By Ron Lucas, Mayor
Pierce Transit has released route reduction notification for proposed service change effective by October 2, 2011. The plan states, “Due to the economic recession and failure of Proposition 1, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners directed staff to implement a 35% reduction in service by October 2, 2011”. For Steilacoom Route 212, the currently proposed weekday service will operate every 30 minutes during peak commute times and hourly the rest of the day. Saturday and Sunday service will operate every hour. Service to Steilacoom and the Steilacoom Ferry terminal will be every two hours on all days of the week. Approximate Hours of Service: Weekdays..5AM-8PM; Saturdays..10AM-6PM; Sundays..10AM-6 PM.
With the 4th of July approaching, once again the Citizen’s Fireworks Committee is preparing for the “Best Fireworks show on the Sound.” In June, please welcome committee volunteers at your home as they distribute 4th of July information and welcome contributions for the fireworks show. The entire fireworks event is a volunteer project with all funds contributed by residents and friends. The show will again start at 10:30 PM and be widely seen through the Steilacoom area. A new feature for the committee and residents is the web site www.steilacoom.org. The website has a PayPal feature under Fireworks for making contributions to the committee electronically.
Soon, a new Steilacoom High School reader board will be at the corner of Steilacoom Blvd. and Sentinel Way. The efforts of past and present students secured the required funding from contributions from graduating classes, the SHSD #1 Board, the Town of Steilacoom and the City of Dupont. I expect the information contained on the reader board for parents and residents will be much improved. The Dupont and Steilacoom communities participated and will be able to post messages throughout the year for key local events and general information to all. Congratulations to all the SHS students who persevered to achieve this new addition to the high school.
The Town successfully competed for energy enhancement grants this past year. We were awarded a total of $173,500 which we will use in more efficient HVAC units at our Town building, plumbing, and lighting. Work will begin soon.
The bid documents are out for the Starling St. utility project. We will pay cash for the work and mobilization will probably begin at the end of May or early June. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. We will update the progress each month.
The news is filled with weather related hillside slide events across the state. Steilacoom experienced two slides this past month. Both slides were on Commercial St. near Pioneer Orchard Park. The causes were saturated soil, the water release from underground springs, and the weight of trees. Engineers inspected both sites and recommended crushed rock be applied to secure the hillside to the west slide and do nothing now to the east slide. I have been told this past month was the second wettest in the last forty years……you probably guessed it yourselves!
Spring clean-up was again an overwhelming success. Thank you to all of the volunteers and Town staff who make this annual event happen for the beautification of the community.
The above is from Steilacoom’s Around Town newsletter for May. Click here to download the entire newsletter.