By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Shoreline Analysis Report. The January 2011 edition of the Revised Final Shoreline Analysis Report for the City of DuPont’s Shoreline: Puget Sound has been updated and posted on the City Shoreline Master Program (SMP) webpage at Shoreline Analysis Report. The revised final edition is dated February 2011. Any questions should be directed to Planning Manager Bill Kingman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. City Hall Business Hours
As a reminder, City Hall business hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. The change in hours was implemented in December 2010 as a result of numerous staffing reductions which impacted staff’s ability to balance the many competing needs of the City. As a convenience for paying utility bills, there is a drive-up drop box located in the northeast corner of the parking lot at City Hall. Please deposit only utility bill payments in the drop box; all other payments need to be made inside of City Hall. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused the public.
3. Police Citizen’s Academy
The DuPont Police Department will be holding a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning on April 6th and is inviting all interested persons to register. The Academy will be held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and will include a tour of our Public Safety facility, the 911 dispatch center, and a trip to the range. Among other topics, the classes will include a history of law enforcement, traffic enforcement, a review of department equipment, criminal investigations and scientific investigation techniques, identity theft, and general crime prevention information. This will be a great way to learn about how your police department operates and to ask questions. Applications are available online at www.ci.dupont.wa.us. Please contact Officer Mike Cummings at email@example.com with any questions regarding the Academy.
4. Reminder to Citizens
The City occasionally receives complaints of persons driving across sidewalks and parking on their front lawn. This behavior is prohibited by DuPont Municipal Code 14.02.010 and applies to any type of motor vehicle. Police will typically make contact with the resident and inform them of the City code that prohibits this and the matter is usually resolved. The concern is the damage to the sidewalk that can be caused by driving over it, which then leads to an unnecessary expense to repair it. The Police Department would like to remind you to park in your driveway, the street or another appropriate place. Please help the City preserve our sidewalks by not driving over them!
5. Wellness Trainings Provided by Madigan Staff
The Wellness Committee, in collaboration with Madigan Medical Center staff, has been providing Wellness seminars to City employees. Colonel Jerome Penner has generously allowed qualified Army personnel to provide these free trainings to our employees. Recent topics have included Stress Management, Terminal Illness and Death, and Diabetes Awareness and Prevention. The City greatly appreciates the collaboration which has allowed these trainings to occur!
6. Spring Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class
The DuPont Fire Department invites citizens who live or work in the DuPont area to attend our next session of CERT classes. Aimed at preparing groups of citizens in our community to prepare for and respond to disasters, the classes will follow a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offered in cities across the United States. The idea behind this model is to teach people in neighborhoods how to help each other in the first few minutes or hours following a disaster – before emergency responders are able to render professional help. Students will gain hands-on skills such as how to put out small fires, render first aid in a disaster situation, and perform light search and rescue.
The series of six classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings for three weeks, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM, and will culminate in a practical exercise to be held on a Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The spring class will begin on March 21st and end on April 9th. Classes will be held at the DuPont Fire Station. Instructors will be uniformed firefighters and other subject matter experts. The classes are FREE and are open to 25 students. It is important that if you enroll you are able to attend all sessions to receive your CERT certificate. Contact Fire Chief Greg Hull at (253) 377-7289 or Battalion Chief Greg Cooper at (253) 377-3245 for additional information. To enroll, contact Vincent Martinez at (253) 983-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Upcoming Meetings – Week of February 28th – March 4th
- Tree Board Meeting Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00 PM
- Tourism Board Meeting Tuesday, March 1st at 2:00 PM
- Elected Officials Training Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 PM
- Civil Service Meeting Thursday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM
8. Parks & Recreation
Please call (253) 912-5245 or go to the City’s website at www.ci.dupont.wa.us for registration information, questions on Parks & Recreation activities, or for volunteer opportunities.
- It’s not too late to purchase your tickets to support DuPont Youth Basketball! Tonight’s Bingo Night, which begins at 7:00 PM at the Community Center, is open to the entire community. Prizes include Movie Night gift baskets, Smoothie Making gift baskets, PJ’s Sweets gift basket, gift cards from McNamara’s and Farrelli’s, autographed Seahawks football, Sonicare Toothbrush, and a child’s arts & crafts gift basket! Pizza and drinks are available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Many thanks to all who contributed to make this event a success!
- Youth Baseball officially starts next week – which may be hard to fathom with snow still melting on the ground! Many thanks to our volunteer parents and coaches throughout the community who make this possible! Our Jamboree is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th at DuPont PowderWorks Park. The day will include mini-games, ballpark snacks, and picture day. Plan to attend to enjoy the spring day and cheer on our young athletes.
- The 4th Annual Shamrock Walk is fast approaching! The event is being held on Saturday, March 12th and will begin promptly at 10:00 AM. The first 50 walkers will receive a goody bag packed with ideas for healthier living. Registration forms are available at City Hall (1700 Civic Drive) or on the City’s website.
- Visit our website for information on other programs including Spring Break Soccer Camp, Yoga, Cheerleading, track program, and more!
9. DuPont Historical Society Lecture Series
The second program in the 2011 DuPont Historical Society Lecture Series – “Mysteries Under Our Highways” – will be held on Sunday, March 6th at 2:00 PM. Archaeologist Pam Trautman and historian Craig Holstine with the WA State Department of Transportation will each talk about a history mystery connected to Washington’s roads, including one under Interstate 5 in Seattle. The lecture will be held at the DuPont Presbyterian Church located at 502 Barksdale Avenue in the Historic Village and is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Joh Jones at (253) 964-2399 or Lee McDonald at (253) 267-5267.
10. Regional Police Training
The DuPont Police Department will be hosting a regional Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement class on March 3rd and 4th. Police officers from around the region will be attending the class in addition to four of our own officers. The class, being taught by Lacey and Olympia Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol, was created to give officers additional investigative techniques they can use when they are investigating a possible driving impaired situation.
11. Board of Equalization Opening
Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven member board hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their properties as determined by the Assessor-Treasurer’s Office, such as property valuations and exemption changes and denials.
The board session begins on July 15th each year. The board is on a three member rotation cycle; each member works three weeks in a row with two weeks off. Upon completing the work before it, the board adjourns until fall when petition hearings begin. Members receive a per diem for attending board meetings. New members are required to attend a two-day Department of Revenue training session. Elected officials, employees of elected officials, and people who have worked in the Assessor-Treasurer’s Office within the past two years are ineligible for board service.
Board members are appointed by the Pierce County Executive subject to County Council confirmation. Applications are due by March 11th and can be requested in person from the Clerk of the Board of Equalization’s Office, 2401 S. 35th Street, Room 176, by email at email@example.com or on the web at Board of Equalization application.
12. Long Term Care Insurance – Information Program
“Long Term Care Insurance: Wise or Foolish?” is an opportunity to get impartial information about the strengths and weaknesses of long term care insurance coverage. The workshop will deal with basic issues such as how long term care insurance works, how much it costs, what various services are covered, and conditions that may be excluded.
The free program will be held at four different locations:
- March 7th 12:10 – 12:50 PM Pierce County Annex – 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma
- March 7th 7:00 – 8:00 PM Sumner Branch Library – 1116 Fryar Ave., Sumner
- March 8th 7:00 – 8:00 PM Gig Harbor Branch Library – 4424 Pt. Fosdick Drive
- March 9th 12:10 – 12:50 PM County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., 7th Floor
This is an information-only program sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. Opportunity for questions from participants will be included. Printed materials will be provided to participants including publications from the WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner as well as resources to help individuals and families evaluate competing plans.