By Dawn Masko, Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Santa Run. Although the weather wasn’t particularly cooperative, we are pleased to report that the Santa Run was very successful. Two fire engines, escorted by two DuPont Police cars, toured Santa throughout the streets of DuPont this past Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Santa and his helpers were able to make contact with many of DuPont’s children, young and old alike, to usher in the holiday season. It is reported that Santa handed out over 2,200 candy canes and received in exchange cookies, candy, and even several wish lists from the young folks. Many thanks to DuPont Fire and Police departments for helping make many happy memories!
2. Pierce County Flood Control Zone District
The first meeting of the recently formed Pierce County Flood Control Zone District was held on December 13th. At that meeting the Board of Supervisors adopted their 2011 budget and established a $5.00 per parcel Flood Control Improvement Service Charge. At the December 14th, 2010 City Council meeting, the DuPont City Council took action to formally append to the legal action filed by the City of Lakewood challenging against the formation of the Flood Control District. Additional information about the Flood Control Zone can be found at Flood Control Zone.
3. Crosswalk Update
City staff and engineers recently reviewed site conditions and traffic data for locations identified on McNeil, Ridgeview, and Wilmington. Information from traffic counts and speed survey data was compiled and reviewed as well. This information was integrated into the engineering analysis for crosswalk markings, as well as provided data to assist our Police with ongoing enforcement efforts. The draft conclusions of the analysis recommend marking a crosswalk at the intersection of Jensen and McNeil. At this time the criteria for a crosswalk at Ridgeview and Brown was not met. Traffic and pedestrian activity along Wilmington does however warrant the addition of crosswalk markings at two locations – one at Ross Plaza and one at the driveway location by the library. The final crosswalk review report and recommendations will be completed in the coming weeks. Staff will be providing some basic diagrams showing the locations of the new crosswalks soon, with plans to install new signage and markings in 1st Quarter of 2011. Staff will also work with engineers to develop design drawings and cost estimates to construct new curb ramps and add a marked crosswalk at the driveway locations off Wilmington near the library.
4. DuPont Museum Gift Shop
The DuPont Museum’s Gift Shop may be tiny, but they carry some great, inexpensive Christmas gifts. They have DuPont baseball caps, DuPont golf-style shirts in men’s and women’s sizes, books on local history, unique old-fashioned door knockers, DuPont ornaments, and more! They also have inexpensive ideas for teacher’s gifts too. Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, sock monkeys, hand-made items, walking sticks, and stocking stuffers for kids are also available for sale. Proceeds from gift shop sales benefit Museum events. Call (253) 964-2399 for operating hours and additional information. The Museum is located at 207 Barksdale Avenue in the Historic Village.
5. Upcoming Meetings – Weeks of December 20th – 31st
* Parks Agency Meeting Monday, December 20th at 7:00 PM
* Planning Agency Meeting Monday, December 27th at 7:00 PM
6. Holiday City Hall Closures
City Hall offices are closed on Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
7. JBLM Growth Coordination Plan
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Growth Coordination Plan has been posted to a public website at www.jblm-growth.com for review and future use. Part of the public outreach process is to alert regional citizens about the importance of JBLM to this region and the incredible opportunities before us. This plan should serve as a useful roadmap for improved collaboration in the South Sound as the items outlined in the plan are addressed by JBLM and regional stakeholders.
8. Hampton Inn & Suites Hearing
The DuPont Hearing Examiner held a public hearing on December 16th on the land use application for Hampton Inn & Suites. The record was held open for the applicant to submit additional information regarding the vehicular capacity of Station Drive.
9. Yoga Classes
Registrations are being accepted for Yoga classes being offered in January and February. Classes are held on Thursdays at the Community Center located at 303 Barksdale Avenue. The City is offering two types of classes – Flow Yoga (beginning at 9:30 AM) and Senior/Gentle Yoga (beginning at 10:55 AM). The classes require a minimum of six participants and cost $48.00 for 6 weeks. For class information please call Parks & Recreation at (253) 912-5245.
10. Events Dates for 2011
Parks & Recreation has already begun planning the line-up of events for 2011. More information will be available as it becomes available, but mark your calendars now so as not to miss out on the fun!
* Shamrock Walk Saturday, March 12th
* Parks Appreciation Day Saturday, April 16th
* Annual Springtime Egg Hunt Saturday, April 23rd
* Cherry Blossom Tea Saturday, April 30th
* National Trails Day Saturday, June 4th
* Semi-Annual Yard Sale Saturday, June 18th
11. Governor’s Proposed 2011-2013 State Budget
On December 15th Governor Gregoire released her proposed 2011-2013 budget this past week which proposes deep cuts but keeps most key funding for cities. The budget will continue to provide for criminal justice assistance, liquor proceeds, stormwater funding and certain state grants. However, local governments will be impacted either directly or indirectly by many of the service cuts being proposed for state programs, as citizens will be looking for assistance from other venues. According to the Governor, this is the time where communities will be asked to step up and help – be it private charities, neighbors, faith-based organizations, or other local programs. Further information is in a press release on the Governor’s website at 2011-2013 Proposed Budget .
12. Report Flood Damages
The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center is collecting damage information from homeowners and businesses affected by the recent flooding. Residents and business owners in Pierce County that suffered damage should call the Department of Emergency Management at (866) 798-6363 (toll free).
Callers should have the following information available:
· Name and address of affected property;
· Type of insurance (homeowners);
· A description of damage, even if uninsured;
· A personal estimate of uninsured losses;
· Estimates of the fair market value of the damaged home or business. It is not necessary at this point for property owners to have a contractor’s estimate.
The findings from this assessment will be used by the Governor to request a possible disaster declaration and federal disaster assistance from the President. This process could take up to a couple of weeks or more. Federal disaster assistance, if and when it becomes available, only covers uninsured losses.
Among the immediate steps that individuals and families impacted by the floods should take:
· Call your insurance agent to check on your coverage;
· Keep detailed records of all clean-up and repair costs, including photographs;
· When the time comes to make repairs, be aware of local permit requirements and do a thorough check of potential contractors.
13. Earth-Friendly Tips to Celebrate the Season
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities would like to provide citizens with tips to help the environment while we are enjoying the holiday season:
* Waste Free Gifts & Gift Wrapping – is a Pierce County program that encourages you to celebrate by giving earth-friendly gifts and experiences. For example, give a donation in the name of a loved one or create a treasured gift that reflects your love and talents. A website has been created (www.wastefreegifts.com) that provides an online shopping catalog to buy environmentally friendly gifts, creative ideas to wrap gifts with less waste, and tips for eco-friendly parties, decorations and celebrations.
* Holiday Recycling – When buying commercial wrapping goods, look for paper made from recycled materials – then recycle it again. Only paper and cardboard can be recycled; foil wrap, plastic-coated wrap, and metallic tape and gift wraps cannot be recycled. Consider reusing gift wrap if possible. Don’t forget to recycle gift boxes, and inside packing materials.
* Treecycling – Don’t throw away your Christmas tree – recycle it! Recycled trees are chipped into mulch and compost, which are returned to the earth as a soil enhancement.
DuPont Cub Scout Pack 494 is conducting a tree recycling fundraiser on Saturday, January 8th. Tress must not have flock, tinsel, ornaments, lights or hangers on it. Pickup will begin at 8:00 AM and they will be picking up on the street-side curbs (no alleys). Email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5th to have your tree recycled.
14. Online Shopping Safety Tips
The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) urges consumers to adhere to the following tips for safe online shopping this season:
* Mix security tools and procedures. Be sure to keep your anti-virus software updated to detect and block spyware and other malicious attacks. Use a firewall to stop hackers from accessing your computer. Never shop at public computers or over free wireless connections at coffee shops.
* Be sure the site is secure. While unknown online stores may offer great deals, merchants with retail locations are probably the safest to do business with online. Before giving them your credit card info always look for the “s” in www… (this means the site is secure) and look for the lock at the end of the string. It should be in the locked position to indicate your browser has a Security Certificate with that company. If the lock is not visible or is unlocked, you should walk away from this transaction to avoid the possibility of your identity being stolen.
* Use your major credit card. If you don’t receive your merchandise or you don’t receive the merchandise you were promised, you can dispute the transaction. Federal law gives you specific rights in dispute resolution when buying with a credit card. Contact your card company for information. Watch your budget when using a credit card online. Studies show people spend more when using a credit card instead of cash, a gift card or a debit card.
* Scams may hide in online coupons. As usual, beware of any coupon site asking for personal, financial or payment information which can be misused by scam artists.
15. Winter Power Outage Tips
The City of DuPont encourages everybody to be safe and prepared during the winter season. The following tips to prepare for potential power outages are being provided to help citizens in that endeavor.
* Check flashlights and battery-powered portable radios to ensure that they are working, and you have extra batteries. A radio is an important source of weather and emergency information during a storm.
* Have sufficient heating fuel, as regular sources may be cut off. Have emergency heating equipment and fuel (a gas fireplace, wood burning stove or fireplace) so you can keep at least one room livable. Be sure the room is well ventilated.
* Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out.
* Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide insulation.
* To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture.
* Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
* Know how to shut off water valves.
* If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
* Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings if you suspect the power may go out (remember to set them back to normal once power is restored). During an outage, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door. Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed).
* If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.
* Review the process for manually operating an electric garage door.
16. Happy Holidays!!
On behalf of City staff, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas, and a safe, Happy New Year!
We look forward to the opportunity to serve our community and citizens in the coming year.Print This Post