Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Smoke Detector Reminder: November 7th marks the end of Daylight Savings Time and clocks will be turned back one hour. The DuPont Fire Department would like to remind citizens to use this date as a reminder to make sure that you are maintaining your home smoke detectors. Although most of the residential smoke alarm systems in DuPont have 110 volt power supply, they are equipped with batteries as back-up and these should be changed annually. Low batteries will cause smoke detectors to make a chirping sound that may be confused as a fire alarm. Changing the batteries once each year will maintain operational readiness in the case of a power failure and prevent mistaken alarms. Speaking of batteries, November is a good month to change the batteries in your flash lights, portable radios, and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms. Questions about preparing for the winter storm season can be directed to the DuPont Fire Department at (253) 964-8414.
2. Community Memorial Wall Update
The panels and benches for the Memorial at Ross Plaza were delivered this past Thursday. Soldiers from the 6th MP group along with Pierce County District Court work crews assisted with the trenching for the electrical conduit for lighting. 6th MP soldiers were also on hand today to backfill the trench, relay the sod, and assist with final site preparations needed to complete the project.
3. Veteran’s Day Ceremony and Memorial Wall Dedication
Please join the City of DuPont as we honor those who have given their lives in service to our country by dedicating our Community Memorial Wall on Thursday, November 11th at 11:00 AM at Ross Plaza, located at 1500 Ross Loop. Many thanks to the Memorial Wall committee for working so diligently to make this happen. We are honored to have Comman Sergeant Major Frank A. Grippe as our guest speaker. This serves as a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to our local heroes and their families. Please come dressed for the weather.
4. Upcoming Meetings – Week of November 8th – 12th
* The Planning Agency meeting scheduled for November 8th has been cancelled.
* Tourism Board Meeting Tuesday, November 9th at 2:00 PM
* City Council Meeting Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM
* City Hall offices are closed on Thursday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day
* Community Memorial Wall Dedication Thursday, November 11th at 11:00 AM
5. Council Agenda Items – November 9th, 2010
* Public Hearings: 2011 Proposed Budget and 2011 Revenues
* Consent Agenda Items: 11/9/10 Claims Voucher List; Community Services Consultant Contract
* New Business: First Readings of Ordinance Amending DMC Title 7 – Household Pets; Regular & EMS Property Tax for 2011 Ordinances; Second Readings of Ordinances Amending DMC Title 3, 17, 21 and 22 regarding Utility Taxes, Water and Stormwater Rates; Resolution Amending Fees
6. Tourism Update
The City of DuPont was nominated as one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” through Budget Travel magazine. This nomination showcased The Home Course, our history, and our national award winning Farrelli’s restaurant. Stay tuned fro an announcement regarding voting opportunities. The winning town will be featured in the September 2011 issue of Budget Travel.
7. Mayor’s 2011 Proposed Budget
The Mayor’s 2011 Proposed Budget is available for viewing at: 2011 Proposed Budget .
8. El Rancho Madrona Water Main Connection Project
Staff held a pre-construction meeting this past week with the contractor for the El Rancho Madrona water main connection project. Project site staking and mobilization is set to begin on Monday, November 8th with the project preliminarily targeted to finish by the end of the month. Once complete, the project will provide a new water main that will connect the El Rancho Madrona water system with the City’s main water system, providing increased functionality and added reliability. This new connection is the first step in being able to move forward with the replacement and upgrades of the water mains in El Rancho Madrona – a project which is planned for next year.
9. Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Feel the holiday spirit come alive for the entire community as the City of DuPont hosts its’ annual tree lighting event on Monday, November 29th at 6:00 PM at Ross Plaza. The merriment begins with a traditional lighting of the tree, then warm up with hot cocoa and cookies as you enjoy live music from Mr. Ray Conn! Many thanks to DuPont 4th grade student Athena who assisted Mayor Jenkins and the City Administrator in selecting this year’s beautiful tree this past Monday in the midst of a record-breaking rainstorm. A big thank you is also due to Joint Base Lewis-McChord for donating our tree and the DuPont Lions Club who will put their talents to good use decorating the tree.
10. Recreation Programs
* Registration for Youth Basketball officially opened on October 29th. This league will serve youth ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Basketball season will run from November 22nd – March 4th. Volunteers and volunteer coaches are needed. The cost for this program is $50 which includes a T-shirt. Our goal is to have every team play at least one game per week in addition to practices. The registration deadline is Friday, November 12th.
* Our Holiday Bazaar is being held on Saturday, November 13th at Pioneer Middle School. Doors open at 9 AM and admission is free. Parks & Recreation will host a gift basket raffle to help support ongoing programs. Tickets are $1.00 each or $5.00 for six tickets. Box lunches will also be available for purchase for $5.00.
* Annual Santa Breakfast – Many thanks to America’s Credit Union for sponsoring this year’s Santa Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, December 4th 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.
Additional information is available at www.ci.dupont.wa.us or by calling 253-912-5245.
11. Police Training
DuPont Police Sergeant Dana Smitley recently attended a two-day Internal Affairs Investigations course hosted by the Lakewood Police Department. The training focused on best practices, social media, in-car videos, and other related issues.
12. Sequalitchew Creek/Edmond Marsh Committee
The recently formed Sequalitchew Creek/Edmond Marsh Committee held their first meeting last night. Ron Fredericks was elected as the committee chairperson with Jeff Mitchell as the co-chair. There was great discussion on a variety of topics surrounding the preservation and restoration of these areas. The next meeting is scheduled for December 2nd with a full agenda including a environment protection visioning process.
13. Shoreline Master Program Update
The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Visioning Report was submitted to the Department of Ecology as required on October 22nd. The report includes a summary of survey responses, strategy for shoreline uses, public access, resource protection and restoration, and the comment forms, as required by Task 3.1 of the grant. The report can be viewed on the City of DuPont website or at the following link: SMP Update Webpage.
The next step of the SMP update process is the Planning Agency review of the draft SMP goals, policies and regulations for shoreline areas. That review will occur in late January or February 2011.
14. Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan Meetings
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities is hosting public meetings to provide the public with an update on the Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan. The public meetings will address flood hazard issues on Pierce County’s seven major rivers and tell residents about the policies and projects aimed at helping reduce the risks and property losses associated with flooding. The meetings will be an open house, drop-in format, and all three will run from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
* Monday, November 8th Orting Middle School 111 Whitehawk Blvd. NW
* Tuesday, November 9th Lakewood Community Ctr 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW
Information about the plan update can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/floodplan. For more information about the meetings, or to provide comments on the plan update, contact Melissa Paulson at (253) 798-4686.
15. Fall Safety Tips
With the arrival of Fall comes a variety of seasonal safety issues such as the following:
* Drowning: Drowning can occur in as little as three inches of water. Rain water is stored in ditches and storm drainage basins. Please instruct children to stay away from ditches and storm drainage basins near your house.
* Flooding: Plugged storm drainage grates cause flooding. Remove leave from storm grates when a storm is approaching and check periodically throughout the season to make sure they are clear.
* Pedestrian Safety: Darkness occurs earlier in the Fall and Winter. Instruct children on safe walking habits.
* Power Outages: Be prepared with food, light, and heat. Have an emergency plan for your family. Where will you gather? How will you communicate with each other?
16. “Beyond High School” Event
The Steilacoom High School “Beyond High School” event will be held on Tuesday, November 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The event features a broad focus which includes the college-bound student as well as students who will attend other additional schooling or start careers. There will be speakers on financial aid, NCAA requirements, four-year colleges, two-year community or technical colleges, apprenticeship programs, scholarships, and military careers. All high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend.
17. Local Flood Resources and Prevention Website
With meteorologists predicting a colder and wetter winter than usual, Pierce County agencies are urging residents to be prepared in the event of a flooding emergency. Pierce County Public Works and Utilities recently compiled links to local flood resources and prevention efforts in one place: www.piercecountywa.org/flood. The new website offers the ability to check flooding conditions for the Puyallup, Carbon, White, and Nisqually rivers; learn about the Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan that’s being developed to reduce the risks to public safety, minimize damage to public and private property, reduce river maintenance costs and maintain or improve habitat conditions; access resources to prepare before, during and after a flood; find out more about the new Flood Control Zone District, which was established this year to maintain and operate flood control infrastructure; and sign up to receive emergency messages via land line, cell phone, email or text message from Pierce County ALERT, the new mass notification system operated by the Department of Emergency Management. Additional information is available by calling (253) 79802725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
18. Tutoring Resources for Army Dependents
Tutor.com offers free one-on-one tutoring with 24/7 access and is staffed with background-checked certified teachers. Students can log on at www.myarmyonesource.com/CYSS_totor and register by entering their Army affiliation and email. Once logged in the service allows students to access live homework help.
Soarathome.org is a similar site (SOAR stands for Student Online Achievement Resources). It is aimed at students in grades 3-11. It also has a parent portal so that parents can view utilization.
19. Career Day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Middle school through college students thinking of becoming zookeepers, zoo veterinarians, marine biologists or environmental educators won’t want to miss Career Day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on November 13th. At Career Day, students can observe special animal presentations, find out how staff prepared for their zoo careers, pick up free information and participate in behind-the-scenes tours (space is limited for the tours).
Check-in begins at 9:30 AM with most activities and presentations taking place between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The Zoo closes at 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is not required, however all participants must check in at the event tent prior to entering the zoo. Students in 6th grade through college level will receive free admission to the Zoo that day. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more details go to www.pdza.org.