- Council Meeting – March 5, 2019, at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Planning Commission – March 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.
- Civil Service Commission – March 7, 2019, at 2 PM at the Community Center
- Preservation and Review Board – March 27, 2019 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.
Parks – Community Work Party:
It’s a miracle! The forecast for 3 March, Sunday afternoon, is sunny and 44 degrees–perfect weather for another volunteer work party.
Please join us this coming Sunday from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Community Center Woods to remove ivy from the trees. With enough volunteers, we should be able to take care of every tree in the woods. The sign in sheet will be on the table in the basketball court.
There will be some garden pruners, work gloves, and safety glasses on hand. Bring your own tools if you have them. A hand saw (or battery-powered hand saw) for übervines, small pry bars, hammer, and strong garden pruners are good tools for removing the ivy.
3 Steps to Remove Ivy from Trees
- Use garden clippers to cut ivy at the bottom around the entire trunk of all infested trees. …
- Pull all ivy vines out of the ground around the base of the tree.
- Once cut, leave ivy on the tree. Pulling the vines away from the tree can damage the bark, leaving the tree’s delicate cambium and phloem vulnerable to desiccation and disease.
The sap of English ivy can cause a rash in sensitive individuals. Always wear gloves and protective clothing when dealing with ivy or any plant, to prevent irritation.
Questions? Contact Nancy Henderson at 253-584-7284
Illegal Dumping on Town Property:
It is illegal to discard/leave items on Town property. Town property includes rights-of-way, open space, parks, and other facilities. We have recently seen an increase in animal waste (both bagged and open), appliances, furniture, etc. left on Town property. Live next to a park or open space area? It is also illegal to place yard waste or other materials in the park or open space even if it is “just right behind your home”. The fine for illegal dumping is $250 per occurrence.
Tree City USA Award:
The Town’s Tree City USA application was approved by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Town of Steilacoom was again granted this designation.
The Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom is collecting the Monopoly board pieces being distributed by Albertsons and Safeway.
If you are not playing the Monopoly game yourself and would like to help the children in our community, please collect the game pieces that are distributed with your purchases. You can place your game pieces in a container at the container at the Public Works office.
Well City Award:
The Town of Steilacoom met all 40 of the Well City Award requirements established by the AWC Employee Benefit Trust. In recognition of this achievement, Town of Steilacoom has earned a 2% discount on all AWC Trust medical premiums in 2020. Congratulations to the Town’s Wellness Committee Members of Pauline Monk, Micki Sterbick, and Denise Bollman who helped shepherd the rest of the employees through this process.
Region 5 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update:
Town staff in conjunction with Pierce County and other jurisdictions is in the process of updating the Region 5 Hazard Mitigation Plan. FEMA requires the Council be notified that this process is underway because eventually the plan will come before the Council for approval.
Traditionally at this time of year and this year has been no exception, individuals will receive phone calls, emails, texts, etc. from individuals claiming to be from the IRS, Social Security, or even the utility company threatening dire consequences unless the individual provide them funds via gift card, credit, cash, etc. These are scams. Most governmental agencies will never demand immediate payment especially not one utilizing a gift card. If you receive such a call, do not provide the individual any information, simply hang up.
If you observe suspicious activity, please contact Public Safety – non-emergency number – (253) 798-4721 as soon as possible. To anonymously report suspicious activity please email the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Streets and Storm:
The crew focused on recovering and rehabilitating equipment from the recent storms; restocking supplies in preparation for any possible future events; applied brine in response as part of our snow and ice control plan and the current weather; swept roads and performed right of maintenance; repaired damaged traffic control signs; and performed other maintenance activities.
Steilacoom Boulevard Project:
Staff reviewed the bids and worked with the granting agencies to obtain concurrence to award the construction contract.
Pacific-Washington Street Project:
Staff conducted a neighborhood meeting with residents living along the project limits on Thursday to review and discuss the project.
The crew removed and reinstalled a street light in the 600 block of 2nd Street; performed utility disconnections and reconnections due to nonpayment; worked with the service provider to repair the Community Center stove; installed a temporary power service in the 2100 block of Rainier Street; performed end-of-month readings; and performed other system maintenance.
The crew replaced a side sewer lateral in the 600 block of 2nd Street; inspected a new side-sewer installation in the 500 block of Galloway Street; inspected a side-sewer repair in the 2400 block of Western Road; compiled information for the Gray and Osborne water system study; jetted sewers throughout the Town; and performed other systems’ maintenance.
Parks, Buildings and Grounds:
The crew removed branches and fallen trees from trails throughout Town; prepared for an Eagle Scout installation of playground amenities at Cormorant Park scheduled for March 2nd; cleared a sewer plug at the Community Center; pruned fruit trees in area parks; and performed other facility maintenance.
Hoops for Heroes
AUSA – DuPont Steilacoom Chapter’s 4th Annual Hoops for Heroes. This year’s event will be held at the SHS gym on March 7th starting at 6:30 PM.
Behind the Scenes at Chambers Creek Regional Park:
The most recent video release is on Chambers Creek Regional Park: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ItPYLFnGo&feature=youtu.be.
The complete video series is called Behind the Scenes: The Employees Who Power Pierce County. Here is a link to the video series: www.piercecountywa.gov/6077/Behind-the-Scenes
The video series includes great information about Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, Sprinker Ice Arena, Pierce County Ferry, Planning and Public Works (Emergency Preparedness and the Roads Crew Team) , Fantasy Lights, Chambers Creek Regional Park, and more!
Pierce County Ferry Schedule Update:
Updated 2019 ferry schedules are now available online and at the terminal. Departure times and fares have not changed. The layout of the schedule has been updated to make it easier to read and understand. The observed dates for holiday schedules are now included.
Please note: the reservation timeline for departing Ketron Island has increased from 20 minutes to 60 minutes. As always, please call the terminal (253-588-1950) to make your reservations.
Full details about using the ferry system can be found online at: www.piercecountywa.gov/ferry.
Discuss Housing Affordability, Justice with Pierce County Library System:
The housing challenges in Pierce County go beyond the increased price to buy a home. Learn about housing affordability issues, housing justice and how to help at the Pierce County Library System’s Pierce County Conversations. The free series of discussions covers how to find resources, become a volunteer or advocate, form a strategy for housing justice and more.
“Throughout the county people have told us they want to connect with their neighbors and believe the Library System should be a place to get and share information, learn various viewpoints, and discuss community issues. Pierce County Conversations provides that neutral forum,” said the Library System’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “Affordable housing and access to housing is a serious issue in our county. This series focuses on getting information and discerning answers to be a part of the solution.”
Listen and join in the following free events:
Comprehensive Life Resources
Learn how cities with limited resources access Comprehensive Life Resources and get help for people experiencing homelessness who need services for addiction, housing and mental health issues.
Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m.
Bonney Lake Pierce County Library, 18501 90th St. E
Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m.
Summit Pierce County Library, 5107 112th St. E., Tacoma
Affordable Housing Roundtable Discussion
Join Ivette Perez-Morales, Rapid Rehousing program manager from Associated Ministries, for a roundtable discussion on affordable housing in Pierce County.
Monday, March 25, 7-8 p.m.
Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E.
Housing Justice Strategy Conversation
Join in a conversation with community members, organizers and advocates about how to make housing affordability and justice a reality in Pierce County. Panelists include members of Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee, Omari Amili, author of Transforming Society’s Failure: The Omari Amili Story and Chanel Rhymes, Washington Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission.
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
Connect with local help centers for resources related to medical services, employment, financial assistance, transportation and more. South Sound Military and Communities Partnership will provide aid kits.
Saturday, April 20, 2-4 p.m.
Tillicum Pierce County Library, 14916 Washington Ave., Lakewood
Thank you to the Pierce County Library Foundation for sponsoring Pierce County Conversations.
Learn more and find additional events at conversations.pcls.us.
Contact: Mary Getchell, Marketing and Communications Director
Office: 253-548-3428; cell: 253-229-4477