By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Youth Night. Calling all teens! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 16th for a night of pizza, brainstorming and good times. This event being held at the Community Center (303 Barksdale) starting at 7:00 PM. Plan to bring your ideas about youth services within the City of DuPont. The only limit is your imagination. This event is free to teens ages 11 thru 17. All participants must have a signed permission slip from their parent/guardian prior to the event. Permission slips are available online at www.ci.dupont.wa.us or at the door. Plans are also in progress for a Teen Talent Show at Clocktower Park. Stay tuned for more details…
2. Mandatory Vehicle Impound Law
Washington State’s new mandatory vehicle impound law went into effect today. This law requires police to impound vehicles of people arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). With few exceptions, there is a mandatory 12 hour impound before a vehicle can be released. The intent of this new law is to prevent people charged with DUI from returning a few hours later to drive their vehicles – while they still may be impaired. While there are a few exceptions, police officers will not have the discretion as they did before to release the vehicle to a sober friend or family member. The three exceptions which allow someone to reclaim the car before the 12 hour hold is up are:
- If the vehicle is owned by someone other than the arrested person, such as a business owner, the owner may reclaim the car at the tow lot.
- A registered co-owner may go to the tow company and redeem the vehicle.
- Commercial or farm transport vehicles reclaimed by a legal owner who is not the arrested subject. Commercial and farm transport vehicles are the only types that can be released at the site of the arrest.
3. Shoreline Master Program Update
The Planning Agency will continue their discussion regarding the Draft Restoration Plan for the Shoreline Master Program Update at their July 25th meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive. The Draft Plan is available for review on the City’s website at Draft Restoration Plan.
4. 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 Fire Chief Hull at (253) 405-8048 and join America’s “Night Out Against Crime!
5. Upcoming Meetings – Week of July 25th – 29th
- Planning Agency Meeting
Monday, July 25th at 7:00 PM
- Tree Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 26th at 1:00 PM
- City Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00 PM
6. Council Agenda Items – July 26th, 2011
- Presentation: South Sound 911 Proposal
- Consent Agenda Items: Council Meeting Minutes; Claims Vouchers
- Unfinished Business: Ordinance Amending Council Rules of Procedure
- New Business: Ordinance Amending Use of Community Center; Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ordinanc
7. Parks & Recreation
- DuPont seniors continue to draw a nice following at their Friday Senior Socials. Join local seniors every Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the Community Center for coffee, goodies and conversation. Please note, they will not be meeting on August 19th due to a previously scheduled dance camp.
- Dance4Life schedules will be available August 1st. Watch the City’s website for details.
- Back by popular demand, the City of DuPont welcomes Challenger Sports again this summer. Our annual soccer camp runs August 8th – 12th at DuPont PowderWorks Park. Camp fees are $90 – $112 depending on the length of the program your child is signing up for. Registration forms are available at www.challengersports.com. Host families are needed for the coaches. Please call the City at (253) 912-5245 if you are interested.
- Calling all Seniors! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 13th for a potluck featuring live entertainment by Ray Conn. The potluck will be held at the Community Center (303 Barksdale Ave.) with a social hour starting at 4:00 PM, dinner at 5:00 PM, and entertainment starting around 6:30 PM.
- 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.
- Mark your calendars for Friday, August 26th for Movie in the Park. Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be shown in Clocktower Park beginning at 8:30 PM. This event is sponsored by Northwest Landing ROA.
- The Citywide Semi-Annual Yard Sale will be happening on Saturday, September 10th from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
- 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!
8. Tourism Update
- Despite the downpour last weekend, car enthusiasts continued to support our 4th Annual Car Show on Saturday. Off the 211 cars that pre-registered, 68 decided to “weather the storm” to support the show. Many thanks to the residents and out-of-town visitors for helping to make the best of a rainy day in the park!
- The DuPont Tourism Board is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Fall Festival. Mark your calendars for three fun-filled days to help celebrate our history in DuPont. The schedule of events is:
- September 23rd: Northwest Landing ROA Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
- September 24th: Fall Family activities at Clocktower Park
- September 25th: Fort Nisqually Site Celebration & Salmon Bake
9. Pierce Conservation District Vacancy
The board of supervisors of the Pierce Conservation District has set an August 31, 2011 deadline for applications to fill a vacant seat on the board. The board will interview candidates and make the appointment at its regular meeting on September 6th to fill an unexpired term which ends in May 2013. Candidates must be farmers or landowners in Pierce County. According to board chair Jeanette Dorner, the board is particularly interested in finding candidates who have knowledge and interest in local food and farming, financial management experience, and time to make a significant contribution to the district. Board members are unpaid and hold regular meetings once a month.
Application forms may be obtained at the district office located at 5430 – 66th Ave., Puyallup, 98371. The conservation district provides technical and financial assistance to local farmers adopting environmentally sensitive farming practices and promotes conservation of local natural resources, including stream restoration and habitat protection. More information about the district is available on its website at www.piercecountycd.org.
10. Rose Garden Pruning 2011
Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Point Defiance Rose Garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending a hand with this necessary and much appreciated volunteer work. Pre-registration is not required, simply show up at the rose garden (5400 North Pearl St. in Tacoma) and join in. Experience is not necessary but participants are asked to bring their own gardening gloves and pruners if you have them. Pruning will occur every Thursday night from June 30th – September 8th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. For more information call Steve Herbig at (253) 591-5328.
11. Paws for the Cause
Paws for the Cause is a free and fund family, community and pet event that raises awareness and fund for 12 local animal charities in Thurston County. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. There will be a huge silent auction, treasure chest contest, pet summer fashion & talent show, doggy games, petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, reptile room, pet portrait studio, animal charity booths and more. This event is being held at Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital, 8919 Martin Way E. in Lacey, on Sunday, July 24th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
12. 2nd Annual Veterans & Family Picnic
All Veterans (Active Duty & Past Duty) are invited to bring their families for an afternoon of food, music, fun and community at Picnic Point on the grounds of the American Lake VA Hospital on Sunday, July 24th. Arrive at 3:00 PM to start playing Veteran Bingo for prizes, start meeting others and visit provider booths. Bring your lawn chairs, lawn games, musical instruments, a big smile and a warm heart for our Veterans. Attendees are encouraged to bring food items to share that are pre-packaged. The VA Hospital is located at 9600 Veterans Drive in Tacoma. The entrance to Picnic Point is opposite the golf course on the left – look for a rock-lined driveway then the gate with balloons. This event is sponsored by the VetsMeetVets non-profit organization
13. Fiscal Disaster Preparedness
A home disaster can be stressful enough without reconstructing important records and accounting for belongings. The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to safeguard their financial and tax records before disaster strikes. Listed below are four simple tips for individuals on preparing for a disaster.
- Recordkeeping. Take advantage of paperless recordkeeping for financial and tax records. Many people receive bank statements and documents electronically and important documents like W-2s and tax returns can be scanned into an electronic format and stored on a flash drive or CD in a safe place. Keep it with other essential documents like home-closing statements, vehicle titles, insurance records, and birth, death or marriage certificates and legal paperwork. Some online services can automatically back up computer files and store them offsite. Regardless of how you save your documents (whether it is electronically or on paper) ensure they are safe from the elements, but also encrypted and/or locked up to guard against disclosure or theft.
- Document Valuables. The IRS has disaster loss workbooks for individuals that can help you compile a room-by-room list of your belongings. One option is to photograph or videotape the contents of your home, especially items of greater value. You should store the photos or video in a safe place away from the geographic area at risk. This will help you recall and prove the market value of items for insurance and casualty loss claims in the event of a disaster.
- Update Emergency Plans. Make sure you have a means of receiving severe weather information; if you have a NOAA Weather Radio, put fresh batteries in it. Make sure you know what you should do if threatening weather approaches or if a fire occurs. Review your emergency plans annually.
- Count on the IRS. In the event of a disaster, the IRS stands ready to help. The IRS has valuable information you can request if your records are destroyed. If you have been affected by a federally declared disaster, you can receive copies or transcripts of previously filed tax returns free of charge by submitting Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. Clearly indicate the official name of the disaster in red at the top of the form to expedite processing and waive the usual fee for tax return copies.
For more information, type “Preparing for a Disaster” in the search box at www.irs.gov.