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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

11/18/2019 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, November 18, 2019

City Council Chambers, Market Place West

 

 

 

1.         CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER

 

Mayor Keel called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.

 

2.         ROLL CALL

 

Roll call was taken by the City Clerk as follows:

 

Councilmember Figueroa

 

Excused

Councilmember Pro Tem Lee

 

Present

Councilmember McCluskey

 

Present

Councilmember Nye

 

Present 

Councilmember Worthington

 

Excused

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci

 

Present

Mayor Keel

 

Present

 

Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Kaser, Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, Chief Premo, Public Safety Manager Hales and City Clerk Genetia.  

 

MOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Belleci, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to excuse the absences of Councilmember Figueroa and Councilmember Worthington.

 

The motion carried.

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilmember Pro Tem Lee led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

The motion carried.

 

5.         PRESENTATION

 

16th Combat Aviation Brigade Update – Colonel Braman, Commander of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), introduced new members of his command team and updated Council on 16th CAB’s missions and accomplishments in the past year.

 

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 November 4, 2019 Council meeting as submitted.

B.   Receive & File:  Payroll for period ending 10/31/19 and Claims dated 10/31/19.

The motion carried.

 

8.         CITY MANAGER & COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

  

City Manager Sugg talked about the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan.  The survey will help the City identify and assess current park usage and will aid in determining the future park and recreational needs within the City.  He indicated that the survey will be posted on the City’s website and encouraged the members of the community to participate.  Secondly, he remarked on the Planning Commission’s efforts and their ongoing work on the Form-Based Code as they prepare for the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code amendments. 

 

Councilmember McCluskey reported on the Zoo Trek Authority Board meeting she attended.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci provided information on upcoming community and City events.

 

Councilmember Pro Tem remarked on the ribbon-cutting event he attended for a new business in the City.

 

Mayor Keel talked about the impact of Initiative 976 and the impending lawsuits by government agencies challenging the constitutionality of I-976.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

9.         25TH ANNIVERSARY SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT:  BRANDING/SPONSORSHIP

 

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci updated Council on the 25th Anniversary Subcommittee’s work and development of ideas that could help the City pay for the anniversary event planned for next year – the idea of branding and soliciting sponsorship for the event.  She introduced Bryson Foster of Foster’s Creative who presented the general elements of the branding and sponsorship concepts for the City’s 25th Anniversary program.  Council endorsed the branding and sponsorship concepts and provided feedback as well for additional elements to consider.

 

10.      ADVISORY COMMISSIONS 2020 WORK PLANS

 

Planning Commission Chair Quisenberry and Vice Chair Boykin, Economic Development Advisory Commission Chair Kent and Vice Chair Foster, and Park Advisory Commission Chair Thorndill and Vice Chair Mushallo, presented their respective Commission 2020 work plans for approval by the Council.

 

Park Advisory Commission Chair Thorndill was advised to amend the Commission’s scope of work regarding the City’s Capital Improvement Project (CIP) list.  Given the fact that the City is going through the process of updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan which would include a review of the City’s CIP, the Commission work on it should be put on hold until after the completion of the PROS Plan. 

 

Public Safety Advisory Commission Co-Chairs Wood and Williams indicated that the Commission’s 2020 work plan is a continuation of their ongoing 2019 work plan with minor adjustments. Co-Chair Wood indicated, however, that the final draft will not be presented to Council for approval until after Council’s retreat in January 2020 so that its public safety goals can be captured and included in the Commission’s 2020 work plan.

 

Public Safety Co-Chair Williams was recognized for her many years of volunteer work in Public Safety Advisory Commission and in the community.

 

11.      EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT

 

Public Safety Manager Hales provided a brief history on the City’s contract relationship with Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (PCDEM) to meet the City’s obligations to the community in the events of emergencies and disasters.   She informed Council that PCDEM, under its new Director, is proposing a revised County model starting in 2020.  This new model will no longer be contract-based.  All current services included in the City’s current agreement will still be offered to the City at no cost.  She indicated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding to Emergency Management Agencies and to be eligible for funding, jurisdictions must meet specific requirements in Title 118 WAC – the ability to operate an Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The City’s current EMPG grant goes to the County to offset the cost that the City currently pays under the contract.  

 

Manager Hales, along with Hallie McCurdy of West Pierce Fire & Rescue, presented a proposal for the City to consider partnering with West Pierce Fire & Rescue (WPFR) and the City of Lakewood for an Emergency Management Services regional model based on WPFR’s service area.  Ms. Hales stated that in addition to maintaining all the services the City currently receives from PCDEM, the City would receive additional, more localized services and benefits, creating greater uniformity, increasing efficiencies, and improving local control.  Additionally, Pierce County strongly supports regional collaborations. The cities of Lakewood and University Place would apply their respective EMPG monies to the partnership’s emergency management services and WPFR would cover 40% of any remaining service cost not covered by the EMPG grant.  The remaining 60% would be split between Lakewood and University Place based on their respective population percentage.  

 

Discussion followed regarding the funding structure for the regional model and the impact on services and priorities.

 

Staff was directed to bring forth the proposed interlocal agreement between the cities of Lakewood and University Place and West Pierce Fire & Rescue for Council consideration.   

 

12.      COUNCIL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR 2020

 

City Manager Sugg presented the proposed 2020 legislative agenda outlined in the draft resolution included in Council’s packet. Staff recommends that the City support AWC’s 2020 legislative priorities; and as with prior years, staff also recommends that the City’s 2020 legislative priorities remain narrowly focused. 

 

Mayor Keel requested that planning dollars for the Four-Corners project be added to the list.

 

13.      COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL INTERIM ZONING CODE AMENDMENTS

 

Planning and Development Services Director Swindale provided an overview of the Subarea Plan development process and the City’s effort in working with owners of undeveloped or underdeveloped properties in understanding their plans for the properties and assist with the development or redevelopment by providing entitlements, such as favorable zoning, increased height and density to facilitate its redevelopment.  He indicated that a redevelopment opportunity has come to the City’s attention in the Community Commercial zone of the Town Center District – specifically, the pending sale of an underdeveloped property located at 4201 Bridgeport Way West.  Director Swindale stated that the initial staff proposal to increase the allowed building height in the Community Commercial zone, consistent with the Subarea Plan and pending Form-Based Code regulations was met with strong resistance by adjacent single-family residential property owners.  As a result, the proposal was amended to restrict height to adjacent single-family zones to 45 feet.  

 

The proposed interim zoning code amendments to the City’s Community Commercial Design Standards and Zoning outlined in the staff report and recommended by the Planning Commission will be required to facilitate the proposed redevelopment of the 43rd and Bridgeport property and will be consistent with the Regional Growth Center Form-Based Code amendments.

 

Discussion followed regarding setback requirements and allowed accessory structure uses; commercial percentage requirements for ground floor windows glazing and the intent for the regulation; and possible buffering design components to mitigate light/glare toward adjacent residential area.

Suggested additional amendments:  Accessory structures such as garage/carport openings need to face away from residential area; and requirements for additional light and glare mitigation.

 

Staff was directed to bring forth the proposed amendments with the additional changes for Council consideration.

 

14.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

At 9:27 p.m., Council adjourned to Executive Session for approximately thirty minutes, per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i), to discuss with legal counsel litigation to which the agency is a party.  

 

15.      ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.  No other action was taken. 

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

 

 

 

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Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20191118-0752 

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Regular Meeting Agenda-20191118-0721 

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