City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, July 9, 2002
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Avenue
Storm water, rights-of way
The City Council will learn about upcoming revisions to municipal codes and an update of Tacoma’s Surface Water Management Manual. Environmental Services staff will discuss the update of the manual to meet the state Department of Ecology’s new requirements for managing storm water. As a condition of its 1995 National Pollution Discharge Elimination Permit, the city must update its minimum requirements to be equivalent with the Department of Ecology’s new Stormwater Management Manual. The updated requirements affect new development and redevelopment projects.
In addition, staff members from the General Services, Legal and Public Works departments will update the council on the process to amend the city’s rights-of-way ordinance. A recent court decision and a new state law make the update necessary. In addition, staff will provide information on rights-of-way issues taking place across the country that could affect Tacoma.
Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2002
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Fire to ask for EMS levy
Will a permanent Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy go on the September primary election ballot? The council will consider an ordinance that would put it there. Raising the current 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to 50 cents per $1,000 would allow the Fire department to maintain and enhance the current EMS program with more firefighter/paramedics and education personnel. The ballot measure would take a 60-percent yes vote to pass.
Hylebos cleanup costs
The council will take public testimony and vote on an agreement for the city to pay $459,663 toward Superfund cleanup costs for the Hylebos Waterway. The Environmental Protection Agency identified the city as a Potentially Responsible Party for the waterway’s contaminated sediment due to stormwater runoff. The city’s share of the costs amounts to one half of one percent of the total $56 million cleanup bill.
Carlton Building purchase
The council will consider authorizing a $3.7 million interest-bearing interfund loan from the General Fund to the Facilities Summary Fund to provide short-term financing for the purchase of the Carlton Building and parking garage.
Bridge of Glass engineering costs
The council will hear public testimony and vote on a resolution to authorize a supplemental contract with Seattle engineering firm Andersen Bjornstad Kane Jacobs, Inc. (ABKJ) for $225,678 for the company’s final work on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
Group Care ordinance
The council will review and take public testimony on proposed amendments to the Special Needs Housing ordinance.
Public Utility Board new member
The council will take public testimony and vote on a resolution that would appoint former City employee Jacob C. Fey to the Board.
Animal control regulations
The council will view a proposed ordinance that would consolidate most of the regulations relating to animal control-currently six separate city codes-into a new animal control ordinance.