Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 18, 2015



Resolution No. 39256 A resolution approving the final plat of “Hoffman Corner”, a seven-lot subdivision for single-family development, located at 6804 East B Street.


Ordinance No. 28302 An ordinance vacating the east 35 feet of East L Street right-of-way between East 52nd Street and East 54th Street, to be incorporated into the preliminary plat of Heritage Gardens, a proposed 38-lot residential subdivision.

Ordinance No. 28306 An ordinance vacating the north 24 feet of the 19th Street West right-of-way, west of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way and the terminus of City of Tacoma right-of-way, to Narrows Marina, LLC, for future improvements to pedestrian access ways and boat launch parking.



Ordinance No. 28314 An ordinance vacating a portion of South Proctor Street right-of-way lying south of South 19th Street, reserving easement rights for future development.

Ordinance No. 28315 An ordinance vacating a portion of South 22nd Street lying between the east margin of Interstate 705 and the west margin of Dock Street to facilitate full closure of the rail crossing.

Ordinance No. 28316 An ordinance vacating a one-foot portion of right-of-way running along Commerce Street, South 15th Street, and Pacific Avenue to cure a building foundation encroachment for the Waddell Building.

Ordinance No. 28317 An ordinance vacating a portion of undeveloped South 52nd Street lying east of South Trafton Street and west of the alley, to accommodate the construction of ten single-family residences.

In order to avoid the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest, Deputy Mayor Boe recused himself from discussing or voting on the consent agenda, specifically related to Ordinance No. 28306. Councilmember Walker asked for a follow-up from the City Manager on the ordinance related to development at South 19th and Proctor. The consent agenda was adopted without further comment. The last four ordinances will get final readings at a date to be determined.



No comment.




Resolution No. 39257 A resolution awarding a contract to Chandler Asset Management, in the amount of $700,000, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the General Fund, for investment advisory services related to approximately $500 million of assets in Core Tier of the City’s investment portfolio, for an initial contract term of three years, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods.

Resolution No. 39258 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with Parametrix, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $111,453.00, for a cumulative total of $311,049.03, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the Surface Water Fund, for additional design and construction engineering services associated with the Point Defiance Regional Treatment Retrofit project through December 2016.

Resolution No. 39259 A resolution awarding a contract to Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC, in the amount of $300,000, including shipping and sales tax, budgeted from the General Fund, to replace 163 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus.

Resolution No. 39260 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with Active Construction, Inc., in the amount of $1,315,000, for a cumulative total of $3,838,400, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, for design-build services associated with the second phase of the Pedestrian Crossing Improvement Project.

Deputy Mayor Boe recused himself from discussing or voting on resolutions 39258 and 39260 to avoid the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest. The first three resolutions were adopted without further comment. 

In relation to the final purchase resolution, Councilmember Mello commented that the City’s Public Works and construction team is doing a great job on the pedestrian improvements, making the improvements where the community identified its priorities, in all neighborhoods, and letting the public know what’s happening. Mayor Strickland commented that the pedestrian infrastructure improvements are also making improvements to pedestrian behavior – getting people out walking and using the new sidewalks, crosswalks, and other new improvements.



Neighborhoods and Housing Committee - Councilmember Walker reported on the recent work of the committee.

  • Toured areas involved in the Tacoma Mall Subarea Plan, and heard from various involved City departments
  • Debriefed following the tour
  • Discussed the Affordable Housing Policy Work Program
  • Heard updates from staff on the proposed new residential parking permit program

At its next meeting the committee will discuss short-term rentals, the Narrowmoor Conservation District, and an update from Community-Based Services.

Councilmember Campbell reminded us that Wednesdays are Eastside Farmers' Market days, and that we should all come check out the market at the Salishan Family Investment Center Park. Campbell also invited everyone to come out to the Lincoln District Revitalization Project Open House this Thursday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department to learn about plans to lift not just the business district, but the whole Lincoln neighborhood.

Councilmember Woodards encouraged everyone to come out and support Guma’ Imahe, a Tacoma dance group that will be traveling to Guam for an international dance competition in 2016. The group is hosting a fundraiser event at the STAR Center on Saturday, August 22, beginning at 5:30, with the show starting at 7 p.m. 

Councilmember Walker also noted a couple of events coming up this Saturday, August 22nd.

  • Hilltop Street Fair – an all day community celebration in People’s Park at 9th and MLK with booths, food, and the presentation of the Hilltop Heroes Awards.
  • Tacoma Housing Authority will hold its 75th Anniversary Celebration and awards at the THA headquarters next to the park starting at noon, also on the 22nd.

Councilmember Ibsen encouraged everyone to learn more about the integrated resource plan for Tacoma Public Utilities. TPU is in the process of developing the plan, which will set the long-term portfolio for where Tacoma gets its power in the decades to come. For anyone who’s interested, there will be a public meeting next Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. 2 to 5 p.m. at TPU headquarters.

Councilmember Thoms was absent from this week’s meeting.


For more on the items on this week’s agenda, see our City Business Preview.

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Keil Drescher

The IRP meeting on Wednesday is at the utility from 2pm to 5pm.  Correction to the announcement by Councilman Ibsen.

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