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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, July 16, 2018

City Hall, Windmill Village






Mayor Pro Tem Belleci called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.


2.         ROLL CALL


Roll call was taken by the Deputy City Clerk as follows:


Councilmember Figueroa



Councilmember Grassi



Councilmember McCluskey



Councilmember Nye



Councilmember Worthington



Mayor Pro Tem Belleci



Mayor Keel




Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Kaser, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Development Services Director Swindale, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, Finance Director Blaisdell, Principal Planner Boers, Police Chief Blair, Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper, Parks Maintenance Lead West, and Deputy City Clerk Nicholas. 


MOTION:  By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to excuse the absence of Councilmember Grassi and Mayor Keel.


The motion carried.




Councilmember Figueroa led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.




MOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to approve the minutes of the July 2, 2018 meeting as submitted.


The motion carried.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the agenda.


The motion carried.




Certificate of Recognition: Marty Owens – Mayor Pro Tem Belleci conveyed Council’s condolences and presented Mr. Owens’ family with a recognition for his charitable and social contributions to the community.


Certificate of Recognition: UPTown Cruisin’ Association – Mayor Pro Tem Belleci recognized UPTown Cruisin’ Association for its many successful car shows that have benefited the community and announced the retirement of the current members. Retiring members made a call for individuals interested in taking over the Association.


Public Safety Report – Police Chief Blair presented a police report with current crime statistics, outreach relating to the recent fireworks ordinance, the role of bicycle patrol, and information on upcoming trainings and classes for the public.


7.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided comment:  Howard Lee, 8302 41st Street West; and Lafe Altier, 2215 Day Island Boulevard West.




Councilmember McCluskey requested that Item 8E be removed from the Consent Agenda.


MOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Belleci to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 06/30/18, dated 07/05/18, in the total amount of Three Hundred Five Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-Nine and 92/100 Dollars ($305,699.92); Claims dated 06/29/18, check nos. 51981552 through 51981600, wire transfer 307229, in the total amount of Four Hundred Forty-Three Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-Four and 31/100 Dollars ($443,694.31).

B.    Adopt a resolution establishing a Council subcommittee to plan the City’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. (RESOLUTION 865)

C.    Adopt a resolution establishing a Council subcommittee to plan the community vision for the next long-term planning horizon. (RESOLUTION 866)

D.    Confirm Stacey McClain’s appointment to the Park Advisory Commission for a four-year term ending January 31, 2022.

E.    Confirm Steve Thorndill’s appointment to the Pierce County Conservation Futures Citizens’ Advisory Board for a four-year term ending July 16, 2022. (Removed - Candidate had withdrawn.)


The motion carried.






Staff Report – Principal Planner Boers summarized proposed amendments to the City’s Shoreline Management Program (SMP) that are required under the Shoreline Management Act and were previously studied by Council.  Amendments include changes to the definitions of development, exempt development, floodplain, floodway, and substantial development. Additional amendments would clarify Ecology permit filing and appeal timelines, provide greater flexibility for moving nonconforming structures and resuming dormant operations considered to be nonconforming uses, and exempt certain environmentally beneficial state projects from local shoreline permitting processes. An associated amendment to UPMC 19.80.040.B Nonconforming Uses would change code references regarding abandonment of nonconforming uses to vacation or discontinuation of nonconforming uses, per case law.


After soliciting public comment, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the amendments contained in the Proposed Ordinance. The Department of Ecology has issued an Initial Compliance Determination that the proposal is consistent with state shoreline planning policies and guidelines. Once approved by Council, the Ordinance would be effective fourteen (14) days following the notice of final action from the Washington State Department of Ecology approving the Shoreline Master Program.


Public Comment – None.


Council ConsiderationMOTION: By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to pass an ordinance amending Title 18 Shoreline Master Program Chapter 18.10 Definitions and Chapter 18.15 Administration, and Title 19 Zoning Chapter 19.80 Nonconforming Lots, Uses, And Structures, in Accordance with the Shoreline Management Act and the Department of Ecology Shoreline Master Program Guidelines.


The motion carried.  (ORDINANCE NO. 703)




Staff Report – Finance Director Blaisdell proposed an ordinance amending the 2018-2019 Biennial Budget for the 2017 carryforward appropriations. The proposed ordinance recognizes the carry forward of funding from 2017 and re-appropriation in 2018. The re-appropriation is comprised primarily of beginning fund balance and capital improvement projects (public works, parks, and municipal facilities) that were appropriated in 2017 and will continue in 2018.  Appropriations for capital improvement funds are continuing in nature and do not lapse at the end of the year. 


Councilmember Figueroa questioned the increased refuse franchise fee projections.


Public Comment – None.


Council ConsiderationMOTION: By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to pass an ordinance amending the 2018-2019 Biennial Budget for the 2017 carryforward appropriations and adjustments.


The motion passed 4 to 1.  Councilmember Figueroa voted no. (ORDINANCE NO. 704)




Staff Report – Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund presented the 2018 updates to the City’s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) which sets out projects and programs of regional significance and because many grant funding sources require that a project appear in the City’s TIP, it creates eligibility for various grant opportunities.  In addition, the TIP provides an indication to other jurisdictions of the City’s planning direction for its transportation needs. Approval of the TIP does not commit the City to financial expenditures but allows the City Council to review projects individually in each relevant budget cycle as a component of the Capital Improvement Plan. Primary changes to the TIP include removal of 3 projects completed in 2018 - 56th St/Cirque Drive Phase 1; 27th Street Phase 2; and the Mildred Overlay; removal of the Chambers Creek Crosswalk Project with associated work incorporated into the Chambers Creek Road/Chambers Lane Phase 1 project; the addition of a retrofit/replacement of the Day Island Bridge; and updates to project funding statuses, schedules and costs.


Public Comment – None.


Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey to adopt a resolution approving the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan for years 2019-2024.  


The motion carried.  (RESOLUTION NO. 867)




City Manager Sugg introduced the upcoming public safety report to the community as part of the City’s August Headlines E-Newsletter, gave details of the Police Department’s Community Academy and provided direction for anyone interested in signing up to receive the E-Newsletter.


Councilmember Worthington announced his recent participation at the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Policy Board meeting during which the City’s Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan was approved. He complimented staff and his fellow elected officials for their work with the project.


Mayor Pro Tem Belleci highlighted upcoming events and Council agenda topics.





Public Works and Parks Director Cooper, with Parks Maintenance Lead West, suggested improvements to Sunset Terrace Park to address deteriorating equipment, ADA accessibility and maintenance, with an estimated cost of approximately two hundred and seventy-three thousand dollars. Project funding would be through Park Impact Fees (PIF) and Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) fees. They presented a PowerPoint showing equipment and materials.


Council discussed safety, surface materials, and source of funds. There was a question regarding eligibility of the project for use of the proposed funding through Park Impact Fees and an interest in getting an estimate of what the remaining PIF and REET fund balances would be and getting a list of other projects for consideration.




Development Services Director Swindale informed Council of recent action taken by Pierce County Council regarding amendments to the Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies (CPP) to set guidelines for dry sewer lines and Urban Growth Area (UGA) Capacity Bank. He explained the process and timeline for the City to either approve or disapprove the proposed amendments and gave details of the amendments being proposed.


Under circumstances when dry sewer lines are required, language is added to allow local jurisdictions to adopt other criteria that must  be met. The City of University Place requires dry sewer lines for developments where no sewer service is available and therefore is not affected by this proposed amendment. The proposed UGA amendments include conditions for expansion or removal of properties within a jurisdiction’s urban growth area in exchange for other areas and allows capacity credits associated with properties removed from the Urban Growth Area to be placed in the Capacity Bank. Capacity credits will then be distributed by the Pierce County Regional Council using an established application and review process.


University Place does not have areas that could expand which are outside any urban growth areas, so the City is not impacted by this proposed amendment either. Council requested that staff obtain feedback from the impacted cities, Bonney Lake and Sumner, regarding their concerns and interests.




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


Submitted by,




Debora Nicholas

Deputy City Clerk



Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20180716-0722 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

43297/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 


Regular Meeting Agenda-20180716-0651 


Ordinance :703-19011203-703; Ordinance :704-19011204-704 


Resolution:865-19020514-865; Resolution:866-19020515-866; Resolution:867-19020516-867 
Content Type: Meeting Minutes
Created at 8/7/2018 7:22 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 8/7/2018 7:28 AM  by Emelita Genetia