City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.
WSDOT update
Continuing construction work in the Nalley Valley is the topic of this week’s study session. Steve Shanafelt, Public Works Engineering Division manager, and representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation will provide details on upcoming road construction projects within the City of Tacoma. The public may attend, but the City Council will not take comment.
Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.
Police station bonds
As the final step in authorizing Tacoma’s police facilities bond sale, the council will take public testimony and vote on a resolution approving the competitive sale of $34.3 million in Unlimited Tax General Obligation Bonds. The bonds will pay for the construction of a police headquarters and four neighborhood substations.
Evans to Arts Commission
If the council approves at its meeting, Council Member Bill Evans will serve on the Tacoma Arts Commission for a term that will expire January 2006.
Convention Center bonds
The City Council approved the $120.7 million Greater Tacoma Convention Center financing plan last July, but at tomorrow’s meeting, the council will consider an ordinance that would incorporate final details of the terms and conditions of the plan. If approved, the ordinance would, in part, reallocate debt between revenue-backed notes and tax-backed notes, taking advantage of the better interest rates the city can now receive because of Standard & Poor’s recent upgrade of the city’s municipal bond rating to AA-. The council will take public testimony and expects to vote June 4.
Possible pay hike for employees
Some of the city’s information technology employees may receive a 10 percent pay increase if the council approves rate increases included in the collective bargaining agreement between the city and Washington State council of County and City Employees. The council will take public testimony on the proposed ordinance and expects to vote June 4.
Parks no-smoking signage
The council will vote on a resolution that would have the city post signs in each city park asking people not to smoke. The council will take public comment before voting.
Police false alarm concerns
The council will consider repealing the city’s existing alarm ordinance. In the coming months, the police department will present a more cost-effective alternative that may do a better job of decreasing the high number of false alarms in Tacoma. The City Council plans to vote on repealing the existing ordinance June 4.
Marine service unit funding
The council will consider a resolution that would allow the Tacoma Police Department to apply for a $2.6 million federal Transportation Security Administration startup grant to set up a marine patrol program.