By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. WellCity Award. The City of DuPont recently earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust, one of 82 cities receiving the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion. Award recipients receive a 2% premium discount on the Regence BlueShield or Asuris Northwest Health medical coverage for employee and spouses in 2012. This translates into a savings of approximately $9,500!
“While the 2% premium discount is a considerable motivation in times of strained budgets, the rewards go beyond the monetary savings,” said Mike McCarty, AWC CEO. “A city that works on employee health sees increases in productivity, morale and employee retention, and decreases in absenteeism and injuries,” McCarty said.
AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust provides health benefits to over 15,000 city employees in Washington. WellCity achievers will be recognized at the AWC Annual Conference in June and at the Member Programs Expo in September. Congratulations to the City’s Wellness Committee (Bernadette Moreland, Juanita Brunzell, Al Gasak, Justin Moore, Sandi Hines, and Police Chief Ron Goodpaster) for actively implementing a Wellness Program for City staff and achieving this award!
2. Parks Appreciation Day
Parks Appreciation Day is tomorrow! Grab your rakes, shovels and gloves and head out to DuPont PowderWorks Park. All volunteers must register between the hours of 9:00 AM to Noon. Park captains will be assigned to each park to provide guidance. This event will occur rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.
3. Successful Tree Pruning Workshop
The Structural Pruning for Young Tree Workshop held at City Hall yesterday has been declared a big success. The City received a huge thank you from the South Puget Sound Regional Education Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (PNWISA) for the use of the excellent facilities and grounds at City Hall. There were over 30 attendees at the workshop, including local arborists and horticulturalists, 4 DuPont Public Works crew members (who were declared very enthusiastic participants and fast learners with a pair of pruners), and several representatives from other local jurisdictions who would likely have not been able to attend if the class had not been hosted by another city. With the great feedback the instructors received from the attendees on the training, venue and the community setting, we are looking forward to partnering with the PNWISA for additional trainings and workshops in the future.
4. Women’s Golf Championship
The City of DuPont is pleased to welcome the best women golfers in the state! Mark your calendars for June 20-23 for the WA State Women’s Amateur Golf Championship to be held at The Home Course. Practice rounds are schedule for June 20th, with tournament rounds being held June 20th thru June 23rd. Admission to this event is free.
5. Upcoming Meetings – Week of April 18th – 22nd
* Park & Recreation Agency Meeting Monday, April 18th at 7:00 PM
* City Council Workshop Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00 PM
6. Council Workshop Items – April 19th, 2011
* EMS Levy Renewal
* Street Trees and Sidewalks
7. Puget Sound Starts Here Month
April is Puget Sound Starts Here month in Pierce County. Jurisdictions and non-profit organizations in Pierce County are partnering to draw attention to the health of Puget Sound and local watersheds during the month of April by organizing events throughout the county to get communities involved. For more details please go to www.piercecountywa.org/pssh. Upcoming events include:
* April 16th Soil Prep and Planting Seedlings Class at Tacoma TAGRO Facility
This class will provide people with information about how to prepare soil for and plant successful seedlings. Class is open for Tacoma and Pierce County residents. Please pre-register, as space is limited. Visit Home & Garden Workshops to register.
* April 19th Natural Yard Care Workshop – Lakewood
Participants will learn to implement natural yard care practices. Event is free; please pre-register by emailing email@example.com or call (253) 798-4587.
A list of more local events to celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here month is available here.
8. Restoration Project at Chloe Clark Elementary
Public Works Director Peter Zahn assisted 3rd Grade teachers and students with a restoration project at Chloe Clark Elementary School today as part of their environmental education curriculum. The students have been learning about invasive plants and put this knowledge to action on the school grounds removing scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry, English ivy, and other invasive species. The City provided scotch broom pullers and bags to help with this hands-on portion of their learning. Mr. Zahn also spoke at an all-school assembly prior to project commencement.
9. Community Development Department Update
* The applicant for the Bell Hill Lots 1 & 2 project withdrew Lot 1 from the application and is continuing to work on technical issues related to Lot 2. The public hearing date has not yet been set.
* The Planning Agency continued their discussion of buffers around cultural resource markers at their April 11th meeting. The Agency decided to continue the discussions again after the Mission site archaeological report is available for review.
* The Planning Agency reelected Linda Jordan as its Chair. Tammy Corey and Don Dresser were recently reappointed to the Agency. Thank you to all of you for your willingness to serve your community in this capacity.
10. Annual Curbside Cleanup
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 7th and get ready for the annual City-wide Spring Cleanup. The annual cleanup effort is being coordinated with our LeMay garbage service and will once again be conducted “curbside”. Additional information is available on the City’s website.
11. 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.
* Join the entire community for our Annual Springtime Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM sharp. This annual event is proudly sponsored by Northwest Landing ROA. Egg hunting times will remain the same – rain or shine! (The Easter Bunny is on a very tight schedule). Our local Youth Baseball teams will be on site with a hotdog sale. The timeline of events can be found at Springtime Egg Hunt .
* Donations continue to be accepted for the “There’s No Place like Home” fundraising auction being held on May 13th. Tickets are currently available for purchase at City Hall for $15.00 and include hors d’ oeuvres and desserts. This is an adults only evening. There are items for every budget including weekend getaways, fabulous gift baskets, gift cards, restaurant gift certificates and much more! Special thanks to America’s Credit Union for their sponsorship of this event.
· The Park Agency is pleased to welcome Shawn McDonald as a newly appointed member. Ms. McDonald has been an active volunteer in the community for severals years. She has served on the July 4th planning committee and has been an active member of the DuPont-Steilacoom Youth Association. We are eager to put her talents to work!
* Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Summer Sports Camps, Yoga, Track, Cheerleading, Dance4Life, Karate, Baseball Day at Cheney Stadium, and more!
12. American Heart Association Life Saving Award
Two employees of State Farm received the American Heart Association Life Saving Award at the DuPont City Council meeting this past Tuesday evening. Fire Chief Greg Hull and Carol Mathewson from the American Heart Association recognized Karen Boyles and Casey Miller for their courageous life saving efforts on the morning of March 8th on the State Farm campus. A State Farm employee had gone into cardiac arrest and our local heroes performed CPR and used an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) twice and were able to restore a heartbeat. They continued to assist the patient’s breathing until the DuPont Fire Department arrived and the patient was transported to the hospital via AMR Ambulance. Following heart surgery, the patient is now home recuperating. The extraordinary efforts of the two State Farm employees greatly contributed to the successful outcome. It should also be noted that Mr. Miller had recently completed a CPR class offered by the DuPont Fire Department.
13. CPR & First Aid Classes
There is still time to register for two CPR & First Aid classes being offered by the DuPont Fire Department in April. The classes are open to DuPont citizens and will be held on Saturdays, April 23rd and 30th. Classes will start at 8 AM and end at 5 PM. The classes teach citizens how to properly apply CPR techniques in cases of cardiac arrest. Basic first aid is also taught during this class. Citizens interested in attending either of these classes should contact Operations Chief Greg Cooper at (253) 377-3247.
14. Cherry Blossom Tea and Vintage Fashion Show
Tickets are still on sale for the Cherry Blossom Tea being held on Saturday, April 30th at 2:00 Pm at Chloe Clark Elementary. Tickets are $12/individual or $10 per person for a table of 10. Proceeds benefit the DuPont Museum and DuPont Historical Society. Please contact Lee at (253) 267-5267 or Joh at (253) 964-2399 for additional information.
15. Natural Yard Care Workshop Series
The City of DuPont and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department are presenting a fun, FREE and informative Natural Yard Care workshop series. Learn how to design and maintain a beautiful landscape the Natural Yard Care way! These workshops will address a variety of yard maintenance issues. Learn how to have a beautiful, healthy yard with gardening techniques and advice from local experts, then put it to use this summer. The workshops are offered on three Thursdays in May at DuPont City Hall (1700 Civic Drive) from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Door prizes and refreshments at each workshop!
* “Right Plant, Right Place” Garden Design & Garden Pest Management – May 5th
* Soil Basics, Mulch and Composting, and Natural Yard Care – May 12th
* Maintenance Practices for a Healthy Landscape, & Smart Watering Techniques – May 19th
With WSU researcher and author Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott
Please contact Geoff Rinehart to register at (253) 798-4587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. Museum of Flight
While the Museum of Flight will not be the home of one of NASA’s retiring space shuttles, they are excited to announce that the Museum is the future home of NASA’s full-fuselage trainer (FFT). This one-of-a-kind educational artifact will allow visitors to walk inside and see where every space shuttle astronaut trained. The FFT will be part of the Museum’s new Space Gallery which is anticipated to open in Spring 2012. The Museum wants to extend its gratitude to the community for their continued support, so on Saturday, April 16th Museum admission is free from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
At 2:00 PM on April 16th, Sam Howe Verhovek, author of “Jet Age: The Comet, the 707 and the Race to Shrink the World” joins Boeing 707 test pilot Brien Wygle, 707 training instructor Peter Morton, and Boeing Company Historian Mike Lombardi for a presentation in the William M. Allen Theater. Additional information is available at www.museumofflight.org.
17. Water Pollution Prevention Tips
As the weather becomes nicer (okay – wishful thinking on my part!), Pierce County residents start thinking about spring “to do” lists. Some of the projects, such as car washing, fertilizing the lawn, and driveway cleaning can pollute our local waterways and harm fish. Our stormwater drainage systems are designed to capture rain from roads and other hard surfaces and channel it to natural waterways such as lakes, streams, rivers and Puget Sound. This runoff picks up pollutants – such as auto oil, fertilizer, and car wash soap – and goes directly into our local waterways, in many cases without treatment.
You can help prevent water pollution by following these simple actions:
* Wash your car at a commercial car wash or on a grassy area. Commercial car washes send the wash water to a treatment plan so it doesn’t end up in local waterways. Do not wash your car on driveways or in the street.
* Minimize the use of lawn chemicals. Sweep fertilizers off sidewalks and driveways so it doesn’t get into storm drains.
* Sweep your driveway, sidewalk, and patios and put the debris in your trash. Hosing it down with water sends debris and pollutants into our local waterways.
* Pick up pet waste, bag it, and place it in the trash. Pet waste contains bacteria, viruses, and parasites that harm people and fish.
* Encourage rain to soak into the ground by redirecting roof downspouts to drain rain into a rain barrel or rain garden.
For more information, visit www.piercecountywa.org/pssh or call (253) 798-2725.
18. Around the Americas Project
Around the Americas is a 28,000 mile sailing circumnavigation of the American continents with the mission of inspiring, educating and engaging the citizens of the Americas to protect our fragile oceans. Come hear about this project on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 PM at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Call (253) 857-7344 to register for this free event. Additional information is available at aroundtheamericas.org.
With over 130,000 miles of ocean racing and sailing, including two single-handed world circumnavigations via the five great Capes of the Southern Ocean, Captain Mark Schrader has been a strong advocate and spokesperson for many local and international ocean environmental and awareness projects. Vivid photographs combined with Mark’s first-hand account of adventure on the high seas and the state of the health of our ocean makes the presentation of the Around the Americas story an interesting, enjoyable and compelling experience suitable for all.
19. Pierce County READS
There is still time to participate in the 2011 Pierce County Reads program. The program runs through April 30th and participants are reading the best-seller “The Big Burn” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Timothy Egan. Additional information is available on the Pierce County READS webpage at Pierce County READS 2011.
20. School Core Instructional Materials
The instructional materials used to support the academic goals of the Steilacoom Historical School District serve as valuable resources to promote student learning and quality teaching. Parents and other interested parties are invited to visit and view the current core instructional materials being utilized in the Kindergarten – 12th grade classrooms in an “open house” type format.
The Steilacoom Historical School District’s core curriculum materials will be available at the Professional Development Center located at 511 Chambers in Steilacoom on the following days:
* Tuesday, April 19th 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
* Wednesday, April 20th 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
* Thursday, April 21st 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
* Friday, April 22nd 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
* Monday, April 25th 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
* Tuesday, April 26th 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM