Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of February 18, 2014

Tacoma Smelter Plume Clean Up

The main item on the agenda for this week's City Council study session is an update on Tacoma Smelter Plume Clean-up progress. The Washington State Department of Ecology's Residential Yard Sampling and Cleanup Program aims to reduce exposure to arsenic and lead in the soil in areas with the worst contamination related to the smelter plume. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is in charge of soil sampling, with the Department of Ecology taking the lead on clean up when needed.

The free, voluntary program funded by a settlement with Asarco has sampled 218 yards since being implemented in 2013. Plans are to sample close to 4,700 yards, with an expectation that about 1,200 of those will be in need of clean up. Of the 218 yards sampled, a pilot group of eight went through the more complex cleanup process last fall.


Strategic Planning

This Friday, February 21, the Council will meet for a special all-day Strategic Planning work session. The planning session will be a chance for the Council to look back at 2013 events and accomplishments, before looking to the future. They will identify potential strategic priorities specifically for 2014, and set the stage for strategic planning into 2015 and beyond. The planning will provide direction and clarity for City staff. Transportation and public safety head the list of specific emerging issues to be discussed.


Purchase Resolution

A purchase resolution on this week's regular City Council meeting agenda would authorize an amendment to the agreement for design services to rehabilitate the Tacoma Avenue South Bridge. The amendment would authorize an additional $400,000, for a cumulative total of $1,621,206, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, to cover additional design phase costs, including adding a new pile-supported sidewalk, and a slope stability assessment. 


Other Items

Mayor Strickland will proclaim February 2014 as Black History Month in the City of Tacoma.

On the consent agenda for this week's Council Meeting is a resolution that would set Monday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m. as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner to consider the creation of Local Improvement District No. 8660 for the purpose of funding the installation of permanent pavement with storm drainage on Bristol Street from North 50th to North 51st Streets, and in the alley between North 30th Street and North 31st Street from Monroe Street to Mason Avenue.

A resolution on this week's regular Council agenda would authorize a $330,000 agreement with the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, budgeted from the General Fund and the Mental Health Fund, to assist in funding essential expenditures of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center for 2014.

An ordinance scheduled for a final reading this week would implement rates of pay and compensation for a newly created classification of Electrician that would allow some work currently done by outside contractors to be brought in house. Council heard the first reading of the ordinance at last week's meeting.

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