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Tacoma City Business - Week of October 8, 2013
South Sound 911
At this week's study session, Council will hear an update from South Sound 911 on issues including the transition from LESA to SS911, communications center performance standards and expectations, online services, and 911 upgrade and infrastructure projcts.
Who's had to call 911 lately? How did that go for you?
Also on the agenda for this week's study session is a presentation on Tacoma's revised homeless encampment clean-up process. Multiple City departments and community partners collaborated on the new process to develop strategies for identifying, cleaning, and monitoring of encampments. The presentation will include an update on encampment clean-up work completed over the last nine months, among them many of Tacoma's "chronic encampment 'hotspots.'"
Shoreline Master Program
The revision of Tacoma's Shoreline Master Program has been several years in the making, but the process is finally near an end. On September 17 City Council adopted a resolution that accepted revisions from the Washington State Department of Ecology, with the exception of one amended intent statement for the shoreline district along Schuster Parkway. That proposed language change went back to Ecology, and when we have an answer on that, we'll have a final Shoreline Master Plan.
An ordinance scheduled for its first reading this week would adopt the new SMP for Tacoma, establishing new and modified enviromental designations and zoning classifications, amending zoning district boundaries, and reclassifying certain properties to the new and revised shoreline zoning districts.
Money for Trees
Tacoma has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Washington Department of Natural Resources to offset the material costs of tree planting projects around the city. The grant would pay for the purchase of a variety of tree types, species, and ages for planting projects around Tacoma like the Hilltop Diversitree project. A resolution on this week's Consent Agenda would authorize an interagency agreement with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, accepting the grant in support of the Urban Forest Policy Element in Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan.
Four resolutions on this week's agenda would authorize four separate ten-year interest-free loan agreement between Tacoma Rail and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
- $1,105,074 to upgrade a segment of railroad track located on the north side of Taylor Way east from East 11th Street toward Lincoln Avenue;
- $366,387 to upgrade a segment of railroad track in the Port of Tacoma’s North Intermodal Yard located south of Sitcum Way and north of East 11th Street;
- $773,070, to upgrade a segment of railroad track known as the East Loop located east of the Tacoma Rail Annie Tracks and west of Port of Tacoma Road;
- $515,789, to upgrade a segment of railroad track known as the West Loop located west of Port of Tacoma Road and continuing west toward Thorne Road.
This week is Citizens' Forum week. Citizens with concerns, comments, questions, or commendations on any issue over which the City Council has jurisdiction are invited to stand up and speak at this week's meeting.
This week we will hear the final reading of the ordinance introduced at last week's Council meeting to amend the way Tacoma deals with car prowling, making third and subsequent offenses Class C felonies.
An ordinance on this week's City Council agenda for a first reading relating to cable communications and franchise services, would grant a 10-year limited franchise to LightSpeed Networks, Inc., to construct, operate, maintain, remove, replace, and repair fiber-optic communications facilities within designated public right-of-way areas within the City of Tacoma. The telecommunications company needs access to Tacoma right-of-way to complete the installation of approximately 505 linear feet of underground fiber optic cable to increase their connectivity and transport services.
This Tuesday the Mayor will proclaim Thursday, October 10, 2013 as Humane Society Day, and Saturday, October 12, 2013 as Arbor Day and Green Tacoma Day.
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