Photo: The new Group Health Facility will have a green roof. The rooftop will include a covered employee respite area and be accessible by elevator.
Group Health Facility Aspires to LEED Gold
A new state-of-the art Group Health building is being constructed on Benaroya's South hill Business and Technology Campus off of 39th AVE SW. The project is targeting LEED Gold and anticipates obtaining its certificate of occupancy by the end of September. Opening day is proojected bo be early December. Green vegetain will cover 80% of the building's roof. The rooftop is elevator accessible and includes a covered employee respite area.
Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive
City of Puyallup employees raised 125 pounds of school supplies for the 2012 Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive (including 86 pounds onsite at the employee picnic). Altogether, Red Canoe Credit Union surpassed their 2,000 pound goal by collecting 2,200 pounds of school supplies, which will be matched pound-forpound by Red Canoe.
Puyallup PD Launches Twitter Account
The Puyallup Police Department has launched a Twitter account, which will be used for missing or wanted person information, photos or videos of crimes and/or criminals as well as crime prevention tips and safety information. The department will also provide road closure information as well as other time-sensitive notifications, such as weather events and in-progress crime incidents to enhance our citizen’s safety. Citizens should still call 911 for emergencies as any responses will not be monitored. Look for us on Twitter @PuyallupPD.
Pajama Party Picnic
On Wednesday, August 22nd the Activity Center hosted its annual picnic at Pioneer Park Pavilion. The theme this year was a “Pajama Party” and seniors competed for prizes in the best pajamas and slippers categories. The entertainment was provided by “The Tour of Stars” featuring: Buddy Holly (Ryan Coleman), Richie Valens (Paul Eddy), The Big Bopper (Jim Kleinbeck), Wanda Jackson (Stephanie Leeper), and Eddie Cochran (Chris Walter). The party took everyone back in time to a place where there were songs like La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, That’ll Be The Day, Maybe Baby, Peggy Sue and Oh Boy!
Peer-to-Peer Tours Help Employees Learn About City Services
The Employee Events & Recognition committee began offering Peer-to-Peer Tours to help employees learn about the various city services offered to our citizens. Three one-hour tours have taken place so far this year. The first tour was held in mid-July when Water Division employees met with 20 employees from various city departments to talk about what they do to manage the city’s water resources. The second tour took 14 employees around the city to talk about Puyallup’s rain garden program and the city’s effort to meet NPDES outreach requirements. The final tour this season was held on September 5th when 17 employees toured the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Problem-Oriented Police Officer Doug Kitts attended a neighborhood meeting in the 2500 block of 23rd Ave. SW on Monday, August 27. The meeting was well attended and focused on issues in the neighborhood, including crime and speeding issues. Councilmember Steve Vermillion helped coordinate the meeting and was in attendance.
School Zone Safety Emphasis Campaign
Wednesday, September 5th, marked the first day of school for students in the Puyallup School District. It also marked the first day of a 13-day safety campaign by the Puyallup Police Department targeting school zone safety. The department’s traffic unit, along with officers assigned in the operations division, will be out in force in the seven school zones in the city. The goal of the campaign will be to educate drivers about school zone safety and the need for safe driving within the school zones. All seven school zones in the city have active beacons, which alert drivers, save lives, and prevent serious injuries near schools. School zone safety is one of the top priorities of the Puyallup Police Department traffic unit. The traffic unit focuses on school zone safety throughout the year, but the 13-day campaign alerts drivers to safe driving for the year ahead.
Mystery Overnight Excursion
On August 21st 17 seniors from the Puyallup Activity Center and University Place Senior Center spent three days traveling on the 4th Annual Mystery Madness Get-A-Way, where participants had no clue of their destination until they arrived at the historical Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. Excursions included: The Orcas Island Historical Museum, Rosario Mansion Tour, Orcas Moon Alpaca Farm tour, shopping in Eastsound Village, a whale watching tour, a short visit to Lopez Island to explore Agate Beach County Park and Lopez Village. Numerous memories were created and friendships were fostered on this extraordinary experience.
South Hill Restaurant Construction
Construction will begin on a new restaurant at the South Hill Mall in the coming week. BJ’s Brewhouse, with locations at Southcenter and the Tacoma Mall, will build a new restaurant at the site of the old TGIFriday’s restaurant, next to Red Robin and Olive Garden. This will involve removing the existing vacant structure and building a new 8,400 square foot facility. The new restaurant’s opening is slated for February 2013.
Puyallup Police Department Intern Completes her Internship
Central Washington University student Alison Wassall completed her internship with the Puyallup Police Department on Thursday, September 6th. Ms. Wassall was a huge help with several projects during her time with the department, including the purging of files, organizing new files, and assisting with participation in the Chief for a Day celebration as well as National Night Out. Ms. Wassall plans to pursue a career in the criminal justice field and got a bird’s eye view of the inner workings of a top notch police department!
Police Officer Graduation
The two newest Puyallup Police Officers will graduate from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy on Tuesday, September 11th at 1:00 pm at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien. The officers have completed 720+ hours of training during their 17 weeks in the police academy. Officers Gavin Nishiyori and Dylan Rice will then return to the Puyallup Police Department and complete training that is specific to Puyallup. It is anticipated that this training will take approximately 16 weeks.
Reserve Officer Moved to Level 3
Reserve Officer Shane Miller has been elevated to level 3 in the Puyallup Police Department Reserve Officer Program. Reserve Officer Miller may now work on his own under the supervision of the patrol sergeant to augment our patrol staff and assist with tasks that would otherwise take a full-time officer, e.g., standing by for a tow truck, traffic direction, or prisoner transports just to name a few. Reserve Officer Miller has been with the department as a reserve officer for two years. Prior to that, he was a Puyallup Police Department Explorer for several years. Three out of our four reserve officers have now attained level 3 status.
Association of Washington Cities Holds Candidate Forum
The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) is hosting a September 18th conversation with all candidates for three top statewide offices at the SeaTac Hilton. Gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna will both participate. Also confirmed are Attorney General candidates Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson, as well as State Auditor candidates Troy Kelley and James Watkins. The forum allows each candidate to address city leaders from across the state, with individual presentations focused on local issues, followed by a question and answer period with the audience. The dialogue is designed to showcase city issues and to hear firsthand each candidate’s plans, if elected.
WHAT: AWC Candidate Forum
WHEN: September 18, 9 am - 1 pm
WHERE: SeaTac Hilton, 17620 International Blvd
COST: $45 AWC members, $90 non-members (registration includes lunch)
SIGN UP: www.awcnet.org/TrainingEducation/Calendar/Candidatesforum
City Hall Generator Circuit Upgrade
The Facilities division recently upgraded several generator emergency power circuits at City Hall so that work station outlets will operate on floors 2-5 during power outages. During last winter’s storms, many areas of City Hall did not have electricity for several days, and staff members were unable to use their computers and other equipment. This upgrade has enabled most work areas to have power for computers, copiers, and printers. The building will still have emergency lighting only. With this change, City Hall will now effectively function during future power outages.
PPD Command Staff Attend New Teacher Breakfast Chief Jeter, Deputy Chief McDonald, Captain Engle and Captain Portmann attended the 2012 Kiwanis New Teacher Breakfast at Kalles Jr. High on Thursday, August 30th. The annual event introduces the new teachers in the Puyallup School District to community leaders. The event was well attended and welcomed 35 new teachers to our schools.
Meeker Creek Restoration Public Meeting
The Meeker Creek Restoration public meeting at the Puyallup Activity Center on September 5th was well-attended. Present were Deputy Mayor John Knutsen, Councilmember John Hopkins, many local residents, and city staff. The meeting provided a short presentation on the project scope, concept for design, proposed scheduling, and discussion of the site investigations and permitting that would be required. Attendees asked numerous questions to clarify the scope of the project and about future opportunities for public involvement. Concerns about access to the properties and hydrology were addressed, as well as discussion regarding the analysis and design that will be taken into consideration. Questions addressedduring the meeting were noted, and will be shared on the project web page.
“The Lakes” Residential Development
This past week, the city held a pre-application meeting with the new proponent of “The Lakes” residential development, located on West Stewart in the vicinity of 26th Street NW. The Lakes was a major senior-housing project proposed for a vacant 85-acre property, which was originally approved by the city Hearing Examiner in 2005. That phased project was to contain a mix of senior-oriented housing, ranging from condo units up to congregate care facilities. While some site work was done for the project, certain required conditions were not met and the project entitlements essentially died at the end of 2010. A new local builder is now interested in a single-family residential project on the site. This new project, involves a slightly smaller site than the 2005 proposal, and would require further city review and a public hearing before the Hearing Examiner.
City parks experienced a rash of vandalism during the month of August. There is generally some vandalism year round (much of which is graffiti), however the number of incidents this summer was unusually high. Clarks Creek Park and Decoursey Park - There appears to be someone interested in setting fires at Clarks Creek Park and Decoursey Park. At various times over the past month, a playground slide at Clarks Creek Park South was completely destroyed by fire, a garbage receptacle was burned and another slide was attempted to be burned, with only minor damage. The Decoursey playground had a slide damaged by a small fire and a garbage receptable was burned. Puyallup Police have been notified about this issue and are increasing patrols in the area.
Sam Peach Park – Approximately 25 sprinkler heads have been vandalized this past month at Peach Park. Thankfully this issue generally stops when school starts.
Clarks Creek Park – Thieves attempted to steal wire from the light poles at the tennis courts. Although the attempt failed, it did cause damage and some new wire and electrical parts will be needed to replace what was taken. Repairs are scheduled for early September. Dog Park –150 feet of chain link fencing was removed at the dog park. Bradley Lake Park – The shelter reservation kiosk was vandalized.
Mark Your Calendars
September 7 – Puyallup Rodeo Breakfast – Pioneer Park Pavilion, 8-10 am
September 7 – Western Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive– Downtown Puyallup, 10 am
September 7-23 – Puyallup Fair
September 18 – AWC Candidate Forum – SeaTac Hilton, 9 am – 1 pm
September 18 – City Council Meeting – Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
September 25 – Public Hearing on the Halfway House Moratorium – Location
TBD, 6:30 pm