By Paul Loveless, Steilacoom Town Administrator
- Council Meeting – June 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM 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:
- Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (Public Hearing in July)
- Street and Storm Water Utility Crew:
The Street and Storm Water Crew:
- – Continued cleaning catch basins and storm lines.
- – Swept streets and performed other right-of-way maintenance.
- Starling Street Project;
- – Contracts have been sent to the contractor and staff is following up to determine status.
- Electric Crew:
The Electric Crew:
– Installed approximately 3,000 feet of cable on Chambers Street between Sequalish Street and Beech Street.
- – Next week, the crew will be energizing 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 with installing the cable.
- Buildings and Grounds:
- The Buildings and Grounds Crew:
- – The Cedar Creek work crew continued sprucing up Manitoba Park. They will be working with the Street Crew the next several weeks clearing the trail between Hewitt and Sunnyside and cleaning the Town’s storm water detention facilities.
- – As weather permitted, the crew mowed or performed building maintenance.
Building Energy Efficiency Project:
– The work this week focused on lighting upgrades at Public Works and Public Safety and beginning the installation of the HVAC system at the SCC administrative offices. Next week, they will complete the HVAC installation.
- Candidate filing for the 2011 elections begins Monday:
This year, 192 positions are open for election in Pierce County. They include port, city, town, school, fire, park and recreation, water and sewer district offices. In addition, one Superior Court judge position is up for election. Candidate filing for the 2011 elections begins Monday, June 6.
Individuals interested in running for office need to file a declaration of candidacy form online and submit their voter pamphlet information electronically at www.piercecountywa.org/elections. A kiosk will also be available at the Elections Center to submit a declaration of candidacy.
A list of candidate filings will be available on the Auditor’s website each day.
Online candidate filing closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10, and in-person filing closes at 4:30 p.m. Candidates can also contact Pierce County Elections, 253-798-VOTE (8683), 800-446-4979 if they have questions.
“Don’t wait until the last minute to file,” warned Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson. “There’s no advantage in waiting to file, so avoid the stress and help our staff out. The Auditor’s Office will not accept late filings or late submission for the Voters’ Pamphlet,” she added.
A lot drawing will be held at approximately 5:30 p.m. after the close of filing to determine the order of candidates on the ballot. Candidate filing and the lot drawing will take place at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, Suite C, in Tacoma, WA. 98409. The public is welcome to attend.
The Primary Election is August 16 and the General Election is November 8.
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.
- Identity Theft Workshops:
Being smart is not enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating fraud, or devious identity theft. The more invincible we think we are, the more likely we are to fall victim to the tricks of an unscrupulous trade.
“Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will enable participants to recognize the simple and sophisticated activities used to trick people out of their money. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn what to do if they fall victim to these ploys.
Crooks use the Internet. They call on the phone. They stand in front of stores. They come knocking on doors and use the mail. At every twist and turn, they are plotting to take advantage of anyone, regardless of age, occupation or economic status.
“The ground had not yet stopped shaking in Japan before scammers were plying their trade to lure trusting donors into making impulsive contributions,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care. “These days everyone is a target,” he added.
“Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will be offered at four different times and locations:
• June 13 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Conference Room, 2401 35th St. in Tacoma
• June 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Soundview Building, 3611 S. D St. in Tacoma
• June 14 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County City Building 7th Floor Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave. in Tacoma
• June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harborplace at Cottesmore Retirement Community, 1016 29th Street N.W. in Gig Harbor.
The workshop is free and no reservations are necessary. It is provided as a service of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information, contact the ADRC at 253-798-4600.
Public Invited to Hear Update on Flood Hazard Plan
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities will host four public meetings in June to present information about the projects and programs that will be recommended in the Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan.
The plan will address flood hazard issues on Pierce County’s seven major rivers. It will include policies, programs, and projects designed to reduce risks and property losses associated with flooding and channel migration.
Pierce County staff will provide an update on the planning process and information about how the plan will be completed and implemented. This is the final round of public meetings focused on the plan before the draft is released in fall 2011.
All meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. Meetings will be held at the following locations:
- June 15 – Orting Middle School, 111 Whitehawk Blvd. NW, Orting
- June 20 – Fife High School, 5616 20th St. E., Fife
- June 23 – Eatonville High School, 302 Mashell Ave. N., Eatonville
- June 28 – Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW, Lakewood
County staff will be available to listen to comments and answer questions. An activity table will be provided for children and attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a free emergency radio.
“Flooding is a huge concern in Pierce County. The recent flooding throughout Washington state shows the importance of proactive actions to reduce damage to property and save lives,” said Harold Smelt, Surface Water Management manager for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities.
The plan is being developed by the Surface Water Management division in collaboration with the Flood Plan Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of cities, tribes, state and federal agencies, business and economic interests, watershed councils, environmental organizations, agricultural interests, citizens, and other stakeholders. The committee was formed in 2009 to advise Pierce County on complex technical and policy issues related to flood management.
Previous public meetings were held in March and November 2010 to solicit public input on the elements of the flood plan. Additional public comment will be welcomed through the Pierce County Council adoption process.
Information about the Pierce County Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/floodplan. For more information about the meetings, or to provide comments on the plan, contact Melissa Paulson at 253-798-4686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about flooding and flood safety at www.piercecountywa.org/flood.