City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

2003 financial status
The City Council will hear a financial update from the Office of Management, Budget and Analysis on the first half of the budget biennium (2003), including the status of the General Fund and other pertinent funds. A progress report on the Tax and License Department code update project will also be shared. 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, May 25, 2004
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Foss Waterway marina loan
The City Council will consider an agreement to loan the Foss Waterway Development Authority the $2.7 million line of credit it authorized May 18 for a new marina on the Foss. The agreement covers construction, cost-sharing and operation of marina facilities in front of the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Thea’s Landing and Albers Mill. As part of its Superfund cleanup of the waterway, the City of Tacoma would use the marina to hold boats temporarily displaced during dredging. When cleanup is complete in late 2005 or early 2006, the development authority would operate the marina as a permanent enhancement to the waterway, providing 37 slips for visiting boats and 65 slips for recreational boats.

2004 Make a Splash grants
City of Tacoma Environmental Services will award up to $50,000 in environmental grants to anyone considering an eligible project to educate residents, prevent pollution, and protect and restore surface water resources. The project should be completed within Tacoma city limits. Individual grants can be up to $2,500. The Make a Splash program is supported by rates paid to the city’s surface water utility. Two workshops will be held to explain the program and help with applications from 5 to 7:45 p.m. on May 25 at the Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St., and June 22 at the Moore Branch Library, 215 S. 56th St. Applications may be downloaded from:, or obtained by contacting Christy Strand, 253/502-2105 or: Applications must be postmarked by June 30.

Rental rates for Broadway Center
The City Council will consider a change in the 2004-2005 rental rates for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) facilities to help offset operating costs. The operating agreement between the City of Tacoma and the BCPA Board for the management of City-owned theater facilities calls for lower rental rates for non-profit arts organizations than those offered to for-profit renters. The proposed rental rate change would increase both.
City of Tacoma offices will be closed on May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will continue on their regular schedule.