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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 6, 2015



Resolution No. 39275 A resolution accepting $736,350 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2015 Port Security grant program; depositing said sum into the Fire Miscellaneous Special Revenue Fund, approving the required match of $245,450; and authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in the total amount of $981,800 to enhance chemical and radiation detection capabilities.

Resolution No. 39276 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with local governments to implement the Pierce County Mutual Aid Agreement, to provide joint resources and equipment in the event of a major fire, disaster, or other emergency, or in certain non-emergent incidents.

The consent agenda was adopted without comment.



Mayor Strickland proclaimed October 10, 2015 as Arbor Day and Green Tacoma Day in the City of Tacoma, and encouraged all citizens to become more involved in the protection and enhancement of the community asset that is Tacoma’s urban forest.

The mayor also proclaimed October 2015 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Tacoma, and called on everyone to have the courage to reflect on our individual responsibility as community members to help end the epidemic known as domestic violence.



No comment.



A motion was considered and adopted, authorizing the City’s full and final settlement of all claims against the City by Kyla Polee, Claim No. L-034-15, upon payment by the City in the amount of $70,458.35.



Resolution No. 39277 A resolution awarding a contract to Equipment Experts, Inc., in the amount of $300,000, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Solid Waste Fund, for services, repairs and parts for various equipment and vehicles operated by Solid Waste Management on an as-needed basis, for a three-year period, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods, for a projected contract total of $500,000 - Specification No. GF15-0245F.

Resolution No. 39278 A resolution awarding a contract to Motorola Solutions, Inc., in the amount of $5,461,280, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Radio Communication Revolving Fund, for a ten-year System and Security Upgrade contract - Sole Source.

Resolution No. 39279 A resolution awarding a contract to Multicare Health Systems d.b.a. Multicare Centers of Occupational Medicine, in the amount of $240,000, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the Human Resource Fund, for medical services, for a three-year period, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods, for a projected contract total of $400,000.

All three purchase resolutions were adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 39280 A resolution accepting five ten-year interest-free loans with the Washington State Department of Transportation for track rehabilitation and improvement projects.

This resolution okays Tacoma Rail to enter five separate loan agreements with WSDOT for five separate railroad track rehabilitation projects, all at 0% interest, and with a 1% administrative fee. For each of the projects Tacoma Rail contributes a portion of the cost, with US Oil funding the rest out of a $1 million pot of money set aside by that company for rail improvements to and from their facility in Tacoma. This set of projects is the last of three, and uses up the last of that $1 million. The resolution was adopted without council comment.


Resolution No. 39281 A resolution authorizing the execution of an interagency agreement with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, for the purpose of enhancing collaborative efforts and performance evaluations related to service programs, for the period of January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

This augments an existing agreement between the City of Tacoma and Pierce County that approves the joint City/County Health Department. The new agreement is meant to enhance collaboration, align initiatives, and quantify the return on investment for the City.

In the current biennium budget, Tacoma contributes about $2.3 million, about half of which goes to general operating costs, with the remainder dedicated to specific programs, which will be accountable to the City. Those programs address issues around drinking water protection, household hazardous substances, communicable diseases, maternal child health, and the family support partnership. Performance for these programs will be measured through service-related outputs, and community and client outcomes.


Resolution No. 39282 A resolution authorizing the execution of a Letter of Agreement negotiated with the Tacoma Police Management Association, Local 26, I.U.P.A., to restore a 1 percent wage reduction for all eligible employees, retroactive to January 1, 2015.

This resolution restores a 1% wage reduction taken by the police employee group in 2013.


Resolution No. 39283 A resolution authorizing the execution of a collective bargaining agreement with the Tacoma Fire Fighters Union, Local 31, which consists of approximately 351 budgeted, full-time equivalent positions, retroactive to January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2018.

This authorizes a four-year agreement with the firefighter employee group, including a market-based 4.3% wage increase this year.



Ordinance No. 28322 An ordinance adopting the Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program Amended 2014-2015 for 2016-2021.

The ordinance was approved without comment.



Ordinance No. 28323 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation for employees represented by the Tacoma Fire Fighters Union, Local 31, and the Tacoma Police Management Association, Local 26, I.U.P.A.

This ordinance would implement the agreements adopted with the two earlier resolutions.


Ordinance No. 28324 An ordinance amending Section 1.06.075 of the Municipal Code, relating to Police Department Citizen-Initiated Complaint Oversight, to reinstate staggered terms of one, two, or three years, and establish a term limit of ten years for the Citizen Police Advisory Committee.

The recent update to the structure of the committee inadvertently had every term expiring on the same day. This would remedy that.



  • The City of Tacoma will receive Transportation Innovator award from Downtown On the Go in the “big staff, bold innovator” category for the City’s Pedestrian Crossing Improvement Project.
  • This Sunday, October 11 is CPR Sunday at Foss High School. It’s a free opportunity for the public to learn CPR and how to operate an AED from the Tacoma Fire Department. Register for class sessions every two hours starting at 8 a.m. Register online at cprsunday.net.



Neighborhoods and Housing Committee – Councilmember Walker reported on recent topics covered by the committee.

  • Heard an update re short-term rentals. This relatively new industry facilitated by VRBO, Air BnB, and other online sites doesn’t fit cleanly into existing regulation structures in Tacoma. If city wants to regulate these, code amendments would be needed.
  • Received a briefing on the proposed Narrowmoor addition conservation district in Tacoma's West End neighborhood. If adopted, this would be first standalone conservation district in Tacoma. The issue is now under Planning Commission review.

At its next meeting the committee will hear an update on proposed code amendments related to affordable and infill housing.

Deputy Mayor Boe was absent from this week’s meeting.


For more on items on this agenda, see our City Business Preview for the week.

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