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Jul. 27, 2012 at 11:01am City Manager Blog

City Manager Updates are posted bi-monthly.

Deputy Chief Swearing-in Ceremony

All Councilmembers are invited to join the Puyallup Police Department next Wednesday, August 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the Puyallup Council Chambers for the swearing-in ceremony for Deputy Chief Dave McDonald.

Community Meeting Next Week on Possible Future Uses at 2317 Shaw Road

A community meeting will be held next week to provide information and take public comments regarding possible future uses at 2317 Shaw Road. Staff will provide information about zoning, regulations relating to the housing of sex offenders, and the role or involvement of the Department of Corrections or the Department of Social and Health Services.

Puyallup’s state senator and state representatives have been invited.

In the meantime, staff is continuing to research the planned use of the site and the construction that appears to be taking place.

Community Meeting on 2317 Shaw Road
Wednesday, August 1st - 6:30 pm
City Council Chambers
Puyallup City Hall – 5th Floor
333 S. Meridian

National Night Out

This year’s National Night Out event will take place on Tuesday, August 7th. Nine neighborhoods have signed up for this year’s event; additional information will follow on the schedule for the evening.

LIFT Grant Proceeds to Continue

The State Department of Revenue has confirmed that the City of Puyallup has again been determined eligible to receive $1,000,000 in LIFT grant funds for the next revenue cycle (2012-2013).

Fair Parking—Information, Assistance Available

At the third annual meeting on neighborhood fair parking meeting earlier this week, City staff presented helpful tips and information to those who provide fair parking on private properties around the fairground. Staff covered the basics of traffic safety, personal safety, business licensing, and how to sign up for the online Fair Parking Locations Map. In addition, fair parking providers were able to ask questions of Traffic Unit Sergeant Bob Thompson and Traffic Engineer Sanjeev Tandle. The Fair’s Karen LaFlamme announced the end of the “Special Event” bus service that previously provided public transit to the fair.

Attendance at this meeting was down about 50% from years past to 15 attendees. Barring any changes in policies that affect fair parking, staff will focus on using the City website and other media sources to share information with fair parkers in 2013. Fair parking providers who may have missed this meeting and would like more information can visit the City’s website or contact Community Relations Coordinator Melanie Robinson at 253-864-4184 or mrobinson@ci.puyallup.wa.us.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Passes EPA Inspection

On April 30th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted its annual inspection of the City of Puyallup’s wastewater treatment plant to evaluate our compliance with the Clean Water Act and our NPDES permit. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources which discharge pollutants into surface waters. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program has significantly improved water quality all over the U.S.

In Puyallup, the City’s 40-page NPDES permit requires self-monitoring and monthly reporting. In addition to equipment operation and maintenance, treatment plant staff collect samples, perform flow monitoring and laboratory testing, and collect operational data to demonstrate compliance with the limitations contained in our permit. Each year, the EPA inspects the City’s operating records, flow data, laboratory procedures and laboratory results to ensure that we use standard testing methods and that the reports we submit are complete and accurate.

Last week, the City received notice that the EPA inspector did not observe any areas of concern during its April inspection of Puyallup’s treatment plant. This result is thanks to all of the staff at the plant, who work hard year-round to ensure adherence to the practices and procedures that help keep our local creeks, rivers and watersheds free from harmful pollutants.

Summer Concerts

The City’s summer concert series got underway on Tuesday, July 10th at Pioneer Park. The event was the Noon Tunes series with “Reptile Isle” as the performance. The first evening family series concert was held on Thursday, July 12th at Pioneer Park as well, with Randy Hansen and Heart to Heart performing. The first in a series of three concerts at Bradley Lake Park was held on Wednesday, July 18th featuring The Murphtones and The Pendletones. Weather has been pleasant and crowds have been good thus far for each concert. The summer concert series will continue through August 23rd with concerts at both park locations.

Neighborhood Traffic Calming Meetings Planned

As the City Council is aware, “traffic calming” refers to various measures intended to reduce traffic speeds and/or volumes. It generally consists of certain roadway features (e.g. traffic circles, bulbs/narrowings, rumble strips, etc.). The City monitors streets in residential neighborhoods to determine if traffic calming measures would be appropriate in particular locations. When traffic calming is deemed warranted, City staff typically meets in advance with residents in those neighborhoods to review options. This procedure helps us move forward with specific improvements which are most suitable, considering local conditions and resident input.

City staff will hold four public meetings in August to discuss potential local traffic calming measures with residents in the following neighborhoods:

- 21st Street SE: August 21st

- 27th Avenue SE: August 22nd

- Manorwood: August 27th

- Brookmonte: August 30th

Mailed notices will be sent to area residents for each of these meetings. City Traffic Engineer Sanjeev Tandle (253-841-5591) is available to answer questions about this program or these specific meetings.

Sergeant Bob Thompson’s 25 years of service

Congratulations to Sergeant Bob Thompson for completing his 25th year with the Puyallup Police Department! Sergeant Thompson is a graduate of Puyallup High School and has been a fixture in the community, even prior to being hired by the PPD. Sergeant Thompson is currently the City’s traffic sergeant.

Glee Camp

The City’s second annual stage performance camp for kids between the ages of six and 12 was held at the Liberty Theater the week of July 16 – 20. Camp staff instructed the participants in dance routines and voice skills along with the fundamentals of stage performance, costume preparation, hair, make-up and overall showmanship. The finale was the Glee Show performances that were held the last day of camp on the Liberty Theater’s stage.

New Signal Installed for Sight-Impaired Pedestrians

The Street’s Traffic Division recently installed an accessible pedestrian signal for sight-impaired individuals at the signalized intersection of 39th Avenue SW and 5th Street SW by the South Hill Mall Transit Station. This system offers a safe route to bus services by providing multiple audible indications and a vibro-tactile indication to clearly identify to all pedestrians the information needed to navigate a crosswalk.

Development Pre-Application Meetings

This week, Development Services held pre-application meetings with proponents of two potential development projects:

- A small addition with internal structural changes to the Puyallup Methodist Church building, located at 1919 West Pioneer; and

- A 27-lot single-family residential subdivision (10,000 square foot minimum lot size) on a 13.2 acre property in the 1400 block of Fruitland Avenue.

The Library’s Facebook Following

Since its launch in September of 2010, the Library Facebook page now has reached a total of 700 “Likes”! This is nearly double from just a few months ago. Having a separate Facebook page for the Library is turning out to be a great avenue to publicize upcoming events and programs.

Puyallup Activity Center’s Special Events Committee

The Activity Center’s special events committee provides an opportunity for Puyallup seniors to work on one of the center’s many special events. The committee helps plan and decorate for wonderful programs such as our pancake breakfasts, Christmas and Valentine’s Day parties, annual summer picnic and more. The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m.; all who wish to attend are welcome.

Puyallup Officer Dave Temple Completes Seattle to Portland Bike Ride

Officer Dave Temple represented the Puyallup Police Department and the PD’s bicycle team by riding his police bike in the Seattle to Portland bike ride the weekend of July 14th. Officer Temple is one of very few riders to ride a police bike and wear his police equipment for the entire ride. Now that’s hard core!!

Ribbon-Cutting Event

All members of the City Council have been invited to attend a ribbon-cutting event for the Pacific Medical Center Clinic located at 220 – 15th Avenue SE. If your schedule allows, please plan to attend this event on Saturday, August 4th, at 10:00 a.m.

New Library Cardholders

With the summer reading program in high gear, the Library has seen its usual increase in visits and program attendance. We are also seeing a large increase in new library card applications, signing up about 500 new cardholders each month.

Bridge Playing

The Puyallup Activity Center offers bridge playing on Monday and Friday afternoons from 12:45 to 4:00. The game of bridge provides a fun-filled afternoon of playing cards with great people. In addition, “Advanced Bridge” is offered on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Advanced Bridge is a fast, furious, and quiet play of the game.

POP Sergeant Meets with Neighbors

On Tuesday July 18th, Sergeant Ryan Portmann attended a neighborhood meeting in the 1000 block of 14th Street SW. The meeting was well-attended with approximately 35 people. Many of the individuals spoke about crime in their community and the need to form a block watch. Sergeant Portmann will follow up with the neighborhood liaison to see if they were able to determine a block watch captain. Councilmember Palmer was in attendance at this meeting.

It’s a Ball to Paintball

A very brave recreation staff member led a group of teens on a paintballing excursion on Saturday, July 14th. The destination was to K.C. Crusaders Paintball in South Prairie for a three-hour running and shooting event. Safety gear, paintball guns and 700 paintballs were provided to each participant. The teens enjoyed the activity and the competition that was involved.

“Filling the Canoe” to Help Puyallup Students in Need

2012 marks the City of Puyallup’s third year participating in the “Fill the Canoe” school supply drive to benefit Puyallup School District. Donations of new supplies can be dropped off in the first floor lobby of City Hall from August 6th through 24th. Red Canoe Credit Union will be matching donations pound for pound, doubling the benefit to Puyallup students in need. Supplies are distributed to students by Communities in Schools. Last year, Puyallup City Hall collected 213 pounds of supplies for Puyallup kids.

Get Hired at Boeing!

On Wednesday July 11th, Library staff anticipated that a fair number of people would attend the presentation on how to “Get Hired at Boeing” that was scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This was an informational session on navigating the Boeing online application process, presented by a Boeing recruiter. However, due to the tremendous interest, over 70 people showed up! A repeat session has now been scheduled on August 13th to meet the community demand.

Discount Card Continues to Provide Valuable Savings on Medicines

For the past three years, the City has partnered with the National League of Cities to provide a prescription drug discount card to residents. There is no charge to residents or the City for this benefit. The savings realized by citizens using this program are outlined below for the first half of 2012 as well as the total savings since the program originated in May 2009. Nationally, the average savings on prescriptions is 20%, but Puyallup residents have been saving close to 25% on their medicines. The discount card can be picked up at City Hall customer service counters, the Activity Center or the Library.


Total Rxs

Price Savings

Avg. Price Savings

% Price Savings

Total Utilizers



$ 393.76

$ 13.13





$ 377.74

$ 13.49



MARCH 2012


$ 305.74

$ 10.54



APRIL 2012


$ 297.25

$ 12.39



MAY 2012


$ 254.76

$ 11.08



JUNE 2012


$ 252.49

$ 8.42



(Since 5/2009)



$ 13.34



City Hall Tour Leaders Connecting Citizens with their City

Information is key to connecting citizens with their government and inspiring civic involvement. One of the ways that Puyallup shares information about municipal government is through tours. Upon request, community groups and students are matched with a tour leader to take them through City Hall. Depending on the group focus, our tour leaders talk about Puyallup’s history, how our municipal government works today, the sustainable features of City Hall, and other topics. This month, four new tour leaders were trained for this fun and important role. Employees who participate in this program offer to conduct tours in addition to fulfilling their regular duties. Groups that are interested in scheduling a tour can contact Community Relations Coordinator Melanie Harding Robinson to set one up (253-864-4184 or mrobinson@ci.puyallup.wa.us).

Pioneer Park Pavilion Update

The weeks of July 9th to July 22nd were filled with five weddings and wedding receptions at the Pavilion. We are currently taking bookings for 2012 through 2013.

Mark Your Calendars

July 31 – City Clerk Barbara Price retirement send-off, 3:00 p.m., Council
Chambers lobby

July 31 – Special City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

August 1 – Deputy Chief of Police Dave McDonald Swearing-in Ceremony, 4:00 p.m., Council Chambers

August 1 – Community meeting re: 2317 Shaw Road, 6:30 p.m.

August 4 – Pacific Medical Center Clinic ribbon-cutting, 220 – 15th AVE SE, 10:00 a.m.

August 7 – National Night Out

August 14 – Special City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

August 25 – Library 10-Year Anniversary Celebration, 9:45 a.m.

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