1. Traffic Signal at Center & Bronson: In late August the contractors on the Amazon project completed the primary roadway construction and overhead work for installation of the new Bronson Avenue/Center Drive traffic signal. The signal has been temporarily operating on a timed sequence due to delays in receiving the permanent controller components from the manufacturer. This week the contractor notified the City that they will be coordinating with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the manufacturer to install the vehicle detection equipment on October 9th and 10th. It is anticipated that the signal will be operating normally by the end of that week. Drivers are asked to continue to drive carefully through the intersection as people become aware of and familiar with the traffic revisions. The contractor would like to thank drivers for their patience throughout the construction process.
2. Fall Festival Cancelled
Due to the heavy rain and winds forecasted for this weekend, the Residential Owners Association Fall Festival and the City of DuPont’s Duck Race have been cancelled. The Duck Race will be rescheduled after discussion at the October 7th Park Agency meeting. We appreciate your understanding and will post further details on the City’s website when available.
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
- First Command Office Building – On September 24th DuPont held a preapplication meeting with the project developer to discuss the concept, applicable development requirements and timelines.
- Steilacoom School District Maintenance Facility – The project SEPA decision was issued on September 15th. The decision is posted on the City’s website under Planning Decisions.
- Hilton Home 2 Suites Hotel – On September 26th, Lexmar Hospitality submitted a preapplication for a 136 room extended stay hotel on the vacant site next to the existing Hampton Inn Hotel at Barksdale Station.
5. Upcoming Meetings – Week of September 30th – October 4th
- Tree Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 2nd at 4:00 PM
- Civil Service Meeting
Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM
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. 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”.
- On your mark, get set, Register! – Registration is still open for fall Cross Country which runsMonday 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 – Registration is ongoing for dance classes being offered in partnership with Image Studio of Dance. 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 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 City website. 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 andThursday evenings from 6:00 – 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’swebsite. Contact karate instructor Skip Ettinger at (253) 209-5287 with any questions.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Karate, Yoga, Track, Kidz Love Soccer, and more!
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Chloe Clark Fall Festival
Save the date of October 18th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM for the Chloe Clark Fall Festival. There will be bounce houses, games and lots of yummy carnival food. They are currently looking for sponsors and volunteers to assist with this event. Local business owners who would like to partner with the Chloe Clark PTA to sponsor this event are welcomed. If you are interested in volunteering for the night of the event or helping with planning the carnival, contact Brenda Andrews at BrendaAndrews24@gmail.comor call/text (727) 430-4017.
11. ICE Victim Notification Program
U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigation (HIS), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HIS administers a Victim Notification program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal aliens release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register with ICE in order to receive notification of a criminal alien’s release. Victims and witnesses can simply click on the hyperlink to be transferred to a number of valuable victim services programs provided by ICE. www.ice.gov/victim-
12. Report Street Light Problems Online
As daylight hours are beginning to get shorter, it is a good time to check your neighborhood street lights and help us identify those that are not working and need to be repaired. Citizens now have a new option for reporting street light problems. A web link is now available through the City’s website which allows citizens to report street light problems directly to Puget Sound Energy for repairs. To report a street light outage or other problem using the new online tool, please record the number on the pole along with the nearest street address, click on the link to the online reporting page, fill in the requested information and click “submit” to send in your request. You will receive a confirmation email to notify you that the repair request has been received and is being processed. In some cases you may receive a follow-up email or phone call if additional information or clarification is needed. Repairs usually take 2-3 days to complete but can take up to one week. If the repair has not been accomplished after a week, please do not hesitate to report it again. Please call City Hall at 964-8121 if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance in filling out the repair request.
13. 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 and6:30 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.
14. Pierce County Library Card Drive
During Pierce County Library System’s seventh annual Library Card Drive – October 1st – 31st – get a free library card and enter to win a Kindle Fire HD. Currently over 250,000 people have Pierce County Library cards. With the card people get an array of free services, including access to:
- More than one million books, movies, and CDs.
- Online help in real-time from professional homework tutors and job coaches.
- E-books, audiobooks and songs to download.
- Credible, reliable information from online e-sources – Consumer Reports, Morningstar Investment Research Center and Chilton car repair.
- Passes to Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum.
People who already have a library card may enter the drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD by bringing a friend to a library and getting them a card. Military personnel and families may enter the drawing by showing their military ID. If you haven’t used your card in two years, the card is no longer active, so get a new card now.
Adults and kids can get a card online 24/7 or at one of 18 libraries during open hours. Also, yes, there’s an app for that. People with smartphones can use a card app from either keyringapp.com/ orcardstar.com/ and take their library card everywhere on their phone.
People who live in or own property in unincorporated Pierce County, Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fife, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, University Place, or Wilkeson; as well as people who live on a military base, tribal land or national park in the county, can get a free library card. Through a borrowing agreement with Puyallup, Roy and Tacoma Public Libraries, residents in those cities may also get free cards.
More information about the card drive and getting a card can be found at Library Card Drive.