“Play To Learn” Launches at the Library
In January, the Puyallup Public Library welcomed the Tacoma Children’s Museum program called “Play to Learn,” for children under the age of six and their caregivers. The Children’s Museum launched the program in the fall of 2008 and is now in fifteen sites in Pierce County. Play to Learn is a free, drop-in program, and no registration is required. The expectation is that adults and children will be fully interacting together through play, art, science, and music to help children gain the skills and knowledge they need to transition to kindergarten.
Play to Learn takes place at the Puyallup Public Library on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am through March 25th.
Volunteers Help Fill Vital Roles
January brings many New Year Resolutions, including giving back to the community. The City Manager’s Office kicked off 2014 by widely advertising volunteer positions to the community. As a result of this effort, many applications have been received and forwarded to the coordinators of volunteer programs throughout the City.
Interviews and background checks were carried out for positions at the Visitor Services Station on the first floor of City Hall. As a result, visitors to City Hall will find a friendly face to answer their questions an increased number of hours per week. By expanding on our partnership with Career Path Services (a program that finds volunteer placements for parents who are looking to update their resumes in order to be eligible for living wage jobs), the City has been able to get talented help with filing, records management, and other projects in Legal, Public Works, Utility Billing, and Development Services at no cost.
Overall, volunteers provide invaluable services in many City departments. In 2013, the City of Puyallup benefited from more than 29,000 hours of volunteer service!
Talk of the Town Toastmasters Open House
Talk of The Town Toastmasters will host its annual Open House and membership drive on February 12th from noon to 1:00 pm in City Hall Council Chambers. All guests are welcome. The theme of this year’s Open House is “Love to talk? Desire to learn? Fall in love with public speaking!” Sherrie Kenyon, District 32 Toastmasters Governor, will be in attendance as our special guest speaker. Additional details are available by contacting the club’s Vice President of Membership, Debi Christensen at 253-841-5551.
2013 Municipal Partner of the Year Award
The City of Puyallup has been chosen as the Pierce Conservation District’s 2013 Municipal Partner of the Year. The City is being honored at the District’s Annual Meeting for the City’s dedication to managing polluted water runoff in creative ways by creating green streets and promoting a residential rain garden program. The annual meeting will take place March 12th, and Associate Stormwater Engineer Joy Rodriguez will be attending to accept the award for the City. Congratulations to the City’s Stormwater Engineering Division!
J.A. Jance – Book Signing at the Library
Bestselling author J.A. Jance, will be at the Puyallup Public Library on February 28th at 7:00 pm. Ms. Jance will speak and sign books in the library meeting rooms. J.A. Jance is the “Top 10” New York Times bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, as well as four thrillers featuring the Walker family and a book a poetry. Her books have more than twenty-three million copies in print. Library staff has been working hard to establish the Puyallup Public Library as the place to go in Pierce County for author readings and cultural events.
Crime Prevention Presentations
Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs recently gave a Block Watch presentation to the Homeowner’s Association of the Crystal Ridge development. There were 17 members present, including 5 HOA Board members. Ms. Isaacs also made a Safety Presentation to the Seniors Supper Club at the First Presbyterian Church of Puyallup on Jan 25th, with 43 members present. Ms. Isaacs did an overall safety presentation to the group to include tips on home, auto, and personal safety.
Ms. Isaacs distributed the following brochures and handouts to both groups:
· Home Security Checklist
· Get Connected with PPD cards
· Take a Stand with Neighborhood Watch
· Dial 9-1-1 in an Emergency
· Take Crime Prevention to Work
· Safety for Runners and Walkers
· Operation ID Property Record sheets.
Ms. Isaacs also discussed the importance of vehicle safety, distributed the NOT IN PUYALLUP fliers to them, and discussed the various ways they could avoid becoming a victim of auto theft or prowls.
Affordable Care Act Registration Assistance
The Puyallup Public Library is offering events in February and March to assist citizens registering for health insurance through the Washington Health Plan Finder. This personal registration assistance is given by a state-certified health care navigator and will be available on the following dates:
· Thursday, February 6 – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
· Tuesday, February 18 – 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
· Thursday, March 20 – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.
Recreation Classes Are Underway
The Puyallup Recreation Center offers a variety of classes, year-around to citizens of all ages. A few of the current offerings are:
Kidz Love Soccer is a popular program that introduces children to the game of soccer in a non-competitive environment. Kids 2 ½ to 10 years old learn soccer skills and play games designed around the game of soccer inside the Recreation Center racquetball courts and local gyms.
Cooking with Kids is a great way to familiarize children with cooking and an opportunity for them to follow simple recipes and try some new foods. Held in the Activity Center kitchen, students will prepare a new dish or two every week and learn some lifelong skills in the kitchen!
Woof 101 is a dog obedience course held in the Recreation Center Centennial Room, which teaches dog owners ways to make their pets a pleasure to live with. This course is designed around the concepts enumerated in the American Kennel Club’s “Good Canine Citizen” program. Participants gain a greater understanding of how to communicate with, and better appreciate, their dogs.
Check out our online brochure. There is always something fun going on at the Puyallup Recreation Department!
Sound Transit Benches – Council Recommendation Moves Towards Action
Following Council direction, the City Manager’s office requested removal of the benches at the east end of the Sound Transit Station in Puyallup. Sound Transit maintenance staff moved quickly and had the benches removed by February 4th. We hope that this action will reduce nuisance activity, litter, and illegal activity to the benefit of Puyallup shoppers, citizens, and downtown businesses.
Read with a Daffodil Princess
Come enjoy a special storytime with local royalty! During special “Lego My Library Storytimes” on February 15th and March 15th at 11:00 am, Daffodil Princesses will read stories, talk with the children, and be available for photos. Then the princesses will participate in some Lego building brick fun!
Free tax preparation help is available at the Puyallup Activity Center Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. The program runs February 4th thru April 8th and is designed for taxpayers with low and moderate incomes with special attention to citizens aged 60 and older. Call the Activity Center for more information at 253-841-5555.
Sediment Removal Process Update
The City continues to work with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on the City’s application for an HPA (Hydraulic Project Approval), to allow for the pilot Sediment Removal project in 2014. At this time, the City is revising the monitoring plan to address WDFW comments. Issuance of the final permit is expected in February. Extensive discussion on biological and performance monitoring has been done to appropriately develop a permit specific to conditions on Clarks Creek.
Rebuilders for Widows, Widowers, & Divorced Seniors
The Rebuilders program is a volunteer-based support group for widows, widowers, and divorced seniors. The program is held at the Puyallup Activity Center on Sunday evenings from 4:30 to 8:00 pm. During the meetings, participants enjoy a great potluck and play cards, dominoes, and other fun games. On Sunday February 2nd, the Rebuilders had a Super Bowl party and helped cheer the Seahawks on to victory!
Development Services Update
Over the past two weeks, City Development Review staff held pre-application meetings with parties interested in the following projects:
· City staff met with AT&T representatives to discuss the potential expansion of an existing cellular tower located on a residential lot in the Fruitland Avenue – 23rd Avenue SW vicinity. The existing tower had been permitted in Pierce County prior to the area being annexed into the City. AT&T’s current proposal is to extend the height of the existing tower and locate a new expanded antenna unit on the top. They are also proposing installation of some new base equipment.
· Puyallup School District representatives met with City staff to discuss the proposed placement of new portable classroom structures at five separate elementary schools: Karshner, Maplewood, Meeker, Spinning, and Stewart. The portable classrooms at all five school sites would be used for expanded daycare operations.
On February 5th, the City Development Services Building Division hosted a presentation by representatives of Underwriters Laboratory (UL) pertaining to fire sprinkler/alarm suppression systems. UL is involved in the certification and testing of various fire suppression systems used for building safety. The purpose of this presentation was to provide an update on current practices and technology in fire suppression, both pertaining to new building construction (handled by the City) and ongoing occupancy inspections (handled by Central Pierce Fire & Rescue). This informative presentation was attended by several staff from Central Pierce Fire, as well as staff from the Pierce County Fire Marshal’s office. The session included discussion and questions by all parties on ways to improve our mutual fire prevention efforts.
Registration is currently underway for the Puyallup Parks & Recreation Youth Baseball/Softball program. Leagues are offered for youth ages 5–16 years of age. Players can be registered online at www.puyallupparksandrec.com
Construction Management Audit Compliance
Through the diligent efforts of CIP (Capital Improvements Plan) Engineering staff, the City recently passed a pre-audit inspection by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) of the construction files for the Wildwood Elementary Safe Routes to School project. This is an important milestone, due to the comprehensive manner in which construction management activities are conducted in compliance with WSDOT Local Agency Guidelines. Successful compliance with these guidelines allows the City to continue to utilize Federal grant funding for City projects.
Puyallup Falcons Jr. Wrestling
The Puyallup Falcons Jr. Wrestling program finished up their regular season on Saturday, February 1st. Participants in the program compete in the Pierce County Junior Wrestling League, with levels of competition ranging from varsity, junior varsity and exhibition matches and tournaments. There were 123 kids participating in this very successful program. The end of season banquet was held on February 5th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion.
Private Storm Pond Inspection Process
Due to new requirements in the City’s NPDES Phase 2 Municipal Stormwater Permit, local agencies are required to begin inspecting all permitted storm facilities installed within the City limits since 2007. Staff is beginning the process and recently attended a Council Study Session to update the Council on the requirements and ramifications of the permit obligations.
PPD Social Media Presence
The Puyallup Police Department social media connection continues to grow! PPD now has over 2,600 followers on Twitter and 2,100 on Facebook - obviously, the more people that follow us on social media, the greater the “reach” of department communications. Social media has assisted the PD in solving at least three recent cases. After a recent burglary, a picture of the suspect was sent out via Twitter and Facebook. Within twenty minutes, someone had responded and gave the PD a place to look for the suspect. The suspect was located a few days later in the area of the tip.
2014 Citizens’ Academy
The Puyallup Police Department recently concluded their 2013 Citizens’ Academy, and is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Citizens’ Academy, which is scheduled to start in March. The class is filling up quickly but PPD is still looking for interested students. Preference is given to Puyallup residents or business owners. Citizens who live or own businesses outside of the City limits are considered only if there aren’t enough applicants from within the City. PPD staff is currently making some changes to the curriculum based on feedback from their most recent graduating class.
Pioneer Park Pavilion
February is a month chock full of community events at the Pavilion. Events include the Puyallup Falcons Jr. Wrestling Banquet, Daffodil Princess Promenade, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Puyallup Activity Center Valentine’s Day Party, NW Sinfonietta performance, and the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) General Assembly Dinner.
Mark Your Calendars
· February 11 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· February 14 – Puyallup-Sumner Chamber State of the Cities Luncheon, Best Western Premier Plaza-South Hill, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
· February 17 – President’s Day - City Offices are Closed
· February 25 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· February 28 – J.A. Jance Book Signing, Library Meeting Rooms, 7:00 pm
· March 4 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· March 18 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm· March 25 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm