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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Pierce County Council committed to helping businesses amid rollback

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2021

 

Responding to the news Monday that Pierce County will move back to Phase 2 of the state’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, Pierce County Council Chair Derek Young issued the following sta...

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Posted on: April 8, 2021

Recognizing public health workers and royalty

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April 8, 2021

The Pierce County Council extended its thanks to public health workers and recognized the 2021 Daffodil Festival Royal Court at its April 6 regular meeting.

In its proclamation recognizing April 5-1...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Pierce County Council moves forward with independent investigation

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2021

At its April 6 regular meeting Council took the next steps in the process of hiring an independent investigator to review the conduct of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer.

Council unanimously approved a m...

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County Council
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Pierce County commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 23, 2021

The Pierce County Council reaffirmed commitment to protecting the environment Tuesday when it adopted the Sustainability 2030: Pierce County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.

The plan outlines a goal to reduce gree...

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County Council
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Pierce County Council requests independent investigation

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2021

At the conclusion of its Study Session Tuesday, Pierce County Council Chair Derek Young directed Council staff to begin the process of finding someone to conduct an independent investigation into the ...

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County Council
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Pierce County Council gathering information on incident involving Sheriff

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2021

At its Monday Study Session, the Pierce County Council met with legal representation from the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to learn what options are available to the Council a...

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County Council
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Pierce County Council statement on recent events involving Pierce County Sheriff

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 19, 2021

Pierce County Council statement on recent events involving Pierce County Sheriff

Statement from Pierce County Council Chair Derek Young:

Council learned this morning about the event on Jan. 27 in Tacoma involving...

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County Council
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Pierce County ready to distribute American Rescue Plan Act funds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

March 10, 2021

Within the next 60 days Pierce County is expected to receive more than $88 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding, which was passed by Congress Wednes...

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County Council
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Pierce County Council celebrates women leaders

At its March 9, 2021 meeting Pierce County Council passed two proclamations acknowledging and recognizing women and the important role they play in the everyday fabric of Pierce County life.

The first proclamation brings attention to March as Women&rsq...

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County Council
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Sustainability 2030 Plan update before Council

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At a special meeting the Community Development Committee will begin its review of the Pierce County Sustainability 2030 plan, which outlines how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Pierce County government operations and the larger community over th...

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County Council
Posted on: January 26, 2021

How CARES Act monies helped Pierce County businesses

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Jan. 26, 2021

One day after Gov. Jay Inslee issued a “stay at home” order March 23, 2020, the Pierce County Council passed its first ordinance to help local small business.

The ordinance established the Small Business Relief Loan Program...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Pierce County Council elects 2021 leadership, welcomes new members

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 5, 2021

Pierce County Council chooses leadership for 2021, welcomes new members

Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young was elected Council Chairman for 2021 by his peers at a Jan. 5 regular meeting. A day earlier, fou...

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County Council
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Pierce County Council passes behavioral health sales tax increase

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December 22, 2020

Pierce County Council passes behavioral health sales tax increase

At its last Council meeting of the year, the Pierce County Council made a commitment to increase behavioral health services in the county by approving a...

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County Council
Posted on: December 15, 2020

Ordinance to terminate local public health department agreement fails in tie vote

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 15, 2020

Ordinance to terminate local public health department agreement fails in tie vote

Tonight, an ordinance before the Pierce County Council that would have granted authority to the county Executive to issue noti...

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County Council
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Pierce County Council maintains focus on public safety in mid-biennium budget adjustment

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2020

 

Pierce County Council maintains focus on public safety, public health in mid-biennium budget adjustment

 

The Pierce County Council made significant investments in public...

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County Council
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Public Review Committee on Law & Justice presents its report to Pierce County Council

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 19, 2020

Public Review Committee presents its law and justice review report to Pierce County Council

For seven weeks, 14 community members from across Pierce County came together at the request of the Pierce County Co...

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County Council
Posted on: November 19, 2020

More help coming to small businesses through CARES Act funds

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 19, 2020

Pierce County Council takes more action to support hurting local business

Local businesses are struggling, and the Pierce County Council wants to help. That’s why Thursday it passed its second round...

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County Council
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Pierce County Council extends CARES Act relief to support restaurants, food banks

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2020

Pierce County Council gives 100% reimbursement to Restaurant Rally restaurants, dedicates funding assistance to food banks

In response to the latest restrictions put in place by Gov. Jay Inslee to h...

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County Council
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Pierce County Council begins mid-biennial budget adjustment review

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 16, 2020

Pierce County Council begins mid-Biennial Budget adjustment review

As it looks to adjust the 2020-2021 biennial budget, the Pierce County Council is committed to prioritizing a revenue neutral position that d...

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County Council
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Approval of community plan updates set stage for growth in Pierce County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2020

Approval of community plan updates set stage for growth in Pierce County

To accommodate projected population growth over the next 20 years, the Pierce County Council approved zoning changes and plan updates to...

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County Council
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Pierce County Council reallocates CARES Act funds to save jobs, help residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2020

Pierce County Council reallocates CARES Act funds to save jobs, help residents

Today the Pierce County Council reallocated $18.5 million in CARES Act monies to provide additional assistance to veterans and resi...

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County Council
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Wheeled all-terrain vehicles allowed on more unincorporated roadways starting Jan. 1, 2021

Effective Jan. 1, 2021 wheeled all-terrain vehicles will be permitted on additional roadways within unincorporated areas of east Pierce County.

The roadways were added with the County Council’s unanimous approval of Ordinance 2020-90s. The ordina...

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County Council
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Undersheriff Brent Bomkamp appointed sheriff by Pierce County Council

Oct. 1, 2020

Today the Pierce County Council appointed Pierce County Undersheriff Brent Bomkamp as Pierce County Sheriff to fill the vacancy left by Sheriff Paul Pastor, who retired Sept. 30, 2020.

Pierce County Code requires the Council appoint someone to ...

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County Council
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Recognizing Pierce County trailblazer and icon Harold Moss

The Pierce County Council learned with great sadness today that former Pierce County Councilmember Harold Moss passed away Sept. 21, 2020.

The Council expresses its condolences to Moss’ family and friends and shares the following statement on the...

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County Council
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Pierce County Council increases funds for Commercial Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program

Tuesday the Pierce County Council made an additional $7.75 million available in rental and mortgage assistance to help Pierce County businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

In August, Council established a Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistanc...

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County Council
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Pierce County Council dedicates $5.5 million in CARES Act monies to local schools

Pierce County Council allocates $5.5 million in CARES Act monies to schools

To help schools in Pierce County navigate the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pierce County Council unanimously approved the creation of a Pierce County COVID-19 Sc...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Pierce County Council establishes youth and young adult jobs program

To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the Pierce County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.

Under this new youth and young adult jobs program, the county will partner wi...

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County Council
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Pierce County Council expands support to help more local business

On Aug. 4, 2020 the Pierce County Council passed two ordinances aimed at making more funding available to local businesses struggling from impacts of COVID-19.The first ordinance doubled the total amount of money available through a previously established...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Pierce County Council authorizes release of remaining CARES Act funding

Pierce County Council authorizes release of remaining CARES Act funding

The Pierce County Council released the remaining federal CARES Act funding it received to be available for distribution to assist with the response to the COVID-19 public health crisis...

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County Council
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Council passes resolution to launch review of justice services

In an effort to develop an action plan to prevent and reduce inequality and injustice, the Pierce County Council passed an emergency resolution to launch a review of the practices and policies of the County’s justice services. 

You can r...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Pierce County allocates CARES funding to scale up COVID testing, support for affordable housing

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Of this week’s $4.6 million in new CARES allocations, Pierce County directed nearly $3.4 million to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes funding for expanded testing, investigations and administrative cost...

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County Council
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Pierce County approved to move to Phase 2 of Safe Start order

Pierce County learned today the county’s application to move to Phase 2 was approved by the state Department of Health.  The move to the second phase is effective immediately.

“I’m pleased that our residents&rsquo...

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County Council
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Pierce County Council votes to allocate $158 million in CARES Act funding

The Pierce County Council voted today on Emergency Resolution R2020-35 and Emergency Ordinance 2020-60 setting funding priorities for strategic recovery with the allocation of nearly $158 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (...

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County Council
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Council approves emergency ordinances to support small businesses and food banks

Today, the Pierce County Council took strong steps to support Pierce County residents and business owners struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building on the COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Program the Council previously cre...

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County Council
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Council to consider proposals for a Behavioral Health related One-Tenth One Percent Sales Tax

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Pierce County Council agenda meeting of March 10, 2020 includes three behavioral health tax related items for Council’s consideration.

Ordinance 2020-24s amends several chapters and sections of the Pierce County Code for a Sales and Use Tax for B...

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County Council
Posted on: February 12, 2020

Pierce County Council approves plan to bring existing pedestrian facilities into ADA compliance

A plan to bring existing pedestrian facilities – including sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian push buttons and driveway entrances – into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was approved by the Pierce County Council...

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County Council
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Jesse E. Johnson selected as 30th Legislative District Representative

The Pierce and King County Councils appointed Councilmember Jesse E. Johnson as the 30th Legislative District Representative. Thank you to the other nominees, Jamila Taylor & Sam Rise for seeking the appointment.

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County Council
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Pierce and King County Councils to appoint 30th Legislative District Representative

A joint Council meeting will be held by Pierce and King County Councils to appoint a representative for the 30th Legislative District seat on Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Federal Way City Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S. in Fed...

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County Council
Posted on: November 27, 2019

Thornewood Castle to host Council meeting

The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, at Thornewood Castle, 8601 North Thorne Lane SW in Lakewood. This in-district meeting will be led by Chair Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council District 6.

Each membe...

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County Council
Posted on: November 18, 2019

Pierce County Council adopts 2020-2021 biennial budget

Pierce County Council adopts biennial budget, making significant investments in public safety, human services and parks

The over $2.4 billion 2020-2021 biennial budget (Ordinance 2019-86s) was unanimously adopted by the Council, making significant investme...

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County Council
Posted on: November 5, 2019

Experience your local attractions focus of In-District Council meeting

The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12, at Lacamas Community Center, 32113 8th Ave. S. in Roy. This in-district meeting will be hosted by Councilman Jim McCune, Pierce County Council District 3.

Each member ...

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County Council
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Developers share with Human Services Committee obstacles to building affordable housing

The Pierce County Council Human Services Committee will hear from local developers and housing professionals about obstacles that they face when looking to build affordable housing in Pierce County. The meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Pierce County Council Meeting to be held at Step By Step

The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 29, at Step By Step, 3303 8th Avenue SE in Puyallup. This in-district meeting will be hosted by Councilwoman Pam Roach, Pierce County Council District 2.

Each member of...

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County Council
Posted on: September 25, 2019

In-district Council meeting to focus on community engagement

The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 1, at the Mid-County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave. E. in Tacoma. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Marty Campbell, District 5 and will focus on c...

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County Council
Posted on: September 25, 2019

County Council launching biennial budget process

The Pierce County Council has begun the process for consideration, review and approval of the 2020-21 biennial budget.

The Council will be holding a series of budget retreats and Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings to review the proposed budget and depar...

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County Council
Posted on: September 19, 2019

Pierce County's participation in program save residents money on prescription drugs

The Pierce County Council passed a motion on Tuesday authorizing the Executive to register Pierce County in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy prescription discount program! 

The NACo Live Healthy prescription discount progra...

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County Council
Posted on: August 13, 2019

Pierce County Council approves accessing state dollars

Council voted 5-1 on Ordinance 2019-57s, which authorizes the County to collect a portion of the state’s sales and use tax for investments in affordable and supportive housing. There will be no increase to the sales and use tax for the consumer.

“There is ...

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County Council
Posted on: July 23, 2019

Bonds to be issued for construction of new South Sound 911 Communications Center

The Pierce County Council authorized issuance of limited tax general obligation bonds sufficient to generate $65,000,000, for the construction of the South Sound 911 Public Safety Communications Center at 3580 Pacific Ave. Ordinance 2019-46, which authori...

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County Council
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Councilmember Morell receives Clover Park Technical College 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

It’s been more than 40 years, but Pierce County Councilmember Dave Morell still credits Clover Park Technical College with teaching him the key lessons that have guided his life and many careers since. He’s used those lessons to provide an impact to Pierc...

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Council prioritizes broadband throughout Pierce County

The Broadband Access and Speed study makes recommendations on actions the County can undertake to improve broadband access in the community.

The study’s recommendations include advancing the county’s franchise process, updating County regulations to assist...

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County Council
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Broadband Focus of County Council Meeting

The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the Gig Harbor High School Auditorium, 5101 Rosedale St. NW in Gig Harbor. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Derek Young, District 7...

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County Council
Posted on: May 7, 2019

Council approves Chambers Bay Resort Ground Lease Agreement

After months of public testimony, discussion and negotiation, the Pierce County Council voted 6-1 to approve Ordinance 2019-10s, the Chambers Bay Resort Ground Lease Agreement, as amended. The ordinance will now be sent to Executive Dammeier for signature...

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County Council
Posted on: April 22, 2019

County Council seeks citizen member for Performance Audit Committee

The Pierce County Council seeks applicants to fill one at-large position on the Performance Audit Committee. The Performance Audit Committee studies county programs to improve economy, efficiency and effectiveness. 

At-large members serve the publ...

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County Council
Posted on: January 17, 2017

Pierce County Council chooses leadership, committees for 2017

The seven-member Pierce County Council has elected its leadership and made assignments on Council committees and other boards and commissions.

In last week’s Council meeting, Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson was re-elected Council ch...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: December 1, 2016

County Council Meeting to be held in Tacoma

The Pierce County Council will hold an In-District Council meeting in District 5 at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, at the Salishan Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44 St., Room 101 in Tacoma. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Rick Talbert. ...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: November 29, 2016

Council passes 2017 budget with emphasis on public safety, court programs and evaluations

After months of negotiation and discussion, the Pierce County Council voted unanimously to adopt the County’s 2017 operating and capital budgets. The new budget will take effect Jan. 1, 2017. A large focus of the 2017 budget is public safety, c...Read on... County Council
Posted on: November 8, 2016

Pierce County Council to hear resolution related to growth and infrastructure investment within the

The Pierce County Council’s Community Development Committee will hear a resolution that articulates the County’s focus and efforts to manage growth in the central urban growth area.  During the committee meeting on Monday, No...Read on... County Council
Posted on: October 13, 2016

Public invited to weigh in on proposed County firework restrictions

The Pierce County Council is encouraging the public to provide feedback on a proposed ordinance that restricts fireworks in the County.

County Ordinance 2016-39s would amend Pierce County Code limiting the days and hours when fireworks may be sold and ...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: September 27, 2016

County Council Meeting to be held in Fife

The Pierce County Council will hold an In-District Council meeting in District 2 at 5p.m. on Oct. 4, at Fife City Hall, 5411 23rd Street East in Fife. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Joyce McDonald.

Each member of the Pierce C...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: September 7, 2016

County to hear final recommendations for Agricultural Resource Land Study

The Pierce County Council Community Development and Performance Audit Committees in a joint meeting will receive a presentation on outcomes and recommendations from the Agricultural Resource Land (ARL) Study that was commissioned by the council.

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County Council
Posted on: January 13, 2016

Pierce County Council chooses new leadership for 2016

Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson has been elected as council chair for 2016. The seven-member body voted for leadership positions at the council’s Jan. 12 weekly meeting. Voting for committee leadership will occur at the Jan. 19 council meeting...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: January 12, 2016

Councilmember Young selected for new transportation leadership academy

Transportation For America has selected Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young to participate in the 2016 Transportation Leadership Academy.

The yearlong training academy focuses on teaching local leaders about performance measurements to better asse...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: December 15, 2015

County Council amends ordinance to allow sale of marijuana

Businesses must be licensed and meet county and state requirements

The County Council this afternoon repealed its de facto ban on marijuana production and sales in unincorporated areas. The bill changes the conditional use permit process by eliminating...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: December 2, 2015

Pierce County passes resolution supporting Stepping Up initiative

Program designed to reduce the number of people in jail with mental illness

The Pierce County Council yesterday passed a resolution announcing support for the national “Stepping Up” initiative. The program will be employed to reduce the number of peopl...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: November 17, 2015

Derek Young’s statement on passing of Gretchen Wilbert

Former Gig Harbor Mayor Gretchen Wilbert passed away last weekend. She served from 1990 through 2006. In response, Pierce County Council Member Derek Young issued this statement:

“On Sunday, we lost a true visionary and leader with the passing of Mayor...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: November 10, 2015

Councilmember McDonald concerned budget action will make marijuana problems worse

During the Pierce County Council’s budget debate at their Nov. 10 meeting, the body adopted an amendment that would create a special fund to enforce state and county marijuana laws. Councilmember Joyce McDonald – a vehement opponent of legalizing marijuan...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: November 10, 2015

Talbert applauds passage of measure to fund property crimes unit

During budget debate at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Pierce County Council, the body adopted an amendment that funds the creation of a Sheriff’s unit dedicated solely to property crimes. It’s a measure which Councilmember Rick Talbert has been fighting on b...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: November 10, 2015

Richardson proposal would crack down on illegal marijuana operations in Pierce County

After July 1, 2016, unlicensed marijuana sales operations in unincorporated Pierce County will be in violation of the law. Now that a budget amendment authored by Councilmember Doug Richardson has been adopted, those caught breaking the law after the cuto...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: October 29, 2015

Pierce County hires Tiffany Speir as new Government Relations Director

County Executive Pat McCarthy has announced the hiring of Tiffany Speir as Director of Government Relations for Pierce County. Speir, formerly with the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP), has worked in Pierce County for the last seve...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: October 19, 2015

More in-district Council meetings scheduled in Pierce County

The Pierce County Council has updated its list of upcoming meetings held in locations around the county in an effort to make government more accessible.

The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, will hol...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: September 22, 2015

Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy detailed her budget proposal before the County Council Tuesday, highlighting an expanded economy, improved customer services and an investment in what she termed the “moral center” of government.

Her 2016 budget pro...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: September 9, 2015

Council schedules more meetings to be held around Pierce County

The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Eatonville, Buckley and Tacoma as part of its effort to make government more accessible to more people.

The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Councilmember Young’s statement on Executive’s second comprehensive plan override

On Friday, Aug. 28, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy notified members of the County Council that she was vetoing the Council’s passage of a county comprehensive plan for the second time, citing concern over an amendment that would allow larger scale r...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: August 25, 2015

Young disappointed after Council’s behavioral health study vote

Pierce County Councilmembers Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg had proposed a resolution directing the Performance Audit Committee to conduct a thorough, countywide evaluation of behavioral health services. However, Council Resolution R2015-91 was not adop...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: August 7, 2015

Councilmember Young tapped to serve in a national position

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has named Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young as the newest member of its Health Steering Committee. The organization, which represents county governments nationwide, made the announcement following its 2015...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: July 27, 2015

County outlines strategy for enforcing marijuana violations

By July 1, 2016, all unlicensed marijuana sales operations in unincorporated Pierce County – medical and recreational – must close. That message has been delivered to county landlords, business owners and operators whose establishments involve the burgeon...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: July 23, 2015

Councilmembers Young, Ladenburg call for countywide mental health audit

In response to the growing behavioral health crisis facing Pierce County, Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Derek Young have introduced a resolution calling for an audit of the County’s mental health resources.

“We know that we have a mental health c...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: July 23, 2015

6th District Council meeting will honor retiring JBLM commander

The Pierce County Council will hold a special meeting in DuPont at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27, to recognize the retirement of U.S. Army Col. H. Charles Hodges as well as conduct regular council business. Col. Hodges has served as commander of Joint Base Le...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: July 17, 2015

Councilmember Talbert’s statement on comp plan reconsideration

After Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy vetoed the comprehensive plan passed by the County Council on June 30, 2015, Councilmember Rick Talbert (5th District) issued the following statement regarding two amendments cited as the primary reason for the v...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: July 16, 2015

Council Chair’s statement on Executive veto of Pierce County comprehensive plan

After learning that Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy vetoed the county’s comprehensive plan, passed unanimously by the County Council on June 30, Council Chair Dan Roach issued the following statement:

“I am surprised that the executive chose to re...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: July 14, 2015

Councilmember Doug Richardson’s Statement on JBLM Personnel Drawdown and Transportation Funding

U.S. Army officials announced last week that Joint Base Lewis-McCord will reduce troop strength by 1,250, a number that is much lower than previously proposed.

“The reduced personnel drawdown is great news for Pierce County and District 6,” said Counci...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: July 10, 2015

Dan Roach statement on General Services Building referendum

In response to the Pierce County Auditor’s announcement that an effort by county resident Jerry Gibbs calling for a vote on the county’s proposed General Services building has collected enough signatures to qualify for the November 2015 ballot, Pierce Cou...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: May 27, 2015

Local leaders join forces to plan for Chambers Creek Canyon trail

Leaders of Pierce County and the cities of University Place and Lakewood have agreed to work together to develop a trail through the scenic Chambers Creek Canyon.

The two cities have already approved the agreement. With the Pierce County Council’s unan...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: May 13, 2015

Pierce County ferry to undergo biennial checkup

Just as doctors recommend annual physicals for their patients, the U.S. Coast Guard also insists on ferry boat inspections every two years.

One of Pierce County’s two ferries, the M/V Steilacoom II, will motor into dry dock on June 1 for its biennial i...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: May 11, 2015

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association gives Liberty Bell Award to Talbert

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Citing his dedication to outstanding public service, members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA) presented the Liberty Bell Award to Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert at the annual Law Day Luncheon on May 8.

“It’s an honor to be ...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: May 6, 2015

Councilmember Talbert uses award to draw attention to 2015 Heart Walk

The American Heart Association has presented its Gold Achievement Award to Pierce County. The award, given to Councilmember Rick Talbert during the organization’s annual breakfast on May 5, recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees b...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: May 6, 2015

Candidates sought for Pierce County Charter Review Commission

At least every 10 years since it was first adopted in 1981, the Pierce County Council is required to call for a Charter Review Commission to examine the effectiveness of the county’s governing document.

In accordance with Resolution 2015-14, Pierce Co...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 23, 2015

Volunteers needed for open boards and commissions in the 5th District

Pierce County residents looking to give back to their communities have ample opportunities to volunteer, especially in the 5th Council District that extends from South Tacoma to 160th Street E. in Spanaway and east-west from Interstate 5 to Woodland Avenu...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 22, 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Day set for April 26 in Pierce County, Tacoma

The Pierce County Council and the Tacoma City Council have issued proclamations designating April 26th as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in Pierce County and the City of Tacoma. April 26, 2015, marks the twelfth anniversary of the tragic murder of Crysta...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 21, 2015

Public invited to learn about South Sound 911, plans for a new public safety communications center

Leaders from South Sound 911 and members of the Pierce County Council will provide briefings about the agency’s plan to build a new public safety communications center at upcoming public meetings around the county. Voters in Pierce County authorized the p...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 20, 2015

Bill’s passage ensures future Pierce County ferry system funding

Pierce County officials are applauding the state legislature for passing a bill that aligns ferry system funding increases with inflation. Prior to Senate Bill 5307, revenue streams to county ferry systems were largely dependent on available state gas-tax...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 14, 2015

Roach: Council Democrats deny citizens’ right to vote on referendum

After announcing March 30 that he would introduce an ordinance to give taxpayers a vote on the county’s general services building proposal, Pierce County Council members deadlocked 3-3 on whether to add Council Chair Dan Roach’s measure to Tuesday’s agend...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 9, 2015

Pierce County moves code to the cloud, improves functionality and access for citizens

Now that the County has finished moving its online charter and code to Code Publishing, a Seattle-based Codification company, citizens and county staff will see and experience increased functionality provided through the new site. The overall responsibili...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 3, 2015

“Healthiest nation in one generation” could begin with Pierce County

Members of the County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, March 31, proclaiming April 6-12 “National Public Health Week” in Pierce County. The measure is part of a broader effort to designate National Public Health Week across the country, ...Read on...

County Council
Posted on: April 1, 2015

County Council designates March 29, 2015, as Vietnam Veterans Day

Citing their respect and admiration for all Vietnam-era military veterans, members of the Pierce County Council unanimously adopted resolution R2015-39 at their March 31 meeting.

“So much was asked of our service members at a time when nobody could hav...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2015

Daffodil royalty descends on the Pierce County Council

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Amid a sea of yellow taffeta and silver tiaras, members of the Pierce County Council honored the 82nd Annual Daffodil Festival Tuesday and recognized the good work done by its ambassadors, members of the Royal Court.

Twenty-three Daffodil Princesses jo...Read on...

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

Councilmember Roach wants to give the people a say in proposed building

Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach is proposing an ordinance that aims to accomplish what a private citizen has come under fire for trying to do: give the taxpayers a voice in the multi-million dollar decision to construct a new general services buildi...Read on...

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Posted on: March 11, 2015

County Council honors volunteers, designates Volunteer Recognition Week

Members of the Pierce County Council and Scott Hall with PC Parks and Rec honor Alan Hughes and Rick Adams.

Pierce County has two new award-winning community volunteers.

On Tuesday, March 10, the County Council recognized the special efforts and contributions of the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award, Alan Hughes, and the recipient of the Special A...Read on...

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Posted on: March 10, 2015

Council passes shoreline regulations, sends final plan to state for approval

After years of tinkering, debate and listening to public input, members of the Pierce County Council passed a Shoreline Management Plan at the March 10, 2015, council meeting. Council Chair Dan Roach says he hopes it’s the end of what turned out to be a l...Read on...

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Posted on: March 3, 2015

Pierce County Council chair supports the citizens’ right to referendum

Councilmember Dan Roach, who chairs the Pierce County Council, has announced he’ll be proposing a resolution that would direct the county prosecutor’s office to drop a recently-filed lawsuit against a Pierce County resident.

The prosecutor filed a laws...Read on...

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Posted on: February 17, 2015

County Council approves new General Services Building plan

After years of planning, members of the <_http3a_ _www.piercecountywa.org2f_council22_="">Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.

Councilmembers Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2015

Council to hold 4 hearings on shoreline regulations

Members of the Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee have scheduled four meetings around the county to gather public input on changes to proposed shoreline development guidelines required by the state.

These meetings will address 18 a...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2015

Pierce County Council chooses leadership, committees for 2015

Pierce County Councilmember Dan Roach has been re-elected as Council chair for 2015. The seven-member body voted for leadership positions and assignments on Council committees and other boards and commissions at the Council’s Jan. 13 weekly meeting.

Co...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2015

Council proclaims January 2015 as Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Members of the Pierce County Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution declaring January 2015 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The measured, passed at the Jan. 13 Council meeting, calls human trafficking a form of modern-day slavery an...Read on...

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

Three members of the Pierce County Council are hosting a public forum to provide local residents with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration. The meeting – arranged by Councilmembers Connie ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2015

Roach praises choice to serve as 30th District state representative

Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach says he’s pleased with the governor’s appointment of Carol Gregory to fill the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives. That position has been open since the death of former Rep. Roger Freeman,...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2015

Derek Young sworn in, looking forward to service on County Council

One day after raising his right hand and taking the oath of office, new Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young says he’s humbled and excited to serve his constituents in the 7th Council District.

At the first council meeting of the New Year on Tuesday...Read on...

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Posted on: December 8, 2014

Pierce County seeks joint meeting with King County to pick legislative replacement

Members of the Pierce County Council want to meet with the King County Council so they can jointly decide who to appoint to the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Pierce County Council members have expressed a strong desi...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Council to hold final on-location meeting of 2014 at new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct

The Pierce County Council holds at least one of its regular Tuesday meetings in each of the seven council districts each year. The final stop on the 2014 tour will be at the new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The address is 14...Read on...

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Posted on: November 26, 2014

McDonald invites county residents to attend Council meeting in Puyallup

The Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting in Puyallup on Dec. 2. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Puyallup City Hall in the Williams Stoner Council Chambers (5th floor), 333 South Meridian in Puyallup (click here for a map...Read on...

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Posted on: October 27, 2014

Residents invited to attend Pierce County Council meeting on Fox Island

This week, the Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting on Fox Island in the 7th Council District. The county charter directs the council to hold a number of its weekly meetings at various locations throughout the district to give count...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2014

County Council sets 10 meetings for 2015 budget

The Pierce County Council has scheduled 10 public meetings as it considers spending priorities for the 2015 budget.

Council members will soon conclude a series of retreats at which they learned about the specifics of the 2015 budget proposal submitted...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2014

Public invited to join County Council for Ashford meeting Oct. 14

The Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting in Ashford on Oct. 14 as part of an effort to reach out to county residents who may not otherwise be able to attend the weekly meetings in Tacoma. The Ashford meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 6, 2014

Richardson invites county residents to attend Council meeting in Lakewood

In an effort to involve more citizens in government, the Pierce County Council will relocate its regular Tuesday meeting to Lakewood tomorrow evening. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Lakewood City Hall.

“The Pierce County Charter requires u...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

Councilmember Ladenburg joins municipal leaders in call for cleaner fuels

Pierce County Council Member Connie Ladenburg has joined over 60 municipal leaders, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, in calling on Washington’s governor to soon implement a clean fuels standard. In an open letter sent to Governor Inslee, the ele...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

Pierce County residents invited to informational U.S. Open meetings

Citizens who live in northwestern Pierce County will have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about the expected benefits and get an update on planning for next year’s U.S. Open golf tournament. The county will hold two meetings – one in Tacoma and a...Read on...

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Posted on: September 3, 2014

September named “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in Pierce County

Having a child diagnosed with cancer is arguably one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family. That’s why members of the Pierce County Council wanted to help draw attention to the battle against childhood cancer by officially designating...Read on...

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Posted on: August 20, 2014

Council approves increase in new sewer connection charge; no changes to current customer fees

Members of the Pierce County Council voted on Aug. 19 to increase the fees for connecting to the sanitary sewer system to help pay for the ongoing expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place.

“This increase i...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2014

Council proclaims Aug. 9 to be “Pierce County Early Learning Day”

In recognition of First 5 Fundamentals Family Fun Fair kick-off event, members of the Pierce County Council unanimously approved Proposed Resolution R2014-93, designating Aug. 9 as “Pierce County Early Learning Day.”

The First 5 Fundamentals program, w...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2014

New County Council proposal would bring parity to employee evaluations

Proposed Ordinance 2014-59, which will be considered by the County Council’s Rules and Operations Committee on Aug. 11, would allow non-represented employees to challenge, grieve or appeal a supervisor's performance evaluation – a right that represented e...Read on...

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

Council clarifies intent of ban on overnight tractor-trailer parking

The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, July 22, to clarify that a new ordinance is intended to ban overnight parking by tractor-trailers, not other large vehicles.

Astute constituents realized that legislation approved on July 15 had unintentionally ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

Pierce County Council approves restrictions on tractor-trailer parking

After removing a provision dealing with increased parking fines in general, members of the Pierce County Council voted 6-1 to restrict the parking of semi trailers along the roadside in certain areas of the county at night.

Citing safety concerns for p...Read on...

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Posted on: July 3, 2014

County council renounces human trafficking, vows to help raise awareness

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, members of the Pierce County Council approved Resolution R2014-83 which declares the County to be a “Not in My County” anti-human trafficking area.

The resolution originated with the Coalition Against Trafficking (CAT), a...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2014

Your chance to learn about U.S. Open at County Council meeting in University Place July 8

Now that the 2014 U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., has concluded, all eyes in the golf world are now turned to University Place’s Chamber Bay Golf Course. As part of its ongoing community outreach efforts, the Pierce County Council will hold an in-district m...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2014

County Council suspends district meetings on Shoreline Management Program

Members of the Pierce County Council have announced the postponement of a series of meetings around the county to hear from residents about the proposed Shoreline Management Program. The delay is necessary in order to give the county more time to draft am...Read on...

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Posted on: June 6, 2014

Pierce County Council takes a road trip, brings government to the people

The 1,806 square miles that comprise Pierce County can make it daunting for residents to travel all the way to Tacoma to attend a regular meeting of the County Council, so council members are holding a series of regular meetings around the county.

The ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2014

Pierce County Council says “thanks” to those called for jury duty

The Pierce County Council has designated the week of May 19-23 as “Juror Appreciation Week.”

Resolution 2014-55, unanimously approved on Tuesday, May 13, points to the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers as an important and unique part of the American ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 7, 2014

Pierce County Council suspends truck traffic on aging Milroy Bridge

By a unanimous vote Tuesday, members of the Pierce County Council implemented new restrictions on vehicle traffic over the Milroy Bridge connecting the community of Waller to the City of Fife via 66th Ave. Ordinance 2014-22 prevents vehicles towing traile...Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2014

County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

Joint Council-Executive Resolution R2014-49, approved durin...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2014

Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Pierce County Council – has announced that an unincorporated portion of the county will be the next to receive funding to help mitigate flood ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2014

McDonald leads county in recognizing Pierce County READS program

Members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution yesterday that draws attention to the largest community reading event around. Council Resolution R2014-30 proclaims March 2 through April 25 as the annual Pierce County READS program celebra...Read on...

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Posted on: December 19, 2013

New levee will protect people, help salmon

Construction begins Thursday on a $16 million project that will reduce the risk of floods throughout the Puyallup River valley, create new habitat for salmon and produce more than 230 local jobs.

Federal, state and local leaders will gather for a grou...Read on...

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Posted on: November 27, 2013

County Council's Dec. 4 meeting to be held in Parkland

Next week's regular meeting of the Pierce County Council will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at a fire station in Parkland.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Station 61, located at 100 S. 114th St., Parkland.

The Co...Read on...

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Posted on: November 22, 2013

Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV Park from Dwight Partin for $1,0...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2013

County Council to consider protecting shooting ranges during Aug. 13 meeting in Orting

The Pierce County Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that protects shooting ranges from noise and nuisance actions during an Aug. 13 meeting in Orting.

The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-City Building in...Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2013

Verizon Foundation awards grant for Family Justice Center services

The Verizon Foundation has awarded $6,433 to the Family Justice Center Foundation Fund with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to fund mental health counseling and support groups for clients of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. The Verizon Fo...Read on...

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Posted on: July 3, 2013

PCTV airs U.S. Open presentation to County Council

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If you missed last week’s U.S. Open presentation to the Pierce County Council, it can be viewed at various times on PCTV and online any time.

The one-hour presentation on June 27 featured Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association’s on-site champ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2013

County Council blocks pot industry until rules are ready

The Pierce County Council unanimously voted Tuesday, July 2, to delay the start of the marijuana market until state licensing rules are set and the county adopts permanent zoning regulations.

Last fall, Washington state voters approved Initiative 502, ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2013

County Council appoints McCann, Muri to vacant seats

The Pierce County Council filled two key vacancies in the community on Tuesday, July 2.

First, the Council voted 7-0 to appoint Kevin McCann as a judge on the Pierce County District Court bench. McCann, who has served the county as a deputy prosecutor ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 17, 2013

Flemming, Figueroa elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

Pierce County Councilmember Stan Flemming and University Place City Councilmember Javier Figueroa have been elected to leadership positions with the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on telecommunications issues and tele...Read on...

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Posted on: May 17, 2013

Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2013

Council schedules in-district meetings in 3 communities

The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Graham, North Tacoma and Parkland as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-City Building in downtown Tac...Read on...

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