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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

11/2/2020 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, November 2, 2020

(Remote Participation)

 

 

 

1.           CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER

 

Mayor 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 Keel

 

Present

Councilmember Pro Tem Lee

 

Present

Councilmember McCluskey

 

Present

Councilmember Flemming

 

Present (6:40 p.m.)

Mayor Pro Tem Worthington

 

Present

Mayor Belleci

 

Present

 

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

 

Guest:  Planning Commission Chair Quisenberry

 

3.           PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Mayor Belleci led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.           APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel to approve the agenda.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

5.           PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.

 

6.           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 October 19, 2020 Council meeting as submitted.

B.    Receive and File:  Payroll for period ending 10/15/20.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

7.           ONE PERCENT PROPERTY TAX LEVY

 

Staff ReportFinance Director Blaisdell stated that per the state statute, the City is authorized to increase its property tax annually up to the lesser of Implicit Price Deflator (IPD) or one percent (1%). The inflation rate as of August 27,2020 is 0.60152%, which means all local governments in Washington may increase their property taxes by that amount for 2021.  The property tax levy increase is included in the 2021-2022 proposed biennial budget. She noted that to implement the increase for 2021, it is necessary

to adopt an ordinance imposing an increase in the regular property tax levy.  The statutory limit results in an increase in the levy of $21,413.98, which is a percentage increase of 0.477662% exclusive of revenue from new construction, improvements to property and any increase in the value of state-assessed property.

 

Director Blaisdell stated that all property tax revenue is dedicated to police/public safety, whose contracted expenses increase by three percent annually. 

 

Public Comment – The following individuals provided comment via email:  Jack Allard, Elisa Katsel, Jared Kono and Janna Novak.

 

Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to pass an ordinance relating to ad valorem property taxes, establishing the amounts to be raised in 2021 by taxation in the City of University Place, and setting the levy for the year 2021.

 

The motion carried.  (ORDINANCE NO. 736)

 

8.           UTILITY TAX

 

Staff Report – City Attorney Kaser stated that the City, like many other cities, imposes an array of utility taxes for the privilege of doing business within the City.  He indicated that this proposed utility tax would impose taxes on three specific utilities – sewer, electric and water. The proposed ordinance reflects two implementation phases for the proposed 6% utility tax - 3% to be implemented in 2021 and the remaining 3% to be implemented in 2022.  He noted that the sewer utility tax will be allocated to street fund, the electric utility tax to the general fund, and the water utility tax to the public safety fund.  He added that passage of this legislation is necessary for the consideration of the TBD legislation.

 

Public Comment – The following individuals provided comment via email:  Jared Kono, Dan Graf, and Janna Novak.

 

Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to pass an ordinance amending Chapter 4.35 of the University Place Municipal Code and providing for the powers of referendum; relating to utility taxes.

 

The motion passed 5 to 2.  Councilmember McCluskey and Councilmember Flemming voted no. (ORDINANCE NO. 737)

 

9.           PROPOSED 2021-2022 BIENNIAL BUDGET

 

Staff ReportFinance Director Blaisdell reported that the 2021-2022 Proposed Biennial Budget is a balanced and conservative budget that assumes a continuation of the 2020 level of service to the community, meeting all contractual, legal and debt obligations while exercising prudent cash management and maintaining the strategic reserves.  Director Blaisdell indicated that any changes to the 2021-2022 proposed budget during the various budget review processes will be included in the final document that will be provided to Council for approval.  She added that the City continues to be conservative with revenue projections for the biennium.  Expenditure budget is a status quo and continues the 2020 service level, including a modest level of inflation assumed for expenditures.  In line with the budget policy, Director Blaisdell provided cost estimates, funding source, operating budget impact, and project schedules for parks and public works Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) slated for 2021-2022.  

 

Public Comment – None.

 

Additional public hearings on the proposed 2021-2022 Biennial Budget are scheduled for November 16, 2020, with its adoption on December 7, 2020. 

 

10.        TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT TAX FEE

 

Staff Report – City Attorney Kaser reported that this legislation is a companion piece of the Utility Tax ordinance passed earlier this evening. The proposed legislation would reduce the City’s current vehicle

license fee from $35 to $10 per vehicle. He noted that because this legislation is somewhat linked to the utility tax, the vehicle license fee would revert to $35 should any portion of the considered utility tax be overturned. He added that a correction needs to be made to Section 2 of the resolution to reflect the correct effective date for when notices are to be mailed.

 

Public Comment – None.

 

Council ConsiderationMOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to adopt a resolution regarding vehicle license fee as amended.

 

MOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to amend Section 2 of the resolution to reflect 2021 as the effective date for notices to be mailed.  The motion carried.

 

The main motion passed 6 to 1.  Councilmember Keel voted no.  (RESOLUTION NO. 936)

 

11.        CITY MANAGER & COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

City Manager Sugg updated Council on the CARES Relief fund distribution to the community.  He also informed them that the City has allocated $13,450 of the CARES fund for equipment and cold storage rentals for food boxes and groceries provided by the USDA’s Farmers to Families program. Over 3,000 fresh groceries have been distributed over the last three weeks. Our Church Foundation has estimated that they will be able to feed approximately 49,000 residents through the remainder of the year.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Worthington reported that he attended the Rainier Communications Commission’s (RCC) meeting and participated in the discussion regarding the cable franchise renewal.  He also attended the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) General Assembly meeting and participated in the VISION 2050 discussion and noted that the document was approved.

 

Mayor Belleci reminded the councilmembers of the upcoming Executive Session scheduled for November 23, 2020.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

12.        PROPOSED 2021-2022 BIENNIAL BUDGET

 

Finance Director Blaisdell provided that the 2021-2022 Proposed Biennial Budget is a balanced and conservative budget that assumes a continuation of the 2020 level of service to the community, meeting all our contractual, legal and debt obligations. The City continues to be conservative with revenue projections for the biennium.  Expenditure budget is a status quo and continues the 2020 service level, including a modest level of inflation assumed for expenditures.  Any changes made to the budget numbers during the budget process will be presented and included in the final approval. Director Blaisdell provided an update on the adjustments made so far. 

 

13.        FORM-BASED CODE

 

Planning and Development Services Director Swindale provided an overview on the proposed Form-Based code provisions relating to regulating plan and storefront overlay; regulating plan vs existing zones; example of building type, desired form, streetscape, public area and land uses for Mixed-Use Neighborhood 45, Mixed-Use Urban 75, Mixed-Use Urban/Industrial 75, and Mixed-Use Center 110 zones; building types for multiplex, townhouse, court, apartment, and mixed-use buildings; frontage types and design standards for forecourts and storefronts; street grid; standards for storefront principal arterial with on-street parking; and standards for storefront collector arterial with on-street parking. Director Swindale indicated that the City has submitted the proposed amendments to its Comprehensive Plan for the mandatory state agency 60-day review period and to Puget Sound Regional Council for comment. He noted that the City has conducted a SEPA review and has issued a threshold determination. A public hearing on the City’s Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for the December 7, 2020 Council meeting.

  

Discussion followed with regards to the need for clarification on the ground floor use requirements for MU-U 75 and MU-U/I 75 zones; protection between the height transition to the residential areas; and  light and air  transition between residential and commercial areas.

 

14.        COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

 

Planning and Development Director Swindale provided an overview on the proposed changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan that would ensure that goals and policies are consistent with the Form-Based code.

 

Discussion followed with regards to the definition of emergency housing and transitional housing.

 

At 9:25 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the regular meeting to 9:45 p.m.

 

15.        2021 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

 

City Manager Sugg presented and expounded on the list of legislative priorities for 2021 that are supportive of AWC’s agenda (reflected on the proposed resolution) for Council review and discussion.  He noted that the next legislative session will begin on January 11, 2021.

 

Suggested additions to the list include request for sewer connection funding assistance; advocating for police and criminal justice reforms; and grant funding for reform at the local level.

 

16.        ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:44 p.m.  No other action was taken. 

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

MeetingID

Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20201102-1002 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

44137/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

 

Ordinances

Ordinance :736-19020105-736; Ordinance :737-19020106-737 

Resolutions

Resolution:936-19020724-936 
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