Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 29, 2013

This week’s City Council meeting was short, and relatively uneventful.  Proclamations were made.  Resolutions and ordinances were passed.  The usual…



Mayor Strickland proclaimed February 1, 2013, as “Go Red Day” in the City of Tacoma in honor of heart disease and stroke awareness for women.  The Mayor encouraged everyone to wear red this Friday to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke for women.

The Tacoma Reads Together book for 2013 was announced.  Wonder by R.J. Palacio will be the book for this year of Tacoma Reads.  Copies are available at Tacoma public libraries, and probably soon at your favorite independent book seller.

The Mayor honored Diane Lachel, who will be retiring from her position as director of Click! after 15 years with the City.  The Mayor thanked Lachel for her dedication to the City and to the mission of Click!


No comment this week.



Purchase Resolution No. 38613 Awarding contracts to:

  1. Rodarte Construction, Inc., on its bid of $3,118,323.75, sales tax not included, plus a 10 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $3,430,156.13, budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, for the replacement of approximately 10,500 linear feet of existing wastewater sewer pipe and approximately 800 linear feet of stormwater sewer pipe located at North 43rd Street to Ruby Street from Pearl Street to Baltimore Street –  Specification No. PW12-0423F [John O’Loughlin, Science and Engineering Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Interim Director, Environmental Services]; and
  2. The CEI Group, Inc., in the amount of $120,000.00, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $538,000.00, budgeted from various departmental funds, to increase the contract for auto accident management services on an as-needed basis through December 31, 2013 – Specification No. GF08-0550F. [Jeff Jenkins, Facilities Division Manager; Dick McKinley, Director, Public Works]

Councilmember Boe commended staff for work on the bid process.  Boe noted that the winning bid, out of 13 bidders, came in at 13% below the pre-bid estimate.

Resolution No. 38614 Authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Metropolitan Development Council, in the amount of $420,000, budgeted from the Mental Health Fund, for the Housing First Chronic Homelessness Project, effective January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. [Shelley Koeppen, Contract Specialist; Tansy Hayward, Director, Neighborhood and Community Services]

The Housing First program was identified back in 2006 as a way of addressing the problem of homeless encampments in Tacoma.  Housing First offers transitional housing paired with intensive case management to individuals living in homeless encampments, while allowing the City to clean up the encampments.

Resolution No. 38615 Authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, in the amount of $450,000, budgeted from the General Fund, for the operation of the Topping HOPE Center in South Tacoma, effective January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. [Christopher Wright, Contract and Program Auditor; Tansy Hayward, Director, Neighborhood and Community Services]

This resolution funds general operating expenses for the Topping HOPE Center, where the Boys & Girls Club provides after school and summer programming to children in South Tacoma.


Ordinance No. 28124 Authorizing the execution of a ten-year non-exclusive telecommunications franchise agreement with Zayo Group, LLC, to construct, operate, and repair a telecommunications system throughout the city.  [Jeff Lueders, Cable Communications and Franchise Services Manager;  T.C. Broadnax, City Manager]

The ordinance passed without comment.

Ordinance No. 28127 Amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement a change in the Section 125 Flexible Benefits Plan and approve a one-time payment to eligible employees; and to implement a Letter of Agreement negotiated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 483, Customer and Field Services Unit. [Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

The ordinance passed without comment.






Government Performance and Finance Committee – Councilmember Lonergan reported on topics discussed by the committee:

  • A report from Tacoma Rail on its operation of the Mountain Division, including TRMW’s improved situation and plans to sustain that trend.
  • The telecommunications franchise agreement with Zayo, approved at this meeting.
  • The Tacoma Dome Feasibility Study – consultants presented findings, including the strengths and weaknesses of the Dome, renovations needed, and possible uses of the exhibition hall.  The 125 page study was paid for out of Tacoma Dome enterprise funds and supported by Pierce County, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and the Economic Development Board.
  • At the next meeting the committee will hear a report on TPU efforts to improve the meter reading process.

Councilmember Boe gave a reminder of the upcoming Tacoma Sister Cities International Film Festival.  The festival will begin next week, and run nine weeks, with nine movies from different Tacoma sister cities.  You can get an $80 pass that will get you into all nine movies and accompanying cultural experiences, or see each for $10.

Councilmember Ibsen announced that the film “Shift Change” will be showing at the Grand Cinema on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 and 8:30 with conversation to follow.  “Shift Change” is a locally-made film about cooperative and employee-owned businesses.

Councilmember Campbell mentioned this week’s Shift Happens event from Go Local Tacoma, which included the Mayor’s State of the City speech.

Councilmember Woodards was absent from the meeting.


For more on any of the items on this week’s agenda, check out this week’s City business preview.

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fred davie

Could we have a link to that Tacoma Dome “feasibility study” that the taxpayers paid so dearly for? Also, what were the important findings that we didn’t know about before we spent the money?

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Buck Futz

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