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May. 17, 2013 at 1:39pm City Manager's Update - May 17, 2013

2nd Street NE/3rd St SE Railroad Crossing Closure

The 2nd St NE/3rd ST SE railroad crossing repair was completed over the weekend of May 11th. This is the second of six railroad crossings scheduled for repair in a partnership between BNSF and the City. BNSF is providing all rail repair, excavation, and safety coverage while the City is contracting for all concrete approach work for the crossings. The remaining projects will be moving to daytime work during the weekdays. Based on the recent bids received for the 5th St NW and 5th St SE crossings, the City will realize a significant savings by moving the projects away from weekend work. The current schedule for the remaining projects is:

· 5th St SE – June 3– 5
· 12th St NW – June 10– 12
· 15th St SE – June 17– 19
· 5th St NW – July 15– July 18

The project schedule is subject to change. Engineering staff will keep the project website information updated regularly.



2013 Memorial Day Observation

The 2013 Memorial Day Observation will be held on Monday, May 27th at 1 pm at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Mayor Rick Hansen will present Puyallup’s wreath and Chief Bryan Jeter will present a wreath on behalf of the Puyallup Police Department. This event is normally very well-attended, with later arrivals accommodated via standing room only. This year’s honored guest is Edward J. Saylor, LtCol, USAF, Retired, B-25 Crewmember and one of the last four surviving “Doolittle Raiders” over Tokyo. Puyallup’s Tapestry Singers will entertain the audience with several stirring musical selections throughout the program. In keeping with tradition, the names of Puyallup’s fallen will be called in remembrance of those in our community who have given the ultimate sacrifice. A rifle salute and Taps will end the program.

DUI enforcement and the Party Intervention Patrol

Sergeant Bob Thompson was the speaker at Puyallup Kiwanis on May 16th, speaking on the regularly scheduled Party Intervention Patrols and the Puyallup Police Department’s participation with the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Taskforce as well as PPD’s efforts with regards to DUI enforcement.

Comic Book Day at the Library

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library and Fantasium Comics, the Puyallup library celebrated Free Comic Book Day 2013 on May 4th. This annual national event is held on the first Saturday of May, with comic book vendors and public libraries giving away free comic books directly from the major publishers. Comic books were handed out to excited patrons, while supplies lasted. Titles included: The Avengers, Superman, The Walking Dead, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventure Time, and Steam Engines of Oz.

And because Free Comic Book Day falls on May 4th, the library also celebrated Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You! To celebrate, astromech builder Cole Horton and his droid R2-M5 were at the library leading a presentation on building astromechs, much like R2-D2. Throughout the day there were other Star Wars-related craft projects for all ages, including Star Wars origami and paper bag puppets.

The week of May 19th is National Public Works Week

Did you know that as you go about your daily routine. . .“Because of Public Works”. . .

. . .you’re able to turn on the faucets to brush your teeth and take your morning shower;

. . . our Parks have water for their irrigation systems to keep the grounds groomed and green;

. . . safe roads are provided for travel to work, school and play. Businesses can have customers drive to their doors;

. . . clean drinking water is available for consumption;

. . . street debris is swept on a regular basis;

. . . school bands can march down the street in parades;

. . . the Fire Department has water and working fire hydrants to fight fires;

. . . traffic signs and signals keep motorists moving and are maintained for public safety;

. . . the Police can rely on help to close roads during an emergency response;

. . . the Fair can have a cattle drive down Meridian;

. . . wastewater can be flushed from your house, treated and then discharged clean to the river;

. . . roads are cleared and utilities are repaired after a major emergency such as an earthquake, flood or storm;

. . . noxious weeds and nuisance vegetation is monitored and controlled;

. . . winter roads are de-iced and plowed.

Thank you Public Works!

WINNER ANNOUNCED: City Employee Tagline Contest!

The City’s Planning Division is starting a full update of the Comprehensive Plan. This document is vital to the City as it sets a vision for the future of Puyallup and determines what the city will be like 20 years from now. A current, adopted Comprehensive Plan also makes the City eligible to apply for grants and other funding opportunities. Planning staff recently asked City employees for an attention-grabbing tagline to help generate community interest in the update process. To sweeten the deal, City Manager Bill McDonald threw in a $25 Starbuck’s gift card to the winner. Nearly fifty suggestions were received; after much deliberation…the bragging rights and Starbuck’s gift card goes to Erin Thim, Recreation Coordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department, for her submission “Engaging Our Future.” Congratulations Erin! The Planning Division sends a huge thank you to all who participated.

Active Shooter Training

Over 100 representatives from local law enforcement and fire and emergency management agencies participated in an active shooter exercise at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center on May 9th. The purpose of this exercise was to develop participant skills and to improve communication between multiple agencies during the response to a violent incident. Participants rotated between five stations: protocols for responding to violence, wound management, basic patrol breaching, explosive ordnance disposal identification and recognition, and school response guidelines.

This exercise was co-sponsored by the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management and Pierce County Fire and Law Cooperative Training Committee. The Department of Homeland Security is funding this exercise.

Pitch, Hit, and Run Contest

The Recreation Department hosted a successful local Pitch, Hit, and Run contest on the 4th of May. The winners advance to the sectional level competition that our department will host on June 1st. The sectional competition consists of participants from all over the South Puget Sound Region. Winners of the Sectional Competitions will have the opportunity to advance to the NW Regional competition, which is held at Safeco Field in conjunction with a Seattle Mariner’s game. Winners from the NW Regional will have the opportunity to compete at the MLB All Star Game. Good luck to our Puyallup winners!

Traffic Unit Presents to Aylen Junior High School students

Officers Dave Obermiller and Mike Melzo gave a 90-minute presentation to Aylen Jr. High advanced math class students regarding collision investigations. They taught fundamentals of basic speed formulas and the students worked out simple “collision” equations. They introduced students to planer collisions and showed how their studies in trigonometry, conservation of linear momentum, and probability analysis can have real world applications. The presentation was warmly received by the students and the teacher was appreciative of the presentation.

Development Services Current Projects Update

Over the past two weeks, the City’s Development Review Team has held pre-application meetings for the following proposed development projects:

· An 82-unit residential project has been proposed for a vacant 10.5 acre property on the south side of 23rd Avenue SE in the vicinity of 3rd Street SE. The proposed plan is for fourplex residences.
· An approximately 123,000 square foot industrial building is proposed for the 200-300 blocks of Todd Road, immediately north of the Fred Meyer Distribution Center.

Several pending development projects will be the topic of public hearings before the City Hearing Examiner over the coming weeks, including:

· Thursday, March 23rd @ 10 AM: a residential variance request on 14th Street SW
· Thursday, March 30th @ 6:30 PM: a residential variance request on 17th Street SW
· Thursday, June 13th @ 6:30 PM: the 368-unit Stewart Crossing Preliminary Plat, the 80-unit Villages at South Hill (Phase II) Preliminary Plat and a Shoreline Conditional Use Permit for the Clark’s Creek dredging demonstration project.

All Hearing Examiner hearings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers. These public hearings involve published notices and mailings to nearby property owners. The public is invited to attend and testify on any public hearing of interest.

Although there are a number of construction projects in the City, one major multi-phase development received its final occupancy permit for the last building in the project in late April. Construction work on the Linden Lane apartment complex, located in the 2400 block of East Main, is now complete. Consisting of 254 units in 15 separate structures, this multi-family project has been under construction since 2010. Dave Qunell, the property developer and long-time local builder, passed along positive comments to City Building Inspector Monty Johnson, stating, “your inspections have made my project a better, safer project…” Mr. Qunell has already submitted a new residential project for initial City permit review, proposed on 9th Avenue SE near the Fairgrounds.

Register Now For Puyallup’s Summer Camp Programs

Registration for the 2013 Summer Day Camp program has started at the Puyallup Recreation Center. Camps are available for kids 3 to 15 years of age. There are plenty of activities scheduled: Sports, arts & crafts, field trips, theme days, concerts, swimming, and more. There are also several sports specific camps for the athletes in the family! Registration forms can be found online or picked up at the Recreation Center.

Northwest Sinfonietta

The final concert of the 2012-2013 series by the Northwest Sinfonietta was held at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on May 12th. The concert season was a great success and each concert played to a full house of music enthusiasts. The 2013-14 Puyallup series will open on Sunday, October 13th at the Pavilion.

Seniors On The Beach Trip - Seaside, Oregon

The Puyallup Activity Center provided an overnight travel adventure for our seniors to Seaside Oregon for the “Seniors on the Beach Trip,” May 7-9. The excursion was sponsored by the Washington State Association of Senior Centers. Over 80 seniors from six different Washington State Senior Centers participated in the fun. The group stayed at the Shilo Inn Resort, where they were treated to a welcome dinner and spectacular ocean-view rooms. The seniors had a choice between several side trips including Camp 18 Logging Museum and Restaurant, Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park, and a full-day trip to Tillamook. The entire event was 3 days packed with adventure, friends, and breathtaking views of the Pacific!

Mark Your Calendars

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

· May 27 – Memorial Day - City Offices are Closed

· May 27 – Memorial Day Remembrance, Pioneer Park Pavilion, 1:00 pm

· May 29 – Preschool Open House, Puyallup Recreation Center, 5:00-6:00 pm

· June 4 – City Gallery Artist Reception for Bonnie Miller, 5th Floor of City Hall, 5:30-6:30 pm

· June 4 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· June 18 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· June 21-23 – Meeker Days Festival, Downtown Puyallup

· June 25 - Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

Puyallup Farmer’s Market Hours:
Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm April 13 – October 12
Wednesdays 3:00pm -7:30pm May 29 – August 28

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