Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 15, 2015



Resolution No. 39268 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with local governments within the Green/Duwamish Watershed in King County, in an amount up to $230,000, budgeted from the Water Operating Fund, for a ten-year period from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2025, to support salmon recovery efforts in the Green River.

Resolution No. 39269 A resolution setting Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date 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.


Ordinance No. 28316 An ordinance vacating a one-foot portion of right-of-way running along Commerce Street, South 15th Street, and Pacific Avenue to cure a building foundation encroachment for the Waddell Building.


Ordinance No. 28320 An ordinance amending Chapter 13.06 of the Municipal Code to reclassify the east 127 feet of property located at 8639 Pacific Avenue from an “R-4-L” Low-Density Multiple-Family Dwelling District to “C-2” General Community Commercial District for onsite parking.

The full consent agenda was adopted without comment.



Mayor Strickland proclaimed September 12-20, 2015 as Welcoming Week in the City of Tacoma. The City of Tacoma joined the Welcoming Cities Initiative to demonstrate a commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for immigrants. The mayor invited everyone to join her in celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of Tacoma’s immigrant community. Activities for the week, sponsored by Tacoma Community House and Catholic Community Services began Tuesday, and continue with, among other events, a showing of The Visitor on Thursday night at First United Methodist at 6 p.m.

The Mayor also proclaimed September 14-18, 2015 as Eyes of the Totem Week in the City of Tacoma. The silent film Eyes of the Totem was filmed in Tacoma, and originally premiered here in 1926. The film was produced by a local film production company based down near Titlow Beach, which was one of the largest in the country at the time. The Eyes of the Totem was thought to be lost to the ages, but was recently rediscovered. Through the joint efforts of the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation office and a committed group of citizens calling themselves “Team Totem,” funds were raised to restore and re-premiere the film. This weekend Eyes of the Totem will be shown at the Rialto Theater, where it originally premiered in 1927. Accompanying events including a “speakeasy” from the Knights of Pythias and a Klondike exhibit at the Washington History Museum will also celebrate its restoration. The film includes shots of Tacoma as it was 90 years ago.

The council also heard a presentation on the one year-old Gun SafeT Awareness Campaign, which was launched in response to a community rally following the shooting death of a local teen. The campaign focuses on providing education and options around safe use, storage, and surrender of firearms; with a particular focus on Tacoma’s youth and young adults. Next week a series “Is it worth it?” community conversations will convene panels on realities around unsafe and illegal gun use. Also debuting is a video developed in partnership with a local rapper.



No comment.




Ordinance No. 28318 An ordinance granting a nonexclusive franchise to Puget Sound Energy, Inc. to construct, operate, maintain, remove, replace, and repair pipeline facilities in public rights-of-way, for the transportation, distribution and sale of natural gas.

The ordinance was adopted without comment.



Each of the three commenters at this month’s Citizens’ Forum had a different topic. We heard a plea to reconsider the value of the Click! Network to the public, with questions around rates savings to the public, potential job losses, and how profit/loss calculations are being made. Additionally we heard from one individual with concerns about sexual assaults at the American Lake VA facility, and another with concerns over how people in power in Tacoma, particularly police, treat people of color in the city.


The City Manager congratulated two City departments on recent national awards received.

  • Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management won the solid gold award from the Solid Waste Association of North America for overall management and implementation of the residential collection system. The award recognizes the highest standards of customer service, environmental protection, operational efficiencies, safety, and innovation. Included in the award were recent changes including the transition to every-other-week garbage pick-up, implementation of the food waste recycling program, and sustainable and environmentally friendly collection practices.
  • The City’s Media and Communications office was honored by the City/County Communications and Marketing Association for its Tacoma First 311 public service announcement, the redesigned EnviroTalk publication, and TV Tacoma program Art Town, episode 3.


Deputy Mayor Boe encouraged everyone to get their tickets now for the Eyes of the Totem, as one showing has already sold out. And whether or not you get in to the film, the Knights of Pythias speakeasy and the History Museum Klondike exhibit would make for a fun evening too.

Boe also announced that in celebration of the autumnal equinox, Puget Sound Revels will host its annual event on the glass bridge from the Museum of Glass. The Revels will do their thing, and then invite everyone to sing with them.

Councilmember Campbell reminded us once again that the new farmers' market on the Eastside in Salishan is the place to be every Thursday between noon and 4. Campbell also announced that this Friday, September 18, is Park(ing) Day in the City of Tacoma. The public is invited to come out and explore the pocket parks popping up in what are normally parking spots all over downtown Tacoma.


Councilmember Thoms joined this week’s meeting telephonically. For more on the items on this week’s agenda, see our City Business Preview.

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