By Ron Lucas, Mayor, Town of Steilacoom
The Planning Commission worked with Town residents over the last two years to update the Town’s Mission and Vision statements. On February 1st, 2011, Council adopted the revised statements which read:
Vision Statement — Steilacoom: A peaceful town on the Sound with a rich historical past and a secure future.
Mission Statement — Town of Steilacoom: Preserve our historic heritage and manage economic and residential growth through intelligent planning. Provide superior services and continue to encourage citizen participation and environmental stewardship
My thanks to the Planning Commission and the many residents who participated.
In October, 2009, the Steilacoom Marina was destroyed in a fire. Since then, the Town has worked with the owner, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources in an attempt to facilitate the clean-up and redevelopment of the property. Although many positive steps have been made in obtaining the appropriate studies and permits, the owner has not moved forward yet to perform the actual clean-up. Due to this, on February 16, 2011, the Town formally notified the owner she has 90 days to perform the clean-up or the Town would consider legally declaring the marina a public nuisance and moving forward in an abatement proceeding. At this time, we are still hopeful that the owner will complete the clean-up; however, we stand ready to take the required actions. Stay tuned.
On March 15, 2011, the Town Council adopted revisions to the Town’s Urban Forestry Management Ordinance.
Significant changes include 1) reducing the threshold from 2.5 to 1 acre for applicability to new development, 2) strengthening and clarifying the administrative procedures to be followed for requesting work to be performed on Town-owned properties, and 3) adding a financial penalty if work is illegally performed on Town-owned property.
A great deal of time and effort by residents, staff, and Council went into this update and I commend all for their accomplishments.