City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

Land use update
The City Council will discuss the 2004 Comprehensive Land Use Plan update. The update is required by the State Growth Management Act, identifying the need and establishing the timeline for plan revisions. The update process is to be completed by Dec. 1. 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 11, 2004
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Special ‘Image of Tacoma’ presentation
Ever wonder what your fellow citizens think about Tacoma? You can find out when the City Club of Tacoma presents the results of its 2004 Image of Tacoma study at a special City Council meeting at 2:15 p.m. The presentation will be in Room 16 of the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. CityPost – Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast – will air the audio portion of the presentation live.

Federal housing funds
The City Council will consider how to spend federal housing funds in the 2004-2005 Annual Action Plan of the city’s Consolidated Plan. The Annual Action Plan identifies the proposed use of federal funds received each year by the city from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The federal funds include the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter Grant and a new program-the American Dream Downpayment Initiative. The city uses these funds to carry out housing, community and economic development, and human services activities. The resolution also directs the city manager to prepare an amendment to the current agreement with the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) to modify the administration process of affordable housing programs.

Employment contract for Walton
City Manager James L. Walton may get a formal employment agreement, if the City Council approves a resolution. Currently, Walton serves without a formal employment agreement. The agreement would keep Walton in the city manager position through March 31, 2005, with options for extension. The city manager is the chief administration officer of the city’s general government and is accountable to the council for the administration of all general government units. The council will take public testimony before voting on the measure.

Bigger contract for police HQ project
The City Council will consider whether to give Vanir Construction Management Inc. a $49,500 increase in its service contract for the police headquarters construction project. The additional work includes assisting with city construction contract administration, reviewing and making recommendations regarding construction change order requests and assisting in claims management and mitigation. Last May, the city awarded the firm a $60,897 contract for a constructability review and independent cost estimate services. If approved, the supplement would bring Vanir’s total contract to $110,397.