By Paul Loveless, Steilacoom Town Administrator
- Council Meeting – July 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Planning Commission – July 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – July 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).
- Economic Development Plan (July 19, Study Session)
- Storm Water Comprehensive Plan (Summer – Fall)
Future Topics – Administrative Related:
- Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (Public Hearing July 19)
- Steilacoom Ferry Terminal Remodel Shoreline Permit (July 19)
- Mill Demolition Shoreline Permit (July 19)
The 85th Army Reserve Band from Arlington, Illinois, will be the featured performers at the July 13th Summer Concert in Pioneer Park. The concert starts at 6:30 PM in Pioneer Park.
The Market continues every Wednesday in downtown. Market hours are from 3 PM to 7 PM.
Parks Task Force Chip Project:
The Parks Task Force community trail rehabilitation and chip project on Thursday went well. A total of 11 individuals participated making for a nice working group. The group was able to spread approximately one-half of the wood chip mountain that the Parks crew pre-positioned for them. Also, near the entrance, there is a noticeable improvement with blackberry vines no longer choking out some of the prime trees.
Thank you to all for your enthusiastic participation, and also to the Town Parks crew who are always very supportive and helpful with these events.
If your group would like to schedule a community project, please contact Mark Burlingame at 581-1912.
Thank you to all who again made the Town of Steilacoom’s Independence Day celebration a truly fun and family oriented event. Special thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, Veva Maddox and her volunteers for coordinating the parade, Al Lawrence for coordinating the street fair, the Fireworks Committee led by Danny Lopez, and all who donated their time, talents, or treasure to make this event memorable.
Career staff and volunteers worked to together to make the 4th a fun yet safe event.
Staff is working on filling existing vacancies and preparing materials for an upcoming sergeant promotional process.
All of the crews were heavily involved in preparing for, staffing on, and recovering from the Independence Day festivities.
Street and Storm Water Utility Crew:
The Street and Storm Water Crew:
– Swept streets and performed other right-of-way maintenance in preparation for and in response to the Independence Day celebrations.
– Next week, our crews will be painting stop bars and crosswalks and/or spraying right of ways for noxious weeds and other invasive species.
Starling Street Project;
– The contractor began mobilization and the water line alignment survey was completed this week.
The Electric Crew:
– Responded to a ½ power situation on Martin Street and are working with the homeowner to reroute power lines due to the homeowner’s extensive landscaping and other improvements.
Water and Sewer Crew:
The Water/Sewer Crew:
– The crew performed utility “pot-holing” along Starling Street.
– Repaired the Marietta Street lift-station.
Buildings and Grounds:
The Buildings and Grounds Crew:
– The crew mowed or performed building maintenance.
– Assisted in the set-up for the Farmers’ Market.
– Spent extensive amounts of time preparing for and cleaning up after the 4th of July.
– Supported the Parks Task Force chipping project.
Retirement Depends on Good Planning:
Finally, a free workshop on retirement planning for “normal” people without six-figure incomes. A down economy, rising health care costs and a tenuous job market make many working people wonder if retirement will ever be in their future. It can be, but it takes planning.
“Smart Retirement Made Simple” will help working adults understand how to prepare for retirement before it’s too late as well as how to prepare in the later years of one’s working life. The presentation will deal with what retirement looks like, working after retirement, barriers to retirement and making end-of-career corrections. Learn what life will look like for the new generation of retirees.
“Smart Retirement Made Simple” will be presented at three different locations:
- July 18 ? Pierce County Annex Main Conference Room, 2401 35th St., Tacoma
- July 18 ? Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup
- July 20 ? County City Building, 7th Floor Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave., Tacoma
The workshop speaker will be attorney Rajiv Nagaich, a board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and partner at Johnson and Nagaich PS, a holistic elder law firm that helps families plan for, pay for and coordinate the long-term care of elderly loved ones.
“Smart Retirement Made Simple” is a free and impartial workshop without the hype, the guilt trip, or the sales pitch. No RSVP is required. The event is a presentation of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information, please call the ADRC at 253 798-4600.
Chambers Creek Road Sewer Work Might Cause Traffic Delays:
Drivers on Chambers Creek Road in University Place could notice some minor traffic slowdowns and construction taking place during the next 6 to 8 months.
Contractors are rehabilitating 3,500 feet of concrete sewer pipe a hundred feet below Chambers Creek Road by installing a fiberglass-reinforced liner inside the pipe.
Installation of a wastewater bypass pipe began recently along the north side of Chambers Creek Road. The 2,700-foot bypass is expected to take 6 to 8 weeks to fully install. Construction work will affect Chambers Creek Road traffic at various locations between 85th Avenue West and the New Tacoma Cemetery.
The bypass also will extend south in the general direction of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, crossing the Chambers Creek Properties recreational play fields and perimeter trail. The trail near the labyrinth by the Environmental Services Building will be periodically closed during the installation process, which is expected to be completed within 3 to 4 weeks. Pedestrians, cyclists, and others using the trail and play fields are encouraged to be aware of obstacles and closures and use caution.
When the bypass is ready and the wastewater flow diverted, the contractor will begin installing the new liner in the tunnel. This is expected to take 6 to 8 months to complete. When it’s done, the bypass pipe and temporary construction shafts on Chambers Creek Road will be removed or abandoned and the road restored to its original condition. Also, the pipe will be removed from the Chambers Creek Properties recreational areas. Until that time, construction-related impacts will continue.