By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Well City Award
The City of DuPont recently earned a Well City Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), one of 83 cities receiving the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion. This is DuPont’s third year to earn this award. Award recipients receive a 2% premium discount on their Regence medical coverage for employees and spouses in 2014. At current premium rates, that translates to approximately $10,000 savings to the City. Thank you to Wellness Coordinator Bernadette Moreland and the Wellness Committee for actively implementing the program to help support healthy lifestyles for City employees!
2. Ron Goodpaster Retirement
After forty-one years of law enforcement service, including the last five years as DuPont’s Public Safety Director, Ron Goodpaster retired on April 12th. Ron’s commitment to DuPont extended beyond his role as police chief as he also volunteered his time for the DuPont Lions Club, participated in many community events, and served as the auctioneer at several fundraising events. We thank Ron for his tireless efforts to the City of DuPont and wish him only the best in his retirement and future endeavors.
3. Interim Police Chief Named
Mayor Michael Grayum has appointed Robert Sheehan as the Interim Police Chief for the City of DuPont. Sheehan is being hired to provide administration and management of the department while the City conducts a search for a permanent Police Chief. Sheehan’s first day will be April 15, 2013.
“After interviewing several candidates, we selected Mr. Sheehan as our Interim Chief based on his extensive experience.” said Mayor Grayum. “Chief Goodpaster has led DuPont’s Police Department with honor and professionalism, and we are working to hire a replacement with the same distinguished leadership qualities and experience. It is my expectation that Sheehan will build on the continued success of Chief Goodpaster and the DuPont Police Officers. He will spend time on quality issues that he can influence during his time in DuPont and will make the department even better for the permanent Police Chief we are working to hire.”
Sheehan retired in 2012 from the Tacoma Police Department as the Assistant Chief of Operations. He has 35 years of law enforcement experience, joining the Tacoma department in 1981 after serving in the United States Air Force as a military police officer. His career experience has included operations, administration, community policing, facilities project management, investigations, SWAT team, and internal affairs.
In addition to providing oversight of daily operations, Mayor Grayum has tasked Sheehan to focus on the recruitment and hiring of two vacant police officer positions, train department personnel, strengthen employee relations, and improve public safety communications.
The City is working with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to conduct a broad and open search for a leader with the combination of experience, knowledge, expertise, and integrity demonstrated by Chief Goodpaster.
4. Upcoming Meetings – Week of April 15th – 19th
- City Council Work Session scheduled for Tuesday, April 16th has been cancelled
5. Community Development Update
- DuPont General Store – The City recently received a Building Permit application to improve a 2,800 square foot area of the first floor of America’s Credit Union Building at 1495 Wilmington Drive, Suite 160 for the Dupont General Store. Per the plans, the improvements consist of a kitchen, deli counter, and room for produce, baked goods, dry goods, candy, cards and flowers. The proposal is currently being reviewed by the City’s Building department, Pierce County Utilities for approval to connect to the existing sewer system, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for a food service permit.
- Planning Agency – Tammy Corey was reelected as Chair of the Planning Agency for the 2013-2014 term. This is her second term as Chair.
- CalPortland North Parcel Mining – On March 20th, 2013, DuPont issued the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). Hard copies of the document are available for $87.00 each and compact disks are available for $3.00 each at City Hall. The document is also posted on the City’swebsite. The SEIS comment period is 45 days and will close at 4:00 PM on May 3rd, 2013.
6. DuPont PowderWorks Park Field Repairs
The PowderWorks Park soccer field is currently closed for scheduled turf repair and maintenance through April 18th. No practices, games or other uses of the field are authorized during this period. The field will be available for the Baseball Jamboree on April 20th, but may require additional work depending on weather conditions. We appreciate your assistance in observing the field closure!
7. Pierce County READS
What is everyone in Pierce County reading? Join in the fun and be a part of the largest free reading event in Pierce County: Pierce County READS, when thousands of people come together as a community and read copies of the same book at the same time. This year, people will be reading New York Times best seller and award-winning “The Paris Wife” by acclaimed author Paula McLain. The Paris Wife gives an intriguing account of one of the world’s greatest authors, Ernest Hemingway, seen through the eyes of his first wife, Hadley Richardson. This annual event runs through May 17th. Pierce County Library offers the best seller in hardback, paperback, large print, audiobook, and downloadable audiobook and e-book. Talk, share and participate in free events during Pierce County READS. A list of community events can be found by clicking here. People can meet the award-winning author at a free event and book signing at Clover Park Technical College, Sharon McGavick Conference Center, in Lakewood, on Friday, May 17th at 7:00 PM.
8. Cherry Blossom Tea
Spring is just around the corner which means it’s that time again to reserve your seats for the 2013 Cherry Blossom Tea and Vintage Fashion Show. The event will be held on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 2:00 PM at Chloe Clark Elementary School. Last year’s tea was sold out with over 200 ladies attending. This year’s theme is “Puttin’ on the Glitz” and will feature 100 years of Glitz and Glamour vintage fashions modeled by the Goodwill Golden Oldies Guild. Chef Notty will prepare her delicious light tea snacks and desserts. Tickets are $15/individual or $12 per person for a table of 8-10 friends. Let us know if you would like to be a table host and decorate your table. The annual tea is the one major fundraiser of the year for the DuPont Historical Society and DuPont Museum. For information please contact (253) 964-2399 (day) or (253) 882-5943 (evenings & weekends) or email lcumberbatch at msn.com.
9. 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. Want to know more? Like us on Facebook at “City of DuPont Parks, Recreation & Tourism”.
- Park Appreciation Day – Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, April 20th for Park Appreciation Day. Volunteers are asked to check in at 9:00 AM at PowderWorks Park. Park Captains will be on site to help guide volunteers to their assignments. Participants are asked to provide their own rakes, gloves and hats. Clean up efforts will occur city-wide and will conclude at Noon. We already have close to 100 volunteers signed up to help make a difference in our local community. If you are interested in joining in the fun, please contact Parks & Recreation at (253) 912-5245.
- Baseball Jamboree – Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 20th for our Opening Day Jamboree. Teams will play mini games and enjoy hotdogs in the park! Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success, including team picture coordination, BBQ planning, and registration. Please contact Parks & Recreation if interested in helping.
- Spring Kidz Love Soccer –The spring session of Kidz Love Soccer kicks off Wednesday, April 24th. This session will be moved to Clocktower Park due to field closures at DuPont PowderWorks Park. The fee to participate is $70 for ages 2 thru 6 and $79 for ages 7-10 (who will also receive a Kidz Love Soccer jersey). You may register online for this program at www.kidzlovesoccer.com.
- Spring Yoga Session – April 15th marks the start of our spring yoga session at the Community Center. This session is focused on the Hatha Vinyasa Flow style of yoga, which is an active flowing style of yoga for all ages. Classes will run through June 3rd. Registration information is available on the City’swebsite.
- Princess Tea – Tickets are selling quickly for the Annual Princess Tea scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at High Noon. Royalty will sip tea, enjoy a delightful lunch, and create craft projects fit for a princess. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 2 and up. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall. Details are available on the City website.
- Calling All Crafty Critters –Session 2 of our Crafty Critter Series is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at the Community Center, 303 Barksdale Avenue. The fee to participate is $10 and includes a snack and any supplies. The theme for the upcoming session is “Earth Day”. Session 3 is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th. Families can register their children at City Hall. Registration forms are available on our website. Teenagers are encouraged to volunteer to help. Please contact (253) 912-5245 if interested.
- Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Fundraiser – As we turn our calendars towards spring, we begin to think about adding color to our winter-stricken yards. The Parks Agency Hanging Basket Fundraiser is currently underway. Hanging baskets are being sold for $35 to benefit Parks & Recreation. The baskets are coming from Shoestring Nursery in Olympia and they are gorgeous! Baskets will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day, which is May 12th. Order forms are available at City Hall or on ourwebsite.
- May the 4th Be With You –Parents, mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4th for a Star Wars themed “May the 4th Be With You” event. Details of this event will be forthcoming so please continue to check the City’s website for updated information.
- Coast on In For a Blooming Good Time – Parks & Recreation’s annual Auction is scheduled for Friday, May 10th. Last year over $10,000 was raised to support programs and events throughout the City of DuPont. Donations are now being accepted. No donation is too small to help make this auction a success. The auction is being held the Friday prior to Mother’s Day, so plan to bid on one of our gorgeous hanging baskets to take home to Mom! If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Amy Walker at (253) 912-5245.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, Dance4Life, and more!
10. Parks Agency Vacancy
The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the City’s volunteer Parks & Recreation 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 parks and recreation issues facing the City in both the short and long term, to the City Clerk at City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.
11. Spring Safety Fair
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1st from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM for this year’s Spring Safety Fair. Join the City of DuPont Fire Department, Police Department and Public Works Department for a family day out, coinciding with National Trails Day. This is a FREE event, featuring safety awareness activities, bike helmet sales, and the opportunity to see equipment like fire trucks, police cars, and Public Works vehicles up close. There will also be disaster preparedness information, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) booth, and plenty of games and giveaways! This event is held at the Public Safety Building, 1780 Civic Drive.
12. DuPont Community Memorial
On November 11, 2010 the City of DuPont dedicated a memorial to honor the citizens of DuPont who have served our nation during the Global War on Terrorism. To especially honor those “who gave the last full measure of devotion” their names are added at the annual City of DuPont Memorial Day Ceremony.
The criteria to be added to the Memorial Wall are:
- · Military and civilians who have given their life in defense of our country since we were attacked on September 11, 2001.
- · The individual must have lived in DuPont or their parents or spouse live in or did live in DuPont.
- · The individual’s death must be combat related or related to training for combat.
Unfortunately, there is no system available that can apply these criteria to casualty lists as they are announced. The DuPont Memorial Committee relies primarily on information from friends and neighbors to insure our memorial is updated as necessary. If you know of someone that may meet the above criteria, please contact Phil Courts at email@example.com.
13. Historical Society Presentation
The DuPont Historical Society invites the public to join historian Drew Crooks as he signs and discusses his new book Edward Lange: An Early Artist of Olympia and Washington State. The presentation will be held on Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 PM at the DuPont Presbyterian Church, 502 Barksdale Avenue. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Additional information is available on the DuPont Museum website.
14. Spring into Bike Safety
As the weather gets warmer and kids spend more time outside, don’t forget to play safe! Over the coming months, DuPont Firefighters and Police Officers will be issuing “Safe Rider Citations” for kids who follow the safety guidelines while out bike riding, including wearing an appropriate helmet. Riding bikes is a great way for children to be active and get outside, but it can be dangerous if safety precautions are not followed. Head injury is the single most common type of injury sustained from bike crashes, but wearing the proper bike safety gear can dramatically reduce the risk of injury. This spring, wearing a helmet can also get you a “Safe Rider Citation” card that is good for one free Happy Meal at participating McDonalds! For more information about this program or if you have questions about bicycle helmets, please contact the Fire Department at (253) 964-8414.
15. Fire Department Newsletter
Get to know your City of DuPont Fire Department better by reading their April newsletter.
16. Secure Your ID Day
The Better Business Bureau is bringing identity protection to DuPont. Secure Your ID Day offers free, safe document shredding and cell phone recycling. Bring used cell phones and up to 3 grocery bags or boxes of unwanted paper documents to America’s Credit Union (1495 Wilmington Drive) on Saturday, April 20th between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. All documents will be securely shredded on-the-spot, courtesy of Cintas. Cell phones will be wiped of sensitive data and safely recycled courtesy of HopeLine. For information, visitwww.bbb.org/secure-your-id , or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
17. Citizens Advisory Committee
Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is soliciting members for the 2013 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program Citizens Advisory Committee. They are seeking individuals with expertise in the various eligible categories for funding under this Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) program, with equal representation from the four counties in the PSRC region (King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish). PSRC encourages diversity in its Boards and Committees. The Committee is expected to meet between 3-4 times between May and August.
Members of this volunteer citizens committee will be appointed by PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board on May 8, 2013. Please note, employees of public agencies such as city, county, transit agency, port, state agency, etc. are not eligible to participate on the Citizens Advisory Committee. Interested individuals should download the Request for Qualifications form on PSRC’s website at www.psrc.org/transportation/
Information on the Transportation Alternatives Program may be found on FHWA’s website atwww.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/
18. DuPont Library Book Discussion
Share your ideas, questions and insight about Pierce County Reads 2013 book “The Paris Wife.” Library staff will lead a lively discussion at the DuPont Library, 1540 Wilmington Drive, at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 16th. For additional information, contact the DuPont Library at (253) 548-3326.
19. Community Project at DuPont City Hall
Take Back DuPont has organized its first community improvement project. Plan to meet at DuPont City Hall (1700 Civic Drive) on Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 AM to clean and weed the flower beds. Be prepared to sign a waiver and work until noon rain or shine. Water and a small snack will be provided. Bring your own garden gloves. Hope to see you there!