By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. July 4th Celebration. Thanks to the tireless efforts and countless hours of preparation by the July 4th planning committee our celebration was a huge success! It was estimated that approximately 3,000 residents attended this year’s event and enjoyed the sunshine, music, and activities. Special thanks to Northwest Landing ROA for sponsoring the festivities. Many thanks also to the City of DuPont and the many volunteers for their contributions, to the DuPont Lions for powering the “Red, White and Blue Alley”, and to the Forever Young Seniors for lovingly preparing the pancake breakfast.
2. New Community Connector Liaison
After serving as our Community Connector liaison for the last year, Major Nathan Bankson has moved on to the next chapter of his military service. He has been a valuable addition to our DuPont community and was active in many service projects and special events. We have greatly appreciated his dedication and contributions. Please join me in welcoming Captain Rudalfo (Rudy) Vaca as our new Community Connector from the 6th Military Police Group (CID). Captain Vaca may look familiar to many as he has been active in our community for quite some time now. Captain Vaca will be officially introduced at an upcoming meeting.
3. DuPont 2011 Population
The Washington State Office of Financial Management has released the 2011 population estimates on June 30th for Washington cities and counties. The official 2011 population figure for DuPont is 8,430, which is an increase from the 2010 population figure of 7,930. This is also an increase of 231 persons above the 2010 Federal Census count. DuPont has also moved up one spot to the 9th largest city in Pierce County. Population information is used in the allocation of certain state revenues, growth management and other planning functions.
4. City Street Striping
After several weather and equipment related delays, our annual street striping is set to occur early next week. We are asking that motorists drive carefully through the work zones, obey all temporary traffic controls, and avoid wet paint while the work is being completed. This work is being coordinated through a partnership with Pierce County road maintenance crews. Remember to “Give “Em A Break” when you see flashing lights, road work equipment and workers.
5. I-5 Road Construction
The WA State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is continuing improvements to Interstate 5 through Lakewood this weekend that may significantly delay traffic. Up to three northbound lanes may be closed at night, and the Gravelly Lake on-ramp to I-5 will be closed all weekend. Traffic will be reduced to three restriped, narrowed lanes during daylight hours. Heavy congestion and delays are expected as a result of this work. Drivers are encouraged to avoid travel through the area if possible. For more information check the WSDOT project information website at www.wsdot.wa.gov, www.tacomatraffic.com, or the WSDOT broadcast AM radio messages. Learn more at WSDOT Project Press Release.
6. Upcoming Meetings – Week of July 11th – 15th
- Planning Agency Meeting scheduled for July 11th has been rescheduled to July 18th
- Parks Agency Meeting
Monday, July 11th at 7:00 PM
- Tourism Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 12th at 2:00 PM
- City Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00 PM
- Civil Service Meeting
Wednesday, July 13th at 6:00 PM
7. Council Agenda Items – July 12th, 2011
- Consent Agenda Items: Council Meeting Minutes; Claims Vouchers; Street Tree Inventory Pilot Project Contract Award
- Unfinished Business: Ordinance Updating Council Rules of Procedure – 2nd Reading
- Discussion: Settlement Agreement
8. Parks & Recreation
- Registration is now open for “Beat the Heat” Dance Camp. The camp runs August 15th thru 19th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Community Center and is open to participants 5 years and older. The camp fee is $150 and includes Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre and Jazz.
- There is still time to register for Kidz Love Soccer’s summer session beginning July 13th at Clocktower Park. The fee is $70 for a seven week session that runs through August 31st. Ages 2 thru 12 are encouraged to participate.
- Dance4Life schedules will be available August 1st. Watch the City’s website for details.
- Join other baseball enthusiasts on Wednesday, July 27th for the City of DuPont Parks & Recreation Day at Cheney Stadium. The cost is $12 per participant and includes a reserved Tacoma Rainiers game ticket, ballpark meal, game program, and a special autograph session after the game. Cheer on the Rainiers as they take on the Sacramento Rivercats! Participants may reserve their seat by contacting Parks & Recreation. Transportation to and from Cheney Stadium is not provided.
- Are you wanting to host a birthday party or special occasion outside this summer? Consider reserving one of our City parks or picnic shelters. Dates are filling up fast! Please contact (253) 964-8121 to inquire about availability.
- Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Yoga, Cheerleading, Dance4Life, Karate, and more!
9. National Night Out
The date for National Night Out 2011 is Tuesday, August 2nd. It is never too early to start planning your neighborhood block party! Plan an afternoon or evening party with family, friends or neighbors and the DuPont Police and Fire Departments will attend. This is a great opportunity to get to know your police officers and firefighters and get answers to the questions you may have. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and public safety-community partnerships. To get more information or arrange a time for us to arrive at your event please contact Chief Hull at (253) 405-8048 and join America’s Night Out Against Crime!
10. Annual Car Show
Northwest Landing ROA and the City of DuPont Tourism Board proudly announce their Annual Car Show on Saturday, July 16th at Clocktower Park. The show begins at 10:00 AM and includes live music, bouncy houses for the kids, and much more. Carrs Restaurant and Farrelli’s will be on site with modestly priced lunch items perfect for having a picnic in the park. Many participants plan to stay in our local hotels on Saturday night and will attend an additional Car Show in Steilacoom the following day. Interested in volunteering to judge the Car Show? Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Gina Irvin at firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of DuPont proudly welcomes all participants, families and car show fans to this event!
11. Steilacoom School District Public Hearing
The Steilacoom Historical School District #1 is holding a public hearing to discuss the potential sale of surplus property parcels in the area of Cherrydale Primary School commonly referred to as Cherrydale Woods. The intended use of the land is to add open space for the community. The proposed sale of the property by the district for $380,000 is to Pierce County under the Conservation Futures program. The meeting will take place at Steilacoom High School Library, located at 54 Sentinel Drive in Steilacoom, on Thursday, July 14th at 6:00 PM. The hearing will be held prior to the regularly scheduled Board of Director’s meeting that begins at 7:00 PM. School district residents are welcome to attend the meeting.
12. Living History Cemetery Tour
The Fort Nisqually Time Travelers, a select group of living history re-enactors, in conjunction with Tacoma Cemetery and the Tacoma Historical Society, are hosting the 3rd Annual Living History Cemetery Tour. Attendees are invited to experience Tacoma’s history as it comes to life in a unique, fascinating way. Eight re-enactors will portray working people who had an impact on history as they share their life stories from their grave sites. Tours will be held between 6:00 PM – 7:40 PM on Friday, July 15th and from 5:40 PM – 7:40 PM on Saturday, July 16th at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma. Advance tickets are required at a cost of $8 and are available at the cemetery by calling (253) 472-3369. As the cemetery ground is often uneven, comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.
13. Retirement Workshop
“Smart Retirement Made Simple” is a free workshop on retirement planning for “normal” people without six-figure incomes. A down economy, rising health care costs and a tenuous job market make many working people wonder if retirement will ever be in their future. It can be, but it takes planning. This workshop will help working adults understand how to prepare for retirement before it’s too late, as well as how to prepare in the later years of one’s working life. The presentation will deal with what retirement looks like, working after retirement, barriers to retirement and making end-of-career corrections. Learn what life will look like for the new generation of retirees.
This workshop will be presented at three different locations:
- July 18 – 12:10 – 12:50 PM – Pierce County Annex Main Conference Room, 2401 – 35th Street, Tacoma
- July 18 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup
- July 20 – 12:10 – 12:50 PM – County City Building, 7th Floor Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma
The workshop speaker will be attorney Rajiv Nagaich, a board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. No RSVP is required. This event is a presentation of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information call (253) 798-4600.
14. Stormwater Education Outreach Effort
Do your part to help protect Puget Sound: pick up after your pet. As part of our region’s ongoing stormwater education outreach efforts, a fun new video and informational webpage – Learn the “Dog Doogity” – have recently been created through the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign. You can view the music video, download the lyrics and learn the Dog Doogity ‘moves’ at PSSH.
The new Dog Doogity music video is one element of the overall Puget Sound Starts Here (PSSH) campaign. Since the launch of the PSSH campaign in September 2009 a variety of methods have been used for reaching different audiences with key messages. Some of the primary messages include: scoop the poop; switch to a commercial car wash if you are a frequent home car washer; and use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly, or just use compost.
Despite the humorous nature of Dog Doogity, the subject is serious. On average, for every 4.5 people there is one dog. 37% of households have at least one dog. In the 12 county Puget Sound region the human population is 4.5 million so the dog population is roughly 1 million. Most dogs do their business outside, so to protect local waterways and Puget Sound it is important to scoop the poop, bag it and throw it in the trash. Dog waste contains hazardous organisms that cause bacterial contamination in local streams, rivers and lakes of our region. Dog waste contains fecal coliform bacteria and other disease-causing organisms such as salmonella, roundworms and giardia. When it rains, bacteria in dog poop can be carried by stormwater runoff into storm drains, ditches and streams that in many areas of the region feed our rivers, lakes and the Puget Sound. If you are a dog owner, please do your part and “Scoop the Poop.” For more information about the PSSH campaign, check out the Puget Sound Starts here website at pugetsoundstartshere.
15. State Helicopter Survey Maps Urban Radiation
The WA State Department of Health has announced that a low-flying helicopter will gather radiological readings this summer in several parts of the state and will start the week of July 11th around Puget Sound. The helicopter will fly a grid pattern at an altitude of about 300 feet to collect data. Mapping the normal amounts and location of radioactive material will provide a baseline for comparison to assess contamination if there were a nuclear incident like the events in Fukushima, Japan.
Radiation detection equipment mounted in a helicopter will measure “gamma emitters” like cesium and radioactive iodine – materials that would likely increase in a radiation emergency. This kind of materials releases X-rays, or gamma radiation, a type that can be easily measured from the helicopter. State radiation experts expect to find natural radioactivity and material produced by licensed radioactive material users such as hospitals.
The WA State Department of Health is overseeing the project as the US Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System conducts the flyover. The project has been in planning since 2009 and is funded by a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. The data collected will be part of a report after quality assurance review. The report will be available to the public, though some information may be withheld for national security reasons. If levels of radioactivity are high enough to pose any health concern, the source will be investigated.
The flyovers will start in Seattle and Bellevue before moving to other areas of King and Pierce counties, including Tacoma. During the Puget Sound flyovers, the helicopter will be based at Boeing Air Field and will make daily flights between July 11th and 28th. Information about the project is available on the agency Aerial Radiological Survey website. Public questions can be sent to email@example.com.