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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, August 7, 2017

City Hall, Windmill Village






Mayor Figueroa called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:00 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 Kaser, Planning & Development Services Director Swindale, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Police Chief Blair, Paralegal Grover, and City Clerk Genetia.




Mayor Pro Tem Keel led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the minutes of July 17, 2017 as submitted. 


The motion carried.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the agenda. 


The motion carried.




Bunny Nance, Debbie Klosowski and Debbie Scoles of UP for Arts, provided an overview of the proposal to start a fundraising campaign to obtain a sculpture for the Curran Apple Orchard Park to commemorate its 25th anniversary.  UP for Arts proposes to commission a life-size bronze sculpture and informational sign to be located at the Curran Apple Orchard Park.  


7.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided comment: Dan Nebres, 5112 Sunset Drive West; and Judy Zenor, 8205 53rd Street Court West.






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

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 07/15/17, dated 07/20/17, in the total amount of Two Hundred Thirteen Thousand Nine Hundred Forty-One and 63/100 Dollars ($213,941.63); Payroll for the period ending 07/31/17, dated 08/04/17, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eighty-Four Thousand Forty-Four and 77/100 Dollars ($284,044.77); Claims dated 07/31/17, check nos. 51980120 through 51980180, wire transfer nos. 5134030, 285461, and 21030748, in the total amount of One Million One Hundred Sixty-Two Thousand One Hundred Ninety-Three and 86/100 Dollars ($1,162,193.86).

B.    Receive and File:  2017 Second Quarter Financial Report.

C.    Adopt a resolution ratifying the actions of the City Council ad hoc committee, approving the ad hoc committee meeting minutes, and dissolving the committee.  (RESOLUTION NO. 844)

D.    Adopt a resolution approving the 2017-2018 Agreement between the City of University Place and University Place School District for a School Resource Officer.  (RESOLUTION NO. 845)


The motion carried.




City Manager Sugg reported on upcoming City activities and events.


Councilmember McCluskey reported her attendance to the Moonlight Movie in the Park event, the 16th CAB spouse luncheon, and the Kite Festival at Chambers Bay.


Councilmember Belleci reported that she, along with Councilmember McCluskey, attended the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) meeting.  She updated Council on the Regional Growth Center plan changes.


Councilmember Worthington reported that he attended an Association of Washington Cities’ (AWC) legislative committee meeting.  He provided a recap on issues that were successfully accomplished/addressed by AWC for the 2017 legislative session. Councilmember Worthington also reported that he and Mayor Pro Tem Keel attended the AWC’s budget workshop and attended the National Night Out event.


Mayor Pro Tem Keel commented on the National Night Out event.


Mayor Figueroa commended the West Pierce Fire and the University Place Police Department for their presence at the National Night Out event.  He shared the comments he received from residents during the event.




At 7:26 p.m., Council concluded its business meeting and recessed to study session.




City Attorney Kaser reported that UP for Arts met with City staff with regard to a proposal similar to what was presented by the group earlier this evening.  He indicated that following the discussion with UP for Arts, staff have identified and addressed issues concerning the cost of maintaining and insuring the structure, liability risk factor and logistics. A draft resolution was included in the packet for Council review and discussion.  The resolution would conditionally accept the donation by UP for Arts and enumerates the conditions of acceptance.  Attorney Kaser indicated that Up for Arts is on a timeline with respect to obtaining legislative approval from Council authorizing the development of the proposed art installation. 


Discussion followed with regard to liability issues and design concerns, maintenance cost, deterrent measures, safety issues, structure lighting, and review of the final structure design by the City.

MOTION:  By Councilmember Nye, seconded by Councilmember Belleci to suspend Council Rules to allow consideration of the proposed resolution.


Roll call vote:


Councilmember Belleci



Councilmember Grassi



Councilmember McCluskey



Councilmember Nye



Councilmember Worthington



Mayor Pro Tem Keel



Mayor Figueroa




The motion passed 5 to 2.


Public Comment – The following individual provided comment:  Debbie Klosowski, UP for Arts.


Council Consideration - MOTION:  By Councilmember Nye, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to adopt a resolution, as proposed, authorizing UP for Arts to develop an art installation for the Curran Apple Orchard.


The motion carried.  (RESOLUTION NO. 846)




City Engineer Ecklund presented amendments to the City’s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for years 2018-2023.   The proposed amendments primarily involve the removal of three projects to be completed in 2017; addition of a project for construction of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across Chambers/Leach Creek with connections to the Chambers Creek Trail system; splitting the Chambers Creek Road/Chambers Lane to two projects to increase flexibility for future grant requests; and updating of project costs and project schedules. 


The City of University Place is required by State law to adopt and annually update a Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).  The approval of the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan does not commit the City to any financial expenditure; rather, each project is reviewed individually by the City Council in each relevant budget cycle as a component of the Capital Improvement Plan.  Its approval, however, does create eligibility for the City to apply for various grant opportunities, and provides an indication of the City’s planning direction for transportation needs.




Planning and Development Services Director Swindale introduced a legislative proposal submitted by Mayor Figueroa, Councilmember Grassi and Councilmember Worthington.  He indicated that the proposal directs the Planning Commission to examine the University Place Municipal Code Chapter 19.70.130 Drive-Through and Drive-Up Facilities, and Chapter 19.52 Community Commercial Zone Design Standards, to determine any changes in the rules applicable to locations within the zone where significant grade separation between Bridgeport Way right-of-way and adjacent commercial properties makes development or redevelopment to current standard financially infeasible, thereby inhibiting commercial development and redevelopment.  The current code and design standards are a one-size-fits-all proposition and do not take into account the topographical variation along the Bridgeport Way commercial corridor.  This creates a significant barrier and adverse impact on commercial investment for development and redevelopment of buildings within portions of the Community Commercial Zone.  Passage of an Ordinance amending Chapters 19.70.130 and 19.52 would allow relief from requirements that prohibit drive-throughs between buildings adjacent to streets, and from the design standards that require new or redeveloped buildings to be oriented and built to the sidewalk in circumstances where significant grade difference make those standards financially infeasible and commercially unreasonable.


Although accommodations have been made to allow drive-throughs in this particular zone, concerns were raised about the area’s traffic flow and walkability. During the course of their review, the City Council would like the Planning Commission to look into the re-engineering of the traffic flow to include incorporation of sidewalks in that particular area to fulfill the walkability goals in the City’s Comprehensive Plan; to consider the design standards for commercial use, drive-through use, pedestrian friendliness, and the transition from the Town Center; look into safe access points throughout the entire complex;  to look at some design standards that could be used to provide for vegetation that might help with exhaust from idling cars in the drive-through; to limit their study to existing businesses and existing grade issues – not new development; and to use existing uses as example as to how it would fit in with the other aspects that are of concern.  


The Council directed staff to prepare a resolution requesting the Planning Commission to amend the University Place Municipal Code Chapter 19.70.130 Drive-Through and Drive-Up Facilities, and Chapter 19.52 Community Commercial Zone Design Standards. A copy of this meeting’s minutes will be provided to the Planning Commission in addition to the resolution.  The Planning Commission is requested to provide a recommendation other than the status quo.


The Planning Commission’s recommendation to Council on this matter is due no later than the second Council meeting of March, 2018.




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


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk



Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20170807-1023 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

42954/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 


Regular Meeting Agenda-20170807-0938 




Resolution:844-19020423-844; Resolution:845-19020424-845; Resolution:846-19020425-846 
Content Type: Meeting Minutes
Created at 8/22/2017 10:23 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 8/23/2017 9:04 AM  by Emelita Genetia