Puyallup Library’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
On October 19th, the Puyallup Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary with an informal community open house. This free public event was planned and hosted by the Puyallup Library Foundation. The highlight of the event was a lecture and book signing by author and popular cartoonist Stephan Pastis, best known for his comic strip “Pearls Before Swine.” The lecture was attended by over 275 people and included a lively question and answer session. Several local authors were also on hand to sign books, and representatives from the Puyallup Historical Society and the South Hill Historical Society were available to answer questions about Puyallup history. The Library’s History Room was also opened for the evening. As part of the evening’s festivities, patrons were allowed to climb the clock tower of the Library for a small donation. Thomas Britanyek, the clock chime expert who installed the library’s chimes, was on hand to give tours and answer questions.
Captain Brokaw Celebrates 20 years
Captain Dalan Brokaw recently celebrated his 20-year anniversary with the Puyallup Police Department. Captain Brokaw came to PPD from the Bakersfield, California Police Department. During his career, he has worked as a narcotics detective (both with the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team and PPD), as a defensive tactics instructor, and Meth Lab Team Leader. During his tenure, he served as President of the Puyallup Police Association and the Washington State Narcotics Investigators Association. After being promoted to Sergeant in 2003, he served in patrol and as the POP Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006, and as a Lieutenant, he was in command of the Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2010, he was reclassified as a Captain. He has commanded the Professional Services Division and is currently in command of the Criminal Investigations Division.
Captain Brokaw has received several awards and commendations during his career, including the Chief’s Community Oriented Policing award in 1995, Lifesaving Medal in 1998, Medal of Merit in 2005, and the Chief’s award in 2009. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and the 244th session of the FBI National Academy.
Communications Center Hits Perfection in 911 Answering Times
In September, the Communications Center hit the mark of perfection in one of the two national standards it strives to comply with and exceed each month. During the month of September, the Communications Center answered all 4,599 emergency 911 calls within the first 20 seconds, reaching 100% for the first time since starting to report on these 911 statistics in 2009. One of the national standards is to answer 95% of calls in the first 20 seconds.
The Communications Center also answered 97.72% of 911 calls within the first 10 seconds. This national standard is to answer 90% of these calls within the first 10 seconds. This is particularly impressive as September is typically the busiest month for the center due to the increased number of calls associated with the Washington State Fair. Kudos to the Communications Center staff for continuing to consistently exceed the national standards in 911 answering times!
Police Department Continues to Give Back
The Puyallup Police Department participated in the Red Robin Tip-A-Cop event on October 12th. Several members of the department assisted with waiting/bussing tables to raise money for Special Olympics. The event raised $3,000 for Special Olympics of Washington.
Veteran’s Day Program
Puyallup’s annual Veteran’s Day Program will be held on Monday, November 11th, 1:00 pm at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Mayor Rick Hansen is scheduled to give the opening comments and Tommie Laumb, President of the Sam Bruce Chapter - Tuskegee Airmen, will be the featured speaker. The Veterans Day program is an annual celebration of music and traditional patriotic ceremony that salutes the Armed Forces and our local Veterans. Music will be provided by members of the I Corps Army Band, JBLM Jazz Combo, Puyallup Tapestry Singers, and the Kalles Junior High School choir. This event is sponsored by VFW Post 2224, American Legion Post 67, Fleet Reserve Association 104, and the City of Puyallup.
Development Services Update
City staff is frequently asked about private construction projects around town, so the following is a brief run-down of some current and pending development sites:
- Toyota of Puyallup (River Road – 15th St. NW): Toyota of Puyallup is currently undergoing a renovation to the interior and exterior of their main dealership building. When completed, the building footprint will only be slightly expanded, but the new façade will be consistent with Toyota’s updated corporate standards.
- Harnish Auto Dealerships (River Road – 9th St. NW): The building that formerly housed the Buick-GMC dealership is now undergoing a major remodel to convert to the upcoming new Volkswagen dealership. In the interim, the Harnish Buick-GMC operations are sharing the adjacent Puyallup Chevrolet structure, with pending plans to convert a separate onsite building into the new permanent Buick-GMC dealership. Other site developments, including a new parking deck, are proposed over the coming year.
- Pioneer Crossing (SW corner of Shaw Road- East Pioneer): We have received several questions from members of the public about recent filling activity at this site. This property received City Binding Site Plan approval in late 2012 for a small retail center, known as “Pioneer Crossing.” While no building permits have yet been submitted for structures on the site, City permits have been issued to allow “pre-loading.” Pre-loading is a term used to describe the stockpiling of fill on a future development site. Settling occurs over time to create a suitable base for future building foundations. The City has not been informed of a timeline for development on the site.
- Red Canoe (39th Avenue SW next to Pierce Transit Center): Construction continues at the new Red Canoe Credit Union site that is adjacent to the South Hill Mall. Occupancy for this facility is expected later this year.
- Red Robin (9th Street SW entrance to South Hill Mall): A remodel is imminent for the popular Red Robin restaurant at the South Hill Mall. This work will involve extensive interior changes to the restaurant (e.g. tables, lighting, etc.), but will also include new exterior colors, entrance façade, roof revisions, and other outside features. This remodel, to implement a new corporate design motif, is one of the first in the region for Red Robin.
City permit review staff held a pre-application meeting this week with an applicant interested in a five-lot subdivision at the NW corner of Fruitland Avenue and 84th Street East. This proposal would create five parcels, each containing individual single-family residences, on the existing vacant property.
The City Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on November 12th at 10:00 am for a variance related to a proposed commercial building and associated short plat in the 100 block of 5th Street SE. This approximately 7,200 square foot building has been proposed immediately adjacent to the BNSF railroad on the east side of 5th Street SE, across from the Powerhouse restaurant. The public is welcome to attend and offer testimony at Hearing Examiner hearings, which are held in the Council Chambers on the 5th floor of City Hall.
The week, City Planner Chris Beale served on a panel of city representatives at the Pierce County Regional Trails Conference at Chambers Bay. This mini-conference focused on how local jurisdictions in the area are implementing trails in their communities, and Mr. Beale made a presentation on Puyallup’s trails to the attendees.
Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) Activities Fall 2013
Work progresses on the construction of a new emergency generator room and motor control center beneath the Headwork’s Pumping Station at the WPCP. The new generator installation will ensure the plant’s ability to pump water through the treatment process under all circumstances. The floor of the structure has been constructed above FEMA/FIRM (Federal Emergency Management Agency/Flood Insurance Rate Map) projected flooding elevations.
Demolition of the existing emergency generator, in preparation for the installation of a new generator and switchgear at the North Levee Pumping Station, is currently underway. This pumping station is the only means by which wastewater from North Puyallup is conveyed across the Puyallup River to the treatment plant.
With the approach of wet weather and protracted winter rain storms, an auxiliary portable pump has been installed at the Treatment Plant to augment existing pumps. If needed, this auxiliary pump can pump over five million gallons of water per day.
2014 Leadership Institute
The Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new Leadership Institute Class of 2014 on October 24th at the Puyallup Fairfield Inn and Suites. The Leadership Institute is a nationally accredited eight-month program, which studies a wide variety of community leadership models, uniquely tailoring them to assist participants in recognizing leadership opportunities in their communities. City Clerk Brenda Arline and Building Code Official Ray Cockerham are attending this year’s institute.
On October 16th, State Senator Bruce Dammeier, State Representative Hans Zeiger, Judge Andrea Beall, and Council Member Tom Swanson took a tour of the Puyallup jail. The elected officials have also toured the Pierce County jail in an effort to become familiar with the correctional facilities in their jurisdictions.
Fourth Annual Volunteer Fair
The Puyallup Area Aging in Place Coalition hosted its Fourth Annual Volunteer Fair at the Puyallup Activity Center on October 19th. Several City of Puyallup departments were represented including the Police Department, Public Library, Activity Center, and Recreation Center. In all, 22 community groups and non-profit agencies participated in the fair and approximately 155 visitors attended. The Volunteer Fair provides a great way for Puyallup residents to learn more about the services available in our community and how to potentially donate their time.
Toddler Campus Preschool
Toddler Campus Preschool had their first field trip of the school year to Spooner Farms Pumpkin Patch. The kids and their parents picked out pumpkins, went on a hayride, and enjoyed the other activities available at the farm.
Firefighters from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue also made a trip to the Recreation Center with a fire engine for the kids to explore and equipment to learn about. Fire Prevention Week was October 6-12, and the firefighters were happy to share fire prevention basics with the preschoolers.
Chief Jeter presents at IACP
Chief Jeter recently made a presentation at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Philadelphia. This conference provides thousands of dedicated law enforcement professionals from across the country and around the world with a concentrated forum for learning, collaborating, and experiencing new technology. Chief Jeter’s presentation was on a concept developed in Puyallup that introduces fire fighters/medics into the “warm zone” of active shooter scenes under police escort to extract victims. The concept was first developed in 2006 and is now universally adopted throughout Pierce County by both police and fire. Other jurisdictions throughout the state have also adopted the concept, with interest from across the United States.
Benefits Open House
The annual City Employee Benefits Open House was held on October 24th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Several of the City’s benefit providers were on hand to answer employee questions and give information regarding the various health and benefit plans. Flu shots were also available for employees and their spouses. Approximately 120 participants attended the event.
Holiday Craft Bazaar
The Activity Center’s Annual Holiday Bazaar was held on October 26th. Twenty-five vendors sold homemade items from their festively decorated booths, and our Senior Center volunteers sold raffle tickets. Attendees could also purchase lunch consisting of chili dogs, chips, and soda. The Bazaar is a great kick-off event for the PAC’s upcoming holiday season programs and is always great fun!
Mark Your Calendars
· November 11– Veterans Day Celebration – Pioneer Park Pavilion, 1:00 pm (City Offices are Closed in Observance of Veteran’s Day)
· November 12 – Hearing Examiner Public Hearing, Council Chambers, 10:00 am
· November 12 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 26 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 28 & 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday – City Offices are Closed
· December 7 – Santa Parade, Meridian Street, Downtown Puyallup, 5:00 pm· December 10 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm