City of Tacoma News

1. Property sale could clear way for condominiums

City Council members will consider a resolution Feb. 1 that would allow the sale of surplus City-owned property at 2520 S. Jefferson Ave. to Equity Capital Funding for $101,001. If approved, the sale would allow for the development of a proposed 13-unit condominium building on the site.

2. Council to consider collective bargaining agreement

The City Council is scheduled to consider a collective bargaining agreement Feb. 1 with Teamsters Local Union 117, Public Assembly Facilities Unit. The agreement covers 24 employees for the dates Jan. 1, 2005 through Dec. 31, 2007. If approved, the employees would receive a general wage increase of 2.5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2005, and subsequent wage increases in 2006 and 2007 of an amount equal to 100 percent of the increase in the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W) in the Seattle-Tacoma area, based on the June index.

3. Resolution would encourage state to adopt new Clean Car standards

A resolution on the Feb. 1 City Council meeting agenda would express support for and urge the Washington State Legislature to adopt new Clean Car standards. The standards would be more in line with those currently in effect in the state of California and a growing number of other states, with more strict vehicle emission standards. The resolution is sponsored by members of the City Council’s Environment and Public Works Committee.

4. Bates Technical College plans, Kroc grant application lead study session

At the Feb. 1 City Council study session, Bates Technical College President David Borofsky will make a presentation regarding the college’s master plan for expansion of its south campus, including the college’s interest in purchasing some City-owned property adjacent to the campus. Council members will also hear an update on the status of an application for Kroc Foundation grant funds to build a community center at the former site of Mt. Tahoma High School. The public may attend the 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 study session live.