Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 21, 2014

This week's Council meeting was short and sweet. There were even cupcakes.



Ordinance No. 28200 An ordinance vacating a portion of Milwaukee Way between East 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue to the Port of Tacoma, pursuant to the terms of an Interlocal Agreement relating to the planning and construction of Highway 509. (City of Tacoma; File No. 124.1108) [Phyllis Macleod, Hearing Examiner]

The ordinance was held over to a date to be determined due to some details still being sorted out.



No comment.




Resolution No. 38823 A resolution appointing and reappointing the following individuals to the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority Board: Chris Van Vechten, Steve Snider, Teresa Colby, Jason Kors, Edward “Curt” Curtis, and Michael McNiel. [Doris Sorum, City Clerk; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]

Councilmember Walker said that there was a lot of interest in the openings with the TCRA, which administers loans to clients including low-income families, owners of multi-family affordable housing units, businesses creating jobs or rehabiiltating blighted buildings, and non-profit organizations providing community services.



Resolution No. 38824 A resolution awarding a contract to Pape & Sons Construction, Inc., on its bid of $1,361,008, plus sales tax, plus a 10 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $1,497,108.80, budgeted from the Streets Special Revenue, Surface Water, and Wastewater Funds, for the construction of permanent pavement and related appurtenances for five alleys located within Local Improvement Districts 8652-3 and 8654 - Specification No. PW13-0603F. [Chris Larson, P.E., Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works Department]

Councilmember Boe recused himself from discussion and voting on this item to avoid any potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest. The resolution passed without further comment.


Resolution No. 38825 A resolution awarding a contract to Beaver Equipment Specialty Co., Inc., on its bid of $235,108, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, for 25 Rotork Valve actuators for the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Automation Project -Specification No. ES13-0515F. [Hugh Messer, Interim Operations and Maintenance Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Director, Environmental Services Department]

Apparently a "Rotork Valve actuator," for those of you who didn't already know, is an automatic actuator for any type of valve. Adding these actuators to the system gives City staff greater control and feedback over the wastewater treatment system, beyond what is possible currently. So now you know. 


Resolution No. 38826 A resolution awarding a contract to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., in the amount of $880,000, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Treasury Operation Fund, for general banking services and merchant bankcard services - Specification No. FI13-0360F. [Teresa Sedmak, City Treasurer; Andrew Cherullo, Director, Finance Department]

The contract is for general banking services and merchant services, including payments coming to and going out from the City. The RFP was published, and local banking institutions were specifically invited to apply, but no local offers that fit the needs of the City were forthcoming. After 20 years with one banking institution, the City is switching to Wells Fargo based on a review of how that bank matches up with City needs in this area. Staff identified a good fit in terms of customer service and response times, and online services, as well as merchant services, which is a growing area for the City.



Ordinance No. 28201 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation for employees represented by the Tacoma Police Union, Local 6, I.U.P.A.; Tacoma Police Management Association, Local 26; and the Professional Public Safety Managers Association. [Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

The ordinance (with a minor typographical correction) passed without further Council comment.


Ordinance No. 28202 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation for employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 483, Clerical Unit, which covers approximately 197.2 budgeted, full-time positions. [Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

This ordinance also passed without further comment.




Fire Chief Jim Duggan presented Deputy Chief Faith Mueller with a certificate recognizing her earning the National Fire Academy title of Executive Fire Officer. The four-year program Mueller completed focuses on executive development, leadership, and community risk reduction. Congratulations Deputy Chief Mueller.



Economic Development Committee – Councilmember Campbell reported on the recent work of the committee.

  • Received an end of year report including 2013 accomplishments for the City's LEAP and Small Business Enterprise programs 
  • Heard a recap of key economic indicators for Q3, and approved the 2013 end of year report for the committee
  • Broadway Center briefing on their centennial campaign and a discussion of potential LINK route options

Councilmember Boe acknowledged some birthdays over the last few weeks with cupcakes for City Manager Broadnax and council members Walker and Lonergan. Happy birthday all.

Councilmember Woodards thanked everyone who came to the City's MLK celebration on Monday, as well as those who participated in the programming, and the recently formed citizen Events and Recognition Committee. Councilmember Boe noted that TV Tacoma filmed the event and he and Councilmember Walker encouraged everyone who missed it to look up viewing times for rebroadcast of the program.

Mayor Strickland was absent from the evening’s meeting. 


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

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fred davie

Multi million dollar budget deficits predicted for the next four years and yet ....raises provided for 197 city workers without even a single comment from the city council.

Guess they wanted to hurry up the meeting so they could dig into those cupcakes.

January 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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