By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Police Detective Appointment. On Tuesday, May 24th Officer Larry Holt is being appointed as the Police Department detective. The department has been without this position for almost two years due to budget reductions and this will assist greatly in addressing problems, following up on criminal cases, obtaining more regional crime information, and being able to initiate investigations. It will also standardize our investigate process, allow for consistent checking on local sex offenders, and will provide a new layer of expertise and capability within the department. The hiring of Officer Bailey a few weeks ago, and his quick progress through the field training process, makes the detective appointment possible.
2. Recruit Firefighters Finish Academy
The three DuPont recruit firefighters finished a seven week advanced academy today and will be assigned to shifts starting May 22nd. Their assignment to shifts restores staffing to three firefighters on Engine 25. They will continue their probationary training on shift for the remainder of their 12 month probation. Their performance throughout the advanced academy was excellent, according to Operations Chief Cooper and Training Lieutenant Larry Creekmore. All of the recruits came to DuPont with EMT and Firefighter I certifications. The three firefighters were hired through a FEMA grant which provides funding for wages and benefits through April 2013. Congratulations!!
3. Outdoor Burning Ban
The DuPont Fire Departments wants to remind all citizens that there is a permanent outdoor burning ban in Pierce County for the burning of natural vegetation. This includes branches and limbs, brush, leaves and grass. It is also illegal to burn household rubbish and debris of any kind. This ban on burning was put into effect by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency (PSAPCA) more than a decade ago. Small fires for residential cooking are legal as long as the fuel is clean wood and the fire does not create dense or obnoxious smoke. Home owners can request a recycle yard waste container from the LeMay Refuse Company by contacting them at (253) 537-8687. PSAPCA can be contacted at (206) 343-8800 or toll free at (800) 552-3565. Please contact DuPont Fire at (253) 964-8414 if you would like more information on burning, or to report a concern about burning.
4. DuPont PowderWorks Park Field Repairs
The PowderWorks Park soccer field is still closed for scheduled turf repair and maintenance. The soccer field will reopen for public use on Friday, May 27th after 3:00 PM. No practices, games or other uses of the field are authorized during this period. We appreciate your assistance in observing the field closure during these repairs.
5. Strategic Plan Review Committee
The City Council is in the process of reviewing its Strategic Plan and is seeking interested citizens to serve on a Strategic Plan review committee. Eligible candidates must be residents of the City for at least one year and should submit a letter of interest by May 31st to the City Clerk (1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327) that includes relevant professional experience, reason for wishing to be appointed to the Committee, and your thoughts on the City’s Strategic Plan.
Upcoming Meetings – Week of May 23rd – 27th
- Planning Agency Meeting Monday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM
- City Council Meeting Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 PM
6. Council Agenda Items – May 24th, 2011
- Consent Agenda Items: Council Meeting Minutes; Claims Vouchers; Acceptance of Catch Basin Vactor Contract as Complete; Approval of Website Design Contract
- Discussion Items: Council Workshop Agenda Items; Historic Site Preservation Plan; Public Process for Tentative Settlement Agreement Review
- New Business: Appointment of “For” Committee for EMS Levy Renewal Ballot Measure; Resolution Adopting Community Memorial Wall Policy
7. Parks & Recreation
- Many heartfelt thanks to all who attended, volunteered and donated to the First Annual Parks & Recreation Auction on May 13th. The auction was a great success with a net profit of $7,800!! It was great to see the members of our community support such a fantastic cause. There truly is “No Place Like Home.”
- Calling all Seniors who love to potluck, play games and drink coffee! Parks & Recreation is pleased to host Friday Senior Socials starting June 3rd. Doors at the Community Center (located at 303 Barksdale) will open at 8:00 AM for early risers. Plan to enjoy coffee and homemade goodies until 11:00 AM. Mark your calendars for June 25th for a Senior Potluck as well. Wondering what to bring? Please contact your potluck coordinators: Hazel Printz 912-9764; Louise Bollman 756-6959; or Carol Estep 964-2636.
- The City of DuPont will be celebrating Memorial Day at 9:00 AM on Monday, May 30th at Ross Plaza. More information will be available soon on the City’s website.
- Dance4Life is hosting their end-of-the-year dance recital on June 3rd at 5:00 PM. The recital will occur at Pioneer Middle School and the public is welcome to attend. Dancers from all classes will be performing from preschool ballet to pre-teen hip hop.
- Love Baseball? Our teams are in full swing and games occur every Saturday starting at 8:00 AM. Everybody is welcome to attend any of the games and cheer our players on! It is so much fun to watch the kids improve throughout the season. Games occur at DuPont PowderWorks Park and Pioneer Middle School throughout the day.
- Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Summer Sports Camps, Yoga, Cheerleading, Dance4Life, Karate, Cheney Stadium Baseball Day, and more!
8. Planning Agency Vacancy
The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the City’s volunteer Planning Agency. Eligible applicants must be residents of DuPont for at least one year. Please submit a letter of interest that includes your relevant professional experience, your reasons for desiring to be appointed to this position, and your thoughts on the most significant planning issues facing the City in both the short and long term, to the City Clerk at City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.
9. Steilacoom High School Reader Board Project
The City received notification from School District Superintendent Bill Fritz that the reader board project at Steilacoom High School came in significantly under budget and that they would not need the funds which the City Council had approved for this project. He expressed appreciation to the City Council for their willingness to contribute.
10. Tourism Board Update
- An Orchard Clean-Up Day is scheduled for tomorrow (May 21st) starting at 9:00 AM. Preservation efforts continue to be supported by the Tourism Board and we could use your helping hands this Saturday.
- An event committee is being formed to help plan the Fall Festival being held in September. This two-day festival will be a combination of the Fort Nisqually Salmon Bake and a Fall Festival. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call Parks & Recreation at 912-5245.
- The Tourism Board is pleased to announce July 16th for our Summer Car Show. Back by popular demand, this year’s show will occur at Clocktower Park. Are you a car lover? Volunteers and ideas are always welcome! Please contact Gina Irvin if you would like to volunteer to help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Tactics & Strategy Class
On Thursday, May 19th, 41 firefighters from Pierce, King and Snohomish counties attended a Building Construction/Strategic & Tactical Considerations class sponsored by the DuPont Fire Department. The class was taught by Mark Emery, a retired Battalion Chief from Woodinville Fire & Life Safety. This is the second in a series of three classes that Training Lieutenant Larry Creekmore is offering to DuPont firefighters and firefighters from across the Puget Sound region this year.
12. Youth Fishing Event
Children and their families can enjoy a full day of fishing and experiencing the outdoors at the Youth Fishing Event being held on Saturday, May 21st at American Lake Park in Lakewood. The WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, along with the City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, coordinates with businesses, organizations and volunteers to provide fishing opportunities for children ages 5 to 14. For more information or to register for the program, visit www.lakewoodparksandrec.com or call (253) 983-7887.
13. Steilacoom School District Proposed Mission Statement
The Steilacoom School District is looking for input into a Board proposed mission statement for the School District. The survey will be available through May 30, 2011 at Mission Feedback Survey.
14. Annual Irrigation System Backflow Testing
The City of DuPont is aggressively working to protect your drinking water supply from contamination. This effort is called the “Cross Connection Control Program”. This program ensures that used or non-potable water, or other contaminates, do not enter our drinking water system. It also assures that customers take the proper precautions to prevent this type of drinking water contamination through annual inspection and testing. DuPont residents who have landscape irrigation systems will soon be receiving your annual system backflow testing notices. These annually required tests ensure that water from the irrigation system does not “backflow” into the drinking water system.
If you are thinking of installing a landscape irrigation system on your property, you are reminded that a permit from the City of DuPont is required. Please contact use at (253) 912-5381 to discuss the permitting and inspection requirements associated with your irrigation system installation. Inspection requirements can also be found at Residential irrigation installations.