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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

1/6/2020 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, January 6, 2020

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 Flemming

 

Present 

Councilmember Worthington

 

Present

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, Police Chief Premo, Public Relations/I.T. Manager Seesz, Executive Director/ACM Craig, Paralegal Grover and City Clerk Genetia.  

 

3.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilmember Figueroa led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.         OATHS OF OFFICE

 

The Honorable Judge Adams administered the Oaths of Office to re-elected Councilmembers Belleci and Keel; and the Honorable Judge Johnson administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Councilmember Flemming.

 

5.         STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

 

Mayor Keel expressed his gratitude for the privilege of working with his colleagues, remarking on numerous endeavors they have accomplished and thanking them for allowing him the opportunity to serve as Mayor.  He presented the State of the City address video.

 

6.         ELECTION OF MAYOR

 

Mayor Pro Tem Belleci was elected Mayor for a term of two years.

 

7.         ELECTION OF MAYOR PRO TEM

 

Councilmember Worthington was elected as Mayor Pro Tem for a term of two years.

 

8.         ELECTION OF FINANCE CHAIR

 

Councilmember Pro Tem Lee was elected as Finance Chair for a term of two years.

  

9.         MAYOR’S REMARKS – NEWLY ELECTED

 

Newly elected Mayor Belleci expressed her gratitude for Council’s support and vote of confidence in her selection to the office of Mayor and stated that she looks forward to the next two years on being the leader of Council but a team member in pursuing what is best for the City and citizens. She counts upon her colleagues, as well as the citizens, to hold her accountable to ensure that the needs of staff and citizens are met.  She acknowledged outgoing Mayor Keel for his mentorship, helping her transition into her new position.  Mayor Belleci presented Councilmember Keel with a plaque in recognition of his service and leadership during his tenure as Mayor.

 

Lastly, Mayor Belleci informed the citizens of University Place that she, beginning in February, will make herself available twice a month (second Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.; and second Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) in the Gallery to allow citizens to come forward with their concerns. She also encouraged her colleagues to participate.

 

BREAK

 

The City Council took a break at 6:55 p.m.  The Regular meeting resumed at 7:32 p.m.

 

10.      APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to approve the agenda.

 

The motion carried.

 

11.      PUBLIC COMMENTS – The following individual provided comment:  Bruce Holmberg, 3800 Bridgeport Way West #373.

 

12.      CONSENT AGENDA

 

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

A.   Approve the minutes of the December 2, 2019 Council meeting as submitted.

B.   Receive and File:  Payrolls for period ending 11/30/19, 12/15/19, and 12/31/19; and Claims dated 11/27/19, 12/15/19 and 12/31/19.

C.   Receive and File:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Proclamation.

D.   Authorize the City Manager to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Gray & Osborne for technical consultant and design services for the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail Bridge/Boardwalk in an amount not to exceed Three Thousand Seventy-Nine Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($379,500.00).

E.   Adopt a resolution directing the Park Advisory Commission to review potential amendments to Chapter 15.05 UPMC relative to Park Rules. (RESOLUTION NO. 907)

F.    Pass an ordinance amending Chapters 1.15, 1.20, 9.35 and 14.05, and creating a new Chapter 9.60 of the University Place Municipal Code; relating to nuisance and code enforcement processes. (ORDINANCE NO. 723)

G.   Authorize the City Manager to approve payment of $51,115.69 for the Eden Systems/Tyler Technologies invoice for financial systems software maintenance and support covering January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

 

The motion carried.

 

13.      CITY MANAGER & COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

City Manager Sugg informed Council and the public that the Windmill Village demolition will commence next week and is expected to be completed at the end of the month.  The lot upon which the Windmill Village is located is part of the development agreement with Verus Partners.  He also advised the public that on August 22, 2020, the City will celebrate its 25th year of cityhood and indicated that planning is underway.  As next step to this effort, the City sent out 300+ sponsorship invitations to City businesses to give them an opportunity to step up and be a sponsor for this celebratory event.  Lastly, he reminded Council that AWC is holding its City Action Day on January 28-29 and those interested in attending may contact his executive assistant for assistance with registration.

 

Councilmember McCluskey thanked Councilmember Keel for his leadership and service to the community and for bringing regional focus in University Place in his new role in Sound Transit and the 4-Corners project.  She also congratulated Mayor Belleci and Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, the newly elected Council officers.

 

Councilmember Keel provided an update on the 4-Corners project as well as his chairmanship role in Sound Transit.

 

Councilmember Flemming thanked former Mayor Keel for his leadership in the City and congratulated Mayor Belleci and Mayor Pro Tem Worthington in their new roles.  He also acknowledged and thanked the citizens of University Place for their vote of confidence in electing him to office, as well as the Honorable Judge Johnson, friends, family, Council and City staff.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Worthington welcomed Councilmember Flemming and thanked former Mayor/Councilmember Keel for his Council leadership in the last two years. He also thanked his fellow Councilmembers for their support in his selection to the office of Mayor Pro Tem and stated that he is humbled to have this role.

 

Councilmember Figueroa welcomed and congratulated Councilmember Flemming.  He also thanked former Mayor Keel and others who have served as Mayor for their service, defining the moments and contributions each have made to take Council to where it is now. Lastly, he thanked Councilmember Pro Tem Lee for his new role as Finance Chair.

 

Councilmember Pro Tem Lee thanked his fellow Councilmembers for their support and for giving him the opportunity to be chair of the Finance Committee.

 

Mayor Belleci welcomed Councilmember Flemming and congratulated him on his election.  She also congratulated Councilmember Pro Tem Lee and Mayor Pro Tem Worthington in their new roles as Finance Chair and Mayor Pro Tem.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

14.      AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOCAL REVENUE SHARING

 

City Attorney Kaser provided information on recent legislation passed by the State legislature that allows local governments to divert a portion of the State’s share of the sales tax collected on local communities for affordable housing purposes. He indicated that if this something Council is interested in pursuing, certain deadlines must be met – first is January 28, 2020 to adopt a resolution of intent; and the second is July 28, 2020 to pass an ordinance to qualify for a credit.  He noted that affordable housing need is something Council has identified in its goals and priorities. He further explained that funding must be spent on projects that serve persons whose income is at or below sixty percent of the median income. The tax credit is in place for up to 20 years and can be used for acquiring, rehabilitating, or constructing affordable housing; operations and maintenance of new affordable or supportive housing facilities; and, for smaller cities, rental assistance.  

 

Discussion followed regarding the flexibility of the limited funds to use towards affordable housing or rental assistance; the viability of pooling funds for a use that would make significant impact; the cost of administration of funding; external partnership, i.e., who can administer/implement funding on behalf of the City; assurances that funds are directly spent on the citizens of University Place should the City decide to partner with other agencies; out clause/termination from the program; and administration/implementation of funding.

 

Council directed staff to move forward with the resolution of intent for Council consideration.

 

15.      EMERGENCY VEHICLE ACCESS REGULATIONS (TITLE 13 UPMC)

 

Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented the proposed amendment to UPMC Title 13.20.330 relating to emergency vehicle access requirements for accessory dwelling units.  The proposal would provide exemption for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) emergency vehicle access (150 feet) requirement, provided they are fully protected with an NFPA 13D residential sprinkler system.

 

In accordance with UPMC Title 13.20.300, emergency vehicle access must be provided to within 150 feet of any portion of a building with a few exceptions for residential accessory building.  Modifications to this requirement are allowed subject to UPMC Title 13.05.420 which requires application, fee and justification.

 

Discussion followed regarding ADUs maximum square footage; the maintenance of the sprinkler systems on ADUs exception; the proliferation of ADUs; setbacks and ADUs on areas not served by sewer; the possible reflection on multiple residences on subdivided properties with multiple ADUs to increase density.

 

A second study session to further discuss the matter will be scheduled at a future date.

 

16.      FIRE CODE AMENDMENTS (TITLE 14 UPMC)

 

Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented a proposal that would exempt residential R-3 occupancies (single and two-family dwelling units) from the requirement in the appendices B and C of the International Fire Code (IFC) that a fire hydrant be located no more than 250 feet on a through-street and 200 feet on a dead-end street from any point on the street frontage of a property.  This exemption would be allowed only if the residence is fully protected with an approved NFPA 13D automatic fire sprinkler system and a fire hydrant is located no further away than 500 feet.  The amendment will relieve the Fire Code Office of the need to grant modifications.  In addition, it is proposed to designate the Fire Code Official with the authority to require fire watches as opposed to the Fire Chief, as is currently required in UPMC Title 14.05.110(AA).

 

Discussion followed regarding qualifying exemption on existing residential units; fire watch requirement and authority; effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems; and location of the fire hydrant to protect the dwelling.

 

A second study session to further discuss the matter will be scheduled at a future date.

 

At 9:01 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the Regular meeting for 15 minutes.

 

17.      ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m.  No other action was taken. 

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

   

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20200106-0916 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

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Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20200106-0841 

Ordinances

Ordinance :723-19011223-723 

Resolutions

Resolution:907-19020625-907 
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