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Meeting Minutes: Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting Type

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Meeting Date

1/19/2021 

Minutes

CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE

MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the City Council

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

(Remote Participation)

 

 

 

1.           CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER

 

Mayor Pro Tem Worthington 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

Mayor Pro Tem Worthington

 

Present

Mayor Belleci

 

Excused

 

Staff Present:  City Manager Sugg, City Attorney Kaser, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, HR Manager Petorak, Executive Director/ACM Craig and City Clerk Genetia.

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Keel, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to excuse the absence of Mayor Belleci.

 

The motion carried.

 

3.           PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilmember McCluskey led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

4.           APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

5.           PRESENTATION

 

COVID-19 Update – Dr. Anthony Chen, Director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Public Health, provided Council with information on COVID-19 Vaccine phased prioritization and administration, as well as Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s roles, responsibilities, and goals.

 

6.           PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.

 

7.           CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION:  By Councilmember Keel, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

A.     Approve the minutes of the January 4, 2021 meeting as submitted.

B.     Receive and File:  Payroll for period ending 12/31/20.

C.     Authorize the City Manager to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Lance, Sole & Lunghard, LLP (formerly Gray CPA Consulting, PC) for CAFR preparation assistance and financial consulting in an amount not to exceed Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000).

 

The motion carried.

 

COUNCIL CONSIDERATION

 

8.           PIERCE COUNTY POPULATION ALLOCATION/2044 TARGET-SETTING

 

Staff Report – Planning and Development Services Director Swindale presented a draft letter to be sent to AHBL, Inc. and forwarded to the Pierce County Growth Management Coordinating Committee indicating the City’s population plan for 2044.  At its meeting of January 4, 2021, the City Council discussed the VISION 2050 growth share for Core Cities in Pierce County, including University Place.  During the discussion, members of the City Council expressed their preference to take a conservative approach to planning for growth – preferring to plan for a growth closer to the City’s historical trend rather than planning for growth that is unlikely to occur.  

 

The Growth Management Act requires Pierce County to adopt a 20-year population allocation that incorporates both the unincorporated area and cities and towns.  The allocation is required to be within the low-mid-high range projected by the State Office of Financial Management.  Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050 requires the 20-year population allocation to be consistent the Regional Growth Strategy.  The Pierce County Growth Management Coordinating Committee is currently working with AHBL, Inc. to allocate population growth to different Regional Geographies in Pierce County for the next required Comprehensive Plan update in 2024.

 

Public Comment – None. 

 

Council Consideration – The City Council consented to sending the drafted letter to the Growth Management Coordinating Committee of the Pierce County Regional Council and AHBL, Inc. indicating the City’s intention to plan to accommodate a population of no more than 40,624 by 2044, to include the suggested additional language.

 

9.           CITY MANAGER & COUNCIL COMMENTS/REPORTS

 

City Manager Sugg shared information on USGA’s 2021 calendar in which it indicates that the 6th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be held on May 22-26 at Chambers Bay.   

 

Councilmember McCluskey reported that she was invited to attend a meeting with a group called Climate Pierce County about a proposal on controlling greenhouse gases. She also shared information on a new grass-roots group, Embrace UP.

 

Councilmember Flemming shared that he received his second COVID-19 immunization today. He encouraged the citizens of University Place to get vaccinated and continue to protect themselves.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Worthington reminded Councilmembers of their retreat this Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. He also shared information he received from the Small Business Administration about a new round of PPP loan opportunity for small businesses.

 

STUDY SESSION

 

10.        UNIVERSITY PLACE REFUSE FRANCHISE

 

Human Resources Manager Petorak provided an overview and discussed the main changes to the current University Place Refuse Franchise agreement.  These changes include: (1) Streamlining the rate setting (changing the annual LRI and CPI calculation methodology; increasing drop box and compactor rates; and increasing the Pierce County Average Rate Ceiling from 100% to 103%); (2) Enhanced services (introducing low-income senior’s discount, bulky item pick-up service, and Saturday dump access); (3) Franchise length; and (4) Housekeeping (code and insurance updates/added to franchise language).

  

The City holds two refuse franchise agreements – the main service provider is University Place Refuse Service, Inc. and the other is Lemay, Inc.  The franchises currently in place were adopted in 2009 and are set to expire on December 31, 2025. The agreement in this proposed franchise would begin upon adoption should Council choose to move forward with the proposal and would terminate on December 31, 2035. There is a one-time option to extend for an additional 5 years (through 2040); however, that must be mutually agreed upon by both the company and the City.  Any negotiations for the franchise or franchise changes would begin in the year 2033.

 

Discussion followed regarding concern about market size and rising cost to stay financially stable (future business mode); recycling; cost associated with insurance and coverage; and mechanism for other rate changes.  

 

11.        SEWERS - At 8:40 p.m., a motion was made and was carried to table the Sewers discussion to a future meeting.

 

12.        ADJOURNMENT – The meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m.  No other action was taken.   

 

Submitted by,

 

 

 

Emy Genetia

City Clerk

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Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20210119-0815 

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44215/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

Agenda

Regular Meeting Agenda-20210119-0746 

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