The Cobweb Carnival continues to be a great addition to the Boo-Allup trick-or-treating event in downtown on Halloween. Held in the Pioneer Park Pavilion, hundreds of kids played games, got their face painted, won prizes, jumped in a bounce house, and walked away stocked with candy! With the help of Motion Church, the Parks & Recreation Department is able to offer these activities for free and volunteers from the church helped to run the games and entertain families.
Puyallup PD Awarded 3 Homeland Security Grants
The Homeland Security (HS) Fiscal 2019 grants were rank ordered on October 30, 2019 at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) Meeting. Puyallup Police Department and the Tactical Response Team (TRT) were awarded the requested funding in first, second and third places, respectively. Out of eighteen total funding requests, the Counterstrike Exercise Program ranked #1, the School Resource Officer (SRO) MARCH (Massive Hemorrhage, Airway, Respiratory, Circulation, Hypothermia) bags ranked #2 and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) - compatible throw phones for TRT came in at #3.
This amazing feat is a tribute to the meticulous work Captain Ryan Portman and Sergeant Kevin Gill produced. Their combined efforts will bring $73,327 worth of HS funded equipment to the City of Puyallup, and to our region. This is a significant portion of the available HS money since the amount of funding only totaled $136,703.
To get people into the spirit of the season, the Puyallup Activity Center recently offered a fall-tastic Mystery Trip. The adventure started with lunch at Falls Terrace Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Tumwater Falls. After lunch, everyone ventured to Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and enjoyed the ever-so-famous apple fritters, hot apple cider, and a tour of the farm. To top the trip off, everyone was invited to pick a pumpkin from the field before heading home from the Cider Mill.
City of Puyallup Receives Clean Audits from the State
The routine annual audit of the City of Puyallup’s 2018 finances and its corresponding standard accountability audit which examined various potential areas of risk were both returned “clean,” with no findings or concerns identified.
“The City takes numerous actions and precautionary measures to ensure our adherence to sound financial practices,” said Puyallup Mayor John Palmer. “Not only do we adopt budgets that are financially viable and supported by our economic reality, we make sure that the resources available for essential public services are spent as they should be.”
The Washington State Auditor’s Office is responsible for examining the financial statements of local government entities to determine if these are complete and accurate. An accountability audit assesses how local governments manage and use public resources, and safeguard them from fraud, loss or abuse. This type of audit determines accountability for municipal operations by evaluating whether a local government is adhering to applicable state laws and regulations as well as its own policies and procedures.
The Auditor selects areas to be examined according to which represent the highest risk of noncompliance. In 2018, the areas examined in the City of Puyallup’s records included the management of public works contracts (procurements, change orders, prevailing wage requirements and contract close-outs); expenditures of one or more departments; cash receipting of one or more departments; the use and payment of overtime to staff; the receipt and handling of unemployment and workers compensation claims; and the receipt and use of certain restricted (i.e. non-general use) funds. The City of Puyallup’s 2018 budget totaled more than $147 million.
“The results of this independent audit reflect hard work on the part of our staff to employ best practices in our financial operations,” said interim City Manager Steve Kirkelie. “We recognize and accept the importance of ensuring that public funds are utilized in the most efficient and beneficial way possible.”
Current and past audit reports for the City of Puyallup are available here.
Walking Trip: Dune Peninsula
On October 22nd, the Puyallup Pacers were off exploring the Puget Sound at Metro Parks Tacoma’s newest park, Dune Peninsula. The excited walkers enjoyed checking out the life size “chutes and ladders”, picturesque views of the sound and several art installations. Trip goers walked from the Rose Garden at Point Defiance toward the Wilson Way Bridge, where they were greeted with some fun photo opportunities! After crossing the bridge, they continued along the Frank Herbert Trail toward Dune Peninsula before enjoying lunch at Point Ruston.
Activity Center Annual Halloween Party
The Activity Center hosted its Annual Halloween Party on October 31st. This is one party participants never want to miss and, as a result, the facility was filled with seniors, many dressed in costumes, and all anticipating a hallowing good time! The event featured a double header of entertainment beginning with the Memory Singers, who entertained the crowd with a Halloween themed twist on all popular classic songs, followed by the fabulous Sa’Diyah Dancers aka the Center’s very own belly dance class. Other party festivities included a costume judging contest and lunch featuring nachos supreme and lots of refreshments!
Corrections Officer Ngo Gives Graduation Speech
Our newest Corrections Officer, Hai Ngo, had the distinguished honor of being part of his graduating class leadership team and was selected to give the class speech at the Washington State Criminal Justine Training Commission on October 18, 2019 during the graduation ceremony.