Stormwater Section Accepts Conservation District Municipal Partnership Award
The Pierce Conservation District has chosen the City of Puyallup as its “2013 Municipal Partner of the Year.” This selection is based on the City’s “dedication to managing polluted water runoff in creative ways by creating green streets and promoting your residential rain garden program”.
The Stormwater Management Section has constructed several porous asphalt installations including 8th Ave NW, 6th Ave NW, and Wilson Drive NW, with five additional sites planned for 2014. In addition, staff continues to expand Puyallup’s Rain Garden Program in many local neighborhoods, encouraging residential homeowners to install rain gardens, permeable pavements, and rain barrels through this cost-share opportunity.
2014 Daffodil Queen Crowned
Marissa Modestowicz, from the Puyallup School District’s Emerald Ridge High School, was crowned 2014 Daffodil Queen on March 14th at Life Center in Tacoma. This year's Royal Court had 25 representatives from local Pierce County high schools. Attending the Coronation from Puyallup, in support of their community and school district, was Mayor John Knutsen and Councilman Steve Vermillion.
The Clan Gordon Pipe Band, the official Queen's Band, played their well-known Scottish theme song to herald in the formal introduction of the 2014 Queen and the Royal Court. Congratulations to the 2014 Daffodil Queen, Marissa Modestowicz!
United Way – Live United!
United Way of Pierce County is committed to making measurable improvements in the lives of people in our community, and the City of Puyallup is on board with this commitment through our annual campaign. This year’s campaign runs from March 12th - April 14th. A great thing about donating to United Way is the ability to specify where your donation goes. Donors can choose to donate directly to any 501C3 agency across the nation!
Watch for e-mails from your United Way Co-coordinators - be the first to answer a United Way trivia question and win a $25 gift card. At the end of the campaign, we will also be drawing one name from all City donors for the chance to win a $75 gift card! Employees can donate online or on a traditional hard copy form.
Crime Control Roundtable
The Puyallup Police Department (PPD) hosted the 1st quarter’s “Crime Control Round Table” in the Council Chambers on Thursday, March 6th. Mayor Knutsen and Chief Jeter were on hand to provide brief “State of the City” and “State of the PPD” presentations for the approximately seventeen business representatives in attendance. PPD plans to continue the quarterly meetings to ensure that we continue to connect with our businesses.
Development Services Update
· During the month of March, a Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) work crew has been doing a variety of projects around the City, particularly relating to tree maintenance. As the result of a State grant to the City, these workers are providing valuable assistance with a variety of tree projects – at no expense to the City. The crew initially undertook the removal of approximately forty trees along West Stewart, which were impacting the overhead power lines. The City is coordinating with Puget Sound Energy to replant that stretch with more appropriate tree species at the City’s Arbor Day event on April 19th. In cooperation with the Puyallup School District, the WCC crew then trimmed numerous trees in and around Kalles Junior High and the adjacent 7th Avenue SE roadway. The crew is currently assisting Public Works staff with right-of-way tree maintenance in various portions of the City, and will also do some work on watershed plantings along Meeker Creek, before concluding their four-week stint in Puyallup. Planner Chris Beale has been working with the State Department of Natural Resources to coordinate the work crew’s activities. This is the second consecutive year a WCC work crew has been in Puyallup and we intend to try to get them back next year as well.
· The City Hearing Examiner will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, April 8th at 11:00 am. These hearings will cover two Shoreline Substantial Development Permits, one for the proposed WSDOT Puyallup River Bridge replacement on North Meridian and one for various improvements to Veteran’s Park near 5th Street NE. All Hearing Examiner hearings, held in the City Council Chambers on the 5th floor of City Hall, are open to the public and interested parties are invited to attend and offer testimony.
· City Development Review staff held a pre-application meeting this week with representatives of the Fairmont Apartments, located in the 300 block of 10th Avenue SE. The applicant is desiring to convert some accessory space on the premises into two additional apartment units, additional parking stalls, and related site improvements.
Pierce County News Story Highlights the Puyallup Activity Center
In a news story that aired the week of March 6th, Pierce County News shows how senior citizens find opportunities for health, hobbies, companionship, and more through programs offered by the Puyallup Activity Center. If you can’t catch the episode on PCTV, you can watch it on Youtube.
PPD Hosts DUI Emphasis Patrol
The Puyallup Police Department partnered with other law enforcement agencies to host the annual St. Patrick’s Day DUI emphasis patrol last weekend. Over 30 officers participated in the emphasis patrol. While the special enforcement emphasis focused on Puyallup, it also included areas of east Pierce County. There were 219 contacts that resulted in the arrest of 24 impaired drivers (12 in the City limits), 69 notices of infraction issued, and 23 criminal citations were issued. PPD’s 2 bicycle officers working the downtown area were responsible for arresting 3 of the impaired drivers. PPD command staff, along with the Liquor Control Board, also participated in the Home Safe Bar Program. The team spoke to the management of local businesses that were identified as the location of origin for drivers convicted of DUI’s in the prior year. Strategies to decrease those numbers were discussed, as well as instances of over service.
39th Ave SW Widening Project Update – 11th to 17th St SW
The next phase of the ongoing widening and improvement project on 39th Avenue SW, will provide an additional eastbound lane from 11th to 14th and a new lane in each direction from 14th to 17th. The project will also include lighting improvements, new 8’ wide sidewalks on both sides of the roadway, and a widened outside travel lane to accommodate bicycles. A new signal will be added at the intersection of 39th Ave SW and 17th St SW.
Improvements on 17th St SW north of 39th Ave SW will include a left turn lane at the intersection and sidewalks meeting the frontage improvements. The intersection at 14th (Costco entrance) will be upgraded to two left turn lanes and one straight/right lane, and the traffic signal will also be modified. The intersection of 11th St SW and the eastern Costco entrance/exit will be modified to prevent left turns out of the Costco access and to allow U-turns from west bound 39th Ave SW on to east bound 39th Ave SW.
This project includes the acquisition of a total of 22 parcels involving 19 different property owners for right-of-way or easement acquisition; all right-of-way acquisition should be completed by mid-April. The current project schedule anticipates completing design and proceeding to construction bid in August 2014. Utility relocations are expected to occur in the first two to three months of the project and construction is anticipated to be complete late in the fall of 2015.
Microsoft IT Academy Arrives at Puyallup Public Library
Microsoft IT Academy is now LIVE at the Puyallup Public Library! The IT Academy offers hundreds of technology courses on three levels: basic digital literacy skills, Microsoft Office Skills, and advanced skills for IT Professionals. You can take the classes on your own computer at home, on your laptop using WiFi, or on an internet computer at the library. Free access to the Microsoft IT Academy is reserved for Washington state residents and library users, and is offered through a partnership between Washington libraries, Microsoft, the Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State and the Washington State Legislature.
Streets Division Prepares for Daffodil Parade
The Public Works Street Division is busy preparing for the 81st annual Daffodil Parade to be held April 5th. Besides the parade, this year’s festivities will include a 5k race before each parade, with Puyallup’s 5k run beginning at 11:15 am. The Puyallup leg of the parade is scheduled to start promptly at 12:45 pm. Staff is also constructing one hundred additional “No Parking” sandwich boards for the event, and working on modifications to the traffic control plan.
Puyallup Public Library is THE place to meet authors in the South Sound
The Puyallup Public Library hosted New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance on February 28th. A standing-room-only crowd of about 145 fans were on hand for her presentation. Ms. Jance was thrilled to be in Puyallup, and actually approached the library about doing an event. She said that she was looking for a place where her readers are, and she found it in Puyallup! She was impressed with how the library managed the logistics of the event, and we expect that this will mean more well-known author visits in the future.
Anniversaries at PPD
Three members of the Puyallup Police Department recently celebrated their 15 year anniversaries with PPD. Detective Don Bourbon, Corrections Sergeant Debbie Gee, and Evidence/Identification Tech Sherie Theuerkauf. Congratulations to these long-time staff!
Terrace Drive Stormwater Replacement
The Terrace Drive Stormwater Replacement project will replace the existing stormwater system on Terrace Drive and redirect storm flows to 25th Street SE. Stormwater currently travels west down a narrow easement between two residential parcels. The easement is too narrow to access for maintenance of the pipe and structures as it travels to 12th Street SE. This project will install approximately 450 LF of 12 inch diameter pipe and 10 catch basins. The existing system will be abandoned in place. The construction phase for this project will be advertised for bids on April 30th.
How Do You Commute?
To comply with state requirements, Employee Transportation Co-Coordinators Kathy McClay (HR) and Melanie Harding (City Manager’s Office) will be surveying all full-time employees that begin work between 6:00–9:00 am about how they get to work. The survey is short, the questions are only about employees commute, AND there is a chance to win prizes provided by Pierce Trips. The survey will be offered online, and a link will be shared on the first day of the survey link via the intranet and email. The survey is conducted every two years in accordance with State law and will run March 24th – 28th.
New Officer at PPD
Lateral police officer Jon Waller started his career with the Puyallup Police Department on March 17th. Officer Waller was with the Lakewood Police Department for approximately 10 years prior to joining the PPD. Officer Waller was awarded the State of Washington’s Medal of Honor in 2013 for an act of valor while working at the Lakewood Police Department. He started his law enforcement career with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department in Florida prior to joining Lakewood PD. Officer Waller is married and has 3 children. Welcome, Officer Waller!
Safeco Field Tour & Lunch at the Pyramid Alehouse
On March 12th the Puyallup Activity Center coordinated a trip to “Safeco Field,” the fabulous home of the Seattle Mariners. The excursion was great fun for our seniors and it included a behind-the-scenes visit into places not normally open to the public; such as the Press Box, Private Suites, (walking on) the Field, Dugouts, and the Visitors’ Clubhouse. To cap off the day, the trip also included lunch at the Pyramid Alehouse Restaurant, which is located directly across the street from Safeco Field.
St. Patrick’s Day Party
On March 17th, the Puyallup Activity Center hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. The event was great fun and a packed house of seniors enjoyed wonderful entertainment provided by “The Mid-Day Melody Men,” a group of gentlemen who sing Barbershop-style. Their repertoire is based on the recognizable songs from the era of “happy music” from years’ past. Additionally, Silver Creek Retirement Community provided a traditional St. Paddy’s Day lunch consisting of corned beef and cabbage, beer bread, and apple strudel. Thanks to our special guests of honor: Mayor John Knutsen, Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, City Council Members Julie Door and Steve Vermillion, and City Manager Bill McDonald for volunteering to help serve!
Bradley Lake Park – Macy’s “Heart Your Park”
Bradley Lake Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.
From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s Puyallup Store can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Bradley Lake Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total in customer donations across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
Bradley Lake Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
Puyallup Police Department K9 Timber, a Labrador Retriever donated to the Puyallup Police Department by Retired Police Chief Lockheed Reader and his family in 2007, retired on March 15th. Timber began service to the Puyallup Police Department as a Narcotics K9 with handler Officer Nathan Cusick in March 2008 after completing extensive training. Officer Cusick and Timber have had over 330 applications as a Narcotics K9 Team in their six years together. Timber is returning to the Reader family to enjoy his retirement. Officer Cusick will remain in his position as police officer with the Puyallup Police Department.
Mark Your Calendars
· March 25 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 5 – Daffodil Parade, Downtown Puyallup, 12:45 pm
· April 8 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 12 – Puyallup Farmer’s Market Opening Day, Pioneer Park and the Pavilion, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
· April 15 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 22 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 6 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm