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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, October 3, 2016

City Hall, Windmill Village






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



Councilmember Grassi



Councilmember McCluskey



Councilmember Nye



Councilmember Worthington



Mayor Pro Tem Keel


Excused (Participated via Skype)

Mayor Figueroa




Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Executive Director/ACM Faison, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Engineering & Capital Projects Director Ecklund, Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper, Finance Operations Manager Lewis, and City Clerk Genetia.


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


The motion carried.




Councilmember Grassi led the Pledge of Allegiance.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of September 19, 2016 as submitted.


The motion carried.




MOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approved the agenda. 


The motion carried.




Certificates of Recognition – Councilmember Grassi presented Certificates of Recognition to Adrienne Martelli and Andrea Geubelle in recognition of their hard work and exemplary dedication that earned them a position to represent the United States of America in the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Adrienne represented the U.S.A. team in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls and Andrea in the Women’s Triple Jump.  Adrienne’s parents, Gail and Chris Martelli accepted the certificate on her behalf.


7.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided public comment: Erroll Johnson, 5205 53rd Street West; Nate Angelo, 4628 Bellview Street West; Ethan Baydo, 5010 66th Avenue West; Nick Findley, 9864 Bristonwood Drive West; Anthony Paulson, 9201 65th Street Court West; Patty Harnett, 3404 Olympic Boulevard West; Scott Swanson, 6405 46th Street Court West; Ken Schmidt, 8003 56th Street Court West; Paul White, 5216 95th Avenue Court West; Bridget Findley, 9864 Bristonwood Drive West; Brittney Bibby, 4215 Elwood Drive West; Andrew Grant, 2700 Soundview Drive West; Scott Traynor, 8305 55th Street West; Marnie Nickle, 6411 87th Avenue Court West; Emma Schmidt, 8003 56th Street Court West; Sheila Phillips, Community Connection; Chris Christian, Community Connection; Enya, 5018 84th Avenue West; Betty Morris, 7705 44th Street West; Paul Castillo, 5608 65th Avenue West; and Bill Spina, 5002 79th Avenue West.




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

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 09/15/16, dated 09/20/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Twenty-Three Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety-Four and 76/100 Dollars ($223,794.76); Claims dated 09/30/16, check nos. 51978751 through 51978830, and wire no. 9202016, in the total amount of Six Hundred Fifty-Three Thousand Two Hundred and 83/100 Dollars ($653,200.83).

B.    Receive and File:  Arbor Day Proclamation.

C.    Adopt a resolution revising the adopted 2016 Annual Preliminary Planning Commission Work Plan.  (RESOLUTION NO. 818)

D.    Adopt a resolution directing the Planning Commission to study and recommend amendments to the Sign Code with regard to Changing Message Signs as specified in the resolution.  (RESOLUTION NO. 819)


The motion carried.




City Manager Sugg informed Council that speed radar signs have been installed at Chambers Creek Road and are now operational.






City Manager Sugg delivered the message for the proposed 2017-2018 Biennial Budget.  He stated that while the proposed biennium budget reflects significant improvement, major and difficult financial decisions made during the current biennium were necessary.  This biennium also included the imposition of a 6% sewer franchise fee on Pierce County Sewer dedicated to street maintenance. The effects of these changes provided the City projections of a balanced budget with substantial reserves through its 10-year planning period.  This change in outlook, along with the City’s careful management of its budget, has been recognized by the ratings agency S&P and were considered positive factors in their decision to increase the City’s bond rating to AA.  This new rating has reduced the City’s borrowing cost and allowed the City to refinance nearly half of its debt at a savings of nearly $4 million. The proposal maintains current service levels and meets all statutory and contractual obligations for the biennium.


Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell provided a summary of the City’s 2017-2018 revenue estimates and proposed biennial budget.  A contingency amount of $150,000 has been included in the 2017 budget for Council goals and priorities to be discussed and allocated during the Council retreat in January 2017.  City reserves are 35% in 2017 and 48% in 2018 when calculated using the total operating budget – those numbers exceed the Council adopted range of between 5 to 15%. She indicated that the 2017-2018 proposed biennial budget is balanced and fits the conservative financial assumptions for the City’s operating and capital budgets, Town Center, and debt management that supports a continuation of the 2016 core level of service to the community.


Discussion followed on specifics of budget funds, assumptions and expenditures; ending fund balance; funding of Council Goals and Outcomes; and strategic reserve fund policy.


A public hearing is scheduled for October 17, 2016. 


At 8:56 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 9:30 p.m.




Staff Report - Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund presented an ordinance that will establish a “Complete Streets” policy in order to be consistent with the State transportation policies. In 2011, the State legislature passed the Complete Streets Act with the intent to “provide safe access to all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and public transportation users.” Director Ecklund indicated that the City has practiced this concept for nearly twenty years, citing that the Bridgeport Way project was one of the original case studies for the nationwide complete streets movement.  The transportation goals and policies of the City’s Comprehensive Plan as well as its design standards for roadways are all consistent with complete streets policies. The City, however, has not formally adopted a “Complete Streets” policy.  He mentioned that recently, the State has adopted an annual grant program that would provide funding for complete street projects.  In order to be considered eligible for this program, a formal policy would have to be adopted.  He recommended formally designating the transportation goals and policies of the City’s Comprehensive Plan as well as the City’s roadway design standards as the City’s “Complete Streets” policy with the addition of some language that would formally address the terminology “complete streets”. 


MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to suspend Council Rules to consider passing this ordinance tonight.


The motion carried.


Public Comment – None.


Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to pass an Ordinance implementing a complete streets policy.


The motion carried.  (ORDINANCE NO. 675)




The meeting adjourned at 9:09 p.m.  No other action was taken.


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk



Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20161003-0754 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

42646/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 


Regular Meeting Agenda-20161003-0918 


Ordinance :675-19011105-675 


Resolution:818-19020328-818; Resolution:819-19020329-819 
Content Type: Meeting Minutes
Created at 10/18/2016 7:54 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 10/18/2016 7:57 AM  by Emelita Genetia