By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Sequalitchew Creek and Edmond Marsh Committee. The Mayor recently established a committee to explore the City’s current policies and regulatory roles relative to the protection of the environmental condition and ecosystems of Sequalitchew Creek and Edmond Marsh. Committee members are Planning Agency members Jeff Mitchell and Tammy Corey, Councilmembers Roger Westman and Penny Coffey, Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council members Laurie Fait and Andy Estep, and citizen-at-large Ron Frederick. The committee will be staffed by City Administrator Dawn Masko and Planning Manager Bill Kingman. The committee will have their first meeting on November 4th at City Hall.
2. Estuary Restoration Project
The Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council (SCWC) will be planting native plants along the steep trail by the Wilkes Observatory down to the Sequalitchew Estuary on Saturday, October 23rd. This is a continuation of a grant project which started in September. Volunteers are needed to help and are being asked to meet at DuPont City Hall at 8:30 AM to complete waiver forms and get instructions. Transportation to the site will be provided. Volunteers need to provide their own work gloves and wear appropriate work clothing and rain gear if necessary as the work will happen rain or shine.
3. Upcoming Meetings – Week of October 25th – 29th
* The Planning Agency meeting scheduled for October 25th has been cancelled.
* City Council Meeting Tuesday, October 26th at 7:00 PM
* Lodging Tax Committee Meeting Wednesday, October 27th at 9:30 AM
4. Council Agenda Items – October 26th, 2010
* Presentations: Pierce County Library Facilities Master Plan Final Report; Point Defiance High Speed Rail Bypass Project; Pierce Transit Update
* Consent Agenda Items: 7/27/10 and 8/10/20 Regular Council Meeting Minutes; 10/26/10 Claims Vouchers List; Resolution Cancelling Outstanding Checks
* New Business: Ordinance Amending DMC Title 7 – Household Pets; Ordinance Amending DMC Title 3 – Utility Taxes; Ordinance Amending DMC Title 17 – Utilities; Ordinance Amending DMC Title 21 – Water Rates; Ordinance Amending DMC Title 22 – Stormwater Rates (All First Reading of Ordinances).
5. Pierce County Executive Budget Briefing
Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will host a “Budget 101” discussion at the Lakewood Community Center (9112 Lakewood Drive SW) from 6:30 – 8:00 PM on Monday, October 25th. The discussion is aimed at talking with residents about the county’s revenues, expenditures, priorities, challenges and opportunities. More information is available at www.piercecountywa.org/executive.
6. Reminder to Pet Owners
Please remember that part of being a responsible pet owner is cleaning up after your pet. Pet owners are required to clean up any pet waste immediately following its deposit. Bags and deposit containers are available in many of our City parks and trails.
7. Switch, Save and Recycle Events
Get super savings and cash by taking part in one of Tacoma Power’s events at Home Depot this month. Tacoma Power is offering buy-some, get-some-free compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and a special incentive to recycle your old refrigerator or freezer. You can also recycle up to five incandescent bulbs or burned out CFLs and get five new CFLs in return while supplies last. Please note that linear fluorescent tubes are not accepted for exchange. Using one CFL saves about $30 in electricity costs over a lifetime of use. Tacoma Power is also offering appointments to have your old, working fridge or freezer recycled. They will haul it away for free and give you $30. If you schedule your appointment at one of the events you’ll also get a $20 VISA gift card.
The Home Depot events run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on:
* Saturday, October 23rd 7050 Tacoma Mall Blvd.; Tacoma
* Saturday, October 30th 4602 Center Street; Tacoma
For more event details, go to www.KnowYourPower.com or call (253) 502-8377.
8. Recreation Programs
With holiday schedules filling up fast, be sure to mark your calendars for these hometown favorites:
* Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – Monday, November 29th at 5:00 PM at Ross Plaza.
* Annual Santa Breakfast – Saturday, December 3rd at the Home Course Event Pavilion located at 2300 Hoffman Hill Blvd. The gourmet breakfast buffet begins at 10:00 AM. Santa Claus will be ready to hear your wish list near the cozy fireplace. Tickets are $10/person with children 2 and under free and include photo time with Santa and a special treat from the jolly old elf himself. Don’t forget your camera! Tickets can be purchased at City Hall.
* Join your Parks & Recreation Agency for Fall Bingo on Friday, November 5th at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $20 for four cards and $10 for two cards. This is guaranteed to be an evening of good times and great prizes! Prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, Morton’s Steakhouse gift card, gourmet food baskets, and donations from our Holiday Bazaar vendors. Players ages 12 and up are invited to join this fun-filled evening. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall.
* A very enthusiastic planning committee has been formed to offer Youth Basketball through the City of DuPont Parks & Recreation. Watch for registration forms on the City’s website after October 27th. This league will serve youth ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Many coaches and helping hands are needed.
Additional information is available at www.ci.dupont.wa.us or by calling 253-912-5245.
9. DuPont Fire Department Training
On Monday and Tuesday of next week, DuPont firefighters – who are also CPR/first-aid instructors – will be recertifying all DuPont Police Officers and a number of City Staff for CPR and first-aid. The eight hour course teaches students to be able to render life-saving aid to people in a medical crisis until first responders arrive. Fire department staff also offers CPR/first-aid classes to the general public on a quarterly basis and will also schedule special classes for businesses and organizations if a minimum of 10 students are registered. The cost of the class is $30 per student and the class is normally eight hours on one day. Questions can be directed to DuPont Fire at (253) 964-8414.
10. Pierce County Boundary Review Board Meeting
The Pierce County Boundary Review Board meeting which was scheduled for this past Tuesday has been rescheduled to a later date. The Board was scheduled to deliberate on the formation of a Countywide Flood Control District. Additional details will be forthcoming.
11. Patriot’s Landing Skilled Nursing Facility
Patriot’s Landing recently submitted their conditional use permit for a Skilled Nursing Facility. The one-story building includes 80 beds and totals approximately 40,000 square feet on a 3.5 acre are immediately west of their facility at 1600 Marshall Circle. Please contact Planning Manager Bill Kingman at (253) 912-5393 for additional information.
12. Wellness Conference
Justin Moore (Public Works Maintenance Worker II) and Juanita Brunzell (Finance Specialist), both members of the DuPont Wellness Committee, attended the Healthy Worksite Summit coordinated by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Sessions at the Summit included employer sponsored wellness programs, health care reform, Labor & Industries services, and stress and depression in the workplace. This annual event is sponsored by various health agencies for the purpose of showing employers how to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles for their employees. Staff brought back good information for the Wellness Committee to use in educating all City staff about wellness issues and to help in our goal of meeting the requirements for the AWC Well City award designation for 2011.
13. Department of Ecology Public Meetings
The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is holding a series of upcoming public meetings to discuss potential changes and issues with Washington’s Water Quality Standards (WAC 173-201A). The Water Quality Standards are the basis for protecting and regulating the quality of Washington’s waters. This series of meetings starts the process commonly called the Triennial Review. The Triennial Review is an opportunity for the public to review the water quality standards and provide feedback on the priorities and commitments the agency makes regarding the standards.
The Surface Water Quality Standards Triennial Review process begins in November 2010. The public meetings will begin with a presentation and question/answer period, followed by a formal hearing to allow public testimony. Written comments on the Triennial Review can also be submitted to DOE until December 17, 2010.
Ecology welcomes the public to attend and participate in the Triennial Review. The first meeting will occur at 1:30 PM on November 4th at the Lacey Community Center, located at 6729 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, WA. Other meeting dates, additional information, and the address to submit written comments is located on their website at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/swqs/triennial_review.html, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (360) 407-6413.
14. Local Small Business Open House
A local small business open house is being held today at Forza Coffee Shop from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Forza is located at 1520 Wilmington Drive. The open house will give several local small businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services. There will be a raffle and auction held with proceeds benefiting the Lakewood Police Guild. Governor Christine Gregoire and Mayor Tamara Jenkins are both providing cakes for the auction.
15. National Save for Retirement Week
Congress established the week of October 17th – 23rd as National Save for Retirement Week to promote retirement savings, to increase personal financial literacy, recognize the importance of saving for retirement security, and to raise public awareness of the retirement savings vehicles available to all workers. With longer life expectancies and rising costs, especially for health care, all employees are encouraged to explore options available to them to prepare for the future.
16. Meeting with Pierce County Executive’s Office
Mayor Tamara Jenkins, City Administrator Dawn Masko, and Finance Director Sandi Hines met this morning with Keri Rooney, Executive Director of External Affairs for Pierce County as part of the Executive Office’s outreach program to all communities within Pierce County. The City had the chance to talk about issues, opportunities and challenges we are currently facing as well as hear what is going on with the County. Both sides will continue to explore opportunities for collaboration.
17. Interstate 5 Corridor Improvement Study – Grant Update
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) was informed this past week that they did not receive federal TIGER II grant funds for the Interchange Justification Report (IJR) study for I-5 corridor improvements. The receipt of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) $3.6 million grant would have funded additional planning requirements, the IJR, and the Environmental Impact Statement to move forward with the I-5 transportation study’s recommendations to improve congestion on the I-5 corridor adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
18. November 2nd Election Ballots
Election Day is less than two weeks away. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office mailed ballots to 324,550 voters across Pierce County on October 15th along with local voter’s pamphlets. Ballots to military personnel and oversees voters were mailed last month. Ballots must be post-marked by Election Day, November 2nd. You can also drop off your ballot at one of the Auditor’s 20 ballot drop sites before 8:00 PM on Election Day. Pierce County is also the last county in Washington to offer polling place elections which will only be open on November 2nd. If you are a new voter you will need to register to vote no later than October 25th. Please contact the Auditor’s Office for information on how to register to vote, where local polling places are located, or if you have not received your ballot. They can be reached at (253) 798- 7430 or email@example.com or visit their website at: Pierce County Auditor’s Office .
19. Green Living Day at Tacoma Mall
“It’s about going green…It’s about sustainability…It’s about natural health.” Tacoma Mall’s Center Court and Showcase Media have partnered to bring Green Living Day to Macy’s court on Saturday, October 23rd from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Green Living Day showcases amazing cutting-edge businesses and professionals offering a full spectrum of the latest products and services that provide smarter “Green” alternatives. Watch demonstrations on the live stage, take in new information, and enter to win prizes each hour.