The citizens of the Town of Steilacoom celebrated a terrific 4th of July under bright sun shine while experiencing a modified parade route and dealing with traffic disruptions on Rainer St. Public Safety reports we had our safest recorded 4th of July as measured by no fireworks fires, no fireworks injuries and very limited heat related assistance during the day. All residents deserve the credit for this remarkable record. Next year, the parade route will return to Rainer St.
I thank the Town staff for their continuous planning and coordination of the 4th of July activities and sponsoring groups. Our Public Safety Director scheduled all officers for duty on the 4th of July to maximize presence at key times and locations. The plan proved very successful with safety and traffic control. We will continue to monitor the fireworks beyond the use of the Town ordinance criteria. I note our great volunteer firefighters were also instrumental in routine medical assistance during the day, and they add important skills to our Town service and safety.
Work on Rainer St. continues. While the schedule has slipped, the first phase area from Union Ave. to Pacific St. has been excavated and utility work is in process. In short order, the roadway will be excavated from Pacific St. to Main Street and temporary detours will take place at Puyallup Street and Starling Street. Alternate routes for this area continue to be recommended.
Pacific Street Sewer Project
The sewer project on Pacific Street is substantially complete with only minor clean-up and punch list items to clear.
Future sidewalk/road projects on Gove St. and on Steilacoom Blvd. near the library will be bid soon and work scheduled for the fall.
If you have visited Sunnyside Beach Park, I hope you have noticed the work of staff to reconstruct the permanent tables and placement of many new tables.
- Cormorant Park – A new gazebo was installed with the assistance of the 42nd MP Brigade.
- Pioneer Park & A new sprinkler system was installed and cement steps added to the bandstand.
- Saltar’s Point Park & The cookshack roof is scheduled to be replaced in August.
TRAIN WHISTLE ALTERNATIVES
Some months ago, Council received initial information on approved safety options to change all trains from using whistles at the two crossings in Town. With the ever increasing train volumes, whistles are vital at crossings to alert cars/walking public but are a nuisance to a very large segment of the Town. Options exist to provide safety at crossings while still allowing train engineers the ability to warn any person illegally on the train tracks or in the right-of-way. Locally, Tacoma has established just such a “horn” system in Old Town along Ruston Way and 30th St. Staff has continued to coordinate with federal, state, and railroad staff to bring final alternative safety options to Council to end the routine use of whistles! Council will have a study session on this topic at the 7 August meeting and will schedule public comment and action 4 September. If approved, the whistle project would likely be completed in January 08.
Lastly, I have been contacted by several residents concerning the ever growing raccoon and stray cat population and the impact in Town. It is recommended that residents not routinely feed or leave food for these animals!
Ron Lucas, Mayor