Puyallup Designated Tree City USA
In conjunction with the City’s Arbor Day celebration on April 19th, the City of Puyallup was also awarded the official designation as a Tree City USA. Mayor John Knutsen and Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, along with City Councilmembers Julie Door and Heather Shadko, were on hand to receive a Tree City USA plaque from Ben Thompson of the State Department of Natural Resources. Development Services staff, led by Associate Planner Chris Beale, organized this event. After the presentation, community volunteers helped plant new street trees along West Stewart and in other locations in downtown Puyallup. The tree planting was co-sponsored by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), and local PSE employees also volunteered with the planting. Because an Arbor Day commemoration is one of the requirements for a Tree City USA, the City anticipates hosting similar events in future years.
Comprehensive Plan Update – Housing Focus Group Meetings
The City is in the midst of an extensive Comprehensive Plan update which will continue until mid-2015. This state-mandated project involves an update to most sections of our Comprehensive Plan which is intended to guide Puyallup’s future growth. The City’s Planning Commission is holding regular meetings to review iterative sections of the Plan. The housing element of the comprehensive plan is currently being updated as part of the process and the Planning Commission invites all who are interested to participate in the process by attending one of three meetings:
· Tuesday, June 3rd - 12:30 pm @ Korum YMCA, Community Room, 302 43rd Ave SE, Puyallup
· Wednesday, June 4th -2:00 pm @ Puyallup Public Library, South Room, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup
· Thursday, June 5th - 7:00 pm @ Fruitland Elementary School, Gym, 1515 S. Fruitland Ave, Puyallup
Each session will ask community members for input about their current and future housing needs in Puyallup. More information is available on the project website or by contacting City Planner Kendall Wals at (253) 841-5462.
Parks Appreciation Day
On April 26th, more than 40 volunteers showed up to participate in Parks Appreciation Day along the Riverwalk Trail and at the Community Gardens (Brown Property). Volunteers removed invasive weeds near the Puyallup River and planted native trees and shrubs throughout areas of Veteran’s Park. This project helped to implement the Veteran’s Park master landscape plan developed by local student Dan Crawford. The landscape plan was reviewed and approved by the Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board earlier this year.
“Puyallup Connector” Gets Ready to Run from Hill to Valley
Pierce Transit’s Puyallup Community Investment Team (CIT) met this week to finalize the Puyallup Connector graphic standards, vehicle design, and bus stop signage. A preview of the new bus design is below. Pierce Transit is busily moving forward the vehicle design and signage art as the June 8th service launch date draws closer.
Council and Community Members are invited to come out, see the new bus, and attend a ribbon cutting for this new pilot project that will provide service every thirty minutes between South Hill and Downtown. The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 10:00 am at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 7th.
City Makes the Most of PCTV Partnership
As a production partner of Pierce County Television (PCTV), the City of Puyallup gets more than just televised public meetings. PCTV features Puyallup issues on their quarterly show “Rainier Country” and brief video stories on the weekly PCTV News. The most recent release of Rainier Country featured volunteers at work in the City of Puyallup. A new show in development at PCTV will feature stories that are primarily interview based.
After all Council Meetings are accounted for, our PCTV production time includes a limited amount of ‘surplus’ video minutes that can be used for short, informational videos that can be shared with the public. We have used these videos in the past to highlight library services, give instructions on how to clear the storm drains in front of your home, describe how the city combats ice/snow, provide information on Police Department programs, meet our public outreach requirements for our NPDES stormwater permit, and more. After opening it up to suggestions from all departments, the following topics were chosen for this year:
- Public Works: Local Source Control
- Development Services: Inspection Requests – Information for Homeowners and First Time Contractors
- Police Department: Citizens Academy / VIPS
- Parks & Recreation: Parks of Puyallup Showcase of Amenities
- Pioneer Park Pavilion Marketing Video
- Emergency Management: A Showcase of the City’s Emergency Preparedness Capabilities and Facility Tour
Videos are estimated to run 2-4 minutes in length. City staff will work with PCTV over the course of the year to get images and video footage to create cohesive, helpful, and visually appealing content. These videos can be linked to our website, shared via social media, and circulated in other ways to educate the public.
The Spring Eggstravaganza, a fun spring-themed carnival and egg hunt, was held on April 19th at the Puyallup Recreation Center. Over 400 people attended this annual event, which included carnival games, egg hunts, crafts, and snacks. Lasting memories, picture opportunities, and Egg Hunts were offered for kids 3 & under, 4-7 year olds, and 8-12 year olds. A great time was had by all that attended!
7th Ave SW and 5th St SW Signal and Citywide Safety Improvements
This project was recently awarded by Council to KBH Construction. In addition to the traffic signal and street lighting along 7th Ave SW from 5th to Meridian, the project will provide many safety improvements throughout the City - many in response to citizen input. The project should be under construction within the next month.
Development Services Update
In the past two weeks, City Development Review staff has held pre-application meetings with interested parties for the following potential development projects:
· A proposed 33 lot single-family residential project on a large property located in the vicinity of the 1400 block of Fruitland Avenue.
· A proposed three-lot residential short plat located in the 1000 block of 21st Street SE.
Drug Take Back Day – When Gaining Pounds = Great Success!
On April 26th, the Puyallup Police Department participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Drug Take Back Day from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. PPD Detective Ken Hill represented the DEA/PPD during the Take Back, which was hosted in the PD lobby, using the Prescription Drug Take Back Program (P2D2) disposal container. Over 111 pounds of unwanted prescription narcotics were received during the 4 hours. This is 111 pounds that could have gone into landfills, our water supply, or in the hands of our youth. The P2D2 program and the Drug Take Back Days continue to be a great success!
Proactive Approach Leads to Successful Special Event Planning
City Special Event / Street Closure Permit Applications are now being reviewed by a team that includes representatives from all of the City departments that are impacted by special events. This team is called the “Special Events Action Team” or SEAT. SEAT was implemented just one year ago in order to increase consistency, collaboration, and communication among city departments as well as event organizers. A couple examples of the work being done by this staff team are below.
Rainier to Ruston. The initial review of the permit application for the Rainier to Ruston event brought attention to an important factor: Would the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) replacement of the Meridian/Puyallup River Bridge require route changes? Staff was able to alert the race organizers to this change, so that they could reconfigure the route based on information from WSDOT to account for construction impacts. The City Parks Department and the race organizers will also be working cooperatively to adjust details of the race (such as Honey Bucket placement and driving directions for race participants) to help reduce unnecessary conflicts between pedestrians and drivers. Staff review of the modified route is currently underway for this June event.
Color Vibe 5k Run. A Utah-based race company called “Color Vibe” took an interest in Puyallup as a location for one of their very popular races. The races feature “color stations” where participants are doused in a cornstarch based “color” along the route. In addition to helping coordinate a route to minimize traffic impacts and provide for adequate parking and staging areas, staff had to work with the event organizer on a plan to adequately contain and clean up “color” in a way that would comply with stormwater regulations. The Color Vibe is currently developing their stormwater pollution prevention plan and modifying some of their traffic controls for final staff review.
Puyallup River Outfall Project
The City is finalizing plans to install outfall protection (check valves) on all but the 2 largest remaining, unprotected pipe outfalls to the Puyallup River. Staff has scheduled the project to go out for bid prior to the end of May. Once completed, all of the City’s outfalls to the Puyallup River, except the two larger outfalls, will be protected from inflow from the Puyallup River during high water events. The check valves are designed to keep stormwater from backing up into the storm system and flooding City streets. A diagram of a typical in pipe check valve is shown.
Older Americans Month
At the Puyallup City Council meeting on April 22nd, Mayor John Knutsen presented a proclamation to Aging In Place Board President, Charles Emlet, recognizing May as Older Americans Month in the City of Puyallup. Puyallup places value on being an elder-friendly city that has an array of activities, events, and resources for senior citizens. An elder-friendly community is one that provides opportunities for people to ‘age in place’ or to live in their homes as long as desired by making resources available for day-to-day living. In addition to basic needs such as housing, safety, and food, Puyallup strives to promote civic engagement for residents of all ages and to provide resources that maximize well-being and independence for senior citizens.
Apartment Managers’ Meeting
The Puyallup Police Department hosted the Apartment Managers’ Network Meeting on April 29th at the Alderra Apartments, located just outside of the City. There were 11 managers/owners in attendance, representing 12 properties – 6 from within the City limits. Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs was in attendance as well as PPD Officer Eric Lewis from our Problem Oriented Police (POP) unit and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Community Services Officer Emily Isaacson.
The group had many questions for Officer Lewis, mostly about noise complaints, and CSO Isaacson was able to discuss the County’s response to these types of calls. There were also questions about trespassing people from their properties (when it was appropriate and when not) and what to do with shopping carts that are left on their properties. Ms. Isaacs offered to help coordinate Apartment Watch programs for their residents and provide handouts for welcome packets for distribution to current and new residents.
Families in Motion Day
The 12th annual “Families in Motion Day on the Riverwalk Trail” event was held on April 26th, from 9:00 am – Noon, in conjunction with Parks Appreciation Day and Arbor Day. Families came out to enjoy and participate in various activities including a 5K run, Volksmarch, bicycle helmet fitting, and bicycle rodeo. Over 300 participants attended this year’s event, walking, running, biking, and pushing strollers. This is a great event to raise awareness of this great asset in the City of Puyallup and for participants to learn from the volunteer groups and agencies that are involved in the Riverwalk trail.
Deadman's Pond Property Purchase
At the April 22nd Council meeting, the City Council approved a partnership with Forterra, a land conservancy organization, to purchase a 5-acre parcel of land next to an 8-acre property the City had previously purchased near Deadman’s Pond, just north of 23rd Ave SW. As part of the agreement, Forterra will purchase and lease the property to the City, while City staff pursues a grant from Pierce County Conservation Futures Fund. This is the same fund which purchased the 8-acre parcel. The purchase will keep Deadman’s Pond and the surrounding property in a natural, conservation state. In the future, the City may elect to provide some passive uses of the property, such as trails, picnic areas, and interpretive signage.
Preventing Elder Abuse, Scams, and Identity Theft
On April 24th, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist conducted an informative seminar at the Puyallup Activity Center on preventing elder abuse. His presentation included information on identifying elder abuse and how to prevent it from happening. Prosecutor Lindquist’s discussion also included facts on various scams that are currently being perpetuated against our seniors and information on how to prevent becoming an identity theft victim.
Variable Messaging Board
The Public Works Department is proposing installation of a Variable Message Board (VMB) at Grayland Park and has submitted the proposal to the City’s Design Review Board. This proposal would serve as an alternative to installing replacement infrastructure for an overhead banner, and it would convey public event and non-profit information to traffic along Meridian. If approved, the sign could also be programmed to display multiple messages, emergency messages, and specific information that a banner cannot.
Preliminary cost estimates show that the cost of installing replacement banner poles would cost as much or more than a VMB. Also, changing banners creates greater labor costs and expose City personnel to the risks of working overhead in high traffic areas, both of which would be eliminated by a VMB. The Design Review Board will consider the VMB proposal on May 15th.
Mark Your Calendars
· May 6 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 13 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 20 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 26 – Memorial Day - City Offices are Closed
· May 26 – Memorial Day Event, Pioneer Park Pavilion, 1:00 pm
· May 29 – District 1 Neighborhood Meeting, Puyallup United Methodist Church, 6:00 pm
· June 3 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· June 7 – “Puyallup Connector” Ribbon Cutting Event, Puyallup Farmer’s Market, 10:00 am
· June 17 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· June 20-22 – Meeker Days Festival, Downtown Puyallup
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