By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Memorial Day Ceremony. The City of DuPont’s Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 9 AM on Monday, May 30th at Ross Plaza. Colonel Michael Courts will be the guest speaker for the event. The forecast is calling for rain, so please dress appropriately. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at America’s Credit Union. A wreath-laying ceremony will occur in Historic DuPont following the reception. Many thanks to America’s Credit Union, Cranes Creations, and McNamara’s for their support. Additional information is available on the City’s website at www.ci.dupont.wa.us.
2. Police Citizen’s Academy
Eighteen people graduated this past Wednesday from the 5th DuPont Police Citizen’s Academy. The attendees received 20 hours of police-related classes including the history of law enforcement, forensic and evidence control, services the department provides, crime prevention and ID theft prevention, patrol operations, DUI and traffic and commercial vehicle enforcement. They also toured the 9-1-1 dispatch center and visited the range for firearms familiarization training. Officer Cummings organized the Academy and was also an instructor, along with seven other department members. The classes were well received and Police are already planning for next year’s academy.
3. DuPont PowderWorks Park Field Repairs
The PowderWorks Park soccer field is still closed for scheduled turf repair and maintenance. It was hoped that the fields would reopen for public use for the holiday weekend, but due to recent weather the grass seeding needs more time to germinate and take root. It is anticipated that the fields will be closed for at least another week. We appreciate your assistance in observing the field closure as well as your patience during these repairs.
4. National Trails Day
Since 1993, the first Saturday of June is known as National Trails Day, inspiring the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out, discover, learn about, and celebrate America’s trail system. What better way to help celebrate National Trails Day then 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.
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. The focus of the event will be “safety awareness” in our community. Children will be able to tour the Fire Department “safety House” with artificial smoke to learn about fire escape routes. Event activities also include “Touch a Truck”, safety awareness tips, helmet and life jacket sales, and children’s games and giveaways. Citizens will also be able to get information from the Parks Department, Historical Society, and CERT members at booths they will be staffing. For more information please contact Chief Cooper at (253) 377-3257.
Upcoming Meetings – Week of May 30th – June 3rd
- City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day
- Civil Service Meeting scheduled for June 1st has been cancelled
6. Skate Park Receives Partial Funding
The City of DuPont applied for a State of Washington Wildlife Recreation Grant in August 2010 to help fund the construction of the Dupont PowderWorks Skate Park. The estimated cost of the skate park was $194,114 and grant funding was projected to pay for half of the cost. DuPont’s project was ranked high in its category and was funded in the amount of $21,669 in the recently agreed upon 2011-2013 State Capital Budget.
Although funding was not slated in the original award amount of $97,000 because of funding formulas for other categories, staff from the agency that administers the grant said it was highly likely DuPont would receive additional funding as cost estimates and fund balances are adjusted for other projects in other categories. Additional funding is anticipated in three to six months. The City Council has authorized $97,114 from the Glacier NW Settlement Fund for the project. The remaining balance will likely need to come from donations and fundraising efforts.
“We are fortunate to receive this funding in a time when resources are scare and focused on important issues related to education, human health and critical infrastructure. This accomplishment is something our community can be proud of,” said Councilmember John Ehrenreich.
“This has been a long-standing recreation priority and I am proud to see it continue moving forward. Kudos and congratulations to the volunteers, city staff and many others who helped make this priority a reality by securing grant funding. Now, it is important the Council, Parks Agency, and recreational users of our community come together to start raising private funds to help make this project the best it can be,” said Councilmember Michael Grayum.
7. 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 Tuesday, 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.
8. New Fireworks Rules
The DuPont Police and Fire Departments want to help keep families safe this Independence Holiday and make citizens aware of the code changes that take effect this year for the 4th of July celebration. In the City of DuPont it is only legal to discharge fireworks on July 3rd and 4th between the hours of Noon and Midnight. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on any public property, including streets, sidewalks and public parks. Illegal fireworks in DuPont are firecrackers, bottle rockets and individual missiles and rockets, cherry bombs, and any altered or homemade fireworks. Legal fireworks in DuPont include roman candles, cones and fountains, reloadable tubes and multiple aerials.
The City encourages its residents to have a safe and fun 4th of July and enjoy the liberty of discharging fireworks in DuPont, but please do so safely and with consideration for others and within the limitations of City law. Please contact the Police Department (253-964-7060) or the Fire Department (253-964-8414) for additional information.
9. Parks & Recreation
- 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.
- 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.
- Join the community in celebration of summer at the Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 1th at 2:00 PM. This year’s event will take place at DuPont PowderWorks Park. Many thanks to Northwest Landing ROA for sponsoring this special afternoon in the park.
- Got Junk? The semi-annual yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Any unsold items can be donated to the Goodwill donation center at Chloe Clark Elementary between the hours of noon – 5:00 PM. Friends of the DuPont Library will also be on site to collect any gently used books. Please visit www.nwlandingroa.org for more details.
- Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Summer Sports Camps, Yoga, Cheerleading, Dance4Life, Karate, Cheney Stadium Baseball Day, and more!
10. Community Development Department Update
- 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.
- The Planning Agency recently completed their review of the 50 foot buffer around cultural resource markers as required by DuPont Municipal Code 25.80.030 to determine if it was adequate. Planning Agency Chair Linda Jordan will brief the City Council on the Agency’s recommendation at the June 14th City Council meeting.
- The Planning Agency will hold a public hearing to take testimony on a draft ordinance regarding electric vehicle facilities at 7:00 PM on June 27th. The staff report and draft ordinance are posted on the City website at Planning – Staff Reports.
11. Fall Festival Event Committee
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, 1843 Fort Nisqually Site Celebration and a Fall Festival. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call Parks & Recreation at (253) 912-5245.
12. Pierce County Districting Committee
The Pierce County Districting Committee is seeking public input on proposed changes to County Council district boundaries. The five-member committee is scheduling meetings in all seven County Council districts. The Districting Master, Steven Garrett, will make a presentation that will include maps of proposed changes. Draft maps are available now on the committee’s website at www.piercecountywa.org/redistricting.
“The Districting Master has begun redrawing the boundaries to make sure each district is nearly equal in population,” said Karen Seinfeld, chair of the Districting Committee. “This is a first draft. We want to hear what people in each area think about these proposed changes.”
The meeting for District 6, which includes the City of DuPont, is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers.
13. Steilacoom School District Public Input Sought
Steilacoom Historical School District is seeking public input to assist the Superintendent in developing a competency and qualification profile to be used in selecting, developing, and evaluating a new high school principal and a new middle principal. The Superintendent is responsible for the final establishment and approval of a competency profile. Your input will be a critical component of the Superintendent’s deliberation. It is the District’s intention to seek the best balance between work experiences, education and preparation, personal qualities, role expectations of the principal, and the ability to respond to the community’s educational needs. All input is anonymous and confidential and is for the sole use of the Superintendent.
Input will be accepted until June 6th for the Pioneer Middle School principal by using the following link: www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us/do/asp/pio_pr_survey.asp.
Input will be accepted until June 17th for the Steilacoom High School principal by using the following link: www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us/do/asp/shs_pr_survey.asp.
14. Flood Hazard Plan Public Meetings
Pierce County Public Works and Utilities will host four public meetings in June to present information about the projects and programs that will be recommended in the Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan and discuss how the plan will be completed and implemented. The plan will address flood hazard issues on Pierce County’s seven major rivers. It will include policies, programs, and projects designed to reduce risks and property losses associated with flooding and channel migration.
This is the final round of public meetings focused on the plan before the draft is released in fall 2011. All meetings are from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM with a presentation from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Meetings will be held at the following locations:
- June 15th Orting Middle School 111 Whitehawk Blvd. NW, Orting
- June 20th Fife High School 5616 – 20th St. E., Fife
- June 23rd Eatonville High School 302 Mashell Ave. N., Eatonville
- June 28th Lakewood Community Center 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW, Lakewood
County staff will be available to listen to comments and answer questions. An activity table will be provided for children and attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a free emergency radio.
Information about the Pierce County Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/floodplan. For more information about the meetings, or to provide comments on the plan, contact Melissa Paulson at (253) 798-4686 or email@example.com.