Tacoma City Council to discuss neighborhood street improvements Tuesday

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to be briefed Tuesday at City Hall on the Citizens Neighborhood Street Improvement and Safety Task Force’s final recommendations.

In May, Tacoma Public Works staff briefed councilmembers on a plan to create a ballot measure to help pay for neighborhood street and safety improvements. City staff shared the results of a citizen survey of neighborhood street and safety concerns, the proposed timeline to develop a ballot measure, and recommended the formation of a citizen task force. As a result, councilmembers directed staff to facilitate the creation of the Citizen Neighborhood Street Improvement and Safety Task Force. The task force is composed of 27 citizens appointed by City Council to create project criteria emphasizing basic maintenance, pothole repair and citizen safety; develop a project list that is balanced city-wide to make sure all neighborhoods receive local street and safety improvements; and recommend strategies to ensure accountability, transparency, and oversight of street maintenance funds. More information is online here.

Additionally, councilmembers will receive an update on the city’s 2011-2012 budget strategy during the meeting Tuesday.

Councilmembers will not take public comment during the study session, which will be held on Tues., Sept. 11 at noon in Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 16. Audio from the session will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma.com. On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting online at tvtacoma.com.