1. City Council Meeting Cancelled – Mayor Michael Grayum announced today that the September 24th City Council meeting has been cancelled. He stated that “the meeting agenda contained only non-essential business items and the need for a Skate Park Grant decision by Council was extended by the State – which allows more time for citizen and business fundraising efforts for this worthy but not critical objective. Action on this item will be taken on October 8, 2013 at the Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting.”
Mayor Grayum also stated “In the weeks ahead, the City Council will also be participating in many weekly meetings and workshops to review and prepare the 2014 Annual Budget. All meetings are open to the public. Ideas and feedback from the community are always welcomed and appreciated.”
2. Historic Hose Cart Shed Dedication
The historic hose cart shed restoration is now complete and has been moved to its permanent location next to the Fire Department. A dedication will be held at 6:00 PM on September 24th with refreshments immediately following. In the case of inclement weather the dedication will occur in the Fire Apparatus Bay. Please contact Interim Battalion Chief Larry Creekmore at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
3. 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.
4. Community Development Update
- Duke Realty Sign Code Amendment – On September 10th the City Council approved Duke Realty’s sign code amendment to allow larger signs in the manufacturing and warehousing area.
- Marijuana Moratorium – On September 10th the City Council approved a 12 month moratorium on the processing of permits for medical and/or recreational marijuana. This provides DuPont time to folow the evolving state laws and draft regulations.
- Hilton Home 2 Suites Hotel – DuPont held a preapplication meeting on September 17th with the hotel developer to discuss the concept, applicable development requirements and timelines.
5. Upcoming Meetings – Week of September 23rd – 27th
- Planning Agency Meeting scheduled for September 23rd has been cancelled
- City Council Meeting scheduled for September 24th has been cancelled
6. 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.
7. Fall Festival
Join your friends and family at the Northwest Landing ROA Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28th at Clocktower Park. This year’s event is scheduled from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Festivities include scarecrow building, pony rides, live music, arts and crafts, and much more! Plan to shop for your holiday decorating at the festival. Mums, pumpkins and other decorative items will be available for purchase. This is a family-oriented event and has become a favorite for many DuPont families. Volunteers are still needed to help make this event a success. Please call the ROA office today to lend at hand at(253) 964-1289.
8. Tri-Annual Tap Water Sampling
The City would like to acknowledge the 30 residences that continue to participate in the tri-annual (every 3 years) tap water sampling for lead and copper. The samples are looking for lead and copper from homes that may have had lead in the solder, prior to it no longer being used in potable water piping installations beginning in the late 1980’s. The sample requires the resident to abstain from any water use in the home for 6 hours to see how much lead and copper becomes detectable in their water piping. The results of this testing indicates that all samples were within drinking water standards or nothing detectible. Thank you to those residents who participated in this analysis.
9. Professional Finance Officer Designations
Congratulations to Juanita Brunzell, Finance Specialist, and Dawn Masko, City Administrator, who received the Washington Finance Officers Association Professional Finance Officer (PFO) designation for 2013. The PFO program provides recognition to members for their continued professional development and achievements in the governmental finance area. Only 150 people were awarded this designation. Juanita is involved with local and national user groups for the City’s financial software vendor and continually seeks to enhance her accounting knowledge and increase efficiencies with the City’s finance processes. This is her 6th year to receive this award. Dawn has been involved in state and national finance organizations for over 25 years and chairs a state finance committee. This is her 21st year to receive this award.
10. Pumpkin Patch Day
Come join in on the fun at the DuPont Fire Department’s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch Day! This event will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the DuPont Fire Station, 1780 Civic Drive. There will be tours of the fire engines and fire station, free blood pressure checks, and bicycle and multi-sport helmets available for sale. The smoke trailer will be open for participants to experience a fire simulation, followed by a safety talk of what to do and expect. Try to hit a target with the fire hose when you bring canned foods to fill the fire engine to help families in need this holiday season. Families will learn some basic safety tactics and the kids will each get to pick out a free pumpkin! Remember to come early; the pumpkins are on a first-come-first-serve basis and are limited to one pumpkin per child.
11. Parks & Recreation
Please call (253) 912-5245 or go to the City’s website at www.dupontwa.gov 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”.
- Some Lucky Duck is Going to Win! – Let’s get quackin’ for the City of DuPont Parks & Recreation 1st Annual Duck Race! Ducks are available for purchase at City Hall and at the ROA Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28thstarting at 11:00 AM. Tickets are $5 or 5 for $20. Twenty Lucky Ducks will be awarded prizes to include $500 for 1st place. Duck Race and prize information is available on the City’s website. Many thanks to CalPortland for sponsoring this inaugural event!
- On your mark, get set, Register! – Registration is still open for fall Cross Country which runs Monday and Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00PM with meets on Saturdays. The season runs September 23rd thru November 25th. Ages 7-18 are welcome and encouraged to participate. Registration is $75 and forms are available online. A $35 uniform fee also applies if you do not have your uniform from last year. Contact Coach Mark Brinkhaus at(253) 948-2401 with any program questions.
- Dance Classes – Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce its partnership with Image Studio of Dance. Together we will be offering a wide variety of dance programs this fall. Classes offered include tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary. Classes begin October 1st and will run through June. Registration information is available on the City’s website. Please contact Image Studio of Dance at (253) 566-4546 or email@example.com with any questions regarding the program.
- Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar – Save the date for the 2013 Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday bazaar scheduled for Saturday, November 16th at Pioneer Middle School. Vendor applications are available on the Citywebsite. The fee to participate this year is $35 and include a 10 by 10 space, advertising, and a boxed lunch. This annual event fills quickly so don’t delay in submitting your application. Please contact Holiday Bazaar Coordinator Anna Skretting at (253) 964-4944 with questions.
- Karate – Our fall karate session is now open for registration. Classes run Tuesday and Thursday evenings from6:00 – 8:00 PM at Pioneer Middle School. The registration fee is $50 per month. Classes are for ages 6 thru adult. Registration forms are available on the City’s website. Contact karate instructor Skip Ettinger at (253) 209-5287with any questions.
- Fall Kidz Love Soccer – Registration for the fall session of Kidz Love Soccer is still open. The fall session runs from September 18th – October 23rd at Clocktower Park. This program is a non-competitive, instructional based program and is open to kids ages 2 thru 10. Registration is $52 for ages 2-6 and $63 for ages 7-10. A soccer jersey is included for ages 7 thru 10. Registration forms are available online.
- Youth Soccer – Fall soccer game schedules are now available on the City’s website. Families are encouraged to check the website and communicate with their coaches for updated information.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, and more!
12. Fall Food Drive
The DuPont Fire Department and DuPont Lions Club have once again partnered together to run a Fall Food Drive just in time for the holidays. Bring your canned goods or non-perishable items to the Pumpkin Patch Safety Fair on Saturday, October 19th or drop them off anytime in September or October to the Fire Department (1780 Civic Drive) to help with this worthy endeavor.
13. Police Equipment Grant
The DuPont Police Department has received a grant from the Office of Justice Programs Bulletproof Vests Partnership. The $3600 grant will allow the department to purchase 4 new ballistic vests.
14. 2013 South Sound Heart Walk
City of DuPont employees are forming a team to participate in the 2013 South Sound Heart Walk on October 5th. The festivities begin at 8:00 AM with the walk starting at 9:30 AM at Cheney Stadium. Those who are interested in joining the team or wish to donate to this cause, please contact Dawn Masko at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are two routes – one mile and a four mile. The money raised through the walk funds research at local institutions, and initiatives that promote the prevention, treatment and better patient care in the areas of cardiovascular disease, the leading killer in the United States. The American Heart Association is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.
15. International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. The theme for 2012 is “Education for Peace”.
16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 21st is also the United State’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This is a day for Americans to take time to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. The United States Congress passed a resolution in 1979 authorizing this day of recognition. While it is not a federal public holiday it is a national observance.
17. Recall Notice
A dehumidifier recall has been announced that involves more than 2 million units made by Gree Electric Appliances. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire. The recalled units carry the brand names of Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. They were sold nationwide at major retailers including Home Depot, Kmart and Lowe’s between January 2005 and August 2013. The dehumidifiers have been linked to 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported in the incidents that triggered the dehumidifier recall. Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree at (866) 853-2802 for a refund.
18. New Agriculture Website
Pierce County Planning and Land Services recently announced the launch of a new website devoted to farming and agricultural issues. The website provides information on regulations, resources for farmers, marketing tools, and public events. The website can be found at www.co.pierce.wa.us/farming. For further information please contact Diane Marcus Jones at email@example.com or (253) 798-2616.
19. Fort Nisqually Candlelight Tour
Take a peek into the past during Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s annual Candlelight Tours. This glimpse into 1855, which is held after dark on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th, features a guided walking tour of the fort with only stars, campfires and candles to light the way. While on tour visitors will encounter re-enactors portraying the laborers, servants, and gentlemen and ladies of the venerable Hudson’s Bay Company and eavesdrop on life as it was in 1855. These people from the past won’t be aware of their 21st century visitors. To them, tour groups are merely spirits from the future!
Tours begin every 15 minutes starting and last approximately one hour. Ticket holders park their vehicles in the Point Defiance Zoo parking lot and take a quick shuttle ride to the Fort. This helps set the time-traveling mood while minimizing vehicle noise and lights near the event. Advanced ticket purchase is required for these popular tours which frequently sell out. Tickets can be purchased at Fort Nisqually, located within Point Defiance Park, during open hours or by calling 253-591-5339 and leave your name, phone number, how many tickets you need, and for which night and time. Calls will be returned in the order received. Tour times are every 15 minutes from 7:00 to 9:30 PM on Friday and 6:30 to 9:30 PM on Saturday. Tickets prices are $12 for ages 13 and up; and $8 for ages 4-12. Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets. There is a small service fee. For additional information please contact Fort Nisqually at 253-591-5339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We in DuPont realize, of course, that this is not the original Fort location as that is located in our City; however this is still a good educational tour for those who have not had the opportunity to experience it.