By Nancy Covert
Steilacoom’s Public Works Department is optimistic about the weather—at least in how it impacts efforts to keep community roads passable during snowy times.
Public Works Director Mark Burlingame and his PW crew are confident that there won’t be any need to send out sanding or de-icer trucks—at least until much later in the year.
Snowplows have been removed from town utility trucks as part of the changeover to road repair work to be done around the community during dryer months, he reported at the town’s April 5 meeting.
He added that road repair work would begin on Starling St. once bids had been submitted for the project. Of course, there’s little to be done about rain.
Councilmember Milt Davidson said this past March was “the wettest” since 1997. Mr. Davidson, a weather observer who tracks local climate conditions from his Steilacoom outpost, said he’d recorded 18 inches of rainfall during the first three months of 2011. He’s been a local weather observer since returning to the community in the early 90s, after retiring from his Seattle Parks Dept. job.
He also officially announced that he would not seek re-election to another term on the council, saying that he planned to do some traveling after his current term ended.
Rain is good for growing things, however.
Mayor Ron Lucas read a proclamation, recognizing April 29 as Arbor Day. The 130-year-old tradition honors the day set aside for planting trees. Mayor Lucas added that a tree had been planted in Pioneer Orchard Park in recognition of that custom.