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Spanaway removed from Historic Preservation Grants

Proposal No. R2017-121: A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Approving the 2018 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Fund Disbursement as Recommended by the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission.

The commission removed the Spanaway Community Association proposal for historic road signs. Spanaway, as a community altered after the Growth Management Act and losing its original community character proposed to have some of its history preserved just as other communities in Pierce County have been allowed through county funds. This hearing on November 14 at 3:00 p.m. is the last chance to convince the county council to approve the additional grant request. The funds ARE available according to the original committee, yet the chopped it off anyway.

Call or email your councilperson immediately if you feel it should be restored and funded.

Exhibit 1 A to Resolution No. R2017-121

 Council  District Building Applications – Ranked In Order Funded Amount
2 Northpoint Cooperative Preschool–Plumbing Replacement ,000
7 PenMet Parks Arletta School-Roof & Trim Replacement ,000
2 Points NE Historical Society–Generator Bldg Restoration ,700
6 Steilacoom Historical Society–Orr House/Wagon Shop Windows ,000
6 Pacific Lutheran University-Harstad Hall Masonry Restoration ,000
4 Kilcup/Rebecca House 224 N Yakima Ave-Window Repair ,000
4 Knights of Pythias 926-½ Broadway- LED Light Replacement $ 2,000
7 Fox Island Chapel Preservation Society-Floor Replacement $ 9,013
TOTAL ,713

Council District Non-Building Applications – Ranked In Order Funded Amount
4 Tacoma Historical Society- Collection Care/On-Line Catalog ,990
7 Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society-Shenandoah Restoration ,000
County Wide History Ink- Writing Our History: Pierce County History On-Line ,000
County Wide Shanaman Sports Museum–Pierce Co. Sports History Narrative ,000
4 Pierce County Superior Court- Courthouse History Project ,000
7 Key Peninsula Historical Society- Collection Care Storage ,000
7 Slavonian American Benevolent Society: Preserving Our Heritage ,000
TOTAL ,990


Council District Projects Not Recommended for Funding-Ranked in Order if Funding Available
4 Historic Tacoma-Narrative Plaques & Pedestals (non-bldg) ,791
2 McMillin School/Grange #848-Entry Hall Restoration (bldg) ,061
4 Buffalo Soldiers Museum: Honoring Past/Embracing Future (non-bldg) ,000
 3 Spanaway Community Assn– Historic Road Names (non-bldg) ,895
6 Lakewood Historical Society–Historic Marker/Research (non-bldg) ,000
TOTAL ,747

 Council District Projects Removed From Consideration by Applicant/LHPC-Requested Amount
3 Forterra-Wildlife Preserve Barn – Roof Repairs – Applicant Removal ,675
4 Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary – Roof Stabilization – LHPC Removal ,000
TOTAL ,675


HIGH Capacity Transit Corridor – soon

Alexandra Mather, the Government and Community Relations Officer for Pierce Transit and her colleague, Darin Stavish, are going to share some information on a Pierce Transit project to build a high capacity transit corridor (HCT) – from downtown Tacoma to Spanaway along SR -7.

They would like to engage citizens, give you more information and invite you to join them at some upcoming open houses.

In particular:

Wednesday, 11/15   1:00 -4:00 pm Pacific Lutheran University Anderson University Center, Room 201

Thursday, 11/16   4:00 -7:00 pm    Spanaway Elementary School Library – 412 165th Street S – Spanaway 98387

Transit Open House 2017

Can’t make it to one of the open houses? Not a problem. They have created a Virtual Open House where you can learn more about HCT and provide feedback.




Alexandra Mather, Government & Community Relations Officer | T: 253-365-5937 Darin L. Stavish, AICP, Principal Planner | T: 253.983.3329 3701 96th St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 | piercetransit.org

Also Note:

Pierce Transit is accepting applications to fill three vacancies on its Community Transportation Advisory Group (CTAG). CTAG members serve an important role as informed stakeholders, providing feedback on Pierce Transit’s proposed plans, policies and services, and acting as communication links between Pierce Transit and their various networks. Applicants must either reside, be actively employed, volunteer or be a full-time student within the Pierce Transit service area. The CTAG group meets once monthly.

Application materials may be obtained at Pierce Transit’s website, piercetransit.org/ctag-application, or at Pierce Transit Administrative Offices, 3701 96th Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (served by Routes 3, 4, and 48). Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 22, 2017.

Interviews will take place the week of Dec. 11, with new member orientation in Jan. 2018.  For more details about the application and selection process, contact Pierce Transit Business Partnership Administrator Penny Grellier at 253.589.6886, pgrellier@piercetransit.org.

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Wetlands in Pierce County

The area of Pierce County south of the City of Tacoma and north of Eatonville lies on what is called a sole source aquifer (SSA). unless you are drinking “Tacoma Water” that Tacoma Public Utilities pulls from the Green River watershed, you are probably drinking water from that aquifer. Even JBLM sits on that aquifer. It is essentially one connected giant water source underground, fed by rainwater. Note the word connected.

Sole Source Aquifers are governed and protected by special state and federal laws. Ours is designated in the Federal Register. Some contamination has already been noted on parts of JBLM and wells were shut down. Some contamination has been noted in wells close to the dump that was fought, but still sited south of Graham on 304th Street. This is serious business.

Daily, our Pierce County Planning and Land Services Department is approving developments that are not on the sewer system. These lots, under state law, are governed by the Washington State Department of Health regulation regarding the Sole Source Aquifer they are being built over, when it comes to specification regarding septic systems. But… Pierce County has allegedly been using people without proper credentials to make decision regarding wetlands delineations and Tacoma Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) is making decision regarding septic systems that have allowed these systems on smaller than appropriate lots sizes.

When there is a presence of water on a property, the parcel has to be delineated by a professional trained in groundwater and hydric soils, and who knows that this testing, under the law, can only be done at the wettest time of the year.  Under federal law, USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) requires a construction permit to disturb hydric parcels over 1 acre.  Septic systems REQUIRE a parcel of at least 12,500 square feet.

Stay tuned. This is becoming a bigger issue in several new developments as several of our Land Use Advisory people try to push back against a county that is trying to move full speed ahead to build an urban area over the top of this SSA from Parkland and Spanaway to South Hill and Frederickson. PLEASE look up when your LUAC meetings are held and attend.