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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 15, 2013


Mayor Strickland proclaimed October 2013 as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Sudden cardiac arrest kills both adults and children, with only a 6 to 8% survival rate. Victims of sudden cardiac arrest need CPR and the use of a defibrillator within the first few minutes of collapse. To improve chances for survival, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association is raising money to provide AEDs in all Tacoma schools, and encourages all Tacomans to learn CPR and how to operate an AED.

The Mayor also proclaimed October 2013 as Filipino American History Month in recognition of the contributions of Filipino Americans to Tacoma, to Washington, and to the United States.



The only commenter this week urged Council to avoid hasty decisions and use wisdom. He asked that the Council make the most of our resources, avoid constructing new roadways, and urge people to commute together.




Resolution No. 38754 A resolution awarding a contract to Columbia Ford Lincoln, in the amount of $414,885, plus sales tax, budgeted from the General Fund, for 15 current model Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles - State of Washington Contract No. 03611. [Peter Cribbin, Assistant Police Chief; Kurtis Kingsolver, P.E., Interim Director, Public Works]

TPD will be getting 15 new patrol cars to replace patrol vehicles that have reached the end of their life-cycle and are no longer feasible to maintain. The surplus vehicles will be disposed of through a dealer's auction. The Ford Interceptor Utility model was chosen to replace the current Ford Crown Victoria fleet, which is no longer produced. The standard V6 engine is projected to get at least 20 percent better fuel efficiency than the 2011 Crown Vic. The item passed without comment.


Resolution No. 38755 A resolution awarding a contract to Wright Asphalt Products Company, LLC, in the amount of $750,000, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $950,000, budgeted from the Streets Special Revenue Fund, to increase the contract for purchasing tire rubber modified hot asphalt binder for the chip seal program through December 31, 2016, pursuant to Pierce County Contract No. 807. [Rae Bailey, Street Operations Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, P.E., Interim Director, Public Works]

The original contract awarded in 2012 provided the tire rubber modified asphalt binder, which uses recycled tires to create a product that performs better than traditional chip seal. By increasing and extending that contract, the City will be able to undertake three more years of projects, which are anticipated to prolong the useful life of the streets repaired by 7 to 10 years. The funding from Tacoma’s recently formed Transportation Benefit District will allow and increased number streets to get this treatment. For the benefit of anyone who might have been confused, Deputy Mayor Campbell clarified that this item funds chip seal repair of existing roads, rather than constructing new roads.


Resolution No. 38756 A resolution awarding a contract to Wm. Dickson Co., in the amount of $95,000, sales tax not applicable, for a cumulative total of $742,503.30, budgeted from the Streets Special Revenue Fund and the 2010 LTGO Bond D Fund, to increase the contract for pedestrian improvements on South 9th Street between Commerce and Market Streets - Specification No. PW11-0375F. [Chris Larson, Engineering Division Manager; Kurtis Kingsolver, P.E., Interim Director, Public Works]

The original $570,000 contract for the reconstruction of sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA ramps, storm drainage, curb and gutter, and cement concrete pavement at South 9th between Commerce and Market, was amended in 2012 to add $77,000 for additional costs, including utility conflicts and other unforeseen costs. The work began September 2011, and was completed less than a year later, in June 2012. This second contract increase represents additional compensation for contractor overhead experienced when the completion of the project was delayed first by the November 2011 to January 2012 holiday construction moratorium, and second by winter and spring storms. The extra costs covered here have to do with delays due to the moratorium and weather, not to any design issues.



Resolution No. 38741 A resolution authorizing the execution of a proposed Letter of Agreement with the Professional and Technical Employees Union, Local 17, which consists of approximately 258.9 budgeted, full-time positions, to implement rates of pay and other compensation, retroactive to January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. (Continued from the meeting of September 24, 2013) [Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

The resolution authorizes an amendment to the current agreement for 2013 rates of pay and compensation for employees represented by the Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17. Along with other adjustments, the proposed agreement allows for a 5% flat-rate wage adjustment, in lieu of the market-based adjustment agreed to in the existing agreement, adopted in 2011, to cover 2011 through 2014.



Ordinance No. 28180 An ordinance amending Title 13 of the Municipal Code, entitled “Land Use Regulatory Code”, and superseding Ordinance No. 28034; by adopting the Tacoma Shoreline Master Program, which amends the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code, establishes both new and modified environmental designations and zoning classifications, amends zoning district boundaries, and reclassifies certain properties to the new and revised shoreline zoning districts. [Stephen Atkinson, Associate Planner; Peter Huffman, Interim Director, Planning and Development Services]

This ordinance officially adopts Tacoma’s revised Shoreline Master Plan after a six-year process. Per the 1971 Shoreline Management Act, the SMP gives priority to uses that require a shoreline location, promotes public access and enjoyment opportunities, and protects the environmental resources of the shoreline. Councilmember Boe remarked that after a lengthy, and at times contentious process, no one felt the need to come forward with any challenges on this final round of comment opportunities. The ordinance passed unanimously.



Ordinance No. 28181 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 Professional and Technical Employees Union, Local 17, and changes in classifications to reflect the organizational structure. [Joy St. Germain, Director, Human Resources]

This ordinance would authorize the implementation of changes to rates of pay and compensation for represented employees as agreed to in the above resolution.



This was the date set for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed sale of 2,115 square feet of real property within Tacoma Rail Mountain Division railroad right-of-way to the Washington State Department of Transportation to accommodate the Interstate-5, M Street to Portland Avenue, HOV Project. [Dylan Harrison, Real Estate Officer; Kurtis Kingsolver, P.E., Interim Director, Public Works]

WSDOT requires portions of the right-of-way for its plans to widen the I-5 bridge over the Tacoma Rail Mountain Division right of way at the I-5/I-705/SR-7 interchange. TRMW has determined that selling fee simple title to WSDOT, while retaining necessary easement rights, is consistent with other TRMW property rights in the area, and will not affect railroad operations. The property is therefore proposed to be declared surplus, and conveyed to WSDOT. No one came forward with comments.



Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee – Councilmember Mello shared issues covered at recent committee meetings.

  • Tacoma's Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan - an overview and conversations on topics including crosswalk implementation and improvements and additional improvements that could become possible if the voters pass Prop 1 this November.
  • The 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update - an overview of the plan, regional growth forecast and footprint, Vision 2040, regional strategies, and the implications for Tacoma's growth.
  • Transportation Master Plan - overview of the plan, scope, and schedule, with more to come.
  • Updates on the First Creek Action Plan and the Wapato Hills Master Plan
  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's smoke reduction zone campaign, which launches this fall and winter

Councilmember Walker announced that the new City of Tacoma arts program artTown premiered on TV Tacoma this week. The episode, which features Isaac Solverson, is the first of what will be a quarterly series showcasing a variety of Tacoma artists.

Councilmember Boe reminded us that November is Art @ Work Month in Tacoma. The month long celebration of the arts in Tacoma kicks off Monday, October 28 with a free event at the Foss Waterway Seaport honoring the 2013 Amocat Award Winners. (FYI, that's "Tacoma" spelled backwards...)

Councilmember Ibsen shared a pair of events.

  • The West Slope Neighborhood Association hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration at Titlow Park at 5 p.m.
  • The Cross District Association's annual auction in the UPS rotunda this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. You can still purchase a ticket on the Cross District Association website.


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