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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

8/15/2016 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, August 15, 2016

City Hall, Windmill Village

 

 

 

1.         CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER

 

Mayor Figueroa called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

2.         ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Excused

Mayor Figueroa

 

Present

 

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

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to excuse the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Keel.

 

The motion carried.

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Mayor Figueroa led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of August 1, 2016 as submitted.

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

The motion carried.

 

6.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual provided comment:  Howard Lee, 8302 41st Street 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 07/31/16, dated 08/05/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Ninety-One Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-Nine and 32/100 Dollars ($291,469.32); Claims dated 08/15/16, check nos. 51978559 through 51978615, and wire nos. 4481091, 7272016, 18682282, and 125000024, in the total amount of One Hundred Forty-Three Thousand Three Hundred Ten and 81/100 Dollars ($143,310.81).

 

The motion carried.

 

COUNCIL CONSIDERATION

 

8.         TREE PRESERVATION

 

Staff Report – Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented the proposed amendments to the Landscaping/Trees Ordinance (UPMC Chapter 19.65). He indicated that along with the Planning Commission’s proposed amendments, the Council has suggested additional amendments to the July 5, 2016 draft during its study session.  He reviewed staff comments/concerns regarding Council’s proposed amendments before they were considered. 

 

Public Comment – The following individual provided comment on the matter:  David Harrowe, 4616 79th Avenue Court West.

 

The following motions to Council proposed amendments were made:

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to reject Planning Commission’s recommendation in 19.65.060 to increase the size of trees to be protected from 6” to 9” for deciduous and 12” for evergreens.  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to amend 19.65.200(D)(2) to change “the first growing season” to “the initial three growing seasons.”  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to reject the proposed amendment to 19.65.060 “Limited Tree Removal.”  The motion failed.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to amend 19.65.090(C)(7) to remove the word “no” and require street frontage landscaping for all single family or duplex dwellings.  The motion failed.

 

MOTION: By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to reject the proposed amendment to 19.65.040(C) which would change “shall” to “may.”  The motion failed.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to amend 19.65.060, the definition of “tree” to: “A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground.”  The motion failed.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to amend 19.65.060, the definition of “tree” to state: “A woody plant having one erect perennial  stem (trunk) at least three inches in diameter at a point 4 ½ feet above the ground, a definitely formed crown of foliage, and a mature height of at least 13 feet.”  The motion failed 4 to 2.  Councilmembers Grassi and McCluskey voted yes.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to amend 19.65.270(D) to remove the word “hazard” and replace it with “risk” trees as defined in ANSI A300 Best Management Practices Tree Risk Assessment.  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to amend 19.65.170(A)(4) to add the phrase “of equivalent screening” following “hedge.”  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to amend 19.65.200(C)(3) to add “Any plantings removed should be replaced with plantings of like kind.” (The proposed motion was withdrawn and replaced with the motion below.)

 

To amend 19.65.210(A)(1) Maintenance to add the phase “or ones that achieve the original objectives of the approved landscape plan.”  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to amend 19.65.240 to reject the proposed language saying “to the extent possible.”  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to amend 19.65.270(B)(5) to decrease from two acres to one acre.  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to amend 19.65.270(A) to strike “larger” and replace with “more desirable.”  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to amend 19.65.230 (B) to change the 18-month landscape bond requirement to 3 years with the option to extend, if deemed necessary by the Director. The motion passed 5 to 1.  Mayor Figueroa voted no.

 

AMENDED MOTION:  By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to amend 19.65.230 to include the staff proposed language as follows:  “The director may extend the maintenance guarantee beyond the initial 36-month term if necessary to ensure establishment of any plants replaced during the initial term. In recognition that landscape maintenance bond may not always be readily obtainable, options for guarantees could be provided, as shown in a new subsection C below.

 

C. The landscape maintenance guarantee may take the form of: (1) a maintenance bond in a form deemed acceptable to the city; (2) an assignment of funds in an amount equal to the bonded amount (125% of the cost of landscaping less the irrigation system); or (3) a three-year contractual agreement between the owner/developer and a licensed landscape architect, Washington certified nurseryman, or Washington certified landscape contractor, along with a rider or endorsement specifically identifying the city as a party to the agreement for purposes of enforcement.” The motion carried.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to add a new recital “M” in 19.65.010 stating that the intent of this ordinance is to comply with the eligibility requirements of Tree City USA.  The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.

 

Mayor Figueroa withdrew his motion to amend 19.65.090(7), to state “There shall be no landscaping requirements for single family residences.”  

 

Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to pass an ordinance amending Chapter 19.65 Landscaping/Trees of the University Place Municipal Code pertaining to purpose, enforcement and penalties, definitions, exemptions, maintenance, urban forest management, tree retention plans, tree removal in subdivisions, tree replacement, tree maintenance and pruning, and other related provisions as amended.

 

The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.  (ORDINANCE 673)

  

9.             COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

Councilmember McCluskey reported that she attended Congressman Heck’s forum on enhancing services for homeless youths in our State.

 

Councilmember Belleci reminded the public of the final Curran Apple Orchard concert this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Mayor Figueroa informed Council that he, along with City Manager Sugg, and Executive Director Faison met with Congressman Heck and the senior staff of Senator Murray to engage their legislative support for the City’s needs.  He commented about the City’s positive direction and thanked the Council and staff for their leadership and hard work.

 

10.     ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.  No other action was taken.

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20160815-0735 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

42597/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20160815-1307 

Ordinances

Ordinance :673-19011103-673 

Resolutions

 
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