2013 Memorial Day Observation
The 2013 Memorial Day Observation was held on May 27th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion with over 600 people in attendance. This year’s honored guest was Edward J. Saylor, Lt Col, USAF, Retired, B-25 Crewmember and one of the last four surviving “Doolittle Raiders” over Tokyo. Saylor and crew members were awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross for their extraordinary heroism. The Clan Gordon Pipe Band and Tapestry Singers provided the entertainment for this annual event.
Comprehensive Plan Update – “Engaging Our Future”
Did you know that the City of Puyallup will be 125 years old in 2015? The City is beginning a two-year Comprehensive Plan update process. As required by State law, this update will cover all aspects of our City Comprehensive Plan, which is intended to guide future growth over the next 20 years. Community input is an important part of this update and we are kicking-off the effort with a Planning Commission-hosted Open House on:
Wednesday, June 12th
Puyallup Library North & South Conference rooms
5:30 – 7:30 pm
To maximize participation, this Open House is being publicized in many ways, including a community-wide postcard mailer, social media outreach, and notices to local businesses and organizations. Residents are also encouraged to complete a “Community Visions & Values” survey. The results of this survey will be used to re-frame the Comprehensive Plan vision statement and help us craft other plan elements.
PPD Power Impact Award
Officer Micah Wilson was awarded the Puyallup Police Department’s 1st quarter 2013 Power Impact Award. This award is voted on by the sergeants and given to the officer who best exemplifies the department’s values of SERVICE (Service, Ethics, Respect, Values, Integrity, Compassion & Excellence). Officer Wilson was recognized for his proactive work in patrol along with his efforts to address problems involving the homeless in the downtown corridor.
Development Project Updates
Summer brings an increase in development projects around town. A few of these are highlighted below:
· Red Canoe Credit Union is beginning construction of a new branch on the north side of 39th Avenue SW, between the South Hill Mall Transit Center and the Padelford Chiropractic Clinic. Construction on this site is expected to commence in early June.
· The Fair is currently re-constructing its Gold Gate at the corner of South Meridian and 9th Avenue SW. This project will result in a new recessed entry with much greater visibility of the fountain and main square area of the fairgrounds. The Gold Gate remodel is part of a number of changes planned as part of the Fair’s re-branding to the “Washington State Fair.” City staff is now working with Fair representatives on pending changes to the Fair’s signage, murals, and other streetscape features.
· Major work continues at the Life Care Center construction site on 7th Street SE, just south of 23rd Avenue SE. This approximately 100,000 square-foot skilled nursing and physical rehabilitation center is “going vertical” with major structural framing and other site improvements occurring.
SR 167/Meridian Bridge Update
Replacement of the northbound Meridian Street steel truss bridge, across the Puyallup River, continues to move forward. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will select the top three design build teams and send out a request for proposals on June 12th; the teams will then have twelve weeks to prepare and submit their proposals. WSDOT will announce the team selection on September 27th. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2014, with completion of the structure in the fall of 2015. City staff and WSDOT have been working together on traffic control plans, detour routes, and the relocation of our water and sewer utilities; which will be moved from the current concrete bridge to the new structure.
Since this corridor is a major “gateway” to the city, staff and WSDOT are working to create an enhanced entrance into the city by proposing a landscape plan for the south side of the bridge and replacing the current luminaries with ones that are similar to our downtown lighting.
New faces at PPD
The Puyallup Police Department welcomed lateral police officer, Dan Drasher, this week. Officer Drasher worked for the Orting Police Department for the past ten years. He most recently served as the School Resource Officer (SRO) and worked patrol prior to taking on the SRO role. Officer Drasher is a graduate of Rogers High School and is very happy to be working for the City.
The second new face is Lisa Isaacs, who was hired as the department’s Crime Prevention Coordinator. Ms. Isaacs worked in that position with the PPD until 2006 when she left to work for the Tacoma Police Department as their Crime Prevention Coordinator. Ms. Isaacs’ position has been funded by utilizing high crime money received from the state and will be a temporary, part-time employee working 20 hours a week through 2013. Ms. Isaacs will be a consistent contact for our community and will work in conjunction with patrol, the POP unit, and our crime analyst to positively impact crime.
Online Registration is Coming to Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Recreation Department has begun the process of switching to a new digital program brochure and new design for a printed brochure. The digital brochure and new printed brochure should be available to the public by mid-August. Staff is also in the process of selecting a company to provide online registration for the fall brochure. Online registration will be a much more convenient and secure way for the public to sign up for classes, programs, and park reservations.
A New Look for a Lasting Tradition: Cooperative Efforts toward Fair Rebranding
You may have noticed some new sights as you drove around town this week. The Public Works Streets Division began changing out the Fair guide signs, with the goal to have all of the new signage in place by June 1st. These signs include a new logo to rebrand the “Puyallup Fair” as the “Washington State Fair.” The project was a cooperative effort: The Fair purchased all of the new signs, and the city is performing the installation. As you know, the city replaces signs periodically to maintain reflectivity, so we received the benefit of receiving new, fully-reflective signage for our part in this partnership. Several of the surplus “Puyallup Fair” street signs are slated to be auctioned at an upcoming fair auction to raise money for scholarships. The surplus signs were also originally purchased by the Fair.
Meditation For Seniors
Meditation for Seniors is a new program at the Activity Center. The class is facilitated by Transformational Coach Carmen McIntyre on Tuesdays from 3:00- 4:00 pm. The program teaches seniors how to relax and quiet their minds. Ms. McIntyre states that a few of the many possible benefits include: A boost to the immune system, reduction in stress and anxiety, helping with depression and feelings of loneliness, improvement in cardiovascular health, and overall increased happiness, vitality and well-being.
PPD Training Compliance
The Puyallup Police Department was recently recognized by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for complying with WAC 139-05-300, which requires that all commissioned peace officers receive at least 24 hours of annual training. This is no easy task given that training opportunities have dwindled and/or increased in cost. Administrative Secretary Kari Lucey is responsible for organizing and scheduling the training as well as ensuring our compliance with this WAC. Great job Kari!!
Mayor’s Challenge - Rainier to Ruston 50 Mile Relay
The City of Puyallup will have a relay team competing in the Mayor’s Challenge for the Rainier to Ruston 50 mile run on Saturday, June 1st. Mayor Hansen recruited Deputy City Attorney Steve Kirkelie, Development Services Director Tom Utterback, Court Clerk Jonathan Lamb, Police Officer Mike Melzo, Deputy Chief Dave McDonald, and Chief Bryan Jeter to represent Puyallup in this event.
City Planners Achieve AICP Credentials
Recently, City planners Katie Baker and Chris Beale both received their American Institute of Certified Planner’s (AICP) credential. AICP is the primary credential for professional planners and requires extensive study to pass a rigorous test. Both Katie and Chris passed the test on their first attempt. Congratulations Katie and Chris!
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – 1 Mile Walk/5k Fun Run
You can make a difference! Come walk or run against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in our community. “Step Up” and show your support for local agencies working to heal, educate, and prevent violence against women and children. The event is being held in conjunction with the Meeker Days Festival on:
Saturday, June 22
9 AM – 5k Fun Run ($30 pre-registration)
10 AM – 1 Mile Walk ($45 pre-registration)
Pioneer Park, Downtown Puyallup, 330 S Meridian
Parks and Recreation League Registrations
Youth - Summer Select Basketball registration started on Monday, May 13th. This is a competitive basketball league for boys and girls in 5th-8th grade.
Adult - Registration has opened for the fall season of adult softball. Games will start at the end of July and go through September. Adult Volleyball recently finished up another successful spring season. Registration for the fall league will start July 29 for resident teams, August 5 for resident and returning teams, and August 12 registration opens to everyone.
Park Trail Improvements Get Great Citizen Feedback
The work of the City’s Streets Division can often be weather dependent. When unseasonal rains fall like they did last week, crews turn to tasks that don’t rely on dry weather or specific temperatures. The week of May 20th, Streets crews shifted gears to focus on a couple of gravel projects when rain put the brakes on asphalt work.
The first project was the park service road that doubles as a pedestrian trail in Clarks Creek Park. Improvements were made to the service road south of the tennis courts, making the area more accessible for pedestrians by compacting smaller gravel over the existing surface. The second project tackled by Streets was a porous shoulder project in the northwest part of town along 18th St NW.
Whenever possible these trails are maintained with material that comes from the sites of other street projects. Instead of paying to haul away what would be waste material from alley maintenance, they repurpose it to keep limited-use roads and pathways in good condition. Crews will get back to summer asphalt work as soon as weather allows.
Seafair Pirates at the Puyallup Public Library
The Seafair Pirates will invade the Puyallup Public Library on Friday, June 21st. Starting at 3 pm, they will fly their flag, declare anarchy, read to young'uns, play a game of stump the pirate, and create pirate makeovers. Guard your treasure and expect lots of general mayhem and chaos as the Seafair Pirates take over the library building. Bring the whole family and remember your camera for a photo op. This FREE special library event is part of the “Dig Into Reading!” summer reading program for children. For more information call 253-841-5454 or visit our website at www.puyalluplibrary.org.
2nd Street NE/3rd St SE Railroad Crossing Closure
Construction work for the railroad crossings rehabilitation project will continue next week with the 5th St SE crossing. The road will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, June 3rd at 8:00 am; construction activities will be conducted during the day. A traffic control plan has been distributed to local businesses, schools, transit organizations, and to city staff. Concrete work will be completed by 3:00 pm Wednesday the 5th of June and the road will be re-opened for traffic by 7:00 am Thursday morning. The schedule for future crossings is as follows:
· 12th St NW – June 10th – 13th
· 15th St SE – June 17th – 20th
· 5th St NW – July 15th – 19th
The project schedule is subject to change. Engineering staff will keep the project website information updated regularly.
City Gallery Artist Reception
City Gallery opens for one night each quarter for a 'meet the artist' event. This quarter, view the colorful work of local artist Bonnie Miller:
Tuesday, June 4
Puyallup City Hall - 5th Floor
DeCoursey Park Waterfowl Lowering Strategy
WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and the Friends of DeCoursey Park have scheduled waterfowl “Hazing” at DeCoursey Park. For a 30-day period in May and June, trained dogs will be performing an activity known as “Hazing”. Hazing is a proven strategy used to move nuisance waterfowl out of public spaces. Trained herding dogs follow their trainer’s voice commands to chase or move waterfowl. This strategy is used to convince waterfowl that continuing to reside at a location is undesirable. The dogs are directed to move only the domestic/hybrid duck population (not the wild waterfowl) from park property without harm. The handler will work two herding dogs off-leash in the park and pond. Bright yellow service vests with a flashing light easily identify the herding dogs. The 30-day schedule was developed after reviewing previously collected survey data, ensuring the migratory wild waterfowl are not present at the park during the trial. Hazing will occur randomly between 7:00am-9:00 pm.
Toastmaster’s “Talk of the Town” Achieves President’s Distinguished Status
Puyallup Toastmaster’s Club “Talk of the Town,” has achieved President’s Distinguished status for the year, July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. This honor is, in large part, due to the membership drive efforts of VP Membership Club Officer, Melanie Harding; the important role Cliff Craig served as VP of Education; as well as the hard work of VP of Public Relations, Michelle Ochs. This has been a tremendous team effort! In recognition of “Talk of the Town’s” distinguished status, the club will receive a ribbon for their banner as well as a certificate from Toastmasters International. They will also be recognized by the District 32 Leadership team.
Mark Your Calendars
· 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 12 – Comp Plan Update Open House, Puyallup Public Library, 6:30-7:30 pm
· June 18 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· June 21-23 – Meeker Days Festival, Downtown Puyallup
· June 22 – Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, Pioneer Park, Downtown Puyallup, 9:00 am – 5k Fun Run & 10:00 am – 1 Mile Walk,
· 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