- Council Meeting – October 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall
- Civil Service – October 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Community Center.
- Planning Commission – October 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Preservation and Review Board – October 28, 2015 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.
Saltar’s Point Park Community Clean-up Project:
The Parks’ Task Force scheduled a community clean-up project at Saltar’s Point Park on September 27th from 10 AM to noon. All are invited to come and help.
Suspicious Vehicle/Driver Alert:
It has come to the Town of Steilacoom’s and the Steilacoom School District’s attention that a suspicious vehicle with a male driver has been reported in Steilacoom, DuPont, and Lakewood. All three police departments are actively involved in the monitoring of this situation and are asking that if you observe the vehicle near our schools or parks, please call 911 immediately and report.
The vehicle is a white, 2000 Ford cargo van with a delivery service logo on one side door.
DuPont and Steilacoom Police will have a visible presence in neighborhoods near the schools at school start and end times.
Student safety is top priority. Please remind child/children to:
Never accept rides or gifts from strangers
Report to his/her teacher, Principal, bus driver, police officer, or to you about any strangers seen loitering on foot or in a car near the playground or school
Try to get the license number of the car and write it down
Try to remember what the stranger looked like and how they were dressed
Try to have your child walk with a buddy if they walk to/from school
Call 911 if you have any concerns
School Zone Emphasis:
School started on Thursday, September 3, 2015. PSOs will be performing emphasis patrols in the school zones to help ensure student safety.
Sergeant Rodriguez attended a tactical handgun class.
Chief Schaub along with Attorney Hoffman, HR Director Sterbick, and Town Administrator Loveless attended a Police Liability Update class at the CJTC.
PSO Derig participated in SWAT training.
Streets and Storm:
The crew spent the week sweeping, flagging for removing a tree on Roe Street, storm and right-of-way maintenance; placing traffic counters, and coordinating with the Union Avenue contractor.
Union Avenue Grind and Overlay:
The contractor paved this week. Work will continue next week on the sidewalk ramps.
We continue to recommend individuals use alternate routes.
The crew disconnected two power services, performed street light maintenance, spliced cabling, prepared for boring work which will commence next week, and performed other system maintenance.
The crew performed meter maintenance, inventoried the radios, rewired communication radios, assisted the Electrical Crew, worked on Santa’s Sleigh, responded to two separate water leaks, inspected new services, and performed other system maintenance.
Parks, Buildings and Grounds:
Staff continued winterizing sprinkler systems and performed other parks and grounds maintenance.
Kiwanis Breakfast Fundraiser October 24, 2015
Top Side Restaurant from 8 AM to 10 AM.
Please come and support your local Kiwanis Club.
Steilacoom Apple Squeeze set for October 4:
Sunday, October 4 from 10 am to 4 p.m. is the day to celebrate apples in historic Steilacoom on the shores of Puget Sound. The 42nd annual Squeeze will be held on Lafayette Street and is a great event for all ages. It is sponsored by the Steilacoom Historical Museum to raise funds for maintaining historical properties and programs.
Press apples into cider the old-fashioned way using hand-operated presses with a delicious mix of apples provided. We also sell the award winning Lattin’s Country Cider already pasteurized in jugs. No home grown apples are accepted for pressing.
There will be toe tapping music all day. Kristi and Steve Nebel, and the Barleywine Revue will perform in addition to 40 Grit Ceiling Sanders, a Tacoma group.
Quality handcraft booths and a variety of food booths will line Lafayette Street. Crafts will include woodworking, fabric art, jewelry, basketry, pottery, and more. Many of the food booths relate to the apple such as apple pie, apple butter on bread, apple fritters, caramel apples, hot spiced cider, and cider floats. Activities for children will include games and face painting. Pony rides begin at noon.
The new 2016 Museum Calendar full of beautiful photos of Steilacoom will be hot off the press and available for sale.
Tree expert Bob Hartman and his friends will be at the Apple Identification Booth to give you information about growing apples locally. They will try to identify your unknown varieties if you bring them some apples and leaves.
Steilacoom pioneer Nathaniel Orr learned orchard management in Oregon after traveling the Oregon Trail, and was responsible for many of the orchards in the developing pioneer town. Some of his trees survive today in the Orr Orchard which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making the apple connection to this town very real.
When in Town, look for the many scarecrows around Steilacoom. They are competing for prizes in an annual contest.
The Bair Drug & Hardware Store (c. 1895), a living museum with a restaurant, The Bair Bistro, displays artifacts as well as serving food and beverage.
The Steilacoom Historical Museum as well as the Steilacoom Tribal Museum will be open. Take a self guided historic walking tour around town. For more information go to steilacoomhistorical.org or call 253-584-4133.
Steilacoom High School Luau:
Enjoy a LUAU and help support the Steilacoom High School Class of 2016 on Saturday, October 24th; at the Steilacoom Community Center from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Proceeds from the dinner and entertainment will help provide SHS seniors with a safe graduation party in June.
The buffet dinner will feature Polynesian foods including kalua pork. The program includes live entertainment by local talent, including some SHS students. The tickets are $45 pre-sale and $55 at the door, if available.
To reserve your place at the luau, bring a check made out to the SHS Booster Club to the DuPont General Store or the senior table at SHS home varsity games in September. You can also reserve a space by bringing a check to the SHS office. Parent volunteers will then contact you to confirm your reservation.
The SHS Class of 2016 will also sell raffle tickets for $5 at all SHS home varsity football games in September. Raffle prizes include a 40 inch flat screen TV, Nutribullet, 7 inch Samsung tablet and a Fitbit. Winners will be announced at the annual Red Ribbon Bazaar at SHS on Saturday, December 5th. Winners don’t have to be present to win. Email email@example.com for more information about the bazaar.
October Scarecrow Contest
The Steilacoom Garden Club is sponsoring a scarecrow contest during the month of October. We would like to see lots of scarecrows around town! This year there isn’t a designated theme, nor are we having an application process. Both changes are intended to encourage creativity and make it easy for people to participate.
Members of the Garden Club will travel around town to view and judge the scarecrows based on four criteria: originality, workmanship, costume, and use of props. We will have a category for businesses/organizations and one for residences.
To make sure we don’t miss any entries, please contact Jean Witte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-584-6658 with your name and address. Judging will take place by October 12 with prizes awarded shortly thereafter.
Oberlin Holiday Bazaar:
1603 Rainier Street Steilacoom, WA 98388
Nov.7 – 9 AM to 3 PM
The Oberlin Holiday bazaar will be held Saturday, November 7, 9 AM to 3 PM. Once again, they will be having the famous soup and sandwich luncheon available for all hungry shoppers.
Oberlin is proud to carry items that are 99% made in the USA! Help support your local businesses, artisans, and craftspeople. You will find seasonal decorations, year-round items, many gift opportunities, and you may even find something for the “hard-to-buy-for” person on your list. Don’t miss the hard to resit Bake Shop.. There will also be a silent auction and lovely Grand Prize Raffle basket, containing items from our vendors!
If you have any questions or if you are a vendor and would like to reserve a space, please call the Oberlin Church office at 584-4623.