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Category: Steilacoom


County mulling ferry schedule changes

Pierce County is soliciting public feedback as it mulls whether to adjust next year the schedule of its ferry service between Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron islands.

A final community meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Anderson Island Community Clubhouse, 11319 Yoman Road. Residents who can’t attend can submit written comments here

County staff as well as the Pierce County Ferry Committee — made up of volunteers from the town and islands — developed the options for schedule changes.

Officials say the goal is to alter the schedule to better meet the needs

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Meeting to discuss proposed changes to Steilacoom ferry

Pierce County will hold a meeting Thursday, June 14, in Steilacoom so residents  can learn more about proposed changes for the ferry.

Among the improvements, the county wants to add a ticket booth between loading lanes. It also wants to provide more room for waiting vehicles by temporarily closing Lafayette Street west of Union Avenue, adding about 12 more spaces, said Deb Wallace, the county’s airport and ferry manager.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St.

The proposed changes will be discussed on Anderson Island at the community’s advisory board meeting at 7 p.m.

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Steilacoom ferry terminal to reopen after remodel

The Steilacoom ferry terminal has been remodeled and will reopen Tuesday after being closed since January for the nearly half-million-dollar renovation. The improvements include WiFi access and energy-efficient windows.

Here’s the news release:

May 18, 2012

Remodeled ferry terminal opens May 22

The Steilacoom ferry terminal will reopen May 22 following a remodel inside and out. The terminal, located at 56 Union Ave. in Steilacoom, closed Jan. 4 for the work.

“I think our ferry patrons will be pleased with the results and enjoy spending time there,” said Deb Wallace, Pierce County Public Works and

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Pierce County Council rejects tougher fireworks restrictions

A proposal to reduce the number of days to legally ignite Fourth of July fireworks in unincorporated Pierce County went down to defeat with a thud today.

Dick Muri was the only Pierce County Council member to vote for his proposal to cut the number of days from eight to one: the holiday itself.

Several council members said restricting fireworks further was unenforceable.

“We can’t enforce the current statutes,” said council member Roger Bush. The county doesn’t have the manpower and resources to back up a stricter law, Bush said.

Council member Rick Talbert said Muri’s plan would unrealistically

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Steilacoom ferry terminal to close for renovations

The Steilacoom ferry terminal will close for four months starting the evening of Jan. 3 for renovations, Pierce County announced today.

Passengers can purchase tickets starting Jan. 4 at the temporary ticketing facility across from the terminal or online at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

A portable restroom and a covered waiting area will be available outside for passengers during construction. The remodeled terminal is expected to be completed in mid-May in time for Memorial Day traffic. The renovation will not affect ferry service between Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron Islands.

Here’s a news release on the renovation:

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Cities give cool reception to return of flood control zone

It’s coming down to the same old arguments as Pierce County and its cities weigh the formation of a countywide taxing district for flood control.

Officials from DuPont, Lakewood and Steilacoom questioned Monday night why the proposed flood control district should assess the same tax rate countywide when residents in some areas would benefit from its projects more than those living in other areas.

Lakewood City Councilman Michael Brandstetter said establishing a blanket rate “seems arbitrary given where the risk is” and favored asking property owners in the Puyallup River watershed to pay more given they’ll receive the

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Three school districts offer back-to-school freebies

Education reporter Debbie Cafazzo writes:

The Ready to Learn Fair for children in need in the Clover Park, University Place and Steilacoom school districts is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lochburn Middle School, 5431 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood.

The fair is sponsored by Caring for Kids and the City of Lakewood to assist children in those school districts who qualify for free and reduced-price school lunches.

The event includes used clothing distribution, school supplies, haircuts, immunizations (bring your child’s current immunization record), books, dental and vision screening, and more.


More on former Abitibi mill site in Steilacoom

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Some of you might have caught my story about the former Abitibi-Consolidated mill site in Steilacoom that ran in today’s print paper.

I was able to speak with Vanessa Herzog today. She is senior vice president and partner at GVA Kidder Mathews in Tacoma and the one who worked with Abitibi-Consolidated leading up to January’s sale. She is now working with the new owner, Chambers Creek LLC. It purchased the land for $4.5 million.
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