By Paul Loveless, Steilacoom Town Administrator
- Council Meeting – September 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – September 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Civil Service – September 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the Community Center
- Planning Commission – September 9, 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
The 2013 Farmers’ Market season concluded on the 28th. Thank you to all of the vendors, staff, volunteers, and customers who continued to make this a great community event.
The Summer Concert series concluded on the 28th with Danny Vernon, the Illusion of Elvis, as our grand finale. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, acts, and individuals who participated in making the concert series a success.
Saltar’s Point Park:
Saltar’s Point Park remains closed. If anyone notices trespassers on the beach, please contact Public Safety using the non-emergency number – 253 798-4721.
Comprehensive Plan Update:
Your input is needed to update to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. Over the next several months, the Planning Commission will review the Comprehensive Plan by topic, and public input is vital to the success of this exercise. Topics to be covered are General Policies and Public Service on August 26; the Environment on September 23; Development Patterns on October 28; Housing on November 25; Economic Development on December 9 and Transportation on December 23. All meetings will be at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette Street. More information is available from Town Planner Doug Fortner at 581-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to receive advance notice of Planning Commission meetings and hearings by email? You can sign up at any Planning Commission meeting or send an email request to email@example.com.
Knotweed Eradication Program:
Since the spring of 2010, the Pierce Conservation District has been leading knotweed eradication efforts within both the Nisqually and South Prairie Creek Watersheds.
Knotweed can affect the health of an ecosystem by competing with and crowding out native vegetation, reducing nutrient inputs which can negatively affect aquatic food webs, contributing to erosion of lands, and destroying prime habitat for local fish and wildlife. Since knotweed’s primary form of distribution is through root and stem fragmentation, the flowing waters of rivers, creeks and streams serve as prime candidates for its dispersal.
Believed to have arrived in Washington State around the 1930’s, knotweed has become widely established along many of our local waterways and are causing detrimental effects on local riparian and wetland habitats.
The Town is partnering with the PCD in an attempt to eradicate knotweed on both public and private property within the Town. Our target eradication date is September 12, 2013. If you believe you have knotweed on your property and would allow representatives of the Town and PCD to enter your property and treat the infestation, then please contact:
Knotweed Control Program Manager
Scarecrow Fest Coming Soon:
The recent rains are a reminder that Fall is just around the corner That means the STEILACOOM GARDEN CLUB’S Scarecrow contest is just a few weeks away. Scarecrows may no longer keep pesky crows out of cornfields, but they can be a fun and colorful way to welcome fall. To enter, just sign up at the bulletin board between Key bank and Bair Bistro, at the Steilacoom Community Center or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Then, create a scarecrow depicting this year’s theme, CELEBRATING THE APPLE (the annual Apple Squeeze is Oct. 6th). Scare crows need to be displayed at your home or business by Oct.1st and winners will be notified by the 15th. Be on the lookout too for a return of some other spirited scarecrows hanging around the downtown area – tis the season for fun
We will be contacting the top 15-18 candidates on the entry level list. We expect to conduct entry level oral boards in early October with a target CJTC Academy date of February 2014.
Streets and Storm:
Sequalish Street Project;
Contracts are being routed for signature. We anticipate a pre-construction meeting will be held the second week of September. The contractor has already begun providing submittals for materials and is identifying potential staging areas.
Lafayette Street Overlay Project:
95% design plans were provided by the engineers and submitted to WSDOT for review. The Town received the environmental approval and staff requested the construction funding obligation from WSDOT Local Programs. Once that approval is obtained, we will be able to advertise the project subject to WSDOT approval of the advertisement. Unless WSDOT approval is received soon, this project may need to be delayed.
The crew was called out on Thursday night to address local flooding issues created by the eradicate storm patterns. Some of the areas impacted included the mill site (water of Chambers Creek Road), the 5th Street Waterway (heavy debris in the trash racks), and several catch basins overtopped throughout Town.
The crew repaired the program logic at the Sunnyside Pump Station, troubleshot issues with the SCADA communication system, and performed other system maintenance.
The Crew continued working on hydrant maintenance, assisted with the localized flooding response, and performed other system maintenance.
Parks and Grounds:
The crew assisted with the set-up for the Farmers’ Market and performed other parks and buildings maintenance activities.
Turn lane to be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West:
A turn lane will be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West in University Place to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection. Construction will begin Aug. 15 and is expected to be complete in the beginning of September. Motorists should expect delays in the immediate vicinity of the work.
Traffic currently backs up on Chambers Creek Road as cars wait to turn left onto 64th Street West. The project will provide designated left and right turn lanes from Chambers Creek Road.
The project comes following a traffic study conducted on Chambers Creek Road to measure the impact the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion would have on commuters. The expansion project is projected to temporarily add an estimated 400 workers at the peak of construction beginning in December.