By Paul Loveless, Steilacoom Town Administrator
- Council Meeting – June 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – June 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Civil Service – June 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Community Center.
- Planning Commission – May 28, 2013 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.
Town Offices Closed:
Town offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th, in honor of Memorial Day.
Streets and Storm:
The Crew performed right-of-way maintenance and storm system vactoring/maintenance.
The Main Street and Lafayette Street electrical improvement project is underway. The contractor is working in the vicinity of Wilkes Street and behind Town Hall.
The Crew located facilities along the Main/Lafayette Street project, are assisting the contractor, and performed other maintenance as needed or normally scheduled.
The Crew performed emergency generator checks and hydrant maintenance.
Parks and Grounds:
Crews hung the flower baskets, worked on the backbone trail, and addressed issues raised in the recent fire inspection.
Six privately owned historic homes in the Historic District of Steilacoom will be on view to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The tour, presented by the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, will feature homes dating from 1858 through 1895. Of these, five were built when Washington was still a territory, and one built just after Washington achieved statehood. All the homes are within the Steilacoom Historic District, which has 30 structures listed and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Sites. There has not been a home tour in Steilacoom for almost forty years.
The tour includes Rolling Hill, built in 1858 by merchant Philip Keach, with its well tended garden overlooking Puget Sound. This home is placed separately on the National Register of Historic Sites and owned by the same family since 1937.
The homes are typical of their time period, including several with Gothic Revival styling, and one early summer home later moved up from the water to it’s present location when the railroad came through in 1912. They were owned by pioneers whose stories describe the beginnings of this region, such as Steven Appleby who was president of the National Bank of Tacoma and was instrumental in situating Fort Lewis on the Nisqually Plain or Wolf Shafer who established a successful brewery in town and later became Pierce County Treasurer.
Prices are $15.00 for Steilacoom Historical Museum Association members, or $20.00 for the general public. Both ticket categories will be available at the Museum, 1801Rainier Street, on weekends in May from 1 to 5 p.m. or on the day of the event at Perkins Park at the corner of Union and Martin Streets. General public tickets will also be available online after May 1 at www.steilacoomhistorical.
On-street parking is available near all the stops on the tour. Several of the homes are within close walking distance. Steilacoom restaurants and coffee shops will be open during the day, and the Steilacoom Museum with the 1854 Nathaniel Orr Pioneer Home Site will be open from noon to 5:00.
Proceeds will benefit the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. For further information, please contact the Museum at 253.584.4133.
Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29
Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles – such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and the rider may be asked to postpone their trip until a later sailing.
Ticket agents and crew will be checking all large vehicles and all vehicles towing trailers that arrive during sailings affected by low tides. Some large vehicles may be loaded. Riders can call Captain Paul Crow, Marine Superintendent, at (253) 588-5290 to discuss which run might work best for them.
“Ferry staff and crew will work to accommodate all travelers with as little inconvenience as possible,” Crow said. “We need to be conservative during low tides to avoid damage to vehicles, ramps and the ferries.”
Restrictions on large vehicles may be in place during the following timeframes due to tidal action:
• May 22: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• May 23: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• May 24: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• May 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• May 26: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• May 27: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• May 28: Noon to 6 p.m.
• May 29: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between the town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. More information about the system is available at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.
Relay for Life:
DuPont, WA – May 22, 2013 – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Steilacoom-DuPont gives everyone in the community a chance to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. As the official sponsor of birthdays, we know how important each and every birthday is. As the Society celebrated it’s 100th birthday on May 22, we invite the Steilacoom and DuPont communities to join us as we embark on our most ambitious undertaking yet. With your help, we want to finish the fight on cancer! Register your team today by visiting RelayForLife.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345.
Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from 10 a.m. on June 22nd until 10 a.m. on June 23rd at Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bob’s Hollow Ln, DuPont.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out around an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
“Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the fight against cancer,” said Kim Forbes, Steilacoom-DuPont volunteer Relay event chair. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps brings hope that, together, we can finish the fight and eliminate cancer as a major health problem.”
Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at RelayForLife.org or by calling 800-227-2345.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
American Cancer Society Volunteer
Phone: (253) 988-8048