Government

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In-person vs. virtual meetings at heart of disagreement between council member, mayor

Nov 14, 2023 | By:

What started as a discussion at a city council study session escalated with an erroneous email from city staff to members of the city’s boards and commissions. It then spilled over into public view with a dispute between Mayor Tracie Markley and Councilwoman Jeni Woock. At issue was whether certain city meetings should be conducted

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Derek Kilmer announces he won’t run for re-election in 2024

Nov 09, 2023 | By:

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, announced Thursday that he won’t run for re-election in 2024. Kilmer, 49, is in the middle of his sixth two-year term representing Washington’s Sixth Congressional District, which encompasses the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of the city of Tacoma. When not in Washington, D.C., the Port Angeles native

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Nearly 59 percent of voters rejecting PenMet levy proposal

Nov 07, 2023 | By:

Voters in the PenMet Parks district rejected a six-year levy lid lift request in preliminary ballot returns posted Tuesday, Nov. 7. Nearly 59 percent of 8,733 ballots counted as of Tuesday opposed the request, which would allow the district to collect property taxes of up to 6% more than the previous year instead of the state

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Ballots are due Tuesday, Nov. 7; here’s where to drop them off

Nov 03, 2023 | By:

Ballots in this fall’s elections must be mailed by Tuesday, Nov. 7, or placed in a drop box by 8 p.m. that day.  Local races on the 2023 ballot include a levy lid lift proposition for the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District; a PenMet commision seat; three Gig Harbor City Council positions, though only one is

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Phase 2/3 sports center layouts whittled to two similar plans

Oct 30, 2023 | By:

The two Phase 3 soccer fields could be on the same level or at different elevations. If at on height, a high school-sized baseball diamond could be overlaid on them.

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City Council agrees to let Harbor History Museum study future of old Masonic Lodge

Oct 25, 2023 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Harbor History Museum regarding the historic Masonic Lodge near Crescent Creek Park. The agreement approved Monday, Oct. 23, calls for the museum to conduct surveys about possible use of the building as an events center. The museum also will provide basic plans, cost estimates

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Gig Harbor City Council candidates explain positions on key city issues

Oct 19, 2023 | By:

Three city council positions are up for grabs in the Nov. 7 election. Four candidates are vying for the seats: Incumbent Mary Barber and challenger Ed Nadler square off for position 4, while incumbent Le Rodenberg and parks commission member Ben Coronado run unopposed. Ballots are due to be mailed to registered voters on Friday,

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Don’t expect to see ramp meters on eastbound Highway 16 used very often

Oct 16, 2023 | By:

Ramp meters on Gig Harbor-area onramps to eastbound Highway 16 are active as of Monday, Oct. 16. But you probably won’t see them used very often, unless something bad happens. The Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Oct. 2 that the new meters would be re-activated. They were used during construction of the second

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PenMet Parks considering non-resident surcharge

Oct 12, 2023 | By:

Participants living outside district boundaries would pay 20% more and have to wait a week to register.

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Gig Harbor City Council approves climate, forest plans

Oct 12, 2023 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council unanimously approved a Climate Action Plan and an Urban Forest Management Plan on Monday, Oct. 9. Council members also approved a resolution declaring an emergency at the entrance to Gig Harbor High School due to a malfunctioning traffic signal. This allows the city to spend $70,000 for urgent repairs. Discussion

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