This week in Council Chambers: March 15-19, 2021

The federal funding is starting to flow in, and the Council will be expending a lot of energy on how the city will spend it.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include another weekly briefing from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the ongoing state legislative sessions.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting is scheduled to include final votes on:

  • confirmation of Brandy Grant as Executive Director of the Community Police Commission;
  • several appointments and reappointments to the Community Police Commission;
  • An ordinance approving the spending plan for $10.4 million in RFP funding for capacity-building in community-based organizations working on civilian-based alternatives to improving community safety;
  • An ordinance loosening zoning restrictions on home-based businesses for one year;
  • An ordinance granting the right to a city-paid attorney for tenants in eviction proceedings;
  • A resolution asking the Mayor and Governor to extend their respective eviction moratoriums through the end of the year.

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

  • An ordinance accepting and appropriating $22 million in federal housing assistance;
  • A resolution expressing the Council’s priorities for spending the City’s portion of the $1.9 trillion federal COVID relief package approved last week;
  • An ordinance accepting a gift of property from the Seattle Parks Foundation to be used as part of the Lake City Living Memorial Triangle;
  • An ordinance raising rates at Seattle City Light;
  • An ordinance accepting a grant of $14.4 million for the Puget Sound Regional Council and appropriating it toward the repair of the West Seattle Bridge.

Tuesday morning, the Finance and Housing Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • The previously-mentioned resolution spelling out the Council’s priorities for how to spend federal COVID relief funds;
  • An overview of the American Recovery Act;
  • A discussion on the city’s strategies for non-congregate shelter;
  • The aforementioned bill accepting $22 million of federal housing assistance.

Tuesday afternoon the Community Economic Development Committee meets, and will discuss equitable recovery strategies.

Wednesday morning, the Transportation and Utilities Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been released.

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