The City Manager Update is a roundup of news from various city departments produced for the City Council on a bi-weekly basis.
Ingenuity in the Street Division
With a little bit of ingenuity and a big desire for efficiency, Street Division staff converted the former Go-4 meter reading vehicle into a sprayer for use in their right of way vegetation control program. This means that a task that once required two people can now be done by one, while covering more lane miles with fewer labor hours.
Puyallup PD Public Information Officer (PIO)
Effective August 21, the primary Public Information Officer for the Puyallup Police Department is now Captain Scott Engle. Captain Engle has been the back-up PIO for several years, but will now be the primary point of contact for media and internal information releases. Captain Engle takes over the PIO responsibilities from Deputy Chief Dave McDonald.
The soft walking trail at Silver Creek has been prepped for a new extension south of 12th Ave SW. Eagle Scout candidate Jake Bean organized volunteers on August 4th to construct a 400-foot section of trail just south of 12th Ave SW, west of Silver Creek. By creating this trail system, local residents can explore these stream areas and gain an appreciation for water quality protection as well as the City’s efforts to restore the riparian areas.
Welcome to Puyallup’s new Library Services Director
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Timothy Wadham has accepted an offer of employment as Library Services Director and will begin on September 4th. Dr. Wadham comes to us with a Masters degree in Library Science, a Doctorate in Comparative Children’s Literature and 25 years of experience working in public and university library systems. He will relocate to Puyallup from Fenton, Missouri, along with his wife and children. He is a published author, comes to us with excellent references, and is an all-around seemingly great guy! Dr. Wadham is very excited to join the City of Puyallup and start work in our beautiful library.
Public Works Street Maintenance Projects
Street crews are busy tackling fair-weather maintenance projects, thus far completing 630,000 lineal feet of centerline striping. This year in cooperation with WSDOT, emphasis has been placed on crosswalks and other pavement markings that may have been overlooked in the past. These will now be maintained by city crews to city standards. Asphalt patching and crack sealing programs continue throughout the city, with street crews laying approximately 135 tons of asphalt and 10 miles of crack sealing so far this year.
Sewer and Storm “Side Sewer Root Control Program”
Did you know that for the past 10 years the Collections Division has had an annual side sewer root control program? This program helps prevent sewer back-ups in the sewer and storm main lines. Most public agencies maintain only the main lines, the City of Puyallup is one of very few cities or counties that maintain all the sewer and drain lines located in the right-of-way, up to the property lines. The lateral portion of this program has just been completed, and work has now begun on sewer mains and storm mains with root intrusion.
120 Year Old Historical Document Donated to the City
Tim Farrell, Tacoma resident and member of the Pierce County Council, has generously donated a rich piece of Puyallup’s history to the city. The item is a bound ledger containing original city government records (on parchment) dating back to 1892. Mr. Farrell presented the item to the city as additional historical documentation of Puyallup’s first years.
Among other records, the ledger contains correspondence from the City Clerk informing various persons of decisions made by the City Council and/or its committees; calls for bids (including early improvements to “clear and grade” Meridian); assessments for street and sidewalk improvements and notices of delinquent taxes; even an early request for public records. Of special note—in July of 1892, the City called for sealed proposals “For improving what is shown as the ‘Big Ditch’ on the south side of the City of Puyallup … said improvement to consist in widening and deepening said ditch from Clarks Creek east to a point near the Hastie Miller in said city.”
After all of its pages are digitally photographed, this ledger will be sent to the Washington State Archives for safekeeping.
The 4th annual Community Campout at Bradley Lake Park on August 18 and 19 was once again a very successful event, with over 500 campers in attendance. The attendees were treated to various activities throughout the day and into the evening, including a hot dog dinner. Live music in the early evening was supplied by the band “British Export” and a family movie was shown later that night, with s’more making stations open prior to the movie. A continental breakfast was served the following morning.
PPD Corrections Lieutenant Addresses the Daffodil Valley Kiwanis
The Kiwanis Club of Daffodil Valley invited Lieutenant Ed Shannon to speak at a recent meeting regarding the Puyallup Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) program. Topics of the presentation included duties performed by VIPS members such as disabled parking enforcement, deployment of the radar speed trailer, staffing the lobby information desk, and mail distribution. The presentation may lead to future interest in volunteer opportunities with the police department by those associated with the Kiwanis.
Quilt making occurs at the Puyallup Activity Center every Friday from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. The class is for all levels of quilters and provides an opportunity for participants to learn the craft from award winning quilters.
Chief for a Day
The Puyallup Police Department participated in the Chief for a Day celebration on August 16th at the Criminal Justice Training Commission. Twenty-seven little chiefs were honored by their departments with a motorcade from CenturyLink Field, a commissioning ceremony, food, and displays/demonstrations by participating agencies. Puyallup’s Chief Kevin Little was the youngest chief of the group. He and his family had a fantastic day!
Meeker Creek Restoration Project – Public Meeting
Join us for a public meeting regarding the Meeker Creek Restoration project, including an overview of the project benefits and goals, project funding, and proposed project schedule.
September 5, 2012 at 6:30pm
Puyallup Activity Center, Classroom #2
210 W Pioneer, Puyallup
Public comments will be taken after the presentation. Visit the project web page for more information.
The city was recently contacted by west-side residents who came in contact with a very aggressive coyote while walking their dog. The coyote actually attacked and killed their pet. There were multiple sightings of the coyote in the area over the next several days. After contacting the USDA Wildlife Services Department, it was determined that it was in the best interest of the community that this animal be removed. Since then, Wildlife Services has successfully removed two coyotes from that area of the city and no further incidents have been reported.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on annual Comprehensive Plan amendments on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:00 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers. The city’s Comprehensive Plan is a state required document which contains the key policies guiding city land use and development. Per state law, amendments are allowed only once per year. This year’s amendments include a few proposed map changes/rezones, initiated both by private parties and the city, as well as policy text changes to multiple sections of the plan. Affected property owners will be mailed notices of this hearing. Planning Commission recommendations are forwarded on to the City Council, with review planned in October.
Stormwater Pollution-Prevention at 2012 Puyallup Fair
It is nearly Puyallup Fair Season again! Every year, Pierce Conservation District Stream Team asks partner jurisdictions to staff their informational booth for a day. To show support and thanks for Stream Team’s ongoing volunteer coordination support of Puyallup’s Stormwater Program throughout the year, city staff will be manning the Stream Team booth in the Northwest Outdoors building on September 19th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Stop by to learn about stormwater and pollution prevention, and answer trivia questions to win a FREE car wash coupon!
The Puyallup Activity Center offers Pinochle playing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30 to 4:00 PM. Playing pinochle is a great way for seniors to spend the afternoon with friends. The game is also an excellent vehicle for large group socialization.
Porous Alleys Project
The City has been awarded a grant that will allow for the replacement of approximately eighteen alleys within the city with porous asphalt pavement. The Porous Alley Initiative project will remove approximately 94,000 square feet of impervious cover in the Clarks Creek and Puyallup River basins, effectively reducing untreated stormwater runoff to our local streams and river by 2.24 million gallons of stormwater annually. In addition to meeting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation activity requirements, this project will reduce annual maintenance by city crews to re-grade and re-gravel the alleys. The grant was accepted by the City Council at its August 14th meeting.
Sergeant Thompson Speaks at the Northwest Alcohol Conference
Sergeant Bob Thompson recently attended the Northwest Alcohol Conference in Boise, ID as a guest speaker on the topic of DUI Taskforce operations and underage drinking operations. Sergeant Thompson was invited to attend by the Boise PD due to his involvement with the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Task Force as well as his commitment to alcohol enforcement at the PPD. Sergeant Thompson has served on the Task Force for approximately 15 years and is recognized throughout the state for his efforts in DUI enforcement and underage drinking issues.
Valley Avenue Bridge Inspection
As part of the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) and the NBIS (National Bridge Inspection Standards), all public bridges carrying vehicular traffic are required to be inspected bi-annually. The Valley Avenue bridge was constructed in 1961 and was originally owned by Pierce County. Ownership was transferred to the City of Puyallup when the area was annexed in 2004. The current sufficiency rating of the bridge is 63.56 out of 100 and it is structurally deficient. Public Works engineering staff will pursue Federal Bridge funding through the WSDOT highway and local programs on the next call for projects in 2014. The bridge remains sufficient to carry designed loads and has no load restrictions at the current time.
Narrowbanding FCC Mandate
On January 1, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. This deadline is the result of an FCC effort that began almost two decades ago to ensure more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users. Migration to 12.5 kHz efficiency technology will allow the creation of additional channel capacity within the same radio spectrum, and support more users. After January 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the Commission's rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license.
IT & Communications began working on the narrowbanding mandate in early 2010, and after two years of inventory and configuration changes and numerous license modifications, we have made the deadline. Effective August 17th, 2012, the City of Puyallup is officially FCC Narrowband compliant.
Forest Green Water Main Phase 2 and 39th Ave SE Extension
City staff is working with the contractors for the Forest Green Water Main Phase 2 Project as well as the 39th Ave SE Road Project at Meridian near Key Bank. Work on 39th Ave SE began August 20th and work will begin on Forest Green on August 27th, with the Capital Engineering staff managing these projects to completion. Work on 39th St SE has started with clearing of the roadway section being the first order of business. The Forest Green Water Main is the second phase of the water main replacement in this neighborhood. The main is deteriorating and the Water Department plans to replace it with Ductile Iron pipe to increase reliability and reduce repair costs. The 39th Project will make the final connection for the new roadway extending from Meridian to 3rd and on to connect to 39th just west of 10th Street SE. The project should make traversing through this portion of Meridian better for the citizens of Puyallup by alleviating congestion in the immediate vicinity.
Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force
Mayor Hansen has appointed five citizens to the Clarks Creek Elodea Task Force: Georga Prossick, Dan Anderson, Steve Hastings, Liz Engle, and Laura Johannes. They will join Councilmembers Steve Vermillion and John Palmer to develop both a long term and a short term plan for elodea management in Clarks Creek. The meetings should begin in October.
TJ Maxx - Puyallup Grand Opening
The TJ Maxx Grand Opening is scheduled for Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 a.m. Mayor Rick Hansen will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony where a $5,000.00 check will be presented to "Helping Hand House,” a local charity dedicated to preventing and ending family homelessness. The store address is 3829 South Meridian.
Mark Your Calendars
August 28 – City Council Budget Workshop – Council Chambers, 11:00 am
August 28 – City Council Special Meeting – Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
August 27-Traffic calming meeting, Manorwood - Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
August 29 - Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Special Meeting, 9:00 am, Pierce County Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave So – Room 1045, Tacoma
August 30 - Traffic calming meeting, Brookmonte - Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
September 5 – Meeker Creek Restoration Project Meeting, 6:30 pm
Puyallup Activity Center Classroom #2, 210 W. Meridian