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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, July 5, 2016

City Hall, Windmill Village






Mayor Figueroa called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


2.         ROLL CALL


Roll call was taken by the City Clerk as follows:


Councilmember Belleci



Councilmember Grassi



Councilmember McCluskey



Councilmember Nye



Councilmember Worthington



Mayor Pro Tem Keel



Mayor Figueroa




Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Paralegal Grover, Executive Director/ACM Craig, and City Clerk Genetia.




Councilmember McCluskey led the Pledge of Allegiance.




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


The motion carried.


5.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided public comment: Sharon Moffitt, 8209 22nd Street Court West; Cheryl Ottgen, 6442 63rd Street West; Bill Prentice, 5104 59th Avenue Court West; Bill Hamilton, 6020 58th Street West; Walter Scamehorn, 2401 Crystal Springs Road West; Lynn Wahlund, 2402 Crystal Springs Road West; Morris Lee, 2615 Crystal Springs Road West; Sandy Cousins, 2212 Crystal Springs Road West; and Rob Adams, 8807 58th Street West.




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

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 06/15/16, dated 06/20/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Sixteen Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-Three and 54/100 Dollars ($216,833.54); Claims dated 06/30/16, check nos. 51978316 through 51978395, and wire no. 18272004, in the total amount of One Million Two Hundred Thirty-One Thousand Five Hundred Fifteen and 57/100 Dollars ($1,231,515.57).

B.    Receive and File:  2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

C.    Pass an Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 623, amending Title 14, Chapter 14.05 related to Building and Construction to comply with RCW 19.27 the State Building Code by adopting the 2015 Edition of the International Code, 2015 Edition of the State Energy Code and the 2015 Edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code.  (ORDINANCE NO. 671)


The motion carried.


7.         COUNCIL COMMENTS – None.


At 6:25 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to conclude the business meeting.  The City Council recessed to Study Session thereafter.






City Attorney Victor updated Council on new developments in marijuana laws. He stated that in the last two years, the Department of Justice has taken a policy position that it will not intervene in state legal marijuana operations.  A bi-partisan legislation passed by the House and signed by the President specifically prohibits the federal government from using any funds to investigate, prosecute or enforce against marijuana operations that are in compliance within their state’s laws. Secondly, the State legislature adopted substantial changes to its marijuana laws.  The law integrates Washington’s medical marijuana system with the state’s recreational marijuana market.  Among other things, medical marijuana shops must now be state-licensed to continue to operate. It also established a voluntary medical marijuana registry and included commissioned officers for regulation enforcement.  He noted that with the closure of an unknown number of medical marijuana dispensaries, state licenses become very valuable and competitive. He noted that more likely than not, the City will have a license holder for a store in University Place at some point. Now that the City has clear legal authority to completely ban marijuana stores in University Place, its current ordinance no longer pertains. City Attorney Victor recommends, with concurrence from the City’s public safety officials, that Council  amend the existing ordinance to reflect the new legislative findings, and to allow State-licensed and regulated marijuana business within the City where permitted by State and local location criteria.  He noted, however, that it is perfectly appropriate to put a simple ban in place, should that be the choice of the majority.  


Discussion followed with regards to the potential legal risk and liability should the executive action on marijuana laws be overturned by the new incoming administration; geographic limitations for marijuana stores; permitting requirements; and placing local limitation through the City’s zoning classifications should the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board change the number of allocated storefronts within the City. Concerns were also voiced about market monopoly and allowing market force to take place with a variety of ownerships. Council also requested research information/studies on the impacts of marijuana legalization to the community.


Council directed staff to bring back additional information on the legalization of marijuana and a draft resolution for further consideration. 




Mayor Figueroa introduced the goal of this study session and explained the process to be taken to ensure that each Councilmember is provided an opportunity to express their views and be able to propose additional revisions to the drafted tree ordinance. Staff is to assist in formulating further amendments to the proposed ordinance.


By way of background, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 698 directing the Planning Commission to:


(1)   Review policies regarding trees in the City’s right-of-way; to consider view corridors; to consider regulating the types of vegetation planted during new construction; and to consider education programs about view protection; and

(2)   Look at specifically the tree preservation ordinance regarding the number of trees property owners are allowed to cut down in a three-year period; and provide a determination of what constitutes a dangerous and hazardous tree.


The Planning Commission submitted the proposed revisions to the tree preservation code. During previous studies, a number of questions/comments were taken from Council.  Based on those comments, additional revisions were made to the proposed tree ordinance amendments. 


The proposed amendments were noted and will be deliberated for consideration at a future Council meeting.


At 9:00 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 11:00 p.m.




The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.  No other action was taken.


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk



Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20160705-0735 

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Regular Meeting Agenda-20160705-1119 


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Last modified at 7/19/2016 7:36 AM  by Emelita Genetia