Thirty Years of Service for Officer Leppell
Congratulations to Officer Lloyd Leppell who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with PPD! Please congratulate Lloyd on reaching this milestone when you see him. Thirty years in the business is admirable. Thirty years with the same agency is incredible. Way to go Lloyd! We are proud to call you our own. Thank you for your continued Service, Officer Leppell.
Activity Center’s New Trips and Tours Bus
The Activity Center gives a big and heart-felt ‘thank you’ to the City of Puyallup for the new “trips and tours” vehicle. The 22-passenger bus was received in late August, replacing the previous 15-year-old vehicle that was extensively used. Our senior participants are extremely appreciative and excited about the new bus. They continually praise the vehicle’s spacious and comfortable seating, tinted windows, sound system, and perhaps most importantly, air conditioning. The vehicle is also equipped with a wheelchair lift and provides a safe and comfortable means of transportation.
The Activity Center’s maiden voyage on the new bus was on August 30th! The bus was filled to capacity with happy trip goers heading off to the always popular Woodland Park Zoo.
Youth Indoor Soccer
Youth indoor soccer is offered for boys and girls in Kindergarten - 3rd grades. There are five teams registered for the Kindergarten/1st grade division and seven teams for the 2nd/3rd grade division. Practices got underway mid-September and games began early October. Practices and games are held at the Puyallup Recreation Center gym.
Toddler Campus Preschool
Thirty-seven students in three classes started preschool and pre-kindergarten in September at the Puyallup Recreation Center. The preschool class starts by getting to know their classmates and getting comfortable in a classroom for the first time. Pre-Kindergarten begins the school year by learning classroom expectations, bringing in “All About Me” posters, and focusing on the letters A and B. Toddler Campus Preschool runs for 9 months and ends with a celebration at the end of May. Spots are still available in Preschool and PM Pre-Kindergarten. More information can be found at www.puyallupparksandrec.com.
Kastama Swing Dedication
Family, friends, city staff and councilmembers gathered on September 15th in Veteran’s Park to dedicate a new swing bench to Bob and Diane Kastama. Bob and Diane both served as strong trail advocates and were also key in the development of Veteran’s Park. They have dedicated thousands of hours of community service in support of trails and parks within the City. The Friends of the Riverwalk along with the Foothills Rails to Trail Coalition submitted the request to dedicate the bench to Bob and Diane, and the request was strongly supported by city staff and the City Council.
Youth Flag Football
Youth flag football is offered for boys and girls 3rd - 6th grades. There are four teams registered for the 3rd/4th grade division and five teams registered for the 5th/6th grade division. Practices got underway in mid-September. A pre-season jamboree was held on September 30th and games started on October 5th. Practices are held at the Puyallup Valley Sports Complex and Clarks Creek Park North. Games are played at Clarks Creek Park North field.
In addition to a number of large local residential projects which have been gradually building-out over the past few years, below are three noteworthy new single-family residential subdivisions in Puyallup that have begun initial construction in recent months.
- Malone Plat, Phase II: The Malone family has long owned a large property at the SE corner of 23rd Avenue SW-13th Street SW. This property, and the surrounding vicinity, are zoned “RS-10” under City zoning, which allows single-family residential homes at a density not to exceed four units/acre. The project was approved as a two-phase subdivision and Phase II is a proposed 31-lot portion, which is oriented along the 13th Street SW frontage. In addition to the 31 home sites, the project includes several open space tracks, plus the Silver Creek channel runs along the east side of the property. Initial site work on this 13-acre property has been underway for several months. City approval of the Final Plat which allows the actual home construction to start is expected within the new few months. This plat’s home construction will be done by MainVue Homes, who are currently also building the “Arborview” subdivision houses further south on 13th Street SW.
- Fruitland Ridge: The “Fruitland Ridge” subdivision is a proposed 33-lot single-family residential plat slated for a mostly vacant, RS-10 zoned, hillside property which abuts Fruitland Elementary School, the Linbo blueberry farm and the Firland Drive neighborhood on the east side of Fruitland Avenue. This project was closely followed by many local residents when it went through the City’s “Preliminary Plat” process in 2014-2015. After a well-attended public hearing on this project in 2015, the City Hearing Examiner approved the subdivision, subject to numerous conditions. Initial construction work on the site, which is very visible to Fruitland Avenue traffic, began in August of this year. Richmond American Homes, who has recently constructed numerous homes in the Puyallup Highlands project, is expected to build these houses.
- Sully’s Glen: Sully’s Glen refers to a 28-lot single-family residential subdivision proposed on a 9.4-acre property in the 2800 block of 23rd Avenue SE owned by long-time residents Al & Dr. Rebecca Sullivan (hence the name “Sully’s Glen”). The property, which is zoned RS-10, is being developed by J. K. Monarch, the Puyallup-based home builder who is also currently constructing other homes within the City. This subdivision went through the City’s Preliminary Plat process, resulting in a Hearing Examiner approval, with extensive conditions, after a public hearing in January of this year.
The Puyallup Activity Center has partnered with Multi-Care Celebrate Seniority to provide a new program titled “Brain Fitness”. This class is designed for group activities to stimulate a variety of brain regions focusing on social interactivity and having fun! Throughout the class, participants are challenged with visual puzzles, games, and a variety of activities that use both short term and long term memory skills. This program is being offered monthly throughout the year.
Ballard Locks Walking Tour
In mid-September, our trip-goers had a special private tour of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, ‘Ballard Locks’. This historical tour began with an indoor presentation explaining the various components of the Ballard Locks (how it all works) and viewing of many historical photographs of the US Army Corps of Engineers constructing this magnificent structure. After the indoor presentation was complete (and good fortune with a break in the weather) the walking portion of the tour began. The guide led our senior participants across the bridge as they travelled to the underground salmon ladder where they had a great time watching our famous northwest fish swim upstream. After the salmon ladder tour, the group headed back to the Ballard locks where they had the opportunity to watch all the working components as multiple boats traveled though. Once our group made it back across the bridge, they had a quick walk through the botanical garden before the rain arrived. This fun excursion concluded with a lunch and shopping trip at the Kent Station.
DUI Emphasis Patrols
The Puyallup Police Department hosted several mini DUI Emphasis patrols during the 20-day run of the Fair. The area of emphasis was expanded beyond the City limits of Puyallup and focused on the nights that are typically busy at the Fair. The extra patrols resulted in 640 contacts with the arrest of 31 impaired drivers, 222 citations/infractions issued, one felony narcotics arrest, 25 Driving While License Suspended arrests, 11 were cited for operating a motor vehicle without a license and there were five arrests for ignition interlock violations.
Officers from Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Puyallup, Tacoma, Fircrest, Sumner, Bonney Lake and Lakewood police departments logged 362 hours during the emphasis period.