Tacoma City Council Meeting for May 17, 2016

This week we had a relatively short meeting with a minimalist council at the dais. Absent were Blocker, McCarty, Thoms, and Woodards. 

Resolution No. 39443 A resolution accepting $400,000 from the Washington State Historical Society and transferring $40,000 from the Open Space Fund; depositing $440,000 into the Planning Grant Fund; and authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with said agency for the Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretation Project.

Mayor Strickland Proclaimed the week of May 15 to 21, 2016 as National Police Week in the City of Tacoma and thanked the police department for their work to strengthen relationships throughout the community. National Police Week occurs the week of May 15th. It was established by Congress and President Kennedy in 1962 and pays special recognition to law enforcement officers that have last their lives in the line of duty.

Mayor Strickland Proclaimed the week of May 15 to 21, 2016 as National Public Works Week in the City of Tacoma. The mayor then called on the city's citizens to acquaint themselves with the work of our public works department and the things they do to improve the health, safety, comfort, and quality of life in our city.  This year's theme is "Public Works Always There." Municipalities across the country have recognized National Public Works Week across the country since 1960. Who knew?

A short presentation provided us with an overview of the City of Destiny Poetry Slam. The next poetry slam is this Friday at 6:00 pm at Lincoln High School as part of Tacoma Historic Preservation Month. Any poets aged 13 to 19 that show up by 5:15 should be able to sign up to participate. 

Mitchell Shook came forward as a concerned citizen to say that, while competition can be good for the community, he has significant concerns about the financial well-being of Astound Broadband, LLC, dba Wave based on their current credit rating. He asked that the council slow it down by a week or two to ensure that the city is protected should Astound fail to meet its obligations down the road.

A motion was considered to authorize the City’s full and final settlement of all claims against the City in the matter of Kaitlynn Stafford v. City of Tacoma and Zachary Smalls, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 15-2-10515-4, upon payment by the City in the amount of $35,000.

This motion settled the lawsuit filed in July 2015. Stafford's car collided with a police car responding to a burglary in progress in 2014.

Resolution No. 39444  A resolution appointing and reappointing individuals to the Sustainable Tacoma Commission.

The resolution appointed Alison Baur, Theda Braddock, Alexandra Brewer, Joshua Jorgensen, and Lowell Wyse. It reappointed Alyssa Illich. 

Ordinance No. 28359  An ordinance granting a ten-year telecommunications franchise agreement to Astound Broadband, LLC, dba Wave, to construct, operate, maintain, remove, replace, and repair fiber-optic communications facilities within public right-of-way areas.

Based on the statements made during public comment, the mayor asked the City Attorney if she felt confident that this agreement protected the interests of the city. She affirmed that the contract does have adequate protections in place.

During the committee conversations about this ordinance, Councilmember Campell had voted against moving it to the full council as a protest vote. Councilmember Campbell wanted to raise awareness of the need to underground as many wires as we can moving forward. Given the small council on this evening, he voted for the ordinance feeling that the interests of the city are still in place via the contract. Councilmember Lonergan pointed out that the franchise agreement gives the franchise holder the obligation to underground wires as others do it in the same area.

Councilmember Mello gave an update on the Infrastructure Planning and Sustainability Committee meeting including about efforts to implement Safe Routes to School to improve walkability and bike safety.

CM Mello and mentioned a briefing on a potential "Integrated Parking Management System” that uses technology to more efficiently ensure that we are enforcing parking restrictions in areas like neighborhood business districts where the city hasn’t had capacity to provide enforcement.

Councilmember Ibsen wanted to make sure people people were aware of another north end community cleanup. This one organized by the the Jefferson neighborhood group, will be at North 18th and Lawrence this Saturday, May 21st at 10 am. Save yourself a trip to the dump.

Councilmember Campbell followed Ibsen in announcing South End and Eastside neighborhood clean ups this weekend. The four communities involved are Stewart, Spring Hill, Mann, and Tanglewood. It’ll be at Mann Elementary from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

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