Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 1, 2015



Resolution No. 39263 A resolution setting Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on proposed amendments to the Municipal Code relating to live/work and work/live units.



Ordinance No. 28319 An ordinance vacating the alley right-of-way lying between East 29th Street and East 30th Street from the east margin of Portland Avenue to the west margin of East R Street, for the construction of a multi-level parking garage structure in preparation for the Emerald Queen Casino relocation.



No comment.




Resolution No. 39264 A resolution appointing and reappointing individuals to the Board of Building Appeals and the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities.

Councilmember Mello said the council Infrastructure Planning and Sustainability Committee was pleased to recommend the two appointees to the Board of Building Appeals – one to fill the structural engineer seat, the other to the mechanical engineer seat – both to 5-year terms.

Councilmember Woodards announced the appointment and reappointment of individuals to serve on the Commission on Disabilities.



Resolution No. 39265 A resolution awarding a contract to Wm. Dickson Co., in the amount of $133,750.00, plus sales tax, and to Holroyd Company, Inc., in the amount of $514,900.00, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Asphalt Plant Fund, for crushed and natural aggregate materials on an as-needed basis, for the period of August 25, 2015 through August 25, 2016, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods, for a projected contract total of $413,407.88 with Wm. Dickson Co., and a projected contract total of $1,591,504.41 with Holroyd Company, Inc.

Resolution No. 39266 A resolution awarding a contract to Western Peterbilt, LLC, in the amount of $608,248.16, plus sales tax, budgeted from the Solid Waste Fund, for four Peterbilt Refuse Transfer Tractors to be used at the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center.

Resolution No. 39267 A resolution authorizing an increase to the contract with BASF Corporation, in the amount of $165,444, plus sales tax, for a cumulative total of $330,880, budgeted from the Wastewater Fund, for dry polymer used in biosolids dewatering at the Central Treatment Plant through December 31, 2015.

All three purchase resolutions were adopted without comment.




Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee (Continued from the meeting of August 25, 2015) – Councilmember Woodards shared recent issues addressed by the committee.

  • A Memorandum of Understanding with Metro Parks for the Eastside Community Center
  • A discussion of changing the name of the Citizens’ Review Panel to the Citizens’ Police Advisory Committee, and changes to the number of members on the committee and their roles and responsibilities
  • Presentation by TPD on their burglary reduction program
  • A presentation from Washington State Patrol on the Patrol’s work as it relates to Tacoma
  • The Tacoma Area Coalition on Disabilities presented its 2014 accomplishments and 2015 work plan
  • Conducted interviews and made recommendations for appointments to the Commission on Disabilities
  • Heard about recommended changes related to Airsoft, which it recommended be forwarded to the full council for consideration
  • Heard from Tacoma Municipal Court on the various diversion programs and services offered to defendants

At its next meeting the committee will discuss capacity building for organizations.


Economic Development Committee – Councilmember Campbell reported on the recent work of the committee.

  • Received an update on the City’s business loan portfolio
  • Heard a summary and data review of the multi-family property tax exemption program
  • Updated on neighborhood business district activities
  • Heard a semi-annual status report on the City’s LEAP apprenticeship program and the Small Business Enterprise Program 


Deputy Mayor Boe invited everyone to come out for the annual Downtown to Defiance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday September 13. Ruston Way will be closed to car traffic between downtown and Old Town, creating a continuous seven miles of waterfront clear for cyclists, walkers, runners, skateboarders, and any other human-powered means of travel you can imagine. It’s a chance to get a feel of the future Schuster Promenade, and enjoy the waterfront.

Councilmember Campbell reminded us that the Eastside Farmers’ Market continues every Wednesday – and that includes this week and next.

Mayor Strickland announced that the City Council meetings for September 8 are canceled in relation to the Labor Day holiday. The next council meeting and study session will be on September 15. The Citizens’ Forum session that would have been on the 8th is rescheduled for the meeting of the 15th. The mayor also gave us a little warning/heads-up that the oh-so-brief meetings we’ve been enjoying over these last weeks of summer are about to come to an end. We can expect much more lengthy meetings going into the fall, and maybe even through the end of the year. There are many important topics to be discussed, public hearings to be held, and important decisions to be made. Stay tuned.



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

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