City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

Domestic violence policy, ASARCO
The City Council will get a progress report on the city employee domestic violence policy as well as an update on the ASARCO site clean-up. Human Rights and Human Services has been working with other city departments and community agencies to develop a policy to help city employees identify and respond to domestic violence. This policy is specifically for non-law enforcement employees. The new domestic violence policy for law enforcement has been in place since February.

In addition, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and ASARCO will update the council on remediation activities at the plant site and surrounding residential soils.

CityPost – Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast – will air the audio portion of the study session live. The public may attend the study session, but the council will not take comment from citizens at that time.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Streetscape improvements
The City Council will consider accepting a $1.4 million grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation for downtown streetscape and LINK Light Rail pedestrian improvements. The grant would include $600,000 for streetscape improvements and $786,333 for LINK Light Rail pedestrian area upgrades. Enhanced streetlighting, sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping are planned for both the downtown and LINK aspects of this project. If the council accepts the grant, the city would need to provide an additional $216,363 in matching funds. The city addressed both downtown streetscape and light rail improvements in its Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Program for 2004-2009. The council will take public comment on the proposed ordinance and is scheduled to vote April 20.

Improved sprinkler systems
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to help the Tacoma Fire Department walk its talk when it comes to fire safety. The City Council will consider accepting a $516,708 grant from Homeland Security for installing sprinkler systems in 15 buildings – 13 fire stations and two Fire Communications and Emergency Operation Centers. The fire department’s “Be Safe in a Public Place” program promotes built-in fire protection systems in public buildings as a critical element of fire prevention and community safety. Adding automatic fire suppression systems in these buildings will improve fire safety protection for the employees and set a positive example for the program. The total cost of the project is $738,154. The fire department would provide the remaining $203,646, and the City of Fircrest would also supply $17,800 in matching funds for its fire station. The council will take public comment before voting on the resolution.

Public hearing on Strategic Plan
The council will conduct a public hearing on the draft Strategic Plan at 5:30 p.m. The complete draft plan can be viewed at:

This is an incomplete agenda for the April 13, 2004, City Council meeting. The Index prints as much as space allows.