Anderson Island will host its first-ever Pierce County Council meeting when the council gathers at the island’s Community Clubhouse June 19 at 6 p.m.
“For Anderson islanders, this is a chance for the council to visit them for once, instead of the other way around,” said Councilmember Dick Muri, whose Council District 6 includes the island. “For other Pierce County residents, it’s a chance to take a ferry ride and perhaps see something new.”
Council rules call for at least one evening meeting a year to be conducted in each of the seven council districts. Besides Anderson Island – an 8-square-mile island that is home to about 900 full-time residents – District 6 also includes McNeil and Ketron islands, Lakewood, Steilacoom, DuPont, Roy, McKenna, Fort Lewis, and McChord Air Force Base.
Muri said the Anderson Island Community Plan and ferry-service issues will be on the agenda, among other things. Every council meeting also features a citizen comment period that allows anyone to speak for three minutes on issues not on that meeting’s agenda.
“This meeting is a first for Anderson Island and we’re honored that the council will be here,” said Debbie Lowe, chair of the Anderson Island Citizens’ Advisory Board. “We look forward to extending some traditional island hospitality to the councilmembers as well as any other county residents who are able to visit us for this historic meeting.”
Pierce County ferries depart Steilacoom hourly between 2:10 and 5:10 p.m., but those taking the busy 5:10 sailing are advised to be in line at the dock by 4:30 p.m. Carpooling is recommended; those on foot can park at the pay lot next to the dock, and members of the Anderson Island Citizens’ Advisory Board will provide transportation between the dock and the clubhouse.
The ferries will be on the weekend schedule for the return trip, leaving the island at 8, 9:10 and 10:30 p.m.
The council’s regular meetings are Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Rm. 1045, in Tacoma.