Susan Cooper at the Puyallup Public Library’s Festival of Books
The Puyallup Public Library celebrated its first annual Festival of Books on September 27-28. In partnership with Fantasium Comics and Valley Arts United, the library hosted a mini-comic convention, the Fandom Dance, an art-inspired poetry contest, and a guest lecture by the acclaimed author Susan Cooper—known for her “Dark is Rising” series and most recent book Ghost Hawk. This first annual author lecture series was named in honor of Jim Taylor, a revered English teacher in the Puyallup School District. Other guest speakers and performers included fantasy author Ursula K. LeGuin, storyteller Will Hornyack, and fiddle player Sarah Corner.
Tri-West Announces Move to Puyallup
Tri-West, a Phoenix-based firm which handles medical support for Veterans Administration members, will be leasing approximately 14,000 square feet of office space at the Benaroya South Hill Business & Technology Center site on 39th Avenue SE. Tri-West is operating under tight time constraints, as they intend to begin operations in Puyallup with 50 newly hired, full-time workers as of January 1, 2014. The company intends to increase the work force at the Benaroya site to 100 employees by mid-2014, with further staff increases projected.
On October 10th, Mayor Hansen and other City officials joined with representatives of the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce, the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board, and the Benaroya Corporation, in a ceremony at the site welcoming Tri-West to Puyallup. Expeditious permitting for this new project has been key to meeting these ambitious move-in timelines; building permit applications for tenant improvements were received by the City early last week and are already ready for issuance.
Puyallup’s Website Attracts Visitors
In a recent one month period, the City of Puyallup’s website brought in more than 40,000 unique visitors for a total of more than 60,000 visits. A total of 46% of the visitors were new to the City of Puyallup website, while 54% were return visitors. Approximately 75% of the visitors accessed the website via laptop or desktop computer, while 25% used a mobile phone or tablet. The most popular pages on the city’s website includes pages for the Library, the Jail Roster, Human Resources, the Municipal Court, the Police Department, Utility Billing, and Parks/Recreation (particularly youth sports).Thanks to City staff members who keep pages up-to-date and well-organized, the website is a vital part of our customer service efforts.
American Heart Association Pierce County Heart and Stroke Walk
On October 5th, 27 employees, friends, and family representing the City of Puyallup and Puyallup City Council participated in the Pierce County Heart and Stroke Walk, a 5k walk in support of the American Heart Association. Over the past several months, and through the support of City Manager Bill McDonald as event chair, City employees raised well over $5,000 for this worthy cause. As the event started, several seasoned runners sprinted into action to lead the group of 3,000 walkers around Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.
Task Force on Homelessness Gets its 15 minutes of Fame
Implementation of the recommendations from the City’s Task Force on Homelessness is just barely underway, but that hasn’t stopped the process from getting a lot of press. In addition to the story run by King 5 last week, Pierce County television’s Rainier Country will also highlight the Task Force’s work as one of its quarterly news stories this fall. The episode will feature interviews with Task Force members and will begin playing on Monday, October 28th. You can learn more about Rainier County and see a complete schedule of show times on the PCTV website.
“Boo-allup in Puyallup”
Superheroes, ghosts, pixies, wizards, and witches will be taking to the streets of downtown Puyallup on October 31st for the “Boo-allup in Puyallup” event. As in years past, City Hall employees will pass out candy to little trick-or-treaters from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Thirty downtown businesses will be participating in this annual Puyallup Main Street Association sponsored event. This community event helps spread a little Halloween happiness to tiny tots in a safe and secure environment.
The first annual “Cobweb Carnival” will take place at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on October 31st from 3:00 – 6:30 pm. This event takes place during the trick-or-treating in downtown Puyallup and is the perfect pairing with “Boo-allup in Puyallup!” Carnival games will be available in a family-friendly Halloween setting and tickets are five for $1.00. All activities will be geared for little ones ages ten and under.
Computer Forensics At Work
The Puyallup Police Department recently received a harassment report from a 25-year old male who reported being harassed by a 14-year old female’s father through postings on Facebook. The recording officer recognized inconsistencies in his report and upon further investigation, learned that the family of the 14-year old girl had filed a rape report with Pierce County naming the 25-year old as the suspect. Officers established the acts likely occurred at the suspect's residence in Puyallup.
Detectives subsequently contacted the victim’s family and recovered the victim's cell phones and other electronics. PPD’s computer forensics detective was able to process one phone and an IPod, which revealed 1,400 graphic text messages between the suspect and victim. Photographic evidence was also recovered. A warrant was obtained to search the suspect's residence and he was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested for Child Rape 3, Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, and furnishing marijuana to a minor.
Child Abduction Response Team training
Recently, several employees from the Puyallup Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit attended six hours of Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training at the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The training included an EOC tour and familiarization, WebEOC access and training, WebEOC Tip Line training, and tip management. The CART team responds to child abductions countywide. This no cost training was provided by the Pierce County EOC and the Sheriff's Department.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Outreach Project
The Stormwater Management section is working on an education and outreach project this fall with the 4th and 6th graders at Shaw Road Elementary. Students will be creating artwork to show what they have learned from classroom lessons about stormwater pollution prevention such as:
· Only Rain Down the Drain
· Fish-friendly Car Washing
· Planting Trees
· Fixing Car Oil Leaks
Members of the City Council have been invited to judge the artwork and select 13 winning drawings (out of ~90 entries) to use in the 2014 Stormwater calendar.
Sergeant Terry Young receives certification
On October 7th, Sergeant Terry Young received his First Level Supervisory Certificate from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. As mandated by RCW 43.101.350, all law enforcement personnel who are first level supervisors (Sergeant) and middle-managers (Lieutenant/Captain), must complete the requirements to be certified applicable to their rank. Requirements to become certified as a First Level Supervisor include: successful completion of the 40 hour First Level Supervisory training course within twelve months of being promoted, successful completion of 40 hours of additional elective training related to specific supervisor level categories, and they must have served in the rank of Sergeant for at least one year. Sergeant Terry Young completed not only the required 40 hours of supervisor level training, but had an additional 40 hours for a total of 80 hours in the fields of planning and management, commitment to safety, leadership, and service orientation.
In the past two weeks, City development review staff has held pre-application meetings with property owners for the following two potential projects:
· A proposed 15-lot single-family residential subdivision (“Lewis Estates”) on an 5.0-acre vacant site located in the 2500 block of 21st Street SW in the West Hills vicinity; and
· A proposed two-lot short plat on an approximately 13,000 square foot single-family residential lot (Thompson property) at the SE corner of 9th Street SW and 7th Avenue SW. This lot split would involve the removal of the existing improvements, a residence and accessory structure, in order to create two new infill home sites.
Puyallup Junior Wrestling Program
The Puyallup Junior Wrestling program currently has 70 wrestlers registered and expects to have close to 100 participants before matches begin in November. This growing program serves boys and girls ages 5 – 12 and is supported by a large volunteer base of parents and coaches. Wrestlers compete throughout Pierce County from November through January. For additional information, visit the City’s website.
Pickup Site Looks for New Home
Based on feedback from citizens and the recommendation of the Task Force on Homelessness, Puyallup’s Freezing Nights program has been working to identify a new pickup site in the Puyallup valley that would decrease impact on the downtown core. In addition to reduced impacts, the organization has also been seeking a site that would offer some protection from winter rains. The property that was identified is a WSDOT-owned, city-leased space with protection under the Highway 512 overpass that also serves as an access point for the Riverwalk Trail. Pending approval from WSDOT, the pickup site will be used on a trial basis when the Freezing Nights program begins, in order to monitor impacts on health, safety, welfare, and trailhead use.
10th Annual Haunted Hustle Fun Run
The 10th Annual Haunted Hustle 5k/10k Fun run was held on October 6th with 210 enthusiastic participants. The Men’s 5k was won by Lance Docken who finished in 17:54 and the Women’s 5k saw Paige Dougherty win with a time of 19:13. In the 10k, Jessica Butcherite won the Female Division with a time of 40:28 and Greg Boyd won the Men’s Division in 41:45. The Puyallup Recreation Department would like to thank the event’s main sponsor, South Sound Running, for donating prizes for the race winners and also four pairs of shoes as raffle prizes. A special thanks to the Puyallup Medical Explorers and the Puyallup Police Department for their roles in making this event a continuing success.
Command staff visits the Central Washington Fair
Chief Jeter, Deputy Chief McDonald, Captain Engle, and Washington State Fair CEO Kent Hojem visited the Central Washington Fair in Yakima on September 26th. The Puyallup contingent observed the fair’s operation and discussed security with their counterparts. PPD will be looking at other fair operations throughout the year to assist in providing top notch security for the Washington State Fair.
12th Annual Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival
The Puyallup Activity Center coordinated a trip to the 12th Annual Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival on October 12th. This annual event celebrates Port Angeles and its diverse offerings of seafood, maritime history, and cultural traditions. A few activities our seniors enjoyed while at the festival included the Grab-a-Crab derby, cooking demonstrations, food vendors, crafts booths, and merchant booths.
Mark Your Calendars
· October 1-31 – Pet License Amnesty Month
· October 22 – Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 23-30 – 5th St NW Railroad Crossing closed for improvements
· October 29 – Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 31 – “Boo-Allup in Puyallup” and “Cobweb Carnival”, Downtown Puyallup and the Pioneer Park Pavilion, 3:00-6:30 pm
· November 11– Veterans Day Celebration – Pioneer Park Pavilion, 1:00 pm (City Offices are Closed in Observance of Veteran’s Day)
· November 12 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 26 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 22 & 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – City Offices are Closed