“Our Cops are Tops!”
The Puyallup Fair is a major undertaking for many city departments, including the Police Department. As evidence that our officers take the long hours in stride, our Motor Officers take a few moments to flash a smile with this family who attended the Fair and requested a photo with the officers.
Puyallup Plays Host to State Historic Preservation Committee
On Thursday, October 11th, Puyallup will be hosting the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation. This State-appointed body meets quarterly at different locations around the State to address historic preservation issues, but they have not met before in Puyallup. The meeting will be at 9 am in the City Hall Council Chambers and is open to the public.
One item of business will be a request to place the Puyallup Fish Hatchery on the National Register for Historic Places. This action has been endorsed by the City Council and the City Design Review & Historic Preservation Board. Following the meeting that afternoon, the Advisory Committee will tour various historic sites in the City.
Seeking Public Feedback on Downtown Building Heights & Zoning
The Puyallup Planning Commission will host a public open house on Wednesday, October 17th, to address downtown building heights and related zoning topics. The open house, to begin at 7pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, will focus on receiving public input. This issue had been earlier referred to the Planning Commission for review/recommendations by the City Council. Citizens who cannot attend the open house can still weigh in on the issue. A related online survey soliciting community feedback on downtown building heights and related standards will also take place this month.
Vandalism Impacts to Puyallup Parks
A high volume of vandalism continued throughout city parks in the month of September, which follows increased levels of vandalism experienced in August. Vandalism of public facilities is reported to the City’s Police Department for investigation. Below is a summary of some recent incidents.
· Riverwalk Trail – An access gate to the Riverwalk Trail (near the Skateboard Park) was crashed into at a fairly high rate of speed by a driver suspected of DUI. The gate was severely damaged; however the repairs have been made.
· Wildwood Park – A storage area in a covered shelter at Wildwood Park was broken into; however it didn’t appear that anything was taken.
· Brown Property – The storage shed at the Community Gardens area was damaged when vandals tore off the back wall, broke it into pieces, and then attempted to burn the pieces.
· Clarks Creek Park – Trash from multiple garbage cans was strewn everywhere in the park, including on covered shelter roofs. In addition, the restrooms were broken into and the plumbing was vandalized. It will take about a week to get needed parts, repair the damage, and get the restrooms operating again. Until the repairs can be made, the restrooms are closed at Clarks Creek South.
Water Works: Emergency Preparedness, Main Replacement, New Projects on the Horizon
The Public Works Water Division recently held a Chlorine Leak Training Exercise in cooperation with Central Pierce Fire Department. The training took place at Maplewood Chlorine Station. Over the three days of training, the Water Division was able to show fire personnel how to coordinate an effective assessment and response to chlorine leaks. Priorities are public and worker safety, quick repair, and timely restoration to on-line status. This is an annual training to keep a clear understanding of each organization’s role in this unique type of emergency response. Similar training is scheduled with East Pierce Fire at Salmon Springs Chlorine Station.
The Water Division has been busy with infrastructure repair work as well. They completed laying approximately 400 feet of new water main on 26th St NW from 13th Ave NW northward. The work also included a new fire hydrant. Additionally, two main breaks have been repaired in the past week: 15th Ave & 14th St SW as well as the 2400 block of 37th Ave SE in Manorwood.
KPG, the consultants for the 7th Street SE Water Main Replacement Project are finalizing the plans and specifications. When they are completed, the project will be advertised and bids will be solicited. The City Council will consider a recommendation to accept the low bid and approve a contract. The Water Department has had problems with this main in the recent past with extensive leaks due to the deterioration of the cement pipe.
Oral interviews to select a consultant for the Salmon Springs Water Main Transmission Main replacement project are scheduled on October 18. The selected consultant will work with the Washington State DOE and the City of Sumner to find and design a possible new route to replace this aged water main. Replacing the early-1900s, 20-inch, cast iron, lead-joint water main is complicated because the current route crosses through a wetland area. This water main is one of the major sources of water for the City of Puyallup.
Pierce Conservation District Assessment: Public Hearing
The Pierce County Council will hold a public hearing regarding rates and charges to fund Pierce Conservation District activities. The hearing will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23rd in the Pierce County Council Chambers, Room 1045, 10th floor of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma.
The Pierce Conservation District operates in the unincorporated areas of Pierce County as well as in various municipalities, including Puyallup. Residential parcels are charged $5 per parcel per year. The Pierce Conservation District was created to promote the conservation of renewable natural resources in Pierce County via basic water quality and agricultural assistance programs and services. The district works to promote habitat restoration and to mitigate negative impacts on natural resources.
Regal Cinemas coordinates with the Puyallup Police Department
The manager of the Regal Cinemas at the Mall contacted Puyallup Police Department to conduct a walk-through of their building with the police and fire departments. This walk through is a preventative measure to ensure familiarity in case an emergency incident occurs at the theater. The walk through will take place on October 8th and will include Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.
K9 Teams Receive Certification
In accordance with WAC 139-05-915, Puyallup Police Officers Kevin Karuzas and Matt Hurley (along with their K9 partners, Maverick and Marshal) have successfully completed their K9 Team Certification Training. Their training consisted of over 400 hours of training in the areas of: obedience, protection and control, area search, building search, and tracking. Each of the officers will be assigned to opposite night shift squads, so that they and their 4-legged partners can help take a bite out of crime in Puyallup!
Streets Division: Recovering from the Fair & Taking on New Tasks
The Street Division has removed the hundreds of temporary traffic control items required to manage Fair traffic and parking during its annual three-week run. Projects underway now include: sidewalk repair, renewing hazardous waste handling/disposal permits, and the installation of the Clarks Creek Park Riparian Habitat Restoration and Porous Maintenance Road.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day a Success
On September 29th, the Police Department participated in the National Drug Take-Back Day. A narcotics detective and volunteers from the VIPS program staffed the police department lobby to collect unwanted, expired, and unused medication. This effort is intended to keep harmful substances out of landfills, waterways, and to prevent misuse or abuse of prescription medications. A total of 62 pounds of medication was collected during the event. These drugs will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for proper disposal.
Puyallup citizens don’t have to wait for the national Take-Back event days to turn in unwanted medication. There is a secure drop-off location in the police lobby that can be accessed 24 hours per day, everyday, no questions asked.
Parks and Recreation Staff applied for a grant with the Puyallup Tribe for a new restroom at Veterans Park. If the grant is approved, the restroom project would entail placing a prefabricated concrete restroom at the pre-determined area in Veterans Park. Because the site was already designated for a restroom, the sewer and water connections are already in place. The restroom would provide a much needed amenity to the park.
Comm Center Move Continues
Puyallup’s 9-1-1 Call Center, which has been located on the Pierce College site for the past 25+ years, is moving to the southerly, unused portion of the Public Works Building. Construction work is nearly complete, with only minor finish work and the installation of telephone equipment remaining. City Inspector Bob Akridge is continuing to work with the IT Department and the contractor to bring the 9-1-1 Call Center Project to completion.
New Group Health Facility Gets Ready to Open their Doors
Construction is almost complete on Group Health’s new medical office building on the NE corner of 39th Avenue SE – 10th Street SE. Occupancy permits will be issued within the next week for this 52,000 square foot state-of-the-art office building, which is expected to be LEED certified. Group Health will continue moving in staff and equipment during the balance of October, with a public opening expected in early November.
Softball Season Experienced Exceptional Weather
Our 2nd season of adult slow-pitch softball ended in September without a single rainout. There were 87 teams and approximately 1,000 players that participated in five different leagues, including two leagues of men’s slow pitch, two leagues of coed slow pitch and a league of women’s slow pitch. To demonstrate the impact that rainouts can have on operations, the 10 to 12 rainouts in 2011 resulted in a need to reschedule approximately 80 games. Because of this, the 2011 season lasted two weeks longer than the 2012 season.
Mt. Rainier Fall Color Loop and Paradise Brunch
On September 23rd, Puyallup seniors traveled to Mt. Rainier for the Activity Center’s “Fall Color Loop and Paradise Brunch Tour.” During the loop drive, our seniors enjoyed the beautiful mountain fall colors and a stop at Narada Falls. They also visited artist Dan Klennert’s Spirits of Iron Sculptor Park, an outdoor gallery of art created from metal, deadwood, bones and other items. Mt. Rainier provided the perfect backdrop for a Sunday Brunch that included a carving station, smoked salmon, seasonal fresh fruits, delectable desserts and other traditional brunch favorites that satisfied the heartiest adventurer.
Puyallup Police Department supports Special Olympics with Tip-A-Cop
On Saturday, October 13th, the Puyallup Red Robin will be hosting the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event. Officers, Police Explorers, and volunteers from the Police Department will help serve restaurant patrons on that day from noon to 8pm. The proceeds of this fund raising event will support Special Olympics of Washington.
Preserving our Past: Program Gives Seniors Skills to Write Memoirs
An eight week class on Writing Your Memoirs is offered on Fridays at the Activity Center. The workshop is instructed by Bonnie King. She teaches seniors to “learn and experience the benefits of writing about their lives”. The class is fun, friendly, and interactive for all participants. It gives seniors the skills and the motivation to preserve the past by capturing their lives on paper.
Princess Breakfast Special Event
Recreation staff sell tickets to a handful of special theme events each year, including the Princess Breakfast. On September 29th, 22 little princesses and their family members attended this year’s breakfast at the Puyallup Activity Center. The event featured six young ladies that volunteered to dress as princesses to serve breakfast to the little princesses and their parents. The event featured Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and a few of their royal friends. The big princesses visited each table and spent time with each little participant. Photo opportunities were available with all the princesses, along with a finished princess craft all participants took home. The event decorations transformed the Activity Center into a magical fairytale castle.
Fall Sports Update
Youth indoor soccer and flag football practices have begun, with league games to begin for both programs on Saturday, October 13th. Indoor soccer has 12 teams registered to play and flag football has 10 enthusiastic teams ready to go. The fall men’s basketball program has gotten their league games underway and will be competing through the first week of December. There are 11 teams participating in the basketball program. The fall co-ed volleyball league also has gotten underway. Games began September 23rd and will run through mid November. There are 22 teams competing in the program. Staff had to turn away an additional 10 other teams due to space limitations.
Mark Your Calendars
· October 10 & 11 – Governor’s Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation – Council Chambers, 10am
· October 13 – Emergency Preparedness Fair – South Hill Mall, 10am-7pm
· October 13 – “Tip -A-Cop” Event at Red Robin, noon to 8pm
· October 17 –Puyallup Planning Commission Open House on downtown building heights and related zoning – Council Chambers, 7pm
· October 23 – Pierce County Council hearing on Conservation District Rates – 3pm, Pierce County Council Chambers, County-City Building in Tacoma
· October 25-27 – “Terror on the Trail” – Bradley Lake Park
· November 11 – Veterans Day Celebration – 1pm, Pioneer Park Pavilion
· November 20 – Meeker Creek Restoration/City Council Special Meeting –Council Chambers, 6:30 pm