Ron Lucas, Mayor
The 4th of July was a terrific day in Steilacoom! Thanks to the many groups and individuals who made it so. First to the residents of the Town for once again having a very safe, injury free day; to the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce for the coordination of the Street Fair and yet again a wonderful Parade organized in large part by Veva Maddox; to the Steilacoom Citizens’ Fireworks committee led by Danny Lopez for the community outreach and funding an excellent fireworks show on the South Sound; to the Steilacoom Public Safety Department and Volunteers for your vigilant support of the community; and to the Public Works’ staff for their efforts before, during, and after the event in maintaining the Town’s parks and downtown area. The Steilacoom 4th of July activities are organized, carried out, and completed by a Town of great volunteers……..Thanks to all!
On July 12th, the President awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to longtime Town resident SFC Leroy Petry. As I have written in the past, no other honors could/should have been given prior to the award ceremony…..and rightly so. SFC Petry has a grueling schedule in the next few months but soon the Town will add our thanks publically…..stay tuned for the details.
I hope you attended the 7th Annual “By the Bay” car show. This event provides a great return to cars of the past with friendly people whose passion is to maintain and show the cars of America. As with many other community events, the car show was successful because of terrific volunteers. Proceeds will benefit the Steilacoom Historical Education Foundation scholarships program. We owe many thanks to the Beckwiths, Evansons, Bruce Judson, Dupont Dynos Car Club and many others for a great day.
Construction on the utility project on Starling Street is on-going with several cross streets open. Please avoid using Starling Street unless you are a local resident of the street going to your home. Currently and for the next several months, the road will be filled with a large number of heavy equipment vehicles, trucks, and construction workers. Please help us ensure everyone’s safety and a quick completion of the project by using alternative routes.
The Town has long identified Lexington Street as an important road project in the 6-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. The road concept is for 2- 11 foot road lanes, 2- 5 foot bike lanes, and sidewalks on both sides. We would also upgrade utilities and street lighting. The estimated project cost for the non-utility portion of the project is about $1.2M. Council previously approved $150K for initial engineering and technical work to provide the documents for the project which would show we were ready if/when grant funding was available. THE STRATEGY WORKED! Public Works Director Mark Burlingame has been working the funding side and as I write this, the Town has secured a minimum grant of $749K for the project. Additionally, we are currently seeking other grant opportunity dollars to potentially fund the remainder of the project. Time will tell. The rebuild of Lexington from Main St. to Roe St. will occur in 2012 with normal public hearings, outreach to property owners on Lexington St. in the late fall or in early 2012. We are preparing a similar strategy for seeking funds for completing the gap from Main St. to Union Ave. along Sequalish St. I have asked the Council once again for initial engineering funding for this project.
The recycle station for aluminum cans and glass at the Community Center continues to be a huge success. The aluminum recycle is a Kiwanis Club project benefiting Pioneer MS 6th grade camp. Coming soon – cardboard.
Construction on the Steilacoom-DuPont Road is on-going to increase the options for turning into/out of North Post. I expect a traffic light option on the road to decrease the accident rate at the turn…..drive carefully.
While the weather has not been normal….the Summer Concert series is fantastic. Please join us on Wednesdays at Pioneer Orchard Park….if weather is an issue we move to the Community Center…but the concerts always take place!!
Lastly, on July 31 I hope you attend the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association’s Salmon Bake. The Salmon Bake has been a long tradition in Town. New members and volunteers are always welcomed.