Tacoma City Council committee to discuss graffiti removal, code compliance

Tacoma City Council's Neighborhoods and Housing Committee is scheduled to be briefed next week on two programs that aim to...

Tacoma City Council’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee is scheduled to be briefed next week on two programs that aim to help meet the City of Tacoma’s strategic goal of being a safe, clean, and attractive community.

First, City of Tacoma staff will brief council committee members on an annual windshield survey of properties within Tacoma’s business districts to gauge Tacoma Municipal Code compliance, with a particular interest in building and property conditions. According to City of Tacoma staff, advance letters were mailed to 1,594 business owners within Tacoma’s 15 neighborhood business districts on Jan. 31 to inform them of the anticipated start date and process for the survey, as well as resources available to achieve compliance. The survey is scheduled to be completed in the middle of March.

Second, City of Tacoma staff will brief council committee members on a pilot program under way that aims to remove graffiti from private property within 72 hours along key corridors. The goal of the program is to build property owner awareness around chronic and recurring graffiti and to increase their capacity to deal with the issue, according to City of Tacoma staff. The program offers property owners graffiti removal up to three times per property and information on effective graffiti prevention methods at no cost to the property owner.

Tacoma City Council’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee is scheduled to discuss these items during a meeting on Mon., March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at Tacoma City Hall, 747 Market St., Conference Room 248, in downtown Tacoma. A copy of the agenda is available online here.

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