City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

UPC presentation
The Urban Policy Committee (UPC) will present its recommendations for allocations in the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, and emergency shelter federal grant funds for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. In making its recommendations UPC relies upon City Council-approved funding priorities, public hearing input and additional information from non-profit housing and service providers. The public may attend, but no comments will be taken.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2004
D.A. Gonyea Boys and Girls Club
5136 North 26th St.

District 1 Town Hall meeting
A District 1 Town Hall meeting will follow the council meeting at approximately 6 p.m. The public will see presentations on the new Police Headquarters building from Lt. Bob Sheehan and architect Ron Thomas, and the Narrows Bridget project from Project Manager Linea Laird. Following the presentations, the City Council will be available to take questions on any City issue. 

Chronic street population study funds
The city may amend its contract with consultants Lachman & Laing, LLC, providing an additional $10,000 for consultation on the methods used to deal with the chronic street population. The Human Rights & Human Services Department (HRHS) has worked with the consulting group since 2002, following their work in the community to develop and implement the city’s Alcohol Impact Area. As part of this work, HRHS formed the Tacoma Pierce County Community Partners – 25 public and private organizations-to evaluate and implement a plan for long-term changes in programs aimed at reducing the chronic street population. Tacoma Community Partners presented a progress report to the council at an October 2003 study session. The contract amendment would help fund the Pierce County 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness and deal with chronic inebriates. If approved, the amendment will bring the total amount that the city has spent with Lachman & Laing, LLC, for this project to $59,770. The council will take public testimony before the scheduled vote.

Phoebe House property
The council will consider a resolution to transfer the former Phoebe House property to Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA). The city-owned property at 1419 S. Yakima Ave. has been home to two non-profit organizations since 1991. The city now holds the note to the property, but wants to transfer the deed to TCRA so that the organization can eliminate the debt against the property. If the council approves the property transfer, TCRA could then offer the building to another non-profit organization that serves the public. The council will take public comment before the scheduled vote.

Train to mountain improvements
The council may authorize a $2.1 million grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation. The funds would pay for upgrades along a 64-mile stretch of the Mountain Division line between Tacoma and Morton, in Lewis County.

This is an incomplete agenda. The Index prints as much as space allows.