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Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:08pm City Manager's Update 11/16/2012

39th Ave SE Extension Project Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Event

After years of planning, right of way acquisition, design, and construction, the new extension of 39th Ave SE is opening in time for holiday shopping season traffic. A ribbon cutting event is scheduled next week to celebrate this City of Puyallup milestone, which was completed with the assistance of Washington State LIFT Grant funding.


 

39th Ave SE Extension Project
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Event
Tuesday, November 20th
3:00pm
Located at 39th Ave SE, just east of Meridian
(near T.J. Maxx)

While the road will be open and construction will be minimal during the holiday shopping season, final details of the project will finish up in Spring 2013. Additional work to be done includes installation of new traffic signals (currently on order), the final lift of asphalt, and the signalization of the intersection at 39th Ave SE and 5th Street SE. After the new traffic signal is delivered and installed, the road will also be re-striped in a 5-lane configuration (with two lanes traveling in either direction as well as a center turn lane). There will be periodic and temporary closures after the holiday season while these items are completed.

One Woman’s Love of Animals Results in Donation to K-9 Unit

The Puyallup Police Department’s K-9 unit received a donation in the amount of $15,479.21 from a bequest of the Betty Warner estate. “She just liked animals and that is where she wanted the money to go,” stated the attorney for Ms. Warner’s estate. This wonderful gift will be used to further the PPD K-9 program.

Not In Puyallup

The Puyallup Police Department’s annual “Not in Puyallup” Holiday Emphasis is set to kick off on Black Friday. PPD will utilize Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officers, VIPS (Volunteers In Police Service) and Explorers to provide coverage for the program. Those participating in the emphasis will patrol parking lots, conduct surveys on the security of shopper’s vehicles, and provide information on how to protect yourself against crime during the Holiday season. POP officers will alter their schedule to work during the evenings the entire four weeks of the emphasis, and they will work Saturday, November 24 and Saturday December 22. PPD will be working with the South Hill Mall and business owners on additional ideas for the program this year.

Renewal in Progress: Downtown Parking Permits

Development Services Engineering will be commencing the renewal process for the 2013 downtown parking lot permits for businesses and their employees in late November. Letters will be sent out to the 2012 permit holders (277 persons) in the final week of November advising them that their permit will be expiring and providing instructions on how to renew for next year. Staff will also meet with Puyallup School District employees in early December to enable them to purchase their passes for the “Hill” parking lot.

Trick or Treat Boo-yallup

On October 31, Puyallup City Hall joined over 30 other downtown locations in providing a safe, secure, and fun trick-or-treating experience in Puyallup. City volunteers and staff greeted visiting trick-or-treaters, passed out treats, and complimented costumes from 3-6 pm. “Trick or Treat Boo-yallup” is an annual event sponsored by the Puyallup Main Street Association.

Orchard Hill Annexation

In September, the Council accepted an initial annexation petition from residents of the Orchard Hill neighborhood (an established 74-lot subdivision located on Fruitland Avenue near Fruitland Elementary School). The Orchard Hill neighborhood abuts city limits on two sides, but currently is unincorporated. Following state annexation procedures, the annexation proponents submitted a second petition with signatures of property owners representing 60% of the subdivision’s total assessed valuation to the City in late October. This week, we received word that Pierce County has certified the validity of the Orchard Hill “60%” annexation petition.

In the next step of the process, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation on city zoning for the potential annexation area. This work is tentatively scheduled for December. Following a recommendation from the Planning Commission, a public hearing on the annexation and assignment of zoning would likely occur before City Council in early 2013.

Haunted Hustle

The 9th annual Haunted Hustle 5K/10K race was held on October 14 in downtown Puyallup. Both race lengths started and finished at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. The event attracted 315 runners, with 85 participating in the 10K and 230 in the 5K race. The youngest runner was a 6 year old boy and the oldest competitor was a 69 year old woman. The 10K race overall winner was Kelvin Whipple who finished in 38:22 and the 5K overall winner Lance Dakin finished in 17:50. Refreshments were provided following the event and awards were presented to age group winners.

Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force - Phase Two

The mission of the Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force is to develop a short-term and long-term elodea management plan. The first phase of the process identified goals, objectives, issues, and concerns about elodea management in Clarks Creek. Second phase meetings were held on November 7 & 8 to develop potential solutions to elodea management and to define the criteria for evaluating the proposed solutions.

During the second phase, ideas were also sorted into short-term or long-term solutions. The City needs to have an immediate short-term solution that can be implemented starting in this year’s fish window on June 15, 2013. The short term solution list was narrowed to 1) removing rocks from under the 56th St E and Stewart Ave bridges; 2) improved mechanical weed cutting; and 3) diver weed pulling with suction assist (similar to the Thurston County effort on the Chehalis River). Staff will be providing a timeline for option 3 as well as a more detailed description of the process for the committee’s review prior to the next set of meetings on December 7 & 8.

The Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force is a broad-based stakeholder committee. Members include representatives of the creek-side home owners, City of Puyallup staff, Pierce County staff, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Department of Environmental Protection, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Washington State University Puyallup, US Geological Service, City of Puyallup Council, and a State Legislator.

Activity Center Halloween Party

The Activity Center hosted its annual Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 31st. The Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Dick Weber who dressed for the part and led the festivities with his wonderful sense of humor. Other highlights of the party included fun games, a contest for the best costume, Halloween goodies and treats, and of course lots of great food!

Crime Prevention Talks

On November 2, POP Officer Wally Anderson gave a crime prevention and safety talk to 75 students at Northwest Christian School on Shaw Road. The talk consisted of personal safety tips, internet safety tips, and other general information. The students asked Officer Anderson questions about law enforcement and the Puyallup Police Department. The students ended the session by praying for the men and women at PPD.

On November 13, POP Officer Doug Kitts gave a crime prevention and safety talk to residents at Chestnut Hills Apartment Community. The focus of the talk was how to avoid being a victim of motor vehicle theft and/or car prowls by reducing the targets for thieves.

Sunnyside Orchestra

The Sunnyside Orchestra is a band composed of senior citizen musicians. The orchestra practices at the Activity Center on Monday mornings, and they perform throughout the Puyallup area during the week. In addition, the Sunnyside Orchestra entertains at the Puyallup Activity Center on the 3rd Friday of each month for the Senior Lunch Program. New members are always welcome to join in on the fun.

New Employees at PPD

Officer Eric Barry starts with the Puyallup Police Department on Monday, November 19. Officer Barry spent six years at Tacoma PD prior to joining PPD. Officer Barry fills one of the four vacancies in the police officer ranks.

Records Clerk Jamie Bryant joined the department on November 15. Ms. Bryant has worked previously for the King County Sheriff’s Department and the Auburn Police Department. Ms. Bryant is filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Natasha House in late August.

City Council Study Session - Meeker Creek Channel Restoration

A City Council Study Session is scheduled on November 20 to discuss water quality improvement efforts in Meeker Creek. This project was conceived to replace the current “ditched” configuration of Meeker Creek (which runs parallel to 10th Ave SW) with a more natural stream channel. The intent of the new channel configuration is to 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 Creek.

Terror on the Trail

The 1st annual Terror on the Trail event was held at Bradley Lake Park from Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27. The event ran from 7 – 11pm each evening, with a Saturday, day time event from 1 – 3pm in the afternoon. The event incorporated 60 costumed volunteers performing in 11 different spooky scenes along one of the park’s side trails. Approximately 500 thrill-seeking participants attended the event during the three days. Food vendors sold concessions to those waiting in line. Participants could also enjoy a scary movie playing on our 35-foot inflatable screen during their wait.

Lighted Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

The annual Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 5pm, with Santa leading the parade on a fire engine. Included in the festivities is the Holiday Market (10am – 9pm) in the Pioneer Park Pavilion and the lighting of the Community Tree in Pioneer Park. This year, the Puyallup Police Department’s “Chief for a Day” Kevin Little will be doing the honor of lighting the tree. The annual community tradition, sponsored by the Puyallup Main Street Association, is a great way to kick off the holiday season.

PPD hosts a loss prevention workshop with local businesses

On November 13, the Problem Oriented Policing Team and the City Prosecutor’s Office worked together to host a “Loss Prevention Officers Workshop” at Puyallup PD. Nine loss prevention officers (LPO) attended, representing six large retailers in the City. The focus of the meeting was to update the LPO on the upcoming “Not in Puyallup” campaign and discuss recent changes in court procedures related to evidence in shoplifting cases. The LPO had very favorable comments about the meeting and appreciated the time with law enforcement and legal officials.

LeMay America’s Car Collection & Lunch at the Spaghetti Factory

On November 8, Puyallup seniors visited LeMay America’s Car Museum. The facility is the largest automobile museum in the world in terms of square footage and the number of cars on display. The seniors really appreciated how well the museum preserves the American automotive history and celebrates the world’s fascination with the automotive culture. Following the museum tour, the seniors enjoyed lunch at the Famous Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma before departing home.

Mark Your Calendars

· November 17 – Silver-Meeker Creek Riparian Planting – Meeker Creek @ Silver Creek, 9am – Noon.

· November 20 – 39th Ave SE Extension Project Ribbon Cutting Event – 39th Ave SE, east of Meridian (near T.J. Maxx), 3pm

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

· November 22 & 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – City Offices are Closed

· November 27 – City Council Meeting, 2nd Public Hearing – 2013 Budget – City Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· November 28 – District 3 Neighborhood Meeting – South Hill Mall Community Room, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

· December 1 –Santa Parade & Tree Lighting Event – Downtown Puyallup, 5pm

· December 4 – City Council Meeting – City Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

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