City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
733 Market St.

Telecommunications, employee pay
The City Council will learn about proposed changes to the city’s Telecommunications Rights-of-Way Ordinance. In May 2002, the council replaced a 1997 ordinance preempted by a Ninth Circuit Court decision. Now, the council will look at adding 17 chapters to the ordinance and amending it to provide authority for the Hearing Examiner to hear appeals provided for under the proposed amendments. Also at the noon study session, Human Resources staff will provide the City Council an overview of the employee compensation philosophy, how the department has applied that philosophy and the results in prior years. The public may attend but the council won’t take any public comment.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Paving project rates adjustment
At its regular meeting, the City Council will vote on a resolution that, if passed, would establish new, fixed rates for local improvement district (LID) asphalt concrete paving projects and set property owners’ financial responsibility at 60 percent. The City Council set up the existing rates in 1993 with a goal to pay 50 percent of the costs for asphalt concrete paving projects in neighborhoods. Inflation, along with no adjustment to the fixed rates in the last decade meant that the city’s portion for LID paving projects grew to 70 percent. The proposed resolution includes a policy to adjust LID rates annually to match inflation. If the council approves the resolution, the money the city contributes to the LID program would fund more projects. The council will take public comments before voting on the resolution.

Citizens’ Forum
Want to have a say in the City Council’s policy decisions? Share your thoughts at the Citizen’s Forum on Feb. 4. The City Council will set aside part of its meeting to allow citizens to speak on any matter over which the council has jurisdiction. Citizens may not argue for or against an ordinance or resolution on the council agenda for which the public comment period has passed. The council meeting begins at 5 p.m., and the Citizens’ Forum begins at approximately 6 p.m.

‘Mercury Matters’
Mayor Bill Baarsma will proclaim February as “Mercury Matters Month” in conjunction with an Environmental Services’ campaign aimed at educating residents and businesses about mercury pollution, alternative products and safe disposal. The campaign kicked off Feb.1 with a free thermometer exchange at all Pierce County Rite Aid stores and at Tacoma’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3510 S. Mullen St. During the monthlong exchange, every family that turns in a silver-bulb mercury thermometer will receive a free digital model. For more information, call the Mercury Matters 24-hour information line at 253/593-7716, or visit: