1. Police Chief Hired. Following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, the City of DuPont has announced that Robert Sheehan has been selected as the permanent Police Chief. Sheehan has been serving as the City’s Interim Police Chief since April 2013.
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.
“After interviewing several qualified candidates, Sheehan was the right choice for the job. His extensive experience and distinguished leadership qualities made him the most highly qualified candidate,” said Mayor Michael Grayum. “His well-rounded experience in all aspects of police operations will serve our City well.”
In addition to providing oversight of daily operations, Mayor Grayum has tasked Sheehan with the recruitment and hiring of two vacant police officer positions, training of department personnel, strengthening employee relations, public safety communications infrastructure projects, and establishing a neighborhood Block Watch program.
“Chief Sheehan will be a great asset to the residents and businesses of our community and the professionals of our DuPont Police Department,” Mayor Grayum stated. “I have full confidence he will help take our department to the next level.”
2. National Night Out Block Parties
National Night Out 2013 is Tuesday, August 6th and there is still time to plan 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 arrange a time for us to arrive at your event, please contact City Hall at (253) 964-8121 and join America’s Night Out Against Crime!
3. Business License Requirements
As part of our continuous process improvements, we are ensuring that businesses, specifically independent contractors, are meeting all necessary requirements to do business with the City. One of the requirements is that the business is licensed with Washington State and has a valid City of DuPont business license. Our goal is to obtain 100% compliance in this area. Letters are being sent to all independent contractors doing business with the City explaining the requirements and providing a deadline for compliance. Additional checks and balances are also being put in place as part of the City’s contracting and payment processes.
4. Upcoming Meetings – Week of July 29th – August 2nd – None scheduled at this time.
5. 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 Public Hearing Notice, Staff Report and Exhibits are available at City Hall and on the City’s website.
6. Community Development Update
- Public Safety Antenna Communications Facility – Construction will start on the facility on July 31st and will extend through the end of September 2013.
- Sequalitchew Creek/Edmond Marsh Restoration Plan – There will be a public meeting to discuss the draft Restoration Plan on Tuesday, August 27th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM at DuPont City Hall. Materials on the restoration planning process are on the City’s website.
7. Police Citizen’s Academy
The Police Department is hosting a Police Citizen’s Academy beginning in September and is accepting applications at this time. The Academy will run for 10 weeks on Thursday evenings beginning September 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Graduation will be held on November 14th. This is a great opportunity to learn how your Police Department operates and to meet our Police Chief and police officers. Applications are available on the City’s website or at the Police Department (1780 Civic Drive). For additional information visit the City’s website, or contact Police Chief Bob Sheehan at (253) 964-7060 orBob.Sheehan@SouthSound911.org.
8. Political Campaign Signs
Election season often prompts questions and concerns about placement of political signs. A sign permit is not required if the political campaign sign is located on private property or on the planting strip between the sidewalk and the street when the planting strip is immediately adjacent to the sign owner’s property. Signs shall not be larger six square feet in size; may be no taller than three feet if placed in the landscape strip; and may be up to seven feet tall if located at least ten feet behind the front property line. Signs may not be placed on private property without the permission of the property owner.
Signs must be removed within five working days following an election, except signs of a candidate who is successful in a primary election which may remain until the final election. Signs remaining five working days following an election are subject to removal. Signs are not allowed on public streets (other than noted above), public parks, roundabouts, and other City properties. Additional information is located in DuPont Municipal Code 25.116.110(X).
9. City Seeking EMS Volunteers
The DuPont Fire Department is currently accepting applications for motivated and career-minded EMS volunteers 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. Volunteers need to be 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.
10. Bear Sighting Update
After a few weeks of wandering the trails of DuPont and Steilacoom, the local bear cub was captured in Lakewood this pastWednesday by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. While this particular bear has been captured, remember that there is always the possibility of the presence of other bears in the area so please use caution on all trails and wooded areas. Try not to travel alone, keep small children or pets near you at all times, and always make your presence know – simply talking will usually do the trick.
If you do come in close contact with a bear:
- Stay calm and avoid direct eye contact, which could elicit a charge. Try to stay upwind and identify yourself as a human by standing up, talking and waving your hands above your head.
- Do not approach the bear, particularly if cubs are present. Give the bear plenty of room.
- If you cannot safely move away from the bear, and the animal does not flee, try to scare it away by clapping your hands or yelling.
- If the bear attacks, fight back aggressively. As a last resort, should the attack continue, protect yourself by curling into a ball or lying on the ground on your stomach and play dead.
Other items to keep in mind include:
- Bears normally travel at night. They are typically not a danger to the public, although it is never safe to approach a bear. PLEASE STAY AWAY.
- Safety precautions include removing bird feeders and storing all pet food inside.
- Bears have been known to get into garbage cans. If possible, store your garbage inside. If that is not possible, as a preventative measure, spraying ammonia or bleach on your garbage cans may deter the bear.
- For further information, please contract the regional office of the Department of Fish and Wildlife at (360) 249-4628or visit their website at wdfw.wa.gov.
- Don’t forget – if you have an emergency, dial 911.
11. Hudson Bay Day & Salmon BBQ
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 25th for Hudson Bay Day and Salmon BBQ at the DuPont Fire Department, across the street from the original 1843 Hudson Bay Fort Nisqually Site. This free event is being held from Noon – 4:00 PMand features live music, kids activities, historical demonstrations, reenactors, a tribal blessing and more! Historian Drew Crooks will take guided tours to the original 1843 Fort site and visitors can view Ezra Meeker’s covered wagon and talk with Buffalo Soldiers. There will be a salmon BBQ on-site with adult meals at $15 and kids for $5. Hot dog meals will also be available.
The Hudson Bay Day is proudly sponsored by the DuPont Historical Society and the DuPont Tourism Board. The 1843 Fort Nisqually site is open to the public courtesy of the Archeology Conservancy. For more information call DuPont Museum Coordinator Linda Cumberbatch at (253) 964-2399 or (253) 882-5942 or visit www.dupontmuseum.com.
12. Parks & Recreation Golf Tournament
The 2nd Annual DuPont Parks & Recreation Golf Tournament will be held Friday, August 23rd at The Home Course. Registration forms are available on the City’s website.
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”.
- WA State Junior Golf Championships – The Home Course is proudly hosting the 2013 Washington Junior Golf Championships July 31st thru August 2nd. Participants from throughout the State of Washington will be participating in this event. Admission to this championship event is free. Information can be found atwww.wjga.net.
- Youth Soccer Coaches Needed – We are still in need of volunteer coaches for our fall youth soccer program. Coaches are needed for ages 4-8. Practices will occur twice a week with games on Saturdays. Please contact Tom Bradbury at (253) 282-2189 if interested.
- Sequalishoot Winners! – Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual Sequalishoot Photography Contest which occurred in conjunction with National Trails Day.
The winners are: 1st Place – Ann D’Angelo; 2nd Place – Gergen Robinson; People’s Choice Award – Layla Colegrove.
- Junior Golf Camp – Parks & Recreation has partnered with The Home Course to offer a Summer Junior Golf Camp. The camp runs August 20th – August 22nd from 9:00 AM – Noon for ages 8-17. The camp is instructed by PGA Professional Brent Hathaway and will include fundamentals on chipping, putting and driving. The camp cost is $85. Registration forms are available on the City’s website.
- Movie in the Park – Join friends and neighbors for Northwest Landing ROA’s first Movie in the Park of the summer at Clocktower Park. The show begins at dusk (approximately 8:45 PM) on Friday, August 2nd. The featured movie is Dolphin Tale, an inspiring true story of the bond between animals and humans. Movie concessions are available at a modest cost.
- Outdoor Summer Yoga – Enjoy our beautiful summer and exercise at the same time. Our outdoor summer yoga series run July 24th thru August 28th at Robinson Park (next to the Community Center – 303 Barksdale Avenue). The fee to participate is $48 for a 6 week session. If rain makes an appearance, classes will be moved to the Community Center. Registration information is available on the City’s website.
- Music at the Clock – Join your friends and family on Wednesday, August 7th for Music at the Clock at Clocktower Park. This free event is proudly sponsored by Northwest Landing ROA and all are welcome to attend. This year’s entertainment is the Beatniks, a local band who has played for thousands of fans. Enjoy music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s! Be sure to bring the entire family. The DuPont Lions are firing up the BBQ for $1 hotdogs and $2 burgers. Questions? Please contact Northwest Landing ROA at (253) 964-1289.
- 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!
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, Dance4Life, and more!
14. Fire Danger During Hot, Dry Weather
The warm summer season is now upon us and as the green spaces and forested areas are drying out the fire danger is moving 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!
15. DuPont Museum Open House
Immerse yourself in history at the DuPont Museum Open House on Saturday, August 24th from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Come to DuPont’s Historic Village for an old-fashioned ice cream social, fiddlin’ music by the Tune Tamers, and tours of the DuPont Museum and a former DuPont Company town home. A special workshop “Shake Up the Family Tree – How to Write about the Nuts and Nuggets in your Family History” will be presented by Dorothy Wilhelm with special guest Val Dumond. There is a $5 fee for the workshop which includes materials and a ticket to the ice cream social. The Museum is located at 207 Barksdale Avenue. For more information, please contact Dorothy Wilhelm at (253) 582-4565 orDorothy@itsnevertoolate.com.
16. Traffic Safety
Summer is in full swing and the DuPont Police Department would like to remind drivers of some important traffic safety tips to help ensure a safe summer for everyone.
When driving, please be sure to watch for pedestrians. There are a lot more kids in the neighborhoods and parks now that school is out. Remember that you are required to yield to pedestrians crossing the roadway anywhere– and not only at marked crosswalks. Pedestrians should also use caution as well when crossing roads and shouldn’t dart out into traffic. Keep in mind that kids are not always thinking about that so be sure to watch out for them.
For kids (and adults) who are riding bikes, scooters or skateboards – always wear protective gear. Helmets are required when using any of the above in DuPont. It doesn’t matter how big you are, we can all still be injured if we hit our heads when falling. Remember adults, you set the example for our kids!
If you are traveling out of town, take a few minutes to inspect your car. Make sure all lights are functioning such as headlamps, tail lamps, turn signals, reverse lights, and brake lights. Be sure to also check the condition of your tires and the air pressure in them, as well as your vehicle’s coolant levels. It’s easier to do some quick checking before you hit the road instead of having to call a tow truck later.
Please keep your mind and eyes on the road. The law requires drivers to only utilize a cell phone with a “hands free”device; even then, it is easy to get distracted. A GPS unit is also a great tool, especially when travelling in unfamiliar areas. Be sure to mount it properly in the bottom corner of your windshield. Remember that you are driving the car, not the GPS, so if it tells you to do something that is contrary to what a traffic control device or traffic sign says – don’t do it! There are several stories regarding travelers being injured or killed by following the ill-advised directions of their GPS units. Please use common sense.
Let’s all watch out for each other and our children so that we can all enjoy a great and safe summer!
17. Affordable Care Act
Need health insurance or know someone who does? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans now qualify to get coverage that fits their needs and budgets. Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov or call (800) 318-2596 to get more information.
18. Steilacoom Salmon Bake
The Steilacoom Historical Museum Association will be holding their annual “Salmon Bake” at scenic Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom on Sunday, July 28th from Noon till 4:00 PM. The cost is $14 for the salmon meal, $6 for a hot dog meal, and includes drinks and dessert. There will be live entertainment and plenty of small town atmosphere. Invite family and friends to join you for fun, sun, great food and great people. There is pay parking at the beach or take the free shuttle from downtown Steilacoom.
19. 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 next concert of the series will be on Wednesday, July 24th and will feature Randy Linder (Creedence Clearwater Tribute). 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.
20. Fire Safe Landscaping
The DuPont Fire Department would like to make residents aware of the importance of protecting your property from fire damage, especially during the warm summer months. Protecting your home from urban brush fires is your responsibility. Utilizing ‘Firewise’ landscaping concepts can limit the level of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding your home and increase the moisture content of remaining vegetation. You can help protect your home by following these suggestions:
- Rake leaves, dead limbs, and twigs. Remove leaf clutter and dead and overhanging braches, and remove rubbish from around the structure.
- Mow the lawn regularly and dispose of cutting and debris promptly.
- Water plants, trees and mulch regularly.
- Trim back trees that overhang the house.
- Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and barbeques. Place a screen over the grill using non-flammable material with mesh no coarser than ¼ inch.
- Regularly dispose of newspapers and other flammable materials to an appropriate site.
- Place stove, fireplace, and grill ashes in a metal bucket, soak in water for two days, and then bury the cold ashes in mineral soil.
- Store gasoline, oily rags, and other flammable materials in approved safety cans that can be purchased at local hardware stores and place in a safe location away from buildings.
- Store firewood away from your house. Clear combustible material within 20 feet. Use only UL-approved wood burning devices.
- Create a 30-foot safety zone around your home. Keep the volume of vegetation in this zone to a minimum. The greater the distance between your home and vegetation, the greater the protection.
- Remove debris on rooftops, in gutters, and under sun decks and porches.
For more information on Firewise landscaping please visit www.firewise.com.