It has been a little over a year since Paystation went live. Paystsation is the City’s new Utility Billing online payment system. The system has been a much more effective tool for utility billing staff and customers seem to like it as well.
In April and May 2017 staff processed 3,249 payments, the equivalent of about a quarter of payments through this system and 516 customers have opted for paperless billing. Additionally, 945 customers have opted for the automatic recurring billing that ensures their payment is made on the due date.
New City Population
April 1st of every year, the State Office of Financial Management (OFM) assigns an official population estimate to each jurisdiction in the State. Last year, Puyallup’s OFM population level was 39,850. In 2017, the City has crossed the 40,000 resident threshold, as our official State-recognized population (as of 4/1/17) is 40,500.
Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, funded by the US Department of Agriculture and the State of Washington, is coordinated locally by Pierce County Aging and Long Term care. It provides $40 worth of vouchers to qualifying seniors; the coupons can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at Farmers’ Markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. On June 10th, 250 eligible seniors received the coupons at the Activity Center and are looking forward to visiting merchants from the Puyallup Farmers’ Market soon.
Adult Summer Softball
Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs retired on June 30th. Lisa originally worked for PPD from 1999 – 2006 as the Crime Prevention Specialist. She returned as PPD’s part-time Crime Prevention Coordinator in 2013 and returned to full-time status in 2015. Lisa has created several innovative crime prevention programs during her time with PPD as well as adapted national programs to fit the Puyallup community. Lisa’s service to the community will be greatly missed. We wish her the best of luck in her retirement!
Officer Rochelle Brosseau also retired from the Puyallup Police Department on June 30th. Officer Brosseau had the distinction of being the first female police officer hired by Puyallup PD. She was hired in April of 1984 and worked for the Puyallup Police Department for 33 years. In addition to patrol, Officer Brosseau also served as a detective during her time with PPD. Thank you for your 33 years of service to our community!
Belly Dance Class
Belly dance lessons are offered at the Activity Center every Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The instructor is Zemirah of the Magic Carpet Dancers and she emphasizes that Belly Dance offers something for everyone! This low impact exercise provides body awareness, movement, rhythm, and is a fun activity for all ages and body types.
Pioneer Park Pavilion
June was another busy month at the Pioneer Park Pavilion! The Pavilion hosted the Graham-Kapowsin High School Prom, a graduation party, the Bethel High School Senior Awards event, a Champion’s Centre staff event, the Puyallup PTA Golden Acorn event, A “Thrive” Event, Puyallup School District’s Advanced Graduation ceremony, Former Puyallup Mayor Don Malloy’s Memorial Service, a Multicare event, and three beautiful weddings!
The Farmers Market continues on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM and is located in Pioneer Park and the Pavilion. The 2017 season runs through October 14th.
Approximately 30 people attended the inaugural Walk Puyallup event on June 29th. The first walk, in what we hope to become an annual series, was an informative tour of historic downtown buildings led by the Meeker Mansion’s Andy Anderson, and sponsored by the Puyallup Main Street Association which provided water and snacks. We hope to have another great turnout at the next event on July 27th in South Hill, starting at the Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health) building. Walks are from noon-1:00 PM and are approximately 1.5 miles.
Learn to Play Mah Jongg
The Activity Center offers Mah Jongg every Tuesday afternoon and on Thursday evenings. Mah Jongg is a fascinating game of tiles, luck and skill, and is loads of fun for all that play! People new to Mah Jongg, as well as experienced players, are welcome to join this stimulating activity.
Food Truck Frenzy
Bradley Lake Park was host to the second annual Food Truck Frenzy on June 24th. The beautiful, hot weather made finding a shady spot to eat food from one of the seventeen food trucks a top priority. Slim Wizzy, The Afrodisiacs, and Wally and the Beavs played music throughout the event and several people danced off calories from their lunch. One of the many highlights was the Rain or Shine on Fire truck that featured a real wood fired pizza oven. On The Grind Espresso showed off their fog machine and flashing lights. C ‘n’ A Wings and Things boasted about their fried alligator and frog legs. It wasn’t all about the food as the kids enjoyed two bounce houses as well as yard games. Approximately 4,500 people came through Bradley Lake Park during the event and cemented the Food Truck Frenzy as one of the largest single events the Recreation Department hosts during the year.
Puyallup Computer Users Group
The Puyallup Computer Users Group (PCUG) is a peer support system designed for all levels of senior computer users. The participants meet at the Activity Center on the first Friday of each month and they provide education and a copious amount of other helpful information through group interaction and discussion.
The Activity Center offers chair yoga for seniors every Wednesday. Certified Physical Therapist Assistant, Barbara Ogolsky, PTA, LVCYT is the instructor and her class combines basic yoga postures, gentle stretching, breathing exercise, and meditation.
Veteran’s Park Playground Ribbon Cutting
On June 23rd, we celebrated the addition of a playground at Veteran’s Park with the official ribbon cutting. Veteran’s Park, our newest neighborhood park, has seen the addition of a new shelter, restroom and playground over the past three years. The playground is designed for kids ages 2-12 and features 3 slides, rock climbing wall, ridge climber and more. The park will serve the local neighborhood and is also a great spot along the Riverwalk Trail to stop and enjoy the amenities. Special thanks to the soldiers of the 504th MP, who helped with the site work prior to the installation of the playground. Thank you to all that came out to celebrate.
Concerts in the Park
The 2017 Concerts in the Park series has one of the strongest lineups of performers in recent memory!
The Kiwanis Kids Noon Tunes series on Tuesdays is highlighted by perennial favorite Reptile Isle and his reptile show as well as everyone’s favorite family entertainer Tim Noah. Recess Monkey and The Not Its will bring the energy as they get kids and parents alike up on their feet and dancing.
The Family Series on Thursday nights brings in local bands Limberlost and The BGP to rock their home crowd, Darren Motamedy returns with his smooth jazz saxophone, and The Atomic Punks will rock Pioneer Park with their Van Halen tribute. To finish off the series, American Idol star and Seattle area native, Blake Lewis brings his band to Bradley Lake Park where he’ll be sure to put the finishing touch on an amazing summer of concerts.
Our youth baseball/softball recreational leagues, for players 5-12 years of age, concluded their season on June 23rd with another successful, though rain filled season. Our recreational Junior baseball league for players 13-14 years of age, got underway on June 13th. There are 4 teams registered for this program. Select leagues for players 13-16 years of ages are still ongoing.
Automated License Plate Reader
The Puyallup Police Department was successful in obtaining a grant for an Automated License Plate Reader from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority to assist with locating stolen vehicles. There are three cameras mounted on top of a police vehicle (two front facing, one rear facing) that capture all license plates within their field of view. The license plates are then compared with national and state databases for stolen vehicles, wanted people and missing persons. Within the first hour of deployment, a stolen license plate was recovered on a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was not aware that the license plate had been switched. PPD is hopeful that this technology will assist with recovering stolen vehicles and subsequent investigations will lead to a reduction in stolen vehicles.
Summer Day Camp
Camp Yougottawanna (ages 5-13) started June 26th. All weeks are full with waitlists. We have a fun filled summer planned with field trips scheduled to: Henry Moses Aquatic Center, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Bullwinkles Family Fun Center and much, much more!