Tacoma City Council Meeting - May 19, 2015

Mayor Strickland, Councilmember Walker, and Councilmember Lonergan were absent from this week’s meeting, leaving Deputy Mayor Boe in the driver’s seat.



Resolution No. 39195 A resolution setting Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the alley lying between East 25th and East 26th Streets, from the east margin of East G Street to the west margin of East J Street, for the expansion and reconstruction of the Tacoma Trestle Replacement Project at Freighthouse Square.

The consent agenda was adopted without comment.



May 26, 2015 was proclaimed as Bill Bichsel Day in the City of Tacoma in honor of all who dedicate their lives to peace, justice, and humane dignity. The proclamation encouraged everyone to think about how they may bring about peace in the world.

Father Bill Bichsel grew up in Tacoma, and returned to Tacoma’s Saint Leo’s Parish in 1959, where he continued to serve the community until his death earlier this year. Bichsel was known as a nonviolent advocate for peace, human rights, and the poor, protesting nuclear weapons and the detention center in the Tide Flats, and caring for those in need through various channels, including establishing Guadalupe House. We heard really nice things about Father Bix from a number of council members, who cited his humility and service as an inspiration to everyone.

May 17-23, 2015 was proclaimed as Hip Hop Appreciation Week in the City of Tacoma. We were disappointed not to be treated to an exhibition of city council beat box skillz, but we’ll hold out hope for a future performance…



No comment.




Resolution No. 39196 A resolution appointing Emily Alm and Jackie Casella to the City Events and Recognitions Committee. 

The Events and Recognition Committee was formed to give strategic direction to, and to help produce two events: The City of Tacoma's Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, and the City of Destiny Awards.



Resolution No. 39197 A resolution awarding a contract to Asphalt Patch Systems, Inc., in the amount of $573,015, plus a 25 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $716,269, sales tax not applicable, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, for the reconstruction of sidewalks and other work in accordance with the plans and specifications at various locations throughout the city.

The resolution was adopted without comment.


Resolution No. 39198 A resolution authorizing the increase of a contract with BCRA, Inc., in the amount of $350,573.32, for a cumulative total of $708,119.70, budgeted from the Paths and Trails Fund, for additional work requested during Phase I of the Prairie Line Trail design and expansion of the design scope to include Phase II of the Prairie Line Trail.

Boe recused himself from voting on the resolution, but went on after the vote to say what a great honor it was to acquire the additional right-of-way, thanking BNSF belatedly for the recently acquired property, and for sticking to the price originally agreed upon with United Way years ago. Boe also mentioned that the stone monument dedicated to the completion of the Northern Railroad route will be moved from its current location at the end of Pugnetti Park off Pacific to a more appropriate location along the Prairie Line Trail.


Resolution No. 39199 A resolution awarding a contract to Global Contractors, LLC, in the amount of $518,723.00, plus a 15 percent contingency, for a cumulative total of $596,531.45, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, for the construction of missing sidewalk sections along the west side of North Vassault Street and construction of a retaining wall near the southern end of the project.

Councilmember Ibsen called the resolution “unique,” describing the process that brought it about, stemming from the efforts of a citizen, and including significant public process.


Resolution No. 39200 A resolution authorizing the increase of a contract with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., in the amount of $18,445.23, for a cumulative total of $205,212.84, sales tax not included, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, for additional work necessary to complete the design and to provide engineering services during construction of the South Tacoma Way Corridor Improvement Project.

The resolution was adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 39193 This is the second reading of a resolution amending the Rules of Procedure of the Council of the City of Tacoma to change the time for the Study Session from noon to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday of each week, effective June 2, 2015; and to remove language related to consulting with the Committee of the Whole in various sections.

Because it involves changes to the rules of procedure for the council, the resolution requires a second reading. Because this week's meeting was short on attendance, Councilmember Mello proposed that it be put off until the next council meeting to allow for as many council members as possible to be present to vote. The postponement passed, so the council will hear the final reading at its June 2 meeting.



City Manager Broadnax announced an upcoming open house on the Port of Tacoma Road reconstruction project. The open house will be held jointly by the City of Tacoma and the Port on Tuesday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fabulich Center in the Port. The project team will provide information about the schedule, various components of the project, and plans for detours during the project. Renovations as part of what is expected to be a six-month project are scheduled to begin Monday, June 1.



Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee – Councilmember Woodards reported on recent activities of the committee.

  • Presentation from Tacoma Fire on emergency management planning
  • Heard from the Human Rights Commission on their 2014 work report and 2015 work plan
  • Held interviews for the Human Rights and Human Services commissions

At its next meeting the committee is scheduled to hear presentations from each of the three charter schools that plan to open in Tacoma.

Councilmember Thoms remarked on a firefighter training he attended with firefighters from Tacoma and across the state.

Councilmember Ibsen announced that on Saturday, May 30, the Jefferson Blockwatch Group will host a community cleanup at Wilson High School. It’s a chance for residents of that neighborhood to get rid of junk to spruce up the community.

Councilmember Campbell announced that on May 30 there will also be a cleanup at Mann Elementary.

Councilmember Woodards announced that on Saturday May 30 the Asia Pacific Cultural Center will host a Healthy Communities of Color Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Tacoma Urban League, Centro Latino, the Korean Women’s Association, and APCC, and will include a “Move with the Mayor” event - an opportunity to walk the Historic (and newly improved) Water Flume Trail with Mayor Strickland. There will also be health-related activities and information for adults and kids.

Boe announced more events coming up for the last two weeks of Bike Month – find them all at bike253.com – as well as upcoming Historic Preservation Month and arts events.


For more on the items on the agenda see this week’s City Business Preview. There's no council meeting or study session next week due to Memorial Day, so this will have to hold you over until June.

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