Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 4, 2014



Ordinance No. 28206 An ordinance approving and confirming the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 7723 for the conversion of the overhead primary electrical distribution, utilities, telephone and cable-television systems to underground along the alley between North 29th and North 30th Streets from White to Junett Streets and North 30th Street east of White Street to Junett Street. [Ralph Rodriguez, L.I.D. Administrator; Kurtis D Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]

The Consent Agenda was adopted.



Mayor Strickland proclaimed March 2014 as Women’s History Month in the City of Tacoma. The City will mark the month with a Women's History Month Luncheon on March 28 at the Washington State History Museum, honoring the successes and accomplishments of women both locally and nationally, and looking ahead to the work still to be done. UWT will be hosting a women's film series every Friday all month long in Carwein Auditorium on campus. Movies begin at 6, and will be followed by a community conversation. We also heard from representatives of the Tacoma Colored Women's Club and the League of Women Voters.

The Mayor also presented the Key to the City to Derek “DC” Clark. Born and raised in Tacoma, and still living and working from here, Clark was recently named Producer of the Year at the 29th annual Stellar Awards, the Gospel music world version of the Grammies.



No comment this week. 




Resolution No. 38854 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Northwest Cascade, Inc., in the amount of $95,000, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $737,972.28, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, to increase the contract for safety and mobility improvements along Pacific Avenue - Specification No. PW12-0469F. [Darius Thompson, Project Manager; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]

The resolution was adopted without comment.


Resolution No. 38855 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the agreement with Totem Electric of Tacoma, Inc., in the amount of $98,000, sales tax not applicable, for a cumulative total of $1,019,999.13, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, to increase and extend the contract for design and construction services required to improve the South 25th Street Corridor - Specification No. PW13-0012F. [Said Seddiki, Senior Engineer; Kurtis D. Kingsolver, P.E., Director, Public Works]

This resolution was also adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 38856 A resolution authorizing the execution of a Letter of Agreement with Teamsters Local Union No. 117, General Unit, to provide for an application of rate of 5 percent for employees working in the classification of Heavy Equipment Operator, when scheduled to train a Solid Waste Worker or an Equipment Operator on specialized Solid Waste equipment. [David Topaz, Labor Negotiator; Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

The resolution amends the bargaining agreement with the union to address operational changes made necessary due to budget reductions. The City will be using internal employees to train new employees on specialized equipment. The amendments set training rates of pay for those employees doing the training.



Ordinance No. 28205 An ordinance amending Chapter 8.44 of the Municipal Code, relating to Offenses Against Property, by enacting a new Section 8.44.160, to be entitled “Criminal Mischief”, changing the crime of “Riot” to the crime of “Criminal Mischief”, to comply with state law. [Keith Echterling, Deputy City Attorney; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]

The ordinance was adopted without further comment.



Ordinance No. 28207 An ordinance amending Chapters 6B.10 and 6B.20 of the Municipal Code, relating to General License Provisions and Annual Business Licenses, to clarify rental property owner and business license requirements and align administrative provisions with tax administrative provisions. [Danielle Larson, Division Manager, Tax & License; Andy Cherullo, Director, Finance]

The proposed amendments would bring administrative provisions of the license code in line with administrative provisions of the tax code, and with current policies and practices. The amendments would clarify the ability to establish rules when needed, and provide authority to cancel penalties, assess past year license fees, and collect or write off delinquent license fees. They would also clarify when a business license is needed, which is one license per business location except in case of rental properties, in which case landlords list each rental property under one license.


Ordinance No. 28208 An ordinance amending Title 6 of the Municipal Code, entitled “Tax and License Code”, by amending various sections to correct language and citations that are not consistent with other sections in the Municipal Code and the Revised Code of Washington. [Danielle Larson, Division Manager, Tax & License; Andy Cherullo, Director, Finance]

The ordinance was sent over to the meeting of March 18 without further comment.


Ordinance No. 28209 An ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 of the Municipal Code, relating to the Compensation Plan, to implement rates of pay and compensation for employees represented by the Teamsters Local Union No 117, General Unit. [David Topaz, Labor Negotiator; Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

The ordinance would implement changes adopted with Resolution No. 38856.



City Manager Broadnax warned that inclement weather forecast over the next 24 to 36 hours would be bringing several inches of rain and high winds, which may bring down trees, mudslides, and localized flooding. City workers will be dealing with issues as they arise, but should roads be blocked, they will likely be left closed until daylight. Be careful if you're out and about in stormy weather.



Economic Development Committee – Councilmember Campbell shared the recent work of the committee.

  • Heard an update from Connie Ladenburg, president of the Public Facilities District on 2013 activities and plans for 2014
  • Received an update from the City's Planning and Development Services Department on efforts to streamline City permiting processes.
  • At the committee's next meeting it will hear a report from Community and Economic Development on key financial indicators from the fourth quarter of 2013.

A motion was made and adopted to reschedule Citizens’ Forum from March 11 to March 18 because next week's meeting has been canceled.

Councilmember Boe reminded us that the next installment of the Tacoma Sister Cities International Film Festival is coming up this Thursday at the University of Puget Sound. This week's film, Tae Guk-Gi, comes to us from Tacoma's Korean sister city of Gunsan. Doors open at 6 for the cultural program, film begins at 7. Filmgoers are invited to park in campus parking lots; admission is free. Boe also made his now weekly announcement that if you find TNT advertisements in or around your yard and don’t want to receive them anymore, you can call or email. 

Councilmember Thoms announced a series of community meetings coming up relating to pedestrian improvements around Tacoma. The City recently dedicated $2.5 million for pedestrian improvements, and will be asking citizens for input on where those upgrades are needed. This comes in response to citizen concerns about the quality of pedestrian infrastructure in Tacoma, as expressed over the last year. The first meeting is scheduled for March 24 at the Norpoint Community Center in Northeast Tacoma, with others to follow.

Councilmember Campbell reminded us all to go out and clear our drains in advance of the coming deluge, to avoid potential localized flooding. Campbell also explained that his recently shaved head is in solidarity with friends recently diagnosed with cancer. 

Councilmember Mello offered his congratulations and thanks to the Office of Sustainability and everyone else who helped make the South Sound Sustainability Expo a success. This year's expo had 300 more attendees than last year, with more than 950 attendees, including 200 kids.

Councilmember Ibsen announced that there would be a ribbon-cutting for the new Alaska Credit Union opening at Westgate North this Friday.

Mayor Strickland shared that the RFP issued for a citywide strategic planning processs comes directly from a recommendation made by the City's Fiscal Sustainability Taskforce, that the City undertake an inclusive, long-term visioning. The Mayor thanked in advance all the citizens who will take part in the process.



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