This week: crossing t’s and dotting i’s

With the Seattle City Council’s August recess right around the corner, the Council is spending more time on cleaning things up and getting them out the door than major new efforts.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will feature a presentation on the city’s “P Patch” program.

Monday afternoon’s  Full Council meeting will have final votes on four items of note:

  • An ordinance providing protection for renters against discrimination based upon source of income.
  • A rezone of parts of the Lake City urban village.
  • Approval of a new retirement plan for city employees hired after January 1, 2017.
  • Approval of an alley vacation for Swedish Health Service’s First Hill campus.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar contains a number of routine matters.

Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee will meet. It will continue its discussion of an increase in the tax on solid waste services with a concurrent increase in solid waste rates (see my earlier coverage). It will also continue its discussion of secure scheduling legislation.

Tuesday afternoon’s Energy and Environment Committee meeting has been cancelled.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee will meet. The agenda has not been published for the meeting, but expect the North Precinct police station to be a major topic of discussion as committee chair Lorena Gonzalez attempts to craft a resolution to guide the process of paring back the $160 million design before the Council recesses.

Wednesday afternoon, the Human Services and Public Health Committee meets. Originally this was scheduled to be the meeting where homelessness consultant Barb Poppe would deliver her much-anticipated recommendations on how the city should respond to the homelessness crisis, but that that has been postponed. The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting has not yet been published, but the effort by committee chair Sally Bagshaw and Mayor Ed Murray to create a task force to review how the city deals with unsanctioned encampments may be discussed.