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Tacoma City Council Meeting - June 11, 2013
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28152 Vacating the west 200 feet of the alley right-of-way lying south of Puyallup Avenue and east of East L Street for a commercial fueling facility. (Red Bull, LLC; File No. 124.1335) [Troy Stevens, Senior Real Estate Specialist; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]
A motion may be made to authorize the City’s full and final settlement of all claims against the City in the matter of Germer v. City of Tacoma, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 12-2-07469-6, upon payment by the City in the amount of $35,000.
The motion was adopted without comment.
Purchase Resolution No. 38679 Awarding contracts to:
- Totem Electric of Tacoma, Inc., on its bid of $703,955.53, sales tax not applicable, plus a 10 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $774,351.08, budgeted from the Streets Special Revenue Fund, for traffic signals and pedestrian beacons located between South 56th and South 74th Streets for the Tacoma Water Ditch Trail Traffic Signals project – Specification No. PW13-0007F; [Chris Larson, Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]
- Totem Electric of Tacoma, Inc., on its bid of $838,181.03, sales tax not applicable, plus a 10 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $921,999.13, budgeted from the Streets Special Revenue Fund, to install and upgrade traffic signal for the South 25th Street Corridor Signal Improvements project – Specification No. PW13-0012F; [Chris Larson, Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]
- Northwest Cascade, Inc., on its bid of $1,253,849.24, including sales tax, plus a 10 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $1,379,234.16, budgeted from the Streets Special Revenue Fund, for Local Improvement District No. 8659 – Specification No. PW13-0108F; and [Chris Larson, Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]
- Tri-State Construction, in the amount of $35,000.00, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $1,927.511.50, budgeted from the Tacoma Rail Mountain Division Fund, to increase the contract for the Blakeslee Junction Track Realignment project – Specification No. PW11-0038F. [Chris Larson, Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]
The item passed without comment.
Resolution No. 38680 Amending the General Government Fee Schedule for Special and Miscellaneous Services, to include charges for housing providers who operate rental properties outside the city limits and attend the Crime Free Housing Program Phase I Landlord Training. [ChiQuata Elder, Landlord Tenant Coordinator; Tansy Hayward, Director, Neighborhood and Community Services]
The City of Tacoma Crime Free Housing Program is a training program available to anyone interested in attending the class, whether they live in Tacoma or not. The program has been free, and leads to a certification, which until now has been available only to those operating rentals in Tacoma. About one-third of program participants are from other areas. Staff attributes this popularity to the frequency and comprehensiveness of Tacoma’s program. The changes adopted with this resolution will allow attendees from outside Tacoma to be certified through Tacoma’s program, and will allow the City to recoup the cost of the training for those attendees with the new $50 fee. That fee will only apply to landlords not operating properties in Tacoma.
Resolution No. 38681 Authorizing the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma, in the amount of $375,000, budgeted from the 2009 LTGO Bond Series E Fund, for the City’s portion of the replacement of approximately 3,300 linear feet of existing water main and the addition of seven fire hydrants to Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park, with an estimated project total of $750,000. [Jeffrey Jenkins, Facilities Management Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]
Councilmember Mello shared a little background on this one. The pipes and water supply system in Point Defiance are aging, and in some cases failing. Many of the pipes are decades old and made of wood. This resolution funds the replacement of one section of this failing system. In keeping with the plan to transition responsibility for Tacoma’s parks to Metro Parks, the project will be funded through 50/50 cost-sharing between the two entities.
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28153 Amending Chapter 12.13 of the Municipal Code, relating to Click! Network Cable TV Products, to revise rates for cable television products and related services, effective August 1, 2013. [Pam Burgess, Business Operations Manager; Tenzin Gyaltsen, General Manager, Click! Network]
The ordinance passed without Council comment.
Ordinance No. 28154 Amending Chapter 6B.220 of the Municipal Code, relating to taxi regulations, to further specify digital security camera requirements, clarify additional taxicab vehicle and driver requirements, and update language consistent with other licensing sections of the Municipal Code.[Danielle Larson, Tax and License Division Manager; Andrew Cherullo, Director, Finance]
The cameras required will capture a series of still images, rather than video or audio. Drivers will be responsible for keeping the images for five days, after which point they will be recorded over. Cab drivers and law enforcement will have access to the images, and only law enforcement will be permitted to retain the images for more than five days. The rules require that signage be posted both outside and inside the cabs, notifying passengers of the presence of cameras.
Ordinance No. 28155 Repealing and reenacting Chapters 2.02, 2.06, 2.07, and 2.10 of the Municipal Code to implement the 2012 International Building, Residential, Existing Building, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Codes; the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code; and the 2012 Washington State Energy Code, to establish the minimum requirements for building construction to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare, effective July 1, 2013. [Sue Coffman, Professional Engineer; Peter Huffman, Interim Director, Planning and Development Services]
Councilmember Boe clarified the “5 over 2” rule included in the code. It allows for up to five floors of wood frame construction to be built over two floors of concrete construction. Wood frame is less expensive than concrete or steel construction, so this allows developers an affordable way to develop higher density projects, maximizing their investment by getting a lower cost per square foot.
Ordinance No. 28156 Repealing and reenacting Chapter 3.02 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Fire Prevention Code; providing for the issuance of permits and penalties for violation; and adopting local amendments to the 2012 International Fire Code along with the State of Washington amendments, effective July 1, 2013. [Ryan Erickson, Fire Code Official; James Duggan, Chief, Tacoma Fire]
The federal government requires all cities to adopt standards equivalent to, or greater than the international fire code. Tacoma does this by adopting the state fire code (which is the international fire code) and making amendments.
The big topic of the day was the effort underway to require employers in Tacoma to offer paid sick leave to their employees. We heard support for the idea from a wide variety of speakers including city employees, union reps and members, workers with multiple jobs, and others. We heard stories of workers afraid to call in sick for fear of losing wages or losing their jobs; and of the negative impacts of this situation on workers, their families, co-workers, customers, and public health. We also heard statistics and stories from other cities like Seattle and San Francisco where this approach has been tried. Speakers asked the Council to be proactive in working to enact legislation requiring paid sick leave. This won’t be the last we hear of this issue.
This week we heard complaints about the justice system from two different speakers - one our long-time regular with concerns about the Ladenburg family and just about every level of government. The second spoke through an interpreter, and was followed up by another representative, about concerns that the Tacoma Police Department is in need of a “racial assessment.”
We also heard from a speaker hosting an all ages Taylor Swift concert tailgate party fundraiser for the Tacoma chapter of the American Red Cross; and a final speaker voicing support for City to move quickly on its plans for the Prairie Line Trail.
COMMENTS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
Councilmember Ibsen announced the re-opening of Old Town Dock this Sunday, June 16 from 11 to 1. The community celebration will include live music from Pearl Django, and the chance to explore the interactive art installation from Chandler O’Leary. Oh, and while you’re at it, you can enjoy Tacoma’s waterfront - right now the weather forecast for Sunday is looking pretty good.
Councilmember Campbell announced the upcoming Community Transit Equity Forum, hosted by the Tacoma Urban League and Transportation Choices Coalition at the Salishan Family Investment Center on Thursday, June 20, from 6 to 8 pm.
... and with that, we’re adjourned. Mayor Strickland was absent.
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