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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

10/21/2019 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, October 21, 2019

City Council Chambers, Market Place West

 

 

 

1.         CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER

 

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci 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 Pro Tem Lee

 

Present

Councilmember McCluskey

 

Excused

Councilmember Nye

 

Present 

Councilmember Worthington

 

Present

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci

 

Present

Mayor Keel

 

Present (arrived 6:34 p.m.)

 

Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Kaser, Finance Director Blaisdell, Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Engineering and Capital Projects Director Ecklund, Human Resources Manager Petorak and City Clerk Genetia.  

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to excuse the absence of Councilmember McCluskey.

 

The motion carried.

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilmember Figueroa led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         PRESENTATION

 

Arbor Day Proclamation – Mayor Pro Tem Belleci presented a proclamation to Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper recognizing October 26, 2019 as Arbor Day in University Place. 

 

6.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual(s) provided public comment:  Juella Zenor

 

7.         CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

A.   Approve the minutes of the October 7, 2019 and October 14, 2019 Council meetings as submitted.

B.   Approve the minutes of the July 15, 2019 Council Mission Subcommittee meeting as submitted.

C.   Receive & File:  Payroll for the period ending 09/30/19 and 10/15/19.

D.   Adopt a resolution approving an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Lakewood and Pierce County for cooperative planning, design, construction and maintenance of the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail.  (RESOLUTION NO. 900)

 

The motion carried.

 

COUNCIL CONSIDERATION

 

8.         BONDS REFUNDING ORDINANCE

 

Staff Report – Finance Director Blaisdell presented an ordinance that would issue Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds (2019A Bonds) to finance and refinance costs related to public improvements and other City facilities and to pay the costs of issuance of such bonds.

 

Director Blaisdell stated that in 2011 the University Place Town Center Authority issued its Local Option Sales and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 for the purpose of funding infrastructure improvements in the Town Center Zone. In 2012 the City issued its Limited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds, 2012A and Limited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds, 2012B for both refunding and new money capital purposes (including portions of the Town Center, road projects, and Civic Building).

 

The underwriter estimates that the estimated total refunding savings over the remaining life thru 2037 is currently about $650,000, equivalent to $500K in net present value savings of all costs for the 2011 issue, and $1.9 million, equivalent to $1.5 million in net present value saving for the 2012 A&B issues. The final maturity for the Bonds will remain in 2037, with the refunding currently structured to provide level annual debt service savings for each refunded bond. 

 

Public Comment – None. 

 

ConsiderationMOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Worthington, to pass an ordinance authorizing the issuance of two series of Limited Tax General Obligation and Refunding Bonds in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $21,500,000 to finance and refinance costs related to public improvements and other City facilities and to pay costs of issuing the bonds; providing the form, terms and covenants of the bonds; delegating authority to approve the final terms of the bonds; and providing for other matters related thereto.

 

The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 719)

 

9.         CITY MANAGER & COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

City Manager Sugg updated Council on the Curran Restroom project, indicating that a feasibility study is needed to address questions raised by Council.  He reported that SCJ Alliance, the consultant for the City’s PROS Plan, has agreed to include the feasibility study on the Curran Restroom project at no additional cost.

 

Councilmember Worthington informed Council that FlashVote now has 394 participants.  He also shared that the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship event will be held in Steilacoom in December.  Additionally, he asked to be excused for the November 18 meeting. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci reported that she and Councilmember McCluskey attended the Pierce County Regional Council meeting; she provided an update on the 25th Anniversary Celebration Subcommittee’s meeting with Foster Creative and the plan to bring to Council for study its marketing/branding recommendation and sponsorship resolution.  Lastly, she informed the public of upcoming community events.

 

Councilmember Pro Tem Lee informed the public of City Advisory Commissions’ vacancies and encouraged them to apply, stating that serving in these capacities is the highest form of volunteerism.

 

Mayor Keel highlighted upcoming agenda items on Council’s meeting calendar.  He also asked Council’s take on cancelling its December 16 meeting.  All consented to the cancellation.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

10.      MID-BIENNIAL BUDGET ADJUSTMENT

 

Finance Director Blaisdell highlighted the significant revenue and expenditure changes to the 2019-2020 budget as reflected in the City’s financial forecast.  In addition, she indicated that adjustment has been made to the Local Revitalization Fund (LRF) and Debt Service fund to reflect the upcoming bond refinance, including the projected principal and interest payment for the LRF bond being refunded and issued by the City, as well as the bond proceeds for the LRF fund.

 

Director Blaisdell addressed Council’s questions regarding the advance construction of the Chambers Creek Road Project and provided a cash flow for the projected expenditure and reimbursement process. 

 

A public hearing on this matter is scheduled on November 4, 2019.

 

11.      ONE PERCENT PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

 

Finance Director Blaisdell presented the proposed ordinance that will impose a one percent (1%) increase in the regular property tax levy for 2020 in the amount of $28,959.05, a percentage increase of 0.659106% from the previous year, and explained the process necessary for its implementation.  She indicated that all property tax revenue is dedicated to police/public safety, whose contracted expenses increase by three percent annually. This one percent increase will amount to an average of $3.00/year for a home valued at $300,000.

 

A public hearing on this matter is scheduled on November 4, 2019.

 

12.      TAHOMA PLACE STORM DRAIN – ENGINEERING CONSULTANT PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT

 

Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper stated that in 2014, City Staff identified seven areas where critical stormwater facilities were known to be deficient.  The work for the design and engineering of those projects were provided by Gray & Osborn Engineering.  Five of the seven projects have either been repaired, rebuilt or newly constructed. Director Cooper indicated that the next project to be done is the Tahoma Place West storm system.  Gray & Osborn Engineering has performed preliminary survey and drainage calculations in conjunction with previous projects. Staff recommends Gray & Osborn Engineering work on the engineering, design and development of construction bid documents for the Tahoma Place project. 

 

Staff was directed to bring this forth for consideration.

 

13.      LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL:  PARK RULES

 

Councilmember Nye, one of the proponents of this proposal, supports Councilmember McCluskey’s bid to ban vaping, smoking and flying drones in the City’s public parks/spaces.  He believes that this proposal is fitting the review of the Park Advisory Commission.   

 

Discussion followed regarding enforcement; State law provisions on vaping and smoking; and public education campaign.  Council established that the proposal should be referred to the Park Advisory Commission for review in addition to conducting a community outreach.

 

A second study session will be scheduled to give Councilmember McCluskey an opportunity to advocate for her proposal. 

   

14.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

At 8:04 p.m., Council adjourned to Executive Session for approximately one hour, per RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), to review the performance of a public employee.

 

At 9:03 p.m. and 9:33 p.m., Mayor Keel announced that the Executive Session will be extended for thirty minutes respectively.

 

15.      ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.  No other action was taken. 

 

Submitted by,

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

 

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20191021-0736 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

43759/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20191021-1638 

Ordinances

Ordinance :719-19011219-719 

Resolutions

Resolution:900-19020618-900 
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