Let me remind you of several important upcoming Town issues/events:
- Tuesday, July 1 will be an opportunity for public comment on the railroad “Horn Alternative.” Consider adding your voice to the discussion.
- A Town-wide power outage will occur from 8 AM until 8 PM on July 16 to allow BPA maintenance at the sub-station. Please plan for this rare but extended outage.
- Aerial fireworks are banned in Steilacoom as a safety precaution‚Ä¶please be safe. Our records continue to show a decrease in personal injury and fires because of the great safety decisions of residents on and about the 4th.
I thank you in advance for your support of the Steilacoom Citizens’ Fireworks Committee work as they collect the funds for the best fireworks show on the Sound. Danny Lopez has stepped forward to lead a large group of residents who work each year to provide us a flashy ending to the 4th of July celebrations. See you downtown on the 4th!
Our public dock near the ferry dock has been closed due to safety issues while a new dock is under construction. We are looking at limited repairs to the existing dock to make it available during the 4th‚Ä¶the new dock will be in place by mid-July.
You may have read of surrounding cities having important budget issues with the downturn in the housing sector and not collecting the projected Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) revenue at the time of the sale of a home which they use in normal city operations. The Town has also seen a downturn in this revenue source; however, all currently planned projects will continue and be completed. The Town restricts these funds for capital construction activities and will incorporate the revised estimates into the 2009-2010 Biennium Budget.
I am expecting the final work to be completed on the Saltar’s Point “Sidewalks to Schools” project by mid-July‚Ä¶thank you for your patience.
The next two months of Council meetings will be focused on reviewing Town operations, discussing recommendations for 2009/10 capital projects, and crafting the budget for the next two years. We are in a sound financial position due to utilizing one-time revenues to complete a four- year debt reduction initiative; successfully competing for grants for road and sidewalk projects; focusing on “core” services; and agreeing to conservative budgeting. Your comments are always welcome prior to and at final budget adoption in October 2008.
Please be safe during the 4th of July weekend. I ask you to thank our Public Safety Officers, terrific fire volunteers, and Public Works employees for their service as you see them downtown or at the fire engine on Wilkes St. during the 4th‚Ä¶they serve us well!!
Ron Lucas, Mayor