As the 4th of July approaches, please be generous with the volunteers representing the Steilacoom Fire Works Committee who may approach you to support financially the annual 4th of July fireworks show. The fireworks show is always terrific!! See you on the 4th of July.
Also, please note that we will have a “one-time change” in the route for the annual 4th of July parade which is needed while Rainer St. is under construction. The 2007 parade will use the normal starting point then proceed down Union Ave. to Lafayette St., up Lafayette St. to Wilkes St. over to Commercial St. and finally back to Union Ave. and the starting area. More parade details are included in this Around Town edition.
Jeff Lincoln, our Public Works Director, recently resigned for a new position. With many prior years of large port engineering container cargo management, Jeff was recruited and selected to lead an important regional redevelopment of the Port of Olympia which will eventually impact and grow state/ international trade opportunities. Jeff is clearly the right leader to make the region-wide vision successful! We wish him well and thank him for his contributions to residents.
As of 21 May, we welcomed the new Public Works Director, Mark Burlingame. Mark has long and deep family ties to Steilacoom, and in his early work was even a Town PW employee. After graduation from WSU, Mark has gained vast experience in public works operations which includes years as PW Director of Milton, and for the last many years the successful PW Director in Fircrest. Welcome home Mark!
Construction projects are in full swing and will be on-going through October. Please watch your driving speed and have patience’s in driving and remember the school year is coming to a close so watch for our children at play.
CenturyTel will be providing statistics on usage of the WIFI network. It appears that daily usage reflects about 50 users a day. By 23 June, CenturyTel will provide residents the opportunity to sign up for service. Remember steilacoomwifi.com is the portal path to reach the free network or call support at 1-866-766-9219.
Next month, look for announcements of the Steilacoom Young Citizen(s) of Year and the Mayor’s Organization of the Year.
Ron Lucas, Mayor