By Paul Loveless, Steilacoom Town Administrator
- Council Meeting – April 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Parks Task Force – May 24, 2011 at 6:30 P.M at Town Hall.
- Planning Commission – April 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – April 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
Council Future Agenda “Look-Ahead” Issues:
Copies of the Agenda and staff reports are available at all Town facilities once published. The Agenda and Council meeting minutes are posted to the Town’s official website.
Future Topics – Policy Related:
1. Nuisance and Abatement procedures (Spring-Summer).
2. Grown “Fences” (Spring-Summer).
3. Shoreline Management (Spring-Summer-Fall)
4. Storm Water Comprehensive Plan (Summer – Fall)
5. Harlock Park (Introduction – April 19, 2011)
Future Topics – Administrative Related:
1. Parking Lot Lease – DSHS (April 19, 2011)
Spring Clean-up is April 16th and April 17th. Contact Terry Huber at 581-1912 if you would like to volunteer.
Confidential Document – Shredding Event:
The Town in conjunction with LeMay Mobile Shredding is hosting a confidential document shredding event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 21st from 9 AM to Noon at the Public Works facility. There will be a 3 standard sized grocery bag limit per resident. There will be no charge for Town residents; however, we are requesting a donation of non-perishable foods items to be used for the Steilacoom Food Pantry.
Steilacoom Tribe – Journey From Past to Present:
Tribal Chair, master storyteller and cultural anthropologist Danny K. Marshall traces his peoples’ past, present and future in a free, public talk – “A Special Place in Time: Steilacoom Now…and Then” – on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St.
AWC’s Annual Conference is June 21–24 in Spokane. Information is available about the classes, seminars, etc., on AWC’s website. This year’s conference theme is It’s all about community. What does community mean to you? Registration opens April 19. Please let me know if you would like to attend.
Street and Storm Water Utility Crew:
The Street and Storm Water Crew:
– Performed right-of-way maintenance and street sweeping.
The Electric Crew:
– Worked with the Colbert Infrared study staff.
– Repaired ½ power issue at a residence on Champion Street in addition to a similar situation with a residence on Gove Street.
Water and Sewer Crew:
The Water/Sewer Crew:
– The crew assisted the other crews as needed.
Buildings and Grounds:
The Buildings and Grounds Crew:
– Worked with an Eagle Scout candidate on his project involving the refurbishing of Charlie’s Park.
– Continued equipment maintenance in preparation for Spring activities/mowing.
Pierce Transit Reduction Plan
Due to the anticipated schedule for repair of the fueling station damaged by a fire on February 28th, Pierce Transit cannot return to regular service levels prior to beginning their planned service reductions. Emergency reduced service will continue to operate through June 11, 2011. The planned reduction schedule begins with a 20% reduction on June 12, 2011, and a 15% reduction on Oct. 2.
Beginning April 2nd, the Reduction Plan Rider Alert pamphlet will be available on board buses, at Bus Shop locations, at Pierce Transit Headquarters, and at www.piercetransit.org. This pamphlet provides route-by-route information about the proposed service reductions. SHUTTLE paratransit service for people with disabilities will also be reduced on October 2, 2011.
Public hearings are scheduled throughout April at five different locations to allow the public to comment on the June and October service reductions. Transit users and the community are encouraged to attend to have their voice heard by the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners. Visit www.piercetransit.org or call Customer Service at (253) 581-8000 for information regarding the public hearings and proposed reduction plan.
JBLM late night firing announcement
Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be conducting late night firing on the following dates:
* 5-15 April 2011, Day & Night, Demolitions and C4
* 5-7 April 2011, Day & Night, 120mm Mortars
Increased levels of activity will be noticed during the evening hours, and firing will be conducted from numerous firing points on base.
This is normally scheduled and required training, which allows military members to practice and improve skills required during combat. As often as possible, JBLM conducts larger scale demolition training and artillery firing at JBLM Yakima Training Center in an effort to minimize inconvenience for the surrounding communities. However, some training must take place on base.
Queries or comments about noise may be directed to the JBLM Public Affairs Office’s External Communication Division hot line at (253) 967-0852, daily. (Suburban Times – 4/6/2011)
Pierce County Auditor Project Citizen Showcase:
Hundreds of Pierce County students are competing at Project Citizen Showcase events to learn about the Constitution, public policy and relationships among local, state and federal governments.
Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is leading the effort by bringing the national civics curriculum from the Center for Civic Engagement to teachers and students across the county. Nine classes at three area schools are participating.
“Traditional voter outreach programs aren’t cutting it,” Anderson said. “Pierce County voter turnout averages 5 percent less than the rest of the state. We can improve that because we know that an educated voter is a likely voter.”
Anderson believes that teaching students how to engage their local government will increase voting trends in the future.
Over the past several months, students participated in a classroom civics curriculum. They identified a public policy they wanted to change, and then researched and proposed a solution. Students surveyed the community to identify supporters and opponents. And finally, students prepared a detailed action plan to present. Their teachers received free training and textbooks to support the program.
“Project Citizen is the practical application of citizenship,” said Kathy Hand, the Washington state Project Citizen coordinator. “The students who participate in Project Citizen will never say ‘you can’t fight city hall.'”
The Auditor’s Office partnered with Tim Knudson, a Peninsula High School teacher with Project Citizen experience, to train 15 community leaders as judges for the upcoming competition. Judges will evaluate the students’ portfolios and presentations. “The kids are lucky to have such distinguished and dedicated judges,” said Knudson. “The students will learn much about what it takes to be an active citizen.”
Judging is occurring during the second week of April at Carbonado Middle School, North Tapps Middle School and Lister Elementary School in Tacoma. The best showcase will be announced on Thursday, April 14, and that class will qualify for the Washington State Project Citizen Showcase in Olympia on May 14.
“Assisting young people in understanding their government and empowering them to make a difference benefits us all,” said Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert (District 5), one of the Project Citizen judges. “Civic-minded young people become active and engaged adults. Our government, at all levels, is only as good as the people who help to shape and direct its path. Project Citizen is a wonderful program that motivates young people to get involved and stay involved in their government.”
The program is funded by grants, including funding from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, which aggregates charitable gifts and provides leadership and financial leverage in addressing the needs of Pierce County.
More information about Project Citizen is available here: www.civiced.org/index.php?page=introduction.
The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is responsible for elections, licensing services, a variety of public records and animal control services. More information about the office is available at www.piercecountywa.org/auditor.