An important era has come to an end for the Town of Steilacoom and its residents with the retirement of Public Safety Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez on 31 March 2007. After thirty-six years of devoted service, Sgt Rodriguez has seen it all from Town population growth and new housing area expansion, to new roads and sidewalks, and the addition of stop signs! The legacy of service to Steilacoom includes his long time mentorship of Steilacoom Public Safety officers with his specific emphasis on community outreach and amazing support of our schools. The Town of Steilacoom is a much better place to live and raise a family because of his professional efforts. Sgt Rodriguez, on behalf of all residents, enjoy your well deserved retirement.
Our Capital Project season has arrived and work will be accelerating for several months. The Council will soon award a sewer project contract for work on/near Pacific St and Pioneer MS; the Electric Utility projects in the Saltar’s area and beside Pioneer MS are near completion.
I expect the Council to award the bid for the rebuild of Rainier St. on April 3rd with work to begin by mid-April. We expect Pacific St. beside Oberlin Church to be closed to traffic and used as the Rainer St. construction mobilization site from April until completion in the Fall. Please plan for alternate travel routes expecting to be without the availability of Rainer St. and expect the construction schedule to require traffic diversion off Rainer St. until project completion.
Additionally, construction work should commence in June (shortly after school is out) on sidewalks on 3rd Street from Saltar’s Point School to Gove Street and then on Gove Street from Union Avenue to First Street. Gove Street will also have a new asphalt overlay from Union Avenue to First Street. We are hoping this work will be completed before school reconvenes in the Fall.
You will also see sidewalk, lighting and crossing improvements along Steilacoom Blvd. near Rigney Road and the Library. This work will take longer due to relocating the utilities in the area but we hope to have it completed by the end of the year.
A special thank you to Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri for presenting the Town with a grant of $25,000 to replace the roof on the cook shack pavilion at Saltar’s Beach Park.
Cormorant, Pioneer, and Sunnyside Parks will also see new or upgrades to their sprinkler systems this Spring.
We ask in advance for your understanding and patience as we all work together to improve the infrastructure here in Steilacoom.
It is time for the Steilacoom “Young Citizen” of the Year selection. On 16 April nomination forms, criteria, and instructions for the 2007 selection will be available at the Community Center, at the Public Works Office, and at all Steilacoom schools. The criterion includes being eighteen years old or younger and a resident of Steilacoom. The submission will include a brief write up of what marks this person for recognition. The awardees will be announced at the Town Council meeting June 5th and be honored at the 4th of July Parade!
Some future dates to remember: Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom Easter Egg Hunt at Cherrydale School April 7, the Town Cleanup at Public Works April 28th and 29th , the Steilacoom Garden Club plant sale beside the Bair Restaurant May 12.
I draw your attention to the last page of this month’s Around Town for a comparison of tax rates and amounts for the Steilacoom School District voter approved M&O and Bond levy.
Last but not least with the daylight hours once again returning, I would ask that you watch out for our children.
Ron Lucas, Mayor