The 2008 Steilacoom Citizen of the Year has been selected and it is Dr. Tom McAvoy. The Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce selected Dr. McAvoy for his involved service with the business community and for his long-standing support of Town projects and schools. On behalf of all residents, congratulations and thank you for the professional dental care provided in your business and exceptional support of the community.
Three items that have a family budget impact in 2009 and beyond need to be mentioned.
- Pierce County Council approved an increase in sewer rates beginning in Jan 09. The impact on our current sewer rates will be approximately 2% or approximately $.55 to $.98.
- Town Council has concluded a contract negotiation with Waste Connection, the company which is purchasing LeMay, for continued waste collection in Town. The name LeMay will continue, all service and collection dates will remain as is. A rate increase is anticipated in March, 2009.
- Town Council approved a recommended 1% property tax increase for the Town‚Äôs portion of the 2009 property taxes. The estimated impact for the Town‚Äôs portion of the property taxes for a $250,000 home in Steilacoom is approximately a $5.74 increase.
Our priority electrical project which drew a dozen bidders in the Sequalish St area near Chambers/Short St. is nearly completed. Of note is that the low bid for about $95,000 was nearly $25K under engineer estimate which reflects the economic times.
I compliment Town Public Works crews for preparing the utilities for the winter season. Their recent work and past capital projects have proven successful to avoid street flooding during recent rains.
Next month, I will report to Council and you, the options available to improve the level of service of emergency medical care. The details are not finalized but I expect an ambulance and par-a-medic stationed in Steilacoom which will reduce time for transport as needed and have advanced life saving professionals at your home quicker – details to follow.
Once again, I ask you to look at your 3-5 day supply of water, food, and flashlights/batteries. In the NW, power outages can occur far beyond our Town boundaries yet impact the Town. I ask all residents to review your status and be prepared for winter weather.
The Holiday season presents many opportunities for time with family and friends. Please note the dates and times of various events in Town‚Ä¶especially ‚ÄúElves and Bells‚Äù with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Lastly, enjoy the season, hug a family member, and keep all our military members in your prayers!! Happy Holidays from the Steilacoom Town Council and your Town Staff.
Ron Lucas, Mayor