The Daffodil Festival celebrated its 81st year in 2014, culminating with the Daffodil Parade as the highlight of the festivities. The parade traveled through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting and included over 170 entries, including floats, bands, marching and mounted units, and Stryker vehicles. Parade floats were decorated with thousands of fresh-cut daffodils. This year’s theme was “Ready, Set, Grow!” Reflecting the theme, regional gardening expert Ciscoe Morris served as the parade’s Grand Marshal, and Puyallup seed purveyor and TV host Ed Hume was the Community Grand Marshal. The Daffodil Festival – and its iconic yellow flower – celebrates youth, service to community, and the approach of spring.
Mayor John Knutsen, Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, and Councilmembers Julie Door, Heather Shadko, Tom Swanson, and Steve Vermillion participated in this year’s parade, showcasing the City’s historic mini-pumper fire engine. The mini fire truck is fully-functional and was designed to get into spaces at the Fair inaccessible to full-size fire engines. The equipment was on loan to an Oregon museum for several years, and was recently returned to the City.
“The 911 outage which occurred in Washington on April 10 was not related to CenturyLink’s network, but due to a technical error by a third-party vendor. The vendor worked with our team to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
Puyallup and other PSAPs within Pierce County, debriefed this incident to express concerns. The outage will be investigated by the Washington State E911 office as well as other government entities to pinpoint the cause of the outage and ensure future preventative measures.
Puyallup Farmer’s Market
The first day of the 2014 Puyallup Farmer’s Market was Saturday, April 12th. The popular market will be held in Pioneer Park and the Pioneer Park Pavilion on Saturdays from 9:00 am-2:00 pm and will run through October 11th. The Sunset Market will also be offered on Wednesday evenings in Pioneer Park, beginning on June 18th and running through September 17th from 3:00-7:30 pm. The markets are managed by the Puyallup Main Street Association.
Self-Checkout Now Available at the Library
The Puyallup Public Library’s four new self-checkout machines have arrived! One of the four is currently installed in the public area for initial testing, with all of the self-checkout machines scheduled to be installed by the first week in May. Three machines will be on the first floor of the library, and one machine will be installed on the second floor. These machines will be able to check out multiple materials simultaneously using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. They will also take cash and credit card payments for fines and for printing. This is just an initial step in a number of technology upgrades related to the library’s RFID conversion. Within the next month, the library expects to install new security gates and automated materials handlers in both the outside and interior book drops that will check in and sort materials automatically.
Word is Out about the Puyallup Connector
Work to promote the “Puyallup Connector” bus line continues. Pierce Transit created and submitted advertisements for the Chamber of Commerce’s “Community Directory” and “Visitors’ Guide.” Because the deadlines for these publications landed in the middle of the work being done by the marketing team, the advertisements provide a sneak peak at the new logo and branding being put together by the marketing team. The complete package of logo, branding, and images is scheduled to be presented to the Community Investment Team on April 29th.
WPCP Draft NPDES Permit
The draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is currently available for public comment and is under review by the City Wastewater Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) Manager and Parametrix, Inc. While the draft permit contains some new provisions it does not appear that Puyallup will have difficulty meeting the permit numeric criteria or that substantial expansion or process changes will be required. The WPCP has operated under the provisions of NPDES permits for thirty years with the last permit issued in 2003.
Pioneer Park Recreation Upgrades
Based on a lack of responsive bids received for the construction of the Pioneer Park Recreation Upgrades Project, the City will re-bid portions of the project in the upcoming months. This will allow for an expanded timeline for the spray park project (after Labor Day 2014), and minimize interference with the activities scheduled in Pioneer Park in the summer. Installation of the new play structure will be completed under a separate, Small Works Contract in late May. Contractors potentially interested in bidding on any of these projects are encouraged to contact Joy Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org, to be placed on a notification list to receive the bid notice(s) as soon as possible.
Senior Health and Information Fair
On April 12th, the Activity Center’s Pancake Breakfast was held in conjunction with the “Senior Health and Information Fair.” Multiple service vendors were on site from 8:00 am to Noon to answer questions and hand out information. Topics included legal, financial, and healthcare issues which are currently being faced by seniors and/or soon to be seniors. The event also included an informative “senior themed” live radio show with Attorney Bob Pittman (a former radio show host on KOMO). Special guests included Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson, Mayor John Knutsen, Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, and City Councilmembers Steve Vermillion, Julie Door, and Heather Shadko.
On Saturday, April 19th, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm hop on in to the Puyallup Recreation Center and check out this fun spring-themed carnival and egg hunt! The Spring Eggstravaganza features fun games, crafts, snacks, Peter Rabbit, and more for kids 12 and under. There’s even a special Bunny Barn for kids 3 and under to search for chocolate eggs. The egg hunt for 4-7 year olds will be held at 10:30 am and the egg hunt for 8-12 year olds will be at 11:00 am.
Development Services Update
In the past week, two groups have visited Puyallup on planning-related excursions:
· On April 11th, an Urban Studies class from the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) visited Puyallup for a field visit to study land use in downtown Puyallup. This class visit to Puyallup has become an annual tradition for this UWT Urban Studies course, which travels to several communities around the Puget Sound to see how different cities plan for future growth. Development Services Director Tom Utterback gave a background presentation to the class at the Library, followed by a walking tour of downtown Puyallup. This year’s presentation focused on the current Sound Transit planning for the downtown Sounder station relative to City plans.
· On April 14th, a group of area planners did a “low impact tour” of Puyallup, sponsored by the American Planning Association. Hosted by Katie Baker & Chris Beale, the group visited rain gardens and other stormwater-friendly sites around town, which have been implemented by the City in recent years.
In the past week, City development review staff held pre-application meetings on the following possible future projects:
· A four-lot subdivision of single-family residential property on the NW corner of Fruitland Avenue–12th Avenue SW (aka 84th Street East).
· A potential retail commercial project at the SW corner of Shaw-East Pioneer (which is a redesign from a previously-approved commercial project on that site)
Bulletproof Vest Grant
The Puyallup Police Department submitted an application for grant funding under the Bureau of Justice Assistance Fiscal Year 2014 Bulletproof Vest Partnership. Bulletproof vests must be replaced on a five-year cycle. The replacement program was established in 1998 to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement agencies and increase officer safety. Agencies must have a policy requiring bullet proof vests to be worn before applying for assistance. If awarded, the grant will cover one-half of the cost of 22 ballistic vests over the next two years, totaling $7,483.
Parks Appreciation Day & Families in Motion on the Riverwalk Trail
The Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the 12th annual Parks Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00 am to Noon at two locations: the Riverwalk Trail and Brown Property (Community Gardens). (Parks Appreciation will be held in conjunction with the annual “Adventure Close to Home” Families in Motion on the Riverwalk Trail Event.)
Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in general clean up and beautification of our local parks and trails and learn from several volunteer groups and agencies that are involved with the Riverwalk Trail. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening tools such as shovels, rakes, pruning clippers, and wheel barrows and to wear appropriate clothing, shoes, and gloves.
The Families In Motion event will include a 5K run, 5K & 10K walk, and bicycle helmet fitting, along with a bicycle rodeo and more fun activities for kids! Informational booths will be located along the Riverwalk trail and in the Goodwill parking lot.
Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program
Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program continues in 2014. The program promotes green stormwater infrastructure, educates contractors on proper low impact construction techniques, and reduces stormwater runoff and pollution.
The program provides homeowners with onsite visits to help select suitable green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) for the property, including: rain gardens, permeable pavements, and rain barrels. Participating homeowners also receive support throughout the design and construction of their new GSI.
The program’s is funded with grant and stormwater funds. The program pays for all materials needed for the new rain garden or permeable pavement (such as a driveway or walkway) and the homeowner pays a contractor for the labor to build it. Interested residents can visit the website: http://tinyurl.com/PuyallupStorm-RainGardens or contact Joy Rodriguez at email@example.com,wa.us or 253-841-5549.
Puyallup Downtown Clean Sweep
Join the Puyallup Main Street Association on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm as they take to the streets of downtown Puyallup with brooms, pressure washers, and garbage sacks for the annual “Downtown Puyallup Clean Sweep.” Individuals, community groups, school organizations, church groups, and city staff will join forces to make our downtown a cleaner, nicer place to live, work, and play.
Volunteers are asked to meet at the Community Resource Center (107 N. Meridian), by 9:45 am to receive a cleaning assignment. All volunteers should be dressed in work clothes (bring gloves if you have them). Cleaning equipment will be provided. Puyallup Main Street will host a pizza party afterwards as a thank you to the volunteers!
Washington State Traffic Safety Commission Awards
On April 16th, City of Puyallup staff were recognized with multiple awards from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.
The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission presented the Puyallup Police Department with a 2014 Target Zero Award for Achievements in Traffic Safety. PPD was recognized for suggesting the addition of a substance abuse counselor as part of the regular Party Intervention Patrol that targets underage drinking parties. Officer Micah Wilson was recognized for bringing the model forward, which is a huge success and is now copied throughout the United States. Vicki York from Finance was recognized for handling the grant funds associated with the program for all agencies that participate within Pierce County. The Puyallup Jail staff also received recognition for their efforts with the Program.
The Communications Center received an award for their support of these emphasis patrols with the Pierce County Party Intervention Patrol. The Communications Center continues to provide support for these special emphasis patrols by providing officers with a dedicated dispatcher and radio channel to coordinate officer responses to underage parties.
Sergeant Bob Thompson was awarded a Leadership award. Sergeant Thompson has been involved with the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Taskforce for 17 years and has been a driving force for changes in DUI laws during that time. Sergeant Thompson serves as Pierce County’s Law Enforcement Liaison to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and is recognized throughout the state for his efforts to reduce impaired driving and the collisions associated with impaired driving. His dedication to making the roads safer for our community is very evident.
WSDOT SR167 Bridge Replacement Project Update
The preconstruction meeting for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) SR167 bridge replacement project took place on Thursday, April 17th. Construction is scheduled to commence on May 1st and is broken into three stages:
· Stage one will include the relocation of the steel truss bridge to the east, to be used as the detour route, while the new bridge is being built. Stage one is scheduled to run from May 1st through August 1st, with the bridge scheduled to be moved at the end of July.
· Stage two - construction of the new bridge - will take place August 1st through July 1st.
· Stage three will include elimination of the detour alignment and removal of the old steel bridge to the unused WSDOT SR17 right-of-way for storage.
Signage will be installed directing those who have questions and/or concerns to a 1-800 number or the WSDOT project specific web site.
Corrections Officer Graduates Academy
Puyallup’s newest corrections officer (CO), Jason Humble, graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Commission’s Corrections Officer Academy on April 11th. Although CO Humble had previous experience working for the Department of Corrections in Arizona, he was required to attend the Corrections Officer Academy in Washington. CO Humble completed 160 hours of instruction covering various topics.
PPD Conducts Child Safety Seat Inspections
On April 10th the Police Department (in partnership with Diono LLC and Multi-Care’s Center for Childhood Safety) hosted a child safety seat inspection in the parking lot west of the Puyallup Public Library (on 3rd Street). The team inspected 26 child safety seats and gave away 1 new car seat, as a result of the inspection. Diono LLC is a local company, located off of Valley Avenue NW that manufactures child safety seats, and they are interested in forming a partnership with the PPD to conduct regular inspections.
Mark Your Calendars
· April 19 – Arbor Day Planting Event, West Stewart Street, 9:00 am – Noon
· April 19 – Spring Eggstravaganza, Puyallup Recreation Center, 808 Valley Avenue, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
· April 21-26 – Spring Clean Up Week
· April 22 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 26 – Parks Appreciation Day, Riverwalk Trail – 4th St NW & Brown Property Community Gardens – 1111 19th Ave SW, 9:00 am – Noon
· April 26 – Puyallup Clean Sweep, 107 N. Meridian, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
· May 6 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 13 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 20 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 26 – Memorial Day - City Offices are Closed
· May 29 – District 1 Neighborhood Meeting, Puyallup United Methodist Church, 6:00 pm