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Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:00am City Manager's Update

Well #18 Water Right - 12 Years and Counting

The City of Puyallup’s Water Division began working with the Washington State Department of Ecology twelve years ago to acquire a 1,000 gallon per minute (gpm) water right for a new well (#18) to be located near an established well (#17) at the Puyallup Recreation Center. Although, the additional water will not be needed until 2030, the city feels it is important to acquire the right sooner rather than later.

Last October, then Interim City Manager Bill McDonald received a letter from the Department of Ecology proposing that the City pursue a coordinated effort between the Cities of Puyallup, Fife, and Sumner, to secure additional water rights for future growth. City Staff has now had several meetings with staff from Fife and Sumner to establish the groundwork for a coordinated and integrated approach to acquiring water rights. In the near future, Council will be asked to consider an inter-local agreement between the three cities. As the coordinated approach with our two neighboring cities moves forward, staff continues to pursue the original water right with Ecology.

Scholarship Opportunity for Puyallup Students

The City of Puyallup will be nominating one local student to compete for the AWC Center of Quality Communities Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to four Washington State students who have been actively engaged with their community and/or city government. Click here for the application and scholarship eligibility information. Completed application packets must be turned in to the City Clerk's Office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 8. Email Ellen Palmer with any questions.

Management Analyst Team Finds Facts & Creates Organizational Change

The Management Analyst Team tackled their first project over recent weeks, a look at the operations and administration of the Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Divisions. Council received the resulting 102 page report on this herculean effort on Thursday, February 14 as well as a brief presentation at the February 19 meeting. The full report has also been made available on the website for public review.

As indicated, additional information on organizational structure will be presented this Tuesday, February 26 and an in-depth discussion of the report findings is currently scheduled for the Council’s March 26 study session.

By using an internal staff team to ask ourselves how we can do things better, we are doing more than finding opportunities within just one department. The employees on the Management Analyst Team bring their skills, ideas, and experience to the table; while sharing those ideas with their coworkers, they also learn new ways to evaluate work and enact continuous improvement within their own divisions. Feedback from team members tells us that the process has also created new partnerships and work connections that foster collaboration and communication between city departments. These experiences help to develop a workplace culture citywide that places value on innovation, problem solving, and cooperation – values that help us to maximize the service we provide to Puyallup’s citizens.

Puyallup Police Department Annual Report

The Puyallup Police Department is putting the finishing touches on its first annual report. The report will provide a comprehensive look at the police department’s activities during 2012. The report is the first of its kind in recent memory at PPD, and we are hopeful that it will give our community an overview of the work being done by the men and women of the Puyallup Police Department. Further, we want to be transparent and accountable to the community we serve, and this report is another step in that process. Staff would like to commend Administrative Secretary Kari Lucey for all of her hard work on this comprehensive report.

Design Review & Historic Preservation Board Meeting

The City’s Design Review & Historic Preservation Board will hold a meeting on February 28, 2013, 4:15 pm in City Hall Conference Room 504. Agenda topics include a review of draft city historic preservation public information brochures, a re-cap of recent downtown land use review, and a “photo tour” of some historic local properties.

Superheroes at Storytime at the Puyallup Public Library

Superheroes aren’t just in books and movies, Puyallup is lucky to have spectacular crime fighters on our streets everyday! Here's a chance to get "up close and personal" when a real Puyallup police officer joins the Puyallup Library's preschool storytime on April 5th at 10:00 am to read and talk with kids. This special storytime event at the Puyallup Public Library is intended for children 3-5 years old. No registration is required. Come join the fun!

In addition to providing storytime, this collaborative effort allows PD officers to build positive relationships with the community they serve.

Puyallup’s First GSI Neighborhood Rain Garden Planting Event

The City of Puyallup, with support from a Department of Ecology Stormwater Grant, has completed its first Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) street retrofit. The 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit took a residential street with stormwater drainage problems, and created an100% infiltrating site. This project includes several GSI elements:

· Porous asphalt roadway retrofit

· Curvilinear, narrow alignment of roadway

· Permeable paver and pervious concrete sidewalks

· Rain gardens in the right of way

Following the tradition of Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program, planting of the rain gardens has been reserved as a community volunteer opportunity. With 11 gardens, and over 2,500 native plants to install in the already constructed rain gardens, we’re gearing up for a very large event. Please join us on March 16 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm for planting day as we complete and present Puyallup’s first GSI neighborhood. For more information, call Joy Rodriguez at (253) 841-5549.

Development Projects in the Works

City staff members have held several pre-application meetings on potential projects over the past few weeks, including:

· 30th Ave & Meridian Phase III - An approximately 29,000 square foot, three-story office building is being proposed on this site. This building would be the third in a recently constructed office complex located on the west side of South Meridian at 30th Avenue. The proposed office structure would be located on the western side of the property.

· Proposed residential short plat - A residential short plat has been proposed for a property in the 600 block of 25th Avenue SE, adjacent to Cascade Christian High School.

· “Port 167 Industrial Park” – This new industrial park has been proposed to consist of two new buildings totaling over 600,000 square feet of floor area. The project, to be located on the south side of 27th Avenue NW (adjacent to the Valley Avenue bridge), has been in a semi-dormant status over most of the past year. A major national industrial developer recently assumed control of the project and has submitted updated permit plans to the city. The new applicant indicates that they are on a fast-track to get permitted this spring, with site construction to commence immediately thereafter.

DeCoursey Pond Poster Contest

The waterfowl population at DeCoursey Park Pond has been identified as a source of fecal coliform contaminating Clarks’ Creek. The Friends of DeCoursey Park, in conjunction with the City of Puyallup, Washington State University, and other community partners, are sponsoring an event to encourage Puyallup School District students to help get the word out. Students are being asked to design a sign that will encourage people to stop feeding the ducks at DeCoursey Park. Two signs will be selected from the entries, one from a junior high student and one from a high school student. The winning signs will be displayed at the park. Sign entries will be accepted through March 7.

On March 9 starting at 9:00 am, the public and judges will be able to view the entries, which will be posted throughout the park. A restoration planting is also planned in the park on March 9th from 9:00 am to noon. For more information about the contest and planting event, visit: www.facebook.com/FriendsofDecourseyPark or www.cityofpuyallup.org.

A New Face in the City Manager’s Office

Tulika Makharia joined the city as a temporary, part-time Support Specialist in the City Manager’s Office. She will be helping up to 20 hours per week with some of the duties that were formerly the responsibility of the Public Affairs Officer (press releases, social media, newsletters, graphic design, and website work) as well as assisting with other projects in the City Manager’s Office. Tulika’s background includes a Masters in Marketing from the College of William & Mary. I hope you’ll take a moment to say hello to the newest member of our team!

NW Sinfonietta Performs at the Pavilion

The NW Sinfonietta had another full house at the Pavilion on February 18th. Conductor Christophe Chagnard and pianist Andreas Klein performed the following pieces:

· Sibelius Romance

· Debussy String Quartet, op. 10, Andantino (arr. Drew)

· Bizet Carmen, Suite (arr. McAlister)

· Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

The Beethoven piece was a West Coast Premiere, as it is a newly discovered version for string orchestra by the composer.

The NW Sinfionetta’s next Puyallup performance will be on Sunday, March 17 at the Liberty Theater. They will be performing Chaplin – The Gold Rush.

Veteran’s Park Public Open House ‘A 20 Year Vision’

Please join us at a public open house to review and provide input on the conceptual plans and long-term vision for Veteran’s Park:

Puyallup City Hall - 2nd Floor

Thursday, February 28, 2013 5:00-7:00 pm

Please contact Chris Beale, Associate Planner (253)841-5418 cbeale@ci.puyallup.wa.us for more information.

Southridge Apartments Safety Meeting

Sergeant Dan Pashon of the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) unit was at the Southridge Apartment community on February 12 to deliver a safety talk to the residents. An enthusiastic crowd heard Sergeant Pashon speak about crime prevention tips in general and specifically how to keep from becoming a victim of vehicle prowls/thefts. The POP unit provides several of these talks a year as requested by apartment communities or neighborhoods.

Puyallup PD Annual Awards Ceremony

The Puyallup Police Department will have its annual awards ceremony on February 28 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Puyallup Council Chambers. Social hour will be from 3:00 – 3:30 pm; the awards ceremony will begin at 3:30. We hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the men and women of the PPD.

Pierce Transit Board Revises Service Reduction Plan and Information Meetings Announced

The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners passed a resolution directing staff to revise service reduction plans starting September 29, 2013 to include limited bus service on Saturdays and Sundays. The cut in service is due to the loss of Proposition 1 in November 2012. Pierce Transit currently operates 417,000 annual service hours. The revised service plan will reduce annual service hours to approximately 300,000, or a 28% reduction from current levels. The plan adopted in January 2013 reduced service to 275,000 annual service hours, or a 34% reduction from current levels.

Almost all Pierce Transit routes will be affected; detailed service reduction plan information will be available online in the coming days at www.piercetransit.org. A public hearing on implementation of the revised plan will happen on May 13, 2013.

Pierce Transit will host “Information Meetings” for the public regarding the revised service reduction plan at locations around the Pierce Transit service area. Locations and dates of the Puyallup meetings:

Thursday, March 19 11AM – 1PM
Puyallup Library (North Room)
324 S Meridian, Puyallup
Served by Routes 400, 402, 409

Tuesday, March 26 5:30 – 7:30PM
Puyallup Library (North Room)
324 S Meridian, Puyallup
Served by Routes 400, 402, 409

Exercise After 50 - It’s Never Too Late To Start Exercising!

The Activity Center offered an educational program entitled “Exercise After 50 - It’s Never Too Late To Start Exercising!” The presenter was Harry Papadopoulos, PhD, Pacific Lutheran University, associate professor of clinical exercise physiology and an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health and Fitness Instructor. During the presentation, Dr. Papadopoulos emphasized the benefits of exercise and explained appropriate exercises for people over 50. This program was so beneficial and garnered so much interest that it will be offered again on Friday, May 10th at 10:00 am. This class will be featured as part of the upcoming Older Americans Month program.

Angry Birds: In 3-D at the Puyallup Public Library

How great are your skills at scientific reasoning? Can you create a sling shot that will knock down our tower? On March 21st Library staff will create a real-life Angry Birds game. Based on the popular computer game, young people between the ages of 9 and 14 years old are invited to create sling shots with the materials provided and test out their abilities to knock down our people-sized tower. The experimentation and fun starts at 4 pm and will run until 5 pm. No registration required.

This is just one of many events the Puyallup Public Library is holding to celebrate our 100th anniversary. Watch for more opportunities to join the 100th anniversary celebration!

Mark Your Calendars

· February 26 – City Council Special Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· February 28 – PPD Awards Ceremony, Council Chambers, 3:00-5:00 pm

· February 28 - Design Review & Historic Preservation Board meeting, City Hall Conference Room 504, 4:15 pm

· February 28 – Public Open House – Veteran’s Park, Puyallup City Hall 2nd Floor, 5:00-7:00 pm

· March 5 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· March 9 – Pond Restoration Planting, Decoursey Park, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

· March 9 – Sign Contest Display, Decoursey Park, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

· March 16 – 8th Ave LID Project - Rain Garden Event, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

· March 19 – Pierce Transit Information Meeting, Puyallup Library – North Meeting Room, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

· March 19 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· March 26 – Pierce Transit Information Meeting, Puyallup Library – North Meeting Room, 5:30-7:30 pm

· March 26 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

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