August 2017

Day Camp Eclipse Viewing

On the morning of August 21st, day camp counselors explained what a solar eclipse is, how often it happens, the equipment to be used to view the eclipse, dangers of looking at the sun and answered any questions the campers had about the eclipse. 
Twenty pairs of approved solar eclipse glasses were purchased and campers took turns passing them around. Counselors and CITs assisted the campers with the glasses, making sure no one looked directly at the sun without protection. This was an exciting opportunity to educate and experience an extraordinarily rare solar event with the campers.
Solar Eclipse (002)

Certified Public Records Officer

The City Clerk’s office is happy to report that Deputy City Clerk/Public Records Specialist Aimee Pearson recently earned a Certificate of Professional Achievement with the designation of Certified Public Records Officer through the Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) organization. Aimee has worked hard over the last several years attending numerous records training opportunities to obtain this designation. Please feel free to congratulate Aimee on her accomplishment.

Development Services – Pre-application Meetings

Recently, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects: 

  • Construction of a new 38,000 square foot commercial building, with associated parking and site improvements, on a 3.9-acre vacant property at the NE corner of 39th Avenue SW-17th Street SW.
  • A proposed 30,000 – 40,000 square foot church building planned for a residentially-zoned property, comprising 5.8 acres, in the 3300 block of South Fruitland, adjacent to the SR-512 corridor.
  • A proposed 23-lot detached single-family residential subdivision, proposed to be located on several large parcels comprising 19.9 acres, in the vicinity of the 19th Avenue SE-21st Street SE.
  • A two-lot short plat of an existing industrial parcel located in the 2300 block of Inter Avenue. This subdivision would facilitate the sale of existing facilities.
  • A brewery, including manufacturing, cold storage and a tasting room, which is proposed for an existing commercial building in the 1100 block of 39th Avenue SE, adjacent to the City’s corporate yard facility.
  • Tenant improvements for a new large 30-station hair salon, proposed to be established within an existing vacant 6,000 square foot tenant space in the Meridian Plaza shopping complex, located in the 4300 block of S. Meridian. 

Mystery Madness

The Activity Center’s August Mystery Trip lead trip-goers to Bothell where they enjoyed high tea at the Village Eatery Tea Company and shopping at Country Village. This four-course high tea included homemade soups, breads, scones, cakes, fruit crumbles, chiffon cheesecake pies, cookies and more. Following lunch, everyone had time to enjoy Country Village with their 40 unique shops that create a world of charm and creative play. This quaint shopping center includes garden paths, picnic areas, and multiple ponds, living up to its name of “Country Village”.

Police Department Seeks Justice Assistance Grant

The Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced an opening for local solicitation grant applications. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is the primary source of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, providing critical support for a range of programs and equipment to law enforcement agencies.

The Puyallup Police Department will submit the 2017 JAG application to focus on enhancing the abilities of our Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) and Crime Prevention program. This proactive team approaches community problems with innovative strategies and partnerships, to develop effective response strategies. Crime trends are constantly evolving and the team must train and collaborate with peers to be successful. The funding will allow the new Crime Prevention Coordinator and members of the POP Unit to attend training and enhance our innovative programs to benefit the community. If awarded, Puyallup’s 2017 grant will provide $11,157 and will not require local matching funds.


Puyallup Activity Center volunteer instructor, Phil Bergh, leads a fun-filled karaoke program on the third Thursday of each month from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. His class has become so popular that participants have requested additional dates. Karaoke is now offered the first and third Thursday of each month. This program welcomes beginners, talented singers, and everyone in-between. This activity provides a fun atmosphere, where the camaraderie is uplifting to all who are involved.

WPCP Flood Protection (2014-053)

This is the third and final project to protect the Water Pollution Control Plant from flooding. This phase upgrades the remaining electrical systems around the treatment plant to accommodate a 100-year flood event as well as any miscellaneous items that need vertical adjustments to keep them operable and accessible in the event of a flood. This project is being funded through a reimbursable grant from the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District. Construction is expected to start in September.

Pioneer Park Pavilion

August at the Pioneer Park Pavilion was another busy month! The Pavilion hosted 10 stunning weddings, the Senior Summer Picnic, the Puyallup Employee Picnic, a realtor self-defense training class, and the Rainier Orthopedics annual luncheon. The popular Puyallup Farmer’s Market is also enjoying another successful season in the Pavilion and Pioneer Park every Saturday morning from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

The Pioneer Park and Pavilion was also the site for the annual AUSA (Association of the United States Army) Salute to the Troops celebration. This event is held yearly to show support and appreciation for our local military families and provides a fun- filled day out! The event included food, games, music, raffles, vendors, and military vehicles on display. The day wrapped up with Puyallup’s Concert in the Park featuring the Blues Power Revue – a Blues Brothers tribute band.

Concerts in the Park

With summer coming to an end came the conclusions of the popular Concerts in the Park series. The Kiwanis Kids Noon Tunes had three of the most popular bands in the area: Recess Monkey, Brian Waite Band, and The Not Its. These bands thrive on crowd interaction, encouraging kids to dance and sing along.

The Family Series was highlighted by the huge sound of Kalimba: an Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute band as well as the #1 Van Halen tribute band in the world, The Atomic Punks. Additionally, a special thanks to the Puyallup Police Department who gave an escort to the lead singers of Blues Power Revue as they paid tribute to The Blues Brothers.

While the 2017 concert series has come to a close, the Recreation Department is already discussing acts for next year. Have a favorite you’d like to see back? Let us know!
concerts in the park 2017

New PPD Employees

Keriann Cockrell was recently hired as the PPD’s Crime Prevention Coordinator. Ms. Cockrell is a longtime resident of Puyallup and has a passion for keeping our community safe. Please help us welcome Keriann to the Puyallup PD.
Marty Martin was recently hired as a Lateral Police Officer. Officer Martin has over eleven years of experience in law enforcement with the Issaquah Police Department. He currently serves as a Patrol Corporal and is a team leader for their Special Operations Team. Officer Martin is a graduate of Puyallup High School and Washington State University. Please welcome Officer Martin back to his hometown!

Puyallup Activity Center Annual Picnic

The Puyallup Activity Center hosted their annual picnic in early August with 275 seniors in attendance.  Many familiar faces, such as Parks and Recreation Director Sarah Harris, Mayor John Hopkins, Councilmember Julie Door, and Lauren Adler (representing Congressman Denny Heck), stopped by to help serve and enjoy the food. There was entertainment throughout the event including the Tacoma Banjo Band and the Sa’Diyah Belly Dancers. Attendees enjoyed a lovely meal, great entertainment, and eight gift baskets were raffled off. Additionally, 600 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Puyallup Food Bank.

Summer Day Camp

Our ten-week day camp, running from June through September 1st, was an outstanding success. Participants had an exciting time exploring many local places and activities. Some of the fun included: bowling, the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center, skating at Tiffany’s and attending a Tacoma Rainiers game.

Welcome New Engineering Staff

Over the last several weeks, the City’s Engineering department has warmly welcomed multiple new staff members. The additional staffing capacity is expected to help with backlog and delays, allowing the department to improve efficiency and help alleviate some pressure due to the demands created by increased development.
Hans Hunger arrived as the new Assistant City Engineer on August 14th. Hans previously worked for 26 years at Pierce County and brings broad experience to the Office of the City Engineer. His last assignment with Pierce County was with the Surface Water Management group, leading the Capital Projects section. Hans was also a leader in the flood management arena, leading a Pierce County effort called Floodplains for the Future, which looked to integrate floodplain management, agriculture, and resource management. His efforts led to several large grants for Pierce County. 

Drew Young also started on August 14th as a new Capital Projects Engineer. Drew comes to us from a local consulting firm in Lakewood. Drew will be joining fellow engineers Ted Hill and Pat Sheehy in delivering Capital Projects for the City.  

Winning the long-distance-from-Puyallup award is Alicia Flood. She has relocated from the other Washington to join the City as of July 17th. Alicia was also with a private consulting firm in D.C., and has extensive experience with the stringent water quality standards for Chesapeake Bay. She has jumped right in the Development Engineering section and has taken off running. 

Be sure to stop by to say hello, and help us all welcome Hans, Drew and Alicia! 

Public Hearing: Comprehensive Plan Amendments

The City Planning Commission, comprised of citizen volunteers appointed by City Council, holds regular meetings to review land use policies and codes for the City.  The Planning Commission makes recommendations on those and related items to the City Council.  On Wednesday evening, September 27, 2017, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider proposed 2017 amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  These include: 

  • Miscellaneous proposed changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning maps, which include revisions to multiple parcels throughout the City in order to achieve better consistency between the Comprehensive Plan and zoning; and    
  • Text amendments to Comprehensive Plan text, particularly the Land Use Element. 
As with all Planning Commission meetings, this public hearing will begin at 6:30 PM and will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers (5th Floor) at 333 S. Meridian.  Copies of any staff reports will be available at least one week prior to the hearing. Any member of the public is welcome to attend and, if desired, testify to the Planning Commission about the amendments under consideration.  All Planning Commission actions take the form of recommendations to the City Council, who would consider this matter at a subsequent date.  Please contact Senior Planner Katie Baker (253-435-3604) if you have any questions about this hearing.   
Community Campout
Almost 60 families spent the night in Bradley Lake Park on August 12th where they enjoyed yard games, concerts by The Infinity Project and the Maurice Crallie Band, a showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a hot dog dinner, s’mores, and breakfast! Beautiful weather during the day turned to light rain at night, but everyone woke up happy and rested! The annual Community Campout is the only time camping is ever allowed in City of Puyallup parks, and this year did not disappoint. 
Community campout 2017