By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Fire Department Temporary Staffing Levels
Mayor Michael Grayum issued a memo today to the DuPont Professional Fire Fighters (Local 3829, IAFF) regarding his decision and next steps regarding temporary staffing levels and operational leadership for the DuPont Fire Department. Following is an excerpt from the statement:
Staffing levels and ambulance transport through Dec. 2013
As you know, I’ve recommended that our community retain one of the grant-funded firefighters whose funding expires on July 15, 2013. The purpose is to continue providing ambulance transport services for DuPont by maintaining a 3-person minimum staffing level through the end of 2013. I’ve decided to exercise my legal authority as Mayor to retain one additional firefighter. Our Human Resources Director will finalize any necessary paperwork to make this happen and our Finance Director will utilize cost savings from the recent departure of our contract Fire Chief Greg Hull.
Temporary operational leadership for the Fire Department
While we continue to explore and analyze all viable short-term options, I have authorized temporary, out-of-class assignments for our DuPont firefighters to provide daily operational and administrative support until a formal decision by the City Council can be made.
As you are aware, immediately after Hull’s sudden resignation we began researching options to provide short-term leadership for the Fire Department. We reached out to neighboring fire departments, DuPont Professional Fire Fighters (Local 3829, IAFF) and community members. We also began exploring internal promotional opportunities and analyzing staffing models from other jurisdictions. We continue to seek ideas and input for short-term, temporary command support to oversee the operational, leadership and training needs for the Fire Department. I will bring a proposal to the Council for further discussion and action. My goal is to have a decision by July 9th.
Long-term solution needed, proposal in 60 – 90 days
Addressing the 3-person minimum staffing and short-term operational leadership needs of our Fire Department is a temporary solution. We must use this time to develop long-term solutions. To that end, over the next 60 – 90 days, I will analyze historical data related to the types and frequency of service requests. I will then propose longer-term solutions for the Council and community members to consider. It is imperative for our community to clearly define and provide adequate emergency response and ambulance transport services in DuPont.
It is also important to remember, these next steps will build on the progress we have already made.
Moving forward, we must resolve the service level challenges from years past and provide adequate emergency response services for the future.”
2. City Council Meeting Cancelled
The City Council meeting of Tuesday, June 25, 2013 has been cancelled in order for interested Councilmembers to participate in the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Conference. The Mayor and Councilmembers attending the conference will use this opportunity to engage in discussions regarding the issues raised as a result of the recent Department of Retirement Systems audit. The utilization of independent contractors, especially those who are retirees from a Washington State retirement system, is an issue that will impact cities across our State. The next regular Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
3. AmeriCorps Volunteer Grant
The DuPont Fire Department has received notification that it has been awarded an AmeriCorps grant for another year. This grant will provide a person to work in the arena of disaster preparedness in DuPont, will coordinate with our regional partners, and will act as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator for the City. The position starts September 1, 2013 and runs through July 15, 2014. The CERT Coordinator will work 40 hours per week and receive a monthly stipend, in addition to basic AmeriCorps health benefits and an Education Award for a successfully completed term of service. We are very excited to be awarded a grant for this position as it will allow the Fire Department to continue to better prepare the citizens of DuPont, our schools, and our businesses to be ready for the disaster situations that may arise. The current AmeriCorps member working at the Fire Department, Claire Keller-Scholz, will finish her term on July 31, 2013. The City will be accepting applications for the next grant period beginning July 1st. For more information, please call the Fire Department at (253) 964-8414.
4. Semi-Annual Yard Sale
The semi-annual citywide garage sale is happening tomorrow – Saturday, June 22nd from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Residents are responsible for directing customers to their homes. If you are using signs to advertise your sale, please be courteous to your neighbors and remove them upon completion of the sale. This event is sponsored by Northwest Landing ROA.
5. City Seeking EMS Volunteers
DuPont is currently accepting applications for motivated and career-minded EMS volunteers. The City of DuPont Fire Department is looking for volunteer EMS Reserves to help staff the Aid Car, assisting with patient care and transport. The reserves will be EMT’s who will supplement our career staff and help enable the fire engine to stay in DuPont and staffed during transport situations. Currently there are fewer private ambulance transport units available to the citizens in DuPont due to growing demand in other areas of the county which absorbs the use of Rural Metro and AMR.
DuPont Fire is looking for Washington State certified EMT’s who will work a minimum of three 12 or 24 hour shifts per month. Reserve EMT’s are volunteers who will be supplied with uniforms. A small stipend is available. They will not participate in suppression activities due to the high cost of uniforms, equipment and training. For more information, please contact the Fire Station at (253) 964-8414.
6. Streets – Crack Sealing
The City is continuing its ongoing partnership with Pierce County Public Works to complete street crack sealing on a portion of our roadways. Work began today in the Yehle and Hoffman Hill areas and areas along McNeil and Center Drive. The pavement mainenance work is scheduled to be completed over the next several weeks on Fridays, as weather conditions allow. Roads will remain open to traffic during the work, with appropriate traffic controls in place as needed. The City and County would like to remind motorists to drive carefully and obey all temporary traffic controls while driving through the work zones.
7. Upcoming Meetings – Week of June 24th – 28th
- Youth Council Meeting
Monday, May 24th at 7:00 PM
- Planning Agency Meeting scheduled for Monday, June 24th has been cancelled
- City Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 25th has been cancelled
8. Community Development Update
- Steilacoom School District Maintenance Facility – The Steilacoom Historical School District submitted a land use application on June 20, 2013 to construct a new 5,590 square foot maintenance facility on a 5.3 acre parcel next to DuPont Self Storage on International Place.
- Sequalitchew Creek/Edmond Marsh Restoration Plan – The Core Group held a public planning meeting on June 20, 2013 to provide an overview of the restoration planning process completed to date, including information on beavers, culverts, salmon, ecological function, and existing infrastructure. Meeting materials are posted on the City website on the Sequalitchew Creek Restoration Plan webpage. The next meeting is not yet scheduled.
9. Dynamite Train Interpretive Signage
The DuPont Dynamite Train Interpretive signage was installed last week at the train canopy site behind the DuPont Museum in the Historic Village. The signage provides an illustrated history of the fleet of narrow gauge trains that hauled dynamite products between the Puget Sound and the DuPont Powderworks plant. The sign includes information about the 1940’s Plymouth engine and flatbed cars displayed under the canopy, which are being restored. The Dynamite Train and other interpretive signage is the collaborative effort between the City of DuPont, DuPont Historical Society, the DuPont Tourism Board and CalPortland. Visit the train behind the DuPont Museum located at 207 Barksdale Avenue and visit the Museum’s website at www.dupontmuseum.com for more info.
10. Historic Hose Cart Shed Dedication Postponed
The Fire Department historic hose cart shed dedication previously scheduled for Tuesday, June 25th has been postponed to a future date. The hose cart shed is one of four original sheds that stood in the Historic Village and protected the hose carts which made up the bulk of DuPont’s fire-fighting apparatus up through the 1960s when the first pumper truck was purchased. The shed has been restored by firefighters in their off-duty hours, and will be moved to its new home on the grassy lawn in front of the Fire Station with the help of the Public Works department.
11. County Council Meeting on 2015 U.S. Open
Why did the USGA pick Chambers Bay as the site of the 2015 U.S. Open? When can people register to volunteer? When do tickets go on sale? How will spectators get to the site? The public is invited to come hear answers to these and other questions about the 2015 U.S. Open Championship during an in-district meeting of the Pierce County Counil on June 27, 2013. The meeting will be held at 5:30 PM in the Environmental Services Building, located next to Chambers Bay at 9850 – 64th St. W. in University Place.
The meeting will feature a presentation by Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association’s on-site championship director, just days after his return from a month-long assignment support the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia. Former County Executive John Ladenburg will make brief remarks about the conversion of the site from a sand and gravel pit to U.S. Open site and park. Council officials will give an update on planning for the championship.
The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15 – 21, 2015, which includes three practice days before the four-day championship rounds. The USGA is planning on total attendance of 235,000 spectators, volunteers, media, vendors and staff.
12. 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”.
- Parks & Recreation Newsletter – Want to know about upcoming events and programs hosted by the City of DuPont Parks & Recreation? Join our email distribution list! We are committed to the highest level of communication with upcoming programs. Don’t miss another registration deadline. To join, simply text DUPONTREC to 22828. Watch for email updates in your inbox every Monday.
- Youth Baseball Championship Game! – Join other baseball fans this Saturday for our championship game at DuPont PowderWorks Park. The first pitch is thrown at 6:00 PM. Come out and cheer for the Marlins and the Rainiers in their quest for the championship! Starting at 5:00 PM, players will break their team piñata and enjoy ice cream bars in the park.
- July 4th Dynamite Dash – Registration continues for the July 4th Dynamite Dash 5K Run. Registration is $15. This year’s run begins and ends at Clocktower Park. Registration information is located on the City website. We are still in need of volunteers to help at water stations along the route. Please contact Tom Bradbury email@example.com to help.
- Summer Camp Info – With the kids out of school, we are all looking for creative ways to keep them occupied. Be sure to check out our summer camp programs for all ages at www.dupontwa.gov. Camps include baseball, volleyball, art, karate, golf and several others. Camps are strategically scheduled to occur throughout the summer. There is a special summer camp information table set up at City Hall with registration information available. We hope your kids can join the fun!
- July 4th Parade & Celebration – Special thanks to Northwest Landing ROA for sponsoring the July 4th Parade & Celebration! This event has become a hometown favorite and this year is no exception. Vendor applications are currently on the City’s website. The DuPont Lions will be overseeing the vendors again this year. Thank you to the DuPont Lions for their continued support of our local community!
Want to build a float or decorate your car for the parade? Parade registration forms are available online. Contact Parade Coordinator Jack Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Please note, participants in the Bike, Buggy & Pet Parade do not need to register.
Additional information on this year’s fabulous festivities can be located on the City’s website.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, Dance4Life, and more!
13. Summer Reading Program
The DuPont Library’s Summer Reading Program starts June 22nd and runs through September 1st. Children and teens can participate in a variety of programs including a “read-down fines” program for books not returned on time. Participants can enter weekly drawings, win prizes, and participate in fun, free events. Summer reading helps children continue to learn and hold steady in their reading skills. More information can be found at Summer Reading Program.
14. Lions Club “Recycle for Sight” Program
In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. If you have used eyeglasses that you no longer need, you can donate them to the Lions Club “Recycle for Sight” program. The DuPont Lions are accepting prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames. Children’s eyeglasses are especially needed. Donated glasses are cleaned, sorted by prescription strength, and repackaged for distribution. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.
The DuPont Lions have a collection box located in the lobby of DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive. For additional information, please contact J. Ferrer at email@example.com or visit the club website at www.dupontlionsclub.com.
15. Steilacoom-DuPont Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Steilacoom-DuPont gives everyone in the community a chance to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are taking part in this exciting team event. Relay for Life takes place from 10:00 AM on June 22nd until 10:00 AM on June 23rd at Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bob’s Hollow Lane in DuPont. Individuals and teams will camp out around the athletic track, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Thank you to Kim Forbes, the Steilacoom-DuPont volunteer Relay event chair for all of her efforts for this worthwhile cause!
16. Women Veterans Summit
Washington State Women Military Veterans are encouraged to attend the Women Veterans Summit on Saturday, June 29th from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, WA. This free conference will provide women veterans with information about opportunities and challenges women veterans face today, as well as information on benefits and services they might be entitled to. Register for free today at www.dva.wa.gov/
17. Steilacoom Farmers’ Market & Concert Series
The Steilacoom Farmers’ Market is officially open and will run each Wednesday through August 28th. The market is open from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and runs in conjunction with the Steilacoom Concerts in the Park which start at 6:30 PM each Wednesday. Fresh produce, flowers, cheese, baked goods (including gluten-free) and a variety of specialty foods and crafts will be offered. For weekly “fresh finds at the market” updates please follow the market on Facebook or join the mailing list at www.steilacoomfarmersmarket.
The first concert of the series will be on Wednesday, June 26th and will feature the Swing Reunion Orchestra. The concerts are held at Pioneer Park, 1700 Commercial Street. In the event of inclement weather the alternate location is the Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington Street. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. The series is sponsored by the Town of Steilacoom and the MTC Group. For more concert information please call (253) 581-1076.