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Tacoma: City records shed no light on mystery Tacoma Dome donor

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on March 26, 2012 at 11:05 am with No Comments »
March 26, 2012 11:15 am

As a contracted maintenance crew ambled onto the Tacoma Dome’s grimy rooftop this morning to begin an overdue scrub down, the identity of the donor who’s paying for the work remains a mystery.

Records released by the city Friday in response to The News Tribune’s public disclosure request indicate city officials don’t even know the donor’s identity — at least, on paper.

Rather, the records only show that an unpaid intermediary — Tom Luce, the director of the Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma — approached the city in early March with the donor’s conditional gift. According to a signed declaration by Luce, here’s how the donation went down:

I was approached by an individual interested in making a donation to the City of Tacoma for purposes of cleaning the Tacoma Dome roof.  I was approached to assist the prospective donor in making the donation because of the desire of the donor to remain anonymous. On behalf of the prospective donor, I have made inquiries of the City to determine the costs involved in cleaning the dome roof, and to determine the donation process.

Luce did not respond to an email and phone call Friday.

Under the donation’s terms, the cleaning work must not exceed $103, 835 and it must be completed by May. 8.

While the donor’s name remains a mystery. the records reveal information about who the donor is not.  According to Luce’s declaration, the donor has no current business dealings with the city and isn’t seeking any;  doesn’t conduct any operations regulated by the city;  and has no interests substantially affected by the performance of city employees.

The rooftop cleaning is set to be completed three weeks before the June 2 grand opening of  LeMay — America’s Car Museum — the Dome’s spiffy new neighbor.

Here’s a link to the records released by the city.



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