This week in Council Chambers

Furious activity as the Council wraps up its work for 2017 and prepares for next year.

Monday morning in the weekly Council Briefing, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations will present an update on the federal legislative session and what it means for Seattle.

Monday afternoon there is a full agenda for the Full Council meeting as the Council continues to churn through a long list of items that waited for the budget process to conclude. This week the Council will take final votes on:

  • labor agreements with the city’s electrical workers;
  • the third and final piece of the city’s regulations on short-term rentals (expect a few last-minute amendments);
  • the last quarterly adjustments to the 2017 city budget and Capital Improvement Plan;
  • expansion of the city’s salmonid habitat protection property in Skagit County;
  • Seattle City Light’s 2018-2019 energy conservation targets and a ten-year conservation target;
  •  a lease agreement with EarthCorps for a building at Magnusen Park;
  • updates to the city’s paid sick and safe time ordinance to align with newly-adopted state law;
  • amendments to agreements with Sound Transit on the light rail alignment and station placement for several sections within the city limits, and an accompanying resolution;
  • a partnering agreement with Sound Transit on the Ballard and West Seattle light rail links;
  • an agreement with WSDOT on demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct;
  • a resolution calling for an RFP to dispose of the “Teardrop property” along Mercer Street in South Lake Union.

The Council is also expected to pass a resolution setting its committee structure and leadership for 2018; that resolution is expected to be introduced tomorrow.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has a couple of items of note:

  • an extension to Seattle Public Utilities’ franchise agreement with the City of Shoreline for its public water system;
  • an ordinance which accelerates the effective date of recent changes to the Design Review program.

Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee will meet. The agenda includes:

  • several appointments to commissions;
  • a review of the University District Small Business Impact Study, which was commissioned as a result of pushback during the recent upzone of the University District;
  • a preview of the audit plan for Seattle Public Utilities;
  • the SPU-related items in this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar.

Wednesday afternoon, the Human Services and Public Health Committee meets. The agenda has not been published, but at last week’s Council Briefing committee chair Sally Bagshaw said that she would be inviting HSD Director Catherine Lester to  review the department’s accomplishments in 2017.