Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 19, 2014



Resolution No. 38987 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma to clarify the rights and responsibilities of the City and the Port relating to jointly-owned real property commonly referred to as Julia’s Gulch located in Northeast Tacoma. [Ian Munce, Special Assistant to the Director; Peter Huffman, Director, Planning and Development Services]


Ordinance No. 28239 An ordinance vacating a portion of South 49th Street lying between South Wilkeson Street and Interstate 5 for use as fire and utility access, and additional parking for construction of a 44,500 square foot furniture store and associated parking on the adjacent property; and adopting the Hearing Examiner’s Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations. (Wesco Management, LLC (Mor Furniture); File No. 124.1341) [Phyllis Macleod, Hearing Examiner]

Ordinance No. 28240 An ordinance approving the reclassification of a portion of the property located at 4810 South Wilkeson Street from an “R-2” One-Family Dwelling District to a “C-2” General Community Commercial District, and provide for a modification to the “C-2” zone on the remainder of the site for construction of a 44,500-square-foot furniture store and associated parking. (Wesco Management, LLC (Mor Furniture); File No. REZ2014-40000221995) [Phyllis Macleod, Hearing Examiner]

The consent agenda was adopted, with the ordinances sent over for a second reading to a date to be determined.



No comment.




Resolution No. 38988 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Business Interiors Northwest in the amount of $400,000, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $1,968,000, budgeted from various departmental funds, to increase the contract for office systems and ancillary furniture on an as-needed basis - Specification No. CT09-0355F. [Marie Holm, Senior Buyer; Kathy Katterhagen, Manager, Procurement and Payables Division, Finance]

In order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Councilmember Boe recused himself from discussing or voting on the item. The resolution passed without further comment.


Resolution No. 38989 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Ceccanti, Inc., in the amount of $650,000, including sales tax, for a cumulative total of $13,290,776.99, budgeted from the Surface Water Fund, for unforeseen overages associated with construction delays, additional time and labor necessary to complete the required work, and additional construction requirements not anticipated during the original estimation process for the Stadium Way Arterial Improvement Project - Specification No. PW12-0083F. [Erik Ward, Project Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Director, Environmental Services]

This resolution covers additional costs related to the Stadium Way project. The project initially went over budget when it was discovered that the design was inadequate to accommodate increased stormwater runoff. In the course of trying to fix that problem, the contractor encountered unexpected conditions, including 100-year-old infrastructure and unmarked utilities. Additional costs came when bad weather interfered with work, and crews worked overtime to try to make up for delays. 


Resolution No. 38990 A resolution awarding a contract to Western Peterbilt, Inc., in the amount of $433,495, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Solid Waste Fund, for one Compressed Natural Gas Hybrid Automated Side Loader Truck - Sole Source. [Gary Kato, Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Director, Environmental Services]

The resolution was adopted without comment.



Ordinance No. 28236 An ordinance granting a non-exclusive franchise to tw telecom of washington llc, to construct, operate and repair a telecommunications system throughout the city. [Jeff Lueders, Cable Communications & Franchise Services Manager; T.C. Broadnax, City Manager]

The ordinance was adopted without further comment.



Ordinance No. 28241 An ordinance amending Chapter 11.55 of the Municipal Code, related to the Heavy Haul Industrial Corridor, to add additional public streets in the heavy haul corridor designation to improve operations and efficiency. [Chris Larson, P.E., Division Manager; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]

State law allows cities to issue special permits to allow freight trucks carrying closed containers to carry more weight on designated streets with a special permit. In 2004 Tacoma adopted its heavy haul corridor to allow companies to move freight between locations within the Port of Tacoma. By allowing overweight containers, the program gives shippers using the Port an incentive to fill their containers to full capacity, improving efficiency. The $3,000 per truck cost of the permit goes to repair and maintain infrastructure in the corridor. This ordinance would add five new streets in the Port to the existing heavy haul corridor. 



Government Performance and Finance Committee – Councilmember Lonergan reported on recent topics addressed by the committee.

  • Heard an update on the Tacoma Employees Retirement System.
  • Hosted special meeting with presentation from Russell on divestment of fossil fuels process.
  • Considered applicants for the Public Utilities Board and Charter Review For and Against statement committees, and made appointments.
  • Heard a review of the City’s comprehensive annual financial report, which had no findings, determining that the City’s financial statements were presented fairly.
  • Heard a presentation on the proposed contract with tw telecom, which was adopted at this meeting.

At its next meeting the committee will review proposed amendments to taxi and other for hire transportation regulations, and  hear a presentation on the State’s shared work program.

Councilmember Boe shared a few things.

  • Tacoma's Farmers Markets ranked 10th on a list of 101 best farmers' markets in America for 2014 on a website called The Daily Meal. With four farmers' markets each week, you've got plenty of chances to visit a market. Tuesday afternoons at 6th and Pine, Thursday midday downtown on Broadway, Saturday mornings at 27th and Proctor, and Sundays at the STAR Center in south Tacoma.
  • Family Golf Days at Meadow Park Golf Course in Tacoma. The next one is this Saturday, August 23, with free golf for kids under 18 with an adult, and this week free sno-cones for kids 18 and under between noon and 4 p.m.

Councilmember Thoms asked that local groups and individuals consider writing letters of support to the army, asking for reconsideration of planned cuts at JBLM. He said that the City and others have already submitted letters asking for reconsideration of the planned cuts, following a study and announced force reductions that would include reductions of about 16,000 service members from JBLM. Thoms suggested that letters talk about the impact that the military has on the local economy, and about the local investments that have been made in support of the military here, and the efforts made locally to embrace growth at the base. If you’d like to write a letter of support, you can find details in this press release.

Councilmember Ibsen invited everyone to come out to the first responders softball game next week at Cheney Stadium. On Wednesday, August 27, Tacoma Police will face off against Tacoma Fire at 6 p.m. $5 of each ticket sold goes to the charity of your choice. Mayor Strickland suggested a future challenge at Cheney Stadium between Tacoma and Seattle first responders.

Councilmember Walker reminded us that the Hilltop Street Fair is coming up this weekend. MLK will be closed between Peoples Park and Earnest S Brazill Street for the fair, which will include a vintage car show, free books and other activities for kids, free health screenings, arts and crafts vendors, a bike social, and food vendors.

Councilmember Mello invited everyone to help Tacoma Rail celebrate its centennial this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 2601 NW Frontage Road in the Port. There will be opportunities for free rides on Tacoma Rail cars, 

Councilmember Campbell participated in this week's meeting telephonically.


For more on the items on the agenda, see our City Business Preview for the week.

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