Teen Taco Night – Join us TONIGHT for Teen Taco Night! Come enjoy a taco bar sponsored by our local Youth Council beginning at 7:30 PM at Clocktower Park. Tacos are $2 and all proceeds go towards Youth Council supported projects this fall. This is a youth-driven event. Northwest Landing and the City of DuPont strive to encourage volunteerism at a young age. Be sure to bring a chair and a blanket and stay for Northwest Landing ROA’s Movie in the Park. The featured show will be “Napoleon Dynamite”, rated PG. The show begins at dusk (approximately 8:30 PM) at Clocktower Park.
Landscape Maintenance Update – Message from Mayor Michael Grayum: “The recent hot weather is impacting some plants and trees along Center Drive. Although most of our greenways are thriving, the City of DuPont, Residential Owners Association (ROA), and Commercial Owners Association (COA) have put together an irrigation plan to protect and prevent further harm to the stressed vegetation until the rainy season begins in late September.”
“The City Council was unanimous in reducing irrigation throughout the City as part of a comprehensive budget approach to redirect funds from lower priorities toward higher priorities – like public safety. The ROA and COA have generously offered to pay for the irrigation costs. Please join me in expressing gratitude to these organizations.”
Following a discussion at the August 13th City Council meeting, staff will begin a targeted irrigation effort to water City trees in other areas determined to be critical through the end of the growing season. This effort is in conjunction with the Residential and Commercial Owners Associations generous contribution of cleaning up some of the high visibility areas of Northwest Landing. More information is available on the City’s website.
Aphid Tree Spraying – Information is available on the City’s website regarding an option to help control aphids on street trees. A local resident arranged for this program last year and those who participated received noticeable results. This in-ground treatment program is being offered again this year at a group rate discounted price of $50 each for one to two trees and $40 each for three or more trees. The typical price for this type of treatment is about $60 to $70 per tree. Interested homeowners need to contact the tree company no later than October 11th to participate in the program.
Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Restoration Meeting
There will be a public meeting to discuss the draft Sequalitchew Creek/Edmond Marsh Restoration Plan on Tuesday, August 27th from 5:00 – 6:45 PM at DuPont City Hall. This meeting will review the watershed restoration planning process, review the draft conceptual plan, and hear public comments. Materials on the restoration planning process are on the City’s website.
Upcoming Meetings – Week of August 19th – 23rd
- City Council Workshop Tuesday, August 20th at 6:00 PM
Community Development Update
- Public Safety Antenna Communications Facility – Construction has commenced on the facility and will extend through the end of September 2013.
- Sign Code Amendment – The Planning Agency held a public hearing on August 12th to take testimony on an application from Duke Realty to amend the DuPont Municipal Code regarding signs and recommended the revised application be approved by the City Council. The Council will hear first reading of the amendment at the August 27th City Council meeting.
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.
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.
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 or Dorothy@itsnevertoolate.com.
Steilacoom Town-Wide Power Outage
Due to planned upgrades to the transmission system, an 8-hour power outage for the Town of Steilacoom has been scheduled for Monday, August 19th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For additional information, contact Steilacoom Public Works Director Mark Burlingame at (253) 581-1912.
Fire Hazard Recall Notice
Big Lots has recalled glass citronella tabletop torches sold from March – June 2013 due to fire and burn hazards. Once lit, the table torches can flare up and emit burning lamp oil onto consumers and property, posing fire and burn hazards. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. More information can be found at www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/
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”.
- Youth Soccer – Fall soccer practice schedules are now available on the City’s website. Families are encouraged to check the website and communicate with their coaches for updated information.
- 2nd Annual Golf Tournament – Parks & Recreation is hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, August 23rd at The Home Course. The tournament begins at 8:30 AM with a shotgun start. The fee to participate is $75 which includes 18 holes of golf, prizes and a BBQ lunch. Individual and team competitions will be awarded. Grab a foursome and join the fun! Registration forms are available on the City’s website.
- 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.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, and more!
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 PM and 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.
Steilacoom Farmers’ Market & Concert Series
The Steilacoom Farmers’ Market runs 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. Follow the market on Facebook or join the mailing list at www.steilacoomfarmersmarket.
The next concert of the series will be on Wednesday, August 21st and will feature the Navy Ceremonial and Brass 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.