City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
733 Market St.

Budget: City efficiency
Efficiency efforts under way as part of the 2005-2006 Biennial Budget process highlight the agenda. The Technology Review team will make a presentation, and the council will hear a report on the work of six other teams that are evaluating efficiency options in the areas of health benefits, liability loss reduction, span of control (the supervisor-to-employee ratio), fleet management, employee equipment use and records management and public disclosure requests. The public may attend the study session, 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.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

$4.8 million from FAA
City Council members are scheduled to consider accepting a grant for up to $4.8 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during their Aug. 24 regular meeting. The grant would cover 95 percent of the costs of design and construction of Phase 2 of the FAA-mandated runway safety improvement project at the north end of Runway 17 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Construction of the safety area is required to bring the airport up to current FAA standards.

Housing affordability
A resolution spelling out the City Council’s intention to develop and implement housing affordability strategies is on the agenda. The council wants to develop new strategies to further the goal of a safe, healthy, livable community as set forth in Tacoma’s 2005-2010 Strategic Plan.

Sidewalk repair, replacement
The City Council will hear the first reading of a new ordinance that would order the reconstruction or replacement of hazardous sidewalks at 45 locations throughout Tacoma. The ordinance would also direct the levy of special assessments on property owners who are responsible for the hazardous sidewalks.

Gang reduction program funding
An amendment to an agreement with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department would increase funding for the Gang Reduction Moderate Offender Program by $30,159 if approved by the City Council. The resolution would reallocate funds previously earmarked for the Tacoma Public School District’s Truancy Initiative, which were not spent due to closure of the truancy center and slower than expected implementation of alternative programs, and send those funds to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

There is no meeting of the Pierce County Council this week.