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AI- 3531   6.    
City Council Agenda
Meeting Date: 03/05/2013  
Subject:    Resolution pertaining to the naming and renaming of City buildings, parks, facilities, and monuments
Presenter: Steve Kirkelie
Department: City Attorney's Office  

Recommended Action

Approve a resolution pertaining to the naming of City buildings, parks, facilities and monuments, and replacing the existing policy, which was adopted by the City Council in 1998.


In 1998, the City Council adopted a policy for the naming of the City's park and recreation areas; however, the City does not have a comprehensive policy for the naming of all City buildings, parks, facilities and monuments. Council discussed this topic at its January 8, 2013 meeting, at which time it reviewed an example of a building naming policy from the City of DuPont. Council directed staff to bring back a proposed policy similar to DuPont's, emphasized that it should include public participation in the process.

The resolution that accompanies this agenda bill would:

• Allow Puyallup residents, in addition to the City Council, to initiate the process for the naming or renaming of a City building, park, facility, or monument;
• Require a public hearing prior to the naming or renaming of any City building, park, facility, or monument;
• Create four categories by which a City building, park, facility, or monument can be named;
• Direct that a City building, park, facility, or monument cannot be named after a living elected official for at least ten years after the person leaves office; and
• Provide that the Design Review and Historic Preservation Board will review naming and renaming proposals and make a recommendation to the City Council.

Previous Actions (Discussions/Presentations)
1/8/13 -- City Council discussed this matter and directed staff to return with an updated building naming policy.
Summary of Proposal

Approve a resolution that replaces the existing City policy pertaining to the naming of City buildings, parks, facilities and monuments.  The former policy only focused on City parks and recreation facilities compared to the new comprehensive policy that covers all City buildings, parks, facilities and monuments.     


Fiscal Impact

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