City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
5 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, 2004
First Floor
Tacoma Municipal Building North
747 Market St.

Tacoma Symphony performances moved to Rialto Theater
This weekend’s Tacoma Symphony performances Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 have been moved to the Rialto Theater following closure of the Pantages Theater Oct. 14 for repairs related to a fire inspection. The inspection cited concerns about the fire curtain that separates the stage from the audience section of the theater and electrical problems. Officials from the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) and the City of Tacoma expect the Pantages to remain closed for at least two weeks. While the Pantages Theater is closed, the BCPA is working to reschedule events originally scheduled for the theater to be held in other venues.

City Manager search firms to make presentations at study session
Three firms under consideration for the search for a new City Manager will each make short presentations to the City Council at the Oct. 19 study session. The three firms were selected from 11 initial firms that responded to the City’s request for proposal to begin the search for the next City Manager. The public may attend the workshop in Room 16, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., but the Council will not take public comment. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the workshop live.

Public hearing for Local Law Enforcement Block Grant scheduled
The City Council will hold a public hearing at approximately 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 to discuss recommendations for programs funded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG). An advisory committee recommended that Tacoma combine the $149,037 in LLEBG funds with $240,000 in state criminal justice funds to support local law enforcement and crime prevention programs. Some of the programs that would receive funding under the proposal include a domestic violence advocate, legal assistance for domestic violence victims and a special emphasis team to do work downtown, at Wright Park and along Central 6th Avenue. The City Council is scheduled to adopt final recommendations on Nov. 2, 2004.

City may accept $103,123 to help fight drug trafficking
First reading of an ordinance that would allow the City of Tacoma to accept $103,123 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of National Drug Control Policy is on the Oct. 19 City Council agenda. The grant is administered through the Pierce County Sheriff. The money would be used to reimburse the Tacoma Police Department’s Clandestine Lab Team for personnel, equipment and other expenses associated with activities in the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Pierce County. The team works to reduce the impact of methamphetamine and heroin trafficking, and the manufacturing, use and violent crime associated with drug trafficking.

Aid Tacoma’s architectural heritage — volunteer for commission
Qualified individuals may apply for two vacant positions on the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a group of 15 volunteers that oversees the establishment and regulation of Tacoma landmarks, landmark sites and historic districts. Prospective applicants for the at-large and historian vacancies should have a basic familiarity with historic preservation issues and a demonstrated interest. To apply, visit The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 1, 2004.

Help shape the art for the new police substations
On Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the Tacoma Police Department and the Tacoma Arts Commission will ask community members for their stories and ideas to help set the parameters for artist selection and to assist the artists in creating meaningful artwork in front of each of four new police substations. The meeting will be held in the Tacoma Public Utilities Auditorium, 3628 S. 35th St. Attendees can apply to become a member of the final art selection panels. The Tacoma Police Department will open the new substations in the fall of 2005.