City of Tacoma News

1. 19th annual City of Destiny Awards set for May 24

At the 19th annual City of Destiny Awards on May 24, Mayor Bill Baarsma and the Tacoma City Council will honor five individuals and four groups for their boundless generosity and community service. The ceremony, open to the public, will take place May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Jason Lee Middle School Auditorium, 602 N. Sprague Ave. City Council members will present the awards. An appointed 15-member Citizens Recognition Committee chose the winners from 45 nominations.

The winners include:

— Tony Anderson (Adult Leadership)

— Monique LeTourneau (Youth Leadership)

— Sally & Willie Carson (Adult Sustained Service)

— Christine Mayorga (Youth Service)

— Daryl & The Diptones (Community Group)

— Tacoma Processing & Distribution Center, Community Outreach (Employee Group)

— University of Puget Sound Food Salvage (Young Adult Group)

— Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company, Community Care Team (Corporate)

City of Destiny Award winners will receive a glass sculpture crafted by students in the Hilltop Artists in Residence Program. A reception will follow the ceremony in the school cafeteria.

TV Tacoma, the City’s municipal television station, will record the event to show as a special presentation from June 1 to June 15. The programming times can be found at: Cable viewers will find TV Tacoma on channel 12 (within the Tacoma city limits) and channel 21 (Pierce County).

2. Council proposes panel on programs for high-needs residents

City Council members are scheduled to consider a resolution May 24 that would create a Blue Ribbon Panel to study issues and make recommendations for a community model for standards of care, quality assurance and community relations for programs that serve high-risk and high-needs residents. The panel, which would consist of representatives from a wide cross-section of the community and City staff, would be tasked with making recommendations regarding the role of local government in addressing these issues. The panel will make a report and recommendation to the Council within 180 days of the start of the six-month moratorium on the establishment or acceptance of land use permit applications for group homes, group residential facilities and emergency and transitional housing.

3. City may sell 10-acre site to developer for $3.6 million

The City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution May 24 that would authorize sale of an undeveloped 10-acre site at South 19th and Meyers Streets to Antara Capital, LLC, for $3.615 million. The property, which was declared as surplus by Tacoma Water in 2002, was assessed at a value of $1.27 million in 2004. Antara Capital was the highest bidder for the property from among 21 qualified bids.

4. Council to review six-year transportation plan

The City Council will discuss the annual update to the Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Program to lead off its May 24 study session. The Council is also scheduled to hear an update from the Foss Waterway Development Authority on its marketing, development schedules and other policy issues pertaining to its projects. The public may attend the noon study session in Room 16, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., but the Council will not take public comment. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the session live. Replays of the study session’s audio can be heard Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. on CityPost (channel 85 on Click!, channel 77 on Comcast).

5. City offices closed May 30; garbage, recycling and yard waste collection on regular schedule

City of Tacoma administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in recognition of Memorial Day. Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection is not affected by the holiday, so collection will be on the normal schedule. The City of Tacoma landfill, recycling center and household hazardous waste facility will be open regular hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.