City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, April 22, 3003
Port of Tacoma Administration Building
1 Sitcum Plaza
Tacoma, Wash

Tacoma Tideflats issues
Over the past two decades, the Tacoma Tideflats has experienced tremendous growth and change. The City Council and Port of Tacoma Commissioners will hear about major issues affecting the Tideflats at a joint study session. Public Works and Port of Tacoma staff will discuss transportation in the Tideflats, including the mandated closure of the Murray Morgan Bridge at the end of the year, the potential closure of Alexander Avenue due to expansion of the Pierce County Terminal, long-range strategies for the Hylebos Bridge and potential improvements to the Lincoln Avenue corridor. Fire Department personnel will explain how those projects affect Fire and Emergency Medical Services response in the Tideflats and Northeast Tacoma and will present temporary solution options.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
728 St. Helens Ave.

Tall Ships Challenge to Tacoma?
Bringing the Tall Ships Challenge to Tacoma in 2005 could get a boost from the City Council. The council will vote on a request to contribute $3,000 to the initial planning of the Challenge. The event’s organizers have selected Tacoma as the finish line for the Yokohama – Tacoma Tall Ships Race, which could bring more than 400,000 visitors to Tacoma over the Fourth of July weekend in 2005. The City Council will take public comment on the resolution before voting.

Police facilities architect contract
If the City Council approves a $765,000 supplement to the contract with architects Thomas Cook Reid Reinvald, the police headquarters, four substations and warehouse will move one step closer to completion. The council will vote on a resolution to extend the firm’s existing contract, which the council passed in 2001. If approved, the extension will bring the total to more than $2.9 million for programming, design and construction services on the buildings. The contract extension would provide for reprogramming, design and construction services for the substations and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design calculations and documentation on the headquarters and warehouse buildings. The council will take public comment before voting on the measure.

Ornamental streetlight purchase
The City of Tacoma could light up some lives if the City Council approves an $82,577 contract to purchase 70 ornamental streetlights from North Coast Electric Co. The new lights would replace existing series streetlights turned off in January due to budget constraints and safety concerns. In March, the City Council approved the transfer of money from the Local Improvement District Assistance Fund to a special fund that would pay for the streetlight replacements in four low- to moderate-income areas, including: North Sheridan from Division to North Seventh Street, South L Street from South 35th to South 38th streets, East Morton from McKinley Avenue to East K Street, South 34th Street from Pacific Avenue to South G Street. The Council will take public comment before voting on the contract.

Speed limit reductions
An ordinance up for consideration proposes speed reductions from 35 mph to 30 mph on: North 26th Street from Pearl Street to Narrows Drive, South 74th Street from Tacoma Mall Boulevard to South Tacoma Way and Narrows Drive from Jackson Avenue to North 37th Street. The ordinance also requests a speed reduction from 30 mph to 25 mph on North 37th Street from Proctor to Orchard streets. Citizens may comment on the proposed speed reductions. The council expects to vote on the measure April 29.

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