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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 29, 2014
Resolution No. 38972 A resolution setting Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner to confirm the Assessment Roll for SCF-11 for the reconstruction of unfit or unsafe sidewalks at 91 locations throughout the City. [Chris E. Larson, P.E., Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]
The consent agenda was adopted without comment.
Resolution No. 38973 A resolution appointing Beverly Bowen-Bennett, Deirdre Evans, and Erin Lee to the City Events and Recognitions Committee. [Doris Sorum, City Clerk; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]
The three citizens appointed will join the committee, which focuses on Tacoma's annual Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration, and the City of Destiny Awards, as well as other ways that the City can recognize and celebrate the efforts of its citizens.
Resolution No. 38974 A resolution awarding a contract to Owen Equipment, in the amount of $374,174, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Surface Water Fund, to purchase one five-yard catch basin cleaner/vactor - Washington State Contract No. 01912. [Judith Scott, Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Director, Environmental Services]
Resolution No. 38975 A resolution awarding a contract to PSC Environmental Services, LLC, in the amount of $192,379, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the Solid Waste Fund, to provide transportation and disposal of moderate-risk waste collected through the Household Hazardous Waste program, for a two-year term, with the option to renew for three additional one-year terms, for a projected contract total of $518,544 - Specification No. ES14-0319F. [Gary Kato, Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Director, Environmental Services]
Resolution No. 38976 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Northstar Chemical, in the amount of $101,062.50, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $301,062.50, budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, for Dissolved Air Flotation Tank (DAFT) polymer through April 2015 - Specification No. PW10-0751F. [Judith Scott, Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Director, Environmental Services]
Resolution No. 38977 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Xerox Corporation, in the amount of $1,200,000, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $4,200,000, budgeted from the Graphics Services Fund, to increase the contract for the lease and maintenance of multifunctional and networked printing devices - Washington State Contract 03706. [Michelle Lewis-Hodges, Manager; Jack Kelanic, Director, Information Technology]
All four purchase resolutions were adopted without comment.
Resolution No. 38978 A resolution authorizing the allocation of funds in the total amount of $3,888,390, budgeted from the Mental Health Fund, to support the delivery of human services by delegate agencies for the period of January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016; and directing the City Manager to negotiate a contract for services with the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center and recommend a funding allocation in the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget. [Tansy Hayward, Assistant City Manager/Director, Neighborhood and Community Services]
Updates included in the recently adopted 2015 to 2019 Human Services Strategic Plan made changes to funding policies, including outlining criteria to identify projects for non-competitive funding. Programs proposed for direct funding reflect alignment with City goals for systemic change. This time around those programs include the Family Justice Center, which was established in partnership with Pierce County to address the problem of domestic violence, and a list of programs supporting the City goal of advancing a coordinated system of care addressing mental health or chemical dependency.
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28232 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation covering 14 budgeted positions, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 483, Click! Network Unit. [Mike Brock, Labor Negotiator; Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]
The ordinance passed without further comment.
Ordinance No. 28233 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation, covering three budgeted positions represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 483, Supervisors’ Unit.[Tara Schaak, Labor Negotiator; Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]
This ordinance also passed without further comment.
Ordinance No. 28234 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation for the Recovery and Transfer Center Supervisor, represented by the Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17; and deleting obsolete classifications located within the Environmental Services Department. [Tara Schaak, Labor Negotiator; Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]
… and again, the ordinance passed without comment.
Ordinance No. 28235 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation, and changes in classifications to reflect the organizational structure for employees represented by the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, Local 120, covering 152 budgeted positions. [Mike Brock, Labor Negotiator; Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]
And one last time, the ordinance was adopted without comment.
FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28236 An ordinance granting a non-exclusive franchise to tw telecom of washington llc, to construct, operate and repair a telecommunications system throughout the city. [Jeff Lueders, Cable Communications & Franchise Services Manager; T.C. Broadnax, City Manager]
This 10 year franchise would allow tw telecom to install and maintain their network in the City right of way. The final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the Council meeting of August 19.
Ordinance No. 28237 An ordinance amending the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget to accept revenues, transfer funds, and appropriate funds for unanticipated expenditures. [Tadd Wille, Budget Officer; Andrew Cherullo, Director, Finance]
At the close of 2013, the midpoint of the current budget biennium, the City had about $1.9 million more in revenues than anticipated. Staff is recommending that the surplus be used in part for several currently unfunded projects.
- US Open preparations - street and sidewalk improvements to South 56th and to South 13th between Pacific and Commerce
- Expansion of school speed zones
- Repairs required due to theft of wires from street lighting
- Cleanup of PCBs discovered on the Eastside
Those recommended public works projects would total about $1.1 million. Staff is further recommending the remaining $800,000 be contributed to the reserve fund.
The ordinance would also accept grants and contributions received by the Office of Environmental Policy and Tacoma Fire Department, and would cleanup appropriations from the Transportation Capital and Engineering Fund to the Streets Operations Fund, and make adjustments to the Permit Services Fund.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
The City of Tacoma has been recognized by International City Management Association with a certificate of excellence for its performance management. Tacoma was one of just 29 jurisdictions receiving this highest level award from the organization.
Broadnax also shared that the Neighborhoods and Community Services Department is in the process of updating the City’s minimum building and structures code. The City is reaching out to residents, business and property owners, and other stakeholders to gather input on updates to the code that governs the conditions of existing buildings. A 10-question survey will be going out via email, for citizen feedback by August 15. Interested citizens can learn more, and complete the survey at cityoftacoma.org/tacomacares.
COMMENTS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee – Deputy Mayor Woodards reported on recent topics addressed by the committee.
- Received a report from the Citizen Review Panel on its accomplishments in 2013 and its work plan for 2014.
- Heard a presentation from the YMCA on City Council partnerships with the Y and Tacoma Public Schools.
- Heard a presentation from Neighborhoods and Community Services on the 2015-2019 Human Services Strategic Plan, which was adopted at last week’s Council meeting.
At its next meeting the committee will hear updates on Summer Jobs 253, the West End Alcohol Impact Area, and the gang reduction project evaluation.
Mayor Strickland reminded us that this Wednesday, July 30, the City is asking everyone interested to come to a community visioning workshop at the Convention Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5, and parking will be free at the Convention Center parking lots. The visioning process will result in a citywide strategic plan outlining steps to achieve a shared community vision for Tacoma's future, and will help to inform City budget priorities and spending decisions. Due to community input already received, the Mayor said, the seven key focus areas for the process have already been slightly adjusted from the original Tacoma 2025 key focus areas. They are now as follows:
- Health and safety
- Human and social services
- Economic vibrancy and employment
- Arts, culture, and neighborhood vitality
- Education and learning
- Government performance
- The built and natural environment (including transportation and sustainability
The Mayor emphasized that broad input is important, and encouraged everyone to attend and participate.
Councilmember Campbell reminded us that on Monday, August 4 the City will host the District 4 community budget meeting at Lincoln High School. Campbell also announced that Tuesday, August 5 will be National Night Out, and encouraged everyone to discover and participate in events in their neighborhoods.
Councilmember Mello was absent from this week’s meeting.
Mayor Strickland also announced that on August 15 the Daffodil Festival and the City of Tacoma will be hosting the second annual Celebrating Military Service Parade, followed by a post-parade street event.
For more on the items on this week’s agenda, see our city business preview for the week.
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