Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of January 5, 2016

It's the first week of 2016, and time to get back to work for many of us, including the City Council. This year begins with a couple of new faces on the dais (welcome council members Keith Blocker and Connor McCarthy), and a new deputy mayor. Councilmember Mello is slated to be named as deputy mayor for 2016.

As far as business goes, this week's council agendas are pretty light, as things get back up to speed in the new year. 


Tacoma Mall Subarea Plan

Following the completion of subarea plans for the North and South Downtown and Hilltop subareas, the City is now in the process of creating a similar plan for the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood. The first round of public engagement wrapped up in October, and included input on expanding the scope of the subarea to include some or all of the 130 acres to the north and west of the current footprint. Based on feedback in support of that idea, including from Pierce County, which owns property in the additional area, the City is expanding the scope of the project to determine the optimum boundaries for the subarea in that neighborhood and identify strategies to provide for an appropriate transition between these areas.

The subarea planning effort is being funded primarily by a $250,000 National Estuaries Program Watershed Protection Grant, administered by the State Departments of Ecology and Commerce. A resolution on this week's city council meeting agenda would add this additional scope for an additional $17,590 to the existing contract with 3MW Studio LLP, dba 3 Square Blocks, LLP, for a cumulative total of $242,590, budgeted from the NEP Watershed Grant and Miscellaneous Planning Grants. The additional scope will consist of data gathering and analysis of existing conditions within the potential expansion area. 


Other Purchase Resolutions

Two additional purchase resolutions appear on this week's agenda:

  • $324,602, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Information Systems Fund, for purchase of corporate network hardware, for the period of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016
  • $1,845,805, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Information Systems Fund, for records management software services, and professional implementation services, for a three-year contract period


Other Items

A resolution on this week's council meeting consent agenda would approve the final plat of a development going by the name Devonshire (formerly Turner's Landing). The 18-lot single-family residential subdivision at 6802 East Portland Avenue, was initially given conditional approval back in 2007. All those required conditions have now been verified as complete, and the project is at last ready for final approval. 

January 2016 will be proclaimed as Whole Child Month in the City of Tacoma.

Councilmember Ryan Mello will be elected as Deputy Mayor through December 31, 2016, and another resolution will reappoint individuals to the Board of Ethics.

A resolution on this week's regular council meeting agenda would convey a non-exclusive perpetual easement for a sanitary sewer pipeline and associated appurtenances under, over, and through a portion of Tacoma Rail Mountain Division right-of-way in the Frederickson area to Pierce County, for $10,000, .

A final resolution on deck this week takes care of a little housekeeping, approving the cancellation of the regular City Council meetings that would have happened on: January 19; May 31; July 5; September 6; December 20; and December 27 of 2016.


If you're feeling like this isn't quite enough City business for you, you could listen in on this week's committee meetings. On the Government Performance and Finance agenda we see a briefing on the Public Safety Radio Service Memorandum of Understanding and an Open Data Update. If that's not your cup of tea, how about an Economic Development Committee briefing on Start-up Incubators and Accelerators in Tacoma? 

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