Nov. 10, 2009 at 5:00pm

City Council Meeting Liveblog

Live from Tacoma, it's Tuesday night!

This week's new and improved un-interrupted liveblog is powered by a tethered iPhone internet connection! Here's hoping I didn't just jinx it...

5:00 PM

.... and the waiting begins ...

5:09 PM

Meeting called to order.

5:11 PM

Resolution 37911 continued until 11/24.

5:12 PM

Public comment begins... and we've got nothing.

5:13 PM

Purchase Resolution 37914 adopted: Authorizes funds for improvements/maintenance for the Thea Foss Waterway and wastewater treatment plant.

  • A Tacoma-based contractor was considered, but not selected. Baarsma asks for explanation.
  • Baarsma notes these wastewater improvements are ahead of the curve. Impressive.

5:18 PM

Purchase resolution 37915 adopted. Funds additional design services for the servicing of the Puyallup River trestle currently needing maintenance/upgrades.

5:20 PM

Final reading of ordinance 27844. Allows administrative hearings related to the breach/termination of cable TV franchises to be heard by the Hearing Examiner.

5:22 PM

First reading of ordinance 27847. Amends the municipal code to align the retainage requirements on public improvements with state law.

5:23 PM

Report from the economic development committee.

  • 9/29 meeting, discussed a SWOT analysis of Tacoma (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats).
  • 10/27 [... too busy typing, post in the comments if you caught this part!]

5:33 PM

Public Hearing: Setting the proposed Ad Valorem tax levies.

5:35 PM

Public Hearing: The 2009-2010 biennial budget modifications and the 2010-2015 Capital Facilities Program.

Stan Smith speaks during the public comment period:

  • Observes we have the highest number of people with disabilities that are fully employed.
  • Brings attention to the city's curb ramp program.
  • Notes that the volume of work related to curb ramps is substantial.
  • The current plan requires approx. $500k per year.
  • Current funding only provides for $250k per year through 2013.
  • Points out the liability risk of not making this a priority. Pointing out that Sacramento was sued and was required to spend 20% of the transportation budget to address their ADA transitioin plan.

5:47 PM

Meeting adjourned. Wow, that was a quickie!

comments [13]  |  posted under city council, liveblog, meeting notes, tacoma


by Erik on 11/10/2009 @ 5:17pm
Thanks for live blogging. A great public service.

Things should get very exciting when the Tacoma City Council starts the appointment process.

by Nick on 11/10/2009 @ 5:32pm
Yep, time to start my finger exercises. Would hate to miss something related to those appointments because my fingers were too out of shape to type quickly enough ;-)

by NineInchNachos on 11/10/2009 @ 6:08pm
why arent you up there commenting?

by Raido on 11/10/2009 @ 6:24pm
Very impressive. Thank you.

by KevinFreitas on 11/10/2009 @ 8:27pm
Thanks Nick. Pretty impressive what's been going on with intersection sidewalk ramps. Guess it makes sense to help prevent such lawsuits. Eesh!

(P.S. - Bravo on the tethering!)

by fredo on 11/10/2009 @ 11:28pm
The taxpayers have to provide salaries and full benefits to council members so that a few of them will show up for a 36 minute meeting? I may be a minority of one, but this doesn't look like an honest days work to me.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/11/2009 @ 1:34am
No politician does an honest day's work. "Politician" and "work" and "honest" are mutually exclusive in your Venn diagram...

by Nick on 11/11/2009 @ 1:35pm
@RR can't comment yet until those appointments get on the agenda. Saw Baarsma enforce that rule once, and don't want to find myself in front of that laser-beamed stare ;-)

by morgan on 11/11/2009 @ 3:15pm
Awesome- thanks Nick!

by Erik on 11/11/2009 @ 3:24pm
@RR can't comment yet until those appointments get on the agenda.

Unless there is a Public Forum that happens once a month.

by Nick on 11/11/2009 @ 3:28pm
Thanks for pointing that out Erik, I didn't realize that. Any idea when the next one is?

by Marty on 11/11/2009 @ 6:58pm
Public forum is the first Tuesday of the month.

by fredo on 11/12/2009 @ 7:15am
Nick, you missed the part about Robert Jessie Hill's attempt to enter the meeting.


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