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Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:06am City Manager Update - June 28, 2013

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes Event

On June 22nd, a 5K fun run and a 1-mile “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event were held, in conjunction with the Meeker Days Festival. This first ever Walk a Mile event in Puyallup, was a way to create an opportunity to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault and to raise awareness of domestic violence. The weather was perfect for the event, with 115 people registered for the run and walk. Men who walked in the event wore women’s shoes, ranging from 5-inch heels to lower, safer styles. It was reported that nobody participating in high heels twisted an ankle!

Finance Department Receives Award

The City of Puyallup recently received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2013 budget. This award represents a significant achievement by the City of Puyallup, reflecting the commitment of our City Council and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive this award, nationally recognized guidelines had to be satisfied. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

· A policy document

· A financial plan

· An operations guide

· A communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive this award. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Downtown Parking – Education Over Enforcement

The Puyallup Police Department has been working diligently to resolve parking concerns surrounding the downtown Farmer’s Market. In response to complaints from many types of community members, the PD reviewed parking regulations in and around the market. On a recent Saturday, the PD conducted its first enforcement of timed parking in and around the market, with enforcement on weekends to continue throughout the summer.

The Puyallup Police Department takes great pride in being customer service oriented and focusing on education over enforcement. They have made an effort to reach out to the Puyallup Mainstreet Association and downtown merchants to help spread the word that enforcement of timed parking will take place on a random, periodic basis over the summer so that employees and customers can be notified.

A & E films in Puyallup

Sirens Media, a production company for the A&E Network, did some filming last week around the police station and out in the field in a patrol vehicle. Sirens Media produces Panic 911, a program showcasing incredible 911 calls. They were doing an episode on a Puyallup case from 2010 where an occupied residential burglary occurred in the 3700 block of East Pioneer. The victim hid in the closet and spoke to the 911 dispatcher while officers were on the way. The film crew was in the area for two days. At this time, it is unknown when the episode will air.

Street Improvement Projects - Crosswalks

When installed correctly, crosswalks are designed to improve pedestrian safety. However, when uniform criteria are not used, crosswalks can actually increase the dangers to pedestrians, create a false sense of security, and increase the city's vulnerability to lawsuits and monetary claims. To protect citizens and minimize risk, the city’s traffic engineer uses specific criteria to determine whether a marked crosswalk should be installed. The traffic engineer also evaluates whether additional features are needed for safety or to meet federal requirements. These features could include signage, lighting that draws driver attention, or ramps that allow wheelchair accessibility. Below is a list of intersections that have been slated for crosswalk installation/improvements as funding allows:

4th Avenue SW/S Meridian crosswalk: A marked crosswalk is currently being designed on the north leg of this intersection. Curb ramps are planned along with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons. This federal grant funded project is planned to be constructed by the end of 2014.

3rd Street SW/4th Avenue SW: As a part of the 3rd Street SW improvements project, a marked crosswalk will be added on the east leg of this intersection (adjacent to the library). The project is planned to be completed by the end of 2013.

3rd Street SW/7th Avenue SW: As a part of 7th Avenue SW safety improvements, a marked crosswalk is being considered on the east leg of this intersection. The project is planned to be constructed by the end of 2014.

Additional crosswalk projects for completion by the end of 2013:

1. A marked crosswalk will be added on the east leg of the intersection of 3rd Street SW/W Meeker.

2. Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons will be added to the existing marked crosswalk on the east leg of 3rd Street SW/W Pioneer intersection.

3. A marked crosswalk will be installed on the south leg of the intersection of 5th Street NE/7th Avenue NE. (This crosswalk is currently being designed but the construction schedule depends on bids received.)

Other upcoming crosswalk projects slated for completion in 2014:

1. A traffic signal with marked crosswalks on all four legs of the intersection of 7th Avenue SW/5th Street SW near Sparks Stadium.

2. A marked crosswalk and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on the south leg of the intersection of 3rd Street SE/4th Avenue SE near Kalles Jr. High School.

3. Enhance the existing marked crosswalk by adding Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on the west leg of the intersection of W Pioneer/2nd Street SW.

4. Enhance the existing marked crosswalk by adding Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on the east leg of the intersection of W Pioneer/7th Street SW.

5. Install a marked crosswalk and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons along 7th Avenue SW near 18th Street SW (near DeCoursey Park).

6. Enhance the existing marked crosswalk by adding Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on the north leg of the intersection of 31st Avenue SE/5th Street SE near Bradley Park.

7. Enhance the existing marked crosswalk by adding Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on the south leg of the intersection of 5th Street NE/4th Avenue SE near Stewart Elementary School.

8. Enhance the existing marked crosswalk by adding Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on the west leg of the intersection of W Pioneer/15th Street SW near Aylen Jr. High School.

9. Enhance the existing mid-block marked crosswalk by adding Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons along 5th Street SW north of 5th Avenue SW near Meeker Elementary School.

City Employees Graduate from Chamber Leadership Institute

On June 20th, Deputy Chief Dave McDonald and Communications Center Manager Tim Hannah graduated from the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is an eight month program for community leaders that focuses on professional development and community service. During that time, they met monthly to learn more about our communities and explore everything from health and human services to education, business, and quality of life. Members of the Leadership Institute chose “Hearts for Hygiene” as their 2013 community project. This successful “drive” provided much needed hygiene products to the Puyallup and Sumner Food Banks. Hygiene items were identified by the group as a need for many struggling families and individuals, as hygiene items cannot be purchased with food stamps.

Crime Control Round Table

The Puyallup Police Department recently held their 2nd quarter Crime Control Round Table, which seeks to involve our business community. Topics included: active shooter response, fireworks laws, and information and introduction of our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Lisa Isaacs. The video titled, “Run, Hide or Fight” was shown to assist business owners on what to do if they are ever confronted with an active shooter in the workplace.

Elodea Management 2013

The Elodea management program is designed to reduce the amount of elodea growth in Clarks Creek and limit the impact it has on the citizens who live along the creek. As part of those efforts, this year’s activities include Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting, or DASH. This process is utilizing divers to hand pull the weeds from the creek, removing them completely, instead of cutting them as in the past. Another related project, in planning for the 2014 work year, includes a demonstration sediment removal project that will utilize technology similar to a “sand wand” to hydraulically remove, or vacuum, sediment in a 400-foot demonstration section of the creek. As of June 26, over 1500 bags of weed have been removed from the creek, with the contractor concentrating his efforts in the most difficult areas to start. Staff will make a determination July 11th regarding the contractor’s progress.

Crime Prevention Coordinator making connections

Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs has been extremely active in her first few weeks on the job and recently met with neighbors within the Crystal Ridge Homeowners Association, the Deer Creek Neighborhood, and Bradley Lake Cottages. She also met with local apartment managers and the business community. Informational packets were distributed to provide tips on home and vehicle safety, stressing the importance of neighborhood awareness. The neighbors also received information on crime prevention, the Block Watch program, and National Night Out.

Information Technology Updates

The IT department is excited about its continued progress towards faster and more efficient technological tools and resources for carrying out city business. On May 31st, the City’s Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft became official. This is the first step to upgrading every computer operating system and MS Office Software in the city. Because the newest versions of MS Office are not completely compatible with the current email service, the first priority will be upgrades to prepare for the new MS Exchange installation, which will occur in early to mid-July. In addition, the IT Department is reviewing the city’s internet providers as well as some connection limitations for opportunities to improve data access. IT is currently working on a fiber project to connect the facilities on the hill to City Hall on a designated fiber line. Wireless options are being explored to assist with connection issues at some of our satellite locations.

An outside consultant recently completed an analysis on the city’s telecommunication services provided by Centurylink and Verizon. In implementing the consultant’s recommendations, the city should start seeing considerable savings. The city has already reduced costs by over $1,000 per month by terminating unnecessary lines and services recommended by the consultant. IT staff plans to continue making adjustments based on those recommendations, and anticipates additional savings soon.

Puyallup Police Department Intern

The PD recently said goodbye to part-time intern, Jessica Ward. Jessica graduated from UW Tacoma on June 8th with a BA degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. During Jessica’s time at the PD she assisted in administrative duties related to the VIPS (Volunteers in Police Services) program and assisted in the background stages of the police department’s recent move to Lexipol, a comprehensive online policy program. Jessica also assisted the Major Crimes Unit in beginning the long process of digitizing old cold cases. Jessica devoted 103.5 hours to the police department between the months of April and June, and did such a great job during her time with the PD that she is being recruited for Puyallup’s Reserve Officer Program.

3rd St SW Infrastructure Improvements

Construction is underway on the 3rd St SW utility and street improvement project. The project will upgrade sanitary sewer, water, and stormwater utilities in 3rd St SW from 4th Ave SW to West Main Street, as well as those in Meeker Avenue between 3rd St SW and 4th St SW. The failing road in this same stretch of Meeker Avenue will be reconstructed as well. Overhead utilities along 3rd St SW will be relocated underground as part of the project. Street trees will be planted, and new street lighting will be included. The project is funded by a Department of Commerce grant, LIFT grant funds, and utility funds. Construction is expected to be completed by September.

Senior Citizens Come Together Over Technology

Puyallup Computer Users’ Group (PCUG) is a support meeting designed for all levels of senior computer users. The group meets at the Activity Center on the first Friday of each month and provides helpful information and support through group interaction and discussion.

Kidsquad – Puyallup Summer Camps

The Puyallup Recreation Department’s Summer Camp program started on June 24th with 65 campers playing games, singing songs, making crafts, and having a blast at the Memorial Center. The Puyallup Summer Camp program runs for 8 weeks and will include field trips to exciting events and venues throughout Pierce County, as well as attending the Noon Tunes Concert Series in Pioneer Park. Camp is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, and parents can register their children by picking up the required forms at the Recreation Center or printing them off of the City of Puyallup website. A weekly update of planned activities can be found on the City website or the Puyallup Parks & Recreation Facebook page. Come join the fun!

Northwest Adventures

On June 17-18, Puyallup seniors, along with participants from the Federal Way and University Place Senior Centers, enjoyed two days of adventure in our amazing Pacific Northwest. A few highlights of this jam-packed excursion included: Stops in the Skagit Valley and the historic downtown area of Lynden, lodging at the beautiful Silver Reef Hotel and Spa, a Bellewood Acres tour, an eight-hour whale watching boat cruise on one of the largest vessels in the San Juan’s, and a visit to Friday Harbor.

Mark Your Calendars

· July 4 – Independence Day Holiday – City Offices Closed
· July 9 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· July 16 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· July 20 – AUSA Great American Picnic, Daffodil Valley Sports Complex – Sumner, 11:00 am
· July 25 – Homelessness Task Force 2nd Public Input Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:00-7:30 pm
· August 6 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· August 27 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

Puyallup Farmer’s Market Hours:

Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm April 13 – October 12
Wednesdays 3:00pm -7:30pm May 29 – August 28

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