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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

10/1/2018 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, October 1, 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 Deputy 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, Finance Director Blaisdell, and Deputy City Clerk Nicholas. 

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Mayor Keel led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Grassi, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the minutes of the September 17, 2018 meeting as submitted.

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

The motion carried.

 

6.         PRESENTATION

 

Pierce County Library System Restored Levy – Executive Director Lomax explained Proposition No. 1: Restoring Library Tax Levy – funding projected to maintain Library services for five years. A yes vote in the November election will maintain Library services, and a no vote would eliminate and reduce services.

 

7.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individuals provided comment:  None

 

8.         CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Figueroa to approve the amended Consent Agenda as follows:

A.    Receive and File:  Payroll for the period ending 09/15/18, dated 09/20/18, in the total amount of Two Hundred Thirty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred Seventy-Six and 15/100 Dollars ($239,476.15); Claims dated 09/14/18, check nos. 51981852 through 51981908 in the total amount of Five Hundred Ten Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-Seven and 37/100 Dollars ($510,697.37).

B.    Confirm Lisa Petorak’s appointment to the Greater Tacoma Regional Convention Center Public Facilities District Board of Directors for a four-year term ending December 31, 2022.

 

The motion carried.

 

9.            CITY MANAGER & COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

City Manager Sugg encouraged audiences to attend the 2018 Arts & Concert Series’ events.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci updated Council on the last Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) meeting where they discussed the voting structure and relationship between PCRC and Puget Sound Regional Council. She also invited council members to participate in the upcoming community Make a Difference Day.

 

Mayor Keel gave feedback on the Association of Washington Cities’ board meeting and strategy building session, commented on his attendance at the Imagine Me Foundation cancer survivorship event, and the Keller Williams local office relaunch. He informed Council that the topic of mental health issues in the County will be discussed at the next Mayors meeting, he will be representing the City at Tacoma Urban League’s Gala and announced future City Council agenda topics.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

10.      BUSINESS LICENSE ORDINANCE

 

City Attorney Kaser reported recent business licensing legislation which requires the City to develop an ordinance adopting a mandatory definition for “engaging in business” and a licensing exemption for out-of-city businesses which must meet a minimum threshold amount. The City’s deadline to adopt these changes and notify the Business Licensing Service (BLS) is October 17, 2018. The proposed ordinance adopts the State’s definition for “engaging in business” and establishes $2,000 as its minimum threshold for which out-of-city businesses will be exempt from the City’s general business license requirements.

 

Discussion topics included business friendly licensing, pros and cons of eliminating the licensing program, impacts of State legislation, BLS deadline constraints,  and a comprehensive review of the City’s licensing ordinance.

 

11.      2019-2020 BIENNIAL BUDGET

 

City Manager Sugg’s budget message reported continued progress toward building a strong financial baseline while focused on economic development that supports essential services. Included in the proposed budget is funding for the implementation of the City’s Subarea Plan for the Regional Growth Center, one-time revenues to fund a public works crew member and a patrol officer, and increased revenue projection from vehicle license fees which increased from $20 to $35. This increase makes it possible to chip seal almost half of the City’s residential streets and overlay a quarter of the City’s collector streets over the next five years. 

 

The 2019-2020 proposed budget projects sufficient resources to maintain existing service levels and meet all the City’s statutory and contractual obligations. It includes conservative assumptions for Core Service Levels, use of local dollars to leverage grants for capital improvement projects, debt payments according to debt schedule and no Town Center land sales revenues.

 

Finance Director Blaisdell delivered details of the 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget broken down by fund with only slight changes in revenue projections from tax revenues and $4.1 million forecasted in additional capital improvement project grants. Expenditure projections include a 10% increase each year for medical/insurance rates and a 3% cost of living adjustment each year for staff pending adjustments after release of the June 2019 Consumer Price Index.

Discussion followed relating to specific fund revenues, expenditures, and assumptions.

 

Public Hearings are scheduled for October 15 and November 5, 2018 with Council Action to follow the Public Hearing on November 5, 2108.

 

12.      ONE PERCENT PROPERTY TAX LEVY

 

Finance Director Blaisdell introduced the 1% property tax increase establishing the amounts to be raised in 2019 by taxation on the assessed valuation of property in University Place and explained the process necessary for implementation. The $22,267.16 in increased revenues are dedicated to Police services which, although funded by the 1% tax levy, have contracted expenses that increase 3% annually.

 

13.      ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:49 p.m. No other action was taken.

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Debora Nicholas

Deputy City Clerk

 

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Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20181001-0843 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

43374/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20181001-1604 

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