City annexes the bay, wins public works award

The city annexed the bay to help law enforcement, not to build

Staff writerMay 14, 2014 

At its Monday night meeting, the Gig Harbor city council annexed Gig Harbor bay; officially expanding the boundary between the city and Pierce County.

The ordinance formally approved a Department of Natural Resources annexation.

The water boundary expansion will help the Gig Harbor police department recover derelict boats and other problem vessels.

The area is already in Pierce County’s Urban Growth Management Area.

Dennis Reynolds, a lawyer from Bainbridge Island, lodged a letter from his clients, Stan and Judith Stearns, who live in unincorporated Pierce County.

The letter says that when the expansion was approved by Pierce County, the city of Gig Harbor stated the intent of the annexation.

Gig Harbor annexed the bay for law enforcement reasons, the statement said, not in order to add docks and other “in-water features.”

The Stearns do not oppose the annexation, but are cautious.

The letter asks that more language “be added by Gig Harbor that prohibits the city from having any authority with regard to future over-water or in-water uses.”

Those features cited are docks, floats and mooring buoys. It also includes anything else allowed by Pierce County’s shoreline regulations.

In the meeting, Public Works director Jeff Langhelm shared good news with the council.

The Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association named Donkey Creek Park as its Project of the Year. Donkey Creek opened in October.

An award luncheon will be held next week in Bellevue.

The city collected two awards through the Washington State Main Street Program.

The 2013 Girls Night Out, hosted by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, won Outstanding Promotional Event. The Pierce Transit Trolley project won the Community Partnership award.

The council next meets at 5:30 p.m. May 27.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 karen.miller@gateline.com @gateway_karen

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