Tacoma City Council Meeting - June 9, 2015

The main excitement on this week's agenda was around Citizens' Forum...



Resolution No. 39209 A resolution setting Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement Program amended for the years 2014-2015 and 2016-2021.

Resolution No. 39210 A resolution setting Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate portions of Waterview Street, North 45th and 46th Streets, Morrison Street, Mason Avenue, Harriott Street and portions of the alleyway located between North 45th Street and North Cheyenne Street, to create individual residential lots ranging from 18,000 to 19,000 square feet.

The consent agenda was adopted without comment.



June 17, 2015 was proclaimed as Walk Tacoma Day in the City of Tacoma in recognition of the value of promoting a walkable city. Walking maps from Downtown On the Go, and the subsequent Walk Tacoma series, have encouraged thousands of people to walk in Tacoma, for exercise, commuting, and recreation, and to improve health and environmental impacts. A new “Walk Around the World” program challenges you to be a part of a community goal of walking the 24,859 miles it would take to walk all the way around the globe. Additionally, the wildly successful Tacoma Architecture Walk is back again this year, with two sessions, led by Deputy Mayor Boe on June 17 for Walk Tacoma Day.

The Mayor and Council recognized Lukhungolwethu Siyabulela Dukashe and Lerato Priscilla Ramphaka from the Tacoma sister city of George, South Africa. Tacoma’s Sister City Relationship with George is over two decades old, with residents of both cities travelling to the other at various times over the years. Mayor Strickland thanked the sister city committee, observing that the relationship relies on having a cohort of people in each city who are dedicated to keeping the relationship healthy.



Robert Hill commented on public comment procedures for public hearings.



An item was added to the agenda with the City Clerk advising the council that 15 Now did obtain the required signatures for their petition to have their minimum wage initiative included on the November 2015 ballot. The item was informational only, so there was no council action.



Resolution No. 39211 A resolution awarding a contract to Northwest Cascade, Inc., in the amount of $1,555,803.26, plus a 20 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $1,866,963.91, excluding sales tax, budgeted from the Wastewater and Surface Water Funds, for the construction of approximately 3,100 linear feet of underground wastewater mains and 540 linear feet of underground stormwater mains in various locations throughout the City.

The resolution was adopted without comment.



Robert Hill returned with more concerns about public process. Namely the requirement, apparently posted by City Manager T.C. Broadnax, that visitors to the city building wear both a shirt and shoes. This, Hill asserted, infringes on his right to non-verbal protest. He then got very verbal, using derogatory language that got him eighty-sixed from the meeting.

The rest of the comment was much more civil, and was focused primarily on the minimum wage issue. We heard from a half dozen minimum wage workers and others, sharing with the council their struggles making ends meet with minimum wage employment. Mitchell Shook from Advanced Stream Wireless also spoke on the issues of the Click! network's profitability, questioning the math that shows the utility to be losing money, and suggesting that the council revisit the numbers.



Councilmember Mello shared with his fellow council members mementos from a recent ribbon cutting for a wastewater treatment plant project. The new project will protect the plant from future flooding and overflow issues.

Councilmember Campbell shared a few events coming up in his district.

  • Saturday, June 13 – A neighborhood cleanup at First Creek Middle School for the surrounding neighborhoods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Also on Saturday, June 13 – Depave McKinley Avenue - A project to remove pavement from parking strips in the McKinley Business District, and replace it with plantings.
  • Wednesday, June 17 – The grand opening of the Eastside Farmers’ Market at 44th and Portland Ave.



For more on the items on this week’s agenda, see our City Business Preview.

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