By Paul Loveless, Town Administrator
- Council Meeting – June 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Parks Task Force – May 24, 2011 at 6:30 P.M at Town Hall.
- Planning Commission – June 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – June 22, 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).
Storm Water Comprehensive Plan (Summer – Fall)
Future Topics – Administrative Related:
4th of July Staffing Plan (June 7th Study Session)
Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations (May 17th Introduction; June 7 Action)
Water Use Efficiency Rule (June 7th Action)
Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (Public Hearing in July)
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.
Substantial progress appears to have been made in “phase 1” of the clean-up of the marina. Phase 1 is removal of the loose and fire damaged debris.
Chief Schaub and the staff have been working on the Fourth of July staffing plan.
Street and Storm Water Utility Crew:
The Street and Storm Water Crew:
– Unplugged a culvert in the 1100 block of Union Avenue.
– Continued cleaning catch basins and storm lines.
– Swept streets and performed other right-of-way maintenance.
The Electric Crew:
– Removed over 3,000 feet of faulty cable on Chambers Street between Sequalish Street and Beech Street. This is the cable that was responsible for the at least 3 of the current power outages.
– Next week, the crew will be installing over 3,000 feet of cable in this area.
Water and Sewer Crew:
The Water/Sewer Crew:
– The crew jetted portions of the system and performed other outdoor maintenance activities.
– Assisted the Electric Crew in removing the cable.
Buildings and Grounds:
The Buildings and Grounds Crew:
– The Cedar Creek work crew concentrated on Sunnyside Park volleyball courts, beach, and play area.
– As weather permitted, the crew mowed or performed building maintenance.
– New play-structure fall material (engineered wood fiber) was installed at the Community Center and Sunnyside Beach play area.
Building Energy Efficiency Project:
– New low-flow toilets were installed at the Community Center this week and initial work performed on installing the new HVAC at Public Works. Next week, the HVAC system at the DSHS Administrative offices is scheduled to be installed along with lighting upgrades at Public Works.
Sunnyside Pump Station Repairs:
– A contractor is performing repairs on the southern portion of the roof and rerouting downspouts.
Applicants Sought for Landmarks Commission:
Applications are being accepted to fill six positions on the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission.
The Commission makes recommendations to the County Executive and County Council on historic preservation-related matters, including nominations to historic registers and applications for historic road names. The Commission also conducts design reviews, reviews special tax valuation applications on rehabilitation of historic properties, and administers special projects funded by the Historic Document Fund, such as grant programs and historic surveys.
The Commission is comprised of 11 members, representing each of the seven County Council districts, and four at-large members who bring expertise in history, historic architecture, archaeology, archival science and information technology.
Pierce County residents who are practicing professionals in the fields listed are encouraged to apply. Vacancies exist in Council Districts 2, 3, and 5, as well as three at-large positions. Executive Pat McCarthy will make a recommendation to fill positions subject to County Council confirmation.
Applications and more information can be obtained the following ways:
In person: Planning and Land Services Department, 2401 S. 35th Street, Room 228, Tacoma
Emergency Response Training:
Pierce County hospitals and various agencies are participating in an exercise on Wednesday, May 18, that will test their emergency response to multiple terrorist activities.
Allenmore, Good Samaritan, Mary Bridge, Tacoma General, St. Clare, St. Joseph, St. Anthony hospitals, Western State Hospital, the Veteran’s Hospital at American Lake, Madigan Medical Center, and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department will drill on how to respond to bomb threats, bomb detection and a utility tampering at several hospitals. The exercise will take place between 8 a.m. and noon. The exercise scenario begins with an unknown explosion at the County-City Building.
Other participants will include the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Puyallup Emergency Management, law enforcement agencies from Tacoma, Puyallup and Lakewood, and several dispatch agencies. This is one of the largest cooperative hospital exercises in Pierce County.
Hospitals are required to hold bi-annual exercises or drills to retain their Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation. For the past several years, the hospitals have teamed up with other local agencies to test communication and treatment capacity across the Pierce County region.
NOTE: Media are welcome at the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center. Please do not go to hospitals, as the hospital PIOs are participating in the exercise.
Arts Commission Seeks Volunteers:
Pierce County is seeking individuals who have a demonstrated interest and familiarity with arts and culture through professional practice, training or volunteer work to serve on the Pierce County Arts Commission.
The commission is an advisory body composed of up to 13 volunteers who advise the County Council and Executive on arts-related issues, funding programs and public art projects.
Commission meetings are held quarterly, and members serve three-year terms. Applicants must be residents of Pierce County, and certain positions are restricted by County Council district. For more information and to download the application, visit www.piercecountywa.org/arts.
Questions – Call Paul at 983-2074