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Sep. 21, 2012 at 9:24am City Manager Update 9/21/12

Officer Nathan Cusick and Officer Justin Murrell participated in the September 11th memorial ceremony that was hosted by the Tacoma Fire Department.

 



PPD Officers Participate in 9-11 Ceremony

Officer Nathan Cusick and Officer Justin Murrell participated in the September 11th memorial ceremony that was hosted by the Tacoma Fire Department. Officer Murrell and Officer Cusick are members of the Metro Pierce Honor Guard. Metro Pierce Honor Guard is comprised of a group of officers from several local municipalities. The group has represented local municipalities at officer funerals, veteran's events, National Law Enforcement Memorial week, and several other events both locally and regionally. Officers assigned to the team spend several hours each year participating in and preparing for events with the Metro Pierce Honor Guard.

It’s Fair Time. . .

The Puyallup Fair creates a bustle of activity that affects nearly everyone in the city, including our Public Works crews. Prior to opening day, the Water Division inspected all fire hydrants inside the Puyallup Fairgrounds to ensure they were in proper working order. Water samples are taken several times a week throughout the duration of the Fair to monitor water quality. Also inspected by Collections, were storm structures and sewer lines in and around the Fair to make sure they were clear. The Street Division staff is keeping Fair traffic control in order – making weekday and weekend morning and evening checks.

Emergency Management Preparedness Fair

City of Puyallup Emergency Management will hold its annual Preparedness Fair at the South Hill Mall this year on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. There are two advantages to this year’s new venue: The mall is offering their location at no cost, and it will allow us to reach out to a larger audience. Approximately 70 vendors and 9 speakers are expected for the event. The mall will be coordinating its business community in support of the activity, and several special events have been planned.

Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

At Mayor Rick Hansen’s request, the city has applied to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, a $9 million grant challenge available to U.S. municipalities with at least 30,000 residents. The winning grant application will receive $5 million, and four runner-up grant applications will be awarded prizes of $1 million. The challenge asked the mayors to focus on innovative initiatives that could be replicated elsewhere if successful. Puyallup’s proposal addresses two very important issues that many cities face—maintaining local streets and reducing stormwater runoff to meet Federal and State demands. The project is an expansion of our existing pilot project which retrofits alleys with porous pavement. The grants are highly competitive--394 cities have applied.

Future Development in Puyallup

Highridge Residential Phase II - Highridge (Villages @ South Hill) is the large, single-family residential plat located on 39th Avenue SE just west of Shaw Road (across from Sunrise Elementary School). Phase I of that subdivision, encompassing 143 homes, has been gradually building out over the past five years. The developer is now moving forward with Phase II development permitting, which will involve a new Preliminary Plat application and a public hearing before the City Hearing Examiner. Phase II will be located on a 16-acre, vacant portion of the site and will include approximately 80 additional homes.

CarMax Auto Sales Facility - CarMax is a national “quality used-car superstore” which is now entering the Pacific NW market. A pre-application meeting was held to review plans for a proposed 14-acre vehicle sales site, including a 60,000 square foot sales/service structure, at the SW corner of North Meridian and Valley Avenue.

Sunrise Office Building - Staff met with the property owner of parcels at the SW corner of 39th Avenue SE and South Meridian regarding a potential site redevelopment that would include construction of an approximately 17,000 square foot professional office building at the location, including some structured parking.

Domondon Medical Office Construction - Immediately following the Fair, construction will begin on the Domondon Medical Office, located at the SE corner of 2nd Street SW and 7th Avenue SW, immediately west of Taco Bell. This work will involve removing the existing on-site residence and constructing a new 5,000 square foot building to house a doctor’s office.

Camp Wrinkle Ranch

On September 11th, Puyallup seniors, along with other participants from Pierce and King County senior centers, enjoyed a fun-filled, three day and two night adventure at Camp Wrinkle Ranch. Camp Wrinkle Ranch takes place at beautiful Falls Creek Retreat Center in Raymond, Washington. The facility provides a camp-like atmosphere with all the comforts of home. Along with beautiful accommodations, this 157-acre property offers something for everyone, including an espresso bar, gift shop, and ice cream shop. For recreation the facility provides indoor/outdoor tennis, a catch and release fishing pond, hiking trails, fire pits, ping pong, and a full-size gym. Camp Wrinkle Ranch was recognized by the Washington Recreation and Parks Association for outstanding achievement in April 2011.

Prescription Drug Take Back

The next prescription drug take back day is Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Unused prescription narcotics can be dropped off at the Puyallup Police Department for proper disposal. The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the event and covers the cost of disposal. Detective Ken Hill will staff the police department lobby for the event. While this special event raises awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse/thefts, the Puyallup Police Department offers year-round drug disposal service in its lobby.

Wildwood Park Elementary Safe Route Trail Project

The Wildwood Park Elementary Safe Route Trail Project is nearing completion, just in time for the new school year. The trails are finished and they include low-level lighting that automatically turns on in the mornings for children going to school. Minor work remains to complete the project, which includes finishing up details and site clean up.

City Representatives for Chamber Leadership Institute

Deputy Police Chief Dave McDonald and Communications Center Manager Tim Hannah have been selected to attend the 2012-2013 Leadership Institute hosted by the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce. The course starts on October 19th and meets monthly for six months. The course is designed to develop high-quality leaders for civic, charitable, and governmental organizations, as well as the opportunity to develop collaborative partnerships and increase leadership skills.

Terror on the Trail

Recreation staff is organizing a new event at Bradley Lake Park called “Terror on the Trail”--a new, outdoor, Halloween-themed tour through some very spooky trails at the park. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 25- 27. The tours will be held each night with walk times at 7:00–9:00 pm or 9:00–11:00 pm, with a daytime option from 1:00–3:00 pm on Saturday, 10/27, which will be more kid friendly. The event is sure to be great fun for Halloween scare-seekers! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Puyallup Recreation Center or at Bradley Lake Park on the day of the events. This event is not recommended for children under age seven.

39th Ave SE Road Project

Curb, gutter, and sidewalk are now complete for 2/3 of the 39th Ave SE road project (located at Meridian between Key Bank and TJ Maxx). Paving will commence on September 26th for this section and the easterly driveways for T J Maxx and Key Bank. This will provide an alternative route when the west end (Meridian entrance) is closed. It is anticipated that the connection to Meridian will be closed on October 1st for the contractor to continue with the westerly portion of the project. Public Works Engineering serves a vital role managing contracted capital projects such as this one.

Senior Day at the Fair

The Puyallup Activity Center sponsored an information booth at the Puyallup Fair on September 16th. Staff and volunteers were on hand all day to promote the Activity Center and answer questions from the public. Visitors enjoyed live demonstrations from our woodcarvers, our card making class, and our quilting class. Visitors also had the opportunity to interact with program leaders and learn about the resources available through the Activity Center.

Meeker Creek Channel Restoration

The Meeker Creek Channel Restoration project will be presented at a Special Meeting of City Council on Tuesday, November 20th. Public Works Engineering is managing this project and ensuring that the work will help fulfill the requirements of the city’s NPDES stormwater permit. The meeting will include a short presentation by Interim City Manager Bill McDonald to help frame issues related to the project.

Red Light Camera Moved

The photo enforcement camera, currently located at North Meridian and Valley Avenue, is being moved to an intersection that has the potential for more collisions due to the volume of red light violations. American Traffic Solutions, the City’s red light camera vendor, conducted an assessment of several intersections within the city. The study indicated that the camera be moved to the southbound approach on 9th St. SW at 39th Ave. SW to maximize traffic safety benefits. A date for the relocation has not been identified at this time.

Forest Green Water Main Replacement Phase II

Water mainline construction is complete on Alderbrook Ct S; and mainline installation will start on Greenwood Ct S during the week of September 17th. In the next stages of the project, the contractor will return to Alderbrook and Greenwood to install individual service lines and then permanently patch these cul-de-sacs with asphalt.

Water line installation will then proceed on Forest View Ct. S, Forest Ridge Ct S and Forest Rim Ct S. Local access will always be maintained for residents; however, traffic will be reduced to one lane through the construction zone so residents should expect delays. When the water main is completed, the construction area will be paved with an asphalt overlay.

Working with Fair Food Vendors to Keep Water/Storm Systems Healthy

The Local Source Control Program provides maintenance suggestions to businesses to reduce the probability of stormwater system pollution and damage to waste systems. Currently, the program focus is on food vendors serving the Puyallup Fair, specifically providing information on best practices to limit grease and other pollutants from going into the city’s water and storm systems. Community response has remained positive toward this grant-funded business outreach and support program led by Pollution Prevention Specialist, Kendall Wals

Mark Your Calendars

September 25 – Public Hearing on the Halfway House Moratorium – Pioneer Park Pavilion, 6:30 pm

September 29 – Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Puyallup Police Department, 10:00 am–2:00 pm

October 2 – City Council Meeting – Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

October 13 – Emergency Management Preparedness Fair - South Hill Mall,

10 am – 7:00 pm

October 25-27 – “Terror on the Trail” – Bradley Lake Park, 7:00-11:00 pm

(October 27 - Kid Friendly Daytime Option, 1:00-3:00 pm)

November 20 – Meeker Creek Restoration/City Council Special Meeting – Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

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