Summer Concert Series Finale
The 2013 summer concert series finished on August 22nd with a wonderful performance by Larry Jones (Singing Comedian Impressionist), and the band Heart by Heart, featuring two members of the original group Heart. The concert season finale had more than 2,500 enthusiastic concert-goers in attendance. The entire summer concert series was once again a great success and many citizens expressed their thanks to recreation staff for another outstanding summer of family entertainment.
911 Comm Center Staff –Excellence in Service
The Communications Center once again has excelled in the 911 call answering time performance standards. In the month of August, dispatchers answered emergency calls 98.19% of the time in 10 seconds or less, well above the national standard of 90%. This month marked the best answering time for the 10 second standard over the past five years. In addition, dispatchers answered 99.95% of the 911 calls within 20 seconds. This again is well above the national standard of 95%.
The Communications Center provides 911 services for the cities of Puyallup, Bonney Lake, and Sumner. In August, the center answered 4,257 emergency 911 calls and 5,787 non-emergency calls. Citizens can be confident in the excellent service our dispatchers provide to our city and the cities we serve.
Weekend WSDOT Closure on SR 162 Sends Motorists Along a Six-Mile Detour
A weekend highway closure during the Puyallup Fair is a rare occurrence. The closure on State Route 162 east of Puyallup is necessary, however, as crews must take advantage of a slim timeframe to replace an aging culvert.
Beginning at 8:00 pm Friday, September 13, until 5:00 am, Monday, September 16, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close all lanes of SR 162 for 3 miles between Pioneer Way East and Old Military Road East. Motorists will be detoured via Pioneer Way East, Shaw Road, 122nd Street East and Old Military Road East:
During the closure, crews working near Ball Creek will remove the highway surface and two two-foot culverts beneath it, and install a new, 12-foot concrete box culvert. Once the new culvert is in place, crews will repave and reopen the highway.
The timing of the work is dictated by the specifically-permitted “fish window,” a period during which the fewest fish are present in an aquatic system. To help keep traffic moving throughout the weekend, local law-enforcement officers will provide traffic control at key intersections during high-volume traffic times. The detour adds 6.3 miles to motorists’ trips and, depending on traffic volumes, about 15 minutes of travel time.
Public Works Update
It’s Fair time again. . . and prior to opening day, the Water Division inspected all hydrants inside the Fairgrounds to ensure that they are in proper working order. Water samples are taken several times a week during the duration of the Fair to monitor water quality. Storm structures and sewer lines in and around the Fair were also inspected by Collections to make sure they were clear. The Street Division staff is keeping Fair traffic control in order – making weekday and weekend morning and evening checks. For the opening day cattle drive and parade, crews placed 125 barricades, 82 cones, 46 traffic control and guide signs, and 74 “no parking” signs to help control and direct the success of the parade.
Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) Activities Summer 2013
· Pilot testing continues of an Andritz Centrifuge that is used for dewatering stabilized wastewater solids at the Treatment Plant. Like the spin cycle on a washing machine, the centrifuge uses centrifugal force to extract water.
· The year-long Electrical Improvements and Flooding Mitigation Project continues with excavation for a generator pad at the 4th and River Road 1955 vintage pumping station.
· Because of the loss of an equipment storage garage to the Electrical Improvements Project, staff constructed a new storage area within an existing building that dates from before 1980.
American Heart Association – Heart Walk
This year, City of Puyallup employees have pledged to participate in the annual South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk. Five City of Puyallup teams will do the 5k walk on October 5th that begins at Cheney Stadium. Festivities begin at 8:00 am with the walk beginning at 9:00 am. Participation is open to all employees and their guests. To support a team, visit www.southsoundheartwalk.org and pledge your dollars!
Public Safety Appreciation Lunch
The Willow Gardens retirement community hosted a Public Safety Appreciation lunch on August 29th. The staff at Willow Gardens has hosted this luncheon for the past several years. Members of the Puyallup Police Department along with members of Central Pierce Fire & Rescue enjoyed a great lunch, great company, and kudos from the members of the community they serve!
Pre-Engineering with LEGO
Play-Well TEKnologies hosted a week-long summer camp at the Puyallup Recreation Center, August 19-23. The campers learned engineering fundamentals, by using LEGO blocks and their imaginations, to create different machines to accomplish predetermined tasks. They also designed their own robots for a Bash ‘Em Bots competition. This popular offering will continue during the school year as a weekly class, starting September 30th.
Grant Award Received through the Bureau of Justice Assistance
The Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced the recipients of the FY 2013 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) awards. The Puyallup Police Department was selected to receive an award in the amount of $12,810. If approved by Council, the grant will provide the funding to host a regional training designed to strengthen a cohesive response during critical incidents. Law enforcement recognizes that acts of violence or terrorism against the community will quickly deplete our resources. A unified response with surrounding agencies, fire and rescue, and communications personnel will provide strength through shared priorities and leveraged resources. Training is a key component in unifying the first responders in a rapidly expanding critical incident. The scenario based training will address strategies and objectives that reinforce concepts learned and provide essential strengthening exercises in specific areas. The $12,810 award does not require local matching funds.
Puyallup Summer Camp
The Puyallup Summer Camp program wrapped up on August 23rd after another fun-filled summer. At the annual end-of-summer Parent Program, campers and staff had the opportunity to show off all their fun camp songs, skits, and crafts. After hearing each age group sing songs and perform skits with their counselors, campers, families, and staff reminisced by watching a slideshow of the entire summer and then spent a night “camping” at the Memorial Center. The Recreation Department would like to thank the families that attended the Summer Camp program this year, as well as the camp staff who worked so hard coming up with the amazing activities and trips that keep our campers coming back year after year!
Permits associated with several noteworthy new projects have been received at the City permit counter in the past two weeks. These include:
· Robbin’s Hollow is a proposed 84-unit residential project on an approximately 10- acre site on 23rd Avenue SE in the vicinity of 3rd Street SE. This existing vacant property, zoned RM-10 (medium density multi-family residential), was formerly proposed for development under the name “Crimson Ridge”. The current project proposes a mixture of two-plex and four-plex residential structures. Per City code, the applicant is required to hold a “pre-application neighborhood meeting”, which will be held on:
Friday, September 13th
Puyallup City Council Chambers
The purpose of this pre-application meeting is to informally meet with neighbors and facilitate two-way communication regarding the proposed project.
· The Harnish Auto Group has submitted building permits to add a new Volkswagen dealership to their River Road location. As proposed, the existing Buick-GMC building at 9th Avenue NW and River Road would be converted to a VW dealership. The Buick-GMC operation would move to another building on the site, as part of a major property redevelopment. This Volkswagen dealership represents the first new major automobile brand to come to Puyallup in several years.
· Total Wine and More, a large-scale purveyor of wine, beer and spirits, has submitted tenant improvement plans to move into an existing retail space in South Hill Village, near 31st Avenue and Meridian. This new retailer, with over 30,000 square feet of floor space, would occupy a vacant tenant space in the retail building now containing PetsMart, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and Big Lots.
Central Pierce Fire and Rescue Presentation
Chief Keith Wright and Assistant Chief Ed Hrivnak, from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, recently provided an informative presentation at the Puyallup Activity Center. A group of interested seniors learned of the essential services that Central Pierce provides and many other interesting facts. Chief Wright and Assistant Chief Hrivnak additionally provided an informational presentation on Proposition No. 1, which will be on the ballot this November. The meeting was very well received and was a great learning experience for everyone that attended.
Go Green with a Reusable Library Book Bag
The Puyallup Public Library has made the financially prudent and environmentally sound decision to encourage all patrons to recycle/reuse when it comes to their library book bags. Limited edition 100th Anniversary logo bags are now available at the first floor customer service desk for only $1.00.
Sign Up at the Recreation Center!
Registration is now underway for fall recreation programs, including Adult Basketball, Adult Coed Volleyball, Youth Indoor Soccer, Youth Flag Football, Youth Wrestling, the Haunted Hustle, Pre-School Program and various other classes and activities. Check out the 2013 Fall Brochure for more information.
Columbian Volcanologist to Speak in the City of Puyallup
Internationally renowned volcanologist Marta Calvache from Colombia, South America, is scheduled to speak on the lessons her country learned after a devastating lahar from the volcano, Nevado del Ruiz, that killed 23,000 people in 1985. Marta will present on:
September 19th - 7:00 pm
Puyallup City Hall Council Chambers
333 S. Meridian, Puyallup
She will share the story of her country’s experience, the science of volcanoes, the reality of living with a volcano in your backyard, and the importance of being prepared. The eruption in Columbia has influenced the development of Pierce County’s lahar warning system, as well as public and local government’s preparedness for potential lahars from Mount Rainier. Pierce County and the City of Puyallup are honored to host this fascinating presentation.
Mark Your Calendars
· September 6-22 – Washington State Fair
· September 13 – Pre-application Neighborhood Meeting, Council Chambers, 5:30 pm
· September 17 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· September 19 – Volcanologist Presentation, Council Chambers, 7:00 pm
· 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