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What's New in District 5

alert.pngOpportunity to serve on the Conservation Futures and Open Space Citizens’ Advisory Board

The Conservation Futures and Open Space Citizens’ Advisory Board (CAB) is looking to fill three vacancies on the board for Pierce County Districts 1, 4 and 5. Individuals must live in the district they are representing and is a four-year term. If you are interested contact Nicole Hill at (253)798-4252 or .

To learn more about the Conservation Futures and Open Space program visit www.piercecountywa.org/cfutures.
Floodwater Protection Measures Coming for Residents of Midland

Pierce County's Flood Control Zone District - a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Pierce County Council - has announced that an unincorporated portion of the county will be the next to receive funding to help mitigate flood problems. Midland, a community north of Parkland, received word this week that $375,000 will be allocated for culvert replacement along Golden Given Road East, north of 121st Street East. County engineers plan to begin construction during the summer and hopefully resolve problems with repeated flooding of roadways and surrounding properties. Read full article here

**Volunteers Needed for Land Use Advisory Commissions**

Pierce County is seeking applicants for Land Use Advisory Commissions in Midland, Spanaway, Summit View and many other areas of Pierce County. Land Use Advisory Commissions (LUACs) typically meet monthly to review development applications and other land use issues affecting their community. If you live, or own a business, in Pierce County please consider volunteering for the LUAC in your area. Applications and more information about LUACs can be found at http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=89, or contact the Planning and Land Services Department at (253) 798-2630.

County Council to take Shoreline Amendments to Public Meetings  

Pierce County is mandated by the State to update its shoreline regulations. Learn more as the County Council prepares to take 18 shoreline amendments on the road to public meetings before the final vote on March 10, 2015. Please visit the Shoreline Update page for more information. 

Parkland-Spanaway Precinct Station Now Open

The new Parkland-Spanaway Sheriff's Department Precinct is now open in an effort to provide faster response for people living and working in the highest-crime area in unincorporated Pierce County. The precinct, which cost $3.2 million, will enable the Sheriff’s Department to more effectively fight crime along the Pacific Avenue corridor, Undersheriff Rob Masko said.

The precinct, a former strip mall near Pacific Avenue South and 141st Street Court South, is at the epicenter of the crime area along Pacific Avenue, he said. About 35 deputies and other law enforcement personnel will work out of the precinct, Masko said. The Parkland precinct will draw some deputies from the department’s only other precinct, on South Hill. A small detachment at Sprinker Recreation Center will move to the new site as well.

Masko said he expects the presence of deputies traveling to and from the precinct will create what he called a “beehive effect” and help push criminals out of the area. “Criminals don’t like to be around law enforcement,” he said. Deputies will be able to respond more quickly to major crimes such as robberies, rapes, assaults and burglaries, Masko said. Patrol, traffic and community support personnel will work out of the precinct.

“We’ll have more deputies in the area of Parkland and Spanaway for longer periods of time,” Masko said. “It will allow us to better serve the citizens in Parkland and Spanaway.”

District 5 - Neighborhoods and Communities
Council District 5 includes the following neighborhoods and communities:


 About Councilmember Talbert
Councilmember Rick Talbert was elected to the Pierce County Council in November of 2010. Prior to his election, Rick served two terms on the Tacoma City Council.    

Council & Committee Memberships

Councilmember Talbert chairs the Council's Community Development Committee and serves on the Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee. Rick also represents the county by serving on the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, and serves as the chair of the Pierce Transit Board. Rick is a co-founder of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center and serves as its board chair. He also represents the County Council on the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board and the Transportation 2040 planning group.

Councilmember Talbert has a long history of community service. Rick served as president of the Small Business Incubator, president of the East Tacoma Home and Industry Council, chair of the Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council and served on the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools.

Rick also serves on many other standing committees and external boards.

Personal Background Information
Councilmember Talbert is a lifelong resident of Pierce County. He and his wife Christy live in southeast Tacoma where they are raising their family. A graduate of Lincoln High School, Rick received his bachelors degree in political science and public administration from Western Washington University.

Councilmember Talbert is focused on streamlining Pierce County Government and placing an emphasis on quality of life issues for County residents. Rick has championed efforts to improve parks and recreation opportunities, and is actively working to clean up Pierce County's neighborhoods, by improving code enforcement, blight removal, and going after negligent property owners.    

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Rick Talbert
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Rick Talbert
District 5 Councilmember

Mark Williams
Councilmember Assistant

County-City Building
Room 1046
930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402-2176

Ph: (253) 798-6653
Fx: (253) 798-7509


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