From the desk of Councilmember Amy Cruver…
I want to thank all who persevered the heat and attended my yearly in-district meeting at Camp Arnold last Tuesday evening. I had a great team from the office that helped put everything together.
Several of the councilmembers and staff experienced a ride on the rail bikes prior to the meeting in the 97° heat. To be truthful, it didn’t feel that hot as there was a great deal of shade and some breeze along the rail line that made the ride most enjoyable. I highly recommend the venue!
The presentations were as I had hoped…very informative. To begin, we learned about Camp Arnold and the wonderful breakthroughs their programs make with children who live in challenging environments and really need to know people care. We also learned of successes in their leadership development program.
We were entertained with a “magic toy” demonstration by Aaron Pruitt from the Pioneer Farm Museum. They will be celebrating their Founder’s Day in October. I’ll be sending out reminders later.
Eatonville mayor, David Baublits, shared economic development visions of the town, as well as the work by local business entities to promote tourism. The Joe and Justin Duo informed us about the progress of the Nisqually Community Forest, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nisqually Land Trust. The NCF is the second of two community forests in the state.
Our final presentation was by Mr. Paul Ingraham with the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). PSRC is designated under federal law as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and under state law as our Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO), for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Mr. Ingraham presented on the Vision 2050 planning document, which is what Pierce County follows when creating and adopting policies. His power point was very enlightening. If there are business organizations or perhaps groups such as homeowner associations that would like to have a presentation, Paul said they are available. Let me know if that interests you and I’ll get you connected.
Because we are in the midst of writing the 2024-25 biennium budget and updating both the County’s Countywide Comprehensive Plan and Sustainability 2030: Pierce County’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, I wanted you to have the opportunity to learn about the background of the planning documents (full disclosure…I voted against 2021-8s2 and (2022-29 described here)).
Every ten years, we must update the Countywide Planning Policies according to the mandates of the state’s Growth Management Act. It is a daunting task, and the County is in the process of updating that plan for adoption at the end of 2024. Policies to reduce human generated (anthropogenic global warming—AGW) greenhouse gas emissions must be incorporated into our planning documents. By doing so, the county scores higher in grant applications, increasing its probability of receiving grants.
I could go on, but I don’t want you to get lost in too much information. I do have one request. If you choose to only look at one link, please choose this one. It’s the best illustration I have seen demonstrating the proportion of CO2 (plant food and the element claimed to affect the climate) in the composition of greenhouse gases. Trillions of taxpayer dollars are invested in restructuring our energy system and lives to further reduce CO2 emissions. This information does influence my position on planning policies. Credentials of the speaker are shown at the end.
Knowing your values and positions regarding the role of government and its policies are important in my service to you. Your comments are always appreciated.
Grateful for you!