Tacoma City Council to discuss District 1 candidate interviews, Jefferson Avenue alignment

Tacoma residents will have plenty of opportunities next week to learn more about what's happening in city government. Here is...

Tacoma residents will have plenty of opportunities next week to learn more about what’s happening in city government.

On Tuesday, Tacoma City Council will hold its regular weekly study session and council meeting. Tacoma City Council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday and is tentatively scheduled to interview individuals who have applied to serve on the City of Tacoma’s Charter Review Committee.

Here is a look ahead at some notable meetings, events, and issues on deck next week at Tacoma City Hall.

TACOMA CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS

Tacoma City Council has scheduled a study session Tuesday to interview individuals that have applied for the District 1 position on council.

Last month, Tacoma City Councilmember Anders Ibsen announced he had been selected to become an Officer Candidate in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Councilmember Ibsen will take a leave of absence from his elected post to undergo training beginning next month and lasting throughout the year. At the conclusion of training, Councilmember Ibsen plans to return to Tacoma and resume the rest of his term. Once commissioned as a reservist Second Lieutenant in the Marines, Councilmember Ibsen will continue on as a Tacoma City Councilmember for District 1, while also drilling with his Marine Corps unit one weekend per month. State law allows for elected officials to take extended leaves for military service. Tacoma City Council may consider an appointment on Tues., Dec. 17, as an interim replacement for the District 1 seat during Councilmember Ibsen’s absence.

Also on the agenda, Tacoma City Councilmembers will hear recommendations made by the City of Tacoma’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force.

Councilmembers will discuss these issues during a study session, which will be held on Tues., Dec. 17, at 12 p.m. in Tacoma City Council Chambers, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., First Floor, in Tacoma. The meeting will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma.com. On-demand archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting online at tvtacoma.com. A copy of the agenda is available online here.

SOUTH 17TH STREET RE-ALIGNMENT AT UW TACOMA

Tacoma City Council is scheduled Tuesday to vote on a resolution to authorize the execution of an interagency agreement with the University of Washington Tacoma for the design and construction of the re-alignment of South 17th Street between Jefferson Avenue, Broadway, and Commerce Street.

According to City of Tacoma staff, because South 17th Street between Pacific Avenue and Broadway is not a through street and, rather, jogs around a landscaped area, it creates additional vehicle movements that impact pedestrians within the University of Washington Tacoma campus. University of Washington Tacoma officials have expressed an interest in re-aligning the two segments of South 17th Street into a continuous street through a partnership with the City of Tacoma. City of Tacoma staff and University of Washington Tacoma staff have met several times to discuss different design options and draft an interlocal agreement that would authorize the City of Tacoma to provide project management, project design, construction management, inspection, and public outreach services to support the project. The City of Tacoma will also advertise the project and work directly with contractors to complete the project. In turn, the interlocal agreement holds the University of Washington Tacoma solely responsible for funding this project.

The budget for the project is $1.25 million.

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution authorizing the execution of an interagency agreement with the University of Washington Tacoma during its regular weekly meeting on Tues., Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. in Tacoma City Council Chambers, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., First Floor, in Tacoma. The meeting will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma. Copies of the resolution, staff memo, interagency agreement, and site map are available online here and here and here and here, respectively.

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OLD TOWN DOCK PUBLIC RESTROOM

Also of interest, the deadline to submit bids on a project that will provide a new public restroom and site improvements located at the intersection of Ruston Way and McCarver Street, adjacent to Old Town Dock, is 11 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 17. The project budget is estimated at $260,000. A pre-bid meeting was held at 10 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 3. More information is available online here.

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