City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Bldg. North
733 Market St.
Apprenticeship program, sidewalks
At the City Council’s study session, the advisory committee of the Local Employment and Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) will give an annual performance update to the council and make recommendations for improving the program. LEAP aims to provide residents of Tacoma, particularly those from low-income areas, with training and support services necessary to complete apprenticeship requirements that lead to family-wage jobs.
Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.
Cleaning up Foss Waterway
The council will take public testimony and vote on agreements related to the Superfund clean up of the Thea Foss and Wheeler-Osgood waterways. If the council approves, the city will enter into a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up 80 percent of the waterway. If all goes well, dredges could be working in the Foss as early as next July. Under the agreement, the city would accept $13.3 million from companies that opted to “cash out” of any cleanup. The city would apply $12 million toward its total $35 million cleanup bill. The city will use surface water rate fees and seek grants and insurance settlements in order to cover the remaining $23 million in clean up costs.
Decreasing mall area congestion
The council will take public testimony on a proposed ordinance that would require commercial developers, whose projects would increase traffic above the current level at the congested area of South 35th, South 38th and Pine streets and Interstate 5, to make road improvements.
Voter’s Pamphlet committees
The council will take public testimony and vote on a resolution that would appoint Hap M. Butler, Douglas A. Delin, and Steve Rodli to the Pro Committee advocating voters’ approval and The Rev. David Alger, Thomas Dixon, and Dr. Pamela Transue to the Con Committee advocating voters’ rejection of the measure to overturn the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or sexual orientation. The committees will submit their statements reflecting their positions to be included in the local Voters’ Pamphlet. The City Council amended Tacoma’s protected class ordinance in April. Voters may decide Nov. 5 if Tacoma’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or sexual orientation should be changed.
Click! Network’s business plan
The Click! Network Tacoma Power 2002 may soon serve some of Tacoma’s neighbors. Council approval of the plan means staff would negotiate franchise agreements with University Place and other neighboring communities for cable TV and Internet services.
Revised Second Supply Project
The council will take public testimony and vote on a revised Second Supply Project partnership agreement that removes Seattle as a partner and increases Tacoma Water’s water allocation to include one-quarter of Seattle’s former one-third allocation of water.