City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

See what's scheduled for the first City Council meeting of the new year.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

New members to be sworn in
Newly elected City Council members Julie Anderson, Spiro Manthou and Tom Stenger will be sworn in. Anderson is a consultant and local leader in public safety and social advocacy; Manthou is general services manager for Bates Technical College; and Stenger is a local attorney. In addition, Bill Evans, who was re-elected to the Council, will also be sworn in. All officials will serve four-year terms. The newly elected members will join Mayor Bill Baarsma, Connie Ladenburg, Mike Lonergan, Kevin Phelps and Rick Talbert. The public may attend the ceremony. There will be an opportunity to meet the new council members before the ceremony at 4 p.m. in the City Council Conference Room next to the Council Chambers.

Bill Evans up for Deputy Mayor
A resolution nominating and appointing Council Member Bill Evans to the office of Deputy Mayor for a one-year term will be considered by the council. Evans, a local business owner, was re-elected to a second four-year term on the council in November 2003.

Appointments to commissions
The City Council will consider a resolution appointing new members to the Tacoma Human Rights Commission and the Tacoma Arts Commission. The resolution nominates Denise A. Purtell to the Tacoma Human Rights Commission for a term expiring March 3, 2004, Voicelyn Jackson to the Tacoma Arts Commission for a term expiring Nov. 5, 2007, and reappointing T.K. Knickerbocker to the Tacoma Arts Commission for a term expiring Nov. 5, 2007.

Active duty leave with pay
Continued from the Dec. 16 meeting, the council may consider a substitute ordinance that, if passed, will give paid leave to city employees called to active duty as a member of the armed forces or organized reserve. The goal of the ordinance is to lessen the financial impact on employees who experience a drastic drop in benefits and earnings when called to active duty. This would apply to every officer and employee of the city who is a member of the Washington National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps Reserve who receives written orders for active duty for more than 15 days. Public comment was taken at the Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 meetings, and the public may comment on the proposed ordinance.

Citizens Forum
Want to have a say in the City Council’s policy decisions? Share your thoughts at the Citizens Forum. The City Council will set aside a portion of its meeting to allow citizens to speak on any matter over which the council has jurisdiction. The Citizens Forum begins at the end of the regular meeting.

Council workshop Jan. 10
The City Council will hold a workshop at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, at the University of Washington Tacoma, 1900 Commerce St. The workshop will be held in the Tacoma Room, Room 320, in the Garretson, Woodruff, Pratt Building. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss working relationships and standing committee definitions, roles and appointments.

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