City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
733 Market St.

SAP solutions
A joint study session of the Tacoma City Council and the Tacoma Public Utility Board will include a report on the SAP solutions management assessment concluded on Aug 27 and progress to date on the 2005-2006 Business Information Systems Department (BISD) budget and a review of the findings of the TPU Workforce Planning Study. The public may attend, but the council will not take public comment. CityPost (Channel 85 on Click!, Channel 77 on Comcast) will air the audio portion of the study session live.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Salishan development agreement
City Council members will consider a $1,707,973 addendum to a Housing Cooperation Law Development Agreement with the Tacoma Housing Authority. The addendum would pay for surface water and wastewater facility relocations and replacements necessary for the HOPE VI Salishan Redevelopment project, and it would waive the formal competitive bidding process for the project.

Composting agreement
Pierce County Recycling, Composting and Disposal could be awarded a 10-year, $10 million organic composting services agreement. If approved by City Council members, the agreement would carry two five-year renewal options for the business that is better known as LRI.

Comprehensive Plan amendments
The Tacoma Planning Commission will hold two public hearings on Sept. 15. The first hearing beginning at 5 p.m. concerns proposed annual amendments to Tacoma’s comprehensive plan and modifications to the Land Use Regulatory Code. The second hearing beginning at approximately 6 p.m. concerns proposed interim regulations to modify the buffer areas for wetlands and streams. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide comments about the proposed revisions. The hearings will be held in the City Council Chambers, First Floor, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.

Commencement Bay Maritime Festival
Tacoma’s working waterfront takes center stage Sept. 17-19 during the annual Commencement Bay Maritime Festival. The Mayor’s Cup Challenge Dragonboat Race, maritime demonstrations, tours of the Port of Tacoma and live entertainment highlight the happenings at Thea’s Park, along Dock Street and at the Port of Tacoma. A complete schedule of events and additional information are offered on the festival Web site at

Job Carr Days Festival
Celebrate the birthplace of Tacoma at the Third Annual Job Carr Days Festival, held at Old Town Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Bring your kids to the second annual pet parade or try your hand at the brownie bake-off or listen to the sounds of local musicians. There’s something for everyone at this free community event with a pioneer theme from the 1800s.

CERT classes
Tacoma citizens who want to learn how to prepare for and respond to disasters can sign up now for the Tacoma Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) classes. The goal of the CERT program is to teach people how to help each other in their neighborhoods in the first few minutes or hours following a disaster – before emergency responders are able to arrive on the scene. Sign ups are open until Sept. 24 to be one of 25 people to take part in the series of six classes starting Oct. 5 and practice exercises Oct. 23. Classes will be held at the Fire Training Center, 2124 Marshall Ave., on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m., on the following schedule:

– Oct. 5 – Introduction
– Oct. 7 – Disaster Medical Operations I
– Oct. 12 – Disaster Medical Operations II
– Oct. 14 – Utility Safety: Electricity and Natural Gas
– Oct. 19 – Fire Safety and Suppression
– Oct. 21 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
– Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Exercise to Practice Learned Skills

The CERT training is a free program. Anyone who signs up is required to attend all six classes and the culminating practice exercises.