This week in Council Chambers

(several updates to this post below)

With October and November carved out to work on the 2018 budget and a recess planned for the last two weeks in December, the Council is starting to run out of time to get legislation done…

Monday morning at its Council Briefing, there will be a briefing from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the city’s federal legislative agenda.

Monday afternoon at the weekly Full Council meeting, final votes will be taken on:

  • 27 appointments to various commissions;
  • the agreement with Bosa Development for the Civic Square redevelopment project;
  • Approval of the Wave cable franchise renewal;
  • Approval of the lease for the Seward Park clay studio;
  • A resolution laying out expectations and funding for development and operation of the Seattle Waterfront public areas.

On this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar are:

  • a resolution amending the city’s policy for reuse and disposal of surplus property;
  • an ordinance increasing wastewater and drainage rates for Seattle Public Utilities, as of January 1, 2018.

Monday evening, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing at SIFF Cinema in Uptown. There are two items for which public comment will be taken:

Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee meets. The agenda hasn’t been published, but it’s likely they will take up several commission appointments as well as the proposed SPU rate increase. UPDATE: The agenda is now public; they will discuss SPU 6-year rate paths, and look at rates for water, drainage and wastewater. They will also hold a discussion on whether some of the Office of Civil Rights’ responsibilities (such as monitoring homeless encampment sweeps) require more independence than they currently have as a department in the executive branch reporting to the Mayor. And they will consider lifting a proviso on Capital Arts Fund money intended to go to Hugo House, Town Hall, the Nordic Heritage Museum, and the Burke Museum.

Tuesday afternoon, the Energy and Environment Committee meets. The official agenda hasn’t been published, but it’s expected they will continue their discussion of Seattle City Light revenue shortfall as well as SCL’s apprenticeship program. UPDATE: the agenda only contains three routine easement approvals.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee meets. Wednesday afternoon, the Human Services and Public Health Committee meets. No agenda has been published yet for either meeting.  UPDATE: the agenda is now public; the committee will hear a report on the Human Services Department’s performance-based accountability program for providers.

Also Wednesday there is a special (and very short) meeting of the Full Council to authorize refinancing of some Seattle City Light bonds.

Friday morning there is a special meeting of the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee. Still waiting on the agenda for that meeting too. UPDATE: the committee will discuss the proposed regulatory scheme for short-term rentals (i.e. AirBnB).

I suspect at tomorrow morning’s Council Briefing the Council members will provide more details as to what they have planned for their various committee meetings. I’ll update this post after the meeting.