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Jul. 25, 2014 at 1:33pm City Manager's Update July 25, 2014

Camp Yougottawanna Day Camp

Puyallup’s Summer Day Camp is well under way. This year’s camp theme is “Let’s Get Moving!” Campers learn songs, participate in arts and crafts, make new friends, and go on weekly field trips. Each week highlights a different theme, with something offered for everyone! Camp participation numbers are up considerably this year with up to 100 kids registered and a waiting list for several popular trip weeks. Trips this summer include a Seattle Mariner’s baseball game, swimming at the Puyallup High School pool, and Wild Waves Water Park.

During last week’s “Let’s Get Famous” theme, campers were taken to the Old Country Buffet Restaurant “celebrity-style” - transported in a stretch limousine. Campers also practiced their skills for the annual Camp Talent Show. The talent show and a BBQ lunch, to which the camper’s parents were invited, ended this awesome week on a high note!

WSDOT SR167 Bridge Replacement Update

There will be nightly right lane closures on Meridian/167 and the loop roads under the bridge Monday through Thursday nights, for the first three weeks of August.

These lane closures are needed to install temporary piles for the elevated work platform that will span 4th Street and the pedestrian path on the southern river bank. The piles will be installed using a vibratory hammer, then will be “proofed” to ensure they are at proper load bearing using an impact hammer. The vibratory work should occur the first few nights, then the pile driving will take place the following night. WSDOT will notify local residents of the pile work the first three weeks of August.

The time lapse video of the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge move from the weekend of July 11th is available on the WSDOT/Puyallup River Bridge Project Site

IT Offers Microsoft Office 2013 Classes

Information Technology’s (IT) efforts to provide training opportunities for City employees on the new features of Microsoft Office 2013, has received an excellent response. Jill McNally, IT Coordinator and resident Certified Microsoft Trainer, teaches classes on Outlook, Excel, and Word. Over eighty people from various City departments have attended the classes this year and it’s expected that participation levels will increase as the year goes on. This training is designed to get into standard and more in-depth features of Microsoft Office 2013. Participants are shown a practical way of learning with a hands-on and customizable approach. Classes will continue to be offered on a quarterly schedule, so watch for scheduling announcements for Excel, Basic and Advanced Word, and Basic and Advanced Outlook courses. The fourth floor IT training room is state-of-the-art and donuts are generally available!

Pierce College Entrance Closure

Due to road improvements on 39th St SE at the Pierce College entrance, a temporary closure of up to three days has been set for Monday, August 4th to Wednesday, August 6th. During this period the primary access to and from the college will be via the 7th Street SE entrance next to Bradley Lake Park. During the three-day closure, Pierce Transit will route its buses east on 39th to Sunset Elementary School where the buses will use the school driveway as a turn around. A temporary bus stop will be established on 39th just east of the entrance. The contractor will be submitting a traffic control and detour signing plan to the City. The college will be notifying staff and students this week regarding the temporary closure of the 39th entrance. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Emphasis Results

Similar to past years, the Police Department and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue conducted a fireworks emphasis patrol with the goal of educating the public on the laws surrounding the discharge of fireworks. Police Officers were partnered up with Deputy Fire Marshals and responded to fireworks related calls on the recent 4th of July holiday. The emphasis resulted in numerous fireworks related contacts.

The Police Department began receiving fireworks related calls on June 11th. From June 11th through July 9th, the Police Department responded to 76 calls related to fireworks, with 28 calls received on July 4th. The 28 calls for service on the 4th represent a significant reduction in fireworks related calls from 2013. In 2013 PPD responded to 46 fireworks related calls for service on July 4th and 65 total between the 3rd and the 4th. In comparison, this year the PPD responded to 35 calls on the 3rd and 4th. Information on fireworks regulations in the City was also posted on the City’s website and social media accounts. Thanks again to Central Pierce Fire and Rescue for the collaboration with public fireworks education!

Puyallup Connector – New Summer Route

Along with several regular stops in South Hill and Downtown, the new Puyallup Connector bus route has special summer hours to provide transportation to the Saturday Farmers Market and Concerts in Pioneer Park. Check the Pierce Transit website for detailed route information. The next time service changes can be made is February 16th. Pierce Transit welcomes Council feedback on the bus routes and stops for this one-year demonstration project.

The Puyallup Connector was recently featured on PCTV’s Rainier Country. You can find the video on youtube to learn more about this convenient transit route: http://youtu.be/qmO7Rh3XRxo?list=UUGvPR0hQZnSAeetnsdjkUMQ

Outdoor Cinema Series

The Outdoor Cinema Series started on July 11th with the movie “Man of Steel” sponsored by the Puyallup Foursquare Church. Approximately 350 people attended the movie, with popcorn provided by Foursquare Church. The movie series continues with a showing of “The Sandlot” on July 25th, “Despicable Me 2” on August 8th, and “Planes” on August 22nd. Movies are held at Bradley Lake Park, concessions are available for purchase, and the shows start at dusk.

Concerts in the Park

The Summer Concerts in the Park series started off with a bang! The series opened on July 10th in Pioneer Park with two Puyallup bands: “The Moss Brothers” and “Sweet Kiss Momma” performing to a crowd of approximately 2,000 people. Then the Noon Tunes Tuesday concert featured “Tweenland” singing Disney favorites to the delight of approximately 400 kids and adults on July 15th. On July 17th, singing comedian and impressionist “Larry Jones” and crowd favorite “The Coats” thrilled the approximately 2,500 fans in attendance.

Concerts at Bradley Lake Park get underway on Wednesday, July 30th featuring “The Reptile Man: at noon, followed by “Twisted Dixie” (young country) at 6:30 pm. 

Melanie Harding Selected for “40 Under Forty” Recognition

Management Analyst Melanie Harding will be one of 40 South Sound individuals who will comprise the Business Examiner’s 2014 Class of 40 Under Forty. This annual recognition event highlights up-and-coming business and community leaders who are accomplishing remarkable things in their vocation and career field.

This year the distinguished “40 under Forty” group contains bankers, attorneys, leaders of non-profits, entrepreneurs, sole proprietor operators, and others who hold positions of responsibility in local government or own, lead or contribute to private sector companies from South King County through Pierce and into Thurston counties.

The 2014 Class of 40 Under Forty will be individually spotlighted on the Daily Biz Briefs emails over the coming weeks leading to the August 19th recognition event at Pacific Lutheran University. Congratulations, Melanie!

Development Services Update

A number of local businesses have permit-related activity occurring on their premises this summer, including:

· A major remodel occurring at Toyota of Puyallup (River Road-15th Street NW) is nearing completion. Work on the main dealership building includes a major façade redesign, structural expansion, and various internal/external upgrades and is scheduled to be complete by the end of July. The remodel of the dealership’s service area is still in progress.

· Northwest Motorsports recently had a well-publicized grand opening of their new sales facility on Valley Avenue (adjacent to Miles Resource headquarters), which supplements the company’s other sales facility on River Road.

· For over a year, Life Care Center has been constructing a large rehabilitation center on 7th Street SE just south of 23rd Avenue SE. The site work is now entering its final stages, with site occupancy expected within the next two months.

· Brown Bear Car Wash is commencing construction of a new car wash facility at 4412 South Meridian (across from Meridian Plaza shopping center).

· Vision Quest Fitness Center has been a tenant for many years in the Meridian Plaza shopping center. Several months ago, Vision Quest was purchased by the large LA Fitness chain. LA Fitness is now seeking sign permits to switch the Puyallup facility over to LA Fitness.

· Also in the Meridian Plaza center, Starbucks (near Sports Authority) recently completed work on an interior remodel. Another Starbucks store at the SE corner of 37th Avenue SE/S Meridian has also started a major remodel, with its products temporarily being dispensed from an exterior dispensing system.

· Tenant improvement work is moving forward for the new Ulta Cosmetic retail store in the South Hill Mall. Ulta will occupy the tenant space previously containing Big-5 Sporting Goods store, near Target.

7th Ave SW & Citywide Safety Improvements

The 7th Ave SW & City Safety Improvements Project includes a new traffic signal at 7th Ave SW/5th St SW and LED street lighting along 7th Ave SW between 7th St SW and S. Meridian. The project also includes vehicular/pedestrian safety improvements citywide. Construction began June 23rd and is expected to take five months to complete.

Construction Site Locations:

-  7th Ave SW; west of 18th St SW
-  Fruitland Ave E & 7th Ave SW
-  S. Meridian & 4th Ave SE
-  3rd St SE & 4th Ave SE
-  S. Meridian & 14th Ave SE
-  W. Pioneer & 2nd St SW
-  W. Pioneer & 7th St SW
-  E. Pioneer & 13th St SE
-  E. Pioneer & 15th St SE
-  1800 block E. Main; near 23rd St SE
-  31st Ave SE & 5th St SE
-  Fruitland Ave E between
-  84th St E & 91st St Ct E
-  Fruitland Ave E & 84th ST E
-  7th Ave SW; 7th St SW to S. Meridian
-  7th Ave SW & 5th St SW
-  S. Meridian & 7th Ave SE
-  S. Meridian & 15th Ave SE
-  SR 167 & SR 161 (N. Meridian & River Road)
-  E. Main Ave & 15th St SE   

PPD Recognized for Regulation Compliance

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) under the Washington Traffic Safety Commission Research and Data Division (RADD) recognized the Puyallup Police Department for their reporting of fatal collision reporting in the first and second quarters of 2014. Per RCW 46.52.030 agencies are required to report all fatal collisions within four days. PPD was among nine other agencies recognized for complying with this regulation. The Major Collision Response Team, led by Sergeant Bob Thompson, is responsible for investigating all fatal collisions within the City limits.

Pioneer Park Gets A New Playground!

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new playground equipment in Pioneer Park was held on July 23rd, with the sun coming out just in time for the ceremony! 

The new equipment is part of the Pioneer Park Upgrade project which also includes the demolition of the wading pool and construction of a new Spray Park (scheduled for spring of 2015). The new playground replaces the existing playground structure which was installed in 1992. Two separate play structures were installed that are suitable for children 2-5 and 5-12 years of age. The new play equipment will be featured in the Pierce County News episode airing during the first week of August.

Active Shooter Training

The Puyallup Police Department partnered with the Puyallup School District to host two days of active shooter training at Puyallup High School. Captain Scott Engle, Sergeant Kevin Gill, and Administrative Secretary/Training Coordinator Kari Lucey coordinated this training that included the use of 105 volunteers over a two-day period. Approximately 70 officers from PPD and surrounding agencies completed the training along with several school district employees. The realistic training used a smoke machine, simunition (marking cartridges fired from a training weapon), fire alarms, and crowd noise (pumped through the high school’s intercom system) to make the training a stressful, realistic event. Members of the Metro SWAT Team were the lead instructors for the training. The bulk of the training was funded via the FY 2013 Edward Byrne Justice Assistance grant.

Using Your Smart Phone, Tablet, and IPhone

Volunteers from the YMCA Youth Investment Center provided an “electronic device” class at the Puyallup Activity Center on July 7th. The class was very informative for our seniors and they really appreciated the tutorial they received on how to manage their new tablets, iPhones, and/or smart phones. The course is an exciting collaboration between the Activity Center and the Youth Investment Center. The next session is scheduled for August 4th for participants who were unable to attend the earlier class.

Puyallup Neighborhoods Take to the Streets

This year’s “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO) event will take place on Tuesday, August 5th. The Puyallup Police Department and members of our City Council will be participating in this wonderful, annual event. NNO is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event will run from 5:00-9:00 pm, and many local neighborhoods have already signed up to participate!

Crystal Mountain’s Summit House and Wapiti Woolies Excursion

On July 16th the Activity Center provided a trip to Crystal Mountain’s Summit House and Wapiti Woolies for our seniors. The Summit House, accessed by gondola, is Washington State’s highest restaurant and is perched at the top of Crystal Mountain at 6,872 feet. Highlights of the trip included a lunch that was prepared by the Summit House’s Executive Chef; outstanding views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range; and Wapiti Woolies, which is a unique gift shop in Greenwater and is famous for its custom winter hats. The trip was a great experience that created memories the seniors will cherish for a long time.

The Season for Splashing at Pioneer Park

The Pioneer Park Wading Pool opened on Monday, July 7th. Wading pool monitors estimate that well over 1,000 happy kids and adults enjoyed the pool in the first two weeks of operations. The wading pool hours are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12:00 – 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 1:30 – 7:00 pm Sunday: Closed


Mark Your Calendars

· August 5 – National Night Out

· 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

· September 5-21 – Washington State Fair

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

· September 23 - Council Study Session, 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

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