Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 5, 2014

Tacoma Community Survey

Back in June the City sent an anonymous survey out to 3,000 Tacoma households. The survey, a collaboration between the National Research Center and the International City/County Management Association, is designed to look at the residents' opinions related to what it calls the "three pillars:" community characteristics, governance, and participation. At this week's study session, the City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation from representatives of the National Community Survey on Tacoma's survey results. The presentation will focus on the results in Tacoma's Community Livability report on safety, economy, and mobility, and on geographic and demographic comparisons. 


Public-Private Partnerships

Also at this week's study session, the City Council will hear a briefing from Environmental Services and the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability on the City public-private partnerships, including major community partners and how those partnerships fit into provision of City services. 


Committee of the Whole

At this week's Committee of the Whole meeting, the Council will hear an update on Legistar automation, and requested information on revisions to the Animal Control Code and Associated Ministries’ building renovation. Councilmember Mello has requested that the Council consider a review and update of the animal control section of the City code, to include provisions to enhance animal welfare in Tacoma. Councilmember Walker has requested that the Council consider a $65,000 contribution to support the final phase of Associated Ministries' campaing to enable the completion of building renovations on a new direct service center and office space.


Neighborhood Council Adjustments

Last year the City of Tacoma's Neighborhood Council program underwent a comprehensive review. Recommendations coming out of that review would make adjustments to neighborhood Council boundaries in four locations, impacting five of the council boundaries.

At this week's regular Council meeting, a resolution scheduled for a vote would approve four boundary adjustments impacting five Neighborhood Councils as recommended by the Community Council of Tacoma.

The requested changes include a request from the West End council that their boundaries be adjusted to Orchard, rather than Huson on the east, and continue past 6th Avenue to SR-16 on the south. Those requests have been agreed to by the North End and Central Neighborhood councils. Another requested change would include all of the North Slope Historic District in the North End council; that request was made by the North Slope Historic District, and has been agreed to by both the North End and New Tacoma councils. A final change would move the boundary line between New Tacoma and Northeast Tacoma councils to the middle of the Blair Waterway, then down Alexander Avenue to the City line, as agreed to by the two affected councils.


Purchase Resolutions

A purchase resolution on this week's Council meeting agenda would award $309,684 budgeted from the Information Services Fund for one year contract for routine hardware maintenance and software updates for all of the City network equipment from August 10, 2014 through August 11, 2015.

A second purchase resolution on the agenda would award $279,800, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Solid Waste Fund, for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) front loader refuse trucks. The contract would cover the purchase of one CNG garbage truck in the first year, with an option to renew covering two trucks in each of two additional one-year terms, for a projected contract total of $1,467,047 for the five trucks.


Other Items

This week's Council meeting consent agenda includes the final reading of an ordinance vacating the alley between Pine Street and previously-vacated South Junett Street, north of South 50th Street, for a low density multi-family housing development. 

Council is also scheduled to hear the final reading of an ordinance amending the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget to accept revenues, transfer funds, and appropriate funds for unanticipated expenditures. We heard the first reading of this ordinance, along with some details of the adjustments it would make, at last week's Council meeting.

A pair of resolutions and an ordinance appearing for a first reading on this week's regular Council meeting agenda that would implement rates of pay and compensation, and changes in classifications to reflect the organizational structure for a group of represented City employees.

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