I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for many things; among them the wonderful place where we live, my family, and my many friends. Time goes by quickly and a lot has happened since my last post.
It is December now and Gig Harbor just had their traditional tree lighting last Saturday down at Skansie park. I would like to thank all of the community groups who helped make this event a success with over 1,000 people joining in the holiday festivities. The evening started with caroling, and then Santa arrived by fire engine to help us count down for the tree lighting. Skansie Netshed was open where cookies and cocoa were served courtesy of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. It was great to see Santa listening to kids’ wishes, with elves helping him out. Harbor WildWatch had an underwater night dive with a featured live video on a screen explaining all that they were observing. Thank you to all those that helped make it a great evening.
A special thanks to our Public Works department that has decorated our City so well.
Recapping some of the issues from our past council meetings:
- We hope to deed over the land to FISH, our food bank at the Dec. 10th council meeting. The deed had to be finetuned from the Oct. 13th meeting.
- Our Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) received an Outstanding Performance Award for 2017 for no spills and hiccups for 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. This is not an easy award to achieve with hundreds of miles of collection system. Congratulations and thanks to the WWTP employees for all they do!
- Council passed a six-month extension to the city sign code until May of 2019 to have more time to study it and make sure it’s what the City needs.
- Steve Misiurak, our City Engineer of 19 years, is moving back to B.C. His last day was December 3rd. We appreciate his dedication and hard work.
- We would like to welcome two new Police Officers to our City. Officer Barber comes from Kansas and Officer Raphael is local and comes to us from Tumwater.
- We will be re-evaluating our Marketing/Tourism department since the departure of our Tourism Director. I’d like to thank Mimi Jansen who has stepped in as our Interim Tourism Director and is doing a great job.
Last month City Council passed the 2019 Budget that staff, City Council and I had worked so hard on. We are here for our citizens and working through several issues at the council meetings. Wishing everyone a great December!