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Sep. 20, 2013 at 9:52am City Manager's Update 9/20/13

Puyallup Historic Preservation Brochures

The City has two new public information brochures to provide citizens with background on historic preservation in Puyallup. Funded by a State grant, these attractive hand-outs were formatted by a local graphics designer in a historic motif, and contain many photographs from our community’s past.

One brochure gives a general description of the City’s historic preservation program, the other outlines incentives for renovating local historic buildings. The Design Review & Historic Preservation Board, which administers the City’s historic preservation program, received these brochures at their September 5th meeting. These hand-outs are now available at the City Hall permit counter, plus they are being distributed to civic organizations such as the Main Street Association and the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce. They can also be viewed on the Historic Preservation webpage.



5th St NW Railroad Crossing Rehabilitation

The 5th St NW Railroad Crossing Rehabilitation has now been scheduled for construction beginning October 2nd through October 10th. BNSF and their contractor will install a 30” steel casing with a 24” PVC storm drain line inside for future storm sewer expansion. They will be doing this work concurrent with the track maintenance. BNSF has been extremely cooperative throughout the entire Railroad Crossing Rehabilitation project and the installation of this casing is a result of the strong relationship fostered during the duration of the work. By taking the opportunity to install the casing now using this open trenching method, the City will realize significant benefits in both cost and closure time over the alternative method of jack and bore, which would be required if the pipe was installed at a later date.

Haunted Hustle 5k/10k Fun Run

The 10th Annual Haunted Hustle 5k/10k Fun Run is approaching fast! The early-bird registration deadline for this October 6th race is on September 22nd. This fun Halloween-themed run starts at the Pioneer Park Pavilion and goes through downtown Puyallup as well as up South Hill. Halloween attire is encouraged! More information can be found in the September – December 2013 Recreation Programs Brochure.

Public Works Updates

September 6 started very early for Public Works. Street Division crews were called in to work at 1:30 a.m. to post “water over roadway” signs in various locations due to the heavy rains that fell through the night. By 2:30 a.m., the Collections Division was called in to place pumps and clear catch basins. Since it was also the opening day of the Washington State Fair and Rodeo Parade, Street crews’ attention was shifted to getting the appropriate traffic controls in place to ensure all ran smoothly. No sooner had the parade started to proceed down Meridian, then Street crews were dispatched to contend with a wash out in the 1600 block of Shaw Road. Work to stabilize the road was accomplished with the help of several crews from the Water Division, using 81 tons of 2-man rock and 34 tons of 1-man rock. It was reopened in time for the afternoon commute.

Volunteers Help Spruce Up Bradley Lake Park

Parks Maintenance received excellent assistance from a group of 20 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They recently met on a Saturday at Bradley Lake Park and painted the inside and outside of the lower restrooms; painted the inside of the ball field restrooms; cleaned the fishing dock, and removed approximately 80 feet of deteriorating fence that is no longer needed.

Puyallup PD Assists with Large Federal Operation

On Wednesday, September 24, members of the Puyallup Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit as well as members assigned to Metro SWAT assisted the FBI with a large operation. There were two locations in the City limits that were searched in conjunction with this operation.

This operation was the conclusion to an 18-month investigation that included a 60-day monitoring of various cell phones. FBI Seattle Criminal Squad and Seattle PD conducted this investigation into a Mexican Drug and Weapons Trafficking Organization.

Puyallup Activity Center’s Day at the Washington State Fair

On September 15, The Activity Center sponsored an informational booth at the Washington State Fair. Staff and volunteers were on hand from morning till evening in the Fair’s Pavilion Building and promoted the Senior Center along with displays and live demonstrations from our woodcarving, card making, and quilting classes. The public enjoyed interacting with program leaders. Information on upcoming programs, sports leagues, events and senior trips were distributed to the fair visitors.

Stormwater Programs for Residents

The Stormwater Management Section will be promoting several of their grant-funded programs this fall. These programs support NPDES Stormwater Permit requirements by providing education and outreach to citizens, while improving water quality through reduction in polluted stormwater runoff. Visit the Stormwater Management webpages for more information on Puyallup’s Rain Garden and Streamside Planting Programs. Find out how streamside property owners can get FREE plants for riparian plantings, apply for our cost-share rain garden and permeable pavement program, or how to apply for reimbursement on the purchase of a rain barrel.

Annual Wrangler Breakfast

On September 6, the Washington State Fair Wranglers organization held their annual community breakfast at the Pioneer Park Pavilion to usher in the start of the 2013 Fair. The Wranglers along with a catering crew provided a delicious breakfast from 7:30 am to 10:00 am for anyone with a big appetite and $2.00. The weather was unusually rainy and windy which held down the numbers but there was a steady flow of customers throughout the morning.

15th Ave SW Stormwater Replacement

As part of a $2.184 million line item in the state’s capital projects budget, the remaining 15th Ave SW storm line (from Stewart to Pioneer) has received substantial funding. The balance of the construction costs will come from utility funds. The completed project will help reduce flooding in the downtown and residential core areas and reduce stormwater flows into Clarks Creek and divert it to the Puyallup River. The project will also include upgrades to the water and sanitary sewer systems on 15th Street. The anticipated construction bid date is January 2014 with construction scheduled to start in June 2014, immediately after school is out. This construction schedule is intended to help reduce impacts to Aylen Jr. High which fronts the project.

16th Ave Ct SW Stormwater Improvements

This project installed 150 feet of storm and 2 catch basins. It involved repaving and regrading half of the existing street to improve drainage. This project mitigates groundwater runoff that is impacting the street and right of way as well as degrading the pavement. City staff working with local paving contractors to complete the project.

Pioneer Park Recreation Spray Pool and Playground Upgrades

The City recently received proposals from local consultants in response to an Request for Proposal for the design of the Pioneer Park Recreation Upgrades. The best-fit firm was identified as Bruce Dees & Associates. City Council will review the staff recommendation and proposed design contract with Bruce Dees & Associates during the 10/01/2013 Council meeting. The upgrade project 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.

Clarks Creek - Sediment Removal Process Update

Engineering is continuing the process for Sediment Removal Demonstration Project Permits for Clarks Creek. This complex and ongoing process includes items such as a SEPA determination (completed), a Shoreline Conditional Use Permit with Hearing Examiner and Department of Ecology review, United States Army Corps of Engineers permit (completed), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hydraulic Project Approval. If all continues according to schedule, we expect all final permits in the first quarter of 2014.

Officer Harrison Completes 25 years with the City of Puyallup

Corrections Officer Dennis Harrison recently completed his 25th year as a City employee. Officer Harrison was initially hired as a Community Service Officer in 1988, which included animal control enforcement and corrections duties. He was an Explorer Post Advisor, a Field Training Officer and a Police Training Officer for Corrections. Officer Harrison served the Puyallup Municipal Court as the Bailiff for five years. For the past several years, Officer Harrison has operated the inmate commissary for the jail. Thank you for your service!

Pierce College Plans for New Sports Fields

This past week, City staff held a pre-application meeting with Pierce College officials regarding their plans to develop new sport fields at the Puyallup campus on 39th Avenue SE. These fields, which would located on the northern perimeter of the campus, would initially consist of a combination baseball/softball/soccer field and accessory parking lot, with the potential of an additional soccer field. There is a possibility of co-usage of these fields with the general community, although the exact timeframe of this site work is still to be determined. Pierce College currently has a City-approved Master Plan for its Puyallup campus; College officials are considering other possible amendments to that Master Plan.

Award Winning Camp Wrinkle Ranch – 11th Year!

On September 10th thru September 12th Puyallup seniors along with numerous other participants from Pierce County and King County Senior Centers enjoyed a fun filled three-day, two-night, 5-star camping experience. Camp Wrinkle Ranch takes place at beautiful Falls Creek Retreat Center in Raymond Washington and provides a camp-like atmosphere with all the comforts of home. The resort has tastefully decorated rooms, two large hot tubs that serve 17-20 people each, an espresso bar and ice cream shop. For recreation, the facility provides 157 acres of forest, meadows, parks, streams, a picturesque waterfall, beautiful hiking trails, indoor/outdoor tennis, a catch and release fishing pond, fire pits, a full size gym, ping pong, and much more. In addition, Camp Wrinkle Ranch was recognized for outstanding achievement on the state level by the Washington Recreation and Parks Association in April 2011.

Youth and Adult Sports

Indoor Soccer and Flag Football practices started Saturday, September 14. Indoor Soccer has 13 teams and Flag Football has 11 teams. Registration for youth wrestling has been open two weeks, and there are 30 kids registered. Registration for adult basketball and coed volleyball ended on Friday, September 6. Adult basketball has 11 teams and adult coed volleyball has 25 teams. The postseason tournaments for second season adult softball ended on Thursday, September 12. Only one day got rained out for the season.

Mark Your Calendars

· September 6-22 – Washington State Fair
· September 24 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 1 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 8 – Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 15 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 22 – Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 29 – Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

Puyallup Farmer’s Market Hours:

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

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