With fall in the air, the Town of Steilacoom will once again celebrate the Apple Squeeze in downtown on Sunday, 7 October 2007. This event is sponsored by the Steilacoom Historic Museum Association (SHMA). The Apple Squeeze is everything to do with apples! You will find friends and neighbors enjoying apple cider, apple pie and ice cream, apple fritters, apple butter just to name a few apple offerings. The Steilacoom Kiwanis Key Club will have activities for children. If you have never turned an apple press to make your own apple cider, we have the best traditional and modern apple presses. The Apple Squeeze is truly a great family day!!
As you are reading the Around Town, the Rainier Street project is nearing substantial completion. We anticipate the road will be reopened to traffic by the second week of October. Street lights and some other items will continue to be installed or worked upon into November. Once again I want to thank the residents along Rainier St. for your patience during construction. It also has not been lost that all Steilacoom residents experienced adjustment to their travels with closures, detours, and temporary diversions for nearly four months. With the completion of Rainier St., staff and the Town Council will turn their attention to significant street overlay work in the coming budget cycles.
Across from the post office, the Town parking lot is also nearly completed achieving a goal of increasing off-street parking with forty parking slots.
You may have noted that the Bair Restaurant at the corner of Wilkes and Lafayette Streets, and operated by SHMA, is temporarily closed for several necessary repairs. The Town looks forward to a grand reopening once work is completed.
I would also like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention the new Port Steilacoom Office Building constructed by the Babbit Neuman Construction Company. This addition to downtown enhances the area while providing space for professional offices. Look for a new restaurant to also be opening soon at this location.
On September 18, the Council authorized the purchasing of a “wayside horn” alternative for the railroad crossing at Union Avenue. The wayside horn at Union Avenue and increased signage at the Sunnyside Beach pedestrian crossing are required to be installed prior to the Town being able to petition for the establishment of a train whistle “quiet zone” through Town. Look for more information on this topic in future issues of the Around Town.
Ron Lucas, Mayor