By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Tree City USA. The City of DuPont has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. This is the second year that DuPont has met the four standards required to earn this national designation.
2. Annual Curbside Cleanup
The City, in coordination with Harold LeMay Enterprises, is offering a Community Cleanup for unwanted materials on Saturday, May 7th starting at 9:30 AM. This year’s cleanup will again be conducted curbside. Place your unwanted materials in bags or boxes (not to exceed 45 lbs each) at your usual pickup location in the alley/curb by 9:30 AM so the garbage trucks can start the cleanup. Make sure your bags or boxes are properly closed so they are wind and animal proof, and remember – No Hazardous Materials. Let’s all do our part to keep our City clean! Additional information is available on the City’s website at www.ci.dupont.wa.us.
3. Fire Department Business Inspections
Each year the DuPont Fire Department is charged with the responsibility of conducting the annual fire and life safety inspections on all businesses within the City of DuPont. The Fire Department will be conducting these inspections during the months of May – July. This allows for corrections and reinspections to be completed by the end of September. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that proper fire and life safety codes are being followed to help prevent problems before they occur and to keep us all as safe as possible. The inspection is not meant to interfere with normal business operations. Fire personnel can be accompanied by business staff or they can conduct the inspection independently, whichever is more convenient. The annual fee for this service will be billed to the business owner. Business owners should contact Fire Operations Chief Greg Cooper at (253) 377-3247 with any questions.
4. EMS Levy Committee Appointments
The DuPont City Council approved a Resolution to place an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy Renewal on the August 16, 2011 ballot. The City is seeking interested citizens to serve on the committees responsible for preparing statements for and against the ballot measure. Each committee shall consist of not more than three members and are solely responsible for submitting to the City their argument statements within the specified time line for the election. If you are interested in serving on one of the two committees please contact City Clerk Erin Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 964-8121. Appointments to the “For” and “Against” committees will be made no later than May 24, 2011.
5. Spring Safety Fair
Start your engines for Saturday, June 4th to attend the DuPont Fire Department’s Spring Safety Fair. The event runs from 10 AM – 2 PM at the DuPont Civic Center. Admission is free and features displays from Fire, Police & Public Works. Event activities include “Touch a Truck”, safety awareness tips, helmet and life jacket sales, and children’s games and giveaways.
6. Upcoming Meetings – Week of May 2nd – 6th
- Park Agency Meeting Monday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM
- Tree Board Meeting Tuesday, May 3rd at 1:00 PM
- Salary Commission Meeting Tuesday, May 3rd at 3:00 PM
- Civil Service Meeting scheduled for May 4th has been moved to May 11th at 6:00 PM
7. Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
The Annual Memorial Ceremony honoring Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to serve is being held on Thursday, May 5th at 6:00 PM at the McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College, located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Building #23.
8. 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 email@example.com.
9. National Trail Day
Help celebrate National Trail Day by walking the Sequalitchew Creek trail on Saturday, June 4th at 9:00 AM. Volunteers will be strategically placed along the trail to point out historical points of interest and natural vegetation. Trail maps are available at the beginning of the walk as well. The fee to participate in this event is $5 and includes bottled water, trail mix, and a special Sequalitchew Creek keepsake.
10. Vote for Law Enforcement Leader of the Year
In February, Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar was recognized by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs as the state’s “Law Enforcement Leader of the Year.” Chief Farrar was chosen for the agency’s first time award for his outstanding leadership in the aftermath of the November 2009 tragic slaying of four Lakewood police officers. Chief Farrar is now a finalist for the America’s Most Wanted law enforcement “2011 All Star Award.” He is competing against seven other finalists for this national honor. Vote for Chief Farrar at www.amw.com. Voting is open until May 8th.
11. Pierce County Council – In District Meeting
The Pierce County Council will be holding an evening Council Meeting in District 6 on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00 PM at DuPont City Hall, located at 1700 Civic Drive. This is a good opportunity for DuPont citizens to see their Pierce County Council in action. The County Council conducts at least one meeting per year in each of the seven council districts.
12. 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 deadline to register for the Spring Track program is May 6th at 4:00 PM. The program is open to ages 4 thru 18. Practices are on Monday from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and Saturday from Noon – 1:30 PM at Pioneer Middle School and begin on May 9th. The cost if $135 which includes a uniform. Registration forms are available on the City’s website.
- Purchase your tickets today to help support the Annual Parks & Recreation Auction being held on Friday, May 13th at 6:00 PM. Generous donations continue to arrive daily and this is shaping up to be a spectacular event! Many thanks to our local businesses and America’s Credit Union for their sponsorship. Volunteers are still needed to help out during the event. Please contact (253) 912-5245 if you are interested in helping.
- The City of DuPont will be celebrating Memorial Day on 9:00 AM on Monday, May 30th at Ross Plaza. More information will be available soon.
- Applications are now available online to participate in the July 4th Independence Day Parade. This years parade starts at 10:00 AM and will be followed by live music, entertainment, and a carnival in the park. Many thanks to the Forever Young Seniors who will kick off the day at 8:00 AM with their famous Pancake Breakfast. Special thanks also go to our DuPont Lions Club who will host the Independence Day BBQ. We are extremely grateful to our many event sponsors, including Northwest Landing ROA, Lacey Costco, and the City of DuPont.
- Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Summer Sports Camps, Yoga, Cheerleading, Dance4Life, Karate, Cheney Stadium Baseball Day, and more!
The City of University Place, the Green UP Initiative, and the Pierce County Solid Waste Advisory Committee are hosting an Envirofair on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Homestead Park in University Place. The park is located next to City Hall at 3715 Bridgeport Way West. The event will feature information and displays on composting, worm bins, home energy efficiency, recycling tips, stormwater issues, and more. There will be giveaways and activities for kids as well as educational materials for adults.
14. Pierce County READS event
Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan at a free event on Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 PM at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood. Mr. Egan, the author of this year’s Pierce County READS novel “The Big Burn” and will speak about the book as well as sign autographs. More than 2,300 people have participated in events around Pierce County as a part of this year’s reading program.