The City Manager Update is a roundup of news from various city departments produced for the City Council on a bi-weekly basis.
Neighborhood Vicinity Meeting - “Stewart Crossing”
The developer of “Stewart Crossing” will host a neighborhood meeting Thursday, November 1st at 6:00 pm in the Puyallup Library South Meeting Room. Neighborhood meetings like these give the surrounding community an opportunity to “weigh-in” on a pending project, and they provide direct communication between residents and developers early on in the process. The Stewart Crossing proposal replaces the former “Lakes” senior housing project which had formerly been approved for the site on West Stewart (near 26th Ave NW). It would consist of approximately 350 single-family residential units. A separate city public hearing will occur at a later date, following review of the development application.
Pre-Application Meeting – Puyallup School District
Development Services staff held a pre-application meeting this week with the Puyallup School District to review tentative plans to remove a residence on District property on 12th Avenue NW. This property, located just south of the railroad tracks, is adjacent to the District’s current site for bus transportation and office space. Removing the residence is part of expansion plans at that location.
Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force
This week kicked off the Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force – a group of local citizens, regulatory representatives, city staff, and other interested organizations. This group will meet at a number of workshops over the next three months to discuss the problem of overgrown elodea in Clarks Creek, the impacts it has, and how stakeholders can work together to find a long-term solution. To join the task force or learn about upcoming meetings, contact Joy Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-841-5549.
Sergeant Bellmer celebrates 35 years
Sergeant Pete Bellmer celebrated his 35th anniversary with the Puyallup Police Department on October 17th. Sergeant Bellmer was the PPD’s 2nd K-9 handler and served in the K-9 unit for approximately 15 years with 3 different K-9 partners. During his years of service, he also served as a member of the POP unit, the SWAT team, and the Meth Lab team. He filled a role as a firearms instructor as well as the Police Department’s Range Master. Sergeant Bellmer was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and is currently assigned to dayshift patrol.
Downtown Zoning Open House
The Planning Commission will be holding an Open House to collect public feedback on downtown zoning on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30-8:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Planning Commission was recently asked by the City Council to review allowable building heights downtown and related zoning standards. As a part of this public outreach, staff will also be conducting a citizen survey, which will be available in both online and paper formats. Contact Ron Buckholt, 253-841-5444, for more information.
Clarks Creek Park Riparian Planting and Porous Maintenance Road
Construction began on this 100% grant-funded project in the past week. Working from the south end of the project site near the Clarks Creek Park tennis courts, the “GravelPave2” porous road will be installed to a depth of 18” to provide sufficient support for city maintenance vehicles. This project will help reduce stormwater runoff into Clarks Creek.
In addition to the porous road, a riparian restoration project will be completed, planting native trees and shrubs to help shade this section of the creek. An Eagle Scout will be earning his rank by installing a split-rail fence to help protect the newly planted vegetation as it becomes established. The volunteer riparian planting and fence installation project is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 am-Noon. To sign up for this event, please contact the City’s project partner Pierce Conservation District at: email@example.com or call: 253-845-2973.
The 9th annual Haunted Hustle 5K and 10K runs were held on Sunday, October 14th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. The 311 participants ran either a 5K or 10K course, through the downtown area. The 10K run included a loop through Woodbine Cemetery. BuDu Racing provided the start and finish line coordination and timing, with race results available following each race. Results are also available online. The Police Department provided excellent monitoring of key intersections throughout the race course, and the weather cooperated with no rain and temperatures in the mid 50’s.
Energy efficiency at the Treatment Plant
Don Lange and Jim Lee attended an all-day Energy Cohort Meeting in Olympia on October 11th. Don gave a short presentation on the many energy conservation measures currently in use at the Puyallup Treatment Plant. The Energy Cohort group is sponsored by WSU, EPA, Puget Sound Energy, and Bonneville Power Administration. It meets both in-person and through webinars during the year to share ideas on conservation and energy recovery in water and wastewater utilities.
Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club is part of District 32, Toastmasters International. This club chartered in 2009 and membership continues to grow, drawing members from the community as well as City employees. Members join Toastmasters in order to improve their communication and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning environment. Our members’ experience ranges from well seasoned speakers to those just starting out. Recently a club member, Leo Taylor, competed in the Division D Table Topics contest, winning first place. Representing Talk of the Town and Division D, Leo will advance to the District 32 speech contest, the highest level of competition for table topics contestants! The club meets on Wednesdays at City Hall, in room 504, from noon to 1:00 pm. Guests are always welcome!
Silver-Meeker Creek Riparian Planting
Community members are invited to join the Pierce Conservation District Stream Team to plant native trees and plants in the riparian area along Meeker Creek on November 17th from 9:00 am – Noon. This project will help provide needed shade to the creek, lowering the in-stream temperature and supporting water quality improvements for Meeker Creek. It also will reduce stormwater runoff into the creek. To sign up for this event, contact Melissa Buckingham with Pierce Conservation District at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 253-845-2973.
Our new teen program “The Attic” at the Memorial Community Center, kicked off the month of October with “Rocktoberfest”. The event featured the winner of the Meeker Days Festival “Battle of the Bands” Contest as headlining performers. They were preceded by other musical acts. The Attic provides a place for teens to hang out on Friday nights, offering coffee, music, video games and movies. Future activities will include an open mic night, a teen newsletter, a book club, acoustic night, dodgeball, basketball, and Wii tournaments. The Attic is open the first Friday of every month, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Teens from 13 through 18 years old are welcome to attend. Student ID is required for all participants.
Community Involvement a Top Priority for Puyallup Cops
Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Doug Kitts recently was involved in two public outreach events. He spoke to a mother’s support group at the Light House Christian Church on personal safety and safety issues for children. It was well attended, and the group appreciated the information they gained. Officer Kitts also represented the Police Department in the latest installment of the Puyallup Library’s “Super Reader” program on October 12th. Officer Kitts read four books to approximately 20 children and answered their many questions.
Sidewalk improvements along 39th Avenue SE are underway. This work is part of the frontage improvements for the new 9-1-1 Communication Center. The Street Division removed 320 feet of sidewalk and replaced it with new 8’ wide sidewalk. Drainage improvements have also been completed along the 2300 block of 23rd Avenue SW to prevent erosion of the road shoulder. Hot patching maintenance also continues throughout the city. The Traffic Division recently completed its annual night survey of city street lights. This survey is performed every year to ensure street lights are working properly before the change from Daylight Savings Time and the earlier arrival of dusk.
Emergency Preparedness Fair
The Emergency Preparedness Fair held on Saturday, October 13th drew an estimated 5,000+ attendees to this year’s new site at the South Hill Mall. On hand at this year’s fair were 49 vendors, 12 emergency vehicles, a helicopter, a Union Pacific Train simulator, raffle items, and 9 guest speakers. A big thank you to all who donated to the Food Bank; contributions totaled $1,405 ( about 6,744 meals worth of food!) for local families!
Enough Excitement for TV?
The film crew for the true crime series “Unusual Suspects” visited the Puyallup Police Department recently to shoot footage and conduct interviews for the August 31, 2001 Dana Laskowski murder case. Detective Scott Bramhall and Retired Detective Sergeant Don Gill assisted the crew and will be part of the production. An air date for the show has not been finalized. This is the second time this case has been portrayed by a “true crime” series.
Ms. Laskowski was murdered in her home at 413 2nd ST SE. Detectives worked for months without solving the murder. The case was presented to the FBI profilers. The FBI work provided a new direction for the case to go, allowing detectives to eventually solve the murder and arrest the teenage female suspect.
“Lego® My Library” Storytime
The Puyallup Public Library is incredibly thankful for the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Puyallup. A recent donation from the Kiwanis Club made it possible for the library to host a series of “Lego® My Library” storytime events. The kids are having fun and learning too! Each week, the event starts with a story and a challenge, then the children get to turn their imaginations loose and see what they are inspired to create. Originality and ingenuity abound as they work alone or in small groups, crafting their masterpieces. The “Lego® My Library” storytime series will continue every Saturday at 11:00 am through November 17.
Tip A Cop for Special Olympics of Washington
The Puyallup Police Department participated in a Tip-A-Cop fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Washington on October 13th at Red Robin. Due to the combined efforts of Reserve Officer Shaun Nestor, Corrections Officer Jake Thompson, Captain Scott Engle, and many of our Police Explorers, the Tip-A-Cop event raised $4,400 for Special Olympics! The restaurant was overflowing with supporters, and the new patrol SUV posted at the entrance was a huge hit.
Medicare Advising Sessions
The Puyallup Activity Center offers Medicare “Statewide Health Insurance Advisors” (SHIBA) consulting sessions on the second Thursday of each month. SHIBA is a free service provided by the Insurance Commissioner’s Office. Volunteers offer advice on issues ranging from health coverage options to understanding a doctor bill.
South Sound Outreach Services
Pamm Silver from South Sound Outreach Services visits the Activity Center on a quarterly basis to provide free services to low-income seniors and other individuals who could benefit from outreach services. South Sound connects individuals with existing programs and offers on-site applications and assistance.
8th Ave NW LID Retrofit
The 8th Ave NW Low Impact Development (LID) Retrofit will begin construction this week. Nearby residents have been informed of the project schedule, and signage will be posted to provide additional information about the work underway project. The expected construction time is 40 days, subject to material availability. Even in the upcoming wet weather, the main element of this project – porous asphalt – can still be put down, unlike traditional asphalt which cannot be laid in rainy weather.
Police Department receives ballistic vest grant
The Puyallup Police Department recently was notified that they will receive a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance under the Fiscal Year 2012 Bulletproof Vest Partnership solicitation, in the amount of $2,773.80. The grant will pay half the cost for 7 ballistic vests in 2012. The police department has been successful in obtaining this grant for approximately the last 12 years in varying amounts.
Mark Your Calendars
· October 23 –2013 Budget Workshop (2 of 3) – Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 23 – Pierce County Council hearing on Conservation District Rates –Pierce County Council Chambers, County-City Building in Tacoma, 3:00 pm
· October 25-27 – “Terror on the Trail” – Bradley Lake Park
· October 26 – Workshop on Visioning and Goal Setting – Council Chambers, 1:00 pm
· October 27 – Clarks Creek Riparian Planting – Saturday, October 27, 9am-Noon
· November 1 – Neighborhood Vicinity Meeting – “Stewart Crossing” – Library So Meeting Room, 6:00 pm
· November 7 - Open House on Downtown Zoning - City Hall Council Chambers, 5:30-8:30 PM
· November 12 – Veterans Day Celebration – Pioneer Park Pavilion, 1:00 pm
· November 13 – 1st Public Hearing – 2013 Budget
· November 17 – Silver-Meeker Creek Riparian Planting – Meeker Creek @ Silver Creek, 9:00 am – Noon.
· November 20 – Meeker Creek Restoration/City Council Special Meeting –Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 27 – 2nd Public Hearing – 2013 Budget