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Archives: March 2012


Bonney Lake council tables traffic fee reduction

The Bonney Lake City Council isn’t lowering a developer fee as a way to jumpstart residential and commercial construction.

At least not yet.

The council on Tuesday night tabled an ordinance that would temporarily reduce by 25 percent the city’s traffic impact fee rates for most projects. Projects with very little traffic impact, such as a single-family home, wouldn’t have to pay at all.

City Administrator Don Morrison said council members wanted more time to discuss and deliberate the proposed changes.

Developers pay the fee to soften the impacts of their projects on a community’s roads and traffic flow.

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Egg farm in Roy donates 43,200 eggs to food bank

Wilcox Farms, an egg farm in Roy, is donating 43,200 eggs to the Emergency Food Network as part of a national effort to ensure needy families receive protein-filled foods.

The farm joins hundreds of others contributing eggs to an effort organized by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America.The goal is to gather 10 million fresh eggs for food banks across the country.

More than 110,000 people in Pierce County seek food assistance each month and foods with protein are critical to have on hand because 53 percent of those in need are children and seniors, according to the Food

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Pierce council clears path for Lakewood park handoff

The Pierce County Council cleared the way today for Fort Steilacoom Park to become a true city park by approving a three-year maintenance agreement with Lakewood.

The county will pay the city $50,000 a year to offset Lakewood’s cost to maintain the 340-acre regional park through 2014, when the county will terminate its lease agreement with the state. Lakewood would then negotiate a lease with the state.

County Council member Dick Muri described the park as the “crown jewel” of the Lakewood area.

Muri said it’s the right time to hand over the park to Lakewood.

The City of

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Volunteers sought for community planting at Chinese Reconciliation Park

Attention, green thumbs.

The City of Tacoma is looking for volunteers for a community planting Thursday at Chinese Reconciliation Park.

The event is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the waterfront park, 1741 N. Schuster Parkway.

The Tacoma Garden Club donated $1,500 worth of plants. JA Brennan and Associates, which donated $2,400 to the project, has created a landscaping plan for the park.

Plants, fertilizing soil, irrigation materials and equipment will be present for participants.

The community planting was organized by the Tacoma Garden Club and the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation.


Dinner raises money for Junior ROTC

Members of the Clover Park High School Air Force Junior ROTC program are raising funds to support their travel to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in July. Clover Park students will represent Washington state in armed and unarmed drill events at the convention in Reno, Nev.

To support the trip, they’re hosting a spaghetti dinner Saturday March 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 91 hall, 2000 S. Union Ave., Tacoma.

The cost of the dinner is $8 for those ages 8 and over, and $4 for younger diners.


Candlelight vigil for Tacoma principal

A candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 28) at Lowell Elementary School in memory of Principal Bob Dahl, who died March 18 after a short illness.

The outdoor program will be held in the back playground at Lowell. The program will feature bagpipers, candle lighting, speakers, a short presentation and music from the Lowell chorus.

The public is welcome to use the nearby parking lot at St. Patrick school and church. Refreshments will be served following the program in the Lowell auditorium.

For more information, contact the school at 253-571-7200.


College Success Foundation gets new Tacoma director

Steve Smith has joined the College Success Foundation – Tacoma as its new director.

The Tacoma branch of College Success serves students in all five of the city’s comprehensive public high schools and some middle schools with its high school/college readiness programs.

Smith has nearly 25 years of experience in the college arena. He has held administrative positions in admissions, student affairs, community relations and diversity services at local colleges including the University of Puget Sound, University of Washington Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University.

He has been active in Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8, the Franciscan Foundation Board, City Club of Tacoma

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Eatonville School Board interviews candidates for board seat

Members of the Eatonville School Board will interview six potential candidates to fill a vacancy on the school board.

The board meets March 28 in the district board room, 200 Lynch St. W. An executive session is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. to consider contracts, personnel issues and real estate. The board will convene in open session beginning at 7 p.m.

Candidates who have applied for the board seat are Jeff Lucas, Jason Bond, John “Chip” Upchurch, Robert “Bob” Callahan, Jason James and Dale Bamford.