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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

5/2/2016 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, May 2, 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

 

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, ACM/Finance Director Faison, ACM/Economic Development Director Craig, Public Works Director Cooper, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Police Chief Blair, Parks & Recreation Manager Smith, Principal Planner Boers, Paralegal Grover, and Deputy City Clerk Nicholas.

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the minutes of April 18, 2016 as submitted.

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the agenda.

 

The motion carried.

 

6.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided public comment:  James Clark, 3322 Sylvan Drive West; Don McDaniel 3555 Market Place West; Steve Gregorich, 6515 46th Street Court West; Terry Egan, 9518 55th Street Court West; Judy Karon, 8304 54th Street Court West; Mary Schmidke, 5413 89th Avenue Court West; Betsy Tainer, 3333 Locust Avenue Court West.

 

7.         PRESENTATION – Police Chief Blair recognized Reserve Deputy Gibbon for his 30 years of service to the community, volunteerism with the City of University Place Police Department, and being awarded Reserve Deputy of the Year by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.  

 

8.         CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 04/20/16 in the total amount of One Hundred Ninety-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Fifty-Nine and 53/100 Dollars ($199,659.53); Claims dated 04/27/16, check nos. 51978034 through 51978114 and wire nos. 4222016 and17936553, in the total amount of Nine Hundred Seventy-Seven Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty-One and 73/100 Dollars ($977,961.73).

B.    Pass an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 626 directing the City’s administration to monitor actual development within the Planned Action Area against the thresholds established in the Environmental Impact Statement. (ORDINANCE NO. 667)

 

The motion carried.

 

COUNCIL CONSIDERATION

 

9.         BRIDGEPORT WAY PHASE 5 PROJECT BID AWARD

 

Staff Report – City Engineer Ecklund described the Bridgeport Way West Phase 5 project improvements for construction along Bridgeport from 27th Street to South 19th Street that will complete Bridgeport Way from the north end of the City to the south end. The project is approximately 85% grant funded and consists of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes, storm drains, street lights, a traffic signal, irrigation, and landscaping. The project also includes a new water main that will be paid for by Tacoma Public Utilities. Mr. Ecklund recommended the contract be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, Miles Resources, LLC.

 

Public Comment – None.

 

Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember Nye, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to authorize the City Manager to award the Bridgeport Way Phase 5 project to Miles Resources, LLC in the amount of $2,807,959.42 and execute all necessary contract documents.

 

The motion carried.

 

10.      STATE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION OFFICE GRANT ACCEPTANCE FOR CIRQUE PARK LIGHTING IMPROVEMENT

 

Staff Report – Public Works and Parks Director Cooper recapped the grant application and acceptance process and explained that the grant had been modified to remove the synthetic turf made from recycled tires known as crumb rubber. When considering the grant for submittal, Council had expressed concern regarding the use of crumb rubber because of inconclusive studies about health and safety risks to youth. At Mr. Cooper’s request, the State agreed to modify the grant and still award it to the City.

 

Public Comment – None.

 

Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to adopt a resolution approving and accepting the State Recreation and Conservation Office grant award and the expenditure of Park Impact Fee funds for the local match for the Cirque Park Lighting improvement project.

 

The motion carried.

 

11.      CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

 

City Manager Sugg introduced Planning and Development Services Director Swindale to update Council on development of the Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan. Committee meeting dates and protocol have been established, public outreach initiated, and a proposed scope of work developed. A professional services agreement is being finalized for a consultant to assist with plan development.

Mr. Swindale reported on the 36 current commercial and residential development projects within the City.

 

12.      COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

Councilmember Belleci thanked the Curran Group, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the other individuals who worked at Curran Apple Orchard for Parks Appreciation Day.

 

Councilmember Worthington summarized the challenges that Council faces as they address the City’s current deficit funding. A $600,000 deficit remains after initial steps were taken to cut expenditures. Even with a reduction in police services and the decision to eliminate the City’s recreation programs, Council must identify additional areas in which to make cuts and create revenue.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Keel attended the Tacoma Narrows Rotary volunteer appreciation event and presented awards to the 16th CAB for their many contributions and Narrows Plaza for volunteer and fundraising efforts to support the University Place School District.

 

Councilmember Nye announced the next Curtis High School Lacrosse Team game.

 

The Council concluded its business meeting at 7:41p.m. and recessed to study session.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

13.      SEWER FRANCHISE FEE ORDINANCE

 

City Attorney Victor presented information about the City’s utility-related franchise agreements in an effort to remedy the fact that all utilities, except Pierce County Sewer, pay a surcharge to operate in the City’s rights-of-way. Each utility pays 6% by franchise surcharges or surcharges imposed through the City’s utility tax ordinance. The proposed franchise with Pierce County Sewer provides that the County will pay uniformly with other utilities operating in the City.

 

Assistant City Manager Faison projected revenues of approximately $300,000 to $360,000 with an impact to the average household of $3.00 per month should the County choose to pass on the cost. He delivered various data to show comparisons between the City’s 8% portion of the property tax and the total property tax bill, and identified the other taxing jurisdictions that receive the 92%.

 

After discussion, Council requested that staff bring the proposed ordinance back for Council consideration with added language that would dedicate revenues to the Street Fund.

 

At 8:59 p.m., a motion was made and carried to extend the meeting 10 minutes.

 

14.      CRITICAL AREAS AND SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM AMENDMENTS – (Postponed to a future meeting.)

 

15.      ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m. No other action was taken.

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Debora Nicholas

Deputy City Clerk

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20160502-0924 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

42492/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

 

Ordinances

Ordinance :667-19011028-667 

Resolutions

 
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