Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014


Deputy Mayor Woodards proclaimed July 2014 as Gay Pride Month in recognition of the contributions of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/ally community makes to Tacoma’s diversity, economic vitality, and quality of life, and of the city's commitment to equality and acceptance for all. Tacoma's Pride Festival will include a street festival, awards ceremony, film festival, faith and live storytelling events, and more. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities, including the raising of the pride flag on the Tacoma Municipal Building this Friday, and Out in the Park at Wright Park Pierce Transit Park this Saturday. More information at tacomapride.org.



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Resolution No. 38943 A resolution reappointing Woodrow Jones to the Tacoma Public Utility Board for a five-year term to expire June 30, 2019. [Doris Sorum, City Clerk; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]

Mr. Jones was reappointed following interviews with two total applicants.



Resolution No. 38944 A resolution awarding a contract to Granich Engineered Products, Inc., in the amount of $517,000, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, to repair, refurbish, and replace pumps in order to maintain system performance at the Central Treatment Plant and existing pump stations throughout the City, for a three-year term through June 30, 2017 - Sole Source. [Judith Scott, Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Director, Environmental Services]

The resolution was adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 38945 A resolution establishing a Green Roads Community Policy and Program for the City’s roads and other transportation facilities and infrastructure to be models of environmental, economic, and social stewardship; and, directing the City Manager to appoint a Green Roads Team to assist with said program. [Kristin Lynett, Sustainability Manager; T.C. Broadnax, City Manager]

This resolution moves forward on the City's commitment to making Tacoma’s roads and other transportation infrastructure models of sustainable practices by setting community goals for sustainable design, construction, operation and maintenance. GreenRoads is an internationally recognized voluntary sustainability rating system program for road redesign and construction, similar to the LEED sustainable buildings rating system. The program looks holistically at road redesign, considering construction practices, access and equity, materials and resources, as well as use of techniques like pervious pavement and rain gardens. 

City staff will develop a Green Roads policy and program, and the City Manager will appoint a team to assist with the program. Policy goals include green road certification for all new and reconstructed roads as financially feasible.



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 was adopted without further comment.



Half a dozen commenters, most associated with the 15 Now Tacoma campaign spoke in favor of a $15 an hour living wage in Tacoma. The focus of the group was on the janitorial company the City hires to clean the Tacoma Municipal Building; several commenters, including one former employee, had pretty disparaging things to say about the company's business practices. The group asked that the City set an example for the community by hiring a union janitorial company to clean its facilities.

We also heard from a commenter asking the City Council to consider implement the multi-modal transportation improvements envisioned in Tacoma's Mobility Master Plan to improve public safety, health, and local economic investment. And our most frequent commenter at recent Citizens' Forums was back with the next chapter in his conspiracy theory.



City Manager Broadnax introduced his office’s Summer Jobs 253 summer intern, a young lady who will be a junior at Lincoln High School in the fall.



Councilmember Campbell shared several upcoming events for his district and beyond.

  • Talk the Walk public meeting on pedestrian crossing improvements – a follow up to earlier meetings, including a presentation on results from earlier outreach, and staff analysis of those results for districts 3, 4, and 5. Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at Blix Elementary School.
  • District 4 town hall on closure and reconstruction of Pacific and then McKinley bridges over I-5, the rehab of the Tacoma Avenue South bridge, and Pierce County’s plans for a new administrative building. Monday, July 14 at Lincoln High School, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Community cleanups this Saturday from 10 to 2 in the Stewart Heights neighborhood, and the following weekend in the Dometop and First Creek neighborhoods.
  • Sunday is Art on the Ave, Tacoma's biggest art festival, held on 6th Avenue. It's a great opportunity to get out and enjoy Tacoma - and the weather should be fantastic.

Councilmember Mello follow up on the Tacoma Pride Festival conversation, welcoming everyone to come and enjoy the festival – all are welcome, you don’t need to be gay or lesbian. It begins Friday with the pride flag raising and awards ceremony, and events continue over the next week.

Councilmember Ibsen announced the District 1 budget open house coming up on Thursday, July 17 at the Wheelock Library in Proctor. It will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the budget and how it works, and to provide feedback and ask questions about the process as the City begins to develop its budget for the next two years.

Councilmember Boe reminded us that Tacoma's farmers' markets continue four days a week - Tuesdays at 6th and Pine from 3 to 7, Thursdays on Broadway from 10 to 3, Saturdays in Proctor from 9 to 2, and Sundays at the STAR Center in South Tacoma from 11 to 3.

Boe also announced that Tacoma Musical Playhouse presents Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein the musical July 11 through August 3.

Councilmember Walker announced the District 3 budget meeting next Monday, July 14, at the Tacoma Nature Center at 6 p.m.

Mayor Strickland and Councilmember Thoms were 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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Correction: In first paragraph, Out in the Park is erroneously located at Wright Park.  The actual location (correctly named in your related article) is Pierce Transit Park between 9th & 11th on Broadway.

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Fixed. Thanks for catching that.

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