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Aug. 22, 2014 at 10:45am City Manager's Update August 22, 2014


Chief for a Day Recognition Continues!


Members of the Puyallup Police Department made a trip to little chief Grayson’s house on August 18th to deliver toys and electronics for Chief Grayson and his little brother William. They also brought some special gifts for Grayson’s mother and father, Redonna and Greg. On August 21st, 34 “little chiefs” and their families from across the state met at the Showare Center in Kent for breakfast prior to being whisked away to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy in Burien in a police motorcade. Once at the academy, the chiefs were sworn in during an official ceremony. After the ceremony, the chiefs were treated to lunch, participated in interactive police displays, and played games. It was a fantastic day for Grayson and his family!

A special thanks to the Puyallup Police Association, the Washington State Fair, Olympic Eagle Distributing, and all of the City of Puyallup employees who participated in the fundraising BBQ for being generous partners in this event. Records Supervisor Nichole McNiven coordinated this year’s event and made sure everything went off without a hitch.

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Aug. 8, 2014 at 2:06pm City Manager's Update August 8, 2014

Captain Engle Represents PPD at Carlton Complex Fire

Captain Scott Engle represented the Puyallup Police Department in his role as an Incident Commander for the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management’s Type III Incident Command Team in Okanagan, to support the efforts battling the Carlton Complex Fire. Captain Engle’s team assisted in the operation of the Emergency Operations Center. After their six-day deployment, they effectively turned the event back over to the local jurisdiction. Captain Engle’s team received great reviews for organizing the efforts to manage the myriad of issues surrounding the fire, as well as the impacts on the local communities.

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Jul. 25, 2014 at 1:33pm City Manager's Update July 25, 2014

Camp Yougottawanna Day Camp

Puyallup’s Summer Day Camp is well under way. This year’s camp theme is “Let’s Get Moving!” Campers learn songs, participate in arts and crafts, make new friends, and go on weekly field trips. Each week highlights a different theme, with something offered for everyone! Camp participation numbers are up considerably this year with up to 100 kids registered and a waiting list for several popular trip weeks. Trips this summer include a Seattle Mariner’s baseball game, swimming at the Puyallup High School pool, and Wild Waves Water Park.

During last week’s “Let’s Get Famous” theme, campers were taken to the Old Country Buffet Restaurant “celebrity-style” - transported in a stretch limousine. Campers also practiced their skills for the annual Camp Talent Show. The talent show and a BBQ lunch, to which the camper’s parents were invited, ended this awesome week on a high note!

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Jul. 11, 2014 at 2:17pm City Manager's Update July 11, 2014

2014 Clarks Creek Elodea Removal

The 2014 Elodea Management in-water work began on June 16th near the 12th Ave SW Bridge, by Clarks Creek Park South. The contractor has continued with a steady rate of progress and both Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) boats are in operation. Work will continue in a downstream direction toward the completion point at the 56th Street E Bridge in Pierce County. As of July 7th, 6,460 linear feet of a total 15,570 linear feet had been cleared. A total of 7,325 50-lb. bags of weed have been removed from the stream thus far.

The project work is being completed during the in-water work window for minimal impact to fish health: June 15-August 1. Daily updates on the DASH work progress are posted on the project webpage: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/services/public-works/stormwater-management/projects/clarks-creek-elodea-removal/. Read more

Jun. 27, 2014 at 11:00am City Manager's Update June 27, 2014

Pioneer Park Play Structure Replacement

The aged play structure in Pioneer Park was removed last week and installation of the new structure will start the first week in July. Given the condition of the old equipment, including some recent damage, leaving the structure in place any longer than necessary would not be in the best interest of park patrons. Thank you for your patience as we improve this central-park feature! Read more

Jun. 13, 2014 at 1:49pm City Manager's Update June 13, 2014

JEB III Link Ribbon Cutting

Great news for those who utilize the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail! On Saturday, May 31st, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place to celebrate completion of a short but significant connection between Shaw Road and the Meeker Trailhead of the Foothills Trail. This section of the Riverwalk Trail is Phase IV of the trail development and is a ¼ mile stretch beginning at the corner of Pioneer Way East & Shaw Road and ending at the corner of 33rd Street SE where it connects with the existing Foothills Trail. The ceremony was well attended on this bright sunny day and this latest piece of the trail (Riverwalk Trail-Phase IV) was dedicated as the JEB III Link, named after Puyallup resident and trail enthusiast, John Ernest Berry III.

John Ernest Berry, or Jeb as he is known by his friends, is a Puyallup resident who has been a strong advocate for the connection from the year 2008 when it first appeared on the Piece County Regional Trail System map. Jeb suffered severe brain damage in July 1986 when his bike was struck by an automobile in a disastrous collision. When he awoke from a 6 ½ week coma he was unable to speak or walk. He was sent to Puyallup’s Good Samaritan Hospital for rehabilitation and stayed because he loved Puyallup. Now at age 49, Jeb lives independently, and remains a strong trail advocate. Jeb is a member of the Friends of the Riverwalk and has been an active member of the Foothills Coalition Courtesy patrol for over a decade. Jeb advocates at the local, state, and regional level for trail access and safe connected trails.

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May. 30, 2014 at 10:27am City Manager's Update May 30, 2014

Puyallup Memorial Day Concert and Remembrance

The Annual Puyallup Memorial Day Concert and Remembrance was held Monday, May 26th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. The event continues to grow in popularity, and this year all seats were filled to capacity and there was standing room only. Over 500  community members were in attendance to honor the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The event was coordinated by the Puyallup Valley VFW Post 2224. The audience was entertained by the Pierce College Concert Band performing a collection of military themed numbers as well as several stirring numbers by the Clan Gordon Pipe Band. Dignitaries on hand to welcome the audience included Congressman Denny Heck, Mayor John Knutsen, Jack Dauer, Commander of the Puyallup VFW and the host of the event Jack Taylor also from the VFW Post 2224. A memorial roll call was announced with the presentation of wreaths donated by many local organizations including the City of Puyallup and the Puyallup Police Department. A rifle salute was performed by members of the local VFW Legion Post and taps by dual buglers marked a fitting conclusion to the tribute. A special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors and organizations that helped put this program together:

- Puyallup Valley VFW Post 2224
- American Legion Post 67
- Fleet Reserve Association, Mt. Rainier Branch 104
- City of Puyallup
- The Pierce College Concert Band
- Clan Gordon Pipe Band
- Rogers High School, Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

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May. 16, 2014 at 3:09pm City Manager's Update May 16, 2014

Riverwalk Trail – JEB III Link Ribbon Cutting

The Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department will have a ribbon cutting celebration for the completion of the Riverwalk Trail Phase IV – JEB III Link on Saturday, May 31st at 11:00 am. This section of trail will complete the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail from the corner of Shaw Road and Pioneer Avenue East to the western trailhead of the existing Foothills Trail. This project is of high value to trail users in the community, but it did not come with a high price tag. The trail segment came in significantly under budget and was largely funded by Washington State Department of Commerce grant funds.

The ribbon cutting event will be held at the Eastern end of the link, just off of East Pioneer on the corner of 8th Avenue SE and 33rd St SE. Parking is available at the Foothills Trailhead on 80th St E. Pierce County Television (PCTV) will be on site at the Ribbon Cutting, filming for a Pierce County News Story.

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May. 2, 2014 at 10:37am City Manager's Update May 2, 2014

Puyallup Designated Tree City USA

In conjunction with the City’s Arbor Day celebration on April 19th, the City of Puyallup was also awarded the official designation as a Tree City USA. Mayor John Knutsen and Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, along with City Councilmembers Julie Door and Heather Shadko, were on hand to receive a Tree City USA plaque from Ben Thompson of the State Department of Natural Resources. Development Services staff, led by Associate Planner Chris Beale, organized this event. After the presentation, community volunteers helped plant new street trees along West Stewart and in other locations in downtown Puyallup. The tree planting was co-sponsored by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), and local PSE employees also volunteered with the planting. Because an Arbor Day commemoration is one of the requirements for a Tree City USA, the City anticipates hosting similar events in future years.

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Apr. 18, 2014 at 2:02pm City Manager's Update April 18, 2014


2014 Daffodil Parade

The Daffodil Festival celebrated its 81st year in 2014, culminating with the Daffodil Parade as the highlight of the festivities. The parade traveled through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting and included over 170 entries, including floats, bands, marching and mounted units, and Stryker vehicles. Parade floats were decorated with thousands of fresh-cut daffodils. This year’s theme was “Ready, Set, Grow!” Reflecting the theme, regional gardening expert Ciscoe Morris served as the parade’s Grand Marshal, and Puyallup seed purveyor and TV host Ed Hume was the Community Grand Marshal. The Daffodil Festival – and its iconic yellow flower – celebrates youth, service to community, and the approach of spring.

Mayor John Knutsen, Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, and Councilmembers Julie Door, Heather Shadko, Tom Swanson, and Steve Vermillion participated in this year’s parade, showcasing the City’s historic mini-pumper fire engine. The mini fire truck is fully-functional and was designed to get into spaces at the Fair inaccessible to full-size fire engines. The equipment was on loan to an Oregon museum for several years, and was recently returned to the City.

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