From the Mayor’s Desk
The glass and aluminum recycle center sponsored by the Town has been moved from the ferry dock area to the Community Center on Worthington St. near the Public Safety building. The move was required when the Town parking lots were leased for five years to the state. LeMay Inc. and our staff are very pleased with your constant usage and recycling efforts. Using this recycle point helps extend the life of the County land fill. You will find the recycle containers near the cell tower. Thanks for recycling!!
The bid documents for the Starling St. utility project were opened on May 11th at the Public Works building. Our engineer cost estimate for the project was $1.62 million. Fourteen companies from Oregon and Washington submitted bids. The contract was awarded to Tucci and Sons whose bid was at $1.34 million! Work will begin shortly; please follow the traffic control measures and signage from Main St. to Union Ave. along Starling Street.
Recently, the Steilacoom Marina owner received a state HPA permit to clean-up the fire debris on the marina decking. The material has been loaded at high tides into containers on a barge and then taken for disposal per the HPA. I would call the on-going work– phase one. Next, the owner will need to ensure public safety by securing the property and posting it for no entry. I ask you to avoid the marina area and stay out/off as it is private property. I will inform you of the next phase of restoration when we receive information and permits from the owner.
The Town routinely applies for grants in several areas of Town operations. We were successful and received three grant approvals recently. The first grant is a 50/50 dollar match for energy conservation upgrades valued at $175K. After an energy survey, the Town selected projects that will have the most impact in dollar savings, efficiency and energy conservation. We have started work with the aging and inefficient HVAC systems in Town buildings which were already scheduled for replacement. The follow-up work will included various building plumbing and lighting.
The second grant was for $105K to upgrade/replace our Public Safety officer fire operations breathing apparatus. The fourteen apparatus are a welcome addition to our capabilities.
The third grant is for $140K to be used to support volunteer fire-fighter costs. These funds will be used to compensate the volunteers for time dedicated to public safety. Well done staff!!
— Citizens’ Fireworks Committee will be out soon gathering the financial support for the 4th of July fireworks show at 10:30 PM ….please welcome them. Town of Steilacoom hosts one of the best Fourth of July fireworks displays and it’s all from donations. And this year you can donate online, securely via Pay Pal. Just go to: www.steilacoom.org/ and scroll down to 4th of July Fireworks.
In 2009, the Town Council adopted ordinance 1456 amending the Steilacoom Municipal Code to make the possession and or use of fireworks illegal within the Town limits subject to fines up to $250 and $500 respectively. Due to State law, 2011 will be the first year this ordinance will be in effect. Please be aware of the provisions and inform any family members, guests, or others of this change in regulations. Consider donating the money you might have spent on fireworks to the Steilacoom 4th of July Fireworks Committee.
The Fort Steilacoom Corps of Veterans at Pierce College, Vet Corps, and WA State Department of Veterans Affairs are holding a gathering at the Community Center from noon to 2:30 PM on June 11, 2011 to celebrate the end of the school year, bring veterans together, and look to build relationships. Please join me and enjoy a hotdog lunch!! For additional information, contact Angela Foster at 964-6364.
The Town benefited from a “call to compassion” weekend by Christ Lutheran Church who used Saturday 14 May to support Saltar’s School and improve grounds maintenance.
The Director of Public Safety has welcomed back to full duty from fire certification training, PSO Warren Cavanaugh.
Thank you to all who supported the annual Postal Carriers food drive and the Steilacoom HS Key club that assisted in stocking the shelves of the food bank.
Thank you to the Steilacoom Kiwanis Club for sponsoring the great bike rodeo at Saltar’s school and the Callanan family for bringing several pets for the children to enjoy!
Ron Lucas, Mayor
GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
Annual Plant Sale a “Bloomin’ Success……In spite of the less than spring-like weather, many came to the Steilacoom Garden Club’s annual plant sale and major fundraiser on May 7th. The club raised over $1600 to spend on townwide beautification projects in the coming year. Our thanks also go to those who donated plants for the sale or made cash donations. The Garden Club members will take a vacation from meeting in July and August to tend to their own gardens. Anyone wishing to attend future meetings or learn more about the club is welcome. We will meet Wednesday September 7th at 9:30AM at the Steilacoom Community Center.
Steilacoom – A Historic Community – Help Keep It Clean – Don’t Litter
Minutes to the Town Council meetings once approved are posted on the Town’s website at:
STEILACOOM’S FARMERS’ MARKET
Wednesdays 3 pm – 7 pm
June 15 – September 7
The market will celebrate the start of its third season on June 15 with the return of many familiar vendors and several new ones. Fresh produce, meat, cheese, flowers and a variety of specialty foods and crafts will be offered as well as prepared foods, perfect for picking up on the way to the concerts in the park. Follow us on facebook and market website, www.steilacoomfarmersmarket.org, for weekly ‘Fresh Finds at the Market’ updates. A demonstration booth as well as kids’ activities will be featured each week as well. Contact Laura Johnson for more information, including volunteer opportunities, 253-581-1912, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAT FRESH – BUY LOCAL – SUSTAIN COMMUNITY
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE – DONATE BLOOD
FIRESIDE GALLERY JUNE, ARTIST
The fireside gallery is hosting the paintings of Alexis St. John in June. Her paintings focus on landscapes and “beings” similar to animals we are familiar with but some more whimsical. The themes running through her paintings are tranquility, gentleness, tenderness, and love. Prior to painting, Ms. St. John first creates miniature models out of natural and artist materials. She then photographs each piece as a reference for her paintings. You really must see these uplifting paintings. Examples of her work can be viewed at www.alexisstjohn.com.
Vacation Bible School
Oberlin Congregational Church
July 11 – 15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon
Preschool ages 4 and 5
Kindergarten through 5th grade
Contact: (253) 584-4623
In 2009, the Town Council adopted ordinance 1456 amending the Steilacoom Municipal Code to make the possession and/or use of fireworks illegal within the Town limits subject to fines up to $250 and $500 respectively. Due to State law, 2011 will be the first year this ordinance will be in effect. Please be aware of the provisions and inform any family members, guests, or others of this change in regulations.
SUMMER DAY CAMP
Summer Fun Day Camp is now taking registrations. Campers should be between ages 5 and 12. Camp runs from June 27th to August 26th and is held at the Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington Street. Cost is $150 per week. Space is limited and usually fills up quickly. Contact the Center at 581-1076 for more information.
PET OWNERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES
Please be a responsible owner by respecting your neighbor’s rights, controlling your animals and especially cleaning up after them on private or public property.
Steilacoom does require animals to be on a leash when walked
Town of Steilacoom Phone Numbers
1030 Roe Street…..…581-1912
Planning, Building, Permits
Utility After Hours…620-4123
601 Main Street….…581-0110
Animal Control ……830-5010
2301 Worthington St. 581-1076
Before and After School Prog.
Youth and Adult Classes
Local Business Directory