Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 28, 2014



Resolution No. 38827 A resolution approving the final plat of “Chambers Ridge” (formerly “Sunset Estates”), a twenty-five lot subdivision for single-family development located at 1418 South Sunset Drive. (Novastar Development, Inc.; File No. PLT2013-40000207272). [Philip Kao, Associate Planner; Peter Huffman, Director, Planning and Development Services]

Resolution No. 38828 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with Pierce County to renew the Enhanced 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point Participation Agreement for 2014, in the amount of $246,190; accepting and depositing said sum into the Fire Miscellaneous Special Revenue Fund, for Tacoma Fire Department expenses related to emergency communications. [Faith Mueller, Deputy Chief; James Duggan, Chief, Fire Department]

Resolution No. 38829 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Washington State Patrol to allow reimbursement of fire mobilization costs incurred pursuant to activation of the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan. [Faith Mueller, Deputy Chief; James Duggan, Chief, Fire Department]

Resolution No. 38830 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with participating agencies, in the amount of $10,000, for use in the distribution of funds and allocation of resources pursuant to the 2013-2015 Washington Auto Theft Prevention Grant Award, to respond to, prevent, and investigate auto theft and related crimes. [Shawn Stringer, Captain; Kathy McAlpine, Assistant Chief, Police Department]

This resolution was removed from the agenda at the request of staff.






Resolution No. 38831 A resolution appointing individuals to the Citizen Review Panel. [Doris Sorum, City Clerk; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]

New members were appointed in a somewhat expedited process to resolve quorum issues, and allow the panel to continue to do its work. Thanks to everyone who serves on the panel for their service.

Resolution No. 38832 A resolution appointing and reappointing the following individuals to the Human Rights Commission: Vazaskia Caldwell, Fred Schuneman, and Christina Zinkgraf. [Doris Sorum, City Clerk; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]

New and returning members were appointed; thank you for your service.



Resolution No. 38833 A resolution awarding a contract to Rod McConkey Construction, LLC, on its bid of $218,777.83, plus sales tax, plus a 20 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $262,533.40, budgeted from the 2010 LTGO Series D Fund, for a new public restroom and site improvements at the intersection of Ruston Way and McCarver Street, adjacent to Old Town Dock - Specification No. PW13-0412F. [Jeffrey A. Jenkins, Assistant Public Works Director; Kurtis Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]

Councilmember Boe recused himself from the discussion and vote on the item to avoid any potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest. The resolution passed.

Resolution No. 38834 A resolution awarding a contract to Yes LSE, LLC, in the amount of $405,000, sales tax not applicable, for a cumulative total of $405,000, budgeted from the Tacoma Dome and Convention Center Funds, for temporary personnel services for the Tacoma Dome and the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, for an initial three-year period, plus the option to renew for one additional two-year period, for a projected contract total of $675,000 - Specification No. PF13-0687F. [Jon Houg, Deputy Director; Kim Bedier, Director, Public Assembly Facilities]

The resolution passed without comment.



Ordinance No. 28199 An ordinance amending the non-exclusive telecommunications franchise agreement granted to Zayo Group, LLC, by Ordinance No. 28124, dated January 29, 2013, to construct, operate, and repair a telecommunications system throughout the city; clarifying certain provisions, terms and conditions of the franchise, and making such grant apply to both underground and above-ground use of City right-of-way where applicable. [Jeff Lueders, Cable Communications and Franchise Services Manager; T.C. Broadnax, City Manager, City Manager’s Office]

The ordinance passed without further comment.



Ordinance No. 28203 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation for non-represented employees and changes in classifications to reflect the organizational structure. [Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

The pay increases here would go to employees across all City departments who have not had increases in rates of pay since 2009, and some who took one-year pay reductions in the last round of budget cuts. Councilmember Mello called the proposal "more modest and fair" than previously considered proposals which would have given greater increases to a smaller group of employees. The issue is scheduled for a final decision at next week's meeting.



Government Performance and Finance Committee – Councilmember Lonergan shared the recent work of the committee.

  • Conducted interviews and selected members for the Charter Review Commission. The Mayor and council members each selected one member for the commission, and the GPFC selected 6 more from applicants. The committee has begun its work, and is scheduled to make recommendations in May. 
  • Heard the results of the accountability audit performed by the State, which showed no significant findings.
  • Moss Adams spoke regarding an upcoming audit of City utilities.

At its next meeting the committee will cover possible changes to Title 6 of the Tacoma Municipal Code and approve an end of year report.

Councilmember Boe had several items to share this week:

  • As of April 1 Tacoma Power's commercial lighting rebate program will be changing. Business owners changing out fluorescent lighting will be able to get up to 70% of the cost back in rebates through TPU's "Bright Rebates" program. Learn more here.
  • Tacoma's annual Sister Cities Film Festival is back with a few changes. The festival, which has traditionally been held at the Blue Mouse, with a cost to attend will be moving to the new Tahoma Room in Commencement Hall at the University of Puget Sound. And it will be free to attend. The series of films from Tacoma sister cities around the world will run every Thursday through April 3, starting next Thursday with a film called Thermae Romae from Tacoma's sister city of Kitakyushu, Japan (which looks from the trailer like it could be pretty funny). Doors open at 6, film begins at 7, seating is first come, first serve.
  • Tacoma Opera will be featuring the Barber of Seville at the Rialto on February 7 and 9. That one's not free, so get your tickets now.

Mayor Strickland and Councilmember Walker were absent from this week’s meeting.

Go Hawks.


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

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