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Navigating Your County Goverment, Part IV Navigating Your County Goverment, Part IV
With four levels of “elected” governments (federal, state, county, city) to track, I know how difficult it is to stay abreast of the issues. The purpose of this e-newsletter is to share a feature of the county’s system to help you stay informed and save time, as well as to inform you of specific legislation for which many have asked to be updated.
Brief update for the 3rd District Brief update for the 3rd District
If you haven’t marked your calendar already, please let this note be a reminder to attend the Council’s in-district meeting next Tuesday at 6:30 in Eatonville’s Community Center. There will be many topics covered. Your participation is encouraged. At the end of the meeting, anyone may speak for 3 minutes to the Council about any topic of their choice concerning county government.
Please Mark Your Calendars for September 29 Please Mark Your Calendars for September 29
The Pierce County Charter requires each council member to host one evening council meeting in each district, each calendar year. Last year, the 3rd District meeting was in Ashford and it was held in Graham the year before. This year, I am pleased to announce that my in-district meeting will be at the Eatonville Community Center, September 29th, starting at 6:30 pm. The address is 305 Center St. West.
Navigating Your Government, Part II Navigating Your Government, Part II
Recently, my office has received solid waste and drug house complaints, as well as vagrant issues in family neighborhoods. Since the proper role of government is to protect its citizens, I want you to be aware of the programs in place to assist in these matters. Pierce County Responds (PCR) is the county agency that acts as a clearing house to receive and investigate complaints, provide technical assistance to property owners and organize community-based solutions for code enforcement in unincorporated Pierce County. Information for cities can be found on their website as well.
End of August update from Councilmember Jim McCune End of August update from Councilmember Jim McCune
Next Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Pierce County Council chamber (10th floor, 930 Tacoma Ave. S.), there will be a special meeting of the Community Development Committee. Two items will be discussed:
August E-Newsletter August E-Newsletter
The Council is scheduled to address the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan during the 3:00 p.m. meeting on August 11. You may recall that the County Executive vetoed the plan that passed 7-0 on June 30. Also, the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center invites the community to a Social Security benefits presentation.
Celebrate the 4th Safely with No Regrets! Celebrate the 4th Safely with No Regrets!
The 4th of July holiday is quickly approaching. The tents for selling fireworks are popping up all over the county. While the reason for celebrating our independence is best summed up in the words of John Adams-
A successful first U.S. Open for Pierce County A successful first U.S. Open for Pierce County
After a busy week of spectators, golfers and media occupying Pierce County, the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay closed with a nail-biting finish. The U.S. Open was the largest event ever hosted by the county. From scenery to food and the distinctive architecture of the links style course, the beautiful Pacific Northwest created a unique experience for players and spectators that is sure to keep them coming back for years to come.
Comprehensive Plan update Comprehensive Plan update
On Monday, June 8, please make plans to attend the Community Development Committee (CDC) hearing at HARBOR RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL, 9010 Prentice Ave., Gig Harbor, WA 98332. This meeting is focused on rural issues.
You can attend a special Community Development meeting You can attend a special Community Development meeting
The purpose of this e-newsletter is to inform you of your county government’s need for your advisement on consolidating the Comprehensive Plan (the county’s massive land-use plan for your property), 2015-33. This review exercise is required by the Growth Management Act every two years. A series of Community Development Committee hearings will be held in June, each meeting covering specific topics. The schedule is below. I hope you will be able to attend.
Public safety meeting and upcoming parks dedication Public safety meeting and upcoming parks dedication
I wanted to remind you about the South Sound 911 public safety building meeting coming up tomorrow night. I hope you all can come out to listen, learn more about the project and voice your opinion. Also, I'm pleased to report that the expansion of Ashford Park is now complete and we'll be dedicating the second phase early next month. You can read more about that below.
You're invited to a public meeting on safety You're invited to a public meeting on safety
I wanted to make sure you were invited to a public meeting on the new Public Safety Communications Center on Thursday, May 14th, at 6 p.m. at Graham Fire & Rescue Station 94, 23014 70th Ave. E. in Graham. The center was approved by Pierce County citizens in 2011.
More on the County's proposed General Services Building More on the County's proposed General Services Building
This week’s newsletter is to provide a quick update regarding the proposed General Services Building . You may remember from a previous e-mail, I was opposed to the idea of a new building in the first place, and even voted against the funding for the preliminary design. Also, the more I look at the 63-20 financing plan, the less impressed I am with its selling points of saving money and providing a guaranteed price - which would not include change orders.
Navigating your County government Navigating your County government
Our daily lives can be complicated enough, then you get a postcard or an e-mail from a government agency (federal, state or local) seeking your input regarding policies for water, farmland, wildlife, transportation, or any number of issues that have direct consequences to your personal estate. How can anyone possibly keep up? What is a person to do?
March update for the 3rd District March update for the 3rd District
I am very optimistic that the 3rd Council District will (hopefully in the near future) have a unique park with the ability to host world–class rowing events, in addition to offering educational and aquatic-based opportunities at Kapowsin Lake. Also, I am pleased to share the story of an award presented to Rick Adams of Ashford.
Anti-trafficking forum invite Anti-trafficking forum invite
Friends and neighbors, I realize this is a late notice; however, I did not want to you to miss the opportunity to attend this informational meeting if your schedule permits. Please see the information below. I hope you can attend.
Resolution could halt County's suit against citizen Resolution could halt County's suit against citizen
A referendum to require a public vote was filed shortly after the ordinance passed. I’m sure most of you are aware that the County Executive directed the County Prosecutor to sue the citizen who filed the referendum to bring the GSB to a vote of the people. Tomorrow, the Council will present a resolution requesting that the prosecutor drop the lawsuit.
Why I voted against Pierce County's proposed General Services Building Why I voted against Pierce County's proposed General Services Building
On February 17, the Council voted (described by some as “bold” and “showing leadership”) to allow the County to issue tax-exempt bonds to build a state-of-the-art, 330,000 sq. foot, General Services Building. We must live with – and pay for – the consequences of this decision for decades. I believe benefits were overstated, costs were underestimated and we were presented with a false urgency.
Winter 2014 Mailed Newsletter Winter 2014 Mailed Newsletter
Protecting your property rights, looking at the complicated and confusing I-502, cracking down on human trafficking, Pierce County's 2015 budget breakdown, and road construction updates in the 3rd Council District.
Ashford Council Meeting Invitation Ashford Council Meeting Invitation
Once a year, each council member hosts a regularly-scheduled council meeting in their district. Last year, our meeting was held at the Graham fire station. This year, we’re heading deeper into the district.
Summer 2014 E-Newsletter Summer 2014 E-Newsletter
It’s that time of year when we receive inquiries about fireworks in unincorporated Pierce County. Fireworks can be a contentious issue, as many of us live in closer proximity to each other and much of our livestock and pets are not conditioned to the sounds of fireworks. Please be cognizant and respectful of your neighbor’s property and privacy by adhering to the law.
2013 Printed Newsletter 2013 Printed Newsletter
There are many issues where government needs your input in order to provide the necessary services for your success and wellbeing. Here are some areas of interest pertinent to county government that may concern you. Your responses will help me to serve you better.