Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of February 23, 2016

For the last week of this short month of February, we have another short list of agenda items.

Study Session

At this Tuesday's study session the city council is scheduled to hear an update on the Olympia legislative session, and to discuss the process the council will use for the City Manager's review.

 

Welcoming Cities

About a year ago Tacoma joined the Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, a program that encourages US cities to create more welcoming environments for immigrants, with an eye to both economic and cultural benefits.

Latino residents and community partners in Tacoma have created a community-run planning committee, which plans to host two large community events, or "convenings," in March. The convenings will give Tacoma Latinos an opportunity to discuss visions for how their community can grown and thrive in Tacoma and Pierce County, as well as the barriers and opportunities for improvements to service from the City. A resolution on this week's regular council meeting agenda would authorize the use of up to $10,000 of City Council Contingency Funds for facilitation and expenses related to the two Welcoming Cities Latino Roundtable Community Convenings.

 

Purchase Resolutions

Three purchase resolutions appear on this week's agenda: one for new trucks, two for increases to current road work projects.

  • $935,546, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Fleet Equipment Rental Capital General Fund, for 5 Peterbilt truck cab and chassis and one Peterbilt tractor.
  • A $200,000 increase, for a cumulative project total of $2,123,637 budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, for improving the surfaces of the Schuster Parkway Bridge and Union Avenue Viaduct.
  • A $300,000 increase for a cumulative project total of $3,576,054 budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, for additional project improvements with the construction of the South Tacoma Way corridor from South 43rd Street to South 47th Street and from South 56th Street to South 66th Street.

 

Other Items

A resolution on this week's council meeting consent agenda would authorize an agreement between Tacoma Rail and the Port of Tacoma for a mutually beneficial rail improvement project that would reconfigure existing access points to a Tacoma Rail yard and construct to new stretches of track, along with other improvements in the Port of Tacoma. The agreement has Tacoma Rail contributing $2 million to the project, which is intended to increase the capacity and efficiency of the local freight rail system to support anticipated future growth. 

February 23, 2016 will be proclaimed World Spay Day in the City of Tacoma.

 

Methanol 

If you're following the methanol plant conversation, although the Northwest Innovation Works project has been temporarily put on hold, conversations about the issue continue. The Center for Urban Waters Informed Discussion Series continues as planned, with this week's topic, "potential impacts on regional water and power supplies." The event is fully booked, with a couple dozen on the waitlist - CUW is asking anyone who is registered, but can't attend to cancel to allow others to take their place. 

Tuesday at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Northeast Tacoma, and on Thursday at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Subra is, among other things, a chemist, an environmental activist, and a MacArthur Genius Award winner, who has served on multiple national environmental advisory councils and committees, including a couple for the EPA.

 

Other Events

Looking for other ways to get involved? We may be short on agenda items this week, but there's no shortage of other civic events.

Metro Parks Tacoma will be hosting Community Forums this week. The public is invited to help shape MPT's programs for the next 6 years. Four meetings will be held in different locations on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The Urban Studies program at UW Tacoma holds its annual forum this week. 2016's Urban Studies Forum topic will be "Alternate Visions of Livability - Choices, Costs, and Consequences," with local and national experts discussing how we define livability, whether we can agree on that, and the implications of the answers to these questions for the South Sound region.

The City of Tacoma will host a Tacoma Bike Share program open house at the Evergreen State University as part of a planning study of the idea of creating a Tacoma Bike Share program.

Downtown On the Go invites you to the next in their Friday Forum series. This week's Friday Forum on Making Transit Fun will be held in the new(er) Joy Building at the University of Washington, Tacoma


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