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Aug. 9, 2013 at 4:53pm City Manager's Update 8/5/13

PPD Social Media Efforts Recognized

Captain Scott Engle was recently interviewed by the Puget Sound Business Examiner. The Business Examiner is doing a story on organizations that are “doing it right” in terms of the the use of social media, and they have chosen to feature the Puyallup Police Department as an example of an organization using social media well. Captain Engle fielded questions about what we use social media for, how it has changed department practices, and what recommendations we would make to others. The article will be featured in the August 19th issue.

Organization-wide, the City Manager’s office has coordinated a social media users group for departments to share their experiences and develop best practices. Members include the PD, Library, and Parks & Recreation.



Salmon Fishing Opens on the Puyallup River

Recreational fishing on the Puyallup River opened on August 1st. Representatives from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Puyallup Tribe of Indians are still working to set the late-fall season. Recreational fishing on the upper river will start August 1st, while the lower stretch opens August 16th. The following recreational fishing locations will be allowed:

· Upper river: From the City of Puyallup outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road upstream to the mouth of the White River. Fishing will be open August 10, 12-31, September 3-7, 11-14, 18-21, and 26-28.

· Lower river: From the 11th Street Bridge upstream to the City of Puyallup outfall structure. Fishing will be open August 16-31, September 3-7, 11-14, 18-21, and 26-28.

The daily limit is six salmon (minimum size 12 inches). Anglers may keep up to four adult salmon, of which only two may be any combination of chinook, coho and chum. All wild adult chinook salmon must be released.

National Night Out

The Puyallup Police Department held the annual National Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday, August 6th. The police department, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Knutsen, Council Member Vermillion, Council Member Hopkins and Council Member Swanson, visited fourteen neighborhoods and sampled food at every stop. Central Pierce Fire and Rescue; McGruff the crime dog; and Maverick, PPD’s own crime dog, visited the neighborhoods along with other members from PPD, our Volunteers In Police Service, Reserve Officers, and Explorers. A special thank you to: Crime Prevention Coordinator Lisa Isaacs, Police Support Specialist Julie Nolen, Sergeant Dan Pashon, and Officer Wally Anderson for coordinating this effort.

Fill The Canoe School Supply Drive

Businesses and community groups in Puyallup are collecting back-to-school supplies in August for students in need. The effort is headed by Communities in Schools of Puyallup and the Puyallup School District. Red Canoe Credit Union will match pound-for-pound all new school supplies donated at the Red Canoe Credit Union at South Hill Mall, Puyallup City Hall, the Washington State Fair, Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce, and the Puyallup School District Education Service Center. The school supply drive runs from August 5-23.

Hounds on the Hill

Leave the books and backpacks at home and watch Pierce College Puyallup go to the dogs on Saturday, August 24, at the Hounds on the Hill event. It’s a fun opportunity to enjoy a community fair filled with dog-themed events, booths and sponsors – all highlighted by a 2.4 mile walk starting at 8:30 am from Pierce College Puyallup's Health Education Building, continuing around Bradley Lake Park, and finishing at Pierce College by 10:00 am. Then spend the day watching (and playing in) fun dog activities and visiting vendors. Additional details and a full schedule of events may be found at www.houndsonthehill.org. The Hounds on the Hill event is a partnership between the Pierce College Foundation and the Rotary of South Hill Puyallup.

Water Division

With the help of temporary seasonal employees, summer months have been busy with important maintenance and repair tasks. Crews have inspected and repaired approximately 50 air relief valves, inspected and cleaned 9 water tanks, and painted 300 fire hydrants for optimum visibility. In addition, the remaining, non-standard, 2-port fire hydrants have been replaced with modern, 3-port fire hydrants to improve fire flow to a large portion of our water system.

Also, the Water Division has continued to upgrade the meter reading system by installing over 300 new smart meters or Automatic Meter Read (AMR). AMR technology automatically collects consumption, diagnostic, and status data from water meters and transfers the data to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analyzing.

Puyallup Day Camp 2013

The Puyallup Summer Camp program or “Funsquad” is up and running again this year. The camp features “Little KidSquad” for 3-5 year olds, “KidSquad” for 5-11 year olds, and “TeenSquad” for 12-15 year olds; with activities and field trips geared specifically to the different age groups. The final three weeks of camp will see the campers travel to Wild Waves, Puyallup High School Pool, and participate in a real camping experience overnight at the Memorial Center.

Story Time

On July 26th, Officer Eric Lewis led Super Hero Story Time at the library. Approximately twenty children were in attendance and enjoyed the interactions with Officer Lewis. Officer Lewis sat on the floor as he read to the children, which was a big hit!

Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) Activities Summer 2013

Dewatering devicesWPCP staff are pilot testing two brands of dewatering machinery as part of the current Dewatering Improvements Study. These devices are used to remove water from stabilized sewage solids prior to transport for recycling.

New electrical conduit installation - the WPCP Electrical Improvements and Flooding Mitigation Project replaces 30-year old electrical switchgear and improves reliability by elevating critical equipment above flood elevation. This project adds an additional emergency generator and replaces two existing emergency generators at the WPCP and two at off-site pumping stations.

2013 Protective Coating Project – protective coating extends the life of costly pumps and other equipment through the application of special coatings that protect against corrosion.

Street Division

Street crews are working on the 300 block of 5th Street SE doing extensive gravel base repair and asphalt patching. This section of road has required frequent maintenance, especially during the winter months. Crews recently discovered a void under the concrete due to water infiltration thus prompting more permanent repair work.

Free Testing by Diabetes Association of Pierce County

Kathy Lorey from the Diabetes Association of Pierce County visited the Puyallup Activity Center on July 29th and provided free diabetes testing for our seniors. The procedure was quick, relatively painless, and provided instant results. Ms. Lorey also discussed the common symptoms of the disease and discussed the importance of getting tested, as many people have diabetes without knowing it.

Specialty Camps at Puyallup Recreation

Specialty Camps were held throughout the month of July at the Recreation Center. Specialty Camps included: Cheer, Soccer, Tiny Hawk Soccer, Volleyball, and Mini Hawk (Multi sport: Basketball, Soccer and Baseball). Camps were available for youth ages 3 – 12. These week-long camps afford kids a great opportunity to try out a new activity and learn new habits of fitness.

Foundation for International Understanding

On July 29th the Activity Center welcomed a group of Japanese exchange students sponsored by the Foundation for International Understanding. Our guests toured the facility and learned about the senior services programs offered to our citizens. Following the tour, the students led a group activity and taught traditional Japanese arts such origami and shodo (Japanese calligraphy) to our participants. The students toured City hall on August 1st.

Development Services

Over the past few weeks, City staff met with applicants regarding the following future development projects in Puyallup:

· Pre-application meeting (i.e. pending initial land use permit submittal): A proposed Bed & Breakfast downtown in the 300 block of West Meeker;

· Pre-construction meetings (i.e. construction about to commence): Site work for the large Port 167 Industrial project, located along 27th Avenue NW adjacent to Valley Avenue; and development of a four-lot short plat in the 1400 block of 31st Avenue SW.

The Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on August 15th, 11:00 am in the Council Chambers. This hearing will pertain to a Conditional Use Permit proposed by AT&T for a wireless communications, pole-mounted antenna at the Puyallup Recreation Center on Valley Avenue. Members of the public are welcome to attend and testify at any Hearing Examiner hearing.

Development Services staff recently concluded the permitting process for a major local business which will lead to increased production and sales for the firm. St. Gobain, an international company which produces performance plastics at its Levee Road manufacturing plant, required specialized building/fire permits for new machinery which will allow additional local production of “radome” thermoplastic equipment used in the aviation industry. Radome technology allows the expanded use of wireless equipment for passengers on commercial airlines. St. Gobain employs more than 100 people at its Puyallup facility.

Online Registration Set to Go Live at the Recreation Center!

Staff recently attended training to become familiar with the new online registration software program, “Rec1.” The new registration program is set to go active on Monday, August 19th. Staff is currently in the process of finalizing the links for the online interactive Recreation brochure. Instituting online registration will make registering for programs, classes, and leagues much more convenient for participants and help streamline the process for staff. It will also make registration conveniently available 24/7.

Cheer Camp

The Puyallup High School Cheerleading Team held a Cheer camp at the Puyallup Recreation Center Gym the week of July 29th, with 39 girls learning all the skills, chants, and cheers needed to become a Puyallup Viking Cheerleader. The Cheer Squad helped teach the girls cheer skills and led group games. Participants received a t-shirt and purple pom-poms.

Mark Your Calendars

· August 13 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm (Meeting Rescheduled from August 6)

· August 15 – Hearing Examiner, Council Chambers, 11:00 am

· August 24 – Hounds on The Hill Event, Pierce College, 8:00 am

· August 27 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· September 2 – Labor Day Holiday, City Offices Closed

· September 3 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30

· September 6-22 – Washington State Fair

· September 17 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30

· September 24 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

 

Puyallup Farmer’s Market Hours:

Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm April 13 – October 12
Wednesdays 3:00pm -7:30pm May 29 – August 28

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