A new council member, Girl Scout recognition and a restoration plan announcement took center stage during the March 13 DuPont City Council Meeting.
To kick things off, DuPont’s newest city council member, Linda Jordan, was officially sworn in by Mayor Michael Grayum.
She and other council members were then greeted to a sea of green and brown as area Girl Scout troops filled the council chambers to hear a proclamation read by the mayor recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts also presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
In the proclamation, Mayor Grayum stated that today there are more than 50 million American women who are Girl Scout alumnae, and 3.3 million girls and adult volunteers who are active members. In Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont, there are 343 girls and 115 adult volunteers who are a part of the Girl Scout tradition. The proclamation ended by stating that 2012 was the “Year of the Girl”.
During the first opportunity for public comment, Nisqually Delta Association President Tom Skjervold, and CalPortland Permit Manager Pete Stoltz, took to the microphone to announce that the parties of the supplemental settlement agreement signed on February 2, 2012, have held their first meetings to begin planning for the restoration plan.
Skjervold told the council that the signatories of the supplemental settlement agreement (City of DuPont, Washington Dept. of Ecology, Environmental Caucus and CalPortland) met on March 2 to kick things off.
On March 9 the parties met with South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG), which is the organization designated to come up with a draft of the restoration plan. An update from SPSSEG is expected in a few weeks.
“I appreciate Tom and Pete for coming forward to give us that update so the council and the public can stay informed on the process,” said Mayor Grayum.
Councilman John Ehrenreich reported that the Public Transportation Improvement Committee has approved a new Pierce Transit service boundary map which no longer includes DuPont. The Pierce County Council has until April 9 to reject the approved map. If they reject the map, Pierce Transit returns to the current boundaries – which still means no bus service for DuPont. If the County Council takes no action the map moves forward.
“The goal is to stop paying taxes for something we are not receiving any services on. We want transit. But right now, we are paying for bus service that isn’t being provided to DuPont,” said Ehrenreich.
The council approved an amendment to the Tourism Board resolution which increased the number of board members from 10 to 13. The council also approved the appointment of Eric Corp to the DuPont Planning Agency.