Gary Wusterbarth, Steilacoom High School’s basketball coach/civics instructor, requires his students to attend the local community’s public meetings: council, planning commission, Preservation and Review Board, etc., as part of their curriculum.
A refresher course in Civics is also worthwhile for Town residents.
At the Feb. 4 council meeting Mayor Ron Lucas, a retired Tacoma School District teacher, offered an informal Civics Lesson to the attendees.
About 25 residents filled the chairs during the monthly meeting, primarily to hear more about the still-shuttered Saltar’s Point Beach access. Their attendance, no doubt, was prompted by the article in that day’s News Tribune that featured pros and cons about the inability of residents to access this gravel beach south of town.
Concerns about the recent rash of burglaries also were on residents’ minds.
Mayor Lucas explained about the council’s role and that of the administrator, town attorney and public works director, who also attend each meeting.
Police Chief Ron Schaub reported on progress to date in the efforts to arrest individuals responsible for 14 recent burglaries.
Besides stressing that residents should be more alert to their surroundings—“err on the side” of caution—the Mayor emphasized, he also indicated that residents can get more information about the progress on the crime situation by visiting the town’s webpage at www.ci.steilacoom.wa.us.
One resident suggested that Block Watch programs be re-instated, and the Mayor agreed.
The Mayor also stressed that residents should talk more to one another, share information, and regularly read the Mayor’s Monthly Report in the on-line issue of Around Town—the town’s newsletter.
Making time to attend regular council meetings is also advised.
Citizens, and the community at large, benefit from active participation. There’s lots to do.
Phone 581-1912 for more information about upcoming agendas and activities in Steilacoom, celebrating 160 years in 2014.