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Friday, June 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

The committee to review Tacoma’s city charter has been called to order. The first meeting of the Charter Review Committee held its first meeting on Monday, Feb. 3.

A special meeting of the Charter Review Committee will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st Floor) to gather public comment and recommendations from residents for changes to the Tacoma City Charter.

Members of the public will have three minutes to address the Charter Review Committee. This public hearing will be one of many opportunities for residents to share ideas about the Tacoma City Charter with the Charter Review Committee.

The committee is made up of Bill Baarsma, Theresa Baker, Gary Brackett, Mabel Edmonds, Tim Farrell, Eric Hahn, Charles Horne, Justin Leighton, Mark Martinez, James Merritt, John Messina, Kenneth Miller, Patricia Talton, Catherine Ushka, and Justin Van Dyk. It is tasked with looking over the city’s charter and recommending changes. The effort happens once a decade and a dozen changes were made during the last go-round in 2004.

The committee plans to meet every Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Room 16 of the Tacoma Municipal Building North, located at 733 Market St. until it submits its recommendations to the City Council on May 6.

Information about the review and its committee meetings is available at