Council Meeting Roundup | December 6, 2022
Posted on 12/12/2022
Newcastle City Hall

On December 6, 2022, Council held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. If you missed watching it live, you can always see videos of past Council and Commission meetings on our YouTube page.

Here are the highlights from last week’s meeting. See the Agenda Packet for additional information and documentation.  

Councilmember Comment 

Themes from Councilmembers included wishing residents happy holidays, thanking residents for their participation at the recent tree-lighting ceremony at Newcastle Fruit and Produce, and marking Pearl Harbor Day.

City Manager Report 

The written report covers upcoming events and staffing updates.

Lee Property Development Agreement 

The city council held a public hearing on the development agreement, which included public comment, a presentation from the Community Development Department, and council questions and comments.  

The city attorney reminded councilmembers of the quasi-judicial nature of the development agreement and asked councilmembers to disclose possible ex parte communications on the matter. There were no conflict of interest or appearance of fairness challenges raised and no councilmembers recused themselves. 

Associate Planner Fitzgibbons provided a review of the proposed development agreement and responded to comments.    

The resolution was adopted as presented. More information about this project can be found in the agenda packet

Real Estate Excise Tax Proceeds 

Council unanimously passed a resolution amending the allowed uses of real estate excise tax proceeds.

2023 Salary Schedule Amendment 

The 2023 Salary Schedule was amended to add a limited-term Deputy Finance Director and to defund the position of Accounting Analyst. The reason for the change is that Finance Director Don Palmer has indicated that he will retire within 18 months, and the temporary departmental restructure would allow a candidate time to be trained into this position.  

SCJ Alliance Selection 

Council unanimously selected SCJ Alliance as the consultant to lead the periodic Comprehensive Plan update, due at the end of 2024.

S-041 Project Acceptance 

Passed in the consent agenda, council accepted the 116th Ave. SE & Edmonds Ave. NE Pipe Realignment project. For this project, the City was able to secure $103,000 from the King County Flood Control District, as well as $80,000 from the City of Renton as a participating agency, to correct a drainage issue that was causing public right-of-way surface water run-off to end up on private property.  

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