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Director of Engineering and Capital Projects Ecklund, Human Resources Manager Petorak, Public Works Director Cooper and Deputy City Clerk Nicholas.
Mayor Pro Tem Keel led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of January 4, 2016 2016 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Keel, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
Curtis High School Girls Swim Team – Mayor Pro Tem Keel presented a certificate of recognition to the swim team for their accomplishment in the State Championship that led to a new school record.
Curtis High School Girls Willow Lopez Silvers – Mayor Figueroa presented Willow Lopez Silvers with a proclamation for winning the State Title in the 4A Women’s 100 Yard Freestyle competition and for breaking Curtis’ 100-yard backstroke record held since1994.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.
7. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 12/15/15, in the total amount of Two Hundred Five Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-One and 18/100 Dollars ($205,831.18); Payroll for the period ending 12/31/15, signed and dated 1/14/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Sixty-Two Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-Six and 26/100 Dollars ($262,676.26); Claims dated 12/15/15, signed 12/31/15, check nos. 51977435 through 51977436, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eighty-Seven and 03/100 Dollars ($287.03); Claims dated 12/31/15, signed 12/31/15, check nos. 51977437 through 51977509 and wire transfers # 16935662, in the total amount of Four Hundred Thirty-Seven Thousand Two Hundred Twenty-Five and 50/100 Dollars ($437,225.50); Claims dated 01/08/16, signed 1/14/16, check nos. 51977510 through 51977521, in the total amount of One Hundred Fifty-Six Thousand Four Hundred Forty-Seven and 53/100 Dollars ($156,447.53); Claims dated 01/15/16, signed 01/14/16, check nos. 51977522 through 51977571, in the total amount of One Hundred Seventy Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-Five and 21/100 Dollars ($170,335.21); Claims dated 01/15/16, signed 1/14/16, check nos. 51977572 through 51977589, in the total amount of One Hundred Nine Thousand One Hundred Ninety-Six and 73/100 Dollars ($109,196.73).
B. Authorize the acceptance of the warranty deed from KT DV LLC that conveys a portion of parcel 4480000301 to the City for right-of-way purposes.
The motion carried.
At 6:40 p.m., Mayor Figueroa recessed the meeting to Study Session.
8. UNIVERSITY PLACE REFUSE RATE INCREASE
Human Resources Manager Petorak delivered UP Refuse’s proposal to increase its rates in accordance with the City’s Franchise Agreement. It allows for adjustment to base rates using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) reported for the previous year and for disposal fee increases charged to the Refuse Company by the Designated Disposal Site. Additional adjustments are requested relating to commercial waste broker accounts and late charges for all customers in an effort to offset administrative costs associated with restart fees and late payments. Residents would see a combined CPI and tipping fee increase of between $0.26 and $0.71 per month depending on their toter size and collection frequency as well as an increase in late charge minimums from $1.69 to $6.50. Commercial waste broker customers that let their accounts lapse would see an increase in the restart fee from $18.07 to $50.00 and if the account becomes delinquent again during the next twelve-month period they would be charged $100.00.
At 6:48 p.m., Mayor Figueroa resumed the Regular Meeting.
9. PUBLIC HEARING: UNIVERSITY PLACE REFUSE RATE INCREASE
Staff Report – City Attorney Victor explained the franchise agreement and the rate increase process.
Public Comment – None.
10. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT – None.
11. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
Councilmember McCluskey reported on House Bill 2348 - Providing local governments with flexibility regarding local fireworks ordinances.
Councilmember Belleci reminded Councilmember of the upcoming Pierce County Regional Council General Assembly and the University of Washington Tacoma Urban Studies Forum.
Councilmember Worthington gave an end of term update of his service as the Solid Waste Advisory Committee representative and asked members interested in serving the next term to please let him know.
Mayor Pro Tem Keel described Tacoma’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration that he and Mayor Figueroa attended.
12. MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Figueroa complimented Councilmembers on their continued participation in community events, encouraged promotion of House Bill 2348 during AWC appointments and follow-up of the PCRC registration. He suggested that Councilmember Worthington’s expiring term be further addressed at the Council Workshop.
At 7:00 p.m., Mayor Figueroa recessed the meeting to Study Session.
13. INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS CONTRACT
Human Resources Manager Petorak updated Council on the City’s negotiations with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) which represents the City’s 7 Public Works employees. The proposed 3-year contract would expire December 31, 2018 and include a 2.5% cost of living adjustment in 2016 and eligibility for an annual 4% salary increase in 2017. After 2016, the cost of living adjustment would match unrepresented staff or equate to 90% of CPI-U for Seattle, Tacoma, and Bremerton with a 3% cap. Additional changes include an increase in the minimum hours and rate of pay for call-out standby duty, a $500 annual clothing and boot allowance, and the renewal cost of required commercial driver licenses and associated physicals for represented employees.
Council requested this item be rescheduled to a future executive session.
14. TREE RETENTION CODE AMENDMENTS
Planning and Development Services Director Swindale reported the results of the Planning Commission’s work initiated by Resolution 698 which directed the Commission to review and make recommendation of staff proposals for clarifying language to the existing Zoning Code. Provisions address the number of trees that property owners are allowed to cut down in a three-year period and allow for City staff to be available to consult with on the determination of what constitutes a dangerous or hazardous tree.
Council discussed impacts of the proposed changes on staff and complexities of ensuring compliance and maintaining a City tree inventory. There was also inquiry into how the proposals would reduce new development deforestation, preserving neighborhood character, developing definitions for hazardous, heritage, and significant trees to support staff determinations and for using photographs to document enforcement decisions.
Some members expressed concern that, by revising the definition of a tree to increase the regulated tree threshold, it would subsequently result in an increase in the loss of trees and that having a three-year timeframe in which the maximum number of trees may be cut also limits preservation by allowing additional cutting every three years. Another member cautioned use of subjective language such as, To enhance property values which is proposed for addition to Chapter 19.65.010/Purpose.
Mr. Swindale will summarize Councilmembers’ input and questions for review at a future study session.
15. COUNCIL RULES PROPOSAL
Councilmembers Worthington and Keel presented two legislative proposals, one regarding the practice of cancelling or rescheduling Regular Council Meetings and another about formalizing Council’s current practice for adding legislative items to an agenda. They proposed Regular Council meetings be cancelled or rescheduled by Council as a Whole rather than by the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem and during an open session for added notice and public transparency. Secondly, Council is utilizing a process for Councilmember interested in adding an item to the agenda. The proposal is to update the Council Rules with its established process.
After Councilmember input and as agreed upon by the majority of Council, Mayor Figueroa requested the city attorney bring forward an amendment to the Council Rules whereby the current process for canceling and rescheduling Regular Council meetings will continue to be decided by the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. It was requested that the staff report include reference to the associated RCW’s. Council also agreed to formalize the Legislative Proposal process in Council Rules. Mayor Figueroa asked to have an extra half an hour added to the January 23, 2016 Council Workshop agenda to discuss Councilmember Nye’s question regarding a process for when only 1 Councilmember is interested in adding an agenda item.
At 8:58 p.m. a motion was made and carried to extend the meeting for 5 minutes.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. No other action was taken.
Deputy City Clerk