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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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



Mayor Figueroa




Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Victor, Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper,  Police Chief Blair, Executive Director/ACM Craig, and City Clerk Genetia.




Mayor Pro Tem Keel led the Pledge of Allegiance.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of December 5, 2016 as submitted.


The motion carried.




Mayor Figueroa requested that the City Manager’s report be removed from the agenda.


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


The motion carried.




City Manager’s Year-End Report – Removed.


Mayor’s Year-End Report - Mayor Figueroa presented a year-end review of Council’s undertakings and legislative accomplishments.  He also recognized his fellow councilmembers for their hard work and dedication in bringing these achievements to fruition.


Mayor Pro Tem Keel gave his perspective on the positive change that provided for an efficient facilitation of Council business under the Mayor’s leadership.   

Councilmembers reflected on the many achievements that transpired in 2016 and expressed their gratitude to staff, volunteers, and the community for their involvement and support.


7.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.




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

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 11/30/16, dated 12/05/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Fifty-Six and 06/100 Dollars ($280,056.06); Payroll for the period ending 12/15/16, dated 12/20/16, in the total amount of Two Hundred Sixteen Thousand Five Hundred Fifty-Seven and 76/100 Dollars ($216,557.76); Claims dated 12/15/16, check nos. 51979078 through 51979150, wire transfer no. 194734387 in the total amount of Four Hundred Forty-Seven Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-Six and 40/100 Dollars ($447,336.40); and Claims dated 12/29/16, check nos. 51979155 through 51979218, wire transfer nos. 123016 and 269619, in the total amount of Seven Hundred Eighty-Six Thousand Five Hundred Seventy-One and 39/100 Dollars ($786,571.39).  


The motion carried.




Councilmember Belleci reported that she and Mayor Figueroa attended the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade’s holiday Hail and Farewell ceremony at JBLM. She also reported on the successful Regional Growth Subarea Planning workshop hosted by the City on December 13 and 14; UP for Art’s donor reception event; and the Volunteer Opportunities Fair at the atrium on January 19, 2017.


Mayor Pro Tem Keel updated Council on Pierce Transit’s strategic plans for the transit system to develop service improvements and efficiencies.


Councilmember McCluskey commented on her tour of the University of Washington-Tacoma and the great impact it will make in the South Sound region.  In addition, she announced the upcoming Seahawks Spirit contest.


Mayor Figueroa advised Council that Col. Ryan, Commander of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) will be addressing the Council on military deployment activities.


The City Council concluded its business meeting at 7:12 p.m.




The City Council recessed to study session at 7:18 p.m. after a five-minute break.




City Attorney Victor provided a recap of the December 5, 2016 study session. Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper provided information on the current function of the Parks Commission.  


The City Council discussed general objectives for the City Council legislative policy advisory commissions, including:  that standing or ad-hoc legislative policy advisory commissions to be able to provide citizen feedback to the City Council on legislative policy aspects of planning and other City issues; that all work of standing and ad-hoc legislative policy advisory commissions should be assigned by, or approved by, at least a majority of the City Council by resolution before City resources (administrative staff work or public funds) are utilized; that the assigning or approving of resolutions or legislative advisory commission work should provide commissions clear tasks and direction, and establish appropriate processes and procedures for the work; that all standing and activated ad-hoc legislative policy advisory commissions should provide periodic reports to the City Council on progress in completing their Council-approved work and any relevant community feedback related to that work; and that standing or ad-hoc legislative advisory commissions do not perform or duplicate the work of professional City staff or consultants, and are not volunteer labor. They are advisors to the City Council on legislative policy issues.


At 9:00 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., motions were made and were carried to extend the meeting for ten and five minutes respectively.


After discussion, Council consented to vote on one of the following potential legislative advisory commission structures at the next study session:


1.     Retain all four (4) standing legislative policy advisory commissions (Planning, Public Safety, Economic Development, and Parks) largely in their current form, within a new ordinance.

2.     Retain the standing Planning Commission and establish a new seven (7) member Community Legislative Policy Advisory Committee which replaces all existing Commissions within a new ordinance:

(a)   Members would be appointed, but would not meet unless tasked with work by City Council resolution.

(b)   Committee work encompasses public safety, economic development, parks and any other legislative topic on which the Council desires the Committee’s advice.

3.     Retain the standing Planning Commission and appoint ad-hoc legislative policy advisory committees for particular topics as deemed necessary or desirable by the Council from time to time.

4.     Establish two standing Planning Commissions and retain standing Public Safety, Economic Development, and Parks Commissions, all to be comprised of five (5) members within a new ordinance.

5.     Retain the standing Planning Commission and transition the existing Public Safety, Economic Development, and Parks legislative advisory commissions from standing committees to on-call committees that may be activated as needed by City Council resolution.




The meeting adjourned at 9:14 p.m.  No other action was taken.


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk




Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20170103-0644 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

42738/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 


Regular Meeting Agenda-20170103-0951 




Content Type: Meeting Minutes
Created at 1/18/2017 6:44 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 1/18/2017 6:45 AM  by Emelita Genetia