December 2017

City Gallery to Feature Work of Artist Anne Doane

On Thursday, January 18th, the City of Puyallup will host a reception for artist Anne Doane whose work is currently being featured in “City Gallery” on the fifth floor of City Hall. Doane’s pieces consist of oil and watercolor paintings and mixed media work.

Using a unique blend of impressionism and realism to paint landscapes, still life and more, Doane’s artwork conveys a spirit of calm and balance. She works in oil, watercolor, alcohol ink, mixed media, collage and other mediums, choosing the medium to best suit the subject matter and convey mood.

Doane’s interest in drawing and painting began while attending high school at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma. She continued to study art at the University of Puget Sound and graduated from The University of Washington.  

Doane has received awards for her oil, watercolor and mixed media work.  Her art has been accepted to the Washington State Fair Fine Art competition for the past 17 years. Her paintings have been displayed in various South Sound galleries and juried shows including Federal Way City Hall, Lakewood Artsfest, Lakewood Gardens, Town of Steilacoom Fireside Gallery, Premier Gallery, Franke Tobey Jones Art Show, Tahoma Center Gallery, Emerald Downs Equine Art Competition, and Xanadu Online Gallery. Doane is an active member and the secretary of the Rainier League of Arts and Pacific Gallery Artists. 

City Gallery is free and open to the public during regular business hours. The gallery is curated by Arts Downtown, a local organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local artists with the vision of making art an essential part of the Puyallup community. City Gallery offers both established and new or emerging artists a place in which to showcase their work.

Event details:

Thursday, January 18th
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
5th Floor Puyallup City Hall
333 S. Meridian
Stairway near Blue Grotto Italy
Moody Tulips

Professional Engineers

The City of Puyallup is pleased to announce that on December 1, 2017 two of its employees passed their exams making them licensed professional engineers. Please help us congratulate Joy Rodriguez and Bryan Roberts! Attaining Professional Engineer (PE) licensing is an impressive achievement that reflects their dedication, skillset and propels them to the top of their profession. Only a PE may prepare, sign, seal and submit engineering plans and drawings to public agencies for approval.

Seattle Symphony

For many years, the Puyallup Activity Center has partnered with the Seattle Symphony to offer symphony matinees on Fridays. Trip-goers have an opportunity to listen to a pre-concert lecture with the conductor followed by the concert. Each performance features a world-renowned soloist and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The most recent matinee, Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, was held on December 1st and included Pianist Kirill Gerstein who was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most respected pianist of his generation. This concerto was designed to capitalize on the composer’s super human hands and the attendees thoroughly enjoyed the performance. 

Judge Andrea L. Beall Sworn in at Washington Supreme Court Ceremony

Puyallup Municipal Court Judge Andrea L. Beall joined 18 newly elected and appointed municipal court judges from throughout Washington at a swearing-in ceremony conducted by Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst at the Temple of Justice in Olympia on December 11, 2017. 

Municipal court judges are elected every four years in Washington cities with more than 400,000 residents, or if the court is established by city leaders to require election of judges. In other cases, municipal court judges are appointed by city officials.  City of Puyallup Municipal Court Judge is an elected position.

The judicial oath of office reads: "I [name], do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Washington, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of judge of the municipal court of [city] according to the best of my abilities."

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to be a part of the justice system serving the citizens of Puyallup.  I am honored to have been elected to a second term,” said Judge Beall.  

Judge Andrea L. Beall (left) State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst (right)

Andrea L. Beall

Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Service

The City of Puyallup offers “treecycling” at no cost to all residential utility customers. Flocked trees or yard waste are not accepted. Please do not put trees in garbage or yard waste containers. Remove all ornaments, tinsel, and other material and cut your tree into sections no longer than four feet in length. Place your tree sections on the ground at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 8th.
If you have questions about this service, contact DM Disposal at 253-414-0347.

Emergency Management Shelter Deployment Drill

On December 14th, the City of Puyallup conducted an emergency shelter drill.  The City deployed the Emergency Management Shelter semi-trailer and Shelter trailer with equipment to support shelter services as well as the Emergency Management shelter generator.  The equipment was taken to one of our shelter partners, Bethany Church, and tested to make sure it would be functional in the event of an emergency.  The City is currently planning to conduct additional mass care and shelter exercises to increase our readiness to respond in the event of an emergency or disaster. 

EOC Semi Shelter Drill

Emergency Management Semi Shelter Drill 12-14-17

Generator Test

Turning on generator Shelter Drill 12-14-17

Giving Tree 

Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning and opening those special gifts from Santa. A giving tree was placed in the Puyallup Recreation Center lobby with tags for fifty deserving children from within the Puyallup community.  With the support of staff and customers all fifty tags were taken, gifts returned, wrapped and delivered just in time for Christmas! This is a wonderful program and a special thank you to everyone who helped make our third annual Giving Tree a huge success!
Giving Tree Presents Wrapped 2

Construction Bids

Two city projects going to construction in 2018 have been advertised and are being awarded to the lowest bidder (shown below).  Both low bids came in below the engineer’s estimate and indicate a favorable bidding environment. The next project to be bid will be Shaw Road improvements from Manorwood Drive to 23rd Avenue SE which will be advertised starting January 18th, 2018.   

- 9th & River Rd. Safety Improvements:
$982,773.71 Engineer Estimate         
  $750,102 Transportation Systems Inc. (low bid)

-31st & 5th Signal: $933,400.00 Engineer Estimate
                                  $604,623.00 Northeast Electric (low bid)

Pancake Breakfast

The Puyallup Activity Center provides a delicious Pancake Breakfast on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This hardy breakfast consists of all you can eat pancakes, along with eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. The cost is only $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for Children 6 and under, however, during the month of December the meal was free. With December’s breakfast being the last one of the year, the Activity Center extends a heart-felt thank to all the Service Clubs who volunteer their time and their members to help run the program.

2017 Permit Center Stats

As evidenced by the large amount of construction around the community, development activity in the City has remained very active in 2017.  The following are a few key year-end indicators from our City Hall Permit Center: 

  • Total building permits issued in 2017:  986 
  • Total new building permit valuation in 2017: $184,898,300 (NOTE: other than 2009, when building permit valuation was sharply skewed upward due to permits issued that year for the large Good Samaritan Hospital Patient Care Tower, this is the highest annual permit valuation figure in the last decade). 
  • Total single-family residential permit applications in 2017: 129 
  • Total number of building permits submitted and issued electronically: 303 (NOTE: currently, certain minor permit applications can be processed electronically.  In 2018, the City will be implementing a new electronic permit system to accommodate all construction permit applications).  

Hummingbird Hill Trail Connection

With the help of a WCC crew, the Hummingbird Hill Trail Connection has been re-established. This trail connection will serve as part of the future Five-Mile Loop Trail that connects several parks and open spaces within the Puyallup Valley area.  This trail connection is located off 13th Street SW and connects to 19th Avenue SW.  The connection helps improve and expand Puyallup’s trail system, allowing citizens the ability to escape into nature, explore and enjoy the natural environment without having to leave their neighborhood. The Five-Mile Loop Trail will connect Decoursey Park, Clarks Creek Park, Meeker Creek Trail, Silver Creek Trail as well as various open spaces.
trail restoration

Annual Christmas Party

The Activity Center celebrated the annual Christmas party in style on December 15th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous entertainment by the Ferrucci Jr. High School Band, Choir and Orchestra.  As tradition, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus made an appearance and provided photos and gift bags for the seniors.  In addition, the party included numerous raffles, and of course a nice lunch with many desserts. With all the generosity brought forth by our seniors, we were able to collect and donate over 500 pounds of food to the Puyallup Food Bank.

Activity Center Victoria trip 1 Dec. 17
Activity Center Victoria trip 4 Dec. 17

Police Department Promotion

On December 19th Sergeant Dan Pashon was promoted to captain at the Puyallup Police Department. He will oversee the Operations Division, which is the largest division at the police department. Captain Pashon has been serving the City of Puyallup as a member of the police department for over 28 years.  Congratulations Captain Pashon!
Pashon Promotion
Waller Promotion
On December 12th, Detective Jon Waller was promoted to sergeant.  He took over a day shift patrol squad, and in January he will transition to supervising a night shift patrol squad. Sergeant Waller has served as a patrol officer, POP officer and a property crimes detective since coming to PPD from the Lakewood Police Department several years ago. Congratulations Sergeant Waller!

EOC Upgrade

On December 12th, the IT Department conducted a workday at the Emergency Operations Center. Twenty-five desktop computers were replaced with new Dell micro-computers sporting Solid State Drives, dual video capability and mounts attached to the back of the monitor stands. This configuration increases computing power and, at the same time, greatly reduces the desk space needed for equipment. The result is much more tabletop space available for other things during an emergency response. This Emergency Operations Center enhancement is part of our City Improvement Plan for emergency response and supports the feedback received during a recent Emergency Operations Center training.

Mystery Madness Trip

The Puyallup Activity Center offers monthly “Mystery Trips”.  Mystery Trips are designed for the ‘adventurous traveler’ and are titled as such due to the destination not being revealed or mentioned even on the day of the trip. Every aspect of the trip is truly a mystery! The Center’s most recent mystery trip, titled “Mystery Madness” began with a drive to Olympia for a special tour of the Governor’s Mansion. During their visit, the seniors were treated to an extravagantly adorned manor in holiday décor.  After the group explored each beautiful room they were treated to lunch at the Falls Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the picturesque Tumwater Falls Park.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus took a break from getting Santa prepped for his upcoming trip to decorate cookies with 25 kids at the annual Cookies with Mrs. Claus event. Each child was able to decorate over half a dozen cookies while sipping on hot chocolate and snacking on treats.  Mrs. Claus told stories, took photos with children, and handed out gift bags while festive music played in the background. There were also inflatable decorations and wrapping paper table covers leaving everyone in a festive mood at this joyful event.  Keep an eye out for next year as this event has gained in popularity!  
Cookies with Mrs. Claus

 Breakfast with Santa

This sold-out event was held at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on December 9th.  This annual community event celebrates the spirit of the Holiday season. Approximately 250 guests joined us for a breakfast buffet, crafts, games, cookie decorating station, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and even dancing in the snow with Frosty and Rudolph.
Breakfast with Santa

Proposed New Developments

Over the past several weeks, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following possible new development projects: 

  • A proposed two-lot single-family residential subdivision, located in the 2700 block of 9th Avenue SW. 
  • An expansion to the existing Bourbon Street restaurant at 401 S. Meridian.  This addition would involve a new partially-enclosed second-story balcony area containing restaurant seating area, directly on top of the establishment’s existing exterior deck space. 
  • A planned internal/external remodel, including a new primary building entrance, to the structure at 315 S. Meridian containing the law offices of Campbell Dille Barnett.  
  • A proposed PSE maintenance facility, consisting of approximately 19,000 square feet of new maintenance/shop area and offices, proposed for a vacant site in the 300 block of Todd Road.

Hearing Examiner

The City Hearing Examiner is scheduled to hold two public hearings in January, as follows: 

  • On Tuesday, January 23rd at 1:30 PM, the Examiner will hold a hearing on a Conditional Use Permit request for a proposed new 66-bed memory care facility (aka Fieldstone Meridian) in the 2100 block of S. Meridian.   
  • On Tuesday, January 30th at 1:00 PM, the Examiner will hold a hearing on an appeal of an administrative determination to grant a minor reduction in lot width to a proposed new residential parcel in the 2300 block of 41st Street SE. 
Associate Planner Kendall Wals (253-841-5462) is the case planner for both projects. All Hearing Examiner hearings are held in the City Council Chambers on the 5th Floor of the City Hall (333 S. Meridian); any interested party may attend and, if desired, provide testimony. 

Shop with a Cop

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and members of PPD, nine students pre-selected based on merit, character and need from local elementary schools were able to participate in the annual Shop with a Cop event that took place on December 14th.  PPD School Resource Officer Mark Ketter organized the event that allowed the children to select gifts at Best Buy and Fred Meyer. In addition, the group had lots of fun at Super Jump inside South Hill Mall, enjoyed breakfast at Happy Doughnuts and ate lunch at The Rock, all before returning to school by 3:00 p.m.  It is always a rewarding experience for the PPD members that spend the day with these deserving kids.

Shop with a Cop