By Paul Loveless, Steilacoom Town Administrator
- Council Meeting – January 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – January 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Civil Service – February 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Community Center
- Planning Commission – January 13, 2014 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 Christmas Treecycling Drop-Off will be held on the weekend of January 4th & 5th, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day at the Public Works (1030 Roe Street) utility yard. The annual event serves as a primary community recycling event and fund-raiser for Steilacoom Boy Scout Troop #71. A suggested minimum donation of $3.00 per tree will be collected in support of the Scouts.
We can only accept Christmas trees that have been cleaned of all decorations including lights, tinsel, garland, nailed-on bases, etc. Sorry, no flocked trees, wreaths or other vegetation accepted at this event. Scouts will pick up and recycle cleaned trees from Steilacoom residents for an extra $3 per tree ($6 total). Please call (253) 370-1883, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., for information and pickup reservations.
Recycling your tree through our annual event supports both our community conservation efforts and the Scouts from Steilacoom Troop #71. Hope to see you on the weekend of January 4th & 5th. Thank You and Happy Holidays!
Community Work Party – Madrona Park Backbone Trail:
We are getting the year off to a productive start with our first Parks & Trails work party this Sunday, 1 to 3 PM, on the Backbone Trail in the back of the Madrona Park area.
The Backbone Trail is a walking path that goes from the top of Chambers Bay Drive to Puget Drive. We will be meeting at 1 PM at the end of Queets Street, which is toward the Chambers Bay Dr. side of the trail. This is the area where we can be most helpful. We will finish by 3 PM. Water, fruit, and light refreshments will be on hand.
Our goals are:
1) remove ivy and blackberry vines which are growing onto the pathway
2) remove some of the dirt that has washed up onto the steps
3) remove graffiti which is present along the lower part of the trail.
4) have an enjoyable and productive afternoon with great company!
Work gloves, shovels, eye protection, and hoes will be available. You are welcome to bring your own work gloves and tools if you would like.
Please contact Nancy Henderson if you have any questions: 253-584-7284. The weather should be perfect for working outdoors! Thank you for making Steilacoom an even better place to live.
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. Staff continues to work with BNSF officials pursuing design of a replacement structure.
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. Remaining topics to be covered are; Economic Development on January 13, and Transportation on January 27. 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.
PSO Justin Hamrick started January 2nd. Justin comes to us from the Washington State Patrol. He will be starting his FTO and EMT training shortly.
Det. Yabe is continuing to process the final batch of entry level candidates. We expect to be able to make a hiring decision in late January.
Public Safety will be performing traffic emphasis patrols along Union Avenue focusing on speeding, failure to come to a complete stop at stop signs, and driving while distracted.
Streets and Storm:
Sequalish Street Project;
The contractor suspended work this next week with the exception of some water line testing (which eventually passed). Work on the project will recommence Monday.
We are currently reviewing an option to extend the planned improvements on the unpaved portion of Wilkes Street south of Sequalish Street up to Washington Street. Staff will bring additional information to Council at their January meeting.
The crew focused on right-of-way maintenance, street sweeping, along with assisting other crews.
The crew repaired a secondary power service on Nisqually Street and performed end of month readings.
The crew continued coordinating the testing of the water main on Sequalish Street along with performing other system maintenance.
Parks and Grounds:
The crew assisted our Eagle Scout candidate with his trail sign project near Saltar’s Point School, worked with Nancy Henderson preparing for this Sunday’s Community Work Party event along the Madrona Backbone Trail, and performed other building maintenance.
Air Systems is repairing faulty piping in the HVAC system at Public Safety.
The Kiwanis Winefest is scheduled for January 24, 2014 at the McGavick Center. Tickets are $40 each and are available from any Kiwanis member and/or at the Public Works Building front desk.