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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

9/6/2016 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Tuesday, September 6, 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 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 and Development Services Director Swindale, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, and City Clerk Genetia.

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Mayor Pro Tem Keel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of August 15, 2016 (Special and Regular Meetings) and August 22, 2016 as submitted.

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approved the agenda as amended.

 

The motion carried.

 

AMENDED MOTION:  By Mayor Figueroa, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Keel, to amend the agenda to table Items 10 and 11 to a future meeting and to extend the time for discussion of Item 12 for one hour and forty minutes.

 

The motion carried.

 

6.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual provided public comment: Christie Stanley, Gig Harbor.

 

7.         CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Keel, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 08/15/16, dated 08/19/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred Nine and 73/100 Dollars ($219,509.73); Claims dated 08/31/16, check nos. 51978618 through 51978691, and wire no. 8182016, in the total amount of One Million Two Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand Two Hundred Eleven and 75/100 Dollars ($1,294,211.75).

B.    Receive and File: 2016 Second Quarter Financial Report.

C.    Confirm Greg Taylor’s appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2020.

D.    Adopt a resolution establishing the City Council’s collective goals and outcomes for the 2017-2018 biennium.

 

The motion carried.

 

COUNCIL CONSIDERATION

 

8.         BONDS REFUNDING ORDINANCE

 

Staff Report – Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell presented an ordinance authorizing the issuance of Limited Tax General Obligation (LTGO) Refunding Bonds.  The City issued LTGO Bonds in 2005, 2007, and 2009 for refunding and new money for capital expenditure purposes, including portions of the Town Center, road projects, and the Civic Building.  She stated that with interest rates near historical lows, City staff have evaluated refunding options and determined that portions of each of these LTGO Bonds can be refunded for substantial debt service savings. The average interest rate on the LTGO Bonds to be refunded is approximately 5.28%, while the current market interest rate is approximately 3.0%.  She indicated that there is no new money included in this issue - it is strictly a refinancing of certain existing debt to a lower interest rate. The ordinance delegates to certain City staff the ability to finalize the refunding terms, subject to parameters in Section 11 of the Ordinance to meet a minimum of $1 million net present value savings, and to ensure that the authorized par amount is no more than $22 million. She also noted that the City received an AA Bond rating from S&P for this issue.  The current timeline to proceed with the issue is on September 15 and closes on September 29, however, the timeline may be adjusted based on market conditions.

 

Public Comment – None.              

 

Council Consideration – MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to pass an ordinance authorizing the issuance of Limited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $22,500,000 for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds of the City and paying costs of issuing the bonds; delegating certain authority to approve the final terms of the bonds; and authorizing other matters related thereto.

 

The motion carried.  (ORDINANCE NO. 674)

 

9.         COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

City Manager Sugg updated Council on the roadway improvement projects currently underway on Bridgeport Way and Mildred Street.

 

Councilmember McCluskey gently reminded the public to be more cautiously aware of traffic now that the kids are back in school.  She noted that a traffic reduction sign has been installed around Charles Wright.

 

Councilmember Worthington reported on the topics discussed at the Pierce County Cities and Towns meeting he attended.  He indicated that there is a potential request for a letter of endorsement from cities and towns for keeping the right-of-ways of the John Wayne Trails intact.  He also talked about Dr. Chen’s (Health Director) presentation where cities were asked to consider health in all existing and future policy discussions. A copy of a potential resolution will be distributed to Council in the event it wishes to support such action.  

 

Mayor Figueroa updated Council on his meetings with state legislators/representatives.  He advised the Council that the legislators are being invited back in October to report on the legislative requests/needs presented to them by the City. 

At 6:53 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to conclude the business meeting and recess to Study Session.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

10.      CODE ENFORCEMENT INTERNAL CONSISTENCY AMENDMENTS – Tabled to a future meeting.

 

11.      ZONING CODE AND POUBLIC WORKS STANDARDS INTERNAL CONSISTENCY AMENDMENTS – Tabled to a future meeting.

 

12.      SIGN REGULATION AMENDMENTS

 

Planning and Development Services Director Swindale provided a report on the Planning Commission’s recommendation and proposed amendments to the City’s Sign Code.  Council directed the Planning Commission to review nine specific provisions in the City’s Sign Code, including the purpose statement, applicability, real-estate and residential open house signs, off-premise signs for abutting properties, window signs, neon signs in the Town Center Overlay Zone, banners, changing message signs, and billboards. Director Swindale discussed how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v Town of Gilbert, Arizona, affects the City’s sign code regulation.  He advised Council that at this time, the Planning Commission determined, based on the City Attorney’s advice, to take a wait and see approach with regards to compliance with the Court’s issued decision.  The Council reviewed, discussed and provided comments on the proposed amendments on Sections 19.75.10 (Purpose), 19.75.030, 19.75.080 (Definitions/Specific Sign Requirements), and 19.75.050(C) (Permit Issuance) of the Code. The review of the remaining amended sections will continue at the next scheduled meeting. Staff will provide a summary of the noted Council suggestions for review and consideration.

 

13.     ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.  No other action was taken.

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

 

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20160906-0936 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

42619/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20160906-1113 

Ordinances

Ordinance :674-19011104-674 

Resolutions

 
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