Clarks Creek Park Riparian Restoration & Porous Maintenance Road
On October 27th, more than 50 volunteers braved the wet weather to plant 300 native shrubs and trees and install 200 feet of split rail fencing in Clarks Creek Park. This 100% grant-funded Riparian Restoration and Porous Maintenance Road project is designed to support water quality improvements in Clarks Creek by reducing untreated stormwater runoff as well as restoring the riparian area. The asphalt maintenance road that runs parallel to the creek (just south of 7th Ave SW), is being removed, repositioned away from the creek, and replaced with permeable pavement. The riparian area between the new porous maintenance road and the creek is being restored with amended soils and native shrubs and trees that will also provide much needed shade to the creek to help reduce water temperatures and discourage elodea growth.
PPD Hosts DUI Emphasis Patrol
On October 27th, the Puyallup Police department (in conjunction with the police departments in Fife, Sumner and Bonney Lake), hosted a DUI emphasis patrol focusing on East Pierce County. Fifteen people in the city and sixteen people in other areas of Eastern Pierce County were arrested for driving under the influence during the emphasis patrol, for a total of 31 impaired drivers being removed from the roadway. In the over 180 stops that were made in the city, an additional 52 charges resulted in addition to the DUI arrests.
The Water Division Wants you to be Prepared in an Emergency
At the recent Emergency Preparedness Fair held at the South Hill Mall, Water Specialists Alyse Russell and Mike Nelson were on hand to pass out information on how to handle utilities in an emergency situation. The handout gives the homeowner instruction on turning off your home’s water meter in an emergency, water storage guidelines, and emergency fill station information. A copy of the flyer is attached.
Crime Control Roundtable – Organized Retail Crime
Last week, the Puyallup Police Department hosted a Crime Control Roundtable for local business leaders. Detective Michael Lusk gave an informational and at times entertaining presentation on “Organized Retail Crime”. The meeting was held at the Fairfield Inn to discuss retail crime prevention topics as we enter the holiday shopping season. Crime Control Roundtable meetings are held quarterly.
Surf and Turf Overnight Getaway
Thirty-two seniors from the Puyallup Activity Center and University Place Senior Center traveled 600+ miles on the “Surf and Turf”, three-day and two-night, adventure through the North Cascades Highway Loop. Destinations included Langley, Fort Casey State Park, Deception Pass State Park, and the town of Anacortes. After a night in La Conner, the group traveled east to enjoy the scenery and fall foliage along the upper Cascade Loop. Day two included the Henry Thompson Historical Bridge, the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, and stops in Winthrop and Twisp before spending the night on the Lakeshore of Pateros. Day three included Wells Dam, Ohme Gardens just outside of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and a brief stop at the Roslyn Historical Cemetery. The spectacular beauty of the fall foliage made the inclement weather of the trip well worth it.
PPD Receives Funding to Combat Underage Drinking
The Puyallup Police Department has received $4,960 in funding from Trauma Trust/Pierce County Leadership for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth for fiscal year 2012 - 2013. This grant will provide funding to target underage drinking, with an emphasis on compliance checks to combat the sale of alcohol to minors.
7th Street SE Water Main Replacement Project
Consultants have finalized plans and specifications for the 7th Street SE Water Main Replacement Project. The project has been advertised, and bids will be opened on November 7th at 2:00 pm in the council chambers. Extensive leaks in this water main have undermined the roadway and necessitated the patching and repair of large sections of the street, causing inconvenience to citizens in the neighborhood and increased maintenance costs. This project will replace the old pipe with new Ductile Iron pipe that has proven to be free from leaks and has a much longer life expectancy.
“Eagles Watch” Apartment Complex is now “Terraces at Meridian”
Extensive renovation of the Eagles Watch apartment complex (S. Meridian & 23rd Avenue SW) is almost complete, including building remodels, landscape changes and a complete remodel of the clubhouse building. The new owner, Tacoma-based Dobler Management, purchased the 260-unit complex from the Pierce County Housing Authority. As a condition of purchase from the Housing Authority, a percentage of the units will be retained in an affordable status. Two other multi-family complexes in Puyallup, Meridian Firs and Country Gables, are also owned by Dobler Management. Commensurate with this major remodel, the complex has been renamed “Terraces at Meridian”.
LIFT Grant Audit Review
An audit team from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) will be conducting an initial meeting on Nov 5th with city staff. This is a first meeting with the city prior to conducting a performance audit on the LIFT (Local Infrastructure Financing Tool) Grant program. The purpose of the LIFT program is to encourage economic development through infrastructure improvements at the city and county level that spur private development. In this initial meeting, the audit committee will be determining what data they will need from the city for an effective review of the grant program.
Capital Projects Engineer, Marvin Cox, Retires
Marvin Cox, who has been with the City of Puyallup since 1984, retired from the city on October 31st. Marv is well-known for his jokes and puns, (“why couldn’t the bicycle stand up? It was two tired”). Marv wore many different hats and facilitated many projects over his almost 29 years with the city, and he managed the design and construction of many infrastructure improvements over the years, totaling over $200 million. The city will be a different place without Marv around, and he will be missed!
Puyallup Police Department’s School Resource Officer Mark Ketter, led preschool story time at the Library on Friday, October 26th. Officer Ketter read two books and McGruff the Crime Dog made a surprise appearance to trick or treat with the children.
Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force
The first workshop for the Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force was held on October 17th. Attended by citizens, city staff, councilmembers, and regulatory and legislative representatives, the Task Force gathered comments on the impacts of excessive elodea growth, the sediment that contributes to the problem, and the need for both short-term and long-term plans. The Task Force will meet again on November 7, 2012 from 1:00-5:00 pm (City Hall, 1st floor retail space next to Subway) to gather ideas on potential solutions to meet the needs. All meetings are open to the public and people interested in Clarks Creek and elodea management are encouraged to attend any and all meetings. There will be an opportunity for the public to provide comments from 5:00-7:00 pm on November 7th as well.
To join the task force, or learn about upcoming meetings, contact Joy Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 253-841-5549, or visit the project web page: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/services/public-works/stormwater-management/projects/elodea-task-force/
Get Connected with Puyallup PD
The Puyallup Police Department is passing out “Get Connected with PPD” cards that encourage citizens to engage with the police department through different avenues of communication. PPD is utilizing Twitter and revamping our webpage to be more user friendly and provide better service to the community. The department will have these cards available in the PD lobby and will continue to hand them out at community events.
Mark Your Calendars
· November 7 – Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force Meeting – 1st Floor City Hall, 1:00-5:00 pm and Public Comment Meeting, 5:00-7:00 pm
· November 7 - Open House on Downtown Zoning - City Council Chambers, 5:30-8:30 pm
· November 12 – Veterans Day Celebration – Pioneer Park Pavilion, 1:00 pm (City Offices are Closed in Observance of Veteran’s Day)
· November 13 – City Council Meeting, 1st Public Hearing – 2013 Budget – City Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 17 – Silver-Meeker Creek Riparian Planting – Meeker Creek @ Silver Creek, 9:00 am – Noon.
· 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