CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, March 7, 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
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 & Development Services Director Swindale, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, Human Resources Manager Petorak, Communications/IT Manager Seesz, and City Clerk Genetia.
Planning Commission: Cliff Quisenberry
Councilmember Grassi led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of January 19, 2016 and February 16, 2016 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember McCluskey requested that the Seahawks Contest Winner Recognition be removed from the agenda and rescheduled at a later date.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the agenda as amended.
The motion carried.
Pierce County READS Proclamation – Councilmember McCluskey presented a proclamation to Karen Brooks, Interim Manager of the University Place Library, recognizing the Pierce County Library System’s READS program. Pierce County READS is the largest community reading event in the county.
Seahawks Contest Winner Recognition – Removed.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – Scott Traynor, 8305 55th Street West; and Phil Hoffman, 3613 Tahoma Place West.
7. 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 02/15/16, signed and dated 02/12/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Seventy-Two Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-Five and 20/100 Dollars ($272,725.20); Claims dated 02/12/16 (2015 invoices), check nos. 318614 through 318618, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Two Thousand Four Hundred Twenty-Two and 18/100 Dollars ($202,422.18); Claims dated 02/22/16 (2015 invoices), check nos. 51977744 through 51977757, in the total amount of Forty-Three Thousand Six Hundred Twenty and 06/100 Dollars ($43,620.06); Claims dated 02/29/16 (2016 invoices), check nos. 51977758 through 51977812, in the total amount of One Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand One Hundred Sixty-Four and 70/100 ($125,164.70); Claims dated 02/29/16 (2015 invoice), check no. 51977813, in the total amount of One Thousand Ninety-Seven and 72/100 Dollars ($1,097.72); and Claims dated 02/29/16, check no. 51977814, in the total amount of One Thousand Three Hundred Ninety-Two and 59/100 Dollars ($1,392.59).
B. Adopt a resolution approving a three-year Labor Agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 612, substantially in the form hereto attached. (RESOLUTION NO. 802)
C. Authorize purchase of real property, tax title Parcel No. 0220104169, in the amount of $133.16 from Pierce County and authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.
D. Adopt a resolution approving an Interlocal Agreement with the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District. (RESOLUTION NO. 803)
E. Authorize the City Manager to approve payment of $46,961.23 for the Eden Systems/Tyler Technologies invoice for financial systems software maintenance and support covering January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
The motion carried.
8. REGIONAL GROWTH CENTER SUBAREA PLAN AD HOC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Staff Report – Planning and Development Services Director Swindale provided an overview of the creation of the Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for the City and its objective. He indicated that staff have interviewed fifteen candidates and have selected seven representing a diverse collection of interests and background. Two of the nine members are representatives from the City’s Planning and Economic Development Commissions. The Committee will develop the project scope, conduct community outreach, develop draft subarea plans and provide recommendations to the Planning Commission.
The City has adopted the development of a subarea plan for the Regional Growth Center, focusing on three districts: Town Center District, 27th Street Business District and the Northeast Mixed Use District.
Staff recommended appointment of the nine individuals, listed in Exhibit A of the resolution, as members of the Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee.
Public Comment – None.
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to adopt a resolution appointing the nine members of the Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee listed in Exhibit A of the resolution.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 804)
9. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
City Manager Sugg reported that the Mildred Street Improvement project is going out for bid tomorrow; and the Elwood Safe Routes to School project began construction today.
Councilmember Worthington reported on his attendance at the Pierce County Regional Council meeting. He also represented the City at the Cities and Towns meeting and shared with Council that Pierce County Community Connections is seeking members for the Citizens’ Advisory Board.
Mayor Pro Tem Keel commented on Pierce Transit’s Destination 2040 Long Range Plan. He also shared AWC President Roberts and Vice President Restucci’s letter to the state legislators regarding the 2016 key budget issues for the cities.
Councilmember Grassi thanked the Public Works crew and the beautification patrons for their part and continued support in keeping the City beautiful.
Mayor Figueroa thanked the public attending this meeting for taking interest in the City and made a special request for feedback on how the Council can improve in conducting its meetings.
The Council concluded its business meeting at 7:06 p.m. and recessed to study session.
10. UNIVERSITY PLACE HISTORICAL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL
City Attorney Victor introduced the legislative proposal submitted by Councilmember McCluskey and Mayor Figueroa. The proposal calls for Council to consider leasing a portion of Space D-3 at Windmill Village facility to the University Place Historical Society (UPHS) to be used as an interim University Place History Museum location. He provided background information on the existing agreement with UPHS.
Councilmember McCluskey updated Council on University Place Historical Society’s business plan of action to restore the Curran House to a legally compliant historical building that will eventually house the University Place Historical Museum upon its completion. She addressed the need and benefit for an interim museum to be opened to the public. University Place Historical Society understands that Windmill Village is under contract for redevelopment and would operate the interim museum only until the property is redeveloped, or the Curran House restoration is completed, whichever occurs first.
After comments and brief discussion, Council directed staff to develop a lease agreement between the City and UPHS for Council consideration at a future date.
11. PLANNING COMMISSION PRELIMINARY WORK PLAN
Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented the Planning Commission’s preliminary work plan for 2016 which reflects a compilation of past directives from Council, state mandates that require plan or regulatory amendments, and advice from staff. He provided an outline of the Planning Commission’s quarterly tasks comprised of work on development regulation amendments, review of the City’s Sign Code, amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map, and a review of the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan. At the end of the year, the Planning Commission will recommend amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations as needed based upon earlier discussions on adopted Council resolutions. The Planning Commission has requested time to study floor area ratio amendments as well. Director Swindale informed Council that the City has received a request from a private party to look at certain provisions within the Comprehensive Plan. This has been docketed for consideration during the Comprehensive Plan review/amendments.
Discussion on the City’s current code regarding the process for amendment requests to the City’s Comprehensive Plan or Development Regulations followed.
12. SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE
Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund provided a brief background of the Surface Water Management Program (SWMP) intended to protect the State’s surface water. The City is required to annually update the Program under condition of the federally mandated National Pollution Detection Elimination System permit administered by the Department of Ecology.
Director Ecklund detailed the elements, actions and activities the City is conducting to meet the requirements in public education and outreach; public involvement and participation; illicit discharge detection and elimination; controlling runoff from new development, redevelopment and construction sites; pollution prevention and operations and maintenance for municipal operations; and monitoring and reporting.
To meet the program mandates, local governments must provide opportunity for the public to provide input. A public hearing is scheduled for March 21, 2016.
13. ASTOUND BROADBAND FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
City Attorney Victor presented a franchise application from Astound Broadband, LLC to install and maintain telecommunications infrastructure in areas served by the Pierce County Library System. He indicated that Astound has been contracted by the Pierce County Library System to provide high speed data linkage within the Pierce County Library System, including the University Place facility. Since the new infrastructure is non-exclusive, Astound may have other system users in the future. Mr. Victor also provided a brief overview on telecommunications regulation, including benefits of the franchise to the City.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. No other action was taken.