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Jul. 16, 2012 at 9:12am City Manager's Update

Puyallup Dog Fancier Treasurer, Susan Gestring, presented Puyallup Police Chief Bryan Jeter with a check for $15,000 to assist with the purchase and training of a new police canine. See article below.



City of Puyallup Annual Population Estimate

The State Office of Financial Management has assigned the City of Puyallup our new annual population estimate, effective April 1, 2012. Puyallup’s population estimate for 2012 is 37,620a small increase over last year’s estimate of 37,240.

Puget Sound Energy Pole Replacement Project in the Downtown

Puget Sound Energy will commence a pole replacement project next Monday, July16th. The work will entail removing and replacing 12 poles throughout the downtown area. Construction work in many of the affected areas must abide by certain time restrictions (including night work requirements in the commercial corridor), and traffic control plans will be in place.

Questions or concerns regarding this project can be directed to Engineering Service Inspector Marcus Sedlickas at (253) 405-1707 or Linda Lian at (253) 841-5577.

Single-Family Permit Applications Up

So far, 2012 has seen an upswing in building permit applications for single-family residences in Puyallup. In 2011, the City received a total of 67 building permit submittals for new single-family homes. In contrast, during just the first half of 2012 (by June 30th), the City had already received 57 permit applications for new home construction.

Gypsy Moth Eradication Treatments Completed in Puyallup and Eatonville

As you know, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has made significant efforts to eradicate two infestations of gypsy moth found in Pierce County--one at the South Hill Mall in Puyallup and the other at a small residential area of Eatonville. Spraying necessitated due to the emergency of gypsy moth caterpillars was conducted at both sites between May 8th and June 28th.

The 43-acre South Hill Mall property and surrounding areas will be heavily trapped this summer to determine whether any gypsy moth caterpillars escaped the treatment. The area will be officially declared eradicated if no gypsy moths are detected for two consecutive years. Gypsy moth has been detected in Washington every year since 1977, but permanent populations have not been established.

Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers Donation

The Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers have donated $15,000 to the Puyallup Police Department to assist with the purchase and training of a new police canine to replace previous K-9 Chance.

Representatives of the PVDF presented the check to Chief Jeter and members of the K-9 team on Monday, July 9th. This generous donation is very much appreciated.

Summertime at the Library

At the Puyallup Library, a typical Monday means around 1,375 visitors who check out an average total of 1,700 items. On Monday, July 2nd, staff was almost overwhelmed when some 1,575 people came in and checked out nearly 3,000 items. The citizens of Puyallup love and use their library!

Builder’s Forum and Permit Users Survey

Yesterday morning, Development Services staff hosted a Builder’s Forum meeting at City Hall as an outreach to builders, contractors and other construction permit customers. This event allowed staff to share information on various issues affecting land use, as well as relay tips for a smoother permit/construction process.

Questions and comments were also received from many who attended.

In a related outreach effort, Development Services will solicit feedback from permit users via a customer service survey. This survey, which focuses on permit applications, plan checks and the inspection process, is available in hard copy form at the permit counter on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Alternatively, it can be filled out online via the City’s website. Input from this customer survey will be used to improve our permit processes.

Health Impacts of Wood Burning Devices

The Activity Center’s June wellness program on the health impacts of woodburning devices was presented by Alexandria Teague from Pierce County’s Planning and Land Services Department. Ms. Teague explained that during the winter, many Pierce County residents breathe unhealthy air which contains fine particle pollution made up of soot, dust, and smoke. Fine particle pollution comes from a variety of sources, but wood smoke is the major wintertime source in Pierce County. As fine particle pollution is a serious health problem, Ms. Teague provided valuable information about indoor wood-burning devices, upcoming policy changes, and simple steps that can improve air quality.

The Sunshine Troop

The Activity Center’s Sunshine Troop meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. This group of caring volunteers delivers lap robes and teddy bears to residents in health care facilities throughout the Puyallup area, who truly appreciate the cheer and companionship that this group provides. New volunteers are always welcome to join in this worthwhile and uplifting activity.

Development Services Pre-Application Meetings

Over the past few weeks, Development Services has held pre-application meetings with proponents of the following projects:

-A proposed small new building at Cascade Christian High School (811 21st Street SE) to house a weight room for the school; and

- An existing downtown residential unit associated with Lee’s Martial Arts studio (115 W. Meeker).

Grand Opening of the Child Advocacy Center

Captain Dalan Brokaw attended the grand opening of the Child Advocacy Center and Pierce County Child Abuse Investigation Protocol signing ceremony on June 29th. To ensure uniformity, all police agencies in Pierce County have agreed to follow this protocol when investigating child abuse cases. The CAC is located at 1112 South 5th Street in Tacoma.

Police Department Staff Attends Training in Emmitsburg, MD

Puyallup PD Captain Scott Engle and Sergeant Bob Thompson recently completed a week-long training program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD along with a large contingent from Pierce County.

Captain Engle and Sergeant Thompson learned about emergency management, then put those principles to practice with other officials from Pierce County by participating in a mock disaster. It was an extremely valuable class, made all the more so by the opportunity to work alongside so many Pierce County first-line responders.

Social Media for Job Seekers

The Puyallup Library recently introduced a new and innovative program for job seekers. The “Using Social Media for Job Search” program teaches job seekers valuable social networking strategies, while communicating the advantages and disadvantages of using social media applications such as Linkedin, Facebook and Myspace in employment searches.

Pioneer Park Pavilion Update

The weeks of June 25th to July 8th were filled with weddings and receptions at the Pavilion, with a total of six. In addition, Multi-Care Medical Associates held a large dinner meeting at the Pavilion and Cascade Community Band offered a free public concert on the Rotary Stage on Monday, June 25th.

Mark Your Calendars

July 17 – Regular City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

July 24 – Neighborhood Fair Parking meeting, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers

July 26 – VIPS appreciation picnic, 11:00 a.m., Decoursey Duck Pond on 7th AVE SW. 

July 31 – City Clerk Barbara Price retirement send-off, 3:00 p.m., Council Chambers lobby

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