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Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 8, 2013
Resolution No. 38749 A resolution authorizing the execution of an interagency agreement with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, in the amount of $10,000; accepting and depositing said sum into the Surface Water Utility Fund to support the City’s Urban Forestry program. [Geoffrey M. Smyth, P.E., Science and Engineering Division Manager; Michael P. Slevin III, P.E., Environmental Services Director]
Mayor Strickland proclaimed October 10, 2013 as Humane Society Day, in honor of the work done by the Humane Society to advance the welfare of animals and encourage positive relationships between people and animals.
The Mayor also proclaimed October 12, 2013 as Arbor Day and Green Tacoma Day in recognition of the irreplaceable asset that is our urban forest. This Friday, October 11 pubic officials and others will kick off the Hilltop Diversitree project with a ceremonial first tree planting and acceptance of several tree-related awards. Then on Sunday, October 12, Green Tacoma Day will be observed in a number of parks around the city.
We heard a brief presentation from a representative of Sister Cities International on what the program does. Sister Cities International and the Washington Sister Cities program will both be hosting conferences in Tacoma this week.
Resolution No. 38750 A resolution authorizing the execution of a ten-year interest-free loan agreement between Tacoma Rail and the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $1,105,074, to upgrade a segment of railroad track located on the north side of Taylor Way east from East 11th Street toward Lincoln Avenue. [Alan Matheson, Chief Mechanical Officer; Dale King, Superintendent, Tacoma Rail]
All four resolutions on the agenda this week are related to loan agreements awarded by Washington State through a competitive call for projects. All four are on a 10 year repayment plan with 0% interest, with projects to be completed by June 30, 2015. All four have been authorized by the Public Utilities Board, pending City Council approval.
This first resolution funds the replacement of old and warn rail and components with new components, and extends track in the existing in right-of-way for improved capacity and flexibility.
Resolution No. 38751 A resolution authorizing the execution of a ten-year interest-free loan agreement between Tacoma Rail and the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $366,387, to upgrade a segment of railroad track in the Port of Tacoma’s North Intermodal Yard located south of Sitcum Way and north of East 11th Street. [Alan Matheson, Chief Mechanical Officer; Dale King, Superintendent, Tacoma Rail]
The resolution funds rehabilitation of a section of track in the Port of Tacoma.
Resolution No. 38752 A resolution authorizing the execution of a ten-year interest-free loan agreement between Tacoma Rail and the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $773,070, to upgrade a segment of railroad track known as the East Loop located east of the Tacoma Rail Annie Tracks and west of Port of Tacoma Road. [Alan Matheson, Chief Mechanical Officer; Dale King, Superintendent, Tacoma Rail]
The project upgrades existing track and installs a new section of track in the existing right-of-way. Councilmember Boe had a question regarding annie tracks and why they are called that, but sadly we didn't get an answer - anyone else know?
Resolution No. 38753 A resolution authorizing the execution of a ten-year interest-free loan agreement between Tacoma Rail and the Washington State Department of Transportation, in the amount of $515,789, to upgrade a segment of railroad track known as the West Loop located west of Port of Tacoma Road and continuing west toward Thorne Road. [Alan Matheson, Chief Mechanical Officer; Dale King, Superintendent, Tacoma Rail]
This final resolution funds the upgrade of existing track and cover a stretch of existing track to serve as a crossing.
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28178 An ordinance amending Title 8 of the of the Municipal Code, entitled “Public Safety and Morals”, by repealing Section 8.12.026, Vehicle Prowling, in its entirety, and adding a new Chapter 8.37A, Vehicle Prowling in the Second Degree, to be consistent with state law. [Jean Hayes, Deputy City Attorney; Elizabeth Pauli, City Attorney]
The item passed without council comment
FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28179 An ordinance relating to cable communications and franchise services, granting a ten-year limited franchise to LightSpeed Networks, Inc., dba LSN, to construct, operate, maintain, remove, replace, and repair fiber-optic communications facilities within designated public right-of-way areas within the City of Tacoma. [Jeff Lueders, Administrative Services Manager, Media and Communication Services; T.C. Broadnax, City Manager]
The agreement would allow LSN to install 545 linear feet of fiber from Court D under and along 9th Street to Court E. The final reading on this one won't be until October 29, due to a City Charter requirement stating that decisions on franchise agreements should not be passed before the 2nd regular meeting of Council, and at least 15 days after being introduced.
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 marks the culmination of a planning and public outreach process that has been going on since 2007. The final product is a plan that will set the conditions for the next 30 years of Tacoma's waterfront.
Only two speakers this month. We heard from one speaker from the Larchmont neighborhood, who requested that the Council find additional funding for police and animal control, an thanked code enforcement and Tacoma Fire for helping to clean up his neighborhood. The second speaker covered several topics, including the importance of properly disposing of tobacco products, a proposal to introduce a bottle and can recycling redemption program, and assorted tips for being safe when walking or driving in the dark.
REPORTS BY THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Broadnax reminded us that there are two Tacoma Prop 1 info sessions this week – the first on Wednesday, October 9 at the Moore Library, and a second on Thursday, October 10 at Jason Lee Middle School – both at 6 p.m. Oh, and happy birthday to Councilmember Boe.
COMMENTS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
Economic Development Committee (Continued from the meeting of October 1, 2013) - Deputy Mayor Campbell shared recent topics covered by the Committee.
- Second quarter financial indicators report
- Screening and selection of applicants for the new City Events and Recognition Committee
- Briefing and update on the Berger Library Trust, which will supply data and research to the City on demographics, marketing, economic forecasting, industry, and real estate
- Briefing on the LEAP program on vocational job training programs, including presentations from Bates, Clover Park, and Workforce Central.
- Update on the City's arts programs including Spaceworks and the Pacific Avenue Green Flash initiatives
- Pierce County Arts and Culture Executives on plans for increasing awareness of Tacoma’s arts programs
Councilmember Boe had a couple updates.
- November is Tacoma Arts / Art @ Work Month – The full month of events kicks off on October 28 with the Amocat Awards.
- The Pacific Avenue Streetscape project is coming along; sidewalks on the east side of the street between 7th and 9th are completed, although parking is still a work in progress. Come on down and support those businesses.
Deputy Mayor Campbell encouraged everyone to come out to the October 9th Prop 1 info session at the Moore Library. Campbell also mentioned that October 12 is National Chess Day, and although no one on the Seattle City Council accepted his challenge to a game, the invite stands...
For more on items on the agenda please see our City Business Preview for the week.
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