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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, December 2, 2019

City Council Chambers, Market Place West






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



Councilmember Pro Tem Lee



Councilmember McCluskey



Councilmember Nye



Councilmember Worthington



Mayor Pro Tem Belleci



Mayor Keel




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 Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to excuse the absences of Councilmember Figueroa and Mayor Keel.


The motion carried.




Councilmember McCluskey led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.




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


The motion carried.




Recognition of Councilmember Nye – Mayor Pro Tem Belleci presented a plaque to Councilmember Nye in recognition and appreciation of his eight years of services as City Councilmember.


6.         PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual provided comment:  Mitch Shook, Founder and CEO of Advanced Stream.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

A.   Approve the minutes of the November 18, 2019 Council meeting as submitted.

B.   Receive & File:  Claims dated 11/15/19.

C.   Adopt a resolution approving the Planning Commission’s 2020 Preliminary Work Plan.  (RESOLUTION NO. 902)

D.   Adopt a resolution approving the Economic Development Advisory Commission’s 2020 Preliminary Work Plan.  (RESOLUTION NO. 903)

E.   Adopt a resolution approving the Park Advisory Commission’s 2020 Work Plan. (RESOLUTION NO. 904)

F.    Confirm Julie Finnegan’s appointment to the Park Advisory Commission for a term ending January 31, 2024.

G.   Adopt a resolution establishing the City’s Legislative priorities for 2020.  (RESOLUTION NO. 905)

H.   Authorize the City Manager to award the Windmill Village demolition project to Northwest Abatement Services, Inc.  in the amount of $178,190.00 plus $17,640.81 tax for a total of $195,830.81 and execute all necessary contract documents.

I.     Authorize the City Manager to execute a five-year Lease Agreement with Tahoma Audubon Society for the use of the house at Adriana Hess Wetland Park.

J.    Ratify a settlement agreement with DPK, Inc. in the amount of $60,000.00 relative to a construction project.

The motion carried.






Staff Report – Public Safety Manager Hales, along with Assistant Fire Chief McCurdy of West Pierce Fire & Rescue, presented the proposed regional partnership with the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue (WPFR) for Emergency Management Services. Ms. Hales stated that the proposed regional partnership offers the cities additional services at a reduced cost while furthermore offering greater uniformity, greater leverage with a larger voice, increased efficiencies, improved local control, updated emergency plans, more specific localized planning, and increased coordinated training.  In addition, the City will continue to receive all the current services it receives from the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management at no additional cost.


Public Comment – None.


ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember Worthington, seconded by Councilmember McCluskey, to adopt a resolution approving an Interlocal Agreement between the City of University Place, the City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue for emergency management operations.


The motion carried.  (RESOLUTION NO. 906)




Staff Report - Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented an ordinance that would amend University Place Municipal Code Chapters 19.45 and 19.52 pertaining to the design standards in the Community Commercial Zone.


Director Swindale indicated that during the development of the City’s Subarea Plan, the City identified several opportunity properties which were either underdeveloped or undeveloped in the Regional Growth Center.  The City contacted and worked with owners of these properties to understand their plans for their properties and assist with the development or redevelopment by providing entitlements, such as favorable zoning, and increased height and density.  Staff determined that underdeveloped property in the Community Commercial Zone would be ready for redevelopment prior to the adoption of the Form-Based Code which would provide the same entitlements and implement the Sub-Area Plan and recommended interim zoning amendments.  He stated that the interim zoning amendments would facilitate removal of several dilapidated structures and provide the right-of-way for 42nd Street which is a future part of the City’s adopted Town Center road grid.


Director Swindale highlighted the proposed interim zoning code amendments to the City’s Community Commercial Design Standards and Zoning recommended by the Planning Commission – (1) to allow the first floor of a commercial mixed use development to be used for a non-commercial use as long as it is designed to accommodate commercial use in the future; (2) setbacks for accessory structures (including requested additional amendments made by Council at its November 18, 2019 study session); and (3) the maximum building height is increased to 75 ft. unless adjacent to R1 and R2 zones, in which case the maximum height shall be 45 ft. subject to provisions regarding mechanical and other architectural features.


Public Comment – None.


ConsiderationMOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Nye, to pass an ordinance amending UPMC Chapters 19.45 and 19.52 pertaining to Community Commercial Design Standards to allow residential use of required ground floor commercial area, increase allowed height except adjacent to R1 and R2 zones and allow reduced setback for accessory structures subject to mitigating conditions.


The motion carried.  (ORDINANCE NO. 722)




City Manager Sugg provided information on Substitute HB-1406 approved by the Washington State Legislature.  HB-1406 creates a sales tax revenue sharing program that allows cities and counties to access a portion of state sales tax revenue to make local investments in affordable housing.


Councilmember McCluskey informed the community that the Community Connection Place (CCP) in partnership with the Salvation Army is sponsoring a Giving Tree for seniors.  Giving tags are available at CCP’s reception area.


Councilmember Worthington updated Council on the current FlashVote count.


Mayor Pro Tem Belleci reminded the community of the Christmas Tree Lighting event this Friday and informed them of upcoming community holiday events. She commented on the success of the Thanksgiving Dinner event hosted by U.P. Refuse.  She also gave a special shout-out to the City’s former Police Chief Blair for volunteering as Santa.






City Attorney Kaser, along with Public Safety Advisory Commission Chair Wood, presented the proposed amendments to the City’s nuisance code.  Mr. Kaser indicated that the Council was briefed early this year on the need for its potential revisions.  In response, Council tasked the Public Safety Advisory Commission to review and provide input on the recommended code changes.  Accordingly, the Public Safety Advisory Commission has completed its work and has unanimously recommended the changes to various provisions outlined in the proposed ordinance included in the packet.


After briefly discussing the proposed amendments, Mr. Kaser indicated that the recommended changes to the City’s existing code provisions are needed to be in line with the current practices and State statutes, as well as to advance the Council goals. 


Discussion followed regarding noise nuisance; nuisance complaint and perception; air quality changes and control; marijuana nuisance; due process; and blighted property criteria.


Staff was directed to bring this legislation forward for Council consideration.




Councilmember McCluskey stated her reasons for the proposal on vaping/smoking and operating drones in public parks.  She supports the idea of having the Park Advisory Commission review the proposal and the City’s parks ordinance and look at the use, intent and purposes of each park to establish its recommendations related codes, regulations and enforcement components.   


Discussion followed regarding public vetting on the issue of vaping/smoking in the park; the issue of controlling drones in public parks vs. the issue of privacy; behavior activities; and possible code provisions on the different uses of the parks as warranted.  Council also considered referring the review of the parks safety component to the Public Safety Advisory Commission after the Park Advisory Commission has completed its review.


Staff was directed to prepare a resolution referring this matter to the Park Advisory Commission for review and recommendation in addition to conducting an outreach for community input.




The meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.  No other action was taken. 


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk





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