Explorers compete in the Federal Way Challenge
The Puyallup Police Explorer Post recently participated in the Federal Way Challenge. The Federal Way Challenge is a mock-scenes competition based on actual patrol officer events including active shooter, warrant service, building searches, building searches with K-9 assistance, handgun orientation, defense tactics, physical agility, and sniper challenge. The Explorer Post did well and Explorer Connor Drumm earned a first place award for the sniper challenge. The Explorers learned the importance of communication, teamwork, and problem solving, while having fun. Thank you to Explorer Post Advisors Chad Pearson and Jake Thompson for coaching and supervising the Explorers during the competition.
State of the Cities Luncheon "Gold & Blarney"
The Puyallup and Sumner Chamber of Commerce is hosting the State of the Cities Luncheon on March 14th, they are trying out a new panel format for this year’s address. Along with their Sumner counterparts, Mayor Rick Hansen, City Manager Bill McDonald, Public Works Director Rob Andreotti, and Development Services Director Tom Utterback will be participating on the panel.
March 14th - 11:30am -1pm (doors open at 11am)
Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
620 S Hill Park Dr, Puyallup
Don't miss the lively and interactive presentations with panelists from each City answering a question regarding the "Gold" and "Blarney" for their department! For additional information: www.puyallupsumnerchamber.com
Meeker Creek Restoration - Public Meeting
The conceptual design phase for the Meeker Creek Restoration Project is currently underway. Multiple possible designs and layouts for the stream meander are being considered and drafted for public input. The Stormwater Section will be presenting these conceptual designs, discussing decision factors, and reviewing related cost estimates at a public meeting on:
March 14th - 6:30-7:30pm
Puyallup City Hall, 5th Floor Council Chambers
333 S Meridian
This information, as well as a timeline of announced milestones for this project is listed on the Meeker Creek Restoration project web page: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/services/public-works/stormwater-management/projects/meeker-creek-stream-restoration/
“Get Disconnected” Reaches Goal
Since 2009, Puyallup's Rain Garden Program has promoted the installation of rain gardens and other green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in the city. These demonstration projects have educated the public and businesses on the issues of stormwater. In 2011, Puyallup began cataloging these GSI installations to track our community's progress toward protecting our local streams and rivers. To measure our success in disconnecting from the stormwater system, we set a goal to keep 9 million gallons of stormwater (and the pollution that travels with it) out of our local streams and river each year.
Just two short years later, Puyallup has reached this goal! Through great cooperation and private and public efforts, Puyallup has gained fifty rain gardens, fifteen permeable pavement installations, seventeen Rain Barrels, and two Green Roofs.
PPD Awards Ceremony
On February 28th, the Puyallup Police Department held its annual awards ceremony. It was very well attended by PPD staff, council members, city staff, and community members. Below are the award winners for 2012:
Volunteer of the Year - Mike Ragan
Service Coins - Bronze 15 Years – Officer Dave Temple
Bronze 20 Years –Officer Mike Clark
Silver 25 Years – Sergeant Bob Thompson and Officer Lloyd Leppell
Letter of Commendation – Detective Mike Lusk
Chief’s Award of Excellence – Nichole McNiven
Lifesaving – Officer Rochelle Brosseau, Officer Greg Reiber, and Officer Andrew Bond
Distinguished Service – Chief Jim Collyer, Sgt. Don Gill & Ofc. Kitts and K-9 Daro received their awards in 2012 at their retirement ceremonies
Officer Gary Shilley
Officer Dave Temple
Tacoma PD K-9 Master Trainer Tim Fredericks
Corrections Officer of the Year – Officer Becky Rhodes
Police Officer of the Year – Detective Ken Lewis
Puyallup Pacers’ Walking Trips
The Puyallup Activity Center encourages seniors to maintain active and healthy lifestyles and promotes regular exercise. The Activity Center’s popular walking trips are offered year-round. In February, the Puyallup Pacers explored Chamber’s Bay and Creek Trails. In March, the destinations are Friends’ Landing in Montesano and Theler Wetlands in Belfair.
Moving Targets for PPD Firearms Training
The Puyallup Police Department’s Firearms Instructor cadre (led by Detective Ken Lewis) recently constructed moving targets to assist with realistic firearms training. The firearms instructors recently attended training at a world-renowned training site in Oregon and saw a similar system with a cost of $12,000. Officer Jeff Bennett and Detective Lewis constructed the target system for approximately $100. Our system is not automated (it is powered by a firearms instructor pulling on a section of paracord), but still provides similar training as the much more expensive system. The instructors have developed a great lesson plan in conjunction with the new targets, combining marksmanship with target zones and shot placement.
Puyallup Development Update
A pre-application meeting was held last week for a proposed three-lot infill project in the 1000 block of 13th Street SE. The project would involve construction of three new single-family residences.
The BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse construction project is nearing completion. The restaurant is located on the 9th Street SW frontage of the South Hill Mall, between Red Robin and Olive Garden. City building inspectors are working with the restaurant contractors to finalize the site work in preparation for the rapidly approaching public opening scheduled in late March.
Group Health Facility Honored with “Excellent 10” Status
The recently completed Group Health Medical Office Building, located on the NE corner of 39th Avenue SE and 10th Street SE, was among those projects honored at the recent Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board (EDB) annual meeting. Each year, the EDB unveils its “Excellent 10” list of new major county-wide development/employment projects which contribute to the area’s economic well-being. The new Puyallup Group Health facility was among several healthcare-oriented projects honored with “Excellent 10” status this year.
Deon Moyd - SPSL Coach of the Year
Deon Moyd, Recreation Supervisor at the Puyallup Recreation Center, is committed to recreation in his hours away from the city as well. He was recently voted Coach of the Year for the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) 2A Boy’s Basketball League for his work as head coach of the Franklin Pierce Cardinals. The team finished the year with an overall record of 13-11 and finished 3rd in their league with a 9-5 record. The Coach of the Year is selected by all of the Coaches in the league and recognizes the individual whose team exceeds expectations for the season. Deon’s ability to teach fundamental skills and to relate to the players has made him an asset to that program, as well as to the city. Congratulations Coach Deon!
Pierce College Community Fair
Several city departments participated in the recent Pierce College Community Fair. The fair was open to Pierce College students and their families, as well as local citizens. Carolyn Cockrum from Emergency Management, Mark Creley from the 911/Communications Center, and Tim Wadham from the Puyallup Library attended to represent the city. It was a well-attended event, and it gave staff an opportunity to interact with the community, share information about their departments, and answer questions.
Jerry Korum Gives Matching Grant for Library’s History Room
The Puyallup Library recently received a $12,000 matching-fund grant from the Korum Foundation that will jump-start a project to digitize the photographs and images in the library’s local history room. The history room is the library’s crown jewel and a real treasure for the community. The vision is to make these local history resources widely available online. The project aims to create one unified website to view the collections of all of the agencies that have materials relating to Puyallup history. With this in mind, the library is partnering with the Ezra Meeker Historical Society, the South Hill Historical Society, the Karshner Museum, and the Fair. Because of the sheer volume of materials involved, the project will take time, patience, and additional funding. The library will continue to fundraise in the community to take this project to completion, and they are very appreciative of the Korum Foundation for generously helping advance this goal.
Library Negotiates Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement with the Tacoma Public Library
The Puyallup Public Library recently negotiated a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Tacoma Public Library. With this interlocal agreement the library now has reciprocal borrowing with all of our neighboring library systems. Citizens of Puyallup currently enjoy reciprocal borrowing privileges with the Pierce County Library System, King County Library System, Seattle Public Library, Sno-Isle Regional Library, Timberland Regional Library, Kitsap Regional Library, the Roy Public Library, and now Tacoma. All of these agreements have essentially similar language, including provisions for annual reporting of statistics between systems, and there is no expiration date. This is a great example of regional cooperation!
39th Ave SE Extension Signal Installation
The 39th Ave SE and 5th St SE signal has been installed and activated! The signal has been up and running since last week, and traffic is moving smoothly. The remaining modifications to the signal at Meridian and 39th should be completed in April, followed shortly thereafter with the final lift of pavement from 3rd St SE to just west of the Meridian intersection.
Chief and Deputy Chief visit Olympia
Chief Jeter and Deputy Chief McDonald were in Olympia on March 5th as part of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs’ Law Enforcement day on Capitol Hill. Chief Jeter and Deputy Chief McDonald met with Senator Dammeier, Representative Zeiger, and Representative Morrell to talk about issues that impact law enforcement, including those items specific to law enforcement in Puyallup. In addition to meeting with legislators, the sheriffs and police chiefs received an update on current legislation and met with recently elected Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Lahar Siren Tests
The Lahar siren tests are conducted on the first Monday of the month; all sirens are now back on-line and sounding as they should. Recent problems with the siren located on the Public Safety Building (3rd and Pioneer) have been corrected, which should improve future reliability. Before next month’s test, Emergency Management staff will be making a modification to the connections from the alerting device to the control box to further improve reliability.
8th AVE NW LID Retrofit Ribbon Cutting Event
On March 16th at 12:00 noon, Mayor Hansen and the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the 8th Ave NW LID project - Puyallup’s first Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) neighborhood. An ambitious volunteer planting event will also take place from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Staff is still accepting volunteers to help place the nearly 2,700 plants in the rain gardens during the event. Please call Joy Rodriguez (254) 841-5549 or Melissa Buckingham (253) 845-2973 to register as a volunteer.
PPD Launches Facebook Page
On March 1st, the Puyallup Police Department (PPD) launched an official Facebook page as part of ongoing efforts to reach out and connect with the community. While the official page was under development, the department discovered that a phony PPD Facebook page had been created. Staff was able to get that page removed and launch a legitimate site; the feedback has been positive so far!
Mark Your Calendars
· March 9 – Pond Restoration Planting, Decoursey Park, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
· March 9 – Sign Contest Display, Decoursey Park, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
· March 14 – Meeker Creek Restoration, Public Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30-7:30 pm
· March 16 – 8th Ave LID Project - Rain Garden Event, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
· March 19 – Pierce Transit Information Meeting, Puyallup Library – North Meeting Room, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
· March 19 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· March 26 – Pierce Transit Information Meeting, Puyallup Library – North Meeting Room, 5:30-7:30 pm
· March 26 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· May 6-11 – Spring Clean Up