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Tacoma City Council Meeting - February 18, 2014
Resolution No. 38848 A resolution setting Monday, March 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner to consider the creation of Local Improvement District No. 8660, for the installation of permanent pavement with storm drainage on Bristol Street from North 50th to North 51st Streets, and in the alley between North 30th Street and North 31st Street from Monroe Street to Mason Avenue. [Ralph K. Rodriguez, LID Administrator; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]
The consent agenda was adopted without comment.
Mayor Strickland proclaimed February 2014 as Black History Month in the City of Tacoma, as a time to affirm and honor of the contributions of African American people to our country and our community. 2014 marks the 151st anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's March on Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech. The Mayor encouraged everyone to observe the month by reflecting on the history and contributions of African Americans and to participating in community-wide events in honor of the month.
No comment this week.
Resolution No. 38849 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with TranTech Engineering, LLC, in the amount of $400,000, sales tax not applicable, for a cumulative total of $1,621,206, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, to increase the contract for design services to rehabilitate the Tacoma Avenue South Bridge - Specification No. PW12-0185F.
The resolution was adopted without comment.
Resolution No. 38850 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, in the amount of $330,000, budgeted from the General Fund and the Mental Health Fund, to assist in funding essential expenditures of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center for the period of January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. [Kelly Crouch, Contract and Program Auditor; Tansy Hayward, Director, Neighborhood and Community Services]
This agreement comes in response to the need to preserve victim services funding in Tacoma. Three programs in Tacoma receive non-competitive funding for domestic violence victim services, with a requirement of participation in an annual domestic violence system review: the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, the Tacoma-Pierce County YWCA, and the Korean Women's Association. The $330,000 for the Crystal Judson program covers the lease cost of facilities and the salaries of executive officers. The YWCA and KWA funding amounts are below the $200,000, and so can be approved administratively.
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28204 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation for the new classification of Electrician, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 483, Tacoma Power Unit. [Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]
The ordinance was adopted without further comment
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
The City Manager shared a brief report on work being done on a couple of road closures due to landslides on Marine View Drive and Schuster Parkway. As of 7:30 last night Schuster Parkway was reopened, but Marine View was kept closed pending an evaluation this morning. Broadnax encouraged drivers to keep an eye on the City website and other City channels for updates.
COMMENTS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
Neighborhoods and Housing Committee - Councilmember Walker reported on recent work of the committee.
- Reviewed 2013 accomplishments including a review of the Neighborhood Council program, Code Compliance projects and updates, historic preservation, and neighborhood improvement initiatives.
- Developed a 2014 work plan, with topics including temporary homeless camp permit recommendations and other homeless issues, affordable housing recommendations, housing trends, and the state of the neighborhoods.
- Interviewed applicants for the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority Board, reappointing three current members, and recommended three new individuals to serve.
At its next meeting the committee will hear an update on the Rapid Removal Graffiti Pilot, and the Code Compliance windshield survey.
Councilmember Ibsen shared several items.
- A Relay for Life "takeover" at Joseppi's Wednesday, February 19 at 4 p.m.
- Groundbreaking for The Henry this Thursday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.
- The next Sister Cities International Film Festival event this Thursday at UPS (more from Councilmember Walker)
- A town hall meeting for the 27th Legislative District this Saturday, February 22, at 10 a.m.
Councilmember Walker invited everyone to join her at this week's Sister Cities International Film Festival in its new location at UPS. This week's film, Avenue Montaigne, comes to us from our newest Sister City of Biot, France. Pre-movie cultural event begins at 6 in UPS's Commencement Hall, with the movie starting at 7.
Councilmember Boe followed up on last week's conversation around advertising circulars from The News Tribune, with a reminder of the information from the TNT on how to opt out: email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-289-8711.
Councilmember Campbell reiterated Ibsen's invitation to the town hall meeting with legislators for the 27th district, encouraging everyone, especially his Eastside constituents, to come out and represent their community.
For more on the items on this week's agenda, see our City Business Preview for the week.
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