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Category: Milton


Milton approves joint resolution with Fife, Edgewood that rejects Pierce Transit cuts, moves ahead alternative proposal

The Milton City Council unanimously approved a joint resolution with Fife and Edgewood that rejects Pierce Transit’s plan for cuts to service in the three cities and proposes an alternative to soften the blow of the reductions.

Last month both Fife and Edgewood city councils approved the resolution, which will move to the Pierce Transit board for review upon Milton’s approval of the resolution at a special study session Monday night.

The planned transit cuts are part of a sweeping reduction in Pierce Transit service across Pierce County. The affected routes in the Milton area include Routes 501 and 402,

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Mayor movement the theme for Pierce County elections filing week

Several East Pierce County cities and towns could experience a leadership shake-up after the November election, as a number of mayor positions are up for grabs and others have attracted challengers.

Election season started this week as candidates officially filed with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for races in the Aug. 6 primary and the Nov. 5 general election.

Cities and towns with outgoing mayors include Puyallup, Orting, Eatonville and Edgewood. Incumbent mayors in Sumner, Bonney Lake and Milton all will face challengers.

In Eatonville, four candidates filed to run for mayor after Ray Harper opted not to seek a

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Three incumbents face challengers in Milton mayor, City Council elections

Philip (Marty) Lelli, Jr. filed to challenge incumbent Mayor Debra Perry in Milton, according to the Pierce County elections website.

City Council members Todd Morton and Bryan W. Ott also face challengers.

Cheryl Reid-Simons filed for Council Position 3 against Ott, and Leonard Sanderson filed for Position 5 versus Morton.

Also, council members Lois Zaroudny and  Bart Taylor are running unopposed for Council Position 1 and 2.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682


Fife-Milton-Edgewood Chamber luncheon focuses on state Route 167 completion

The Fife-Milton-Edgewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting an informative luncheon about the state Route 167 project, according to a chamber press release.

The luncheon is at the Emerald Queen Casino 1-5 Bridge Nightclub on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. It will provide attendees who, what and why information related to the project, according to the release.

A coalition of business leaders and government officials have been pushing for state funding to connect state Route 167 with Interstate 5, one of many transportation issues that are on hold pending a special legislative session.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682


Early election results show strong support for all measures except Bonney Lake park district


Early results showed voters apparently rejected creation of a park district in Bonney Lake, which would have granted the city authority to tax residents to maintain parks and recreation facilities.

The measure was one of three ballot measures in Tuesday’s special election, all of which were issues concentrated in East Pierce County.

Approval of the Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District would have created a supplemental tax and established a dedicated funding source for the management, improvement and maintenance of parks, according to the ballot’s explanatory statement.

Statutory tax limits and the district’s status

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Milton Police Department declares spaghetti war to raise funds for new station

Milton Mayor Debra Perry and Milton City Council will participate in a Spaghetti War to help pay for the completion of the new police station.

The  old library space is being converted into the new station, according to a news release from the department.

The event is Saturday, April 13, from 3-7 p.m.  There will be a spaghetti sauce challenge followed by a spaghetti dinner. Advance tickets are available at City Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event.

Attendees can enjoy dinner and enter their family sauce recipe, according to the release.

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Appeal threatening flood district denied

A hearings examiner today denied an appeal by Gig Harbor and Milton, clearing the way for the Pierce County Council to vote Tuesday to create a countywide taxing district to pay for flood control.

The two cities filed an appeal in November challenging a step that Pierce County took toward forming a flood-control zone district. A senior county planner had determined creating a countywide flood district would have no significant environmental impacts.

Hearings Examiner Edward McGuire said the cities failed to prove the county planner’s decision “was clearly erroneous.”

The appeal linked the flood control district with the

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New Milton-Edgewood library draws a crowd

A crowd waits for the new library for Milton and Edgewood to open.
People check out the relocated library in Surprise Lake Square.

The four-hour grand opening Thursday of the relocated library for Milton and Edgewood attracted 1,300 people to see and use the new facility.

Hundreds of people waited in line for the library to open at 4 p.m. Thursday at its new location in Surprise Lake Square, a strip mall at 900 Meridian Ave. E., Suite 29, in Milton. The Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library was moved from its longtime location at Milton’s City Hall complex.

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