Following is a letter sent to the DuPont’s Mayor, Council and Staff on Friday, March 13:
- A Little Good Revenue News. The City received a $2,433 check today from AWC Retro as a refund for the 2005 and 2007 policy years. This is a good reflection on the City’s aggressive safety program.
- Bomb Incident. The City Police and Fire Departments responded Thursday evening to the report of a suspicious devise in a car by Guesthouse Suites. Bomb squad details from Fort Lewis and Pierce County responded to the incident. As it turned out Fort Lewis had conducted a training exercise involving what is supposed to look like an IED but failed to communicate with our Police Department, which is the protocol. The event did resolve without too much disruption but was tense for a while. A thank you is in order to the Police and Fire Departments for their professional response to the incident. Fort Lewis I Corp has been in contact and was very apologetic.
- Firefighter Exchange Program. Al Gasak became the first DuPont Firefighter to take advantage of the “Firefighter Exchange Program” with Lakewood Fire District #2. Beginning last Monday, instead of coming to work at DuPont Station #26 on Hoffman Hills, Al reported to work at Lakewood Station 20 – one of LFD#2’s busiest fire stations. In return, DuPont has an ‘Exchange Firefighter’ named Travis Kugh. FF Kugh is a veteran ‘A-Shifter” who was the first to sign up on the Lakewood side to exchange with our troops. Al reports that he has received a lot of training help but not much sleep. Station #20 is known for running as many emergency calls in a 24-hour shift as DuPont does in a month!!
- Fire Report Update. FIRECOMM has upgraded their reporting information and DuPont is an integral part of that process. Beginning in two weeks, the City Council will get its monthly incident summaries and response performance reports in a new, improved format.
- Museum News. Monday the DuPont Historical Society will have their annual meeting at 7PM. At 6:30PM they will preview the new history video on DuPont. It is titled “DuPont’s Roots, Pathways to Fort Nisqually”. The Historical Society is also planning for their major fund raiser, the Cherry Blossom Tea and Vintage Bridal Show. It will be held on Saturday May 2nd at 2PM.
- Train Canopy Update. This week the contractor has been working to complete the holes and formwork for the canopy footings. Following inspections on Thursday morning, the concrete trucks arrived and the pier footings were poured. The contractor will be back on site Monday and we can expect to see the canopy take shape as they begin placing the roof framework. With the canopy work underway, we are starting to see renewed interest in taking part in restoration of the train components. We will be working with the State to develop some information and guidance for volunteers to aid in the coming restoration and preservation efforts.
- First Park Northwest. I met and conversed with the developers of this major project this week. As with many projects in DuPont, the timeline for development of this major Business and Technology Park is being impacted by the sour economy and the availability of capital.