Randy’s Picks: Don’t miss No. 19, 21, 23, 24 and 25
Okay, folks Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. is the regularly scheduled Richland City Council meeting. The information on how to watch the meeting and how to comment are at the top of the agenda.
Page numbers after the items below correspond with the pages in the packet of information that goes with the agenda.
1-2 The first item of business is the appointment and swearing in of Marianne Boring to the seat vacated by Brad Anderson. Pg. 5-8
3. Then, of course, Anderson must be thanked. Pg. 9-10
4. We can’t forget to thank David Larkin for serving on the Utility Advisory Committee since 2005 and Kim Shugart for serving on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee since 2008, and Douglas Sako for serving on the Economic Development Committee since 2006. Pg, 11-14. Check out the Tri-Cities Observer for responses from Larkin and Sako about their service on these committees.
5. For more information about the Tri-Cities Regional Hotel-Motel Commission Annual Budget and Marketing Plan, we are instructed to look at Resolution 139-20. If you find that Resolution, let me know. Pg.15
6. The City Manager Cindy Reents presents her budget. Be sure to check out pg. 16 for the schedule for public comment. The budget has been discussed for weeks in “Special Workshops”. Wait until you see the minutes for those that follow on the consent calendar. The meetings are not available on video. Again, Pg. 16
Public Hearings – you will receive 3 minutes to comment if you follow the rules on the agenda (the link is above).
7. The City is authorizing a non-exclusive agreement with New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC d/b/a AT&T Mobility to use city right-of-ways for small wireless facilities. The company must apply for permits for each of its projects. Pg. 33-78
8. The city will turn over unused right-of-way on Robertson Drive to the adjacent property owners. According to the report, “the property owner concurs with this proposal.” The owner listed on the property map in the packet died in March. Pg. 70-83
9. The homeowner at 1375 Kensington Way wants part of the unused city utility easement for a shed. Pg. 113-116
10. The Port of Benton and Richland Storage Partners LLC want a city easement within their property at 2705 Fermi Drive to facilitate new development. Pg. 129-132
PUBLIC COMMENT – you get 2 minutes. Go to the agenda for the rules
Consent Calendar Everything under “Consent Calendar” receives little discussion and one vote. A councilmember can ask to have an item removed for discussion and a separate vote.
11. Meeting minutes: The city council had 3 workshop meetings and 1 regular meeting and 1 special meeting (to pick Boring) between Sept. 8 and September 25. The three workshops were to discuss the budget and each of those lasted almost 2 hours. Go see what passes as minutes in Richland. No videos have been made available. The Observer reported on the police and fire department budget presentations. Pg. 21-32
Ordinances – First Reading (this is part of the Consent Calendar that receives one vote)
12. The agreement with New Cingular Wireless that was subject of the public hearing. Pg. 33-78
13. The unused right-of-way on Robertson Drive to be given to the adjacent property owner which was subject of the earlier public hearing. Pg. 70-83
14. Streets will now have classifications to match state and federal guidelines. You might want to see where your street falls in these descriptions. Pg. 84-88.
Ordinances – Second Reading & Passage
15. Under an agreement with the county prosecutor the city can prosecute these: cyberstalking, criminal mistreatment – fourth degree, unlawful possession of a legend drug (dispensed by prescription only). It also adds a civil infraction for purchase or consumption of liquor by an intoxicated person. Pg. 89-104
16. Driveways in Industrial Districts can be this wide: a one-way driveway can be 40 feet; a two-way driveway can be 100 feet. They cannot exceed 40% of the property frontage.
17. Oops, when the city raised the ambulance transport fees in 2012, it did not amend the code. This fixes that.
Resolutions – Adoption
18. This was the subject of the earlier public hearing. The homeowner at 1375 Kensington Way wants part of the unused city utility easement for a shed.
19. It’s time for the periodic Shoreline Master Program review. Anybody interested in this issue needs to look at the dates for public comment on Pg. 122. Pg. 117-122
20. This establishes Dec. 1 for the public hearing for comments on annexing 8 acres on Shockley Road, the Zinsli Annexation Petition. Pg. 123-126.
21. The waiver for using city-owned property or right-of-way, sidewalks, etc for outdoor dining is extended until December 31, 2020.
22. Giving up the easement at 2705 Fermi Drive, subject of earlier hearing.
23. $700,000 is available for utility payment relief until used up or until November 30, 2020.
Items – Approval
24. Appointment of Brad Bricker and Michael Simpson to the Board of Adjustment. This is the committee that Marianne Boring served on for about 20 years. Bricker has been on the Economic Development Committee since 2013 and is currently chair. His term there was up on Sept. 30. Simpson has served on the Personnel Committee since 2019. Simpson’s term on Personnel doesn’t end until 2022. According to the information provided in the packet, 2 other people were interviewed for each of these positions. Rather than allow other residents to participate, the city has chosen once again to let people serve on more than one committee. Pg. 136-138
Expenditures – Approval
(as of Oct. 3 no expenditures listed here)
Items of Business
25. Rezoning 7.4 acres of the old motel site on Columbia Point Trail near the Steptoe roundabout from C-2 Retail Business to Limited Business (C-LB). Pg. 139-153 Following are the definitions of the two;
A. The limited business use district (C-LB) is a zone classification designed to provide an area for the location of buildings for professional and business offices, motels, hotels, and their associated accessory uses, and other compatible uses serving as an administrative district for the enhancement of the central business districts, with regulations to afford protection for developments in this and adjacent districts and in certain instances to provide a buffer zone between residential areas and other commercial and industrial districts. This zoning classification is intended to be applied to some portions of the city that are designated either commercial or high-density residential under the city of Richland comprehensive plan.
B. The neighborhood retail business use district (C-1) is a limited retail business zone classification for areas which primarily provide retail products and services for the convenience of nearby neighborhoods with minimal impact to the surrounding residential area. This zoning classification is intended to be applied to some portions of the city that are designated commercial under the city of Richland comprehensive plan.
26. Hiring a consultant to evaluate City Manager Cindy Reents.
Reports and Comments:
Blah, blah, blah from mayor, council and city manager
The council can discuss in secret “Lease or Purchase of Real Estate if Disclosure Would Increase Price. “ They plan to discuss this for 15 minutes and you can continue to watch and time it if you want to. Mayor Lukson has to come out and say that the meeting has ended.