NYA welcomes addition at Vickerman Company

One year after expanding its space to accommodate a flourishing business, Vickerman Company is ready to build again.
The NYA City Council took action on a variety of items on March 25 to pave the way for a proposed 41,811-square foot warehouse addition in the Tacoma West Industrial Park. Currently, the company is housed in a 72,350-square foot space, and the addition will be located on the west side of the existing structure.
Vickerman Company is an importer and wholesale provider of seasonal decorations, including artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands.
During the meeting, council members met as the city’s Economic Development Authority and approved a preliminary development agreement for the expansion, as well as a public hearing on the project and the related establishment of a Tax Incremement Financing District. Similar action was taken later during the regular council meeting.
In other action during the meeting, the council received an update on the situation with the old Masonic Lodge building. The city’s new attorney Jay Squires had identified a deficiency in a previously adopted resolution to secure the building. As a result, the council passed another resolution securing the building with the proper provisions during the meeting.
Currently the city has an extended search warrant, and plans to pursue an architectural evaluation to see if the building is worth saving. The city also intends to complete an asbestos survey.
With the latest council action, the city will move ahead with those inspections, and results will be presented to the council at a workshop later this spring or summer for consideration of next steps.
“It is the hope that within the next several months the necessary information can be obtained so when the property comes available the council will be in a position to make a decision on what should ultimately be done with the building,” Community Development Director Chelsea Alger told the council in a memorandum.
It is expected that the building will go into tax forfeiture in January of 2014. At that point the council will have an opportunity to either purchase the building and perhaps work with private parties to restore it given its historic past, to raze it because it is a safety hazard, or simply leave it boarded up.

In other business, the council:
• Heard a report on a speed survey from Town Deputy James Fogarty and Public Works Director Brent Aretz.
The survey was undertaken in December, and consisted of electronic signs that displayed the speed of passing vehicles and stored the information as data. The highest speed recorded during that period was 97 mph near Oak Street and Casper Street.
The city has contemplated the eventual purchase of such signs to promote safe driving within city limits, but council members were unwilling to approve a purchase of two signs at $12,560 during the meeting due to current budget challenges.
Council members did request information on how other cities with the signs used them (how often they are moved) and how effective they are in promoting compliance, and elected to table the matter to a later meeting.
• Mayor Tina Diedrick read a proclamation declaring May 17, 2013 to be “Yellow Ribon Day” in the City of NYA, and the month of May as “Yellow Ribbon Month.” The fourth-annual Yellow Ribbon Banquet in honor of area veterans will be held on May 17.
• Approved a preliminary plat extension for the Hidden Glen development due to economic conditions and slow development.
• Set in motion the procedure to refinance the city hall bonds by calling for a public hearing, which would save the city about $25,000 per year over the life of the bonds, according to Ehlers & Associates.
• Approved the renewal of a consumption and display permit for Lano Lanes and Mid-Town Family Restaurant.
• Passed a motion not to waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by state statute.

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