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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 16, 2013
Link Alternatives Heading up this week’s City Council study session is a discussion of Tacoma Link route alternatives. Sound Transit staff will brief Council on the evaluation results of the hybrid corridor options requested by Council and the Stakeholder Roundtable. According to a City of Tacoma press release, we can also expect to hear Council consider a resolution expressing support for the City’s preferred alternative. Once the City chooses a route to pass along, the Sound Transit Board could be making the decision on a final route for the Link Expansion on May 23.
Minimum Building Code Updates Also on the agenda for this week’s study session is a discussion of updates to the minimum building code. Over the past year, Community Services has been working with various internal and external partners to make updates to the Minimum Building and Structures Code (MBSC). The proposed update will be the first major amendment to the MBSC since the inception of the code in 1999. The updates reflect lessons learned through appeals and past enforcement actions and incorporates comments from internal and external partners.
Public Hearing: Housing & Community Development This Tuesday is the date set for a public hearing on the recommendations for the 2013-14 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development. This document spells out the annual plan for how funds from CDBG, HOME, and ESG grants received by the City from HUD will be used for housing, community and economic development activities, and for human services.
Offender Housing A resolution on the agenda this week would authorize a Memorandum of Understanding with the Washington State Department of Corrections for the creation of a pilot program related to the Earned Release Date Housing Voucher Program. This issue came up last spring when neighbors voiced concerns over the location of a proposed halfway house near a school and Boys and Girls Club location in Tacoma. The City has had little control over the location of these types of living situations, as State jurisdiction supersedes City regulations regarding residency regulations for offenders. In July the City and the DOC put together a work group to identify opportunities to improve housing and reduce neighborhood impacts for released offenders. The result of this work group was a draft of a Memorandum of Understanding, which has received edits and feedback, and is now ready for City Council consideration.
The Earned Release Date Housing Voucher Program provides housing vouchers to offenders who are eligible for ERD release, but would otherwise be unable to leave prison due to lack of funds for housing. The MOU contains strategies for addressing the housing of released offenders, which both parties would have 30 days to finalize. Most of the strategies deal with requirements for landlords who accept the vouchers.
- The creation of DOC standards for participation in the Earned Release Housing Vendor Program.
- Requirements for compliance with Tacoma Rental License, City of Tacoma Zoning Regulations, the Landlord Tenant Act, and Fair Housing laws.
- Required participation in the Crime Free Housing program.
- Consideration of those outstanding repairs under the City of Tacoma “provisional license.”
- Ongoing education and outreach with Housing Providers and Housing Recipients.
- Ongoing coordination with DOC and City of Tacoma including feedback to DOC on license status, code violations, and other concerns for each property; and ongoing collaboration on proactive licnesing and code enforcement actions.
Purchase Resolution This week’s purchase resolution would award a contract in the amount of $600,412 budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, for a total of $1,661,482, to increase the contract for the planning, design, and procurement phases of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Computer Control System Upgrade project. A contract amendment is requested to increase the scope of services and budget for the planning, design, and procurement phases of the project. It was determined that the scope of work for the planning and design phases of the project needed to be increased due to additional meetings, evaluations, field investigations, site visits, and other work required for the project.
Other Items The Mayor will proclaim May 6 through 10, 2013 as Senior Corps Week, and April 22, 2013 as Earth Day.
And, although the items in question were continued to the April 30 meeting, we see a note that a motion may be made to reconsider the motions from the April 9, 2013 meeting, which continued Resolution No. 38655 and First Reading of Ordinance No. 28144 relating to the collective bargaining agreement and the Compensation Plan for the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
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