City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Room 16
Noon, Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Tacoma Municipal Bldg. North
733 Market St.

Neighborhoods, library review
The City Council will hear about neighborhood accomplishments and library plans. Members of Tacoma’s Community Council – the umbrella group representing the eight Neighborhood Councils – will share history, accomplishments and current goals of the Neighborhood Council Program, which is celebrating its 10th year. In addition, members of the Library Board of Trustees will give a report on their work on the library’s 2003-2004 budget. The board will seek the council’s input to help them determine the library’s public service level for the next two years. The public may attend the study session, but the council will not take comment.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
City Council Chambers
5 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Revised Sound Transit agreement
Sound Transit plans to seek funds from the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) for improvements to a portion of Tacoma’s Mountain Division Railroad.
The council will consider an amended commuter rail memorandum of understanding that would help Sound Transit comply with FTA funding regulations.

The city and Sound Transit entered into an agreement in June that modified design and other obligations, reducing Sound Transit’s construction costs for improvements on the city-owned rail segment.

An additional change to the agreement clarifies that the city’s passenger rail operations will not interfere with Sound Transit’s rail schedule, but states that Sound Transit must accommodate city passenger rail operations if a schedule conflict arises.

The council will take public comment before voting on the measure.

Public hearing: work release regs
Will Tacoma’s work release regulations change?

The council will hear public opinion on the subject at a public hearing during the City Council meeting.

The public hearing is set to begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.

At it’s Aug. 6 meeting, the council sent Tacoma’s work release ordinances to the Planning Commission, which reviewed proposed amendments that came out of negotiations between the city and the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Citizens voiced their opinions about the proposed changes at a commission public hearing Aug. 21.

On Sept. 4 the Planning Commission recommended the council adopt the draft Work Release Settlement proposal.

The proposed amendments would limit the state to constructing work release facilities in the same zones in which they are now allowed (UCX, CIX, M1, M2 and M3).

But the facilities in the UCX zone would have a resident cap increase from 15 to 30 persons.

The proposal also includes reducing the distance between work release facilities from three-quarters to one-half of a mile wherever it currently applies.

The council will vote on the amended ordinance at a later date.