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Dec. 24, 2013 at 11:07am City Manager's Update Dec 13, 2013

Chief for a Day 2014

The Puyallup Police Department will once again be participating in the “Chief for a Day” Program. Chief for a Day is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The intent is to provide these children with a day of fun they will never forget and to become a part of their lives. The formal Chief for a Day event will be in August.

PPD’s next little chief will be Grayson Gochanour. Grayson is 7 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 3 ½ with Autism. He loves everything police-related and his dream is to grow up to be a police officer. He currently attends school at Stewart Elementary in their WRAP program. Grayson’s little brother William was also diagnosed with a form of Autism.

Throughout the coming year, the PPD will be bringing the Gochanour’s into the PPD Family to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and department events with them. If you are interested in contributing to or helping with PPD’s Chief for a Day efforts, please contact Records Supervisor Nichole McNiven.

Safety Presentations at the YMCA & Puyallup Valley Lions Club

Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs recently made a Safety Presentation to staff at the YMCA. The YMCA Director, Stephanie Roberts, had contacted the PPD for help with auto prowls at their facility. At the meeting, Ms. Isaacs talked to the group about the number of auto prowls and thefts in the City and the PD’s staffing constraints and response abilities. Ms. Isaacs then discussed ways the YMCA staff could educate their members to help reduce the instances of vehicle prowling and theft. At the end of the meeting, the YMCA staff committed to assist the PPD with their “Not In Puyallup” Holiday Emphasis campaign.

Ms. Isaacs also made a Safety Presentation to the members of the Puyallup Valley Lions Club. Ms. Isaacs addressed the group about Holiday Safety and discussed year round safety tips.

Winter Social Tradition

The City of Puyallup held the annual Holiday Employee lunch on December 5th. A traditional Holiday meal was served to city employees in appreciation of their hard work throughout the year. This year a new twist was added to the venue to help raise money for the Puyallup Food Bank. Employees had the opportunity to bid for the honor of being served their meal at a sumptuous VIP table by members of the Events Committee. Various City departments also donated themed baskets for raffle. Proceeds from the VIP table and baskets raised $1,018 for the Puyallup Food Bank. Dozens of new toys and a generous cash donation were received for the Puyallup Police Department's Santa Cops Toy Drive.

Puyallup Detective Attends Meeting in Olympia Regarding Potential Pawn Industry Legislation

PPD Detective Mike Lusk attended a Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance committee meeting in Olympia on November 21st, to discuss potential legislation involving the pawn industry. Detective Lusk was very involved during the last legislative session in crafting language that assists law enforcement in property crimes investigations involving pawn shops. Several other detectives from area law enforcement agencies were also at the meeting to discuss the impacts of the legislation on law enforcement, if passed.

Prudential Provides Meal for PPD

The Prudential Contact Corporation has generously supported the Law Enforcement community in prior years with a Holiday meal. This year, they provided breakfast and lunch to the police department on November 29th. This kind gesture was greatly appreciated by all.

Puyallup PD Officer Gocha Receives DUI enforcement Award

The annual Impaired Driving Victim Information Panel Awards Ceremony was held in Fife on November 22nd. The event honors police officers, state troopers, sheriff's deputies, and prosecutors who go above and beyond to keep our streets safe by arresting drunk and drugged drivers in Pierce County. Each law enforcement agency in Pierce County nominates a candidate for the award. This year, Puyallup Officer Craig Gocha was selected to receive the award due to his excellent effort in DUI enforcement throughout his first year as a member of PPD. Officer Gocha was responsible for the arrest of 46 impaired drivers during the past year, which is at the top for the department. The event was emceed by Keith Eldridge from KOMO 4 News.

Downtown Parking Passes for 2014 Available

The 2014 Downtown Parking Lot passes are now available for sale to downtown business owners and their employees. Properly displayed passes allow for parking in city-owned lots at the Community Resource Center lot (E Main & Meridian), Cornforth-Campbell lot (E Main & 3rd St SE), the Hill lot (2nd St SE & E Pioneer), and specifically marked stalls at the Activity Center lot (3rd St SW & W Pioneer). Passes can be purchased for $20 each from the 2nd floor customer service counter at City Hall (333 S Meridian) or via mail. Questions on the 2014 passes or the downtown parking program can be directed to Colleen Harris, Engineering Services Manager, at (253) 841-5491.

Santa Cops 2013

The Santa Cops program is in its 20th year, and is once again partnering with the community to conduct food and toy drives in various schools and stores, while searching for referrals of families in need in the city of Puyallup. New toys and non-perishable food is collected and delivered to families in need prior to Christmas. This year’s delivery will occur on Friday, December 20th at 6:00pm. Santa Cops will be coordinating this effort out of the old Chrysler dealership located at 401 River Road. If you are interested in helping with this program, please contact PPD Officer Gary Shilley.

City Receives Watershed Stewardship Award

The City of Puyallup received the Puyallup River Watershed Council’s (PRWC) 2013 Watershed Steward Award for the City’s highly successful Community Rain Garden program. PRWC Board Member Linda Burgess presented the award to City Engineer Mark Palmer at the PRWC’s annual retreat in Tacoma. Ms. Burgess cited the program’s educational aspects as a key element in the selection for the award, citing that the volunteers and neighborhoods participating in the program became more aware of the importance of stormwater quality. She also mentioned the collaborative efforts of the program and the benefits of getting the word out to a larger audience by having horticulturist and local celebrity Ciscoe Morris, broadcast his radio program from some of the events.

Mr. Palmer also presented a Watershed Steward award on behalf of the PRWC to the Pierce Conservation District’s Stream Team for their integral efforts supporting not only the City’s rain garden program, but the City’s riparian planting efforts along Meeker, Silver, and Clarks Creeks. Dr. Ernie Bay accepted the award for the Stream Team.

Trout Unlimited received an award as well for their efforts in cleaning up the banks of the Puyallup River during the recent pink salmon season.

Fourth Quarter Crime Control Round Table

The Puyallup Police Department recently hosted their 4th quarter Crime Control Round Table, which detailed a program designed to ban Pierce Transit users who use the service to get to or from criminal activity. Guidelines were shared to the attendees on how businesses can help stop those folks in their tracks. The program was presented by Deputy Doug Pressel of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Pierce Transit Police. PPD Detective Mike Lusk also presented on the Leads Online program. Leads Online bridges the gap between businesses that are required to report transactions, e.g. secondhand dealers, pawn shops, gold buyers; and law enforcement. Leads Online is a valuable investigative tool that helps locate stolen property and return it to its rightful owner.

Welcome Preschool Instructor – Mary Croswell

Toddler Campus Preschool has hired a new Lead Preschool Instructor. Mary Croswell comes to us with a background in preschool education, including a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Sociology, Psychology, and Education. Mary’s first day was December 2nd and we look forward to her continuing the success of this very popular program.

Car Seat Event at PPD

On December 11th the Police Department conducted free car seat inspections in the City parking lot located in the 300 block of 3rd St SW. The inspections were conducted by certified technicians who inspected the seats for proper installation and potential recalls. The inspections were offered by the Police Department in partnership with Safe Kids of Pierce County and Multicare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center.

I-502 Legislation Necessitates Municipal Code Amendments

In 2012, Washington voters approved I-502, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Since then, the State Liquor Control Board has been formulating rules by which local governments can regulate the siting of facilities engaged in the growing, producing and/or retailing of marijuana.

The City of Puyallup, like many other jurisdictions, enacted a temporary moratorium on any marijuana-related permits in order to allow time to align local code with the new State rules. The State allows cities to establish some local zoning standards, such as requiring any marijuana-related facility to be located a minimum distance away from certain sensitive uses (e.g. schools, daycares, etc.). The City Planning Commission is now set to begin work on code amendments to address this issue. At the December 11th meeting, the Planning Commission was given an overview on I-502 from City staff. At the January 8th meeting, the Commission will consider draft code language. It is anticipated that the Commission will hold a public hearing on this matter in early 2014.

TIB Shaw Road Grant

The City was recently awarded a $5 million grant from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) to widen Shaw Road from 23rd Ave SE to Manorwood Drive. Proposed improvements include a three lane road section, sidewalks, and a bike lane. The storm and sanitary sewer will also be upgraded as part of this project. Total cost of the project is estimated at $6.3 million. At least two additional phases, Manorwood Drive to 39th Ave SE and 12th Ave SE to 23rd Ave SE, will follow this project as funding is obtained.

Christmas in Leavenworth

On December 5th and 6th the Puyallup Activity Center provided a holiday excursion to the beautiful town of Leavenworth. The seniors traveled by motor coach and enjoyed two full days of Christmas tradition and Bavarian spirit. Hotel accommodations were at the European-style Enzian Inn, which offers a complimentary full breakfast buffet including made-to-order omelets, homemade pastries and meat selections. The trip included plenty of time to explore the many shops and restaurants and the group appreciated how picturesque Leavenworth is during the holiday season.

ADA Curb Ramp Upgrade Project

The ADA Curb Ramp Upgrade Project has been completed. This project was undertaken to bring the pedestrian access at the intersections of 7th Ave NE/5th St NE and 7th Ave SW/9th St SW into compliance with ADA standards. The upgrade at 7th Ave NE/5th St NE provides a new crosswalk to safely move pedestrians to the proper side of the street to cross the Milwaukee Bridge. The upgrade at 7th Ave SW/9th St SW removes the last full curb impediment to pedestrian traffic along 7th Ave. Pedestrians now have curb ramp access along 7th Ave SW/SE from 7th St SE to Fruitland Ave E.

Beginning Family History Research

Beginning Family History Research is a new class offered at the Activity Center and is instructed by Dee Haviland Fournier. Dee’s credentials include co-authoring a guide for the beginning genealogist “Stepping Stones to Genealogy,” for the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society in California. She also served on their Board of Directors for eight years. Now residing in Puyallup, she volunteers her time and shares her knowledge with others interested in tracing their family history.

4th Ave SE Water Main Replacement Project

The 4th Ave SE Water Main Replacement Project bid was approved by City Council at its December 10th meeting. This project will replace the existing, undersized water main with a new main providing better service, lower maintenance, and proper fire flows. With the replacement of the water main, 29 service connections along the street will be replaced to bring water service along the entire street to the same, updated level of service. Construction of this project will begin early in 2014.

Development Services Update

Over the past few weeks, City development review staff has held pre-application meetings with interested parties on the following potential developments:

a. AT & T Wireless representatives met to review a proposal to replace an existing light standard at the Wildwood Park baseball field with a replacement (taller) light standard, which would contain an AT & T cellular antenna.

b. The owner of several contiguous, residentially-zoned parcels in the vicinity of Fruitland Avenue-7th Street SW, is considering multiple short plat subdivisions to create new single-family home sites on that property.

c. The owner of a residential lot in the 300 block of 7th Street SW is proposing a potential new triplex on that parcel.

Pioneer Park Spray Park Project

The Pioneer Park upgrades project is moving toward 30% design plans since gathering input and direction from City Council, the Park Board, and the public. The spray park design will include elements for 2-12 year-olds, emphasizing areas for the younger age groups. The spray park elements will be selected to complement existing elements in the park, using simplified styles and highlights of color. The playground design will include separate areas for the 2-5 year-olds and 6-12 year-olds. The City is working with the consultant and coordinating with utilities crews to plan a grand opening for July 4, 2014.

33rd Ave SE and 27th St SE Emergency Road Repair

On the night of Saturday, November 9th at 33rd Ave SE and 27th St SE, a 6” diameter water main ruptured, causing significant damage to the roadway and flooding two adjacent homes. Water division staff were called out to repair the damage and discovered a five-foot long crack in the 6” PVC pipe. This water main was installed in 1974 without proper pipe bedding.

Twenty-five homes were affected by the water outage. City water crews were able to restore water service to the neighborhood within 24 hours. The water caused buckling in the roadway that required 12,200 square feet of it to be replaced. Engineering staff, with assistance from Street Maintenance crews, put out a small works bid contract within seven days of the event. Bids were received on November 18th and the work was completed on November 26th. The work was completed in two days and was $2,000 under the engineer’s estimate. Total cost to replace the road was $27,000.

Riverwalk Trail

The next phase of the Riverwalk Trail, from Shaw Road to 33rd St SE, is currently out for construction bids. Bids will be opened on January 6th and construction is expected to commence in February. The trail will be in the Pioneer Way right-of-way, parallel to Pioneer Way East. The eastern end of the project will cross the Meeker Southern railroad tracks and connect to the terminus of the Foothills Trail.

Puyallup Youth Basketball

The Puyallup Youth Basketball program is underway with practices starting on Monday, December 2nd. There are 100 teams registered for the program in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, there are 29 teams registered for our Select Youth Basketball program. Games began for this league on December 7th.

3rd St SW Infrastructure Improvements

This project, between 4th Ave SW and West Main, recently reached a major milestone when asphalt paving was installed. The project has improved water mains, sewer lines, and storm drainage along 3rd St SW. Overhead utilities have been relocated underground as part of this project as well. The project was funded by a Department of Commerce grant, LIFT grant, and utility funds, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Mark Your Calendars

· December 25 – Christmas Holiday – City Offices are Closed

· January 1 – New Year’s Day – City Offices are Closed

· January 7 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· January 14 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· January 20 – MLK Jr. Day - City Offices are Closed

· January 21 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· February 4 – City Council Special Meeting, Council Chambers, 2:00 pm

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