City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, June 8, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

Business Information Systems
The City Council and Public Utility Board will hear an update from Business Information Systems staff, including a summary of Business Information Systems year-to-date activities and an update/overview of the Return of Investment (ROI) study currently in process. The session will also include and a high level comparison of the city implementation of SAP, with the experience other similar organizations have had at this point in time of the SAP lifecycle. 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 8, 2004
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

City Charter amendments
It’s time for the public to speak up on proposed amendments to the City Charter recommended by the Charter Review Committee. The City Council will hear public comments beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. The day after the public hearing, the council will hold a special meeting on June 9 at 4:30 p.m. to review and discuss proposed amendments to the City Charter submitted in the final report of the Charter Review Committee. The council will also consider amendments to the City Charter that were submitted by City Council members.

Esplanade, amphitheater contract
Construction could begin this summer on another 400 feet of public esplanade, including a 50-foot-diameter concrete amphitheater, along the west side of the Thea Foss Waterway in front of Albers Mill. The City Council is scheduled to consider awarding Pease Construction of Lakewood a $1.3 million contract for the esplanade extension. Pease Construction submitted the lowest of five bids for the project.

In addition to extending the 20-foot-wide public walkway and plaza along the front of the restored Albers Mill building, plans call for contractors to install a sheet-pile retaining wall, build a circular amphitheater, install utilities for the new marina already under construction and work on the waterfront plaza. When this phase of construction is complete, expected in November, the public esplanade will extend 1,700 feet along the west side of the 1.5-mile-long waterway.

Downtown Redevelopment Project
The City Council will consider authorizing a supplement to an existing contract with Krei Architecture in the amount of $400,000 for the design of the Greater Tacoma Convention Center and professional services and with M.A. Mortenson Company for $2,863,547 to provide General Contractor Construction Manager services for the Downtown Redevelopment Project. The Downtown Redevelopment Project provides for roadway and streetscape improvements in an area bounded by Pacific Ave., Market St., South 13th St. and South 17th St. The project plans include a new public square at Pacific Ave. and South 17th St., lighting improvements, road repairs, sidewalk replacements and other pedestrian improvements.

Sister Cities International award
Tacoma Pierce County Sister Cities Council has won the Innovation award for Arts & Culture, presented by Sister Cities International. The award was based on Tacoma’s First Annual Sister Cities International Film and Food Festival held at the Blue Mouse Theatre in 2003. At each film showing, authentic foods from the film’s country of origin were served; in this way, the festival raised community awareness about the sister cities program. The event was held over a two-month period and was so successful that the second annual event was held this year. Plans for a third festival are in the works.