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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, January 4, 2021

(Remote Participation)






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



Councilmember Keel



Councilmember Pro Tem Lee



Councilmember McCluskey



Councilmember Flemming


Present (arrived at 6:50 p.m.)

Mayor Pro Tem Worthington



Mayor Belleci




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


Guests:  Ian Aino and Kelly Forsberg (Park Advisory Commission)


MOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to excuse Councilmember Flemming’s tardiness.


The motion carried.




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




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


The motion carried unanimously.


5.           PRESENTATION


Service Recognitions – Mayor Belleci recognized Tonya Mushallo (Planning Commission), Steve Thorndill and Jack Mushallo (Park Advisory Commission) for their service and contributions to the City.


6.           PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.


7.           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 7, 2021 meeting as submitted.

B.     Receive and File:  Payroll for period ending 12/15/20; and Claims dated 11/30/20 and 12/15/20. 

C.     Authorize the City Manager to approve payment of $52,295.07 for the Eden Systems/Tyler Technologies invoice for financial systems software maintenance and support covering January 2, 2021 through December 31, 2021.


The motion carried.






Staff ReportPublic Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper presented the Olympic/Brookside storm drainage system improvement project, explaining that this project is the next phase of the Soundview drainage basin improvements.  These improvements to the lower system would allow for the next phase which includes the upper Brookside Way to Olympic/Grandview roundabout and ultimately up to 40th Street. He indicated that this project would resolve the most concerning portions of the entire system, the flooding at public and private properties along Olympic Boulevard, the Grandview roundabout, and Brookside Way. Replacing the undersized storm drainage system will reduce damage to the public and private property caused by the flooding. This SWM Capital Improvement project is in the Council adopted 2021 CIP budget.


Public Comment – None. 


Council ConsiderationMOTION:  By Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, seconded by Councilmember Keel, to authorize the City Manager to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Gray & Osborne for design, engineering, and development of construction documents for the Olympic/Brookside Storm Drainage Improvement Project in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Eighty-One Thousand Dollars ($181,000.00).


The motion carried.




City Manager Sugg updated Council on the progress of two street improvement projects – Cirque Drive Phase III and Larson Lane.


Councilmember Keel updated Council on Sound Transit’s realignment process and the impact will have on their project schedules. He also informed Council that the Association of Washington Cities will present its initiatives at the upcoming legislative session.


Councilmember McCluskey wished everyone a blessed 2021. Councilmember Flemming also wished the community, staff, and his fellow Councilmembers a happy and brighter new year.


Mayor Pro Tem Worthington reported that the Rainier Communications Commission (RCC) is diligently working on a model agreement for the Comcast franchise renewal.  He also shared that he has been elected as RCC’s vice chair. 


Mayor Belleci reported that she, along with Mayor Pro Tem Worthington, City Manager Sugg, and other key staff members had a virtual meeting with three of the elected State representatives and senator to introduce the City and its key staff and start a line of communication. The City’s legislative priorities were also shared with them.






Planning and Development Services Director Swindale informed Council that in preparation for the next required update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan due in June 2024 (with a planning horizon year of 2044), the City is required to accommodate the population, housing and jobs forecasted for that time period.  He

indicated that the Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the State Office of Financial Management
(OFM) to prepare 20-year growth management planning population projections for each county required to adopt a Comprehensive Plan under the GMA.  The Growth Management Act requires Pierce County to adopt a 20-year population allocation that includes cities, towns, and unincorporated areas.  The allocation is required to be within the low-mid-high range projected by OFM.  The Regional Growth Strategy contained in VISION 2050 assigns population and job growth to various regional geographies. In Pierce County that would be Metropolitan, Core Cities, High-Capacity Transit Communities, Cities and Towns, Urban Unincorporated, and Rural. According to VISION 2050, the population and jobs will be distributed between different regional geographies in accordance with allocations adopted at the county level.  In Pierce County there are four Core Cities:  Auburn, Lakewood, Puyallup, and University Place.  Director Swindale indicated that VISION 2050 forecasts that the Central Puget Sound will have 5.8 million people and 3.4 million jobs by 2050. According to Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) the region had a population of 4 million people and 2.2 million jobs in 2017.  The difference is a growth of 1.8 million people and 1.2 million jobs between 2017 and 2050.  To distribute this, the City has been given a portion of that growth.   Core Cities in Pierce County would take 23% of the growth - approximately 85,000 people (divided between Auburn, Lakewood, Puyallup, and University Place) and 44,000 jobs between 2017–2044 period.  Director Swindale indicated that over the last 25 years the City has seen an increase of about 210 people per year; however, there was a slight uptick to about 220 per year from periods 2010 to 2020.  He stated that the City has the zoning capacity to accommodate the PSRC allocated growth within the Regional Growth Center. He raised the question of how much more population should the City be planning for in order to implement VISION 2050 in the Regional Growth Strategy.   


Comments were provided regarding taking a more conservative approach in planning for population growth and adjusting the numbers in the future if needed; maintaining the Regional Center designation; and estimating for a realistic fair share to continue in the PSRC framework.   




As an introduction to a discussion at the upcoming Council retreat, Executive Director Faison and Public Works, Parks & Facilities Director Cooper provided an overview of the proposed/potential plan in terms of redevelopment in the Town Center, specifically Lot 1 and Homestead Park. Director Faison indicated that the City is planning significant investments in 2021 to provide public infrastructure necessary to prepare Lot 1 for redevelopment and to develop complementary improvements to Homestead Park. He discussed the concept of how the how the grant funds (as it relates to Lot 1) and LRF dollars can be used to maximum effect.  At the last legislative session, the State legislature granted the City funds (close to one million dollars) to invest into public improvements as they relate to Lot 1, with the general idea of making it ready for development. Director Faison mentioned that it has been the City’s long-term goal to continue Market Place through Lot 1, having a promenade that would extend to Homestead Park. A drawing depicting Lot 1 was provided to show the areas where the proposed investments will be made.  The investments include sidewalks around Lot 1, on-street parking on the Bridgeport and Drexler sides of the Lot, a new street that would run east-west along the north side of the Park, and utilities connection. A breakdown of available funds for the proposal was provided and explained. Director Cooper highlighted the proposed improvements to Homestead Park and their compatibility with the Town Center development.  The proposed improvements/redesign are consistent with the PROS Plan and will address comments from public outreach and correct the public safety perception.


Discussion followed with regard to original intended use of the grant dollars; expenditures and requirements allowed under grant agreement; construction policy for developers; cost and funding; water/sewer connectivity; design standards and accessibility; parking; use of LRF funds; project timeline; consideration of using funds for other infrastructure improvements within the Town Center (Lot 11 and Lot 2); and next steps. 


Further discussion on this will take place at the upcoming Council retreat.  In the meantime, Mayor Belleci encouraged Council to contact staff for additional questions/concerns so that they can be addressed before then.


At 8:56 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to extend the meeting to 9:15 p.m.


12.        ADJOURNMENT – The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.  No other action was taken.   


Submitted by,



Emy Genetia

City Clerk



Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20210104-1523 

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44200/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 






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Created at 1/25/2021 3:23 PM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 1/25/2021 3:24 PM  by Emelita Genetia