City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
728 St. Helens Ave.

Domestic violence resources
The group tasked with training, educating and assisting city employees about domestic violence will orient the City Council to domestic violence issues and resources in the community. Representatives from the Tacoma Municipal Court and the Human Rights and Human Services, legal and police departments will describe their domestic violence-related roles and responsibilities. The presentation will also feature the scope of programs, from telephone hotlines to advocacy and shelter services, offered by the city’s community-based partners under contract. Council members will have the opportunity to witness a variety of scenarios which describe the many ways victims access and use city and other domestic violence systems and services. The public may attend, but the Council will not take comment. CityPost – Channel 77 on Comcast, Channel 85 on Click! – will air the audio portion live.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

City Charter Review committee
The Tacoma City Charter may soon receive an in-depth inspection and possible overhaul. The City Council will consider creating a Charter Review Committee as well as a process for appointing its members. If the council approves the resolution, the Charter Review Committee will be charged with examining the existing charter and providing its recommendations to the City Council by May 18, 2004. The council would then submit the proposed changes to the Pierce County Auditor’s office for a special municipal election in the fall.

Trail name would honor Pierson
Will the Washington State Transportation Commission honor the memory of Scott Pierson, a long-time city employee and bicycling advocate, by naming a bike and pedestrian trail after him? The City Council will consider a resolution to recommend that the Washington State Transportation Commission name the SR-16 bike and pedestrian trail “The Scott Pierson Gentle Ways Bike Trail.” The proposed five-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail adjacent to SR-16 will connect Tacoma to the Gig Harbor peninsula via the new Narrows Bridge. Pierson died in June 2001 after working as a planner and urban designer for 23 years. He persistently promoted improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

Government change petition update
A petition submitted to the City of Tacoma by the “Time for a Change” committee with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2004 did not contain the necessary signatures for placement on the Nov. 4 ballot.The City Council will receive a letter from the Time for a Change Committee requesting that the City Council place the charter change proposal with the Jan. 1, 2004 effective date on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Small Works Roster could get boost
An ordinance before the council asks it to increase the maximum for the Small Works Roster Program from $25,000 to $50,000, and expand the number of work project categories.

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