Muck Creek Bridge closure – 8th Ave. E.

[Pole Line Road, Kinsman, 8th Avenue East] Muck Creek bridge along 8th Avenue East to close July 17 for replacement A bridge over the North Fork of Muck Creek will close for about four months starting July 17 while it is replaced. The 32-foot-long bridge, which is located along 8th Avenue East about a one-half…

Countywide burn ban to begin July 15

Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb has announced a countywide burn ban effective Saturday, July 15 at 8 a.m., until further notice. The limited ban was prompted by long-range forecasts of continued lack of precipitation, issued jointly with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The burn ban applies…

Council Meeting in Parkland July 11

Proposal No. R2017-69: A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Setting the Date of an Evening Council Meeting in Council District No. 5 for Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., at the Parkland Spanaway Sheriff Precinct – Moran Room, 495 Shandon Wright Way South (141st Street South and Pacific Avenue), Parkland, Washington. The Special…

Applicants sought for Pierce County Airport-Thun Field Advisory Commision

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier is seeking applicants for: 1) one Graham or Frederickson community resident position on the Pierce County Airport-Thun Field Advisory Commission (TFAC).  Community residents must live within the boundaries of either the Graham Community Plan or the Frederickson Community Plan; 2) one airport user of Thun Field. Maps…

2017 Fireworks restrictions

It’s close to that time, the 4th of July fireworks sales and you need to know what laws have changed. Even Pierce County added restrictions after last year’s celebrations. Follow this link and you can print a copy. In Pierce County, here is the new law: June 28: 12 p.m.–11 p.m June 29-July 3: 9…

Chip Seal Fail on O-K Highway

By Marianne Lincoln Remember the recent chip sealing project Pierce County was doing on the Orting Kapowsin Highway at the end of May? Have you noticed the loose gravel all over the road since that time? That loose gravel is not normal, in fact, the past several years, the county has been using a technique…

County Council passes supplemental budget

Council passes 2017 supplemental budget with emphasis on behavioral health The Pierce County Council has authorized $2.3 million in funding to support the behavioral health needs of the County. The $11.3 million 2017 supplemental budget focuses on four Council priorities: behavioral health, homelessness, public nuisance properties and economic development. The behavioral health funding includes: $500,000…

Community leaders stress quality of life to County Executive

On May 26, 4 community leaders from Midland, Frederickson, Waller and Spanaway met with County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Dennis Hanberg, Director of Planning and Land Services (PALS) and Public Works. The message was simple, our quality of life matters, we need roads and other infrastructure if you build out the Centers and Corridors project,…

Pierce County to transition to integrated physical and behavioral healthcare

PIERCE COUNTY — No later than January 1, 2020, Pierce County residents in the Medicaid system will receive both physical and behavioral care through a state mandated initiative called Integration 2020.  Through this whole-person approach, physical and behavioral healthcare will be delivered via one system through an integrated network of providers, offering better coordinated care…

Wetlands and Pierce County – can they coexist?

By Marianne Lincoln Two developments currently in process are raising the eyebrows of planning and development watchers in the county. These are called Ally Brook and Phoebe’s Meadows. In Phoebes Meadows, the developer actually didn’t want to build as many houses (4) as PALS (Planning and Land Services) demanded he put on the parcel (10)….

Open houses to plan for new growth in central Pierce County communities

PIERCE COUNTY — About 60,000 more people are projected to move to the unincorporated communities of Pierce County between 2010 and 2030, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Pierce County is updating the Community Plans for Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill to plan for this growth. Central Pierce County residents are…

Fir Meadows and Oxbow flooding in Pioneer Valley

By Marianne Lincoln Flooding continues to plague the Pioneer Valley area in Spanaway/Frederickson. Fir Meadows, which was built in 1968, has closed roads and swift water flowing in from the flooded playfield near the railroad tracks on Knoble Road. Electric vaults are underwater, yet people are still driving through the closed signs and even wading…