Council Schedule Highlights Week of October 10th

Pt Defiance looking at Gig Harbor Bay. Photo by Devin Lorentzen

Monday, OCTOBER 10, 2016

1:30pm Public Safety, Human Services, and Budget

Joyce McDonald, Chair 
Derek Young, Vice Chair
Connie Ladenburg
Jim McCune
Dan Roach

Proposal No. R2016–126, A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Requesting the Pierce County Executive Include Funding for the Demolition of the Puget Sound Hospital Site in the 2017 County Budget and to Complete Building Demolition and Site Clean-up in the First Quarter of 2017.

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Rick Talbert and Derek Young

Those in my district might not be as familiar with this issue but it’s a big issue for East Tacoma residents. Puget Sound Hospital, owned by the County, was abandoned years ago and is surplus to the County’s needs. Without funds to properly secure the facility, it’s become an attractive nuisance in the neighborhood.

While we’re in negotiations to sell the property to South Sound 911, demolition will be required for any property sale. Previously demolition was to be paid for through proceeds of the General Services Building project. After that ended, we were without a plan to dispose of the building.

This resolution is to help keep us on track for a solution early next year. Folks in this neighborhood have been very patient but are rightfully anxious to move forward.

Tuesday, OCTOBER 11, 2016

9:30 a.m. Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee

Connie Ladenburg, Chair 
Douglas G. Richardson, Vice Chair
Jim McCune
Dan Roach
Rick Talbert

Proposal №2016–62, An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Adopting the 2017- 2022 Transportation Improvement Program and 2017–2030 Fourteen-Year Ferry Program, Pursuant to Revised Code of Washington Sections 36.81.121, 36.81.122, 36.81.130, and 36.54.015, and Washington Administrative Code 136, Chapters 15 and 16; Finding that Each Project Contained in the Plan Is a Public Necessity; and Adopting Findings of Fact. (Annual Road Program, Six-Year Road Program, and the FourteenYear Ferry Program)

Sponsored by: Councilmember Connie Ladenburg

The annual update to our TIP is how we decide which projects get funded each year and plan for the years ahead.

3:00pm County Council Meeting

Proposal No. R2016–115s, A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Supporting the Parks and Recreation Services Department’s Fiscal Policy in Accordance with the Recommendations from the Impact Fee Working Group.

Sponsored by: Councilmember Derek Young

These are the fiscal policies we agreed to in order to have an agreement on the impact fee bill. It basically says how we’re going to spend the funds and that we’ll appropriate sufficient funds to maintain the new capital projects.

Wednesday, OCTOBER 12, 2016

9:30 a.m. Flood Control District Board of Supervisors

No agenda. I pressed again on Monday to make it a priority that those get published much earlier in the future. Unfortunately I suspect this is the budget meeting in which case the public will have no ability to comment.


Location: Pacific Lutheran University, Chris Knutsen Hall, Anderson Center, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, Washington, 98447–0003

Feedback from the Public on the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) Pierce County Behavioral Health System Study

The purpose of this meeting is to receive feedback from the public specifically on the HSRI study, but on behavioral health and homelessness issues more generally. Note the unusual location.

Unfortunately it was scheduled for a time when I am out of town for Transportation Leadership Academy. It’s been planned for months and I obviously would prefer to not have the conflict. We’re going to try to set up a call in line so that I can listen in real time, but the meeting will also be covered by PCTV and I can assure you I’ll be watching your comments again later.

I would still encourage you to go and let the Council know what your thoughts are.

Thursday, OCTOBER 13, 2016

9:30 a.m. Budget Retreat — Canceled

We finished our budget retreats last week. This was a place holder in case more time was needed. The Committee of the Whole meetings will start next week.

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