1. Fire Department Update. Following a discussion at the July 9th City Council meeting, the City is moving forward with a short-term plan to provide interim leadership for the DuPont Fire Department and stabilize staffing levels through the end of 2013.
The City began researching options to provide short-term leadership for the Fire Department following the departure of contract Fire Chief Greg Hull. The City contacted five local fire jurisdictions for proposals and discussions were held with the DuPont Professional Fire Fighters (Local 3829, IAFF) regarding an interim promotion for a Battalion Chief.
Simultaneously, Mayor Michael Grayum exercised his legal authority to retain one of the three firefighters who was scheduled to be laid off on July 16th when the FEMA SAFER grant expires. The purpose of this was to assist in providing 3-person minimum staffing per shift in order to continue providing limited ambulance transport services for DuPont. However, this additional firefighter now needs to be utilized to fill the temporary shift vacancy created by a recent firefighter injury.
The Mayor presented Council with 4 options to consider, along with his recommendation and correlating funding sources. Following discussion, the Council concurred with Mayor Grayum’s recommendation of a temporary internal promotion and retaining two additional firefighters to assist with providing 3-person minimum staffing per shift.
Lieutenant Larry Creekmore has been temporarily promoted to Battalion Chief of Operations and will provide leadership for operations and administrative duties. Additionally, the firefighters who were originally slated to be laid off effective July 16th will be retained during the next months while the City is researching long-term sustainable solutions for providing Emergency Medical (EMS) and Fire services to the City of DuPont.
While the short-term option is being implemented, the Mayor and staff will analyze historical data related to the types and frequency of EMS and Fire service requests, evaluate the service needs of the community, and explore service delivery options to provide full-service Emergency Medical and Fire capabilities in DuPont. The Mayor will then propose longer-term solutions for the Council and community members to consider. It is imperative for our community to clearly identify and provide adequate emergency response and ambulance transport services in DuPont. Long-term discussions will take place at future Council meetings.
Additional information regarding the options considered can be found on the City’s website.
2. Sign Code Amendment Public Hearing
The Planning Agency will hold a public hearing on August 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM to take testimony and make a recommendation on an application from Duke Realty to amend the DuPont Municipal Code, Chapter 25.116, regarding signs. The Hearing Notice Public Hearing Notice, Staff Report and Exhibits are available at City Hall and on the City’s website.
3. Upcoming Meetings – Week of July 15th – 19th
City Council Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, July 16th has been cancelled.
4. Financial Advisory Services RFP Update
A selection committee consisting of two Councilmembers, two citizens, and the City’s Finance Director and City Administrator conducted interviews with three firms on July 8th. All three firms provided examples of their experience with budget forecasting and developing revenue models. They also provided the City with their initial analysis of the feasibility of restructuring or refinancing the City’s outstanding Certificates of Participation (COPs). The consensus of all of the firms is that the variables of the current economic environment and the first call date being in 2019 do not make it financially feasible to refinance the COPs at this time. Mayor Michael Grayum is currently reviewing the presentations from the firms and talking with selection committee members regarding their impressions of the firms and their qualifications. He will make his decision on how to proceed by early next week.
5. National Night Out Block Parties
This year’s date for National Night Out 2013 is Tuesday, August 6th. It is not too late to start planning your neighborhood block party. Plan an afternoon or evening party with family, friends and neighbors and the DuPont Police and Fire Departments will make every effort to attend. This is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with your neighbors, as well as get to know your police officers and firefighters and get your public safety questions answered. 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 Claire Keller-Scholz at (253) 964-8414 and join America’s Night Out Against Crime!
6. Community Development Update
CalPortland North Parcel Mining – On June 24, 2013, DuPont issued the final environmental impact statement, public hearing notice, and staff report and related exhibits for the CalPortland North Parcel Mining project. A public hearing will occur on July 25th and July 26th. All materials are posted on the City’s website.
Sequalitchew Creek/Edmond Marsh Restoration Plan – There will be a public meeting to discuss the draft Restoration Plan on Tuesday, August 13th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM at DuPont City Hall. Materials will be available on the City website prior to the meeting.
7. City Street Striping
Work commenced today on the City’s annual street striping program. This work is completed through our continued partnership with Pierce County road maintenance division. Additional pavement marking work is scheduled to begin next week to restore the pavement crosswalk and stop bar markings at four of our key intersections (Barksdale/Wilmington, Wilmington/Palisade, Center/Wilmington, and Center/McNeil). This work is anticipated to take 4-5 days to complete depending on weather conditions. While the work is being completed, please drive carefully through work zones, obey all temporary traffic controls and signage, and avoid crossing over wet paint. Remember to be patient and “Give ‘Em a Break” in construction zones.
8. Request for Proposal
The City of DuPont is requesting proposals for a grant-funded street tree planting pilot project to develop and test a grass-roots process or framework for a City/resident partnership towards replanting street trees where necessary throughout the City. Additional information can be found on the City’s website. Proposals must be received by 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 17, 2013.
9. AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Position Opening
The DuPont Fire Department has received notification that is has been awarded an AmeriCorps grant for another year. This grant will provide a person to work in the area of disaster preparedness in DuPont, coordinate with our regional partners, and 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 better prepare the citizens of DuPont, our schools, and our businesses to be ready for 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 is now recruiting and accepting applications for this full-time position. The position duties, benefits, terms, service areas, and required skills can be found at DuPont Vista Volunteer. For more information please contact Human Resources Manager Bernadette Moreland at (253) 912-5212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Volunteers Needed
DuPont citizens Ellen and Dan George have stepped up to volunteer to help weed the park at McNeil and Jensen and are looking for other enthusiastic people to help them! If you would like to help with this worthwhile endeavor, please contact them at email@example.com or show up on the following scheduled work days:
Saturday, July 13th 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, July 18th 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Saturday, July 27th 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Thank you Ellen and George for your efforts to help beautify our City parks!
11. Fire Danger During Hot, Dry Weather
It has been a cool, wet spring but we are now finally entering the summer season. Soon the green spaces and forested areas will dry out and the fire danger will move to a high level. We would like to remind residents that burning is not allowed on public property. This includes the trails and beaches along Puget Sound, where the danger of fire burning up the banks and into the residential areas is high during the summer months. Please use extra caution and help us keep DuPont safe!
12. 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.
13. 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”.
Sentinels Football & Cheer Program – Registration closes tomorrow, July 13th, for TCYFL Steilacoom Sentinels tackle football and cheer programs for ages 7-13 (grades 2 through 8). The football registration fee is $140 for 7-8 year olds and $175 for 9-13 year olds. Cheer registration fee is $40 plus cost of uniform (approximately $250). All students in DuPont, Steilacoom, JBLM and Lakewood are eligible to play. Practices begin August 1st and are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Steilacoom High School. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark or Gwen Miller at (253) 912-9927 with questions.
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.
Summer Camp Info – 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!
Youth Soccer – Registration for the Youth Soccer program for ages 4 – 8 ends on July 19th. The season will run from August 5th – November 9th with games on Saturdays. The cost for ages 4-6 is $55 for DuPont residents and $65 for non-residents and ages 7-8 is $80 for DuPont residents and $90 for non-residents. Registration forms are available online.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, Dance4Life, and more!
14. 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.org. For more information contact Laura Johnson at (253) 581-1912 or email@example.com.
The next concert of the series will be on Wednesday, July 17th and will feature the 338th Army Band. 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.