CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, March 21, 2016
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
Mayor Figueroa called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:30 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, Public Works & Parks Director Cooper, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, Engineering and Capital Projects Deputy Director Avcular, and City Clerk Genetia.
Councilmember Nye led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Councilmember Nye noted a correction on page 2, paragraph 5 of the January 23, 2016 minutes. He believes that the Finance Chair was not an appointed or an elected position as reflected in the minutes.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of January 23, 2016 and March 7, 2016 as amended.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
16th Combat Aviation Brigade Recognition – Councilmember Worthington presented a certificate of recognition to Sgt. John Crutcher and Specialist Kelly Snell of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) for their hard work, dedication, and leadership. Sgt. Crutcher was named the NCO of the Quarter and Specialist Snell the Soldier of the Year by Col. Ryan, Commander of the 16th CAB.
Seahawks Contest Winner Recognition – Councilmember McCluskey presented a small token of appreciation to the Avcular family, the winner of the Seahawks Spirit photo contest.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided public comment: Betsy Tainer, 3333 Locust Drive West; Dennis Flann, 2623 Lemons Beach Road; Paul Zurfluh, 2734 Locust Avenue West; Glenda Zurfluh, 2734 Locust Avenue West; and Vivian Foster, 3800 Bridgeport Way West.
7. CONSENT AGENDA
Councilmember Worthington requested that item 7D be pulled for separate consideration. Councilmember Grassi requested that item 7C be also pulled for separate consideration.
MOTION: By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 02/29/16, signed and dated 03/14/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Sixty Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Five and 09/100 Dollars ($260,585.09); Claims dated 03/15/16, check nos. 51977815 through 51977887 and wire no. 17567830, replacement check no. 51977888 for original check no. 51977699, in the total amount of Four Hundred Eighty-One Thousand Two Hundred Eighty-Four and 28/100 Dollars ($481,284.28).
B. Pass an ordinance granting a franchise to Astound Broadband, LLC, to provide telecommunications system within the City of University Place. (ORDINANCE NO. 665)
C. Authorize the replacement of the 1998 Dump Truck and the purchase of a 2016 International Freightliner Cab and Chassis, which is on State Contract #01513, and the purchase of the dump box from PMI Truck Bodies, Inc. in the total amount of $114,131.51 including tax, and authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. (Pulled for separate consideration.)
D. Adopt a resolution approving a lease with University Place Historical Society, Inc. for Windmill Village D-3 to be used as an interim museum. (Pulled for separate consideration.)
The motion carried.
After discussion, a motion was made and was carried to approve items 7C and 7D (RESOLUTION NO. 805).
8. PUBLIC HEARING: SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Staff Report – 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. He detailed the policies, 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.
Public Comment – None.
9. SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to adopt the 2016 update to the City of University Place Phase II NPDES Stormwater Management Program.
The motion carried.
10. COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS
City Manager Sugg informed Council that Director Ecklund will be attending the City of Fircrest’s Council meeting to brief them on the Mildred Street Improvement Project. Bids for this project will be opened next week and will be brought forward to Council for bid award at its subsequent meeting. He also reported on the Bridgeport Phase 5B project that will be going out to bid tomorrow. Both projects are grant funded.
Councilmember Belleci reported that she and Councilmember McCluskey attended the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) meeting and shared information on future plans concerning PCRC’s changes to the Regional Growth Center’s (RGC) Centers of Local Importance designation criteria and Tacoma’s opposition to the County’s current regional/candidate/local centers map.
Mayor Pro Tem Keel announced that the Association on Washington Cities (AWC) is seeking applications for AWC Board of Directors district number 6. Application deadline is March 25.
Councilmember McCluskey informed Council that she has applied for AWC position. She also commented on the impacts and challenges that will result from the changes to Centers of Local Importance designation criteria.
The Council concluded its business meeting at 8:31 p.m. and recessed to study session.
11. RECREATIONAL FIRE BAN
City Attorney Victor introduced the legislative proposal on a recreational fire ban submitted by Councilmember McCluskey and Mayor Figueroa. The proposal calls for Council to consider a prohibition on all recreational fires on private property in University Place by defining that activity as a “per se” nuisance in the City’s nuisance code. Mr. Victor explained that the Clean Air Act allows recreational fires and is regulated by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Recreation fires are subject to ban and do not require a permit. The Clean Air Act preempts most local air quality regulations, but allows local jurisdictions to adopt greater restrictions within their nuisance code.
Councilmember McCluskey voiced her reasoning for bringing this proposal forward, citing that wood fires are toxic, hazardous and impact people’s health, especially in high density residential areas. She thought it prudent to have a proactive approach by providing an alternative to citizens whose complaints to PSCAA have gone unresolved.
Mr. Victor offered explanation of the new legislative proposal system process and stated that should Council decide to proceed with the study of this proposal, then much more detailed staff work would need to be done.
Discussion on enforcement, resources, infractions, policing issues, restrictive banning, violation of property rights, and citizen education aspect regarding recreational fires followed. After discussion Council decided, with a consensus of 6 to 1, to direct staff to promote an education campaign with other local agencies on toxic materials and fire bans.
At 9:00 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 9:05 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m. No other action was taken.