This week in Council Chambers

The Council is taking care of all sorts of business before it settles down to write the 2019-202 budget next month.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing includes meeting in “executive session” with the City Attorney’s Office to discuss two items of pending or potential litigation.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting will be a bit of a yawn: there are only three items on the agenda as of now, the most notable on being Council member O’Brien’s resolution declaring the city’s opposition to offshore drilling (that the Trump Administration will immediately ignore).

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes the following new pieces of legislation:

  • several appointments to the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the LGBTQ Commission, the Arts Commission, the Music Commission, and the Commission for People with Disabilities.
  • an ordinance adopting Seattle Public Utilities’ 2019 Water System Plan.
  • a companion ordinance to the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights that extends the city’s Human Rights Code to protect domestic workers from harassment, including sexual harassment.
  • A pair of ordinances adjusting SPU’s drainage and wastewater rates.
  • an ordinance moving money around within Seattle City Light’s 2018 budget to cover a $17.4 million overrun in the rollout of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project.
  • an ordinance authorizing the sale of surplus property in lower Wallingford (potentially to Dunn Lumber).
  • an ordinance creating a Redevelopment Opportunity Zone in the Mt. Baker neighborhood.
  • an ordinance modifying the city’s policies for disposal of surplus property, accounting for the change in state law that allows for selling property at less than fair market value if being used for affordable housing.
  • an ordinance approving Seattle City Light’s new electric rates.
  • an ordinance approving Seattle City Light’s wholesale revenue targets.

Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • a long list of commission appointments;
  • the previously-mentioned companion ordinance to the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights extending protection against harassment to domestic workers;
  • the ordinance adopting SPU’s water system plan;
  • the ordinances adjusting SPU’s drainage and wastewater rates.

Tuesday afternoon, the Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renters’ Rights Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • a resolution adopting an update to the city’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan;
  • a report from the Georgetown Public Safety Task Force;
  • a briefing on the CID Public Safety Survey;
  • a briefing on SFD’s Low Acuity Alarm System;
  • a briefing on SPD’s workgroup looking at the department’s chronic overspending on police overtime.

Wednesday afternoon, the Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published, but is expected to include:

  • the ordinance updating the city’s property-disposition policies;
  • the Q2 Supplemental Budget Ordinance;
  • the start of deliberations on confirmation of Mayor Durkan’s recent nominations for directors of the Department of Neighborhoods, HR, and FAS.

Thursday afternoon, the Select Committee on Homelessness and Housing Affordability will meet. The agenda has not yet been published.

Friday morning, the Select Committee on Civic Arenas will meet to consider amendments and vote on approving the three transaction agreements related to the renovation and operation of Key Arena by OVG, and an ordinance modifying the uses of admissions taxes.





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