COUNTYWIDE BURN BAN CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
Due to dry weather, both now and in forecasts, Pierce County’s fire marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared a countywide burn ban effective Thursday, July 12 at 8 a.m., until further notice.
The burn ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning. The ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are allowed under the ban.
Recreational fires must:
- Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds and not be used as debris disposal;
- Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
- Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
- Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire, such as hand tools and a charged garden hose or not less than two five-gallon buckets of water; and
- No burning when winds exceed five miles per hour.
The ban applies only to residents in unincorporated Pierce County. For residents of incorporated Pierce County cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.
If you have an approved burn permit from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and/or your property falls under the jurisdiction of DNR, you are advised to call 1 (800) 323-BURN for more information.
For current information, please call the Pierce County Burn Ban hotline at (253) 798-7278.
WOODARDS GIVES STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION
The following is a statement from Mayor Victoria Woodards regarding immigration:
“There is great concern across the country and here in Tacoma on the separation of immigrant families, and I share that concern. It’s because of this that I am proud to have joined with mayors from coast to coast, from cities large and small, mayors who are both Democrats and Republicans, to ask the president and Congress to act swiftly to reunite divided families and provide local and state leaders with full access to information regarding children separated from their parents so that we can help make sure these children get the services they need.
I want to make it clear that Tacoma remains a Welcoming City that is committed to providing immigrant and refugee communities with equitable access to City services. To aid in this effort, this year we appointed members to the City’s first Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. This Commission was created to better engage with these community members and to work with local organizations to identify and advance positive outcomes for our neighbors who are immigrants and refugees.
Last Saturday, members of our community organized multiple events to raise their voices and declare that “Families Belong Together,” and many continue to speak out. I want to thank those that have been using their time and their voices to elevate this important issue, and I urge you to continue this work. Tacoma’s strength and vibrancy depends on the wellbeing and contributions of all members of our community. While it will take all of our efforts to keep attention on this area of shared concern, I vow that I will continue to fight for the health, safety, and success of immigrants and refugees.”
Read “An Open Letter to the President of the United States and the Congress from the Nation’s Mayors Calling for the Immediate Reunification of Immigrant Children with their Families” at tinyurl.com/ya95o7df.
OVERNIGHT CLOSURES PLANNED FOR SOUTH TACOMA WAY
Contractor crews building direct connect HOV lanes (wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SR16Realignment) between State Route 16 and Interstate 5 will close a section of South Tacoma Way during overnight hours so crews can remove the temporary formwork from the new overpass.
Both directions of South Tacoma Way will be closed each night near the SR 16 overpass starting Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20 during the following times:
- 9 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday
- 9 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday
- 9 p.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday
- 9 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday
- 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday
During the closures drivers who use South Tacoma Way will be detoured to Center Street via South Wilkeson and South Pine streets. Local access will be maintained on South Tacoma Way between South Pine Street and South Sprague Avenue.
Additional lane and ramp closures associated with the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction can be found online at tacomatraffic.com.
PORT OF TACOMA ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT GROUNDBREAKING
The City of Fife will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Port of Tacoma Road Interchange Project, Phase One at the Fabulich Center (3600 Port of Tacoma Rd.) at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. Speakers will include Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Hans Zeiger, Representative Jake Fey, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Port Commissioner Don Meyer, representatives from the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, Transportation Improvement Board, Fife Mayor Kim Roscoe and Councilmember Pat Hulcey.
The groundbreaking of this project is the culmination of decades of design, wetland mitigation, funding requests and collaboration, said Roscoe. “This project is a key step forward in solving our transportation issues in this region, and sets the stage for the future of Fife.”
The Port of Tacoma Road Interchange Project marks an investment of $42.5 million and the collaborative effort between federal, state (FHWA, WSDOT, FMSIB, TIB), tribal and local governments. Mayor Roscoe says the scope, scale and government-to-government collaboration demonstrates the need for this project to be completed. “This interchange serves as a critical access point into and out of the Port of Tacoma, acting as a conduit for state and international trade,” she said.
This project will provide road, intersection and interchange improvements by reconfiguring the existing interchange to a split diamond with one-way couplet. The Port of Tacoma Road and its existing bridge over I-5 will be converted to one-way southbound traffic while the parallel 34th Avenue East and its new bridge over I-5 (Phase Two) will be made one-way northbound.
At the completion of the project, access to the Port of Tacoma, safety and the operation of I-5 mainline will be improved. The design work for Phase 2 has begun and funding is currently being sought.
LIBRARY HOSTS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
Tacoma Public Library is hosting conversations with people from our community. Each one is a chance for us to better understand people’s aspirations for our community, the concerns you have and what you believe might make a difference in strengthening the community. We’ll take what we learn from these conversations and use it to help make our work in the community more effective.
We can’t promise the conversation will lead to a new program or policy. We pledge to get back to you with what we learned and let you know how we’ll use what we heard.
Come and be involved in your community’s conversation at one of these dates/times/locations (more to be scheduled throughout the summer and fall):
6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19 at Dixon Village, 5420 S. Stevens St.; 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at Fawcett Apartments, 3201 S. Fawcett Ave.;
6-7:30 p.m., Monday, July 30 at Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 Portland Ave. E.; 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1 at E. B. Wilson Apartments, 1202 S. M St;.
6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 at Bergerson, 5303 S. Orchard St.;
6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Salishan, 1724 E. 44th St.;
6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 at North K, 911 N. K St.;
6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at Bay Terrace, 2550 S. G St.;
10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 27 at Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St.
Heavy appetizers will be served at each event. Thank you to our community partners Associated Ministries, Bates Technical College, Tacoma Housing Authority, Metro Parks, and Tacoma Community College for providing meeting space throughout this project.
NEW GUIDELINES RELEASED FOR LANDMARKS NOMINATION PROCESS
The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is excited to announce a new guide to help property owners and historic preservation enthusiasts nominate a building to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places.
The “Nominating a Property to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places” guide provides step-by-step support for residents to understand the criteria that make properties eligible for nomination, where to access historical resources and archives, and the review process conducted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Tacoma City Council.
The guide is being released in preparation for a series of workshops, designed to help property owners research the history of their houses. In partnership with the Tacoma Public Library, these workshops will feature local professional historians and will take place this fall. More details will be released later this summer.
“With this new guide, we hope to make the nomination process even easier and see landmarks recognized in more Tacoma neighborhoods,” said Assistant Historic Preservation Officer Lauren Hoogkamer.
Currently, there are more than 170 individual landmarks and four historic districts on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. These places are recognized for their architectural, cultural, and historical importance to Tacoma’s history. However, there are other places of significance throughout Tacoma that meet the eligibility criteria but are not yet listed on the register.
MUSLIM EXCHANGE STUDENT TO HELP BUILD UNDERSTANDING
In August 2018, Ceren from Turkey will arrive in Tacoma to spend the next 10 months with a local family while she attends Lincoln High School. She is participating in the The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. Her dream is to become a goodwill ambassador with the UN, and Tacoma is the city where she will get to learn more about American culture and share her own.
Each year, international high school students representing more than 60 nationalities come to the U.S. to experience American culture as part of CIEE’s USA High School program. Students live as typical American teenagers – attending a U.S. high school, living with an American host family, and participating in extracurricular activities and sports. During their stay, students also give back to their host communities through many volunteering and community service opportunities. Through its USA High School program, CIEE provides life-changing cultural exchanges that help students, families, and schools gain new perspectives and develop lifelong relationships that cross borders and cultures.
These families are opening their heart and home and making a dream come true for these students. Can you do the same? Contact your CIEE local coordinator Denise Hendrick at deniseWA.CIEE@gmail.com or visit ciee.org/highschool to learn more.
Founded in 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 60 study centers in 40 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit ciee.org.
BATES COLLEGE GETS 3-D MEASURING INSTRUMENT
Students in the CNC machinist program will have new equipment on which to learn because of a generous grant from the Dart Foundation.
The $45,000 grant, given to the Bates Technical College Foundation, will fund the purchase of a specialized measuring machine, the Computer Numerical Control Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), which will allow the college to offer a career path in CNC coordinate measuring machine operation and programming in the near future.
“Our local employer demand has long requested that we offer this career training as manufacturing becomes more refined and parts are made with more complexity,” said Assistant Vice President Brandon Rogers. “These instruments measure the surface of 3-D objects and are used during the inspection phase of the manufacturing process. CMM programmers interpret blueprints and program the machine to take accurate measurements,” explained Rogers.
Because of its high cost, the coordinate measuring machine has been beyond the college’s reach for many years. “Technical education depends on keeping our learning spaces and tools current with industry standards as we prepare students for the workforce. This grant is an investment that will help ensure our students are well-trained for their future careers,” said Executive Director of Resource Development Erin Zeiger.
The college’s CNC machinist program serves more than 50 students annually, and includes an integrated technical high school that enables students to enroll in a degree-granting program while simultaneously completing high school. The CNC machinist program also offers a bilingual Spanish-English CNC operator program to help serve the local Hispanic and Latino community.
For more information, go to bates.ctc.edu.