Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 29, 2016

This week's council meeting was short and sweet. The main highlight was the presentation of the 2016 Daffodil Princesses.



Resolution No. 39408 A resolution setting Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan for housing and community development.


Ordinance No. 28317 An ordinance vacating a portion of undeveloped South 52nd Street lying east of South Trafton Street and west of the alley, to accommodate the construction of ten single-family residences.


Ordinance No. 28351 An ordinance vacating the south 200 feet of the alley between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South J Street, lying between South 10th and South 11th Streets, for mixed-use development.

That last ordinance will get its final reading on a date to be determined. The rest of the consent agenda was adopted without comment.



The princesses of the 2016 Daffodil Festival Royal Court introduced themselves to the council, and invited everyone to join them for their Queen's Coronation on Sunday, April 3, and for the 2016 Daffodil Parade on Saturday, April 9.



The only comment came from a representative of the downtown Tacoma BIA, speaking in favor of its renewal, recounting recent accomplishments, and mentioning a few priorities for the next year. Graffiti in the BIA is down, and rates are fairly steady for members, with only a modest increase. Looking ahead, the BIA will be encouraging City efforts to address homelessness. Also, although the BIA funding that keeps the Link light rail free comes to an end this September, the representative said they BIA will continue to be a partner with Sound Transit and the City of Tacoma, and supports keeping it free to ride, at least until the extension is complete.




Resolution No. 39409 A resolution awarding a contract to R.L. Alia Company, in the amount of $456,645, excluding sales tax, budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, to re-establish wastewater service caused by structural failures of side sewer connections to the public wastewater system in times when field crews are unable to respond due to multiple concurrent pipe failures, for a one-year period.

Resolution No. 39410 A resolution awarding a contract to Motorola Solutions, Inc., in the amount of $359,994, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Communications Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund and 2010 LTGO Bond D Fund, for Motorola radio infrastructure hardware and services - State of Washington Contract No. 06913.

Resolution No. 39411 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with Gartner, Inc., in the amount of $75,257, sales tax not applicable, for a cumulative total of $201,391, budgeted from the Information Systems Fund, for information technology research and advisory services through February 28, 2017.

All three purchase resolutions were adopted without council comment.



Ordinance No. 28350 An ordinance continuing the downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) for the 29th year, providing for the levy of assessments and other income in the amount of $853,318; and approving the renewed BIA work plan, budget, and  assessment of rates from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

The ordinance was adopted without comment.



Government Performance and Finance Committee – Council Member Lonergan reported on recent topics covered by the committee.

  • Received the City’s 4th quarter initiative tracker report and the final Tacoma 24/7 performance report for 2015.

At its next meeting the committee will be briefed on a proposed sewer and solid waste bond refinancing ordinance, and will hold Board of Ethics and Audit Advisory Board interviews.


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