Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 15, 2016

It was a pretty brief and uneventful meeting this week. No public comment. Very little council action.



Ordinance No. 28325 An ordinance vacating approximately 95,060 square feet of undeveloped and sloped property of several street and alley right-of-way segments in the area lying between North Waterview Street and North Stevens Street, for residential building lots. 



No comment.




Resolution No. 39397 A resolution appointing Patricia Talton and Louis Cooper to the Citizen Police Advisory Committee to serve three-year terms to expire December 31, 2018.

Mayor Strickland thanked the appointees, noting that following on the work of Project PEACE, broad representation on this committee will be important.



Resolution No. 39398 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., in the amount of $122,501, sales tax not applicable, for a cumulative total of $282,501, budgeted from the Surface Water and Wastewater Funds, for surface water and wastewater utilities rate development through December 31, 2019.

Resolution No. 39399 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with Xerox Corporation, in the amount of $560,000, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $4,760,000, budgeted from the Graphics Services Fund, for the lease and maintenance of multifunctional and networked printing devices.

Resolution No. 39400 A resolution awarding a contract to BMAK Inc. dba Compuwave, in the amount of $249,804.91, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Information Systems Fund, for VMware support and maintenance services

Resolution No. 39401 A resolution awarding a contract to Durels Construction & Management, LLC, in the amount of $201,852.00, plus sales tax, plus a 16 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $234,148.32, budgeted from the Municipal Building Acquisition and Operations Fund, for improvements to the City Council Chambers.

Resolution No. 39402 A resolution awarding a contract to Construct, Incorporated, in the amount of $357,000, plus sales tax, plus a 16 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $414,120, budgeted from the Municipal Building Acquisition and Operations Fund, for construction of a consolidated Customer Support Center in the Tacoma Municipal Building

All five purchase resolutions were adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 39403 A resolution declaring surplus and authorizing the execution of a Quit Claim Deed to convey vacant, undeveloped residential land at the intersection of South 40th and South Tyler Streets to Mike and Karen Musica, for the amount of $67,954.

The unimproved corner lot was acquired by the City for $60,000 in anticipation of a road extension project that didn’t end up happening. The purchasers will pay current market value. Due to the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest Council Member Ibsen recused himself from discussion or voting on the item.



City Manager Broadnax reported on a pair of upcoming Latino roundtables designed as opportunities for Latino residents to share their visions for how their communities can grow. Latinos will have a chance to tell the City of Tacoma and local service providers what it’s like to be a Latino living in Tacoma, what they need, and how the City and other entities can better engaged with and provide services to Latinos in our community.

We had a little difficulty finding anything on the City homepage, events page, or new releases as of Wednesday morning, but a little searching turned up a Tacoma Community House event post, and an interview with one of the event organizers on the March 10 edition of CityLine.

The Tacoma Latino Town Hall will be held this Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mount Tahoma High School. The event will be conducted in Spanish, with translators available for English speakers. Broadnax mentioned two such events planned for March, but we didn’t find any mention of the second elsewhere.



Community Vitality and Safety Committee – Council Member Woodards reported on recent work of the committee.

  • Recommenced changes to the Tacoma Municipal Code regarding human habitation of vehicles as approved at the March 8 council meeting.
  • Conducted interviews for vacancies on Citizen Police Advisory Committee as appointed at this week’s meeting.
  • Heard funding recommendations from staff for CDBG and ESG funds for the 2016-2017 program year, and recommended the process move forward to public comment. That phase will begin in April.

At its next meeting the committee will conduct Human Rights Commission interviews and receive a leadership ICMA report.

Council Member McCarthy made an announcement regarding his public disclosure of interest, noting that he has recently been appointed a member of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Board, as well as serving as a board member for the Economic Development District for the Puget Sound Regional Council, and a representative of the Pierce County Regional Council


Council Member Campbell had several announcements.

  • He looks forward to the Latino Town Hall on Saturday and thanks staff for their work on it.
  • Also on Saturday ,at 9 a.m. the Lincoln District will be celebrating successes of the Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods initiative with a breakfast at Lincoln High School.
  • A community conversation is taking place around engaging more citizens in activities they’re passionate about. Anyone from District 4 who is interested in poetry should email him.
  • The Dometop Neighborhood Alliance will be receiving a City of Destiny Award this year for work on their Depave project.
  • This Thursday is 3rd Thursday, which means Artwalk in downtown Tacoma. This will be the 6th year anniversary of the world-famous Art Bus.

Councilmember Lonergan announced that he was part of the Bridge of Honor event this week, honoring Sea Scout award recipients, including two receiving the Quartermaster Award – the highest Sea Scout award available. Congrats to Emily and Carson. Sea Scouts, Lonergan said, are a subset of the Boy Scouts of America, designed for young people between the ages of 13 and 21.

Council Member Woodards explained her absence last week, along with Mayor Strickland, Deputy Mayor Mello, and Council Member Blocker, to be a part of the National League of Cities event in the other Washington. They visited various agencies and representatives, and talked about awards, grants, recognitions, and honors Tacoma has received recently, as well as challenges facing the city.

Council Member Blocker followed up on Woodards’ comments, calling the trip to DC a great experience.



This week it was Deputy Mayor Mello and Council Member Thoms’ turns to be absent.

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