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Aug. 13, 2012 at 1:52pm City Manager's Update

The City Manager's Update is published every two weeks.

PPD’s new vehicles

The Puyallup Police Department’s SUVs have arrived! These vehicles will be assigned to the sergeants and will carry extra equipment that was typically kept at the PD, including a ballistic shield and door ram. The SUVs are all-wheel drive which will assist in traversing our geography during inclement weather without having to utilize chains. Further, a smaller engine has increased the fuel efficiency of the SUVs to be very close to that of a sedan. The department is also transitioning to a new color scheme – black and white. This is the first time in the history of the Puyallup Police Department that we have black and white vehicles. In the future, all replacement patrol vehicles will be black and white.


As part of the Puyallup Public Library’s 10 year celebration, the library will be holding a Food-for-Fines drive to help the Puyallup Food Bank. Each item of food donated can be used to clear $1 in book fines (book fines only, this cannot be applied to lost or damaged fees). The Food-for-Fines drive will run August 25 through September 1.

Clarks Creek Elodea Management

Mechanical weed cutting in Clarks Creek was completed July 31, and the pilot project hand-pulling efforts began August 1 and will continue through August 8. The pilot weed pulling project has utilized over 30 volunteers thus far. During the mechanical cutting, water levels in the immediate area of cutting dropped up to two feet, with drops in water levels observed upstream of the cutting areas as well. An estimated 600-700 cubic yards of material was harvested. A summary of the volumes removed in 2011 and 2012 is being drafted; we already know that weed growth was heavier this year as compared to past years. It has been observed that elodea volume/roots in the pilot area section pulled in 2011 is less than in those areas where hand pulling did not occur.

Planning activities for the next five-year HPA permit for elodea management will begin immediately after this year’s activities are completed. Councilmembers Steve Vermillion and John Palmer will participate in the process, as will three citizens from the City to be appointed by the Council. Staff has requested that two of the citizens reside along the creek and one from the community at large. City staff will also be involved in this effort.

Outdoor Cinema Series

The summer outdoor cinema series started this month at Bradley Lake Park. This is an ideal location for the outdoor cinema series because of the absence of park lights and street lights in the area. The movie “Captain America” was shown on Friday, August 3rd and the movies still scheduled include “Dolphin Tale” on August 11th and “Scooby–Doo” on August 25th. The movies are free to the public and concessions are available at the park.

Wildwood Park Elementary Safe Routes To School Improvements Project

City Inspector Bob Akridge along with the CIP Engineer Marvin Cox, have been working with the contractor on the Wildwood Park Elementary Safe Route Trail Project to ensure the work is completed before school starts in September. The work is progressing well and the scheduled completion date should be met. The PTA at Wildwood Park Elementary had applied for and received a federal grant to upgrade the trails leading to this school for the safety of the children that use it. The Public Works Engineering Department designed the improvements.

Hounds on the Hill

Leave the books and backpacks at home and watch Pierce College Puyallup go to the dogs Saturday, Aug. 25, at the first Hounds on the Hill event. It’s a fun opportunity to enjoy a community fair filled with dog-themed events, booths and sponsors – all highlighted by a 2.4-mile walk around Bradley Lake Park with your four-legged friend.

The day’s festivities kick off with the walk at 9 a.m. (registration starts at 8 a.m.) from Pierce College Puyallup’s Health Education Center and looping around the park. Afterward, families can spend the day enjoying dog-themed activities. Owners will also have the opportunity to hear from veterinary experts. Additional details and a full schedule of events may be found at www.houndsonthehill.org. Hounds on the Hill is a partnership between the Pierce College Foundation and the Rotary of South Hill Puyallup.

911 Call Center Project

The 911 Call Center Project is nearly complete. The major work is done, with only finish work and the installation of electronic and telephone equipment remaining. The current 911 Call Center, located on the Pierce College site for the past 25 years, is no longer of sufficient size to house the staff and equipment necessary to support the city’s safety and emergency services. The 911 Call Center’s new home is the south end of the Public Works building.

Salmon Springs Water Main Replacement

The Salmon Springs Water Main replacement project, will entail finding a new route for this early 1900’s cast iron lead joint water main, which crosses an unstable, steep ravine and wetland area. This water main is one of the primary sources of water for the City of Puyallup. In its current location, the Water Department would not be able to access it to repair a potential leak. The main will be rerouted, redesigned and replaced.

High Tea At Village Eatery And Tea Company

On July 27th, Puyallup seniors enjoyed a trip to Bothell’s Country Village Eatery and Tea Company. The charming restaurant features “homemade everything”. Our seniors loved their delicious four-course High Tea, and afterward had plenty of time to explore Country Village’s 40 unique shops, great restaurants, meandering garden paths, trains, ponds, art, gifts, and antiques.

Meeker Creek Channel Restoration

In support of water quality improvement efforts in Meeker and Clarks Creek, the Meeker Creek Channel Restoration project was conceived to replace the current “ditched” configuration of Meeker Creek that runs parallel to 10th Ave SW with a more natural stream channel. The new channel configuration will support salmon recovery efforts in the Clarks Creek basin, help reduce sediment loading into Clarks Creek (Meeker Creek is one of the leading contributors of sediment to Clarks Creek), and reduce the fecal coliform and dissolved oxygen issues which impact both Meeker and Clarks Creeks.

Fuel Island Upgrade Project at Corporate Yards

In support of meeting the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) requirements for the City, the Corporate Yards fueling facility has been scheduled to be upgraded to meet current standards and requirements for stormwater runoff. In addition, the pumping equipment and fuel card system is also being replaced and/or upgraded to more efficient and modern systems.

Clarks Creek Targeted Outfall Retrofit Project

As part of Ecology’s Stormwater Grant Program, the City received a $551,000 grant to fund the installation of water quality structures in the existing storm system. This will reduce the volume of untreated, polluted urban runoff entering the streams, reduce sediment, increase the dissolved oxygen carrying capacity, and reduce elodea growth related to those factors in both Meeker and Clarks Creek.

Milwaukee Bridge Replacement Project

As part of the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) and the NBIS (National Bridge Inspection Standards), all public bridges carrying vehicular traffic are required to be inspected bi-annually. This bridge was constructed in 1961 and was originally owned by Pierce County. Ownership was transferred to the City of Puyallup when the area was annexed in 2004. The current sufficiency rating of the bridge is 15.32 out of 100 and it is structurally deficient. The bridge is posted for restricted loads.

The city submitted an application to the Federal bridge funding program seeking a grant to help replace this structure. Final determination will not be made until November.

Belly Dance Class

Belly dance lessons are offered at the Puyallup Activity Center on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The instructor is Zemirah of the Magic Carpet Dancers. This low impact exercise offers body awareness, movement and rhythm, and is a fun and friendly activity for all ages and body types.

Local Source Control Program

Community response has remained positive toward this grant-funded business outreach and support program. Visits to restaurants in the Clarks Creek basin are complete, and the program focus has now shifted to restaurants located on South Hill. This program continues to respond to concerns and provide maintenance suggestions to local businesses in order to reduce the likelihood of sewer system backups and damage to waste systems. To date, 74 business site visits have been completed since February 2012.

Conditional Use Permit Public Hearing - 23rd Ave SE-7th St SE

The Puyallup Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. This hearing will involve a Conditional Use Permit request to allow a proposed parking lot expansion with associated site improvements at the Regency convalescent facility at the SW corner of 23rd Avenue SE and 7th Street SE. Property owners in the vicinity will receive mailed notice of this hearing; any interested party is welcome to attend and testify on the request.

Life Care Center’s Rehabilitation/Convalescent Facility Planned

Initial site work will commence later this month on the Life Care Center site, which is located on the west side of 7th Street SE immediately south of the Regency site at 23rd Avenue SE. City authorization is proceeding for brush clearing to take place on the site, with some limited tree removal. Permit review is underway for more substantive grading on this property, with construction of Life Care Center’s new, approximately 100,000 square foot rehabilitation/convalescent facility expected to begin later this year.

Annexation Request

The City has received a request for annexation pertaining to the Orchard Hills neighborhood, an established 74-home subdivision located on the west side of Fruitland Avenue in the vicinity of Fruitland Elementary School. While already served by City sewer and bound on two sides by City corporate limits, Orchard Hills was not a part of the City’s 2009 West Hills annexation and is still unincorporated. Members of the Orchard Hills Homeowners Association have initially filed what is known as a “10% petition”, a document containing signatures from property owners representing at least 10% of total assessed valuation for the proposed annexation area. Per State law, the City Council must consider this request within 60 days of the 10% petition filing, at which time the Council may choose to either move forward with the annexation as requested, to modify the requested annexation boundary or to not process this request. If the Council chooses to move forward, the annexation proponents would then need to generate property owner signatures constituting 60% of the total assessed valuation. This item is tentatively planned for Council’s September 18 regular meeting.

Mark Your Calendars

August 13 – Special City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

August 14 – Special City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.

August 15 – Concert at Bradley Lake Park featuring “Bullet Creek” 6:30 p.m.

August 14 – Out to Lunch with Noon Tunes Concert in Pioneer Park, featuring “The Not-Its!” 12:00 p.m..

August 18-19 – Community Campout at Bradley Lake Park, check-in at 2:30 p.m., clean up and check-out by 10 a.m. Sunday, August 19.

August 20 – Veteran’s Park Dedication, 6:00 p.m.

August 21 – Out to Lunch with Noon Tunes Concert in Pioneer Park, featuring “Tim Noah” 12:00 p.m.

August 23 - Last Concert in the Park featuring the Beatniks, Pioneer Park, 6:30 p.m.

August 24 - Puyallup Night at the Tacoma Rainiers

August 25 – Library 10-Year Anniversary Celebration, 9:45 a.m.

August 25 - Art in the Park, co-sponsored by Valley Arts United and Tacoma Art Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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