This week in Council Chambers: August 16-20, 2021

Wrapping things up before the Council heads out on its summer recess…

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will includes an executive session with city attorneys to discuss legal matters.

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

  • The Council’s updated ban on so-called “less lethal” weapons;
  • An ordinance transferring the Parking Enforcement Officer division from SPD to SDOT;
  • An ordinance loosening regulations on permitted uses of street-front property downtown;
  • A long list of appointments to boards and commissions;
  • A resolution supporting the creation of a United States Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding Schools.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes the following new bills:

  • An ordinance creating a new 15th Avenue East Business Improvement Area;
  • An ordinance amending a bill passed in June that loosened zoning restrictions for religious organizations building affordable housing on their property;
  • An extension to the the deadlines for meeting some of the requirements in the MFTE program;
  • A resolution requesting the city to research several issues prior to proposing an extension to the MFTE program in 2023;
  • Approval for the city to negotiate a lease for the Tsubota Property in Interbay with the Port of Seattle;
  • An ordinance designating several “park boulevards” along the waterfront;
  • A renewal of the agreement with the Woodland Park Zoological Society for the operation and management of the zoo;
  • An ordinance accepting several grants on behalf of SDOT, including several million dollars for the repair of the West Seattle Bridge;
  • An ordinance authorizing Seattle City Light to create a “Renewable Plus” program to purchase solar and wind energy on behalf of some of its largest customers;
  • An ordinance updating SPU water rates.

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

  • The mid-year supplemental budget and grant acceptance ordinances;
  • An economic and revenue forecast update from the City Budget Office;
  • The previously-mentioned ordinance extending certain MFTE deadlines, along with the resolution requesting more research on the MFTE program before its 2023 renewal;
  • The lease of the Tsubota property;
  • A Race and Social Justice Initiative report from the Department of Finance and Administrative Services.

Wednesday morning, the Transportation and Utilities Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • A resolution approving an updated transportation management plan for Husky Stadium for its major events (football games and commencement);
  • Authorization for SDOT to acquire properties as part of the Terminal 5 Quiet Zone program;
  • The previously-mentioned bill accepting grants on behalf of SDOT;
  • SDOT’s proposed Renewable Plus program;
  • Ordinances updating SPU’s water, drainage, and wastewater rates.

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