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Mar. 22, 2013 at 4:27pm City Manager's Update 3/22/2013

8th Ave NW “Green Street” Grand Opening - Ribbon Cutting Event

Puyallup
’s first Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) or “Green Street” was completed on March 16th. This effort was made possible thanks to the support of over 90 volunteers who installed over 2,500 plants in Puyallup’s largest rain garden planting event ever. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also hosted during the event by the Puyallup Chamber of Commerce as Mayor Hansen and Puyallup City Council members proclaimed the 8th Ave NW project as Puyallup's first Green Street.  Thank you to all who joined us and to the volunteers for making this such a successful event.

Want to see the transformation this street underwent? Look through the project photographs to see details from the construction phase as well as before and after photographs of the site. Intrigued by the positive environmental impact this project made? Visit our Rain Garden Programweb page for information on how to participate in our cost-share program to install your own GSI at your Puyallup home. 



Railroad Crossing Repairs Coming Soon
BNSF is on a fast track to replace six crossings in Puyallup. The first will be Meridian on the weekend of April 12-14.  Meridian will be closed to all vehicular traffic during the construction period at the railroad crossing; the public should be prepared for delays and alternative routes will be posted.

By law, BNSF is only responsible for six inches outside of their rails. We will be using Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) funds for the three crossings that are located within the zone where that funding can be used.  During the budget process, funding would have to be allocated in the general fund in order to improve the remaining three crossings. The LIFT-funded improvements will include replacement of the approaches with a specialized concrete product. These crossings will be evaluated, and the results will be used to determine whether that product will work best on the remaining three railroad approaches.

St. Patrick’s Day Party
On March 15
th, the Puyallup Activity Center hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. The event was great fun and featured “The Mid-Day Melody Men”, a group of gentlemen that sing songs in Barbershop style. The crowd sang along to old-time favorite songs and enjoyed the groups’ hilarious jokes. A special meal featuring Irish Stew was also a big hit!

Building Damage/Occupancy - Emergency Management Training
Several members of the City’s Building, Fire Prevention, and Development Engineering staff will be attending training on March 27th, related to post-disaster responsiveness. This Emergency Management training, known as “ATC-20”, focuses on the quick assessment of building damage/allowable occupancy in structures immediately following an earthquake or other disaster. This training will give City staff the skills to assess the stability of local buildings in the event of a major disaster.  Given the number of staff involved in this training, Building & Fire Prevention field inspections will not be held on that day. Builders on active construction sites have been notified and staff has made accommodations for extra inspections the day before and after the training.

DUI Emphasis Patrols
The Puyallup Police Department (PPD) hosted it’s annual St. Patrick’s Day DUI Emphasis patrol on March 16th, with over 20 officers from throughout Pierce County participating. Of the 356 contacts made by the emphasis team, 15 were DUI arrests in the City; another 15 were arrested outside of the City. Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Task Force Chair, Chief Cheesman, Chief Jeter, and two members of Liquor Control contacted local drinking establishments throughout the night. The team spoke to the management of these businesses regarding the number of impaired drivers arrested in 2012 and year-to-date 2013, who had identified these establishments as the places they had been drinking prior to their arrests. The establishments were given information on free classes conducted by the Liquor Control Board in an attempt to reduce those numbers. In addition to the Task Force emphasis patrol, PPD had two officers out on Friday and Sunday evenings who arrested 6 additional DUIs, for a total of 21 impaired drivers taken off Puyallup streets last weekend.

Puyallup
 Public Library Foundation Board
The newly-formed Puyallup Public Library Foundation Board held their first meeting on March 18th. New bylaws that authorize and regulate the board were passed, and former State Senator Jim Kastama was elected as the board president.  The board will initially focus on the 100th anniversary gala and fundraising event scheduled for September 27th. The fundraising event will feature award-winning young adult author Susan Cooper, who will deliver the first annual Jim Taylor Author Lecture.

Former Police Explorer Returns to Puyallup
On March 19th, the Puyallup Police Department conducted an oath of office ceremony for former Police Explorer and PPD’s newest lateral entry police officer, Eric Lewis. Officer Lewis worked for the King County Sheriff’s Department for the past 10 years. Prior to serving King County, he worked as a police officer in Virginia and served our country in the military.

Officer Lewis is the tenth former Explorer hired by the PPD. The Explorer program provides volunteer and training opportunities to high schoolers with an interest in law enforcement. Seven former explorers are in patrol, two in the jail, and one in records. Three out of our four reserve officers are former Explorers as well. What a great testament to our Explorer program!

2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released its report card on America’s infrastructure for 2013.  The report card grades the nation’s infrastructure in sixteen categories to include roads, transit, ports, levees, bridges, drinking water, energy, schools, parks, and recreation. The overall grade for the nation’s infrastructure in 2013 is a D+ which is up slightly from the 2009 grade of a D. The ASCE report also noted that there is a need to invest $3.6 trillion by the year 2020. To view the report visit: www.infrastructurereportcard.org.

Proposed Development Project Public Meeting
On March 28th, a public meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 10:00 am, for a proposed industrial development known as “Port-167 Industrial Park”. The project will be considered by the City’s Binding Site Plan Committee, which reviews and renders decisions on binding site plans pertaining to development proposals involving commercial or industrial projects.   The Port-167 Industrial Park, proposed along the south side of 27th Avenue NW (just south of the Valley Avenue bridge near Fife), would consist of approximately 650,000 square feet in two large industrial buildings.  The project would include major upgrades to the City water and sewer systems off of Valley Avenue. The applicant would like to begin construction this spring.

Voyage To Vancouver And Beyond…
The Activity Center recently offered a 3-day, 2-night senior excursion on March 12-14, to theVancouverWashington area.  The accommodations were at the luxurious Heathman Lodge and the local tours were plentiful. Visits included the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and Vancouver Community Library, which was recently featured in Sunset Magazine. Other excursions included the Multnomah Falls Visitor Center and Restaurant, Bob’s Red Mill, Dave’s Killer Bread, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive CenterFort Vancouver’s Officer Row, and the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. In addition to the many tours offered, our seniors experienced great weather!

Crime Control Roundtable
The Puyallup Police Department hosted its first Crime Control Roundtable (CCRT) of 2013 on March 7th. The PPD hosted the CCRT in our recently updated training room, and the meeting was well attended. The PD’s traffic unit and the city’s traffic engineer were on hand to speak about traffic enforcement and traffic engineering in the City of Puyallup.

El día de los niños
Come spend the afternoon at Puyallup Public Library’s annual El día de los niños/El día de los libros or Day of the Children/Day of the Books, celebration on April 20th from 1:30 to 4 pm.  In its continuing effort to reach out to all Puyallup residents, the Library has planned a day of fun for the whole family to celebrate language and culture, children and books. 

For more information on the event at the Puyallup Public Library, contact Carol Hopkins at (253) 841-5454, or go to the website at www.puyalluplibrary.org. For additional information about “El día de los niños,” visit the Association for Library Services to Children website atwww.ala.org/dia.

Youth Baseball/Softball
With the completion of youth baseball/fastpitch registration in February, recreation staff has been busy setting up teams, conducting drafts, and organizing practice times.  Youth leagues in T-Ball, Coach Pitch, regulation Boy’s Baseball, girls Coach Pitch, and Fastpitch have been organized with volunteer coaches for each team. Practices will begin March 23rd with games beginning in mid-April.  Leagues in competitive/elite Jr. High boy’s baseball and competitive girl’s fastpitch softball will also begin in April and May.

Construction Project Updates
39th Ave SE Extension
The remaining changes to the signal at Meridian and 39th are expected to occur in early May, followed shortly thereafter with the final lift of pavement from 3rd St SE to just west of theMeridian intersection.

5th Ave NW
 Sewer Main
This project is substantially complete with paving completed this past week. Clean up and demobilization of the contractor from the site will be following shortly. Several hundred feet of sewer main, three sewer manholes, and numerous side sewer connections were installed as part of this project.

Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program
Depending on the weather conditions, Public Works staff is preparing for the installation of 15 speed tables in the month of April. The speed tables will be installed in four neighborhoods: 21st Street SE27th Avenue SEManorwood Drive SE, and Brookmonte Drive SE.

Mark Your Calendars

  • 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
  • March 28 – Public Meeting, Council Chambers, 10:00 am
  • April 9 – City Gallery Artist Reception, 5th Floor City Hall, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • April 9 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
  • April 13 – Farmer’s Market Kick-Off, Pioneer Park, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
  • April 13 – Puyallup Daffodil Parade, In Puyallup @ 12:45 pm
  • April 16 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
  • April 20 – El dia de los ninos, Puyallup Public Library, 1:30-4:00 pm
  • April 20 – Parks Appreciation Day, Various Puyallup Parks, 9:00 am - Noon
  • April 27 – PMSA’s “Clean Sweep”, Main Street Parking Lot, 107 N. Meridian, 9:45 am
  • April 23 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
  • May 6-11 – Spring Clean Up

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