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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
Vol. CXXIII, No. 173
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Port of Tacoma Commission to consider funding for rail security improvements The Port of Tacoma Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to fund an effort aimed at improving security tied to its rail infrastructure. According to documents prepared by Port staff, 10 years ago the Port of Tacoma participated in the Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett Port Security (STEPS) assessment and mitigation program, which identified vulnerabilities and created a planning document for addressing them. The Port later applied for and acquired grants for security improvements for rail infrastructure, seismic isolation bases and an aerial lift. These security improvements are designed to increase monitoring for the Port's critical rail infrastructure and rail chokepoints. The seismic isolation bases provide earthquake protection for the servers and cabinets that support the entire closed-circuit television (CCTV) and access control systems. A 135-foot, 1,000-pound capacity aerial lift has already been procured under this project to provide capability to repair, service and maintain the CCTV cameras throughout the Port. Additionally, the lift is now being used to service and maintain other Port assets. If commissioners approve a construction authorization Thursday, they will direct $411,000 toward the final design, construction document preparation and construction support for installation of security infrastructure and equipment; procurement and integration of seven to 10 cameras and associated equipment in order to support both security needs and daily operational requirements; and procurement and installation of seismic isolation bases for server and equipment cabinets in order to attenuate the shaking from an earthquake and protects the servers from physical damage. The Port is scheduled to advertise for bids in October, award a contract in December, and complete the project in February 2013. The total project cost, including all stages, is es-
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DNR approves 78-acre east Pierce County conservation area
timated at $652,000, according to documents prepared by Port staff. The project is partially paid for by a federal grant, including Port participation of at least 25 percent of the project total. The grant provides up to 75 percent of the project total with no reimbursement of Port staff. The Port is responsible for all costs above the grant share. The total grant share is $430,284 and the Portâ€™s share is $221,716 for a total project cost of $652,000. The 2012-2016 mid-year Program Budget under Port Security allocates a total of $457,000 for this project. The 2011 program budget included $237,000 for this project. Commissioners are also scheduled to discuss CEO John Wolfe's performance in his second year
City of Tacoma schedules 2 neighborhood cleanups
Posted online Weds., Sept. 5 Homeowners and renters in single-family and duplex residences in two areas of Tacoma are encouraged to unload unwanted items for free at the last two cleanups of the year. The first cleanup will be held on Sat., Sept. 8, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Foss High School, 2112 Tyler St., for single-family and duplex residents between 6th and S. 19th Street between Union Avenue and State Route 16. The second cleanup will be held on Sat., Sept. 15, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Hunt Middle School/Geiger
Elementary School, 6501 S. 10th St., for singlefamily and duplex residents in the West End Neighborhood Council. All that is required to dump in eligible neighborhoods is a proof of residence such as a driver's license or current utility bill. For more information or start times on the scheduled cleanups and/or neighborhood boundaries, contact Allyson Griffith with Community Based Services at (253) 591-5119. A cleanup calendar is available online at cityoftacoma.org/cbs.
Posted online Weds., Sept. 5 The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) board Tuesday approved the transfer into conservation status of 78 acres of unique forestland bordering the Glacier View Wilderness area in eastern Pierce County. The parcel of state trust land is two miles northeast of the town of Ashford and includes old-growth forest between 400 and 600 years old that survived a wildfire several hundred years ago. Funding for this transfer comes from the state's Trust Land Transfer Program which provides a legislatively appropriated $1.1 million deposit -- the value of the parcel's timber -- into the state's public school construction account, according to DNR spokesperson Bob Redling. The value of the land in the transfer, about $50,000, will be used to buy more productive forestland for the Common School trust, which supports public school construction statewide. DNR transfers lands into conservation status as Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCAs) when it is desirable to protect native plants and ecosystems. NRCAs are open to many low-impact activities such as hiking, bird watching or wildflower viewing. on the job and his compensation package, as well as engineering and environmental support services for two cleanup projects. The commission meeting will be held on Thurs., Sept. 6 at noon in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road. A copy of the agenda is available online at portoftacoma.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=4&event_id=73. Meetings are streamed live and on demand online at portoftacoma.com/webstreaming. RSVP today for free Port of Tacoma bus tour Sept. 21 Learn how back-to-school clothes and supplies end up on store shelves on Fri., Sept. 21, during a free narrated bus tour of the Port of Tacoma. The guided tour will highlight how containers of consumer goods are unloaded from ships and put onto rail cars or trucks to head to market. The hourlong tour leaves at 10:30 a.m. from the Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road. Space is limited and reservations are required. Children age 6 and older are welcome. Reserve your free seat by calling (253) 383-9463 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.