ORDINANCE NO. 692
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, AMENDING TITLE 1 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 1.35 “LEGISLATIVE POLICY ADVISORY COMMISSIONS” TO SUPERSEDE AND REPLACE ALL FORMER LEGISLATION ON THE SUBJECT MATTER
WHEREAS, State law provides “[t]hat the council may provide for the appointment by the mayor, subject to confirmation by the council, of a city planning commission, and other advisory citizens' committees, commissions, and boards advisory to the city council;” and
WHEREAS, City Council advisory commissions provide a community sounding board and focus group to originate ideas and assist the City Council in fashioning legislative policy; and
WHEREAS, under State law all commissions are advisory to the City Council, and commission work is “legislative” in nature rather than administrative; and
WHEREAS, commissions may not take independent action representing the City with other agencies or bodies, and may not direct or otherwise participate in the work of the City's professional administration or consultants, and they are not volunteer labor; and
WHEREAS, the Council must determine what legislative policy issues it desires to have commissions review, and task them with that study through legislation approved by at least a majority of the City Council in a public meeting; and
WHEREAS, University Place legislative advisory commissions have been organized under an array of Council resolutions, which have been adopted and superseded numerous times with each commission having a separate series of resolutions; and
WHEREAS, the Council now desires to include all descriptions, rules and processes pertaining to all legislative advisory commissions into a single chapter of the University Place Municipal Code;
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative Findings. The recitals and findings set forth above are hereby adopted as the City Council’s legislative findings in support of the regulations adopted by this Ordinance.
Section 2. Code Amendment. Title 1 of the University Place Municipal Code is hereby amended to add new Chapter 1.35, “Legislative Policy Advisory Commissions” as shown in Exhibit A, which is attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference.
Section 3. Repeal. The following are repealed: chapter 2.25 of the University Place Municipal Code; Resolutions 666, 688, 719 and 752; and Section 5 of the City Council Rules of Procedure.
Section 4. Severability. If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Ordinance or its application to any person or situation should be held to be invalid or unconstitutional for any reason by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of the remaining portions of this Ordinance or its application to any other person or situation.
Section 5. Effective Date. A summary of this Ordinance consisting of its title shall be published in the official newspaper of the City. This Ordinance shall take effect five days after publication.
PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON JULY 17, 2017.
Javier H. Figueroa, Mayor
Emelita Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Matthew S. Kaser, City Attorney