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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

11/4/2019 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, November 4, 2019

City Council Chambers, Market Place West

 

 

 

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 Pro Tem Lee

 

Present

Councilmember McCluskey

 

Present

Councilmember Nye

 

Present 

Councilmember Worthington

 

Present (arrived 6:52 p.m.)

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci

 

Present

Mayor Keel

 

Present

 

Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Kaser, Finance Director Blaisdell, Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper and City Clerk Genetia.  

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Mayor Keel led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         PRESENTATION

 

Hap Gaylord Proclamation – Councilmember Figueroa presented a proclamation to Greg Gaylord and his family in memory of his father, Hap Gaylord, who has been a long-standing and respected businessman in University Place.

 

6.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.

 

7.         CONSENT AGENDA

 

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

A.   Approve the minutes of the October 21, 2019 Council meeting as submitted.

B.   Receive & File:  Claims dated 10/15/19.

C.   Authorize the City Manager to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Gray & Osborne for technical consultant and design services for the Tahoma Place West Storm Improvements in the amount not to exceed Seventy-Three Thousand Four Hundred Dollars ($73,400.00).

D.   Adopt a resolution approving a lease extension with L and J Reynolds, LLC, dba Anthem Coffee for Retail Unit A of the University Place Civic Building.  (RESOLUTION NO. 901)

 

The motion carried.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

8.         ONE PERCENT PROPERTY TAX LEVY

 

Staff ReportFinance 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.

 

Public Comment – None. 

 

ConsiderationMOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to pass an ordinance relating to ad valorem property taxes, establishing the amounts to be raised in 2020 by taxation on the assessed valuation of property in the City of University Place, and setting the levy for the year 2020.

 

The motion passed 5 to 1.  Councilmember Nye voted no.  (ORDINANCE NO. 720)

 

9.         2019-2020 MID-BIENNIAL BUDGET ADJUSTMENT

 

Staff Report - 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.

 

Public Comment – None.

 

ConsiderationMOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to pass an ordinance amending the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget for the Mid-Biennial Budget adjustment.

 

The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 721)

 

10.      CITY MANAGER & COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

City Manager Sugg informed Council that the City held a mandatory walk-through for potential bidders for the Windmill Village demolition.  The project is out to bid with a submission deadline of November 14, 2019.  The bid award is scheduled for Council consideration on December 2, 2019.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci informed the public of upcoming community events.  She also reported on Naturepedic’s ribbon cutting event that she, Mayor Keel and Councilmember Pro Tem Lee attended.

 

Councilmember McCluskey recapped on the City’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan directives and methodology as a reminder they are important and strategic components of the Plan.  She requested the meeting minutes to date as well as the upcoming ones so that she can stay informed of the developments and process.

 

Councilmember Figueroa entertained an idea of making the Windmill Village demo an event, as he believes it is an iconic symbol and the last phase/step of the Town Center vision. He acknowledged the three Tacoma Community College political science students in attendance to observe the City governance as part of their school work. In addition, Councilmember Figueroa supported Councilmember McCluskey’s comment about the PROS Plan process and inquired about the Curran Restroom project report Council had requested.    

 

Councilmember Worthington updated Council on the current FlashVote count and indicated that the Vision 2045 Subcommittee met this week to review over 300 survey comments received via FlashVote with the intent of moving them forward.  He also commented on the PROS Plan and the Park Advisory Commission’s participation process. Lastly, he asked Council that he be excused for the November 18, 2019 Council meeting.

 

Councilmember Pro Tem Lee encouraged the community to vote and to consider applying for one of the City Advisory Commission vacancies as an opportunity for their voice to be heard. 

 

Councilmember Figueroa asked to be excused for the November 18, 2019 Council meeting.  He stated in advance his full support of the 25th Anniversary Subcommittee’s presentation scheduled for that evening.

 

Mayor Keel informed the Council and the public that (1) Pierce Transit received federal and Sound Transit funding to build a bus rapid transit on route one;  (2) the Pierce Transit Board directed its staff  to do further study on the feasibility of raising its sales tax by 3/10 of one percent to meet its transportation demand; and (3) that Sound Transit has begun an environmental impact study to connect its transit routes from Federal Way-  Fife-Tacoma Dome, as well as other routes up north.  Mayor Keel also requested that Council submit their feedback or ideas on the 2020 legislative agenda to staff.  Lastly, he highlighted upcoming agenda items.

 

11.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

At 7:23 p.m., Council adjourned to Executive Session for approximately one and a half hours, per RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), to review the performance of a public employee.

 

At 8:25 p.m., Mayor Keel announced that Executive Session will be extending to no later than 8:45 p.m.

 

12.      ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.  No other action was taken. 

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

 

 

 

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20191104-0725 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

43773/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20191104-0743 

Ordinances

Ordinance :720-19011220-720; Ordinance :721-19011221-721 

Resolutions

Resolution:901-19020619-901 
Attachments
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Last modified at 11/19/2019 7:25 AM  by Emelita Genetia