- Council Meeting – July 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – June 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Civil Service – July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Community Center
- Planning Commission – June 9, 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.
Construction in Town and Safety Measures:
Town staff and the various contractors have erected signs, barricades, and other safety devices alerting the public to the work. Please adhere to the notices/restrictions. If you see someone moving or not adhering to the safety measures, please notify staff.
Fair Weather Security Precautions:
Spring may have finally sprung and the warm weather has led to more people working in their yards. Please remember to keep your doors secured and garage doors closed even if you are only in the backyard so that your home is not an easy target for burglars.
Block Watch Program:
PSO Feleppa focused on this project this week as part of his light duty assignment.
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist will be meeting with the Department next week to provide training on current issues.
PSO Hamrick will complete EMT school on Wednesday, June 12th.
Oral Board Panel:
An oral board for 10 entry level candidates is scheduled for June 9th. Successful candidates, once certified by the Civil Service Commission, will be added to the ongoing certified list.
In-Car Camera System:
The Coban equipment arrived Thursday. Staff will be coordinating with Systems for Public Safety to install the equipment and Greg Halter, the Town’s IT professional, for installing the server.
Puget Sound Regional Council – Transportation Award Recommendations:
The Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) met yesterday to review transportation award applications. The Town submitted three project applications and funding is being recommended for two of them. The projects being recommended are:
- Steilacoom Blvd. – Puyallup Street to Phillips Road design for nonmotorized improvements. This project will be executed in partnership with the City of Lakewood. No construction funding is included.
- Union Avenue grind and overlay. This project encompasses a grind and overlay on Union Avenue from the edge of Town to the ferry dock.
The next steps in the process are that the recommendations will be reviewed by the PCRC, adjustments, if any, will be made, and the recommended list will be forwarded to the PSRC which will review it later this Summer. This funding is for the 2015-2017 construction cycle. Congratulations to Mark Burlingame, Public Works Director, and the team from Gray and Osborne, for their work on these applications.
Sequalish Street Project;
Work continued on grading sidewalks and driveways from Chambers Street to Union Avenue in preparation for pouring concrete. Although some concrete was poured this week, that will be the focus of the project next week.
Lafayette Street Project:
WSDOT conducted their walk-thru inspection onr June 5th. Federal funding was obtained for a portion of this project so WSDOT must sign off on the complete project prior to acceptance. We have not received their report yet, however, we anticipate a fewer punchlist items being generated.
Streets and Storm:
The crew focused on right-of-way maintenance (right-of-way mowing and street sweeping) and spraying. Additionally, we continued our annual traffic count program and worked with the contractor on Sequalish Street.
The crew performed work along Sequalish Street in conjunction with the Town’s reconstruction project, moving primary and secondary wires. The crew also repaired a pump at the Marietta Street lift station, and continued working with the contractor at the substation.
The crew continued to work on the SCADA radio system to resolve communication issues. We will be meeting with a specialized contractor next week in an attempt to troubleshoot and resolve ongoing challenges. Additionally, the inspected a sewer service on Pamela Place, repaired a water service in the 1300 block of Sequalish Street, and performed other system maintenance.
Parks and Grounds:
The crew focused on mowing the parks, activating sprinkler systems, and applying herbicides. Also, they continued installing the new reader boards at the 4 main entry points to Town.
Steilacoom High School National Honor Society Students Bark the Park:
This year—the 11th one for the NHS group—about 40 youths, equipped with gloves—“mostly left-handed gloves,” noted NHS president, Sam Thornton, spent two hours on May 30, removing weeds and replacing worn cedar wood chips.
The group’s annual Community Service project makes them feel proud for their contribution to Steilacoom.
Each spring the NHS kids show up, and their efforts have made a difference there—from removing invasive English ivy, to giving the popular playground a fresher look.
When their work was finished NHS advisor Mrs. Roberta Black treated the workers to pizzas and had them pose for a group photo—complete with their left-handed gloves.
Perkins Park, adjacent to Union Ave. and Martin St., was dedicated in 1972 with a commemorative stone in honor of Dr. Mary Perkins, Steilacoom’s first woman doctor.
(Nancy Covert – Suburban Times – 6/3/2014)
QUESTIONS – Call Paul Loveless at 253.983.2074