Tacoma City Council Meeting - May 14, 2013



Resolution No. 38673 Accepting and depositing $31,058,839 in federal fund grants into the Street Special Revenue Fund, to fund various Public Works projects including roadways, bridges, trails, bikeways, and a public esplanade. [Chris Larson, P.E., Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]

The 16 grants covered in this resolution, totaling about $31 million, added to other sources will fund 12 public works projects across Tacoma.


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]

The findings of the hearing examiner were accepted, and the ordinance was set over to a date to be determined without comment._


Mayor Strickland proclaimed the week of May 19 through 25, 2013 as National Public Works Week in recognition of the importance of public works services to the health, safety, and comfort of the community.  Tacoma Public Works invites everyone to join them next Thursday, May 23, at the Rainiers game for National Public Works and Environmental Services Night.


David Schroedel from the Chamber spoke in support of the purchase resolution item securing funds towards wayfinding signage in downtown Tacoma.  The Chamber is excited about the signage, which will direct visitors to Tacoma when they enter downtown at the various gateway points, both by private vehicle and coming out of transit hubs.   



Amended Resolution

No. 38672 (Second Reading) Amending the Rules of Procedure of the Council of the City of Tacoma as follows:

  • Rule 1.E.1 to include telephonic participation at Council meetings and special meetings;
  • Rule 8.D.4 to allow flexibility in the number of proclamations presented at a Council meeting;
  • Rule 15.A.1 to remove the Appointments Committee effective after July 1, 2013, and renumber the list of Committees;
  • Rule 15.D to replace “Do Pass” and “Do Not Pass” with “Recommend for Adoption” and “Not Recommended”;
  • change the name of the Environment and Public Works Committee to the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee; and
  • correct inconsistencies and minor errors contained therein.

[T.C. Broadnax, City Manager]

The resolution passed without comment.

Purchase Resolution No. 38674 Awarding a contract to: Tube Art Displays, Inc., in the amount of $227,350, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $337,711, budgeted from the 2010 LTGO Bond D Fund and the Capital Projects Fund, to increase and extend the contract for the addition of 18 “Downtown Gateway” signs for the Wayfinding Signage Fabrication and Installation project through December 31, 2013. [Chris Larson, P.E., Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]

Councilmember Campbell thanked everyone who had worked on the project over the many years it’s been discussed, calling the process a “long and winding road,” and saying he was looking forward to seeing the signs installed by year-end.

Resolution No. 38675

Authorizing the execution and conveyance of an easement to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, for the installation of railroad crossing signalization and traffic control equipment on City property located south of the Central Treatment Plant. [Rich Price, Senior Real Estate Officer; Kurtis Kingsolver, Interim Director, Public Works]

As it is expected that City project will last longer than a year, and costs for flaggers can run to over $1000 per day, the installation of traffic controls represents a significant savings.


None this week.


We heard from two speakers – one member of the Civil Service Board, and one City employee – voicing concerns over the decision “last week”: to no longer air Civil Service Board meetings on TV Tacoma.  Both speakers voiced concerns over the detriment to transparency and accountability for the government in exchange for the minor savings gained by not broadcasting the brief monthly meetings.

We heard from the most frequent Citizens’ Forum commenter in recent months, continuing his saga of persecution by the Ladenburg family, the Tacoma City Council, City Manager, and a wide variety of others.         

A final speaker came forward to ask the Council to consider the impact of the grain terminal, and the grain cars that go with it, on Tacoma’s waterfront.  He pointed to how peaceful and pleasant the view could be without the noise and obstruction of the grain cars and structure, and asked Council to consider what Tacoma gets from the facility located where it is.  


  • Tacoma’s Recovery and Transfer Center was recently selected as a Public Works Facility of the Year by the American Public Works Association.  The project was awarded LEED Gold status, bringing many sustainable elements to Tacoma’s waste management system.
  • Tacoma’s Mural Project, which offers creative solutions to blight and vandalism in the form of public artwork, would like to hear from community groups that want murals reflecting positive neighborhood themes and messages for their communities.   Each selected community group will receive a funded mural, including artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist/artist team, technical assistance, and general promotion of the project.  Applications are available now, due by May 28.  Find out more here



Councilmember Boe reminded us that Bike Month continues with the commuter challenge, a bicycling basics workshop at Defiance Bicycle, Zeitbike at the Tacoma Art Museum, weekly 21+ bike commuter meet-ups at the Broken Spoke, and this Saturday TRH Pedaler: A Bike Map to Tacoma’s Craft Breweries at The Red Hot - complete with beer garden, giveaways, bike troubleshooting and tune-up help from 2nd Cycle, and of course plenty of craft beer.  Lots going on.

Boe also gave us an update on the progress of the Pacific Avenue Streetscape project, which has moved along to the north end of Pacific between 7th and 9th on the west side of the street.  Businesses on that block are open for business, so think about stopping by Dorky’s or Tacoma Cabana to show them your support while they’re under siege from construction work.         

Councilmember Woodards announced the reopening of the Old Town Dock this Wednesday after the restoration project that began last August. 

Councilmember Campbell announced that community clean-ups continue every weekend through the summer, with one scheduled this weekend, May 18 for the First Creek/Lower Portland Avenue neighborhood.  



That’s all for this week, folks.  For more on any of the items on this week’s agenda, check out our City Business Preview for the week.

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Published Author RR AndersonRegistered

do they let you embed city council meeting video these days?

May 15, 2013 at 10:17 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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There is an embed function that we recently discovered. We’re discussing how best to use it.

May 15, 2013 at 10:23 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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fred davieRegistered

“•Rule 1.E.1 to include telephonic participation at Council meetings and special meetings;”

We’re going to continue paying the council members in excess of $40K per year and the Mayor in excess of $80K and they don’t even have to appear at the weekly meetings? That should be interesting. Every Tuesday night the public will tune in to watch a bank of 9 telephones. How will we know if it’s a council member on the other end of the phone and not some imposter?

May 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Random AsianRegistered

While impersonating a council member is a serious offense, would Tacoma really be any worse off if someone else were to phone in on behalf of any one of the council members?

May 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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