Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 3, 2015



Resolution No. 39294 A resolution setting Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Emergency Medical Services and Ad Valorem tax levies for 2016.

Resolution No. 39295 A resolution setting Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed billboard regulations, as recommended by the Planning Commission.

The resolution was removed from this week's consent agenda to give City staff time to develop and present an alternative. So no hearing on November 17. 



Ordinance No. 28315 An ordinance vacating a portion of South 22nd Street lying between the east margin of Interstate 705 and the west margin of Dock Street to facilitate full closure of the rail crossing.

Other than the billboard regulation public hearing, the rest of the consent agenda was adopted.



The Planning Association of Washington presented Tacoma with two awards for the Greenroads program and 13 Miles of Bikeways. The first was awarded in the implementation category for the completion of the City’s 13 Miles of Bikeways project. The project was described as “well conceived and nicely implemented.” The second was awarded in the sustainability category for the adoption of the Green Roads standards for the planning, construction, and maintenance of Tacoma’ roads and other infrastructure. Tacoma is the first city in the nation to adopt the third-party, LEED rating system, which increases environmental awareness at multiple points in the life of a project.



Su Dowie, with the Foss Waterway Development Authority spoke in support of the resolution that amends her agency’s agreement with the City to allow the FWDA to align work currently underway to restore the Foss Waterway with the terms of the operating agreement. 




Resolution No. 39296 A resolution authorizing an increase and extension to the contract with Petrocard, Inc., in the amount of $3,605,405, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $22,426,295, budgeted from various departmental funds, for fleet fueling services to be used by various General Government departments through January 31, 2017.

Resolution No. 39297 A resolution awarding a contract to Pacific Iron & Metal, to purchase and recycle scrap metals generated by various City departments, for an initial contract term of three years, with the option to renew for three additional one-year .

Both purchase resolutions were adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 39298 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the third operating agreement with the Foss Waterway Development Authority to extend the term through December 31, 2020, and align budget submittal with the City’s budgeting schedule and requirements.

This resolution amends the operating agreement with the FWDA to extend the term beyond the current 6-year maximum, which is not quite enough time to complete a number of projects along the Foss. Pushing the time limit out to 2020 will allow the FWDA to take advantage of development opportunities and to fund and complete other capital improvement projects. Another change would change when the FWDA’s capital budget is due to align better with City budget processes.


Resolution No. 39299 A resolution authorizing the execution of an amendment to the purchase and sale agreement with Tacoma Housing Authority, for the property located at 1120 and 1124 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, to extend the buyer’s final design and cost estimate delivery date and other financial feasibility dates by approximately one year, and to extend the closing date to June 30, 2017.

This resolution amends the agreement with THA to extend the closing date and other milestones by a year, to allow the housing authority time needed to fund and plan its Hilltop Lofts project, which will create 40 to 50 affordable housing units at the corner of 11th and MLK. The request for an extension is due in part to construction cost estimates that came back higher than expected, and which THA is looking into.

Additionally, the housing authority has the opportunity to acquire an additional site on the other end of the same block, which it is considering incorporating into the project, creating a larger mixed-income development with more parking.

The City wants to allow THA the time to resolve questions and explore the new opportunity, and Councilmember Walker made clear that there is nothing here to indicate that they won’t carry through on their initial project, but that it could be expanded on.



Ordinance No. 28327 An ordinance amending Title 2 of the Municipal Code, entitled "Buildings", Title 6B, entitled "License Code", and Title 13, entitled "Land Use Regulatory Code", by amending various chapters to support mixed-use development related to live/work and work/live units.

The ordinance was adopted without further comment.



City Manager Broadnax reported that the City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department has received 4 awards.

  • From the Water Environment Federation for innovative approaches to stormwater management
  • From the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association related to the porous pavement used in the Cheney Stadium project
  • From the NW Consumer Construction Council for Best Public Project under $10 million for the floodwall project at the Central Treatment Plant
  • The Central Water Treatment Plant also received International Organization of Standardization certification for its environmental and sustainability management system. 



Government Performance and Finance Committee – Councilmember Lonergan shared recent topics addressed by the committee.

  • Heard a presentation on the Tacoma Information Management System (TIMS), which has the objective of storing information once, making it easily findable, and in compliance with state law.
  • Received a briefing on permitting software implementation that will consolidate work flow, improving efficiency
  • Had a joint meeting with the Audit Advisory Board
  • Heard briefings on the financial matters

At its next meeting the committee will hear updates on the City’s continuous improvement efforts, paid sick leave, and file local portal

Councilmember Mello was absent from this week’s meeting.


For more on the items on this week’s agenda, see our City Business Preview for the week.

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