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Aug. 22, 2014 at 10:45am City Manager's Update August 22, 2014


Chief for a Day Recognition Continues!


Members of the Puyallup Police Department made a trip to little chief Grayson’s house on August 18th to deliver toys and electronics for Chief Grayson and his little brother William. They also brought some special gifts for Grayson’s mother and father, Redonna and Greg. On August 21st, 34 “little chiefs” and their families from across the state met at the Showare Center in Kent for breakfast prior to being whisked away to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy in Burien in a police motorcade. Once at the academy, the chiefs were sworn in during an official ceremony. After the ceremony, the chiefs were treated to lunch, participated in interactive police displays, and played games. It was a fantastic day for Grayson and his family!

A special thanks to the Puyallup Police Association, the Washington State Fair, Olympic Eagle Distributing, and all of the City of Puyallup employees who participated in the fundraising BBQ for being generous partners in this event. Records Supervisor Nichole McNiven coordinated this year’s event and made sure everything went off without a hitch.



Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City of Puyallup has again received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2014 budget presentation. This is the second year in a row that the City’s Finance Department has received this very prestigious award. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by our organization. In order to receive this award, nationally recognized guidelines had to be satisfied. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

· A policy document

· A financial plan

· An operations guide

· A communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive this award. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

2014 Clarks Creek Elodea Removal

The 2014 Elodea Management project was completed August 8th. The contractor successfully completed the full 3-mile project area and removed over 30,000 onion bag’s worth of elodea. This volume was doubled from the amount harvested last year. This was the second year of the City’s current HPA permit from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) which is required for any work done in streams or lakes in Washington. The Diver-Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) method of removing the elodea by hand using divers was selected as the best-alternative to managing the elodea after WDFW provided feedback on the 20+ year-old cut-and-harvest method which was no longer allowed in the creek.

A comparison of 2012 through 2014 water levels in the creek indicate that the 2013 DASH effort provided a good start to the 2013 season by preventing the nearly two-foot rise in water levels that has previously been seen around spring time, just before the elodea harvesting begins. By hand pulling the entire plant during the 2013 DASH project, less sediment was captured by the weed and kept from settling in the creek over the past year, and the elodea’s displacement of water was kept at bay.

In 2015, the City anticipates continuing with full DASH operations and will evaluate future plans for DASH including possible spot-pulling and other cost-saving measures.

All-Employee Picnic – “Alfresco in the Park”

The City’s Events Committee did another outstanding job organizing the All-Employee Summer Picnic this year. “Alfresco in the Park,” was held at the Pavilion/Pioneer Park on August 7th, from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Barbeque pork sandwiches and several delicious salads were served, and yard games like badminton, bocce ball, and croquet were set up for employees to work off all the fabulous food. The Mt. Rainier Federal Credit Union was on-hand collecting school supplies and cash donations. They pledged to match the city donations pound for pound. Along with the generous donations from city staff, another $515.00 worth of school supplies was purchased by Mt Rainier Federal Credit Union and delivered to the Puyallup School District.

News from Development Services

Noteworthy New Business
: City permit review is nearing completion for “Tractor Supply” to occupy a large portion of the former K-Mart retail space on River Road. Tractor Supply, a nationwide retail chain, offers a variety of farm supply, bulk feed and hardware items. Tractor Supply will occupy approximately 40,000 square feet of floor area formerly housing K-Mart. Certain City building permits associated with this tenant improvement work have already been issued; others are awaiting issuance. A precise store opening date is not yet known.

Pre-apps: City Development Review staff held pre-application meetings with parties interested in the following potential development projects:

· Pioneer Crossing – This approximately 100,000 square foot retail center (in multiple buildings) is proposed for the SW corner of Shaw Road and East Pioneer. The eastern half of this site was the formerly-approved Pioneer Crossing Binding Site Plan; the new proposal would extend the retail center to also include property to the west.

· Rubel Office – A professional office building of approximately 10,000 square feet, including ground floor parking, is proposed for the 200 block (south side) of 39th Avenue SW, behind the Rio Bravo Mexican restaurant.

A More Walkable Puyallup: Citywide Safety Improvement Project Updates

The citywide safety improvement projects are continuing through the summer months. These project to increase pedestrian safety are primarily funded by Federal Grants:

· Traffic Signals for Safer Streets: 7th Ave SW on both sides of 5th St SW will be closed 7:00 am to 5:30 pm starting immediately to facilitate faster completion of the work. Work on this intersection should be completed just before the Fair starts on September 5th. This is a compromise from the previously approved night work which resulted in multiple complaints and strikes our best balance between maintaining traffic flow and getting the construction work done.

· Community Requested Crosswalk Comes to Fruition: There will be a new marked crosswalk with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons on the north leg of the intersection of Meridian/4th Avenue SE. The Contractor has completed curb ramps and will pour the foundation for the beacons by the end of August. As there is an 8-week waiting time on these beacons, beacons will be installed sometime in October and a marked crosswalk will be added after the beacons are installed. This crosswalk has been requested to connect City Hall Parking with events at the Pavilion and Pioneer Park, such as concerts and the Farmers’ Market.

· Pedestrian Connection to DeCoursey Park: a new marked crosswalk with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) and a speed table will be added along 7th Avenue SW at the park’s entrance. New curb ramps have been constructed at this intersection and beacons/marked crosswalk/speed table will be installed in October.

· Additional enhancements will take place to the existing crosswalk at West Pioneer and 7th Street SW and to traffic controls at Meridian and 14th Ave SE.

15th Ave NW Stormwater Replacement for Reduced Flooding

The project will consist of construction of a 48” diameter main line that will extend from the existing trunk line at 4th Ave NW and extend to the 30” diameter main on Pioneer. The completed project will help reduce flooding in the downtown and residential core areas. It will also reduce untreated stormwater flows into Clarks Creek and divert it to the Puyallup River after passing through a water quality treatment device. The project will include updates to the water and sanitary sewer systems on 15th Street.

The Contractor is currently working on the 48” storm line (see picture). Groundwater has hampered progress at the north end of the project but dryer conditions prevailed as the project moved past the north driveway of Aylen Jr. High. 15th St NW will remained closed until the storm line is complete and pavement can be re-established.

Members of PPD Recognized for Assistance with Homicide Investigation

Three members of the Puyallup Police Department were recently recognized by the Morris County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance with a homicide investigation. On June 19th, 2010, the suspect murdered a female in the Township of Denville, NJ. On June 24, 2010, the suspect was located and arrested at the Motel Puyallup by PPD. Captain Scott Engle, Captain Ryan Portmann, and Crime Scene Investigator Sherie Theuerkauf assisted with the investigation and became an integral part of the case.

On July 23, 2014, a jury convicted the suspect of murder. John Spiers, Chief of Investigations from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Frederic Knapp, the Acting Prosecutor issued certificates of commendation to all three for the investigative assistance as well as their testimony at trial.

Community Campout

The 6th annual community campout was held on August 16th at Bradley Lake Park. Approximately 400 campers enjoyed an evening sleeping under the stars. Activities were provided for the entire family. Campers participated in lawn games and crafts and were able to make s’mores (provided by Storehouse Church) over the campfire. In addition, staff grilled hotdogs for dinner and served breakfast to the campers. Entertainment was provided by the Adventures playing classic rock followed by British Export, a Beatle’s tribute band. The evening ended with a movie in the park, “The Lego Movie.” Campers were joined by other community members who came out to enjoy the concerts and the movie in the park.

Request for Proposals for On-site/Near-site Clinic

The Healthcare and Wellness Committee in collaboration with HR has recommended evaluation of an on-site or near-site wellness clinic. This care model provides 24/7 access to a board-certified family practitioner, same day or next day office visits, a menu of low cost generic prescription medications, and basic laboratory services. This type of plan enhancement has proven to actually reduce total participant healthcare costs in other organizations. On July 15, the City Council authorized the City Manager to proceed with a Request for Proposals (RFP). Analysis of responses should determine if this is a concept which will work for Puyallup.

Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program Continues to Expand!

Rain Garden No. 63 in Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program is in the ground. This beautiful rain garden was recently installed in the Clarks Creek basin as part of Puyallup’s cost share program. The 120 square foot rain garden was sized to collect rainwater runoff from the main house as well as the detached garage – disconnecting over 800 square feet of impervious surface from the stormwater system. That is equivalent to about 19,000 gallons of stormwater each year! For more information on Puyallup’s cost-share Rain Garden Program, visit our website at: http://tinyurl.com/PuyallupRG.

Welcome to Michele Gehring

Michele Gehring began work in the Public Works Engineering section as a part time Support Specialist on August 11th. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from University of Washington and MA in Forestry/Environmental Horticulture. Her previous work experience includes ecological restoration work at Pierce College in Lakewood and field technician work at JBLM. Please stop by and welcome her on the third floor of City Hall!

Block Watch presentation

Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs made a presentation to a neighborhood on 17th Ave SW on Tuesday, August 12th. Approximately 36 people attended, and they represented 16 homes. It was a great turn out for a raining evening. The neighbors were concerned about escalating numbers of vehicle prowls and home burglaries.

Crime statistics for the neighborhood were shared. Ms. Isaacs also presented information on ways to protect themselves against crime and gave a general overview of the police department. In addition, Ms. Isaacs discussed ways that the residents could harden their homes against burglary and reiterated the importance of calling police when criminal activity occurs or is suspected along with how to be a good witness.

Hounds on the Hill

A charity dog walk and street fair will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at Bradley Lake Park. The “Hounds on the Hill” event will include a 2 mile dog walk, pet friendly street fair, doggie dash, demonstrations, games and contests for our little furry friends. The event is a joint venture with Puyallup Parks and Recreation and the Puyallup South Hill Rotary. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SR 167 Bridge Construction (Meridian Bridge)

Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) work continues on the SR167 Bridge Construction project. Over the upcoming weekend (August 22-24), there will be one-way flagging for traffic on the Levee Road loop under the bridge from Friday night at 8:00 pm through Monday at 5:30 am to construct an equipment pad for use during install of the Pier 3 shaft. North Levee Road will not be impacted.

Detour information can be found at the WSDOT project website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/puyallupriverbridge.

Camp Yougottawanna

The summer flew by for participants in Camp Yougottawanna! In the past two weeks, campers went roller skating, had survivor challenges at Wildwood Park, played laser tag, and even had their own carnival. The last week of day camp (August 18-22) included a trip to Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center, swimming at the PHS pool and our annual overnight slumber party.

Puyallup Activity Center Annual Picnic

The Puyallup Activity Center hosted the annual picnic on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. The menu included fried chicken, potato and macaroni salad, rolls, dessert, and more. Many familiar faces, such as Parks and Recreation Director Sarah Harris, Mayor John Knutsen, Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, and Parks, Recreation and Senior Advisory Boardmember Bill Hilton stopped by to help serve and enjoy the food. We also had entertainment throughout the event from the “Fun Singers” and The Sa’Diyah Belly Dancers. We enjoyed a lovely meal, great entertainment, and raffled off five gift baskets for participants. Through donations from the Puyallup Activity Center participants, 300 pounds of food was collected for the Puyallup Food Bank.

City Employees Graduate from Chamber Leadership Institute

On June 20th, City Clerk Brenda Arline and Building Code Official Ray Cockerham graduated from the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is an 8-month program for community leaders. Over the course of the 2013-2014 program, they met monthly to learn more about our communities and explore everything from health and human services to education, business, and quality of life. Members of this year’s Leadership Institute chose “The Learning Garden” as a team service project. The objective of this project was to install or restart student-run gardens at community schools. Two schools in Sumner and two in Puyallup were recipients of “Learning Gardens,” targeting the issues of hunger and nutrition in our local schools. Human Resources Manager Ellen Mak and Library Manager Megan Dazey will be representing the City as members of the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute.

Summer Reading Concludes with Recognition at a Rainiers Game!

The Library’s Summer Reading program concluded on August 20th with a grand celebration: Puyallup Public Library Night at the Tacoma Rainiers! Children and teens who finished the Summer Reading Program earned a free ticket to a Rainier’s game and a free ballpark meal. Prior to the game, well over one hundred of our readers and their parents participated in a parade on the field at Cheney Stadium, recognizing the youth for having read at least 15 hours over the summer. Library Director Tim Wadham threw out the first pitch, and the library had an informational table at the event. The partnership with the Tacoma Rainier’s was exclusive to the Puyallup Public Library, and represents one of the biggest sponsorships ever for the library’s Summer Reading program.

The 2014 Summer Reading Program has been one of the library’s most successful ever. Here are the hours read in the library’s three reading programs this summer:

· Kids 18,049 hours

· Teens 9,480 hours

· Adults 1,717 books

Puyallup Pacers’ Walking Group

The Puyallup Activity Center encourages active and healthy lifestyles among all seniors through walking. The most recent adventure was Snoqualmie Falls. The group parked in the lower lot and explored new terrain, enjoying the breath-taking scenery. This activity is offered twice a month and transports participants to and from various locations. This group has put many miles on their shoes travelling to Seattle’s Green Lake, Bremerton, Alki, Rainbow Falls State Park, and many other locations.

4th Annual AUSA “Salute to Troops”

“And the winner of the first pie eating contest, is City Councilman Tom Swanson,” said Eric Kantor, the Captain Meriwether Lewis Puyallup-Sumner AUSA Subchapter President, during the 4th Annual Salute to the Troops. The pie eating contest was one of many fun-filled activities included in the event, which took place in Puyallup’s Pioneer Park on August 14th.

Approximately 2,500-3,000 people attended the event to show community support of military families. The day included tasty treats from Starbuck’s, free Pizza, free Root Beer Floats, free games, and free rides. Several pie eating contests ensued with the players being military children, soldiers, community members, and elected officials. Pablo the Pony Guy kept many of the kids entertained by offering free pony rides and the line was always long. Although not originally planned, local firefighters appeared in their fire trucks and showed their appreciation to the military community by raising the American Flag. Following the event, service member families were invited to attend Pioneer Park’s Concert in the Park.

Councilmember Swanson served as the City of Puyallup representative throughout the planning and implementation of this event, and he dedicated many hours to its success. Mayor John Knutsen, City Councilman Steve Vermillion, Puyallup-Sumner Chamber President & CEO Shelly Shlumpf, and 593rd Expeditionary Command Commander Brigadier General Kurt Ryan attended to join in the fun. State Representative Hans Zeiger stayed throughout the day to volunteer his time.

The event could not be possible without the generous monetary or in-kind support from the following organizations: Nissan USA, Puyallup Nissan, Support America’s Armed Forces, Starbucks (Devin Craig and crew), Heritage Bank, Harborstone Credit Union, Fix Auto, Strategic Advantage, Edward Jones, Windermere Realty, US Family Health Plan, DeVry University, University of Phoenix, Northwest Harley-Davidson, Puyallup Four Square Church, Baskin and Robbins, Fun balls, Trident University, Columbia Southern University, Veterans United Home Loans, Foothills Family Furniture, Bay Equity, Patriots Landing, Serenity Air, Cascade Christian Schools, Harnish Auto Family, Better Properties, Armed Forces Benefits Network, and US Family Health Plan.

Special thanks to the Puyallup-Sumner Subchapter planning committee for ensuring the day was a morale booster for military families: Eric Kantor, Debi Gregory, Leslie LaCaze, Cathy Morris, Cheryl Mamiya, Petra Karr, Tammy Hemmie, Mike Snellgrove, and Carlene Joseph. Plans are already underway for next year’s event.


Mark Your Calendars

· August 23 – Hounds on the Hill, Bradley Lake Park, 9 am – 3 pm

· August 26 - City Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· September 1 – Labor Day Holiday, City Offices Closed

· September 2 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· September 5 – Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive, Downtown Puyallup, 10:00 am

· September 5-21 – Washington State Fair

· September 16 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· September 23 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· September 30 – Council District 3 Neighborhood Meeting, Location TBD


Puyallup Farmer’s Market & Sunset Market Hours:

Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm April 12 – October 11

Wednesdays 3:00pm -7:30pm June 18 – September 17

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