According to bid documents prepared by City of Tacoma Environmental Services Department staff, the contract calls for tearing down transient camps and legally disposing of hazardous materials that could include household debris, human waste, bodily fluids, syringes, gasoline and diesel fuel containers, propane tanks, and used batteries.
The bid deadline expired at 11 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 19. Two contractors submitted bids: 3 Kings Environmental (Battle Ground, Wash. — $19,845) and Nordic Construction (Fife, Wash. — $33,209.77).
Once a contract is awarded, the work is expected to begin within two weeks, and last approximately two weeks for a two-person crew working full-time.
In July, the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma hosted a public open house to discuss a management plan for Schuster Slope. The two organizations have entered into an agreement that aims to determine how Schuster Slope can serve the community through the fostering of volunteer stewardship, quality vegetation, and natural resource management plans. The undeveloped area provides important environmental benefits, such as managing stormwater, providing wildlife habitat, and protecting water quality. During the open house this summer, Tacoma residents shared their ideas related to Schuster Slope’s vegetation, slope stability, forest stewardship, public access, safety, views, and passive recreation.
Looking ahead, the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma are expected to address Mason Gulch next year, plus volunteer and maintenance assistance in Wapato Hills and Julia’s Gulch. Metro Parks Tacoma already manages approximately 2,000 acres of open space and natural areas.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index’s complete and comprehensive coverage of Tacoma’s Schuster Slope, click on the following links:
- Schuster Slope: Cleanup crew needed for 16-acre open space area (Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 10, 2014)
- Schuster Slope: City, Metro Parks Tacoma to host open house July 16 (Tacoma Daily Index, July 8, 2014)
- Community forum will explore Tacoma’s Bayside Slope management (Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 6, 2014)
- Tacoma City Council OKs state grant for urban forest program (Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 9, 2013)
- Tacoma’s Hilltop Diversitree Project kicks off Oct. 11 (Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 7, 2013)
- State grant could help grow Tacoma’s urban forest program (Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 4, 2013)
- Anonymous donation aims to bring more street trees to Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood (Tacoma Daily Index, Aug. 16, 2013)
- Tacoma City Council to discuss proposed changes to open space program (Tacoma Daily Index, Feb. 1, 2013)
- Work begins soon to preserve Schuster Slope’s urban forest (Tacoma Daily Index, July 30, 2012)