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Jul. 29, 2013 at 10:55am City Manager's Update 7/26/13


Prestigious Research Company Prepares to Make Puyallup Home


Development Services staff continue assisting Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) with their pending relocation to Puyallup. The research company handles protocols involving human testing for pharmaceuticals and related industries and is moving over 200 employees from Thurston County to the Benaroya Business & Technology Center on 39th Avenue SE. This represents one of the largest employers to move to Puyallup in the last several years. This week, City staff review was completed on recent building permit submittals for the company’s proposed extensive remodel of about 45,000 square feet of existing office space at the Benaroya site. On July 25th, Development Services Director Tom Utterback joined Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board staff and the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce in hosting a bus tour for WIRB employees to the Benaroya campus and throughout the surrounding community. WIRB was also welcomed to Puyallup by Mayor Rick Hansen, at the beginning of the tour. Tenant improvement construction work is expected to begin soon on WIRB’s South Hill office space, with relocation to Puyallup slated for December 2013.

Puyallup Library to offer Microsoft IT Academy Classes!

Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library has received funding from the legislature to offer the Microsoft IT Academy to community and technical college libraries, public libraries (including the Puyallup Public Library), and tribal libraries at no cost from July 2013 through June 2015. Funds from the legislature pay for the non-discounted portion and Microsoft has discounted the remaining cost of these courses by approximately 90%. Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap. With Microsoft IT Academy, institutions get digital curriculum and certifications on fundamental technology skills—as well as courses critical for students to be successful in today's technologically evolving world—all at significantly reduced cost. Learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Treatment Plant Update


Work continues on the Electrical Improvement/Flooding Mitigation Project with the installation of electrical pull boxes and conduit. A construction progress meeting was held on July 24th.

· Preliminary groundwork is underway for the design of a new solids dewatering device.

· The cleaning of the No. 2 Aeration Basin and replacement of deteriorated Selector Zone panels has been completed.

· Draining and cleaning of the No. 2 Secondary Clarifier, removing odor control covers, and cleaning influent Screw Pumps has been done in preparation for the Corrosion Prevention Coating Project to begin on July 29th.

Summer Concerts At Pioneer Park


The City’s summer concert series got underway on Thursday, July 11th at Pioneer Park with the first evening family series concert, featuring the Aphrodisiacs and The Rhythm Nation performing to approximately 1,200 enthusiastic citizens. The first Noon Toons concert series was held on Tuesday, July 16th at Pioneer Park as well, with Tweenland performing a variety of current pop hits, appropriate for a park full of children and parents. Weather has been pleasant and crowds have been good for this very popular series. The Family Series at Pioneer Park is held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm, through August 22nd. The Noon Tunes at Pioneer Park series will run through August 20th from Noon-1:00 pm.


Puyallup Neighborhoods Take to the Streets

This year’s National Night Out (NNO) event will take place on Tuesday, August 6th. The event will run from 5:00-9:00 pm. Several neighborhoods have already signed up for this year’s event; additional information will follow on the schedule for NNO activities.

Sounds & Cinema at Bradley Lake Park

Parks and Recreation held its first Sounds and Cinema event on Saturday, July 20th at Bradley Lake Park. The Country Rock Association performed to an audience of approximately 300. This was followed by a showing of the film Madagascar 3 (PG) at dusk, with approximately 500 people in attendance for the movie. The next Sounds and Cinema event is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd, featuring the 60’s & 70’s rock group “The Adventures” at 7:00 pm and the film The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) at dusk. Check out the Parks and Recreation Website for a full listing of fun and free upcoming community events.

PPD represented on the STP

Bicycle Officer Dave Temple represented the Puyallup Police Department on the Seattle to Portland bicycle ride the weekend of July 13th for the fifth time! Once again, Officer Temple rode his police bicycle wearing his complete uniform and duty gear, and he completed the ride in one day. The ride took him a little over twelve hours this year.

Public Works Construction Updates

· 3rd Street SW Improvement Project: 3rd St SW between West Meeker & West Pioneer is closed to traffic through the end of August. This grant-funded project is intended to add property value and aid redevelopment. The improvements include utility, sidewalks, street trees, street lighting, ADA access, and road improvements on 3rd Street SW between 4th Ave SW and West Main.

· Forest Green Water Main Replacement Project Phase II: Paving work will start the week of July 29th. This work is expected to be completed in seven working days. This type of work is typically not affected by weather.

Information has been mailed to area residents and businesses and posted on the web. For additional project information, see links below:

City of Puyallup > Public Works

City of Puyallup > Public Notices, Legals, News, & Videos

City of Puyallup > Public Works Projects

Public Works would like to thank the public for their patience during construction!

Lieutenant Ed Shannon completes 30 years with the City of Puyallup

Corrections Lieutenant Ed Shannon recently completed his 30th year as a City employee. Lieutenant Shannon was initially hired as a Community Service Officer in 1983, which included parking enforcement, animal control, and corrections duties. He was promoted to sergeant in 1990; and in 1994, he moved to being solely a corrections officer. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2003. Lieutenant Shannon has seen a lot of positive change in the Puyallup Jail during his tenure and has been instrumental in initiating that change. Thank you for your service!

PPD Officers Receive Recognition

The officers involved in the abduction/assault incident at the Glenbrooke apartment complex on July 10th were awarded the Chief’s Coin for their excellent work on the case. The initial responding officers, led by Sergeant Joe Pihl, did an outstanding job of coordinating the search and eventually finding the young victim. Detective Sergeant Tamera Pihl led the investigative effort that included obtaining a confession from the suspect. Dispatch, led by Communications Supervisor Barbara Longanecker, did a commendable job of coordinating the communications, recording important information, and requesting additional resources; as well as handling the calls that were coming in to the Communications Center. This is an example of outstanding work on a case that touched the entire community.

Individuals awarded coins were: Sergeant Joe Pihl, Officer Steve Pigman, Officer Nate Cusick, Officer Andrew Bond, Officer Dylan Rice, Officer Craig Gocha, Detective Sergeant Tamera Pihl, Detective Don Bourbon, Detective Shelby Wilcox, Detective Ken Lewis, Corrections Officer Jeff Dreyer, CSI Sherie Theuerkauf, Chaplain Mike Boisture, Communication Supervisor Barbara Longanecker, Communications Officer Angela Gestring, Communications Officer Amy Blodgett, Communications Officer Erin Schoolcraft, and Communications Officer Lara Gavre.

The Season for Splashing at Pioneer Park

The Pioneer Park Wading Pool opened on Monday, July 8th. Wading pool monitors estimate that 450 adults and 840 kids enjoyed the pool in the first two weeks of operations. The wading pool hours are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 5:30 pm

Tuesday 1:30 – 7:00 pm

Ragtime at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse

On July 20th, the Activity Center offered an afternoon trip to the Tacoma Musical Playhouse to watch the very popular musical “Ragtime.” The production is an all-time TMP favorite, and Puyallup seniors look forward to this trip every year! After the show, the group enjoyed a nice meal out and great conversation with friends.

Personal Safety Presentation

On July 17th, Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs made a made a personal safety presentation to the residents at Meridian Hills Assisted Living community at 1813 South Meridian. Lisa talked to the residents about protecting themselves from theft and other crime that may occur in an assisted living setting. The residents and staff were very appreciative of the information they received.

Mark Your Calendars

· August 6 – National Night Out

· August 13 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm (Meeting Rescheduled from August 6)

· August 27 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· September 2 – Labor Day Holiday, City Offices Closed

· September 3 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30

· September 6-22 – Washington State Fair

· September 17 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30

· September 24 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

Puyallup Farmer’s Market Hours:

Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm April 13 – October 12

Wednesdays 3:00pm -7:30pm May 29 – August 28

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