The City Council meeting last night was quick and efficient. Councilmembers Fey and Campbell were absent, but the rest did a great job with the business at hand.
Mayor Strickland read two proclamations last night. One declared October 2011 “Find an Hour Month” in honor of a new program to foster reading skills in at risk kids. Their motto is “1 great kid + 1 caring adult = one life changed”. The Mayor herself committed to volunteering in our schools one hour per week and challenged Tacomans to join her. To find out more about the program click here. The second proclamation decreed that October 9, 2011 will be History of Rock and Roll Day in Tacoma, in honor of our strong history and contributions to the rock and roll movement. Most notably the Wailers are originally from Tacoma.
Resolution No. 38339 awards a number of purchasing contracts. One of them caught our eye: Westwater Construction Company, in the amount of $55,000, sales tax not applicable… for a cumulative total of $444,312.00, to increase the contract for additional work on the Commerce Street Light Rail Station.
Resolution No. 38340 authorized the execution of a Multi-Family Housing Eight-Year Limited Property Tax Exemption Agreement with Encompass Property Management, LLC, for the development of ten new market-rate, rental housing units, to be located at 630 North Trafton Street in the Sixth Avenue Mixed Use Center. The report given by City staff provided a few details: the approximately $900,000 project will be constructed between Fall of 2011 and Summer of 2012, it will feature 1 bedroom 600 square foot units from $700 and 2 bedroom 900 square foot units units for $850, and 5 parking spots will be built in.
Resolution No. 38341 declared surplus and authorized the conveyance of City-owned property located at 323 Puyallup Avenue, to SOTTOBOSCO, LLC for the amount of $100,000. This building is sandwiched into the corner of Puyallup Ave and D Street, and was acquired as part of the D Street overpass project. It is being sold to the folks who own the rest of the block and they have plans to renovate it.
Resolution No. 38342 authorized the execution of the Tacoma Link Joint Operating Agreement with the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority for the use of the public right of way by the Sound Transit Link Passenger Rail System. This resolution is related to the new city owned LINK light rail stop at 11th and Commerce.
Final Reading of Ordinances
The one really interesting one was:
Ordinance No. 28021 adopted the findings of fact to justify continuation of the emergency moratorium enacted by Ordinance No. 28010 on the acceptance of applications for the establishment, location, operation, licensing, permitting, maintenance, or continuation of medical cannabis collective gardens or medical cannabis dispensaries within the City; and amending Ordinance No. 28010 to extend the moratorium for a period of one year to August 1, 2012, all as recommended by the Planning Commission.
That’s all folks!