Veteran’s Day Program
Puyallup’s annual Veteran’s Day Program was held on November 11th, at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, with over 550 people in attendance. The Veteran’s Day program is an annual celebration of music and traditional patriotic ceremony that salutes the Armed Forces and celebrates Veterans from all branches of the military. Music was provided by members of the I Corps Army Band, JBLM Jazz Combo, Puyallup Tapestry Singers, and the Kalles Junior High School choir.Following the program, attendees were invited to a free exhibit of the art of Chris Hopkins, who is a nationally renowned, award-winning artist and an official artist of the Air Force. His work was on display in the lobby of City Hall and Gallery 3. Original paintings and sketches of Tuskegee Airmen, mythological characters, and other works were included. A special thanks to the staff of Gallery 3 for their coordination of the Artist’s exhibit. This event is sponsored by VFW Post 2224, American Legion Post 67, Fleet Reserve Association 104, and the City of Puyallup.
Bond Refinancing Opportunity
The City is looking into an opportunity to issue refund bonds to save approximately $350,000, depending on market conditions and other factors. The City’s underwriter, Dave Trageser of D.A. Davidson, is proposing the refunding of a portion of our 2007 limited tax general obligation bonds. This would be strictly refunding – no new money – and is similar to what Council approved earlier this year, which established a minimum savings target of 3%. Final results of that refunding were a savings of about 5.5% or $815,000 over 13 years. The delegation of authority ordinance is anticipated to come before the City Council in December for first reading, with second reading in January. The ordinance delegates authority to approve the final deal for up to 120 days, based on the parameters set by Council.
Citizen’s Academy Going Strong
The Citizen’s Academy is at approximately the halfway point, and feedback from the twenty students has been very positive. The citizens have been on field trips to the Court and the Communications Center, and have driven a police car through a low-speed skills course. This past week, they learned about impaired driving and got to drive the Gem car (the golf cart displayed at the Fair), through an obstacle course while wearing “drunk goggles”. These goggles are designed to simulate being under the influence. This was a fun, but also eye-opening experience for the participants!
This weekend they will get to be involved in firearms training utilizing the department’s airsoft firearms. The students will be making shoot/no-shoot decisions to give them an idea of what officers face routinely. The class will graduate in January.
15th Ave Stormwater Replacement
As part of a $2.184 million line item in the State’s Capital Projects Budget, the completion of the remaining 15th Ave SW storm line (from Stewart to Pioneer) has been substantially funded. The balance of the project construction costs will come from existing utility funds. The project will consist of construction of a 48” diameter main line extending from the existing trunk line at the railroad tracks on Stewart Street to connect to the 30” diameter main on Pioneer. The completed project will help reduce flooding in the downtown and residential core areas. It will reduce stormwater flows into Clarks Creek, diverting them to the Puyallup River. The project will also include updates to the water and sanitary sewer systems on 15th Street.
The contract with the consultant has been approved and the plans are being updated for a final review in early December. The bid date will take place in early 2014, with construction anticipated to start in June 2014, immediately after school is out. This will help reduce impacts to Aylen Jr. High which fronts the project.
PPD Engages in Voluntary Audit As Part of a Proactive Effort to be a “Best Practices” Agency
The Puyallup Police Department (PPD) recently had an audit of police operations conducted by members of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs’ (WASPC) Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program (LEMAP). The team of five assessors spent two days at PPD interviewing employees, reviewing policies, and evaluating processes. The assessors conducted an exit interview with the PPD command staff and a written report is expected the first week in December.
The assessment team consisted of a captain from Bremerton PD, an assistant chief from Fife PD, a commander from Lacey PD, the records supervisor from Auburn PD, and the director of professional services from WASPC. The audit process is part of the department’s continuing effort to move towards being a best practice agency.
3rd St SW Improvements Near Completion
This project, located between 4th Ave SW and West Main, recently reached a major milestone with the installation of asphalt paving. The project has improved water mains, sewer lines, and improved storm drainage along 3rd St SW. Overhead utilities have been relocated underground as part of this project as well. The project has been funded by a Commerce Department grant, LIFT grant, and utility funds. Sidewalks, landscaping, and street lights are scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.
Development Services Update
Two new food establishments (both located on South Meridian just south of 39th Avenue) have completed their permitting/construction processes and are planning to open for business this month. Dickey’s Barbeque, located at 3932 South Meridian (formerly Skipper’s Restaurant), is opening this week and will serve a range of BBQ dishes. Across the street, on the east side of South Meridian, Jersey Mike’s is expected to open their new sub sandwich shop within the next two weeks. This is the first Jersey Mike’s location in the Puyallup area.
The City’s Design Review & Historic Preservation Board has scheduled a meeting on Thursday, November 21st at 4:00 pm, in the 5th Floor City Hall Council Chambers. The Board’s agenda for this meeting includes three items directly related to local facilities:
1. A public hearing to consider the proposed naming of the planned Pioneer Park splash pad recreational play area;
2. A public hearing to consider the proposed re-naming of the 5th Street NE/Milwaukee Avenue bridge as the “Veterans Bridge”; and
3. A request from the Puyallup School District for review of proposed sign banners for the PSD Headquarters building at Pioneer and South Meridian. The City sign code allows the Board to consider “innovative” sign proposals which otherwise do not fully comply with the City sign code standards.
Clarks Creek Sediment Removal Process Update
The City has received permits and/or approval from most of the required permitting agencies for the Sediment Removal Demonstration Project planned for 2014 in a pilot section of Clarks Creek. However, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) has asked for time to take a closer look at the application submittal, including the various monitoring plans requested. In consideration of this being the first project of its type permitted in Washington State, WDFW is evaluating the plans to ensure the monitoring period is long and thorough enough to effectively evaluate the process.
Holiday Emphasis Patrols
The Puyallup Police Department will once again be conducting their Holiday Emphasis campaign “Not In Puyallup.” The Problem Oriented Policing team along with the Crime Prevention Coordinator, are finalizing plans for the 2013 holiday season. PPD will be working with local businesses, PPD volunteers, civic organizations, and high school leadership during this emphasis.
In addition to crime prevention efforts during the holidays, PPD will also be utilizing the Cost Recovery Fund to staff impaired driving patrols during peak times. The Puyallup Police Department’s goal during this campaign is to reduce instances of vehicle prowls and auto thefts, as well as reducing impaired drivers on the road.
Pioneer Park Recreation Upgrades
The City has received comments and input from interested citizens, as well as the Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board, on the conceptual plans for the Pioneer Park play structure replacement and spray park construction. A public meeting was held on November 4th during the Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board meeting. Conceptual plans were presented for additional feedback and direction. The City’s Consultant, Bruce Dees & Associates, is currently reviewing utility considerations for the project to evaluate locations for the new structures. This upgrade will replace the aging and out-of-code play structure as well as retrofit the wading pool to create an up-to-date spray park. The target opening date for the new recreation pieces in Pioneer Park will be July 4, 2014.
Parks & Recreation’s Halloween event, The Cobweb Carnival, was held in the Pioneer Park Pavilion in conjunction with the Puyallup Main Street Association’s Boo-allup Trick-or-Treat event. Our major sponsor, Foursquare Church, helped to provide game booths, bounce houses, a photo booth, face painting, and tons of candy! With an estimated 2,000 people coming through the Pavilion, the event was a huge success. We are looking forward to partnering with Foursquare Church again next year as we expand the event to include even more game booths and prizes. This event would not have been possible without the dozens of volunteers that worked the various booths throughout the evening.
Local Source Control Program
The City’s grant-funded Local Source Control Program is beginning a new business focus to support local automotive shops, gas stations, and storage facilities. The program provides operation and maintenance recommendations for businesses to reduce the likelihood of stormwater system pollution and damage to waste systems. Beginning in November, businesses will receive no-cost assistance and site visits to evaluate their day-to-day practices and identify potential environmental impacts. The purpose of the City’s program, which is based on a Department of Ecology model, is to support local small businesses by providing technical assistance to help them understand how to stay in compliance and identify cost-savings practices.
Corporate Yard South Access Upgrade
An access is being installed on the south side of the Corporate Yard facility to allow better ingress and egress of large vehicles and trucks. The project went out to prospective contractors with the bid opening on November 14th. The project will install approximately 300 linear feet of pervious concrete driveway 26 linear feet in width. Engineering anticipates the work will be completed this winter.
Youth Basketball Begins After Successful Online Registration
Puyallup Recreation’s youth basketball registration has wrapped up with 30 teams registered for the select league and 92 teams for the recreational basketball league. Approximately 1,200 kids are registered in the program. With the new online registration option available, about 65% of the registrations for the recreational league were done online and 60% for the select league. This represents a huge savings in participant and staff time. Basketball will get underway in early December. Games and practices will be held at the Puyallup Recreation Center, Memorial Center, and various local Elementary and Jr. High School gyms.
ADA Curb Ramp Upgrades
You may be seeing a contractor at several intersections around the City and wondering what is going on. Seven sets of curb ramps at two different intersections are being upgraded to be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The intersections are: 7th Ave NE and 5th St NE, 7th Ave SW and 9th St SW. Kelaye Concrete of Boring, Oregon is the contractor completing the work.
5th St NW Railroad Crossing Rehabilitation
The 5th Street NW railroad crossing was the last of six crossing rehabilitations completed in the City. The crossing was completed on schedule and opened early the morning of October 31st, just in time for commuter traffic. This project was rescheduled several times while the City and BNSF worked to find a reasonable way to incorporate future storm drain system expansion into the crossing rehabilitation. While the storm drain upgrade ended up not being a feasible option due to cost considerations, BNSF was a willing partner in alternative analysis and conceptual design. BNSF continued to be extremely cooperative and accommodating throughout construction of the 5th St NW project. Thanks to them and their crews for their cooperation. City Street crews should also be commended for exemplary effort on all six of the crossing rehabilitation projects.
Mark Your Calendars
· November 21 – Design Review & Historic Preservation Board –Public Hearing, Council Chambers, 4:00 pm
· November 26 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday – City Offices are Closed
· December 7 – Santa Parade & Pioneer Park Tree Lighting, Meridian Street, Downtown Puyallup, 5:00 pm
· December 10 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· December 25 – Christmas Holiday – City Offices are Closed