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Oct. 4, 2013 at 1:34pm City Manager's Update October 4, 2013

Run From The Cops

The Puyallup Police Department held their first annual “Run From the Cops” 5K fun run event on September 28th, in partnership with Pierce College, Special Olympics of Washington, Washington’s Most Wanted, and South Sound Running.

In spite of the inclement weather, approximately 100 runners braved the elements to “Run From The Cops”. This unique event started at 10:00 pm and encouraged the participants to wear costumes. Those who did not complete the course in 30 minutes were “arrested” and had to raise “bail” in the form of a donation to Special Olympics. Runners who thought they could “Beat the Chief” in the race, had the opportunity to donate an additional $10 to enter for a chance to win an extra prize. The first three runners who beat the Chief’s time were offered a pair of running shoes from South Sound Running. Altogether, the event raised approximately $7,300 for Special Olympics of Washington. All involved are looking to make this an annual event, although organizers are planning for June next year to avoid the inclement weather!



Final Railroad Crossing Closure

Scheduled for October 23rd – October 30th, 5th St NW will be the last of the six crossing rehabilitation projects to be completed in the City. This project is complex because it will necessitate several hours when no train traffic will be permitted through Puyallup. This has been complicated by a sudden, unexpected increase in train traffic volume of 60-80%. BNSF has given the green light for a very limited time window this month and 5th St NW will be closed to all traffic during the project. Please watch the City’s webpage for detours and additional information.

Puyallup PD officer elected to WSLEFIA board

Officer Jeff Bennett was recently elected to serve on the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (WSLEFIA) board. WSLEFIA is an approximately 100 member organization of Washington State law enforcement officers who serve as their department's firearms instructors. The organization focuses on improving firearms training for law enforcement. Officer Bennett is one of two west-side representatives who were voted onto the board in July. Officer Bennett’s term is for one year.

Chlorine Leak Training Exercise

The Public Works Water Division held a chlorine leak training exercise with Central Pierce Fire Department at the Maplewood chlorine station. After three days of training, the Water Division will be able to work with Fire personnel to better coordinate their response and assess a problem which will facilitate repair to get the system back on-line. This annual training reinforces a clear understanding of each organization’s role for emergency response. Similar training is scheduled with East Pierce Fire at the Salmon Springs station.

Innovative Investigation Nabs Prolific Thieves

In August, Detectives from the Puyallup Police Department's Special Investigations Unit received information of a possible commercial and residential burglary ring. The persons involved used a specific vehicle for their crimes. Detectives began monitoring the activities of the vehicle through live surveillance and electronic means (obtaining a warrant for a GPS tracking device). In this way, the detectives were able to identify several key suspects and the locations where they were storing the stolen property.

On September 18th, two main suspects were arrested in the case and Detectives began serving search warrants on the stash houses. Four pick-up truckloads of stolen property were recovered, including stainless steel appliances.

The burglaries occurred in Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Tacoma, Edgewood, and rural Pierce County. Detectives have identified several more suspects and will be referring charging to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. Detectives also identified a stolen property fencing operation that is located in the City of Puyallup and will be conducting a further investigation on that operation.

Development Services Update

Within the past week, City staff held pre-applications meetings on potential development projects with the following applicants:

- Chick-Fil-A, a national fast-food chain now entering the Pacific NW market, met with staff to review tentative plans for a new restaurant on the SW corner of 39th Avenue SW and South Meridian. Plans include demolition of the small retail building currently on that site and construction of a new 4,200 square foot restaurant, with accessory parking and site improvements.

- City development review staff met with the owner of a residential property located in the 1800 block of Shaw Road. The intent of the meeting was to identify a course of action to remediate recent construction-related grading on the site.

Construction is continuing at the Benaroya Business & Technology Center on 39th Avenue SE for Western Institutional Review Board’s (WIRB) new tenant space. WIRB, a medical testing verification firm, has plans to move more than 200 employees to the site by the end of the calendar year, which has necessitated an accelerated construction schedule. Initial tenant improvement permits were issued in August for the Benaroya space and construction work is now proceeding at a brisk pace, with frequent visits from City building and fire prevention inspectors. This project appears to be on track for the anticipated occupancy schedules.

City Planner Katie Baker recently presented at the State American Planning Association (APA) annual conference in Bellevue, relating to the City’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan update. Katie was part of a panel presentation at this well-attended conference, which draws hundreds of public and private planners and related disciplines from around the State. Her presentation on the City’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan update was under the theme of “Planning for Healthy Communities.”

Parks and Recreation Upcoming Events

The 10th Annual Haunted Hustle 5K & 10K Halloween Run will be held on Sunday, October 6th at 9:00 am, at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. Runners are welcome to run in costume!

The NFL Gatorade – Punt, Pass & Kick competition will be held on October 5th, 3:00 pm, at Clarks Creek Park North. This competition is held nationally for boys and girls ages 6 to 15 for the purpose of competing against their peers in punting, passing, and place kicking. Local winners will advance to Sectional competitions that will be held in late October. Participants will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass, and Kick National Championship.

The Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board will meet on October 7th at 5:00 pm, in the Council Chambers, to share their vision regarding the Pioneer Park Spray Park and Playground replacement project. There will also be opportunity for public input at this meeting.

Youth Basketball registration begins on October 7th. Recreational leagues are available for boys and girls in grades K-12. In addition, a competitive Basketball program is offered for youth teams in grades 5-9.

A new open gym program is being offered for Junior and Senior high school students on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at the Memorial Center Gym. Area youth are encouraged to come in for some extra gym time or to play some pick-up basketball. Drop in cost is $2.00 per person, 2:30-4:45 pm.

Tacoma PD Bike Team Trains with PPD Bike Team at the Fair

The Puyallup Police Department Bicycle Unit hosted a two-hour training ride with the Tacoma Police Department Bicycle team at the Washington State Fair. TPD had nineteen bicycle officers who trained with the PPD. The purpose was to train on slow speed maneuvers in and around the fair to practice riding around large crowds of people and amid heavy traffic. Along with the fair, the high attendance Rogers vs. Emerald Ridge football game provided another excellent training venue for large crowd/slow speed riding.

We had a very positive response from our citizens and fairgoers who saw the twenty-five plus bicycle officers touring Puyallup. The team also made two arrests and assisted in a missing person recovery inside the fairgrounds. The Puyallup Police Department plans to continue offering this training to TPD in the future and TPD has reciprocated by inviting PPD to their training.

Harrison Hot Springs

The Puyallup Activity Center and the Yakima Harman Senior Center offered a combined trip to Harrison Hot Springs during the week of September 23rd. Highlights of the four-day trip included high tea upon arrival, three nights of comfortable lodging at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, daily breakfast and dinner, a tour of the beautiful Minter Gardens, and of course soaking in the world famous hot springs. In all, the excursion was a fun and relaxing experience and was also a great opportunity for our seniors to meet new people and make new friends along the way!

Metro Animal Services Announces Online Pet Licensing

Online pet licensing is now available to all members of Metro Animal Services. Customers can renew or purchase pet licenses on the website at www.metroanimalservices.org. This is a great enhancement for Metro Animal Services that has taken over a year to implement. Puyallup residents now have a quick and easy option to obtain licenses for their pets!

Puyallup Street Lights

The Street Division has now completed a night survey of City street lights. It is anticipated that all lights will be repaired prior to Halloween. With the increase in dark hours, a call to Public Works is appreciated if citizens notice a street light in their area that needs attention.

Elodea Management 2013

The Clarks Creek Sediment Removal Demonstration project took another step forward this week by gaining final Shoreline Permit acceptance from the Department of Ecology. With this approval, Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Applications were able to be completed and sent off to various agencies for permit approvals, including the US Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Once any conditions of approval are received from these permits, the City will begin assembling the bid package. The current anticipated schedule for bidding the project is January 2014, with the actual project occurring between June 15th and August 1st, during the next fish window for work in the water.

“Living with Neuropathy Pain?” Seminar

On September 30th the Activity Center provided an educational seminar titled “Living with Neuropath Pain?” Dr. Sharon-Rose Fitch presented a very informative seminar on this degenerative nerve disease. Dr. Fitch’s program included a detailed explanation of neuropathy and the common causes. She also provided strategies to reverse and eliminate the numbness, tingling, and pain that are associated with the disease.

15th St SW Stormwater Quality Project

The 15th St SW Stormwater Quality Project received several key approvals from City Council last Tuesday. The City has now accepted a $2.184 grant from the Department of Ecology. This grant was received largely through the efforts of our legislative contingent of Senator Bruce Dammeier, Representative Hans Zeiger, and Representative Dawn Morrell. Parametrix, a Puyallup based engineering design firm, was approved for the remaining design work and bid package on this project. The first installment of Pierce County Flood Control District Opportunity Funds was committed to this project to help defray the remaining costs.

Citizens’ Academy Returns

The Puyallup Police Department’s Citizens’ Academy returned on October 2nd. PPD had not had a Citizens’ Academy since 2009. Twenty citizens attended the first class. Classes will be held weekly for thirteen weeks, with breaks for the Holidays. The academy will cover a variety of topics and will culminate with graduation in January 2014.

The goals of the Citizens’ Academy are to teach our citizens about their Police Department, recruit volunteers, and allow our citizens to interact with the Police Department in a positive environment. The Citizens’ Academy is part of the Police Department’s long-term vision of involving our citizens in their Police Department in an effort to reduce crime.

Mark Your Calendars

· October 1-31 – Pet License Amnesty Month
· October 7 – Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board, Council Chambers, 5:00 pm
· October 8 – Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· October 15 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· 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
· November 12 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· November 26 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

Puyallup Farmer’s Market Hours:

Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm April 13 – October 12

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