Council Schedule Highlights Week of August 13th, 2018
Monday, AUGUST 13th, 2018
Douglas G. Richardson, Chair
Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair
Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore
Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Meeting materials and video can be accessed at www.piercecountywa.org/councilcommittees.
Proposal №2018–56, Supplemental Budget/CFP Amendment An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Ordinance №2017–73s3, as Amended by Ordinance №2018–11s; Modifying the 2018 Pierce County Budget; and Amending the Pierce County Capital Facilities Plan Adopted Pursuant to Ordinance №2017–64s, as Codified in Chapter 19E.20 of the Pierce County Code.
Sponsored by: Councilmembers Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg
This is the Capital Facilities Plan update and Budget amendment to accommodate the new Crisis Stability Center (Diversion Center). The Council had a briefing on it two weeks ago in study session.
Right now people suffering from behavioral health crises in Pierce County often end up in jail or the ER where they don’t get the help they need and costs to the system are much higher. This facility would provide an alternative to divert them into care and away from incarceration or hospital boarding. There’s currently one similar facility in Fife. It’s anticipated that the same company will operate this one.
In addition to the capital funds, the County will be contributing property to the project.
1:30pm Public Safety, Human Services, and Budget
Dan Roach, Chair
Derek Young, Vice Chair
This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect) Electronic meeting material can be accessed at http://www.piercecountywa.org/councilcommittees Video archives are available at www.piercecountytv.org.
Safe Streets Presentation
Presenter: Priscilla Lisicich, Executive Director, Safe Streets
Most of the funding for Pierce County’s Safe Streets program (including the organizer on Key Peninsula) is funded in the County’s budget. This is part of their regular reports on the work the organization does to benefit public safety.
Tuesday, AUGUST 14th, 2018
11:00 a.m. SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL
The special meeting is for an executive session to discuss pending litigation. I’m unclear if action is expected afterward.
This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on channel 20 (Rainier Connect) Electronic meeting material can be accessed at http://www.piercecountywa.org/councilcommittees. Video archives are available at www.piercecountytv.org
Proposal №2018–39s, Agricultural Resource Lands Growth Management Hearings Board Settlement Agreement An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Concerning Agricultural Resource Lands; Amending Exhibit B, Exhibit D, and Exhibit F to Ordinance №2017–23, the 2017 Amendments to Title 19A of the Pierce County Code (PCC), “The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan”; Amending Exhibit B to Ordinance №2017–43s, Section 18A.10.030 PCC, “Zoning Atlas,” Pursuant to a Settlement Agreement in the Growth Management Hearings Board Central Puget Sound Region Case №17–3–0007; Adopting Findings of Fact; and Setting an Effective Date.
Sponsored by: Councilmembers Douglas G. Richardson, Dan Roach, Connie Ladenburg, Rick Talbert, and Derek Young
Agricultural Resources Lands are back. You may recall the amendment I had offered to correct problems with our current code and land use map to ensure we protect Pierce County farmland as required by state law. That amendment failed and our comprehensive plan was challenged to the Hearings Board as a result.
This ordinance is the result of a proposed settlement agreement and is basically what I had proposed previously. As you can probably tell from the sponsor list, there is now broad bipartisan support for my amendment.
Proposal No. R2018–99s, Task Force Relating to Termination of Civil Patient Placements at Western State Hospital A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Establishing a Legislative Task Force to Develop a Financial Plan and Assess the Community Impact of the Closure of Civil Commitment Beds at Western State Hospital.
Sponsored by: Councilmember Connie Ladenburg
The bill creates a task force to assess the community impact of the closure of civil commitment beds at Western State Hospital. Essentially the idea is to create a number of smaller, more manageable hospitals around the state.
This change of policy comes as the hospital was recently de-certified by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, resulting in millions in lost federal funding.
The legislative task force would include the Council, Executive Office, Superior Court, mental health providers within Pierce County, the Pierce County Accountable Community of Health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
My Weekly Calendar
Last year we got a request for my forward looking calendar. Rather than have staff waste their time on public record requests, I decided to publish screenshots. If you have questions, feel free to call. Keep in mind, my schedule isn’t static. Things will get added, deleted, changed, etc. There are conflicts that I have to pick between. But if people want to see where I’m at and who I meet with, that’s fine by me.