Tacoma City Council to discuss grant funding priorities, taxi cab stands

Tacoma residents will have plenty of opportunities next week to learn more about what’s going on in city government. Tacoma City Council will hold its regular weekly study session and council meeting. In addition, Tacoma City Council’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee will meet Monday to receive an update on Neighborhood Council recommendations. Here is a look ahead at some notable activities next week at City Hall.

HUD GRANT FUNDING PRIORITIES

Tacoma City Council will meet Tuesday at City Hall to discuss funding priorities for three federally-funded grant programs.

Each year, the City of Tacoma receives federal Community Development Block Grant funding, HOME Investment Partnership grant funding, and Emergency Solutions Grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used for a variety of housing, community and economic development, and human services activities. At Tuesday’s study session, staff from the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development (CEO) Department and Neighborhood and Community Services Department will provide a presentation and seek guidance from councilmembers on the funding priorities for the upcoming application process.

Councilmembers will discuss this issue during a study session, which will be held on Tues., Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. in Room 16 of Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. Audio from the meeting will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma.com. On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting online at tvtacoma.com. A copy of the agenda is available online here.

TAXI CAB STANDS

Also on Tuesday, Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution that would create four new taxi cab stands in Tacoma. Three taxi cab stands would be located near 6th Avenue and North Anderson Street, 6th Avenue and North Pine Street, and on 6th Avenue between North Steele Street and North Prospect Street. Another taxi cab stand would be located on Court C between South 21st Street and South 23rd Street near the Holiday Inn Express and the University of Washington Tacoma.

According to City of Tacoma staff, taxi companies pay an annual license of $175 for the opportunity to use taxi stands. If councilmembers approve these locations, taxi cabs will be able to sit at these designated locations rather than occupying other parking spots in these areas. In addition, they would provide safe locations out of the street where customers can load into taxi cabs.

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote on the issue during its regular weekly meeting on Tues., Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, located at 747 Market St. The the meeting will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma.com. Copies of the agenda and meeting materials are available online here.

Tacoma City Hall. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Tacoma City Hall. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)