Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 26, 2016

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39363 A resolution setting Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the unimproved alley lying east and abutting Norpoint Way Northeast, and lying between 28th and 29th Streets Northeast, for a multi-family development.

Resolution No. 39364 A resolution setting Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the south 125 feet of the alley between Union Avenue and Puget Sound Avenue, lying north of South 40th Street, to allow the petitioner to consolidate their adjoining properties.

Resolution No. 39365 A resolution setting Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the north 125 feet of the southerly 215 feet of Broadway, lying north of South 17th Street, for a 300-plus room, 4-star hotel.

Resolution No. 39366 A resolution setting Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the south 130 feet of East K Street, lying north of East 26th Street, for parking and private open space.

Resolution No. 39367 A resolution authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $1,850,250; accepting and depositing said sum into the Surface Water Fund; and authorizing the expenditure of $616,750 in matching funds, for a cumulative total of $2,467,000, to install permeable pavement and bioretention cells along 40th Street.

Resolution No. 39368 A resolution authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $1,567,500; accepting and depositing said sum into the Surface Water Fund; and authorizing the expenditure of $522,500 in matching funds, for a cumulative total of $2,090,000, to install permeable pavement and bioretention facilities on South Tacoma Way between South 52nd and South 56th Streets.

Resolution No. 39369 A resolution authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $1,582,250; accepting and depositing said sum into the Surface Water Fund; and authorizing the expenditure of $527,417 in matching funds, for a cumulative total of $2,109,667, to install permeable pavement in the Madison and Monroe neighborhoods.

The consent agenda was adopted without comment.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

A friend of longshoreman Phil Lelli, the man a segment of 509 will be named after, spoke to say some very nice things about his late friend and the things he did for Tacoma, both the working waterfront and beyond. 

 

REGULAR AGENDA

PURCHASE RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39370 A resolution awarding a contract to Floyd Snider, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $326,759, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the Surface Water Fund, for technical services related to year 10 monitoring activities associated with the sediment cleanup work in the Thea Foss and Wheeler-Osgood Waterways, to be completed before the end of 2017.

Resolution No. 39371 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with Waste Management of Washington, Inc., in the amount of $400,000, sales tax not applicable, for a cumulative total of $600,000, budgeted from the Solid Waste Fund, to continue to process and market commingled recyclables collected by the City.

Resolution No. 39372 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with BASF Corporation, in the amount of $250,000, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $580,880, budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, for dry polymer used in biosolids dewatering at the Central Treatment Plant through December 31, 2016

All three purchase resolutions were adopted without comment.

 

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39362 This is the second reading of a resolution amending the Rules of Procedure of the Council of the City of Tacoma as follows: amend Rule 15 - Standing Committees, Section A, by removing item 4, Neighborhoods and Housing, as an established standing committee; and revise item 5, Public Safety, Human Services, and Education, by changing the name to Community Vitality and Safety.

This item got its first reading and discussion at the council meeting on January 12. It was adopted without further comment.

 

Resolution No. 39373 A resolution recommending the Washington State Transportation Commission name State Route 509, between Pacific Avenue and Taylor Way, the Philip Martin Lelli Memorial Highway.

Councilmember McCarthy talked about the collaborative work Lelli did to modernize Tacoma’s waterfront. During the time that he worked as a longshoreman and advocate for the Port of Tacoma, the Port grew from handling 100,000 to more than a million annually, thanks in part to the work done and partnerships formed by Lelli.

Mayor Strickland described her yes vote as not just in honor of the work done by Lelli, but also as honoring a time when we were able to have civilized civic discourse, saying she hopes we can get back to that environment. We’ll second that.

This resoution expresses Tacoma City Council approval - the renaming still needs state approval to move forward.

 

Resolution No. 39374 A resolution authorizing the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with South Sound 911 and Pierce County Combined Communications Network, for public safety radio system access fees, for the period of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

This resolution authorizes the 3-way agreement with South Sound 911 and Pierce County to support the regional public safety radio communications network by partially offsetting subscriber fees for 2016. Councilmember Lonergan called this a temporary solution to a long-term problem, saying that upgrades to radios, systems, and charging mechanisms highlights differences in how customers are charged. The City and partner agencies will be working this year to find a long-term solution, hopefully by August, to provide a more equitable solution and greater certainty going forward.

 

REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER

Regarding the NW Innovation Works proposal to locate a methanol plant in Tacoma’s Tide Flats, City Manager Broadnax said that the City had significantly underestimated the room capacity needed for the first public scoping meeting last week. Because they want to be sure everyone can be heard, the City is adding an additional public meeting on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for speakers to sign up, and to see an open house with information on the proposal. That meeting will also be held at the convention Center, but it will happen in the exhibition hall, which has a capacity of 1,900.

A third meeting will also happen in Northeast Tacoma at Meeker Middle School on February 16. The City encourages residents of NE Tacoma to attend that one, and all others to try to make the February 10 meeting so that everyone who wants to can get into the smaller space at the middle school.

Broadnax went on to say that the City plans to have the draft scope of work posted online no later than February 5, so that it will be available prior to both of these scoping meetings, which he clarified were for the purpose of providing information and taking comment on the scope of the environmental review of the project. Find details at cityoftacoma.org/planning (click on “Proposed Methanol Plant”). He also said that while February 17 was the original deadline for comment in this phase, that has been pushed back to March 4 to allow everyone to have their say.

On a separate topic, Broadnax reminded us that the City is inviting everyone to the Project PEACE culminating event, which will be held Monday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the Convention Center ballroom. This will be a chance for the community to return to the table, and hear what the City plans to do in response to comments coming out of the series of community conversations held last year about police/community relations.

 

COMMENTS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee – Deputy Mayor Mello reported on the recent work of the committee.

  • Received an annual report from Planning and Development Services on Planning Commission accomplishments in 2014 and 2015, and its work plan for 2016-2017.
  • Interviewed Panning Commission candidates and made a recommendation.
  • Heard an update on a bikeshare planning study, including a survey of different types of programs, and associated costs. The study will continue through July, at which point the committee will hear the final report, and decide what, if any, next steps should be taken.

At its next meeting the committee will hear briefings on the City’s Environmental Action Plan and climate change resilience study.

Councilmember Campbell invited everyone to come out to the Lincoln District on Saturday, February 13 for the return of the Lunar New Year Festival. It has been five years since the last official celebration of the Chinese New Year there. The Lincoln District Revitalization Project has brought together business owners and community members to plan for the celebration of the Year of the Monkey.

Councilmember McCarthy noted that at the last meeting, when the Council approved the Click! engagement committee, he should have notified them of a volunteer relationship with one of the appointed members, who has since resigned from the committee. 

Councilmember Woodards was absent from this week’s meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

Following the regular council meeting, the council reconvened for a special meeting of Tacoma's Transportation Benefit District governing board.

City of Tacoma Transportation Benefit District Governing Board Agenda - SPECIAL MEETING

PUBLIC HEARINGS

This is the date set for a public hearing on adjustments to the 2015-2016 Transportation Benefit District Budget and Spending Plan.

Proposition A allows the City to raise additional revenue for road repairs by increasing the sales tax in Tacoma by 0.1%. That increase is expected to bring in an additional $2,380,000 in 2016 in the 6 months the additional tax will be collected this year, increasing the revenue for the TBD by about 50%.

The TBD is required to have a plan for how it will spend collected revenue. These changes represent an update to that plan to accommodate the increased revenue.

There was no public comment at this hearing.

ADJOURNMENT

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


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