Godzilla is on the horizon or is that Baby Huey?

For those of you who love your quiet, safe, inexpensive little enclave of Spanaway, or Frederickson, or Parkland, guess what? Godzilla has reared her head again. $200,000 of state money has once again been placed in the Washington State budget by Rep. Melanie Morgan of the 29th District, for the purpose of an incorporation study…

Rep. Morgan plants $200k for incorporation study in State budget again

Rep. Melanie Morgan of the 29th Legislative district is trying again. She had a proposal to get $200,000 incorporation study money from the Washington State budget for the area Pierce County just rezoned called “Centers and Corridors.” The idea is to make it one big city. (Larger than Tacoma I might add.) You will not…

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue hosting Santa visits

Many of us remember Santa riding on a fire truck through our streets for days before Christmas, passing out candy canes to children who spotted him. The fire district has grown significantly since then and the task is time consuming. Our firefighters have found a solution. They will tour Santa on specific routes in each…

Firgrove School on South Hill may soon disappear into history

By Marianne Lincoln It wasn’t called South Hill years ago, the community was referred to as Firgrove. The pond near 144th Street and Meridian is no longer visible or flooding the roadway in rainy Spring weather. The area is now dotted with strip malls, not tall firs. The Puyallup School District has planned expansions for…

Recent County Planning Changes Challenged

By Marianne Lincoln, February 23, 2021 Three separate challenges to the recently adopted planning amendments called Centers and Corridors have been submitted to the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board. The challenges caused the Pierce County Council to delay the effective dates at today’s County Council meeting (2-23-2021). The implementation of the plans was delayed…

Pierce County Parks, new restrictions

Pierce County Parks has worked diligently to provide social, sport, and recreational activities at various sites throughout the county in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to Governor Inslee’s recently released directive and out of an abundance of caution, Pierce County Parks is announcing facility closures and program cancellations as follows: Sprinker Recreation…

Final Environmental Impact Statement released

From Pierce County: The draft updates have progressed through public open houses, land use advisory commission meetings and the Planning Commission’s final recommendations to the County Council. Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the council’s consideration process has been postponed. Final Environmental Impact Statement released Part of the update process…

Council approves emergency ordinances related to COVID-19 Measures provide economic relief to residents and small businesses

PIERCE COUNTY –  The Council passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-43 to declare an emergency and establish a loan program for small businesses.  Under certain qualifying circumstances, businesses may apply for zero-interest, twelve-month loans at $2,000 per employee, with a total amount per employer not to exceed $10,000. The loan fund will be administered by the Pierce…

Meridian Avenue East sewer project underway March 23 to mid-July

PIERCE COUNTY — A project to extend sewer facilities under Meridian Avenue East (State Route 161) at several South Hill intersections will begin March 23. The work is expected to be complete by mid-July. Work will be done at the highway’s intersections with 146th Street East, 147th Street East, 149th Street East and 158th Street…

Property taxes and growing pains

Opinion: Marianne Lincoln, Editor Growing pains? Prosperity attracts people. People create need for more housing. More housing creates a need for more roads, buses, fire protection, policing, parks, libraries, sewer extensions, and more. The people that say, “If you build they will come,” are completely missing the boat. Frederickson was barely a few houses surrounded…

Planning Commission reviews C&C

The Pierce County Planning Commission, a body of appointed citizens, is reviewing the Centers and Corridors Comprehensive Plan Changes the County Planning and Land Services has been proposing for the area from 112th Street to 176th Street and Meridian to Pacific Avenue. This is one of several steps through to approval or denial by the…