From the Mayor’s Desk, Ron Lucas
The Town Council will be adopting a new Shoreline Management Program and is scheduled to take final action on Tuesday May 7, 2013. The process to reach the final document has been long, covering years of work. The Planning Commission, the public with several comment periods, and state agencies all provided input or suggested language. The Shoreline Management Program will be the policy for new development within 200 feet of the shoreline.
PLEASE NOTE: Sunnyside Park and parking lot will be closed to the public from 6 AM until 5 PM on 16 May as Steilacoom will host a full scale regional water rescue exercise. The participants or agencies, twenty-two in all, will include federal, state, and local police, fire and rescue agencies. The purpose is to provide training for water borne emergencies and communications.
The Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce will host their first ever Trade Show on Wednesday 15 May at Oberlin Church Fellowship Hall, 1603 Rainier St. from 4:40-6:30 PM. The show is open to the public at no charge. Take this chance to meet local business owners and see the services they can provide to you. The engine of our economy is small business….come meet these professionals and our neighbors!
You may not be aware that the Steilacoom Library has a great volunteer group that supports library events and helps improve the quality of service. The group is “Friends of the Steilacoom Library”. All are eligible to join the Friends of the Steilacoom Library. Information is available at the library about the Friends of the Library and their activities. Additionally, please consider attending the Library’s used book sale on May 31 from 11-6 PM or Saturday 1 June from 11-5 PM.
Thanks to all who have given their time to support the annual Spring Clean-Up. This event can only be supported with the generous time given by your neighbors.
Congratulations to the Town staff led by Pauline Monk for once again completing our insurance provider Wellness Program. Staff stepped up to complete several requirements to improve individual health. Thanks once again to participants for your healthy choices. A byproduct of this program is that the Town receives a 2% decrease in health care premiums.
Next month, please welcome to your home representatives of the Citizens’ Fireworks Committee as they provide information on the 4th of July activities. While other regional fireworks shows are experiencing funding trouble …… our community has independently raised all the funds needed for the best fireworks show on the Sound for more than two decades.
Minutes to the Town Council meetings once approved are posted on the Town’s website at:
and located under:
Wednesdays 3 – 7 pm
June 12-August 28
Are you counting the days until June 12th?
Are you a loyal supporter of the Farmers’ Market?
Are you interested in getting involved in your community?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the perfect opportunity is awaiting you! There are a variety of tasks involved in keeping the market running smoothly, and volunteers are always appreciated. Besides…it’s a fun place to be on Wednesday afternoons! For more information about volunteering at the market, please contact Laura Johnson at 253-581-1912.
SOUNDSATIONS, a new performing group for children in grades 1 thru 6, is scheduled to begin on May 7. The group will meet at the Community Center on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. There is a $30 monthly fee for participation and a maximum of 30 spaces available. The “Soundsations” will perform at community events and locations in the greater Tacoma area. For more information, contact the Center at 581-1076.
TOUR OF HOMES
A Steilacoom Tour of Historical Homes will be sponsored by the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association on June 8, from 10 to 4. Six homes built between 1858 and 1895 will be open to the public. Restored by their owners, all are in the town’s Historic District. Starting May 1, tickets will be available online at www.steilacoomhistorical.org or at the Museum on weekends from 1 to 5 p.m.
GARDEN CLUB NEWS
SAVE THE DATE – Saturday May 11th from 9-1 PM for the annual Steilacoom Garden Club Plant and Garden Sale. This year’s bargains will include indoor and outdoor plantings, perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, herbs and more. Gift items
(hint ….. Mother’s Day is the following day), will include pre-potted decorative planters, birdhouses by George and more. Members will also be available to answer questions about gardening in the Northwest. The sale will take place on Lafayette Street between Key Bank and the Bair Bistro. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the famous hanging baskets on Lafayette Street in summer as well as the Hanging of the Greens in December.
DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT
Steilacoom / LeMay Mobile Shredding
Confidential Document Shredding
Saturday May 18th / 9 to Noon
Steilacoom Public Works – 1030 Roe Street Steilacoom
Limit two file boxes or three grocery bags per resident. Please do not bring plastic bags, DVDs or other items that will jam the shredder.
Non-perishable food items and cash donations accepted and appreciated in support of the We Love Steilacoom Food Pantry.
A list of confidential document shredding events can be found on the website for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General under “Upcoming Events – Shredding Events”.
BIKE SAFETY DAY
The Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom will hold a bike rodeo on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 10 AM to 12 PM at Saltar’s Point Elementary School. Activities include bike inspections and minor repairs as needed; helmet inspection, fitting, and free replacement if needed; and six riding skill stations.