Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 13, 2015



Resolution No. 39284 A resolution authorizing the execution of Amendment No. 3 to the grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $131,101.00; accepting and depositing said sum into the Solid Waste Fund; and authorizing the expenditure of $43,700.33 in matching funds, for a total of $174,801.33, and a cumulative total of $1,046,633.33, to promote waste prevention and recycling activities.

Resolution No. 39285 A resolution setting Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2015 Annual Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code.

The consent agenda was adopted without comment.



Mayor Strickland proclaimed October 13, 2015 as Art AIDS America Day in the City of Tacoma, and encouraged everyone to visit the Art AIDS America exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum, and the AIDS quilt at the Tacoma Convention Center; and to remember that AIDS is still here, and still affects us all.

The mayor also proclaimed October 15, 2015 as White Cane Safety Day in the City of Tacoma, and encouraged drivers to exercise caution when they see someone with a white cane, and employers to take full advantage of the skills and abilities of blind persons.

The council recognized the third quarter Human Rights Champion Award recipient. The award recognizes the work of citizens to advance and protect human rights. The award this time goes to John Purbaugh for his work advocating for and providing legal representation to marginalized communities, through the Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation and the Northwest Justice Project.



One commenter spoke regarding waste prevention and encouraging recycling, pointing out that the City doesn’t allow businesses to recycle without charge at the recycle center.




Resolution No. 39286 A resolution awarding a contract to Frontier Communications, in the amount of $408,355.89, plus a contingency of $60,714.00, for a cumulative total of $469,069.89, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Information System Fund, for hardware equipment including one-year SMARTnet maintenance and professional services to complete a multi-site data network infrastructure update.

The resolution was adopted without comment.



Resolution No. 39287 A resolution designating the Mead-Keyser Residence, located at 2702 North Puget Sound Avenue, as a historic landmark and placing said property on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places.

Originally built by the Mead family, the house is an example of a colonial revival bungalow. The Keyser family purchased the home in 1955, and over the years salvaged architectural elements from other historic buildings around Tacoma, which were being altered or demolished, and incorporated those elements into the house on North Puget Sound.


Resolution No. 39288 A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with Yakima County, for prisoner housing and transportation services, effective November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016, with an automatic renewal of one-year terms, for a maximum of five years.

The City of Tacoma currently has agreements with Pierce County and Nisqually correctional facilities to house Tacoma inmates. The City has a third agreement with a south King County facility for the housing of inmates when Tacoma’s need exceeds the capacity of those first two agreements. That third agreement expires this year. This resolution replaces that one, sending excess prisoners, when needed, to the Yakima facility, allowing Tacoma to deal with excess capacity, while controlling costs.



Ordinance No. 28323 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 Tacoma Fire Fighters Union, Local 31, and the Tacoma Police Management Association, Local 26, I.U.P.A.

Ordinance No. 28324 An ordinance amending Section 1.06.075 of the Municipal Code, relating to Police Department Citizen-Initiated Complaint Oversight, to reinstate staggered terms of one, two, or three years, and establish a term limit of ten years for the Citizen Police Advisory Committee.

Both ordinances were adopted without comment.



This is the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed Development Regulation Agreement with Metro Parks Tacoma, to manage the development of Point Defiance Park under its 20-Year Master Plan.

Comments were all positive, with a Parks Board member and other local stakeholders applauding the public process and the plan it generated. If you have opinions on the new master plan for Point Defiance, or the agreement that would allow it to move forward under one agreement, you have until October 20 to submit comments to Metro Parks.



This month’s comments were a real mixed bag. One citizen asked the council to consider the creation of an ombudsman’s office to handle complaints, specifically related to code enforcement. Another spoke to issues he has with inspections of a North End property. A third drew the council’s attention to an uptick in crime he and his neighbors have noticed in the neighborhood around 38th and M. The final speaker thanked the City for the Tacoma Mall Subarea planning process.



Councilmember Woodards reminded us that Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues, this week with a Courage men’s talks series event Thursday at King’s Books from 6 to 8 p.m., with a focus on collaboration and team building.

Deputy Mayor Boe reminded us that Tacoma Arts Month also continues,

  • This weekend is the Tacoma Studio Tour. 57 local artists will open up their studios and invite you in to see what they’re doing. Tour participants will have the chance to purchase and/or create art, see demos, and try their hands at activities. It’s a free, self-guided tour. Find details on the studio tour and other Tacoma Arts Month happenings at TacomaArtsMonth.com.
  • The first ever Tacoma Poetry Festival is planned for this Friday and Saturday at the TPU building at South Union and 35th.
  • You can take the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge in one of two ways: 1) take a selfie of yourself at any Tacoma Arts event you attend, use the hashtag #TacomaArts, include the name of the event, and post it to social media; OR 2) print out a paper passport, fill in one line for each Tacoma Arts event you attend, get a stamp or signature at the event, and send it in by November 15. More on this also at tacomaartsmonth.com.

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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