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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of June 9, 2015
It's a short agenda for the council meeting this week, without a whole lot of action to be expected, as far as we can tell. It is, however, also Citizens' Forum week, so anything could happen...
Port of Tacoma
This week's city council study session will be a joint meeting with the Port of Tacoma Commission. They will hear a recap of recent planning, cooperation, and partnerships between the City and the Port, with particular emphasis on current regional issues being discussed by Puget Sound Regional Council. Those issues include which regional centers will continue to receive priority for transportation funding, and the prioritization criteria that will be used going forward to select projects for federal transportation funding. There will also be an update on the funding and schedule for Port of Tacoma Road Reconstruction project, and on an Emergency Response and Intelligent Transportation Systems Study currently underway for the Tideflats. And last, but not least, there will be Washington State Legislative Update on issues of mutual interest.
A resolution on this week's council meeting consent agenda would set Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on a request to vacate portions of Waterview Street, North 45th and 46th Streets, Morrison Street, Mason Avenue, Harriott Street and portions of the alleyway located between North 45th Street and North Cheyenne Street.
This is a second hearing for a project that originally came to the Hearing Examiner back in 2007, prior to the economic downturn. Now that housing markets are starting to turn around again, the project is back, although slightly modified. The property in question is just downhill from the bend at the north end of North Stevens, where it turns into North 46th; and just uphill across the train tracks from Ruston Way near the southeast corner of Point Ruston. It looks like the plan is to create individual residential lots ranging from 18,000 to 19,000 square feet. It also looks like the developer decided to drop the "e" from the original "Waterview Pointe."
Because so many years have passed since the original filing, the Hearing Examiner is asking for a second hearing. No one appeared at that original hearing to challenge the vacation. Unless otherwise decided, the City will get market value for the vacated land.
Transportation Improvement Program
A second resolution on this week's council meeting consent agenda sets Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m. as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program amended for the years 2014-2015 and 2016-2021. This is the annual update of Tacoma's transportation program, laying out roadways, bridges, active transportation facilities, sidewalks, and other transportation capital improvement projects proposed for the coming years. It doesn't come with any guaranteed funding, but an updated program is necessary for the City to be competitive for federal and state grant funding.
A resolution on this week's council meeting agenda would award a $1,866,964 contract, budgeted from the Wastewater and Surface Water Funds, for the construction of 3,100 linear feet of underground wastewater mains and 540 linear feet of underground stormwater mains in various locations throughout the City. This funding would allow for the replacement of pipes originally installed more than a century ago, reducing the risk of pipes failing and potentially spilling untreated wastewater into Commencement Bay and/or nearby basements.
It's that time again - time for the citizens of Tacoma to share their thoughts on anything over which the council has jurisdiction. It's a short, relatively uneventful agenda at this point, so we're counting on all of you for some action...
June 17, 2015 will be proclaimed as Walk Tacoma Day in the City of Tacoma. Lukhungolwethu Siyabulela Dukashe and Lerato Priscilla Ramphaka from the Tacoma sister city of George, South Africa will be recognized.
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