By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Water Update — As many are aware, several residents experienced discolored water last week. It was determined that the disturbance was the result of recent water system construction and testing in the area. The source was located and was disconnected from the City’s water system. Public Works crews, working in conjunction with the Department of Health, conducted water sampling/testing and system flushing to ensure the City system was safe. All tests have continued to come back as normal. Tests have confirmed that the discoloration came from a water disinfecting agent used in the pipe manufacturing process and was likely from a specific section of the new water pipe. The City continues to work with the contractor and supplier as they continue assessment to pinpoint the specific section of pipe and remove and replace it.
If anyone experiences discolored water in the future, please turn off all faucets and let them run a few minutes. If the water does not clear, this may be because the sediment in the water mains or plumbing pipes has not settled out or flushed through yet. If so, wait a few hours and try again. If the problem persists after running your plumbing fixtures, please contact Public Works at 912-5381.
2. Parks & Recreation Auction
Our largest fundraising event is only two weeks away! Join us on Friday, May 10th for the Coast on in for a Blooming Good Time… auction. Doors open at 6:30 in the DuPont Fire Bay located at 1780 Civic Drive. This is an adult’s only evening. Auction tickets are available at City Hall and are modestly priced at $15.Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and non-alcoholic drinks while you browse through the over 100 items available to bid on. This is also a wonderful opportunity to shop for Mom with Mother’s Day right around the corner on May 12th.
The auction promises to have something for every budget. Many thanks to the local residents and business who continue to donate to this annual event! There are a variety of wonderful items such as restaurant gift cards, weekend getaways, hanging baskets, sporting events & programs, and amazing gift baskets. This year, we are also auctioning off a large 10×20 tent to enjoy at ClockTower Park during the July 4thfestivities. The tent will include fully shaded seating for 16, a fully catered lunch, cold drinks, and goodies throughout the day. As the sun goes down, your experience is not over as Patriots Landing will host you in a private tent to enjoy the fireworks. This tent includes parking, a catered dinner, and a fireworks show to remember! Many thanks to Patriot’s Landing and Lacey Costco for their generous contributions for this auction item.
3. Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition
The City has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. DuPont is among an elite group of Gold level award receipeints for this important initiative, which acknowledges that the City has not only recognized the importance of a healthy workplace for our employees but has also taken important steps to create a culture of wellness by providing support to employees. To achieve this recognition the City had to fulfill criteria requirements in the areas of employee physical activity, healthy eating options at work, and promoting a wellness culture. The City will receive this award before the Tacoma Rainiers game on April 30th at Cheney Stadium.
4. Upcoming Meetings – Week of April 29th – May 3rd
- Tree Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 1st at 4:00 PM
- Civil Service Meeting scheduled for May 1st will be rescheduled to a later date.
5. Community Development Update
- DuPont General Store – The City sent a plan approval letter to the applicant on April 19th outlining conditions which must be met. One major condition is the requirement for Pierce County Utilities pre-treatment approval and sewer connection permit. Per an April 22nd letter from Pierce County, the applicant needs to provide a grease interceptor design and maintenance agreement. Another condition is to obtain Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department approval for the preparation and handling of food.
- Duke Realty – On April 18, 2013 Duke Realty submitted a request to amend the DuPont Municipal Code regarding signage. The Notice of Proposal was issued on April 25th. The comment period closes on May 24, 2013. The proposed land use code amendment can be viewed on the City’swebsite.
- NW Logistics Center Project – The City received a Building and Civil Construction permit submittal for the NW Logistics Center project. The project consists of a 225,082 square foot warehouse shell (with future office space) on a 13.5 acre site located on the NW corner of International Place and Center Drive.
- 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’s website. The SEIS comment period is 45 days and will close at 4:00 PM on May 3rd, 2013.
6. Law Enforcement Memorial
Pierce County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be honored at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 8th at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College (4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Building 23, in Lakewood). The program will include the traditional reading of local fallen officers’ names.
7. Unemployment Experience Rating Declines
Due to proactive management of claims by the City, our unemployment experience rating has significantly decreased. The City’s claims are reviewed annually and the experience rating is adjusted based on City employment claims. This reduction in our unemployment rate will result in a savings to the City of approximately $25,000 in 2013.
8. Rainier Country
Rainier County is a ½ hour video magazine produced quarterly by PCTV on behalf of member jurisdictions. The new edition is now airing with DuPont’s section being focused on our historic Dynamite Train. The program can be viewed on Channel 22, online at the following link: Rainier Country, or on the Pierce County You Tube channel at youtu.be/Uwn_yXyhO10.
9. Free Car Seat Inspections
Certified technicians will inspect your car seats for recalls, correct installation, and answer your safety questions. Come to the DuPont Fire Station, 1780 Civic Drive, between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 9th to take advantage of this great opportunity! The car seat technicians recommend you bring your vehicle and car seat owner’s manuals with you.
10. 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 Thanks! – Heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who helped clean up our parks on Parks Appreciation Day. Over 100 volunteers participated to make a difference in their community! Together – we do make a difference.
- Another Successful Eagle Scout Project – Many thanks to Parker Danielson and his enthusiastic group of friends and family who transformed the City’s wayfarer signs over the weekend. As you drive through the city, be sure to notice that our directional wayfarer signs have been updated to read “City of DuPont” as opposed to Northwest Landing, and contain the City’s website address. Hats off to our Boys Scouts for their help in our community!
- Adult Co-Ed Softball – Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the addition of Adult Co-Ed Softball to our programs. The season will run July 7th thru August 4th at DuPont PowderWorks Park and will include 8 games. Each team will consist of 12 adults, with 4 members of the opposite sex on each team. The fee to participate is $595 per team or $50 per individual. Interested participants may register at City Hall from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Questions? Please contact Tom Bradbury at (253) 282-2189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Fundraiser –We are two short weeks away from Mother’s Day and Parks & Recreation is the place to purchase your hanging baskets for Mom this year. No doubt about it, the baskets are gorgeous! The baskets are coming from Shoestring Nursery in Olympia and are $35 each. Baskets will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day, which is May 12th. Order forms are available at City Hall or on our website.
- Memorial Day Ceremony – Join friends and neighbors this Memorial Day as we honor our fallen on Monday, May 27th. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 AM at Ross Plaza. This year our guest speaker will be Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown.
If you are interested in assisting with the clean-up efforts of Ross Plaza in preparation for the ceremony, please contact Parks & Recreation at (253) 912-5245.
- Spring Kidz Love Soccer –The spring session of Kidz Love Soccer is now underway. This session is being held at Clocktower Park due to field closures at DuPont PowderWorks Park. There is still time to register online for this program at www.kidzlovesoccer.com. 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).
- Spring Yoga Session – The Spring yoga session is focused on the Hatha Vinyasa Flow style of yoga, which is an active flowing style of yoga for all ages. Classes run through June 3rd and are held at the Community Center. Registration info is available on the City’s website.
- 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.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, Dance4Life, and more!
11. 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.
12. Upcoming CERT Training
There are two events coming up for CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) members to refresh their skills. On May 1st there will be a review of Disaster Medical procedures at the Fire Station from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. Chief Hull will take this opportunity to talk about DuPont’s response to a mass casualty incident and CERT’s role in that response.
On May 16th there will be a Communications training session from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Fire Station. This session will feature a presentation on HAM radios from Stephen Moton of the Tacoma Radio Club. If you have been thinking about getting your HAM operator’s license, or would like to learn more about what amateaur radio is, come to this meeting to have your questions answered. Contact Claire Keller-Scholz at(253) 964-8414 or email@example.com for more information.
13. 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.
14. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
15. Safe Kids Day
On Saturday, May 18th the DuPont Fire Department, along with Safe Kids Pierce County, will be holding a custom-fit bike helmet sale behind the McDonalds on Wilmington Drive. Come by from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM to learn how to help prevent childhood injuries and pick up any size bike helmet for $7 each.
16. 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.
17. Salmon Release at Sequalitchew Creek
On Sunday, April 28th, students, parents and teachers from Children’s Village Montessori will release salmon they’ve raised in classroom tanks into Sequalitchew Creek. Everyone is welcome to come along! Meet at 1:30 PM at the DuPont Civic Center parking lot (1700 Civic Drive). The trip will happen rain or shine. The trail is beautiful! It is part paved sidewalk and part gravel so wear appropriate shoes and be prepared for a change in the weather.
18. Community Garden Summit
Tacoma/Pierce County Community Garden Program, an initiative to promote healthier lifestyles for local residents, will gather community gardeners, active and interested citizens for the 4th Annual Community Garden Summit from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, May 4th at Catholic Community Services on South Yakima in Tacoma. The Community Garden Summit is a free event for those dedicated to community gardening and local development projects. This event will inform, energize, connect and support the local community in their effort to grow a flourishing community garden program in Pierce County. The event structure will allow guests to hear from a panel of distinguished representatives from the City of Tacoma and experienced stakeholders in the Community Garden Program. Also offered, a plethora of hands-on and classroom style workshops for guests to choose from. Notable speakers include Tacoma Mayor Strickland and Tacoma City Councilmember and Executive Director of Pierce County Conservation Distrcit Ryan Mello. View the full agenda at communitygardensummit.
19. Statewide Historic Preservation Plan: 2014-2019
The Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is updating the Washington State Historic Preservation Plan to proactively address archaeological, historic, and cultural resource issues and opportunities in Washington State over the next five years. They need your input to ensure the State Historic Preservation Plan is responsive to historic preservation needs and issues facing property owners, communities, agencies and organizations across Washington.
Opportunities to participate in shaping the Plan include completing an on-line survey and attending one of the Community Conversations. The Community Survey is available on the web at www.surveymonkey.com/s/
20. Prairie Species Federal Listing
The US Fish and Wildlife Service have proposed to list several species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). They are also proposing to designate critical habitat for those species. The comment period for the proposed federal listing of prairie species (Taylor’s checkerspot, streaked horned lark, Mazama pocket gopher) has reopened. Comments must be received by May 3rd. To submit electronically: www.regulations.gov/#!