City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

Transportation Program
City Council members are slated to review the city’s Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Program. Other items on the agenda include discussion of an offer to purchase the Carlton Building and the levy lift lid. The public may attend, 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, June 15, 2004
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Housing tax exemptions
The City Council will consider authorizing multi-family housing limited property tax exemptions for two developments. The first development would allow construction of 55 new market rate, townhouse-style apartments at S. 43rd St. and S. Pine St. in a project expected to cost developers approximately $3.6 million. The second development would allow construction of six new units of market rate permanent rental housing at 4032 S. Puget Sound is expected to cost developers approximately $500,000. Time will be set aside for public comment.

Sewer system inspections equipment
With 700 miles of sanitary sewer lines to inspect and maintain, the city’s Environmental Services department is looking for help in the form of three closed-circuit television (CCTV) equipped vans at a cost of $562,410.50. The cost is equivalent to hiring a contractor to clean and inspect roughly 30 miles of sewer lines. The city currently owns two older vans with CCTV equipment that would be replaced by the new equipment. With the new vans and the implementation of a revised inspection program, the goal is to check the full 700 miles on a five year rotation. The City Council will decide whether to authorize the purchase.

Pacific Avenue upgrades open house
The City of Tacoma is holding an open house on Thursday, June 17, to provide details about the upcoming Pacific Avenue construction project and its impact on the area. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 16 of the Tacoma Municipal North Building, 737 Market St., experts will be on hand to present an overview of the project and to address questions and concerns.
From approximately late June to mid November, the City of Tacoma will replace stretches of Pacific Avenue from South Seventh to South 17th streets and from South 25th to South 28th streets. This project will smooth out the current substandard pavement and install new water and sewer lines.

Charter Review discussion goes on
Members of the City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 21, to continue discussion of the recommendations of the City Charter Review Committee. The council is determining which of the amendments will be placed on the November ballot. This meeting is a continuation of the meeting of June 9. The public may attend the 4:30 p.m. meeting in Room 16, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the special meeting live.

The City Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesdays in the Council Chambers on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building.