Nov. 10, 2009 at 5:00pm
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...
.... and the waiting begins ...
Meeting called to order.
Resolution 37911 continued until 11/24.
Public comment begins... and we've got nothing.
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.
Purchase resolution 37915 adopted. Funds additional design services for the servicing of the Puyallup River trestle currently needing maintenance/upgrades.
Final reading of ordinance 27844. Allows administrative hearings related to the breach/termination of cable TV franchises to be heard by the Hearing Examiner.
First reading of ordinance 27847. Amends the municipal code to align the retainage requirements on public improvements with state law.
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!]
Public Hearing: Setting the proposed Ad Valorem tax levies.
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.
Meeting adjourned. Wow, that was a quickie!
comments  | posted under city council, liveblog, meeting notes, tacomaComments
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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