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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of May 17, 2016
There's not a whole lot of business expected for this week, with a cancelled study session, and a brief regular council meeting agenda, but there are a few items of interest.
Prairie Line Trail
A consent agenda resolution on this week's agenda accepts a $400,000 grant from the Washington State Historical Society, along with a $40,000 City contribution, for the Prairie Line Trail Historical Interpretation Project
UW Tacoma completed its portion of the Prairie Line Trail last year. The City of Tacoma has been working on plans for the sections it will be responsible for, which will extend the trail north and south of the UWT campus. The south section, extending through the Brewery District, has completed the design phase. The north segment, connecting the rest of the trail to the Foss Waterfront, is just about ready for construction. The City is also beginning design work for a park next to the trail where it crosses over Pacific Avenue, on more a recently acquired piece of property.
The trail and surrounding area play important parts in Tacoma's history. The Prairie Line refers to the original rails laid to connect the Northern Pacific Railroad to the Puget Sound in 1873, beating out Seattle for that historic, and very practical distinction. That trail lent a defining shape to the downtown that grew up around it, and continued to play a major role in commerce and travel. Before all that, the area was a cultural center for the Puyallup Tribe. The interpretation project will help share the trail's stories with the public.
Remember Wave Broadband, the company that made an offer for a long-term lease of Tacoma's Click! network? A few weeks ago we wrote about the first reading of an ordinance that would give Wave Astound Broadband a ten-year telecommunications franchise agreement to construct, operate, maintain, remove, replace, and repair fiber-optic communications facilities within public right-of-way areas. That ordinance is back for a final reading this week.
When it was discussed at the April 26 council meeting, the franchise was described as related to a contract the telecommunications company has to supply service to Pierce County libraries, requiring it to be able to lay lines through some parts of Tacoma. It was also explained that the contract would not cover cable service. The council action memorandum related to the ordinance says "Wave Astound Broadband, LLC is applying for the option to construct its own network within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Tacoma by way of directional boring, trenching or overhead construction methods." The first reading got less than full-throated support from the council, but no real indication that anyone intended to oppose it.
The week of May 15-21, 2016 will be proclaimed as both National Police Week and National Public Works Week in the City of Tacoma.
The council will hear a City of Destiny Poetry Slam Presentation at its Tuesday meeting.
Individuals will be appointed and reappointed to the Sustainable Tacoma Commission.
- Eastside Community Center Open House - The latest schematic designs for Metro Parks Tacoma’s planned 55,000-square-foot, two-story Eastside Community Center will be unveiled at an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 18 at the Salishan Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44th St, Tacoma. Read more on developing plans for the Eastside Community Center previously from Exit133 here.
- City of Destiny Poetry Slam: Lincoln Edition - City of Destiny Poetry Slams highlight the incredible breadth and talent of young poets in Tacoma and the South Puget Sound. Theme: Community / Neighborhood / History. Featuring LHS Drumline and special guest poets. Free, refreshments provided. Open to poets ages 13-19. Pre-register.
- Bike to Work Day - More about this and other bike-related events for Bike Month and beyond at bike253.com.
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