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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

10/17/2016 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, October 17, 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

 

Excused

Mayor Figueroa

 

Present

 

Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Executive Director/ACM Faison, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Deputy Finance Director Blaisdell, Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper, Police Chief Blair, Finance Operations Manager Lewis, 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

 

Councilmember McCluskey led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of October 3, 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 individuals provided public comment: David Harrowe, 4616 79th Avenue Court West; and Nate Angelo, 4628 Bellview Street West.

 

7.         CONSENT AGENDA

 

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

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 09/30/16, dated 10/05/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-Four and 29/100 Dollars ($275,324.29); Claims dated 10/14/16, check nos. 51978832 through 51978888, and wire no. 19045674, in the total amount of Three Hundred Ninety-Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty-One and 09/100 Dollars ($398,981.09).

 

The motion carried.

 

8.         PUBLIC HEARING:  PROPOSED 2017-2018 BIENNIAL BUDGET

 

Staff Report - 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.

 

Public Comment – The following individuals provided comment on the matter:  Steve Gregorich, 6515 46th Street Court West; and Nate Angelo, 4628 Bellview Street West.

 

A second and final public hearing for the proposed 2017-2018 Biennial Budget is scheduled on November 7, 2016.

 

City Manager Sugg gave a brief history behind the funding decision for recreation services. 

 

9.         CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

 

City Manager Sugg provided an update on the Regional Growth Center Subarea Planning work program, a detailed report of which was included in the Council packet.  He also informed the Council and the public that the League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum for Pierce County Council District No. 4 at the City’s Town Hall tomorrow evening.

 

10.      COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

Councilmember Belleci announced UP for Arts’ fall art and concert event on the evening of October 28, 2016 at the Civic Building.  She also commended the Public Works staff for their hard work and effort in preparing the City for the anticipated storm.

Police Chief Blair made a brief remark on the daytime Community Academy, an awareness course designed to enhance Police-Citizen partnership, highlighting his department’s focus in working with Pierce County Sheriff’s units to keep the residents of University Place safe.  

 

STUDY SESSION

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to amend the agenda to reverse the order of Item 13 and Item 11.

 

The motion carried.

 

13.     CONSIDERATION OF COMMUNITY CONNECTION PLACE AS CITY PARTNER

 

City Attorney Victor presented a City Partner application from Community Connection Place.  He indicated that Community Connection Place is a locally organized and federally recognized 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization whose focus is to provide youth and senior programs in this community.  Mr. Victor noted that the City Partner status is part of the City’s public forum policy that affords recognized/qualified groups access to the City’s website, UPTV, U.P. Press, and social media. Organizations are judged for eligibility based on the public forum policy criteria.  He clarified that the Council will not be considering the lease proposal of the Senior Center by this group. A study session on that matter will be arranged at a later time.  Staff believes that Community Connection Place is eligible for the City Partner status, and recommends that Council consider adding it by resolution to the list.

 

Council discussed the viability of the group to provide and maintain recreational services for both youth and seniors and directed staff to bring back a resolution adding Community Connection Place to the City Partner’s list.  A presentation will be scheduled at a later date.

 

11.      2017-2018 PROPOSED BIENNIAL BUDGET DISCUSSION

 

City Manager Sugg introduced the discussion concerning the City’s strategic reserve.  At the previous budget discussion, a question was posed with regard to the appropriate amount for strategic reserve. Based on substantial discussion with City leadership, the City Manager recommends that the strategic reserve be increased from the current $853,000 to $1 million for the biennium starting in 2017.  Finance Director Faison explained the rationale behind the recommendation, addressing the importance of having a balance in strategic reserve that is sufficient to address emergency situations as well as to maintain a healthy ending fund balance, demonstrating to the public that the City has a solid financial footing.

 

Finance Chair Belleci supported staff’s recommendation and encouraged Council to look at strategic reserves during the two-year budget cycle.  This will allow for better fund flexibility and provide for better insight on potential problems/issues the City might come across in the next biennium.  

 

After discussion, Council directed staff to factor in the $1 million strategic reserve in the 2017 budget year.

 

12.      LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL:  54TH STREET REZONE

 

City Attorney Victor introduced a legislative proposal by Councilmember Nye and Mayor Pro Tem Keel that relates to the property located at the corner of 54th Street and Bridgeport Way fronting Bridgeport and immediately adjacent to U.P. Care Center.  The proposal is for a City-initiated rezone from residential to a mixed-use office.  In consideration of the request, the property owner has offered an emergency vehicle access easement through U.P. Care Center, which would not be possible if the property was developed as residential.  The proposal has gone before Council, but without the public benefit feature.  

 

Councilmember Nye believes the proposal not only has a positive economic impact, but also a safety impact to this community. 

 

Discussion followed with regard to economic development to drive revenue into the City; property rights and benefits; bypassing the process and the Planning Commission; diminishing the integrity of the established City process; the benefit of an emergency access easement; and the setting of precedent for legislating re-zones.

 

Staff was directed to prepare legislation referring this proposal to the Planning Commission as a City-initiated action. 

 

14.      RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR PUGET SOUND ENERGY PORT PROJECT

 

City Attorney Victor introduced a legislative proposal by Mayor Figueroa and Mayor Pro Tem Keel, to adopt a resolution of support for Puget Sound Energy’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to be developed at the Port of Tacoma.   Puget Sound Energy would like to build the facility at the Port to provide a clean and cost-effective gas supply resource for its natural gas customers as well as make it available to operations of the Port.  Liquefied natural gas, as indicated in the proposal, reduces emissions and provides for cleaner air - significantly lower than diesel fuel that is typically employed in Port operations.

 

Mayor Figueroa stated that the Council has been very proactive in its leadership role in our region, and wants to continue that position by recognizing projects that economically impact and benefit University Place and the Pierce County region.

 

Matt Perry, Local Government Affairs Manager of Puget Sound Energy, answered Council questions regarding the proposed project.

 

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

 

Staff was directed to prepare and bring back an amended resolution of support for Council consideration, along with the additional requested information on the project.

 

15.     ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.  No other action was taken.

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

 

 

 

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Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20161017-0756 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

42660/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20161017-0949 

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