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March 24th Auburn City Council Meeting Recap [VIDEO]

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The Auburn City Council held its regular city council meeting Monday, March 21, 2022. The meeting was held after the Auburn Parade of Champions. In addition to the standard agenda items, Monday’s agenda included a public hearing and five ordinances, and one resolution vote.

The city council meeting follows Robert’s Rules format and is led by Mayor Nancy Backus.

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Public Hearing:

A public hearing was held regarding Ordinance No. 6852, relating to Franchise Agreement No. FRN21-0006 for New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC. Per the public hearing coversheet, “Auburn City Code requires the City to hold a public hearing before granting or denying a franchise agreement. Franchise Agreement No. FRN21-0006 for New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC will allow it to continue to operate a wireless telecommunications site within the City’s public way.”

One individual spoke, opposed to the agreement citing their lack of need for more technology.

Audience Participation:

This is the time during the meeting when the public is invited to speak to the City Council on any issue. The public can participate in person or submit written comments in advance.

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One individual spoke during this time. They spoke about homelessness, Ukraine, and masks.

Committee Reports and Consent Agenda:

A staple agenda item, the consent agenda consists of matters the City Council considers to be routine and therefore are enacted by one motion.

Councilmember Bob Baggett provided the Finance Committee report. Deputy Mayor James Jeyaraj gave the Pavement Preservation Committee report.

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Ordinances:

With no unfinished business on the agenda, the Backus moved next to the ordinances on the agenda. All five of the ordinances on the agenda were recommended for passage.

Ordinance No. 6848: This ordinance adds a section to the Auburn City Code (ACC) allowing for the regulation and licensing of mobile vendors and food truck-related activities within the city.
Motion: Councilmember Chris Stearns, Seconded by Deputy Mayor Jeyaraj
Questions/Concerns: None
Yay: 7
Nay: 0
Passes

Ordinance No. 6850: This ordinance amends two previously passed ordinances, No. 6794 and No. 6796. These new amendments will again amend both the 2021-2022 Biennial Operating and Capital Budgets. The amendments are laid out in Schedule A (operating) and Schedule B (capital). This is the fifth budget amendment for the 2021-22 Biennial and the second for 2022.

This adjustment is for approximately $13.2 million and is being made due to unspent expenditures,  carryover from 2021, the conversation of job positions, realignment of revenue sources, budget authority for new programs, and capital project budget adjustments.
Motion: CM Baggett, seconded by Councilmember Kate Baldwin
Questions/Concerns: None
Yay: 7
Nay: 0
Passes

Ordinance No. 6851: Like Ordinance No. 6848, this ordinance amends sections of the ACC. These amendments regard the City’s storm drainage system.
Motion: CM Baggett, seconded by Councilmember Robyn Mulenga
Questions/Concerns: None
Yay: 7
Nay: 0
Passes

Ordinance No. 6855 creates a chapter in the ACC, Chapter 10.55. This chapter relates to personal delivery devices and their operators. Robots that deliver things to you, that’s what this is for.

Motion: Deputy Mayor Jeyaraj, seconded by Councilmember Larry Brown
Questions/Concerns: None
Yay7
Nay0
Passes

@mochrietvYOO I helped a stuck food delivery robot on campus and it THANKED me lmao♬ original sound – beep

Our city council is clearly working with Skynet and no one seems to care. But, whatever man.

Ordinance No. 6857 Relating to health and safety regulation, this is another ordinance that amends city code, as well as an ACC chapter. The amendments revise graffiti removal criteria and create consistent timelines for civil penalties for violations.
Motion: CM Stearns, seconded by Councilmember Yolanda Trout-Manuel
Questions/Concerns: None
Yay7
Nay0
Passes

Resolutions:

With no further ordinances on the agenda, the Mayor next moved to Resolutions. Resolution No. 5654 authorizes the Mayor to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Auburn and the Auburn School District, allowing the City to design and construct safety improvements on 124th Ave SE at the access to Mountain View High School with a 50-50 cost-share between the City and Auburn School District.
Motion: CM Stearns, seconded by CM Baggett
Questions/Concerns: None
Yay7
Nay0
Passes

Mayor and City Council Reports:

At this time the Mayor and Councilmembers provide individual reports of significant items related to their appointed positions on any federal, state, regional, or local committees, boards, or organizations.

DM James Jeyaraj: No Report
CM Chris Stearns: CM Stearns attended the National League of Cities conference last week. The conference was addressed by President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and a Mayor from Ukraine. Stearns also shared some of his takeaways from a panel on homelessness.
CM Kate Baldwin: No Report
CM Yolanda Trout-Manuel: CM Trout-Manuel shared about her human resources panel at the NLC conference, including CTE and apprenticeship programs.  She also attended the King county Youth and Advisory Board, which is seeking youth ages 18-24 to join.
CM Robyn Mulenga: No report
CM Larry Brown: CM Brown reiterated his pride for Auburn’s champions.
CM Bob Baggett: CM Baggett shared a report from his attendance of the King County Regional Transit Committee meeting. Things discussed included the safety of drivers, reduction in youth fares, funding for transit, and proposals to increase the use of non-police services for safety and security functions.

Mayor Backus: Backus and Public Works Director Ingrid Gaub attended Auburn Mechanical’s event for Women in Construction Week. Auburn Mechanical has created ‘WAVE’ Women of Auburn Valued Equally. The Sound Transit Board reviewed fare recovery, the goal is 40% recovery but has only been met one time. Last year was 5%. Backus Auburn will be a hub for the annual Point In Time Count, which has the aim of gathering information versus loose numbers.

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The city council will next hold its regular study session Monday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m., at City Hall. The next city council meeting will be on April 4th at 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is invited to attend both meetings in person or virtually.

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