Thursday, March 19, 2015

Art Bus Coming To Ruston

As part of the greater effort to get folks out and enjoying the local arts scene, Tacoma has a long tradition of taking the third Thursday of each month for an Art Walk, now known as the Art Mingle. An off-shoot of this effort is the Art Bus, which takes a group to local galleries on the third Thursday, featuring a celebrity host and a wide variety of art. Today's tour includes a stop at the Blue Octopus on N. Pearl. The gallery owner, Kerry Cole, is a well-known artist. She has another shop in downtown Tacoma but offers wine and painting parties at our location as well. Congratulations on getting the bus out of downtown!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Police Chief Kunkel Leaving

Officer Celis and Chief Kunkel

Ruston Police Chief Jeremy Kunkel is leaving the department this week for a position with Tacoma police. Kunkel has been an officer in Ruston for over 15 years. He has focused on strong community relations and brought much needed stability to the department. Officer Vic Celis will take over as interim chief until a replacement is found.

Ruston Refuses Annexation

The Ruston council passed a resolution at their meeting Tuesday refusing to allow annexation proceedings to continue. The annexation petition from Point Ruston owners seeks to have Tacoma take over the portion of their property that is within Ruston. More details at The News Tribune here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Problems Found At Point Ruston

The News Tribune has an extensive article today outlining concerns about the propane gas system being used on the Tacoma side of the Point Ruston project. While Tacoma officials believe the system is safe, double the permitted gas was installed without inspection. State and federal officials, whose requirements are more strict, are also now working with the developer to ensure their standards are met. Read more details here... 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Council Votes To Pursue Permitting Interlocal Agreement

The Ruston council voted unanimously tonight to pursue an interlocal agreement with Tacoma that would allow Tacoma's land use department to handle all permitting at the Point Ruston site. Tacoma would enforce Ruston codes within Ruston, but the hope expressed by city leaders is that the process would standardize the process for everyone. The News Tribune has more details here...

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ruston Considering Tacoma For Permitting

The News Tribune is reporting (here) that the Ruston council is considering pursuing an inter-local agreement with Tacoma that would allow Tacoma to handle building permitting for the entire site. Tacoma would take over enforcing Ruston code on the Ruston side with their larger planning department. The Ruston council is slated to discuss the issue at it's meeting Tuesday night. You can review the resolution here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tacoma Approves Annexation

Yesterday City of Tacoma leaders approved the request to annex the Point Ruston site fully into their boundaries. The Ruston council will now consider the issue. More details here...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Pro-Tacoma Voice

Local attorney Erik Bjornson offers his opinion supporting state intervention to allow Point Ruston to annex to Tacoma. You can read it here...  Mr. Bjornson is a contributing writer to the News Tribune, so his statement is much longer than the 250 word limit for Letters To The Editor that controlled Councilmember Hedrick's opposing statement.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ruston's Defense

Councilmember Jim Hedrick offers his opinion of the Point Ruston permit controversy is a letter to the News Tribune editor, defending the city's actions. You can read it here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ruston Will Issue Permits

Ruston Mayor Bruce Hopkins announced today that two building permits will be issued to Point Ruston as early as today. Read more details in The News Tribune here.