A huge Thank You to all the tireless volunteers and Town Staff who made the annual Steilacoom Spring Cleanup a huge success. The LeMay Company deserves credit also because they support this event with personnel and equipment. Terry Huber was again the key member of staff, responsible for the overall coordination and making the weekend a success ‚Ä¶.well done once again!
On April 12, the Town and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association (SHMA) honored Joan Curtis, a long-serving leader and community volunteer, for her accomplishments and contributions to Steilacoom. Joan served on the Town Council, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Board, and was designated Citizen of the Year in 2002. She served SHMA as President, was curator of the Orr Home property, and editor of the SHMA Quarterly from 1972-2008. Joan established the Oral History interview program and is the historian. Her involvement in Steilacoom reveals much about her dedication to the preservation of history and her sincere interest in our community.
I am sure many of you are aware of the construction activity along Gove St. Remember; the Town has right-of-way ownership to a width of 60-66 feet along most streets in Town, accounting for the survey stakes seen in ‚Äúfront‚Äù yards. The basic sidewalk location is easy to see now. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of the Summer‚Ä¶drive carefully!
The Town once again received Tree City USA designation and we proudly fly the recognition flag at Public Safety. The new trees in Cherrydale Park, Old Military Road at Farrell, and behind the new sidewalks at Rigney Rd. are part of the 2008 program. The trees are Kwanzan cherry.
Council approved the demolition of the unused water towers near Cherrydale Park and in the Silver Beach area. In the long term, the cost to paint or maintain the towers is prohibitive and they are no longer in service. The removal is schedule to occur this Summer.
I am sure you read how Lakewood’s electric utility is refunding a $1 million BPA rebate to customers. We also received a rebate but in a lesser amount. Staff and Council are exploring the purchase of the BPA sub-station using the rebate as the core financial element. If purchased, the electric utility would save about $80,000 per year going forward in ‚Äúwheeling fees‚Äù paid to BPA. I expect the analysis and a decision this Summer.
This is the first announcement of a 12 hour town-wide power outage on July 16, 2008. The outage will allow the Bonneville Power Administration to perform routine maintenance at the BPA sub-station that wheels the power to the Steilacoom electric utility. It has been several years since the last BPA scheduled outage (1998). This rare outage will also allow the Town electric crews to perform identified service work to improve reliability in other parts of the system without an additional outage. So Town-wide power outage on 16 July 2008‚Ä¶..mark your calendars!!
Drive carefully. The Spring weather (?) will bring out walkers and bicyclists. Slow down and watch out for kids.
Ron Lucas, Mayor