A note from Councilmember Zeiger
I am in my third week on the Pierce County Council and really enjoying the job. There’s lots of work to do on a variety of issues — COVID-19 response, homelessness, mental health, and issues facing specific neighborhoods from Browns Point to Alderton.
COVID-19 vaccine rollout
This week, the Pierce County Council passed an emergency supplemental budget ordinance setting aside $4 million for the County’s Department of Emergency Management to set up a countywide COVID-19 vaccination system to augment existing vaccine administration by healthcare providers and pharmacies. The Department of Emergency Management plans to set up three mass vaccination sites, combined with mobile vaccination operations and “drop teams” in long-term care facilities and other settings. The goal is to ultimately administer 4,600 vaccinations a day.
I sponsored an amendment to the emergency ordinance to state the Council’s intention to restore funds to the County general fund if vaccination reimbursement is made available from the federal or state government. The amendment passed, and I voted in favor of the supplemental funding. You can watch the County Council meeting where we approved this emergency supplemental funding here.
With a slower than expected rollout of vaccines across the state, Pierce County leaders are doing our part to get the job done locally.
Standing committee and external board assignments
Recently, the County Council approved Councilmember assignments to its standing committees, as well as outside boards and commissions. I was assigned to serve as vice chair for the Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee, and as a member of the Community Development and the Human Services committees.
In addition, I will be representing Council on:
Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board
Joint Determining Board
Pierce County Reserve Officers Board of Trustees
Puyallup/White River Local Integrating Organization
Transportation Benefit District
Transfer of Development Rights Committee
Washington State Association of Counties Legislative Steering Committee
I am grateful for your input on issues before any of these committees and boards as I begin my service.
Citizen Boards and Commissions
The County has a number of citizen boards and commissions that residents can serve on that provide a great way to get involved and make a positive impact in our community. If you are interested in serving, or just want to learn more about these boards and commissions please visit the website that lists current vacancies.
And if you have ideas, feedback, questions, or concerns about anything relevant to County government, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.