“Hearts for Hygiene” – The Annual Chamber Leadership Institute Project
For the past three years, participants in the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce's annual Leadership Institute have spearheaded a peanut butter drive benefiting local families in need. This year, they have broken from the peanut butter tradition to help Puyallup and Sumner’s most vulnerable families in a different way. They are launching “Hearts for Hygiene” starting on Thursday, April 18th through Friday, May 10th. The goal of the drive is to collect donated hygiene items to assist needy individuals and families in Puyallup and Sumner.
The Leadership Institute members met with food bank staff recently and learned that they are in short supply of necessities such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper. While many people seeking public assistance receive food stamps through the Department of Social and Health Services, hygiene items cannot be purchased with food stamps. This creates an important need that has a direct impact on the dignity of needy families and the ability for children to feel comfortable and confident while they are attending school.
Puyallup stories make PCTV’s “Top Ten”
In addition to recording and airing City Council meetings, PCTV also produces feature stories about a wide range of topics around Pierce County. These videos are posted on Youtube where anyone can view them. In recent reports run by PCTV, it is clear to see that Puyallup is a hot topic! Puyallup-related stories make up three of the top ten PCTV videos on youtube.com. You can watch the top Puyallup features online at any time: Puyallup History, Puyallup Breweries, and Mt. Rainier Lahar could cost Billions. A story on the Puyallup K-9 Police Tracking Dogs came in 12th on the list, just missing “Top Ten” status.
Meridian to Close for Railroad Crossing Repairs
Meridian Street will be the first of six railroad crossings to be repaired by BNSF the weekend of April 12-14. At the railroad crossing, Meridian will be closed to all vehicular traffic during the construction period, from 5:00 pm Friday, April 12th through 6:00 am Monday, April 15th; the public should be prepared for delays and alternative routes will be posted. All crossings in the city should be completed by June 24th.
Chief Jeter Receives Community Service Award
On March 29th, the Tacoma/Pierce County Chaplaincy (TPCC) held its annual “Chiefs and Chaplains” luncheon in Tacoma. The TPCC organization recognized Chief Bryan Jeter with the 2012 Community Service Award. The award acknowledged Chief Jeter’s longstanding support of, and partnership with, the chaplaincy program while serving as the chief of the Bonney Lake Police Department and now the Puyallup Police Department. The Puyallup Police Department is very grateful for the partnership and support of Chaplain Mike Boisture and the rest of the Pierce County chaplains. Police chaplains assist the men and women of the police department in many ways to include crisis response at major crimes, suicides, SIDS deaths, and assistance with compassionate notifications of death to family members. The chaplain also assists the Police Department and Communications Center with critical incident after-action debriefs and is always available for emotional support and friendship. Chief Jeter was very proud to receive this award from this outstanding volunteer organization.
A New Face in Town
Reporter Kari Plog (pronounced "Car-ee Plow-g") started at The News Tribune this week. She will be filling the long-vacant shoes of Sara Schilling by covering stories in the East Pierce County area. You can find Kari's blog and contact information on the Tribune's website: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/street/author/kariplog/.
March Wellness Program
The Activity Center’s March Wellness Program was titled the “Ins and Outs of Nutrition and Food Labeling.” The class was taught by students from the Pierce College Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program and was part of their service learning project. During the class, the students presented information on nutrition and how to read labels on packaged foods for nutritional content. The seniors greatly enjoyed the interaction with the students.
Promotion at the PPD
Officer Jason Visnaw was promoted to sergeant on April 1st, filling the position of retiring Sergeant Pete Bellmer. Sergeant Visnaw has 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been with the Puyallup Police Department for ten years. His prior service was with the Buckley PD. Sergeant Visnaw has served in patrol, the Criminal Investigations Division, on Metro SWAT, and as a Police Training Officer, and also has been a member of the bicycle unit during his ten years with PPD. Congratulations Sergeant Visnaw!
District Neighborhood Meeting Information Available Online
A summary of discussion topics and follow-up information from the most recent series of District Neighborhood Meetings is now available on the city’s website. You can review them at: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/government/puyallup-city-council/council-district-neighborhood-meetings/.
Visit the History Room at the Puyallup Public Library
The Library’s History Room will be open April 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Puyallup’s history at your fingertips! For those interested in Puyallup’s past, the Puyallup Public Library’s History Room is the place to be. Volunteers will be available as guides to the photograph collection, past city directories, Puyallup High School yearbooks, and a wide range of other materials that have historical significance to the community. Materials available date back to the early 1900s. Visit www.puyalluplibrary.org for future dates and information.
Recreation staff coordinated the first Spring Eggstravaganza event on March 30th from 10:00 am to noon at the Puyallup Recreation Center. Activities included a gym full of carnival games with prizes, crafts, face painting, outdoor egg hunts, and snacks; along with a separate bunny barn for children three and under to search without competing with the “big kids.” Tickets were sold five for $1.00. The event also featured our giant egg house with Peter Rabbit inside greeting children and posing for pictures.
Tax Information & Assistance
AARP Tax-Aide program is offering free one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and other standard tax schedules at the Puyallup Public Library on Fridays and Saturdays through April 13th. No appointment is required; this service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, please visit AARP’s Tax-Aide Website. Tax-Aide will be at the Library at the following times:
Fridays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Annual ‘Cops vs. Teachers’ Game to Benefit Baby Casen
On March 27th, law enforcement personnel from Puyallup, Lakewood, and Bonney Lake competed against Puyallup School District employees in the annual “Cops vs. Teachers” basketball game at Ferrucci Junior High. The proceeds from this year’s event were donated to the Buswell Family for Casen Buswell’s medical treatment; Casen is the year-old son of Puyallup teacher Jenna Buswell. Unfortunately, the teachers beat the cops, 63-37, but over $6,000 was raised for Casen’s medical care and a great time was had by all! Deputy Chief Dave McDonald and Corrections Sergeant Debbie Gee represented the PPD in the game.
Public Hearing – Shoreline Permit
The City’s Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on April 12th at 10:00 am in the Puyallup City Council Chambers for a multi-year shoreline permit. State and local shoreline statutes allow for certain ongoing maintenance activities in waterways, subject to shoreline permits. In the past, the City has used this process to permit aquatic weed removal in Clark’s Creek; shoreline permits were issued for five years and the city’s last permit was issued for 2008-2012. State law was recently revised to allow shoreline permits to cover a ten-year time period. Consistent with the recommendations of the Clark’s Creek Elodea Task Force, this proposed shoreline permit will cover a range of vegetation removal options. Planner Chris Beale will be presenting the proposal to the Hearing Examiner.
City Gallery Artist Reception
City Gallery opens for one night each quarter for a 'meet the artist' event. This quarter, view the Student Art Show featuring paintings created in workshops at the South Hill Art Studio, led by instructor Mary Gibbs. Ms. Gibbs is a signature member of the NW Watercolor Society, Women Painter’s of Washington, and South Hill Artists. Come and enjoy light refreshments and meet the featured artists on:
Tuesday, April 9
Puyallup City Hall - 5th Floor
“Excited Delirium” Training – Hosted by the PPD
The Puyallup Police Department hosted a course entitled “Excited Delirium” on April 2nd & 3rd in the Puyallup City Council Chambers. The class was presented by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Approximately 65 officers from local law enforcement agencies attended the training to deal with individuals who are suffering from excited delirium. Excited delirium is defined as a condition that manifests as a combination of delirium, psychomotor agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, speech disturbances, disorientation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and superhuman strength. Excited delirium is sometimes called excited delirium syndrome if it results in sudden death (usually via cardiac or respiratory arrest), which can be associated with the use of physical control measures, including police restraint and Tasers. Excited delirium arises most commonly in male subjects with a history of serious mental illness and/or acute or chronic drug abuse. Alcohol withdrawal or head trauma may also contribute to the condition.
Community Garden Plots
Garden plots are currently being rented for the upcoming gardening season at the Puyallup Community Gardens. The community gardens are located at the undeveloped 17.5 acre Brown Property site, located at 1111 19th Ave SW. There are a total of 40, 10’x10’ plots available for seasonal rental; 11 plots are still available at this time. To further assist our local gardeners, educational resources and gardening information from the Pierce Conservation District is now available at the Puyallup Recreation Center.
Proposed Upcoming Development
A number of pre-application meetings for potential new projects have been held over the past two weeks, including:
· Proposed expansion and site upgrades to the existing “Coho Business Park” at 2525 Inter Avenue.
· WSDOT North Meridian/SR-167 bridge replacement project at the Puyallup River, including proposed traffic lane revisions and new perimeter landscape areas.
· Proposed retail commercial project at the SE corner of S. Meridian-9th Avenue SE, which is the site of the old Regency Nursing Home (across from the Fair Gold Gate). This proposal calls for multiple commercial buildings on this vacant site.
Read With a Daffodil Princess!
For the last time this year, come enjoy a special Lego my Library Storytime with our local royalty! The Daffodil Princesses will read stories, talk with the children, and be available for photos. Then stick around for some Lego building brick fun. This last chance to see the Daffodil Princesses at the Puyallup Public Library will be Saturday, April 27th at 11:00 am. No registration is required; all ages are welcome.
Mark Your Calendars
· April 9 – City Gallery Artist Reception, 5th Floor City Hall, 5:30-6:30 pm
· April 9 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 12 – Public Hearing–Shoreline Permit, Council Chambers, 10:00 am
· April 12-15 – Meridian Closed at the Railroad Crossing, 4/12, 5:00 pm – 4/15, 6:00 am
· April 13 – Farmer’s Market Kick-Off, Pioneer Park, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
· April 13 – Puyallup Daffodil Parade, in Puyallup @ 12:45 pm
· April 16 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 20 – El dia de los ninos, Puyallup Public Library, 1:30-4:00 pm
· April 20 – Parks Appreciation Day, Various Puyallup Parks, 9:00 am - Noon
· April 23 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 27 – PMSA’s “Clean Sweep”, Main Street Parking Lot, 107 N. Meridian, 9:45 am
· May 6-11 – Spring Clean Up
· May 27 – Memorial Day - City Offices are Closed