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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

1/16/2018 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

City Hall, Windmill Village

 

 

 

1.         CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER

 

Mayor 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 Figueroa

 

Present   

Councilmember Grassi

 

Present   

Councilmember McCluskey

 

Present   

Councilmember Nye

 

Present 

Councilmember Worthington

 

Present   

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci

 

Present   

Mayor Keel

 

Present   

 

Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Kaser, Public Safety Administrator Hales, Police Chief Blair, Executive Director/ACM Craig, and City Clerk Genetia. 

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilmember Worthington led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

MOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Grassi, to approve the minutes of the January 2, 2018 meeting as submitted.

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

The motion carried.

 

6.         PRESENTATIONS

 

University Place School District – Mr. Jeff Chamberlain, University Place School District Superintendent, provided information on two ballot measures to renew expiring levies (Educational Program Levy and Safety and Technology Levy) and what they would be funding if they pass.   Mr. Chamberlain also addressed the tax impacts of the propositions. 

 

7.     CONSENT AGENDA

 

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

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 12/31/17, dated 01/05/18, in the total amount of Two Hundred Eighty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-Seven and 57/100 Dollars ($289,467.57); Claims dated 01/05/18, check nos. 51980815 through 51980834, in the total amount of One Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty-Five and 63/100 Dollars ($128,855.63); and Claims dated 01/08/18, check nos. 51980835 through 51980845, in the total amount of One Hundred Thirty-Seven Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-Nine and 01/100 Dollars ($137,929.01). 

 

The motion carried.

 

8.     PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual provided comment: MaryLu Dickinson, University Place School District Board President.

 

9.     COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

Councilmember McCluskey reported that she and Mayor Pro Tem Belleci attended the candle-light vigil for Pierce County Deputy McCartney. She commended Police Chief Blair for his part in organizing the memorial/funeral event on behalf of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Mayor Keel informed Council that he would like to use the Council Comments/Reports portion of the meeting to preview upcoming agenda items.  

 

STUDY SESSION

 

10.  FIREWORKS

 

City Attorney Kaser, along with Police Chief Blair, presented an overview of the regulatory aspect, as well as the permitting process and enforcement components of the proposed fireworks ordinance for Council consideration.  Attorney Kaser indicated that the first component would implement four prohibitions: (1) the sale, possession or discharge of fireworks; (2) no property or roadways adjacent thereto are to be used for fireworks discharge without a proper permit; (3) fireworks litter; and (4) for a minor to sell, deliver, distribute, possess or discharge fireworks of any kind within the City.  The ordinance also contains several exemptions from these prohibitions including: (1) acts performed under a city-issued permit; (2) uses which are expressly allowable by statute; (3) the transportation of fireworks as part of interstate commerce; (4) religious use; and (5) uses incidental to an already-allowed use. One exemption identified was the trick and novelty devices which is defined under the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as “any small fireworks devices that are not regulated as explosives and are not classified as consumer or display fireworks by the U.S. Department of Transportation.”  The second component of the ordinance would allow for an application of a permit to engage in what would otherwise be prohibited by the proposed ordinance.  Attorney Kaser proposed the use of the special events permitting process to the extent applicable for fireworks-related applications as well as associated fees that are already reflected on the City’s fee schedule. A special review process associated with the permit application will be included to determine that discharge, possession or storage of fireworks is performed in a safe, controlled, liability-contained manner and permitted only to state licensed operators.   The third part of the proposed ordinance relates to the enforcement component in which the current default penalties from criminal misdemeanor charges will be reclassified to civil infractions.  These infractions will carry a base fine of $250.00 plus fees, costs and assessments which would result in a total ticket of $513.00.  The proposed ordinance would also adopt language that would reflect criminal consequences for egregious acts associated with fireworks as well as terms and definitions in line with the State law.  Police Chief Blair addressed the budget implications and staffing as it relates to enforcement.

 

Discussion followed with regard to distinction of penalty attached for possession of fireworks; permitting fee and types of venues; clarification on the definition of consumer vs. commercial fireworks; community’s expectation on the ballot measure and effective date; litter encroachment; enforcement; infractions; public education and notification.

 

Last July, the City Council authorized the placement of an advisory ballot measure for the November 2017 General Election to ask voters whether the sale, possession and discharge of consumer fireworks should be prohibited in the City of University Place.  The majority (61%) of the voters within the City voted yes.

 

Another study session on this matter will be scheduled at a later time.

 

At 8:01 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., motions were made and were carried to extend the meeting to 8:20 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively.

 

11.  ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.  No other action was taken.

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

 

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20180116-0921 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

43116/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20180116-1058 

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