January 2, 2018 City Council Meeting

Meeting Agenda: Available Online Here
Meeting Video: Available Online Here

Roll Call: All present

Mayor Nancy Backus declared the month of February 2018 “PyeongChang, South Korea Winter Olympic Games Month” auburn sister city, Auburn Sister City. PyeongChang, South Korea Winter Olympic Games, Proclamation,


As the first meeting of the year, the City Council selected the Deputy Mayor.  As per the updated auburn city council meeting, auburn deputy mayor, deputy mayor baggett, largo wales, peloza, city council voteAuburn City Council Procedures, the most senior City Councilmember who has not yet served as Deputy Mayor receives an automatic nomination.  This year that nomination went to Councilmember Bill Peloza.  With this nomination declared, Mayor Nancy Backus then opened the floor for any further nominations. Councilmember Claude DaCorsi moved to nominate Councilmember Bob Baggett.  No other nominations were made.

The vote for Deputy Mayor was quick and measured by a hand vote.  With an expected split, Councilmembers Largo Wales, Yolanda Trout and Bill Peloza voted for CM Peloza.  Councilmembers Baggett, DaCorsi, John Holman and Larry Brown all voted for CM Baggett.  With a vote of 4 to 3, CM Baggett was selected as the newest Deputy Mayor of Auburn.

No Agenda Modifications
Public Hearings:

No Public Hearings 

Audience Participation:

This is the place on the agenda where the public is invited to speak to the City Council on any issue.  Each person has 3 minutes to speak.

Bob Zimmerman: Continues to speak on the propane tanks on the neighboring property to his own.  Stated he will be persistent about this matter.

Virginia Haugen: Remarked that the boy present with the South Korea representatives was adorable. She commended the city for coming together after the Heritage Building Fire.  Implored the City Council to fulfill their duties as the legislative branch of the city’s government.

Ad-Hoc and Committee Reports:

Deputy Mayor Baggett provided the Finance Ad-Hoc Committee report. The committee reviewed the payroll vouchers and electronic deposits totaling approximately $2.3mil and the claims vouchers and wire transfers totaling approximately $2.4mil.  The payroll vouchers are for the periods of December 4-27th. The claims vouchers are for January 2nd.  All questions asked by the committee were answered to their satisfaction.

CM DaCorsi gave the report for the Road Projects Committee, for which he is Chair. CM Peloza and CM Trout-Manuel are the other members of the committee.  Had initial meeting last week and the next meeting will be January 16th.  They will be bringing in Assistant Director Gaub at the next meeting.  The committee will be reviewing current and projected projects. They will also be looking at the current pavement rating system.

Consent Agenda:

All matters listed on the Consent Agenda are considered by the City Council to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed.
A. Minutes of the December 18, 2017 Regular Meeting
B. Claims Vouchers
C.Payroll Vouchers
Motion by DM Baggett, CM Holman
No Questions/Comments
Yes: Baggett, Wales, Wales, DaCorsi, Peloza, Trout-Manuel, Holman, Wagner

Unfinished Business:


New Business:



Ordinance No. 6661: An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Auburn, Washington, amending Title 18, of Auburn City Code, relating to the methodology used to calculate residential density and the lot size standards within various residential zoning designations
Motion by CM Holman, CM DaCorsi
CM Holman stated that this ordinance deals with allowing to potentially increase the number of houses a developer can put on an R5 lot. Discussed at December 11, 2017 Study Session
No Questions/Comments
Yes: Baggett, Wales, Wales, DaCorsi, Peloza, Trout-Manuel, Holman, Wagner


Resolution No. 5335: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Auburn, Washington, authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with the other jurisdictions of the South County Area Transportation Board.
Motion by CM Peloza, CM Holman
CM Peloza shared that this resolution expired on 12/21, but will fulfill an interlocal agreement with King County for 2 more years.  This resolution was discussed at the December 11, 2017 study session.

No Questions/Comments
Yes: Baggett, Wales, Wales, DaCorsi, Peloza, Trout-Manuel, Holman, Wagner

Resolution No. 5338:
A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Auburn, Washington, authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement accepting a grant from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for design and construction of the Auburn Way North Sidewalk Improvement Project

Motion CM DaCorsi, DM Baggett
As Resolution states, this is an improvement project working on Auburn Wy N.  It is an acceptance of a $263,250 grant.  This grant will finance the design and construction of the project.  This is a safety and efficiency project.  Portions of the project will address ADA improvements.
No Questions/Comments
Yes: Baggett, Wales, Wales, DaCorsi, Peloza, Trout-Manuel, Holman, Wagner

Council and Mayor Reports:

Robert Baggett, Bob Baggett, Councilmember Baggett, Auburn Council, City Council, AuburnDM Baggett: As it is the beginning of year, he has had no meetings yet. He therefore had no report.



bill peloza, pelozer, CM Peloza: He attended the SCATBd meeting several weeks ago. Council approved the approved inter-local agreement this evening. Another agreement was made between the City of Seatac and the Port of Seattle. This agreement was made to establish long term relationships to advert business issues.  They also voted on chair and vice chair.  There will be a second term for the chair, Carol Benson, Mayor of Black Diamond.  The Vice Chair is Maple Valley Councilmember Linda Johnson.  The 2018 legislative priorities were also discussed.  The next meeting is January 16th.

CM Trout-Manuel: CM Trout-Manuel shared that last Thursday she was invited to attend the Muckleshoot Tribal Transportation Coalition. She stated that she will be first Auburn City Councilmember asked to serve on a Muckleshoot committee. This coalition has to do with safety in reservation. “Already done posting on 164 for safety.”  CM Trout-Manuel went on to share that the Muckleshoot Tribe will also be doing safety improvements in their schools. She explained that these improvements are similar to those made in the Auburn School district.  With that in mind, she stated that she encouraged the two committees to share ideas.

Largo Wales, Councilmember, Auburn, Deputy MayorCM Wales: No report




CM Holman:  For the last 6 years, CM Holman has read a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Council meeting before the holiday celebrating Dr. King (Monday, January 15th).  Tonight he continued that tradition by reading a quote for the Auburn City Council record for a 7th time.

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
“Hate is just as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated. Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Many of our inner conflicts are rooted in hate. This is why the psychiatrists say, “Love or perish.” Hate is too great a burden to bear” -Dr. Martin Luther KingMLK, dr.martin luther king jr, martin luther king,

Closing out his report, CM Holman quoted Dr. King once more, and urged his fellow Councilmembers and all in attendance to not be a thermometer that merely “record or register the temperature of majority of opinion,” but instead to be “thermostats that transform or regulate the temperature of society.”

larry brown, auburn larry brown, councilmember brown, city councilmemberCM Brown: Being his first City Council meeting, CM Brown stated that it was an honor to be present with his fellow Councilmembers and the Mayor; as well as to serve the city.  He looks forward to engaging more, and learning from their leadership.



CM DaCorsi: The regularly scheduled Regional Transit meeting was canceled.  However, CM DaCorsi attended the Sound Cities Caucus meeting that was held.  Met to discuss the upcoming agenda item presented this month at the RTC meeting.  Discussed the metro connects development program and potential policy report amendment.


mayor backus, nancy backus, auburn mayor, mayor nancy backusMayor Backus: Her report focused on the “tragic fire of heritage building on December 26, the day after Christmas.” The fire broke out shortly before 3:00pm.  The fire began in a second floor laundry room.  It is believed the fire began as a dryer fire, but there has not been an official declaration made.

The building was home for 39 residents and 9 businesses.  The second floor is a total loss. Currently the stability of the first floor business units is still being determined  The ability for future occupancy of the building is unknown at this time.  There is no known “formal future” of the Heritage Building at this time.

On the night of the fire she stood out at the scene for 5 hours.  She described the work of the first responders as an “amazing display of choreographed expertise.”

Mayor Backus shared that she is In awe of outreach from the city.  She reiterated, however, that she was not surprised as Auburn helps its own.  On the night of the fire the NW Red Cross was called in and within hours Dr. Spicciati, Auburn School District Superintendent, contacted the city and offered Cascade Middle School as a temporary shelter.

She continued to praise the community for the amazing outreach in the aftermath of the fire.  Mayor Backus called out Debbie Christian and the Auburn Food Bank for stepping up to take donations of food, clothing and money for the fire victims.  She also gave recognition to local restaurants, such as Cafe Pacific, the Quarters and Longhorn BBQ, that helped feed the displaced residents.

On Saturday she joined volunteers, and CM Peloza, at NW Family church to help sort some of the donations.  She remarked that those helping to sort weren’t the same people usually seen volunteering.  Mayor Backus shared that the Auburn Food Bank has requested donations for the fire victims stop for the time being.

After sorting, Mayor Backus went to the temporary shelter.  The remaining residents that needed housing assistance were being transitioned to hotel rooms.  Though the residents had been well cared for, she remarked that the rooms would allow for more privacy and comfort.  The residents are heritage building, auburn, 3-alastaying at the Days Inn.

The day after the fire, the Fire Marshal’s office went into the first floor businesses to bring out items of significance for the owners.  The Fire Marshal did not discriminate in their retrieval. Some of the items retrieved were cash registers, important documents, tattoo machines and ink, awards, and a prized Mariners jersey that was a gift.  The task was done at great risk, but with no complaint.  All of the businesses were extremely appreciative.

As Mayor Backus surveyed the damage to the building Wednesday morning, one resident shared that the only thing of value he lost was a family heirloom.  He lost his Grandfather’s ring.  On Saturday, Dave Castlemen went into the burned out building and located the ring.

City Attorney Dan Heid confirmed no need for an executive session.

Meeting Adjourned
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