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Apr. 4, 2014 at 4:39pm City Manager's Update April 4, 2014


Spring Cleanup Events

 Spring is in the air! It’s the season of new beginnings; the perfect time to refresh and clean up our homes, yards, and parks. Each spring, Puyallup residents have the opportunity to reduce clutter and dispose of unwanted household materials at no extra cost. Residents can get rid of extra garbage, yard waste, sensitive documents, and one major appliance during our spring cleanup events. 

Spring Cleanup Curbside Service
Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25

· Garbage: Three extra bags of garbage on your regular garbage pick up day.

· Yard Waste: Three extra containers of yard waste on your regular pick up day.

· Appliances: You may leave one major appliance on your curbside for pick up, no later than 7:00 am on Monday, April 21st.

Shredding & E-Waste Recycling Day
Saturday, April 26

The City will accept sensitive papers for shredding and electronics for recycling at the Cornforth Campbell Parking Lot, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. There is a nominal fee for some types of electronics. Details are on our website.

Parks help build stronger communities and bring enjoyment to people of all ages. Join us at the Parks Appreciation Day event for a spring cleaning of our local parks. To participate, visit the event page.



SR 167 (North Meridian) Bridge Replacement - Update

In the fall of 2013, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) selected the design-build team of Atkinson/Jacobs for the SR 167 (North Meridian) bridge replacement over the Puyallup River. WSDOT’s preliminary design indicated that a concrete girder bridge would be built west of the current southbound lanes. The design-build team has now proposed a steel plate girder bridge constructed in the location of the existing steel truss bridge. The new plan is to use the existing steel truss bridge as a temporary river crossing by moving it east of its current location before permanently removing it at the end of construction. The contractor has begun preliminary work on the bridge and is scheduled to begin construction in May, with the bridge being scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.

District 1 Neighborhood Meeting Planned for May 29th

According to the guidelines in the Council Rules, the District 1 and At Large Councilmembers have scheduled the first Neighborhood Meeting of the year on May 29th. District Meetings are traditionally held annually and last about an hour and a half. All citizens in the district are invited to come and meet their Councilmembers. This is an opportunity to raise questions and discuss topics of interest to them and their neighbors. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6:00 pm and the meeting will be advertised via postcard, website, social media, etc. as soon as a location is confirmed. If you have questions or would like to set up a Neighborhood Meeting in your District, you can email or call Melanie Harding at (253) 864-4184. 

Captain Engle Presents in Olympia

Captain Engle was invited to attend the State Agency Liaisons and Disaster Liaisons meeting in Olympia on Wednesday, March 26th to discuss the Roy silo collapse incident. Captain Engle was the Incident Commander for the situation and has been invited to speak on the incident from several organizations. Captain Engle is currently an Incident Commander for the Pierce County Type III Incident Command team and serves as the chair on the Executive Board for the command team.

Puyallup Designated as Tree City USA

In late 2013, the City applied with the State Department of Natural Resources to be formally designated as a Tree City USA. This program recognizes cities that actively support and manage their local trees and forests - along streets, in parks and elsewhere - as an important part of the community. The City has just received initial word back from the State that we have qualified for the program. In the near future, the iconic “Tree City USA” signs will be installed at Puyallup community entrance points, as they currently do in many other cities, to recognize Puyallup’s commitment to actively support trees and green space in our community.

New Catalog Search Available at the Puyallup Public Library

Searching for items at the Puyallup Public Library is changing. As of April 1st, our catalog search has been upgraded and is much more intuitive. Library patrons can find items through a single search box, much like Google. The new catalog can do all of the following and more:

· Check on account details, renew items, place holds and create lists of books to read or books already read.

· See Bestseller lists from USA Today and the New York Times.

· Virtually search all of the Library’s Adult New Books.

· See a record for every DVD owned by the Library. (There are over 10,000 DVDs of all kinds.)

· Check on what New Books are in the library, or that are being ordered. With the “New Books” search new books can easily be located at the library, without having to search individual titles or wait for something to show up on the shelves.

· Customers can see items in a particular language, especially music or DVDs.

· Patrons can text or email information about an item to themselves. This allows users to get the basic information about the item and eliminates the necessity of writing down the information or memorizing a call number in order to find the item on the shelf.

· The Library now has a link for a form that will allow you to request an item that the library doesn’t own.

· Users can set up RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds for regular searches.

· Customers can also like individual items via Facebook and share with family and friends. Other patrons can see what has been “liked”, but not the individual that has “liked” it.

With additional enhancements coming soon, customers will be able to more easily search the articles in the Library databases right from the Catalog.

The Library’s enhanced catalog also includes a new “Buy It Now” feature. Often customers borrow a book from the library and then purchase it for their home collection. Now patrons can support the library by using the “Buy It Now” button by simply searching for an item on the enhanced online catalog and clicking the “Buy It Now” button. Select the item(s) to purchase. Buy the item(s) and the Puyallup Public Library gets a portion of the proceeds. The best part is – ANY purchase of an item on Amazon via this link http://astore.amazon.com/puyalluplib-20/ and a percentage of your purchase will go back to the Library!

Library staff will be happy to answer any questions and to take the time to show interested individuals how to use all of the new features of our catalog.

Arbor Day Event

April is the month to recognize Arbor Day nationally. The Puyallup City Council is scheduled to adopt an Arbor Day proclamation at their April 8th meeting. A community Arbor Day event will then take place on Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 am - Noon. Interested parties are invited to meet that day at the Puyallup High School parking lot at 7th Street NW-3rd Avenue NW. Along with other projects, Arbor Day participants can assist with planting new street trees along a nearby portion of West Stewart, with those plantings sponsored by Puget Sound Energy and the City. Please contact Planner Chris Beale (253-841-5418) if you have any questions about Puyallup’s Arbor Day event.

Cops vs. Teachers Basketball Game

On Wednesday, March 26th, the Puyallup Police Department participated in the annual Cops vs. Teachers charity basketball game at Ferrucci Junior High. This year’s event raised money for the family of Tori Cartwright. Tori is an 11 year old, 5th grader battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. Although the teachers came away victorious, there were no losers as over $3,500 was raised for Tori. Officers from PPD, Lakewood PD, Bonney Lake PD, and the Pierce County Jail participated.

Preparations Underway to Launch New Puyallup Bus Service

During the January 7th City Council Study Session, Councilmember Vermillion outlined a new “Puyallup Community Connector” bus line being developed by Pierce Transit (Councilmember Vermillion represents the City on the Pierce Transit Board). According to the timeline presented at this meeting, the service will run as a demonstration or pilot project from June 2014 to June 2015. Pierce Transit has brought together a team to create a public outreach and marketing plan for the new bus service, which will run every thirty minutes from downtown to South Hill. The team includes members from Puyallup Main Street Association, Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, Washington State Fair, and the City of Puyallup as well as representatives of Pierce Transit’s marketing, operations, and design staff. As this group continues in their work, you can expect to see the Puyallup Connector bus line being promoted at events, on PCTV, and via social media as the June kick-off date approaches.

Alcohol Use and City Parks

Based on City Council feedback on Special Events in a Study Session earlier this year, the park use guidelines are being updated to prohibit alcohol use in conjunction with events in family-oriented park spaces. This prohibition is in addition to the laws already on the books regarding general consumption of alcohol in public. Overall, event organizers can request to have alcohol consumption (such as beer or wine gardens) permitted as part of a special event/site rental at the Pavilion, Activity Center, Pioneer Plaza (north of City Hall), The Commons (east of City Hall), and streets and city parking lots. Any event that is permitted to include alcohol will have to comply with all rules, regulations, and licensing requirements set by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. The following language will be added to the park use guidelines:

The following areas are alcohol-free as directed by the Park and Recreation Administrator:

· Bradley Lake Park
· Brown Property (Community Gardens)
· Clarks Creek (North & South)
· DeCoursey Park
· Grayland Park
· Manorwood Park
· Pioneer Park
· Puyallup Skate Park
· Puyallup Riverwalk Trail
· Puyallup Valley Sports Complex
· Rainier Woods Park
· Sam Peach Park
· Wildwood Park
· Veterans Park
· Puyallup Recreation Center
· Memorial Center

Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO

Another successful session of Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO comes to an end at the Puyallup Recreation Center. Children in grades 2nd – 5th had the opportunity to develop engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies utilizing over 100,000 pieces of LEGO. They learned to apply real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack. This class encourages the participants to build as never before, and explore their most creative ideas in a supportive environment. Watch for the next session on the Puyallup Parks & Recreation site!

Downtown Parking: Soon To Be Easier to Locate!

City staff recently heard about a visitor to Puyallup who had experienced difficulty trying to locate parking in the downtown area. When our Streets Division investigated the issue, they found that signage directing visitors to parking in downtown was insufficient, especially in regards to signs pointing to available parking lots off of Meridian. We have asked the Puyallup Main Street Association and the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce for additional feedback as City staff determine where directional parking signs are placed. Once sign placement is finalized, the signs will be produced and installed, making parking more convenient for downtown visitors, shoppers, farmers market and event attendees, and restaurant patrons.

Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Dia de Los Libros at the Puyallup Public Library

The Puyallup Public Library will host the 9th annual fiesta El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros/Day of the Child/Day of the Books on April 26th from 2:00- 4:00 pm. In its continuing effort to reach out to all Puyallup residents, the Library has planned a day of fun for the whole family to celebrate the children in our community. This is a FREE family event for all ages and all languages. Every child who comes to the party gets one free bilingual book thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

For more information on the event at the Puyallup Public Library, contact Carol Hopkins at (253) 841-5454, or go to the website at www.puyalluplibrary.org.

Youth Baseball/Softball

Practices for our youth baseball/softball programs got underway on Saturday, March 15th. Games for select baseball begin on April 14th and recreation leagues get underway the week of April 21st. Leagues are offered for youth ages 5-16 years of age. There are approximately 1,150 youths participating in this year’s program.

Crime Prevention Presentations

Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs made a presentation at the All Staff DSHS Meeting last week, with 52 staff members present. This is DSHS’s monthly meeting and Ms. Isaacs had been asked to present information to the staff on personal and auto safety tips, as several staff members have been victims of property crimes recently (at home and with their cars).

Ms. Isaacs, along with Sergeant Joe Pihl and Officer Kearney, met with the La Grande Station Home Owner’s Association the evening of March 31st at the Puyallup Library. There were 19 participants in attendance. The focus of the HOA Board for this year is “Safety” and as such, they are very motivated to get a Neighborhood Block Watch established in their area. This group has already developed their phone/email list, mapped the neighborhood, and made a habit of meeting regularly to discuss and resolve community information and concerns. Ms. Isaacs stressed the importance of at least 60% of the home owners to participate in the Block Watch so PPD can get their Block Watch signs.

Ms. Isaacs also met with neighbors along 17th St SW on March 30th. There were 26 attendees, representing 21 homes. Officer Matt Hurley came to reinforce safety information and to answer any questions that citizens might have of him. The host (and Captain for this Block Watch), asked for help as he had been a victim of theft from an outbuilding. When he talked to neighbors to warn them, he realized several others had also been victims of criminal activity – many who had NOT reported the incidents. This neighborhood is a dead end street and encompasses several ‘off shoot’ dead end streets with a total of some 55 homes. There are many elderly people and single people that live in this neighborhood, and Ms. Isaacs reminded them all that everyone is safer when neighbors watch out for one another. 

At the meeting, several neighbors identified a possible problem house in the neighborhood. Ms. Isaacs provided contact information to the attendees for Code Compliance and also reiterated the importance of calling police when there are issues at this property. The POP (Problem Oriented Policing) unit was also notified of the residence.

Port Townsend Heritage Festival

On March 22nd, Puyallup seniors ventured to Port Townsend for the annual “Heritage Festival.” The Victorian Heritage Festival celebrates Port Townsend’s unique role as an exquisitely preserved historical seaport that is surviving and thriving as a modern city. Our seniors spent the day watching the parade on Water Street with cavalry drills and demonstrations. Additional highlights includes a fashion show, steam boat rides, prize fighters, and a Victorian tea. The Heritage Festival is a great celebration of the extraordinary maritime traditions and history Port Townsend is recognized for.

Mark Your Calendars

· April 5 – Daffodil Parade, Downtown Puyallup, 12:45 pm

· April 8 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· April 12 – Puyallup Farmer’s Market Opening Day, Pioneer Park and the Pavilion, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

· April 15 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· April 19 – Arbor Day Event, Meet at the PHS Parking Lot, 9:00 am – Noon

· 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

· May 6 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

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