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May. 3, 2013 at 12:00am City Manager's Update - May 3, 2013

 

Group Health Medical Center Earns LEED Gold

The newly-opened 53,000 square foot, Group Health Medical facility in Puyallup, is the first project in the country to achieve certification under the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, designed specifically for healthcare facilities. LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to reward the highest-performing and healthiest medical buildings. “Earning the first-ever LEED for Healthcare Gold certification validates our commitment to enhancing the environmental sustainability of Group Health facilities,” said Bill Biggs, Vice President, Administrative Services at Group Health. “The health of our patients, employees and communities depends on a healthy environment and we are committed to conducting our operations in an environmentally sensitive manner,” he added. For more information on this LEED Gold facility, see the recent press release.



Management Analyst Team #2 – Financial Tools & Reporting

The second Management Analyst Team was launched in mid-April with the primary objective of evaluating the information and reports currently available through the city’s financial software. Goals include: 1) streamlined and efficient report creation, and 2) clear and accessible budget information to assist managers and the Council in making fully informed financial decisions and overseeing the city’s expenses. The team includes city staff members who have a key role in budgeting and financials within their departments. The Finance Department will be used extensively as a resource during the process. The team is currently interviewing the departments that are not represented on the team to ensure that they start their work with a full understanding of citywide financial needs.

Hearts for Hygiene” Kicks Off in Puyallup and Sumner!

Hearts for Hygiene kicked off in the city on April 18th with the goal of filling a truck with items such as toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, and razors by Friday, May 10th. This year’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute Class took on the challenge after being informed by the food bank that state benefits, such as food stamps, do not cover these high demand items. Participating in this year’s Leadership Institute are Deputy Police Chief Dave McDonald and Communications Center Manager Tim Hannah, who have been spearheading this effort in the City. Puyallup drop-off locations include City Hall (1st and 2nd Floor), the Puyallup Library, the Puyallup Police Department, and the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce.

Auto Theft - Undercover Investigation

In March of 2013, Detectives from the Puyallup Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit received information that a known auto thief was recently released from prison and was actively committing vehicle prowls and motor vehicle thefts in and around the City of Puyallup. Puyallup Police Detectives utilized information gathered from a previous arrest of the suspect and devised a plan to investigate the suspect for the alleged crimes. During the course of this undercover operation, Detectives purchased four stolen vehicles from our suspect. Two other stolen vehicles were also recovered as part of this investigation. Three people have been identified as part of the auto theft ring and have been charged in Pierce County Superior Court with multiple counts of Taking a Motor Vehicle w/out Permission, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, and Trafficking in Stolen Property. Thanks to the outstanding work by the Special Investigations Unit in taking this career criminal off the streets!

Significant Police Department Anniversaries

Officer Mike Lewis and Officer Mike Kowalski recently celebrated their 25th anniversaries with the Puyallup Police Department. In addition to patrol, Officer Lewis has been a member of the SWAT team, a detective, a motor officer in the traffic unit, a member of the Major Collision Response Team, an Explorer advisor, and a technical accident investigator. In addition to patrol, Office Kowalski has been a member of SWAT, a detective (twice), and a member of the Clandestine Lab Team Leader.

Sergeant Joe Pihl recently celebrated his 15th anniversary with the Puyallup Police Department. Sergeant Pihl was a former Explorer who came back to Puyallup in 1998 after serving with the Sumner Police Department. Sergeant Pihl was promoted to sergeant in 2012. In addition to patrol, Sergeant Pihl has been a Field Training Officer/Police Training Officer, a member of the Major Collision Response Team, Drug Recognition Expert, Reserve Officer Coordinator, and detective.

April Wellness Program

The Activity Center’s April Wellness Program was titled “Canine Pet Nutrition.” The program was instructed by Eugene Bilden, Certified Pet Nutrition Specialist. Mr. Bilden’s class provided information on proper treats, how much to feed an animal, and talked about certain foods that can be very harmful to pets.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

On April 20th, the Activity Center offered a trip to the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The trip provided a full day of beauty and festivities including visits to the Roozengaarde Display Garden (the Roozen family grows tulips, daffodils and irises with more than 1,000 acres of field blooms and 16 acres of greenhouses) and the Skagit Valley Gardens (which is located on 25 picturesque acres and is truly a destination garden center). The excursion also included time at the downtown Mt. Vernon Street Fair with live music on two stages and a wonderful variety of food and arts and craft vendors.

Active Shooter Presentation at the South Hill Mall

On April 25th, Captain Scott Engle was invited to speak at the quarterly South Hill Mall Merchants’ meeting on the topic of “Active Shooter Scenarios”. There were approximately thirty merchants in attendance as well as mall management. Captain Engle discussed what an active shooter incident is, characteristics of an active shooter, and the three options in active shooter incidents (Run, Hide, or Fight). He also covered Police Department response, what to report to 911, and how to prepare or respond to an active shooter incident. In addition, Captain Engle briefed the group on general crime issues at the Mall and current items of interest at the PPD.

Read To Dogs!

The dogs at the Puyallup Public Library love a good story! Come to the library and read your favorite books to one of several specially trained therapy dogs.

Coach: Saturday, May 4th - 1:00-2:00 pm
Pepper: Tuesday, May 7th - 3:30-4:30 pm
Bruiser: Friday, May 10th - 3:30-4:30 pm
Coach: Saturday, May 18th - 1:00-2:00 pm
Pepper: Tuesday, May 21st - 3:30-4:30 pm

Parks Appreciation Day

The 12th annual Parks Appreciation Day served up less than desirable weather but six hearty individuals turned out at Bradley Lake Park to volunteer their time. Staff and the volunteers spread nine yards of wood chips in flower beds, picked up eight huge bags of litter, and pulled an amazing amount of scotch broom. Despite the cold, windy, wet weather, this years’ Parks Appreciation Day still resulted in a success!

Police and Puyallup High School Partner to Teach Lesson On Impaired Driving

Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Wally Anderson, (who is temporarily filling in for the current School Resource Officer) recently worked with Puyallup High School staff and students to increase awareness about impaired driving. Approximately 500 students at each lunch period came out to watch the selected students and teachers drive golf carts through a driving course wearing “Drunk goggles” (drunk goggles simulate being under the influence of intoxicants), as well as attempting to text and drive. These demonstrations showed how being impaired not only affects your ability to drive, but many other motor functions as well. Students from the PHS health classes have been working on this project for several months and were very excited to have the city partner with them to reach out to as many of their peers as possible.

The Digital Bookmobile Is Coming To Puyallup

A customized tractor-trailer is making a stop at the Puyallup Public Library on May 8th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, as part of a nationwide tour to promote digital books. The Digital Bookmobile tours the country teaching people how to check out eBooks from public libraries, how to download eBooks and audio books, and how to use reading devices like iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and Sony Readers. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Library technology from the experts!

Prescription Drug Take Back

The Puyallup Police Department received 110 pounds of prescription medication during the National Drug Take Back on April 27th. Since inception of the Prescription Drug Take Back program (P2D2), the Police Department has received over 2,400 pounds of prescription medication that would have been otherwise disposed of in ways that can be harmful to the environment. Disposing of the medications through P2D2 also prevents medications, such as painkillers, from getting into the wrong hands.

Families in Motion on the Riverwalk Trail

The Families in Motion Day on the Riverwalk Trail on April 27th was well attended, with over 750 people visiting local vendors and exhibitors and learning about the Riverwalk Trail. Highlights included free pizza and coffee, prize drawings, and lots of activities for the kids. Twelve people ran in the Veterans Park 5k race with the top runner finishing the run in 19:02 while running barefoot! Special thanks to Puyallup Deputy Mayor John Knutsen, who welcomed the crowd and Councilmember Kent Boyle, who served as emcee of the event. This event was sponsored by The Friends of the Riverwalk, City of Puyallup, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Goodwill – Puyallup Store, American Legion Post 67, Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition, and the Daffodil Valley Volkssport Association.

Development News

The permitting of new single-family residential homes in Puyallup continues on an upward trend in 2013. From 2008-2011 the City averaged about 55 permit submittals per year for new detached single-family homes. In 2012, that number jumped to 128 permits. Through the first four months of 2013, 75 single-family home permit applications have been received by the City; this is more than double the average number of quarterly permits in 2012. We expect this upswing in home construction to continue for the foreseeable future, as some new subdivision proposals will be going to public hearing over the next two months.

A major new car sales facility has submitted development plans to the City. Virginia-based CarMax, a “used car superstore,” is now entering the Pacific NW market and has plans for a new facility at the corner of North Meridian and Valley Avenue. The CarMax site encompasses 18.3 acres, making it larger than most new car dealerships. It will include an approximately 23,000 square foot sales building and a separate 55,000 square foot service center.

Spring Sports Leagues

Adult Softball is now underway. A total of 82 teams have signed up to play, with an estimated number of participants at approximately 1,200. Games are played on Sundays and weekday evenings at the Puyallup Recreation Center and Clarks Creek Park North fields. The Recreation Center offers Coed, Women’s and Men’s leagues.

Girls Select Fastpitch Softball begins this week. Eight teams are participating in this age 14 and under league.

The Youth Recreational Baseball and Softball program is now underway. Leagues are offered for boys and girls ages 5-16. There are approximately 750 youths participating in the recreational leagues and 530 participating in the select baseball program.

Mark Your Calendars

· May 6-11 – Spring Clean Up

· May 7 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· May 11 – Shredding & E-Waste Recycling Day, Cornforth Campbell Lot, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

· May 14 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· May 21 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· May 27 – Memorial Day - City Offices are Closed

· May 27 – Memorial Day Remembrance, Pioneer Park Pavilion, 1:00 pm

· May 29 – Preschool Open House, Puyallup Recreation Center, 5:00-6:00 pm

· June 4 – City Gallery Artist Reception for Bonnie Miller, 5th Floor of City Hall, 5:30-6:30 pm

· June 4 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· June 18 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

· June 25 - Council Budget Workshop, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm

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