By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Community Forestry Assistance Grant. The City of DuPont was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry Program. The grant process was very competitive and the City was commended for their strong project. The grant award will allow the City to develop a Citizen Tree Care Manual. Congratulations to Tree Board members Micki McNaughton, Kerri McConnell, Councilmember John Ehrenreich, City Administrator Dawn Masko and Public Works Director Peter Zahn for their efforts in successfully obtaining this grant!
2. AWC Retro Program Premium Refund
The City was recently notified that they will be receiving an AWC (Association of Washington Cities) Retro refund check in the amount of $3,787. Members have received partial L&I premium refunds every year since program inception. Refund distribution decisions are guided by a policy that seeks to return as much of L&I premium refunds to members as posible, while continuing to build an adequte reserve account to cover the unexpected consequences of an adverse claim year. Members are also rewarded performance-based refunds to acknowledge efforts to keep loss ratios down. The AWC Retro program provides loss prevention services and worker compensation claims management for a consortium of cities.
3. South Sound Military & Communities Partnership
The City of DuPont has been participating in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Growth Coordination Plan process since December 2009. The official Plan was released in December 2010 and is one of its intended purposes is to provide JBLM and community providers with recommendations for leveraging the economic opportunities of base expansion and for providing adequate off-base support services. The Plan recommends establishing a new Regional Partnership that would be responsible for the oversight of implementation. This new group is being called the “South Sound Military & Communities Partnership”. A Steering Committee, formed by the 13 members who participated as the Regional Steering Committee for the Plan will coordinate the work of the Partnership. The City of DuPont is represented by City Administrator Dawn Masko on this Committee. The Committee will be seeking additional grant funds from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) for plan implementation costs.
The Partnership will provide a framework for collaboration with local governments, military installations, State and Federal agencies to better coordinate efforts in areas such as military relations, transportation planning, environment, emergency preparedness, data coordination, grant applications, growth planning, population forecasting, workforce, education, housing and community development, economic development, and other issues that may arise.
4. Heirloom Orchard Maintenance
A volunteer arborist will be working in the Heirloom Orchard next week performing the first stages of grafting. The orchard will also be pruned for maximum care and upkeep, after which the arborist will return for a second phase of grafting. GPS coordinates will also be taken of each tree.
5. Pierce County Flood Control Zone District
The Pierce County Council is expected to take action on an Ordinance abolishing the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District at their March 8th meeting. The Council is also requesting the Pierce County Executive complete a State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) review of a Flood Control Zone District encompassing the entirety of Pierce County. The meeting is scheduled for 3:00 PM in the Pierce County Council Chambers, located at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 1045.
6. DuPont Historical Society Lecture Series
The second program in the 2011 DuPont Historical Society Lecture Series – “Mysteries Under Our Highways” – will be held this 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.
7. Upcoming Meetings – Week of March 7th – 11th
- Parks Agency Meeting Monday, March 7th at 7:00 PM
- City Council Meeting Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 PM
8. Council Agenda Items – March 8th, 2011
- Executive Session at 6:30 PM
- Presentations: Pierce Conservation District Stream Team; Tree Board
- Consent Agenda Items: Council Meeting Minutes; Claims Vouchers; Approval of Water and Stormwater Documents for Pioneer Middle School
9. 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.
- The City of DuPont’s Youth Baseball program officially starts next week. Teams have been formed and practice schedules have been posted. Games kick off on March 26th at our Jamboree at DuPont PowderWorks Park. This will be a community wide event! All are welcome to enjoy a hotdog in the park as we officially throw out the first pitch of Spring Fever!
- 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!
10. DuPont Station TRAX Project
A civil and building preconstruction meeting was held on March 3rd for the DuPont Station TRAX project. The contractor, Garco Construction, intends to phase the construction beginning with the three residential buildings along McNeil Street and Ross Avenue and the underground parking garage. Construction is expected to begin in early April and take approximately 18 months to complete. This $35 million development is anticipated to generate about 300 construction and 200 supplier, vendor and sub-contractor jobs to the area.
11. Town Hall Meeting
Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith is looking forward to holding his first Town Hall meeting of the year on Saturday, March 19th at the DuPont City Hall from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. Congressman Smith will meet with constituents to listen to concerns, answer questions, and discuss issues facing Congress, including the budget, military and veterans, healthcare and more. Please RSVP if you are able to attend to (253) 593-6600 or (888) SMITH09 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. Pierce County Reads 2011
Starting March 5th Pierce County libraries will be celebrating reading with the annual reading program – Pierce County Reads. “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America” by Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan is the featured book for this year’s community-wide reading program. The 4th annual event encourages everyone in Pierce County to read and discuss the same book, and attend activities connected to the book during the celebration which runs through April 30th. This year’s book is the first one from a Northwest author and allows for a variety of events connected to the area, including talks on Mount Rainier, fire and rescue efforts, and creating wildlife sanctuaries in the backyard.
The Mayor and City Council are supporting this effort through a Proclamation at the March 8th City Council meeting. Additional information on the event is available at www.piercecountylibrary.org.
13. Cherry Blossom Tea
The 2011 Cherry Blossom Tea and Vintage Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, April 30th beginning at 2:00 PM at Chloe Clark Elementary School. This year’s theme is “Women of the Greatest Generation: Fashions and Memorabilia from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s”. Tickets are $12/individual or $10 per person for a table of 10. Be a table host! Invite 10 friends and decorate your table with a theme representing your business, organization or family history. All ladies are encouraged to come for an afternoon of fun, sweet treats and nostalgia for the good old days! Proceeds benefit the DuPont Historical Society and the DuPont Museum. For information please contact Lee at (253) 267-5267 (evenings, weekends) or Joh at (253) 964-2399.
14. Dementia Caregivers Seminar
“Inside Dementia: A Primer for Caregivers,” offers information, resources, help and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Kathy Moisio, R.N., B.S.N, instructor and project coordinator at the Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing, will look at the symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia. She will discuss how caregivers can effectively respond and take care of their loved ones as well as themselves. The event is free and no RSVP is required.
“Inside Dementia” will be held twice in conjunction with community open house:
- March 16th 5:00 – 7:00 PM Cascade Park Active Day – 232 St. Helens in Tacoma
- March 19th 10:00 AM – Noon MultiCare Adult Day Health – 6442 S. Yakima in Tacoma
Both programs offer adult day services for individuals with dementia. In addition to the presentation, families will be able to learn more about local resources and support services available to both caregivers and care recipients. The presentation is sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care, Cascade Park Active Day and MultiCare Adult Day Health.
15. Rebuilding Together South Sound
Free home repairs for low income homeowners who are elderly, disabled or families with children are available by contacting www.rebuildingtogetherss.org or by calling (253) 238-0977.
16. Free Immunizations
Franciscan Health Services, Mary Bridge and MultiCare Mobile Health Services offer free immunizations for low income women and children. Free whooping cough vaccines are also available for uninsured or underinsured adults caring for newborns or infants. For more information please contact (253) 926-6938 or www.multicare.org/home/mobile-health-services.
17. Redistricting in Pierce County
Local, State, and Federal governments are required to use the updated population from the recent Census to adjust district boundaries. Redistricting is the process of changing district boundaries so that each district is nearly equal in population. Equal population between districts helps to ensure equal representation. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office website provides a comprehensive tutorial on the redistricting process and includes FAQ’s, timelines, and links to State laws. The website is located at Pierce County Auditor – Redistricting.
18. Pierce Transit Information
- Bus Service Interruptions – A fire in one of Pierce Transit’s natural gas fueling stations has reduced the ability to keep the entire bus fleet in service. Crews are currently fueling buses at remote locations. All routes and trips will be served without service interruptions on Saturday and Sunday, March 5th & 6th. Emergency reduced bus service, operating on a modified Saturday schedule with additional service, will begin on Monday, March 7th until further notice. Service interruptions are anticipated to last for several days and Pierce Transit is asking for patience and understanding as they work to maintain as much service as possible. Regular web updates are available at www.piercetransit.org.
- Service Level Reductions – The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners directed Pierce Transit staff to go forward in reducing the system by approximately 35% by October 2011 in light of the recent failure of Proposition 1. All service and staff reductions are to occur by that date. These actions are intended to stabilize the agency’s finances and allow for short and long-term sustainability. Public hearings will be held in April with the dates and times to be announced later. The Board will take formal action for the October service reduction at their May 9, 2011 meeting. The Board also indicated that they will not pursue exercising ballot authority at this time but did not rule out using it in the future.
19. Free Developmental Disability Job Fair
Job seekers and students with disabilities can attend a free conference called “Tools 4 Success” to help prepare them for their job searches and employment. The half-day employment and technology conference will be held March 22nd from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Tacoma Community College. Sponsored by Pierce County Community Connections, Developmental Disabilities, and community organizations, the conference is also open to career counselors, employment specialists, parents, and agency case managers. A $20 registration fee is required for professionals and parents. The conference is aimed at being interactive and assistive technology will be on display. Special sessions will include resume preparation, interviewing skills, job and career search, getting and keeping a job, computer tools, asking for reasonable accommodation, and success stories.
Pre-registration is required. Please contact PAVE at (253) 565-2266 or Kady Duggan at email@example.com. TTY users, please use Washington Relay at 711 or (800) 833-6388. Accommodation and interpreters will be provided if requested by March 8th.