New County Council district office opens July 31

Continuing to honor a promise he made when elected to the Pierce County Council in 2000, Councilmember Calvin Goings (District 2) will dedicate his new district office on July 31 at the WSU Puyallup Extension Center.

The Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will help Goings cut the ribbon at 10 a.m in the center’s administrative offices. Located at 7612 Pioneer Way E. — just west of the Puyallup city limits — the WSU Extension Center site makes sense because preserving farmland and agricultural practices are a vital part of Goings’ work on the council, he said.

“We created an innovative program in this year’s budget to help our county’s family farmers market their products and stay economically viable,” Goings said. “The WSU extension center is the nexus of that program, so our office will have access to a wealth of information useful to farmers and anyone else interested in sustaining agriculture in Pierce County.”

As with his previous district office at the Central Pierce Fire & Rescue station No. 6-6 on South Hill, Goings new district office can also assist citizens with many other issues relating to county government. His assistant, Christine Wilson, will staff the office on Thursdays and Fridays, and Goings plans to be there as much as his schedule will allow.

Goings said appointments to meet with him are appreciated but definitely aren’t required. “There may be times when we aren’t there because we’re out helping someone else,” he said, “but if a citizen takes time out of his or her busy day to come to see us, we want to be there. Nothing is more frustrating than showing up at a government office and not finding someone from the government there.”

Goings is in his seventh year representing the approximately 100,000 residents of District 2, which includes Puyallup, Fife, Northeast Tacoma, Browns Point, Dash Point, Summit View and Summit-Waller.