Recognition of the achievements of several Gig Harbor citizens took center stage at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Lita Dawn Stanton was recognized for her contribution and dedication to the historic preservation of Gig Harbor, receiving a standing ovation from the assembled crowd for her years of service to her community.
Stanton received the Outstanding Career Achievement in Historic Preservation Award from the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation. She is one of three 2016 recipients of this award.
Mayor pro tem Tim Payne presented the award to Stanton and gave a brief background of her work while employed as the city’s historic preservation officer.
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“This (award) is to honor somebody who has been a great contributor to our community,” Payne said. “This is somebody who has grown up here and has given a lot to our community.”
Stanton was instrumental in the recognition and protection of Skansie Brothers Park, Skansie Netshed and the Eddon Boatyard.
In this position, Stanton further oversaw commercial and residential preservation efforts for the city.
Stanton took a moment to thank former mayors, city staff and the Gig Harbor community for their support in historic preservation efforts.
She included a plea for the city to focus on historic preservation and to continue to listen to community input when it comes to preservation in the face of Gig Harbor development.
“Historic preservation is not about protecting everything old … it is about recognizing historic significance,” she said. “Historic preservation is about balance.”
Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team
The Council also recognized the achievements of the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team members on the national and international level.
The team won its fifth consecutive national championship in August and 13 athletes from the team competed in the September Olympic Hopes Regatta.
Payne presented team members and their coaches with certificates from the city for their achievements and representation of Gig Harbor.
“The city of Gig Harbor recognizes the efforts that goes in to a national championship,” Payne said. “This is just a phenomenal opportunity for our community and our youth who represent us.”
Head coach Holm Schmidt took a moment to thank the city and the Gig Harbor community for the continued support for the team.
“I want to thank this magnificent town for recognizing this magnificent team,” he said. “We will unite the old and new of this city in this sport for our young people.”
The first hearing of an ordinance that would require residential sprinklers in new Gig Harbor homes took place Monday evening, continuing a conversation on the issue that began in June.
A report from City Administrator Ron Williams and city Fire Marshall Paul Rice outlined the background of this ordinance and outreach efforts taken by the city on this issue.
Following the report, a public hearing revealed an overwhelming opposition to the ordinance, with representatives including local contractors, developers and realtors expressing concerns ranging from increased building costs to necessity.
Requesting further information to address these concerns and other questions outlined by the Council, the ordinance will return at a future meeting for a second reading.