- 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 25, 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:
- Nuisance and Abatement procedures (Spring-Summer).
- Grown “Fences” (Spring-Summer).
- Shoreline Management (Spring-Summer-Fall)
- Storm Water Comprehensive Plan (Summer – Fall)
Spring Clean-up is April 16th and April 17th. Contact Terry Huber at 581-1912 if you would like to volunteer.
The owner of the mill submitted a Shoreline Permit application to demolish the buildings within 200 feet of the shoreline. This application requires public notification and a public hearing. Both are in process of being completed or scheduled.
The Washington Cities Insurance Authority, our insurance provider, performed their annual review this last week. The topics reviewed were: 1) Public Records Requests, and 2) Parks Maintenance. The Town was found to be fully in compliance with guidelines in both areas.
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.
Well City Award:
Town of Steilacoom met AWC’s WellCity standards and earned a 2% premium discount for medical coverage costs for 2012. Congratulations to Pauline Monk, Micki Sterbick, and Denise Bollman for their efforts in achieving this award/benefit for the Town.
- Public Safety:
- The Town received notification that we were awarded a grant for SCBA equipment from FEMA. Additional details will be provided at Tuesday’s meeting.
- Public Works:
- Street and Storm Water Utility Crew:
The Street and Storm Water Crew:
- – Reviewed the draft 6-Year Storm Comprehensive Plan.
- – Installed flow meters at critical conveyance points within the system.
- – Swept streets and performed other right-of-way maintenance.
- Electric Crew:
The Electric Crew:
- – Responded to and resolved an unplanned power outage the evening of April 14 in the Cherrydale area along Euclid and Pierce Streets. Due to the recent installation of a VFI, the outage impacted only approximately 14 homes once the power was rerouted. The outage was caused by faulty wire.
- – Responded to a ½ power situation in the 1400 block of Adams Street.
- – Began preventative maintenance for issues identified as part of the Colbert Infrared Study.
- Water and Sewer Crew:
The Water/Sewer Crew:
– The crew repaired a water hammer arrestor at the pump station. (An arrestor acts as a “shock absorber” for when the pump comes on.)
– The Department of Health will be conducting a sanitary survey of the water system on May 10, 2011.
- Buildings and Grounds:
- The Buildings and Grounds Crew:
- – The Cedar Creek work crew finished spreading bark and repairing fences at Perkins Park.
- – As weather allowed, we began mowing the parks.
- – Interviewed for our seasonal worker positions.
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.
Friends of Steilacoom Library book sale
Friends of Steilacoom Library will hold a book sale and membership drive this week, on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. Good quality used books will be on sale in the library’s meeting room, where membership forms will be available. Books range from children’s stories and fiction to cooking, history, and other subjects, all at bargain prices.
Hours for the sale and membership recruitment will be 11 AM to 6 PM on Friday, and 11 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday. Membership starts at $5.
The library and Friends are also sponsoring a discussion of “The Big Burn,” the Pierce County Reads! book for this year, at 7 PM, Wednesday, April 20. Margaret Upshaw will lead the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.
Book sale proceeds and membership fees are dedicated to bringing interesting programs to the Steilacoom branch library. (By Beverly Isenson (Suburban Times – 4/14/2011))
Questions – Call Paul at 983-2074