October 2017

Meridian/31st Overpass at SR 512 Improvements

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recognizes that traffic volumes on the Meridian/31st overpass at SR512 often exceed capacity and result in back-ups and delays. To address these issues, the Legislature directed that a feasibility study be conducted for improving traffic flow at this location.

As it continues work on the study, WSDOT has identified potential improvements to reduce congestion and improve mobility—these include roundabouts, a loop ramp, or a flyover ramp. Depending on the final selected improvements, this project could affect 31st Avenue SW from 9th Street SW to the intersection of Meridian (SR161) and 35th Avenue SE. WSDOT was at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market on October 14th to share visuals and answer questions, and public comment will be sought via an online open house from Oct. 23rd to Nov. 6th.
SR512 Map

7th Annual Volunteer Fair

The Activity Center’s annual Holiday Craft Bazaar was on October 21st and featured 28 vendors marketing a variety of new, handcrafted, and commercial items from festively dressed booths.  As in past years, lunch was available to purchase from the Center’s Special Events committee and this meal has become a tradition and crowd favorite. The Holiday Craft Bazaar is a great kick-off event to the Center’s upcoming holiday season programs and is always fun for the Center, vendors, and our community. Many Puyallup residents really look forward to this event each year because it’s a great way to find that one-of-a-kind item or special gift that cannot easily be found in local stores.  

Development Services

Over the past several weeks, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following possible new development projects: 

  • Expansion of the existing surface parking lot for the Meridian Place Shopping Center, located at the SE corner of S. Meridian-43rd Avenue SE.  The proposal is to add additional parking capacity in the rear (eastern) side of that retail center. 
  • A four-lot single-family residential subdivision, located in the 1200 block of 7th Street SE.  
  • Two new townhome triplexes, located side-by-side in the 600 block of 10th Street SE.  
  • A 200-unit multi-family project, proposed to be located on the site of the existing Meridian Mobile Home Park, on the south side of 27th Avenue SE just east of S. Meridian. This new facility would consist of multiple apartment buildings with associated garages/carports, a clubhouse building, play area and associated parking and open space areas.

Pioneer Park Pavilion

October at the Pavilion was another busy month! Events included: a Multicare career fair, a memorial service, an author event in conjunction with the Puyallup Library’s “Festival of Books”, the City Employee’s benefit open house, a Multicare awards ceremony, Puyallup PTA’s Principal’s Breakfast, the annual Helping Hand House Breakfast, Rainier Oncology’s annual Breast Cancer Party, the Glass Pumpkin Show and Sale, the Cobweb Carnival on Halloween (in conjunction with Puyallup Main Street’s Boo-allup in Puyallup event), and five lovely weddings/receptions. 

After their summer hiatus, the NW Sinfonietta returned to the Pioneer Park Pavilion on October 8th. Upcoming Puyallup concert dates for this nationally acclaimed chamber orchestra are November 12, 2017 and February 25, March 18 and June 10, 2018.

Coffee with a Cop

Starbucks (located at 4423 South Meridian) hosted the Puyallup Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop on October 4th.  Over 100 citizens attended, making it the most successful Coffee with a Cop event to date. This event is a fantastic venue for police/citizen interaction in a casual environment. The Coffee with a Cop event is part of a national program aimed at strengthening police/community relations nationwide. The Puyallup Police Department hosts this event quarterly with plans to continue the program in 2018.

New Day Northwest with Margaret Larson

“New Day Northwest with Margaret Larson” has consistently been a popular trip of the Activity Center.  As a result, two excursions to this local talk show were provided in October. What particularity draws our seniors to this program, is the focus on people, activities and other features that make the northwest an interesting and wonderful place to live.  During the program, host Margaret Larson generally talks with various authors, musicians, health experts, celebrities and sports stars; allowing our seniors to experience it all first-hand as part of the studio audience!

Hazard Mitigation Plan Open House

At times over the past 125 years, the City of Puyallup has experienced damage from flooding, severe weather, and earthquakes. Our Hazard Mitigation Plan serves as a blueprint for reducing risks to life and property by lessening the impact of known potential hazards.

This year, we’ve been working to update this plan prior to submitting it to the State and FEMA for their review and approval. The purpose of the plan is to identify vulnerabilities, assess their probability and potential severity, and develop ways to prevent or minimize negative effects should a disaster occur. The plan also prioritizes strategies and funding for mitigation efforts according to which ones are anticipated to have the greatest impact.

What hazards does Puyallup’s Mitigation Plan address?

  • Earthquake
  • Severe weather
  • Landslide
  • Flood
  • Volcanic eruption or lahar
Come learn about the City's Hazard Mitigation Plan and provide your input as we put the finishing touches on this year’s update. Community input is an important part of this process, and we welcome your questions and comments. The Plan is also available online.

Open House details:

  • Tuesday, November 14th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • City Hall, 5th floor
  • 333 S. Meridian, Puyallup
  • Questions? Contact Kirstin Hofmann, 253-841-5400

Puyallup-Themed Public Art Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is working to install an eight-mile, 230kV transmission line from the White River substation in Bonney Lake to the Alderton switching station in Puyallup. As part of this project, PSE will attach artwork to some of the highly visible poles along this corridor. PSE has contracted with artists Chuck Fitzgerald and John Hillding for the art that will be placed on some of the poles in Puyallup’s city limits.

In August, Fitzgerald and Hillding presented several design options to Puyallup’s Arts & Culture Commission for its review and comment. The commission discussed potential categories or themes for the signs and recommended that the public art installed by Puget Sound Energy in Puyallup in association with this project be tied to the following themes or subjects: Puyallup’s history; nature/agriculture; fitness; arts; tourism; the Fair; and Puyallup’s “Bee City” status.

The signs are in the process of being installed. They will include tributes to Puyallup founder and first mayor Ezra Meeker, trail advocate Ernie Bay, and the city’s berry farming history.
Ezra Meeker
Valley Berries

Seattle Underground

On October 17th, the Activity Center provided a special 75-minute guided walking tour of one of Seattle’s most unusual and famous attractions, the “Seattle Underground”.  During this excursion, our seniors strolled along with their personal guide through captivating subterranean storefronts and intriguing sidewalks entombed from when Seattle rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. This educational walking tour provided an exclusive time-capsule view of Seattle’s very unique and incomparable buried city.

Special Olympics Fund Raiser

The Puyallup Police Department participated in the annual Red Robin Tip a Cop fundraising event for Special Olympics Washington on October 21st. Several officers, corrections officers, support staff and volunteers staffed the event. 

The event was extremely successful raising nearly $3,500 for local Special Olympic athletes. The support for Special Olympics Washington and PPD was overwhelming. The Puyallup Police Department representatives met hundreds of community members who expressed their gratitude to PPD for their work every day. 

2016 State Auditor’s Results

The State Auditor has published their results for the City of Puyallup’s 2016 Audit. In short, it is a clean audit – no findings of noncompliance of federal laws and regulation as well as no significant deficiencies or material weakness reported. The State Auditor is now beginning their audit of the City’s compliance with state and local laws and policies. 

Corrections Officer Graduates

Corrections Officer Lacey Burton graduated from the Washington State Basic Corrections Officer Academy on October 5th. CO Burton’s graduation from the academy puts the Puyallup Jail at full staff. CO Burton volunteered as a picture coordinator for her class and was also chosen for Class Council by the academy staff. CO Burton excelled during the Corrections Officer Academy and represented the Puyallup Police Department very well. Congratulations CO Burton.

Planned Action EIS

Earlier in 2017, City Council approved a contract for City staff and an environmental consultant to complete a “Planned Action” Environmental Impact State (EIS) for the City’s downtown area.  All proposed development projects in the State are subject to case-by-case environmental (aka “SEPA”) review.  As provided under State law, cities may use a “planned action SEPA” approach to undertake area-wide environmental review to assess expected cumulative impacts from future growth for a larger district, such as our downtown. Essentially, the City performs the necessary environmental review up-front, allowing more certainty and streamlined review for subsequent private development projects within that area.  City Council undertook this action, which has also been done by some other Washington cities, as an economic development incentive for future downtown redevelopment.   

Over the coming two months, a draft copy of that Downtown Planned Action EIS will be circulated for public comment. City staff will also be working with the Planning Commission, and eventually City Council, on an accompanying ordinance which sets up future development review under this system.  Also, as a part of the 2018 City budget process, the City Manager is proposing funding for a similar Planned Action SEPA EIS to be performed in 2018 for the City’s South Hill commercial district.  City Senior Planner Katie Baker is managing this environmental review process; she may be reached at (253) 435-3604.  
Korean Children’s Choir

On October 12th, the Puyallup Activity Center was the proud host of the Korean Children’s Choir. This delightfully talented singing group consists of 40 children between the ages of 7-13 who  have performed all over the world, including appearances at the White House and the United Nations.  During their show at the Center, the Korean Children’s Choir performed a wonderful assortment of song, pageantry, and traditional Korean dance, while outfitted in colorful costumes.  Following the performance, the Children’s Choir greeted all the seniors with hugs which brought joyful tears to many of our senior’s eyes.

Korean Childrens Choir

Hearing Examiner

The City Hearing Examiner is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.  This hearing pertains to a proposed rezone of a parcel at the SE corner of 7th Avenue SW-5th Street SW, across from the Fair Red Lot.  This request would change the site’s zoning from RM-20 (multi-family residential) to RM-Core (another multi-family residential zone district). This rezone is intended to allow for an infill residential development on the site. 

City Senior Planner Chris Beale (253-841-5418) is the case planner for this project.  All Hearing Examiner hearings are held in the City Council Chambers on the 5th Floor of the City Hall (333 S. Meridian); any interested party may attend and, if desired, provide testimony. 

Family Bingo Night

Family bingo night was held on October 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Activity Center. There were 45 people who attended which included all ages from kids to senior citizens. We played 12 total games of bingo and the winner of each game got to pick a $10 gift card of their choice.

Breakfast with Santa

Create a new family tradition that celebrates the spirit of the season by attending Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a delicious warm breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and quality time with family and friends. After breakfast, there are several activities for your family to enjoy including holiday crafts and games. It’s the perfect chance for the little ones in your life to tell Santa exactly what’s on their Christmas list! Registration opened October 30th so be sure to sign up early to get a spot.

When: Saturday, December 9 from 9:30-11:00AM
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion
Fee: $15: 13 years and older
$8: 3-12 years old
Free: 2 years and younger
Cobweb Carnival

The 4th annual Cobweb Carnival was held on October 31st from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Pavilion.  Our costumed little friends, enjoyed carnival games, bounce houses and more in a family friendly Halloween setting that provides the little ones with extra fun on this special holiday.  This event takes place during the Boo-Allup event in downtown Puyallup and is the perfect pairing.  All games and activities were free to the public!  
Cobweb Carnival 1
Cobweb Carnival 2

“City Gallery” Featuring the Work of Photographer James Martinson

On Thursday, November 16th, the City of Puyallup will host a reception for photographer James Martinson, the artist currently featured in “City Gallery” on the fifth floor of City Hall. Martinson’s work consists of dramatic shots of street photography and colorful images of landscapes and travel, variously printed on canvas, paper or metal.

In his thirty years’ work as a photographer, Martinson has evolved from portraits and macro images to urban street photography. Martinson’s interest in street photography began when he worked in Seattle. On his lunch breaks, he would employ his camera to capture the surrounding urban environment in unique ways.

Sometimes confused with photojournalism, street photography differs in that it is not obligated to illustrate or tell a story. It has no rules and its only objective is to capture a moment in pure imagery.
Martinson 1
Martinson 2
While Martinson still enjoys photographing a well-framed sunset, he believes that true creativity cannot exist with imposed limits. Although street photography doesn’t yield wide attention or quick fame, his remains true to his philosophy that “Swimming against the current makes you stronger.”

City Gallery is free and open to the public during regular business hours. The gallery is curated by Arts Downtown, a local organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local artists with the vision of making art an essential part of the Puyallup community. City Gallery offers both established and new or emerging artists a place in which to showcase their work.

Event details:

Thursday, November 16th
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
5th Floor Puyallup City Hall
333 S. Meridian

Kudos to Public Works Street Division

The often unrecognized street division of the Public Works department recently received a much deserved ‘thank you’ for work performed on the alley immediately south of First Presbyterian Church on West Pioneer.

In June, Public Works received a citizen report via Request Tracker with concerns over pedestrian safety, especially for ADA access, on a particular section of road. Streets responded promptly with temporary patching and sweeping. 
In October, the final repairs were made to the alleyway stretching from 4th St. SW to 5th St. SW.  The work included removing a large portion of the alley, replacing it with permeable asphalt which improved the quality of the pavement as well as eliminating the storm water issues. Karen Michaud and the street crew were instrumental in the successful outcome of the project, keeping an open line of communication with the citizens both in office and in the field. Upon completion, Streets received a large ‘Thank You’ poster from First Presbyterian Church with numerous messages and signatures thanking the crew for a job well done! 
Thank You Poster

Activity Center Halloween Party

The Activity Center hosted its Annual Halloween Party on October 31st.  This is one party our participants never want to miss and as a result the facility was packed with seniors, many dressed in costume and anticipating a hallowing good time!  The event featured a double header of entertainment, beginning with the Memory Singers and followed by our fabulous Sa’diya Dancers aka the Center’s very own belly dance class. Other festivities included traditional Halloween jokes, a costume judging contest and of course lots of refreshments!
Activity Center Halloween Party