Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 4, 2015

Root Cause of Health in Tacoma & Pierce County

At this Tuesday's Tacoma City Council study session staff from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will give a presentation on the current state of health for Pierce County residents at the request of Board of Health Chair, Councilmember Woodards. Of interest is the disparity in health levels across Tacoma's neighborhoods, and the potential to address these inequities through collective action. 


Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods

In 2014 the Eastside's Dometop neighborhood was chosen to be the focus of the City of Tacoma's Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods (HHHN) program, an Environmental Policy and Sustainability (OEPS) initiative that disseminates sustainability messages and education about City and other agency services through intensive, targeted ourtreach. Over the last year the City and its partners used 'knock-and-talk' conversations, community meetings, and program events to gather information from residents and connect them to resources for cost-savings and to address health issues. 

The next neighborhood to be targeted by HHHN in 2015-2016 will be the Hilltop. At this week's study session, staff will give a presentation on the work done and results from the HHHN Dometop project, and give a preview of the upcoming Hilltop program.


No Smoking... That means you too, e-cigarette users

At last week's council meeting we heard the first reading of an ordinance addressing the use of electronic smoking devices on transit property. The ordinance would take two steps, first classifying e-cigarettes in the same way as traditional smoking devices, making it illegal to use them on buses or transit property. Second, it would create an exception that currently exists at the state level, but not locally in Tacoma, making an exception to that ban, to allow for the use of both traditional and e-smoking devices in specially designated areas of transit property. That ordinance gets its final reading this week.


Citizen Police Advisory Committee

Also at last week's meeting we heard the first reading of an ordinance related to the oversight of citizen-initiated complaints against the Tacoma Police Department, specifically the role played by the citizen committee known as the Citizen Review Panel. The ordinance being considered at a final reading this week would change the name of that committee to the Citizen Police Advisory Committee, would increase the number of members from 7 to 11 to allow for representation from each council district, as well as at-large representatives, and one youth member. More importantly, the ordinance would make changes to the duties of the committee, pivoting it to be more externally facing, and to more explicitly offer guidance to the Police Department on community relations, and to the public on navigating the complaint process.


Other Items

As a third topic at Tuesday's Study Session, Government Relations Office Randy Lewis will provide the City Council a legislative update. 

As a part of the consent agenda its April 7 meeting, the council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would vacate a portion of Jefferson Avenue south of South 17th Street for pedestrian and bicycle improvements, landscaping, traffic management, parking and vehicle access to the University of Washington Tacoma campus and adjacent buildings. That ordinance is scheduled for a final reading as part of this week's council meeting consent agenda.

The week of August 2-8, 2015 will be proclaimed as Farmers Market Appreciation Week in the City of Tacoma.

A pair of resolutions on this week's agenda appoint and reappoint citizens to the Public Utility Board and Tacoma Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Full disclosure: this is our Derek Young from Tacoma (not Gig Harbor), the one who started this website once upon a time...

Another resolution would revise the rates charged to Lewis County PUD under an agreement with Tacoma Power, increasing the rates to cover the rising costs of service. In 1993 Tacoma Power and the Public Utility District No.1 of Lewis County (Lewis County PUD) entered into a Transmission Service Agreement (Agreement), under which Tacoma Power provides transmission service to Lewis County PUD for the delivery of its Cowlitz Falls generation over certain facilities owned by Tacoma Power to the Bonneville Power Administration transmission system. This resolution owuld update that 1993 agreement.

A final resolution on this week's agenda would authorize an agreement with the Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17, to create the classification of Environmental Lab Scientist in Training. A related ordinance on the agenda for a first reading this week would implement changes to rates of pay and compensation, and changes to reflect the new organizational structure.

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