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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 1, 2014
This was a quick meeting - as if the Council knew that it was a beautiful, hot, sunny, day and a short week, and said "Let’s get this over with." We're not complaining one bit.
The recognition for Simpson Kraft and RockTenn. was rescheduled to the July 15 meeting.
A motion was made and carried to continue ordinances 28229 and 28230 to the July 22 Council meeting. Councilmember Campbell noted that at that time he will be bringing forward another amendment that would include recommendations for electric vehicle charging infrastructure for single-family residences as well as multi-family.
Resolution No. 38937 A resolution appointing and reappointing the following individuals to the Tacoma Arts Commission: Scott A. Campbell to the Working Professional Artist position to fill an unexpired term to expire December 31, 2015; Joel Chang and Sarah F. Idstrom to the At-Large positions to serve three-year terms to expire December 31, 2016; Ronald J. Lagman to the At-Large position to fill an unexpired term to expire December 31, 2015; and Dane Meyer and Katrina Toft to the Professional positions to serve three-year terms to expire December 31, 2016. [Doris Sorum, City Clerk; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]
Councilmember Campbell described the Tacoma Arts Commission as one of the City's hardest working commissions, and thanked all the volunteers who applied, and those who will be serving.
Resolution No. 38938 A resolution awarding a contract to Recall Total Information Management, Inc./ Recall Secure Destruction Services, Inc., in the amount of $505,000, plus sales tax, budgeted from various departmental funds, for Citywide professional records storage and secure destruction services, for an initial contract term of five years, with the option to renew for two additional one-year terms, for a projected contract total of $700,000 - Specification No. CT14-0119F. [Wendy Fowler, Records Management Supervisor, City Attorney’s Office; Kathy Katterhagen, Procurement and Payables Division, Finance]
The item was adopted without Council comment.
Resolution No. 38939 A resolution awarding a contract to Northwest Abatement Services, Inc., dba Stetz Construction, in the amount of $430,000, plus sales tax, plus a 20 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $516,000, budgeted from the Property Management Fund, to replace the roof at the historic City-owned Street Operation Building located at 2324 South C Street - Specification No. PW14-0158F. [Justin Davis, Facilities Division Manager; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]
The item was also adopted without Council comment.
Resolution No. 38940 A resolution awarding a contract to Rodarte Construction, Inc., in the amount of $1,549,794.13, including sales tax, plus a 15 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $1,782,263.25, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, to construct a 300-foot-long concrete esplanade with lighting, railing and park benches and install 17 new piles to support the new Thea Foss Waterway esplanade - Specification No. PW14-0054F. [Darius Thompson, Project Manager; Chris Larson, P.E., Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]
And one more time: the item was adopted without Council comment.
Resolution No. 38941 A resolution designating the Municipal Barn located at 2324 South C Street as a City Landmark and placing said building on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. [Reuben McKnight, Historic Preservation Officer; Peter Huffman, Director, Planning and Development Services]
The Tacoma Municipal Barn was recommended for listing as a historic structure based on its status as an iconic structure among the historic warehouses in downtown Tacoma. It is a rare example of a craftsman-style industrial building, and is already listed on the Washington Historic Barn Register.
Regarding the replacement of its roof funded by the earlier purchase resolution, the City’s Historic Preservation Officer told Council that his office has been kept in the loop on plans for the roof. The replacement roof will look much as the existing roof, but newer and structurally sound.
Resolution No. 38942 A resolution adopting the updated Tacoma Waterfront Public Access Alternatives Plan and the Tacoma Waterfront Design Guidelines as implementation strategies for the Shoreline Master Program Element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, as recommended by the Planning Commission. [Brian Boudet, Planning Manager; Peter Huffman, Director, Planning and Development Services]
This resolution rescinds three existing elements of Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan, and adopts two new, updated implementation strategies. See last week's conversation for more.
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
Amended Ordinance No. 28229 An amended ordinance approving the proposed 2014 Annual Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code as recommended by the Planning Commission on May 7, 2014, and amending appropriate elements of the Comprehensive Plan. [Brian Boudet, Planning Manager; Peter Huffman, Director, Planning and Development Services]
The ordinance will be considered at the July 22 Council meeting.
Amended Ordinance No. 28230 An amended ordinance amending various chapters of Title 1 and Title 13 of the Municipal Code, relating to the 2014 Annual Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code as recommended by the Planning Commission on May 7, 2014. [Brian Boudet, Planning Manager; Peter Huffman, Director, Planning and Development Services]
The ordinance will be considered at the July 22 Council meeting.
FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28231 An ordinance amending several chapters of Title 8 of the Municipal Code, relating to public safety and morals, by adding, repealing and/or reenacting certain chapters regarding stalking protection orders and other laws to assist with enforcement and ensure compatibility with state law. [Keith Echterling, Prosecuting Attorney; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]
The ordinance would make changes to update the Tacoma Municipal Code, bringing it into congruency with state law, and increasing prosecutorial efficiency in Tacoma.
COMMENTS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
Government Performance and Finance Committee – Councilmember Lonergan shared recent topics covered by the committee.
- Heard two presentations on for-hire transportation services in Tacoma, including an overview of current license requirements for taxi and rideshare companies, and proposed changes to address discrepancies in the requirements for the two categories.
- Heard a presentation on the City’s fleet services program, including the impact of leasing on the City’s debt capacity, and the fleet purchasing process.
- Held a joint meeting with the Audit Advisory Board, which included audit entrance conference and audit exit conference presentations.
At its next meeting the committee will interview individuals for the Public Utility Board. There will also be a special meeting, scheduled as part of the GPFC meeting, for an update on the Tacoma Employee Retirement System, and the Russell Family foundation will present on their divestment of fossil fuels process. The special meeting was scheduled because council members who don’t serve on the GPFC were interested in participating.
Today at Committee of the Whole a couple new items were added to the committee’s future work plan: discussions of shared work programs and the municipal health clinic concept, per Council request.
Councilmember Ibsen shared a few details of work being done at Vassault Park. The park will be torn up through October for Department of Ecology work to clean up and replace soil contaminated by Asarco. The playfields will be fenced for another year after that to allow grass to grow. More information at
Councilmember Thoms thanked staff for their work on the Walk the Talk project and meetings. Thoms said the first meeting was well-attended, and reminded us that the second meeting is coming up next Wednesday, July 9 at Blix Elementary School.
Councilmember Campbell seconded the invitation to the Talk the Walk meeting for residents of districts 3, 4 and 5. Campbell also invited District 4 residents, and anyone else who will be affected by the upcoming closure of Pacific Avenue over I-5, to come to an town hall meeting on Monday, July 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.. The closure will be necessary while WSDOT widens I-5 in the area. The work will include the demolition and rebuilding of the Pacific Avenue Bridge, followed by the McKinley Avenue Bridge. At that meeting, WSDOT will also discuss the reconstruction of the Tacoma Avenue Bridge, and Pierce County will share plans for its new Pacific Avenue complex.
Campbell also invited everyone to come out for the 12th annual Jazz Festival for the South Tacoma Business District. The event will be held on Saturday, July 26 on South Tacoma Way between 54th and 56th, with main stage entertainment beginning at 1:30 p.m., with other performances at Stonegate and Dawson's.
Mayor Strickland reminded us that the City will be celebrating the 4th of July holiday, and offices will be closed this Friday. The mayor also reminded us that fireworks are illegal in Tacoma, so she encourages you all to enjoy Freedom Fair on Ruston Way, or the celebration at JBLM. With the hot dry weather in the forecast for this week, she reminded us that fireworks will be especially dangerous.
Councilmember Boe was absent from this week’s meeting.
For more on the items on this week's agenda see our City Business Preview for the week.
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