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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, September 19, 2016

City Hall, Windmill Village






Mayor Pro Tem Keel 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



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, and City Clerk Genetia.


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


The motion carried.




Councilmember Worthington led the Pledge of Allegiance.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the minutes of September 6, 2016 as submitted.


The motion carried.




Mayor Pro Tem Keel requested to amend the agenda to table Item 11 – Chambers Creek Master Site Plan to a future meeting.


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


The motion carried.




Boulevard of Remembrance/Remembrance CorridorState Representatives Christine Kilduff and Dick Muri asked the City Council to be part of safeguarding national and local history. They presented a narrative on the on-going efforts to preserve the “Boulevard of Remembrance,” formally dedicated in 1928 as a memorial to honor our World War I veterans, organizations, and other individuals who contributed to the war effort.  Councilmember Worthington presented a proclamation to State Representatives Muri and Kilduff in support of this effort.


16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) Report – Col. William A. Ryan, Commander of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, informed Council of high impact training events and deployments in preparation for future missions and operations. 


Citizen Taking Action Against Crime Award – Police Chief Blair recognized Jay Allison and presented him with the Citizen Taking Action Against Crime Award for his assistance in the arrest of a convicted felon and for his willingness to make a difference for the safety of the community.


7.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided public comment: Jim Baldes, 2135 Willow Lane West; Jill Peters, 7621 27th Street West; and Christy Stanley, Gig Harbor.




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

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 08/31/16, dated 09/02/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Ninety-One Thousand One Hundred Fifty-Five and 13/100 Dollars ($291,155.13); Claims dated 09/15/16, check nos. 51978694 through 51978750, and wire no. 18859261, in the total amount of Two Hundred Seventy-One Thousand Seven Hundred Eight and 14/100 Dollars ($271,708.14).


The motion carried.






Staff Report – City Attorney Victor presented a resolution requesting the Planning Commission to review code provisions on zoning and development conditions regarding state-licensed and regulated marijuana uses.  This resolution does not commit the Council to making any change in the City’s current code.   


Public Comment – The following individual provided comment on the matter:  Christy Stanley, Gig Harbor            


Council Consideration – MOTION:  By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Keel, to adopt a resolution requesting that the Planning Commission review Municipal Code provisions regarding zoning and development conditions which would apply to State-licensed and regulated marijuana uses, if the Council chose to allow such uses in the City, and provide recommendations to the City Council.


The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.  (RESOLUTION NO. 817)




City Manager Sugg informed Council and the public that Public Safety has scheduled another Community Academy on October 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The seven week course will take place at the Public Safety Conference Room.  City Engineer Ecklund updated Council on three roadway improvement projects currently underway. 


Councilmember McCluskey reported on the topics discussed at the Zoo Trek Authority and State Port Trade forum meetings she attended.  She also reported that she’s working with a non-profit group who has expressed interest in fully running the Senior Center operations.

Councilmember Belleci informed that public that UP for Arts is holding its first fall concert series on September 23 at the Civic Building.  She also reported on the Pierce County Health Initiative and UGA boundary adjustments discussed at the Pierce County Regional Council meeting that she and Councilmember McCluskey attended.

Councilmember Worthington reported that he attended the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) legislative committee meeting.  The group is in the process of reviewing legislative proposals/initiatives that will be submitted to the AWC Board.


The business meeting concluded at 7:42 p.m. The City Council recessed to Study Session after a five minute break.




11.      CHAMBERS CREEK MASTER SITE PLAN – To be rescheduled for a future meeting.




Council studied the last two items of the Planning Commission’s recommendation and proposed amendments to the City’s Sign Code – Changing message signs and billboards. 


Section 19.75.080 (Changing Message Signs) - Council’s direction with regard to changing message signs requests that the Planning Commission address and consider the following points of concern in their recommendation:  


1.     Equality: Why are some businesses allowed changing message signs and others not? 

2.     Town Center: The City may want a changing message sign for the Town Center Project.   

3.     Public Notice:  The City may want one or more public notice changing message signs providing digital information.  A sign at the intersection of 67th Avenue and Regents Blvd. was mentioned.

4.     Time and Temperature vs. Advertising:  It does not make any sense to restrict some changing message signs to time and temperature only.

5.     Purpose of Zone: Changing message signs are only allowed in the Neighborhood Commercial Zone because it is an auto-oriented zone. The Town Center Overlay is a pedestrian-oriented zone. Are changing message signs desired in pedestrian-oriented zones?  For example, should pedestrian-scaled changing message signs be allowed in pedestrian-oriented zones?

6.     Proliferation: Given the density of businesses in some areas, allowing changing message signs could create sign blight and/or become overwhelming.

7.     Shared Signs: A group of businesses such as those in the Narrows Plaza area may benefit from a shared changing message sign.  A shared sign could address the equality issue without the proliferation of changing message signs.


Director Swindale stated that the Planning Commission discussed the issue on changing message signs in three separate meetings.  Although the majority of the Planning Commission are in favor of allowing changing message signs subject to conditions regulating their location and use, the Commission believes that a considerable amount of time is needed to formulate any recommendation.  They asked for Council’s advice in determining the priority of this topic as it relates to the Commission’s entire workplan. 

After discussion, Council decided to remove items 1 and 4 from the list since those are regarded as zoning issues and can be addressed under item 5.  Council also agreed to refer this matter back to the Planning Commission and amend its workplan to allow them more time to review and study this issue.     


In Section 19.75.080 (Billboards) of the Code amendment, Council agreed to the Planning Commission’s recommendation to maintain the status quo:  Billboards are non-conforming, but will be allowed to remain until such time as they are removed or require repairs which amount to more than 50% of their value.  Staff will forward legislations in the form of a drafted ordinance and resolution that summarizes Council comments/suggestions for review and consideration.


13.     ADJOURNMENT - The meeting adjourned at 8:48 p.m.  No other action was taken.


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk



Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20160919-0729 

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42632/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 


Regular Meeting Agenda-20160919-0712 




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Created at 10/4/2016 7:29 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 10/4/2016 7:29 AM  by Emelita Genetia