2014 Clarks Creek Elodea Removal
The 2014 Elodea Management in-water work began on June 16th near the 12th Ave SW Bridge, by Clarks Creek Park South. The contractor has continued with a steady rate of progress and both Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) boats are in operation. Work will continue in a downstream direction toward the completion point at the 56th Street E Bridge in Pierce County. As of July 7th, 6,460 linear feet of a total 15,570 linear feet had been cleared. A total of 7,325 50-lb. bags of weed have been removed from the stream thus far.The project work is being completed during the in-water work window for minimal impact to fish health: June 15-August 1. Daily updates on the DASH work progress are posted on the project webpage: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/services/public-works/stormwater-management/projects/clarks-creek-elodea-removal/.
Puyallup River Bridge Closure
Drivers traveling on State Route 167 during the weekend of July 11 will need to plan for delays as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) work to move the northbound Puyallup River Bridge 60 feet to the east. Moving the bridge will allow for enough space to begin building a new northbound SR 167 span over the Puyallup River. Relocating the 379-ton steel truss bridge will require contractor crews to close SR 167 across the Puyallup River for most of the weekend.
On Friday, July 11th at 9:00 pm, all lanes of northbound and southbound SR 167 will be closed at the Puyallup River in Puyallup. The closure will remain in effect through 2:00 pm Sunday, July 13. The actual bridge move is scheduled to begin the morning of Saturday, July 12th. The move will be a slow process and will take most of the day to complete. Once the bridge has been relocated, crews will use the remainder of the weekend to pave roadway connections to both ends of the bridge and inspect it for any necessary repairs.
Oil Train Incident Preparedness
Citizens are not the only ones concerned with railroad safety and the increased presence of oil transport. Local response agencies are working together to review and refine the existing multi-agency response to an oil train (or any rail hazmat) accident. These agencies are looking at initial response and focusing on fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation and containment, as well as emergency medical response and public notifications (PCWARN). These protocols will be integrated into the tiered, multi-agency response that an incident such as this would require (local, county, state, federal, and railroad response).
As part of the City’s ongoing Emergency Management / Emergency Operations Center (EOC) training, six of the our EOC staff recently participated in a very timely two-day training/exercise presented by Wiland Associates LLC, a National Company providing professional training in All Hazards Incident Management. The exercise scenario was that of an oil train accident (derailment, vapor release, and fire) within the Puyallup city limits. The scenario had the “accident” taking place on a busy weekend in Puyallup during the Fair with multiple other local and regional events going on. This comprehensive exercise presented many problems with citizen safety (large groups of people, high traffic concentrations, and communication/notification issues). The exercise began from the initial derailment call and culminated with public safety notifications/management and incident stabilization.
New City Population
The State Office of Financial Management (OFM) has released their official 2014 population for the City of Puyallup. Our State-recognized population level, as of April 1, 2014, is 38,670. This represents an increase of almost 700 people from our OFM 2013 figure of 37,980. This is the City’s largest single-year rise in the past five years and represents the largest population number increase, over the past year, of any city in Pierce County.
Pioneer Park Play Structure Replacement
Installation of the new Pioneer Park play structure has begun! The contractor, R & R Construction, has begun removing the existing material at the site in preparation for the structure foundations. The contractor will begin placing foundations this week. Assembly and complete installation is expected to be complete in time for the grand re-opening/ribbon cutting ceremony on July 23rd at 5:00 pm. Other activities being hosted, in conjunction with the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, include the Mid-Summer Carnival from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and a concert by Bill Harley, who will perform family stories and songs on the Rotary Stage.
We are on week 3 of summer day camp and are averaging 70 kids per week. Thus far, campers have visited Northwest Trek and particularly enjoyed the tram ride and the opportunity to see a wide variety of animals at the park. The campers have also been bowling, swimming at the Puyallup High School pool, and played miniature golf. Upcoming activities include a limo ride to the Old Country Buffet and a day camp talent show.
The City Hearing Examiner will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, July 15th at 11:00 am. One hearing involves a setback variance request to accommodate an enclosure of the existing outdoor seating area at the Powerhouse Restaurant (5th Street – East Main); the other project is a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a parking lot expansion at the existing Regency Convalescent facility at 23rd Avenue SE-7th Street SE. Planner Chris Beale (841-5418) is managing the Powerhouse variance; Planner Kendall Wals (841-5462) is handling the Regency CUP.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and/or provide testimony at any Hearing Examiner hearing, which are held in the City Hall 5th Floor Council Chambers.
On June 28th, officers from the Puyallup Police Department’s bike patrol squad and crime prevention staff hosted a bike rodeo at City Hall. Even though the weather was not optimal, there was a great turn out by families looking to improve the safety of their children’s riding habits and bicycle equipment.
Sergeants Gill and Visnaw teamed up with Officers Temple and Ketter to provide a structured course in bike safety for approximately 60 children, from ages 4 to 12. As part of the event, bicycle safety inspections and repairs were conducted by technicians from the Bonney Lake Bike Shop (Puyallup location on South Hill). All 60 children in attendance were given helmet fit inspections and properly fitted helmets were issued to children that needed them; 30 helmets were distributed. This was the first PPD Bike Rodeo event in many years, and it was a great success!
Puyallup Development News
The local single-family residential construction market remains strong in 2014. Citywide, 55 building permit applications were received for new single-family homes in the first half of 2014, keeping pace with the active construction that has occurred in that sector over the past two years. Several new subdivisions have also begun their initial site development this summer, including the large Stewart Crossing (West Stewart-26th Street NW vicinity), Villages at South Hill Phase II (39th Avenue SE just west of Shaw Road), and Fruitland Estates (west side of Fruitland Avenue near Fruitland Elementary School) projects. In addition, building permit activity related to home remodels/additions, which was very low during the recent economic downturn, has markedly increased.
Waterways Murder Mystery Lunch Cruise
On July 2nd, Puyallup seniors enjoyed a special mystery lunch cruise aboard a beautiful yacht from Seattle’s Waterway Cruises. This “who-dunnit” mystery voyage included a three-course plated lunch and endless fun, as our group worked in teams to solve the murder mystery that featured famous characters and interesting topics from United States history. Additional highlights included spectacular scenery and the Captain’s narration of the views from the water and Seattle landmarks.
Dozens of fireworks-related complaints were reported to the City’s 911 Communications Center over the Independence Day weekend. On the 4th of July, two Puyallup police officers were paired up with two deputy fire marshals from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue to handle fireworks calls. Over the span of the three-day weekend, Puyallup Police officers responded to 46 fireworks complaints. The majority of the calls were handled through education and confiscation of illegal fireworks. The illegal fireworks were destroyed.
Bestselling Author J.A. Jance at the Puyallup Library
New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns for an encore program and book signing on Thursday, July 31st, 7:00 pm at the Puyallup Public Library. The author will be discussing her newest book “Remains of Innocence.” Over twenty million copies of her books are in print and J.A. Jance is consistently on the New York Times top ten list. This free event will be held in the Library meeting rooms and no registration is required. Space is limited and seating for the program will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
39th Ave SE Overlay Project
Construction will start the week of July 14th on the 39th Ave SE Overlay Project from 10th St SE to Shaw Road. Besides the fresh layer of asphalt, the project includes sidewalk infill, curb ramps, and signal upgrades. Beginning in July, project updates will be posted weekly on variable message signs located on 39th Ave SE. The street will be open to traffic at all times, but motorists should expect some delays. This project is expected to take three months to complete.
Concerts in the Park
The popular Summer Concerts in the Park series started on Thursday, July 10th at 6:30 pm, with the Moss Brothers band followed by Sweet Kiss Momma with approximately 2,500 in attendance. Concerts will be held every Thursday night in Pioneer Park starting at 6:30 pm through August 21st. Our Noon Tunes children’s series in Pioneer Park will get underway at noon on Tuesday, July 15th and runs through August 19th. The Family series at Bradley Lake will feature concerts from 12:00-1:00 pm and evening concerts from 6:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, July 30th and August 13th. In addition, we will have two live bands performing at our Community Campout on Saturday, August 16th from 4:30–7:30 pm in Bradley Lake. The Outdoor Cinema Series will be held at Bradley Lake on July 11th and 25th, and August 8th and 22nd. Movies are free and begin at dusk. Check out the Parks & Recreation online brochure for more details.
A big thanks to our generous sponsors, who contributed over $14,000 to help cover the costs of the Summer Concert series and the Outdoor Cinema series at Bradley Lake Park.
15th Ave NW Stormwater Replacement
The 15th Ave NW Stormwater Replacement project is moving right along. The contractor has installed the mainline water in the street and is currently installing the live tie-in on 4th Avenue NW. A second crew has begun installing the mainline sanitary sewer line this week. Crews also began installing water service lines this week along with sewer main line activities.
This project, when completed, 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.
Pie and Ice Cream Social
On July 5th, the Puyallup Activity Center provided a Pie and Ice Cream Social for our seniors. The free event was sponsored by Silver Creek Retirement Community and was a great way to kick off the summer! Festivities included a pie eating contest, raffle prizes, and entertainment from the Touch of Class Combo Band and the Sa’ Diyah Belly Dancers.
Mark Your Calendars
· July 15 – Hearing Examiner Public Hearings, Council Chambers, 11:00 am
· July 15 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· July 23 – Pioneer Park Playground Ribbon Cutting, Pioneer Park, 5:00 pm
· August 12 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 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
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