1. Mayor’s Proposed 2014 Budget – Mayor Michael Grayum presented his 2014 Proposed Budget to the City Council at the October 8th Council meeting. The initial proposed budget builds on the positive momentum that the City is experiencing with development and economic growth while continuing to exercise fiscal restraint and responsibility. The budget emphasizes investment in the following priority areas:
- Police, Fire, and Emergency Response Services
- Tourism and Economic Development
- Reducing Debts and Providing Financial Stability
These priorities are reflected in the department staffing levels by the inclusion of one new Police Officer to help provide more coverage as our City expands with new multi-family and commercial developments. The Fire Department budget includes funding to retain a 10th Firefighter/EMT to maintain 3 person minimum staffing and reduce overtime. In the Community Development Department, funding is included to hire a Senior Planner to keep pace with increasing economic development activity and ensure compliance with all development laws. Additionally, the budget focuses on the City’s main assets for tourism purposes by investing in events to celebrate our significant history and promote DuPont as the home of golf in the Pacific Northwest. The proposed budget also includes the payback of borrowed funds from the Equipment Rental and Replacement Fund ahead of the planned repayment schedule.
“This budget proposal emphasizes the City’s core responsibilities, stresses effectiveness, and promotes proactive decision-making. Most importantly, this budget challenges the status quo and takes a fresh look at how our City funds and provides its core services,” said Mayor Grayum.
The City Council will now begin their budget deliberations at a series of workshops and Council meetings held throughout the next few months. The Mayor’s Proposed 2014 Budget and the calendar of upcoming budget meetings can be found on the City’s website.
2. 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 and 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. Come join the growing group of volunteers who are already being trained to provide this valuable City service! For more information, please contact the Fire Station at (253) 964-8414.
3. Upcoming Meetings – Week of October 14th – October 18th
- Planning Agency Meeting
Monday, October 14th at 7:00 PM
- City Council Workshop
Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00 PM
4. Council Agenda Items – October 15th, 2013
- Budget Workshop: Governance, Support Services, and Community Development
5. Thank You Volunteers
Many heartfelt thanks to our fabulous volunteers who are continuing to make a difference in their community. Special thanks to Lake City Community Church for their beautification efforts planned for this weekend at the Civic Center and to Blade Masters for providing a few azaleas that will be planted by the volunteers. You are appreciated!
6. 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.
7. 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 October to the Fire Department (1780 Civic Drive) to help with this worthy endeavor.
8. Fall Tree Planting Event
As part of DuPont’s continuing efforts to support and celebrate our urban forest, we will be holding our annual Fall Tree Planting event on Tuesday, October 29th at 2:30 PM in front of Chloe Clark Elementary School (1700 Palisade Blvd.) 3rdgrade students will once again assist in planting a tree and learn about the importance of trees from Tree Board members. Many thanks go to the DuPont Lions Club for their coordinating the event and donating the trees. The public is invited to this event.
9. Steilacoom High School Fundraiser
The public is invited to attend A Halloween Spooktacular Event on Saturday, October 26th at the Steilacoom Community Center. This costume party and auction is the major fundraiser for the class of 2014 after-graduation party parent committee. The funds raised from this auction will help offset the cost of the drug and alcohol free after-graduation party. Bewitching Hour starts at 5:30 PM, with a Haunted Walk, Silent Auction, Games, Dinner, Dessert Auction and Dancing to follow. There will also be a photo booth set up to capture pictures throughout the event which can then be purchased from Walgreens. The event is catered by Topside Bar and Grill. This is an adults only function. Tickets are $35 per person or $65 per couple. Tickets are on sale at Steilacoom High School football games or by contacting Nanette Winkler at (253) 912-9590 or email@example.com. Dress up and join the fun and games!
10. 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”.
- Downtown Trick or Treating – Join friends and local businesses on October 31st for a spooktacular time as local businesses in the downtown business district open their doors for a safe Trick or Treating experience from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Watch for a “Trick or Treat” sign in business windows to indicate participation in the event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Put on your best Halloween costumes and join us for this annual tradition. Many thanks to the DuPont Business Association for helping make Halloween in DuPont safe, fun and family friendly!
- Youth Basketball Registration –Registration is now open for 2nd thru 8th grades for our Youth Basketball season. Registration fees are $85 per player and include a uniform. Registration ends at 4:00 PM on November 12th. Once registration closes, families will be put on a waiting list and there are no guarantees for placement. Please do not delay in getting your registration to City Hall during the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily. The 2013-14 season runs from December 2nd – March 1st. All practices will occur in Steilacoom and DuPont. Some games may occur in University Place. Volunteer coaches are still needed. Please contact Youth Basketball Coordinator Larry Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (253) 912-0639.
Kindergarten and 1st graders will participate in Little Hoopsters with registration opening October 8th. The fee to participate is $45 which includes a tee shirt and a medal. This program emphasizes developing skills with some scrimmages.
- Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar – Plan to support local arts and crafts vendors by doing your holiday shopping at our 8th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar. Doors open for this popular event at 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 16th at Pioneer Middle School. Admission to the bazaar is free! This has become an annual favorite for many families. Get in the holiday spirit early and join the fun!
- Save the Date – The Santa Breakfast will be here before you know it. This year’s breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 7th. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will also be held that evening. More details will be available on the City’s website soon.
- 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 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.
- Karate – Our fall karate session is now underway with classes on Tuesday and Thursday 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’s website. Contact karate instructor Skip Ettinger at (253) 209-5287with any questions.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Yoga, Cross Country, Kidz Love Soccer, and more!
11. 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 atBrendaAndrews24@gmail.com or call/text (727) 430-4017.
12. Disaster Readiness Seminar
Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is holding a Disaster Readiness Seminar “Safety on the Go” on Wednesday, October 16th. Scheduled presentations include “Watching out for the ‘other cars’ in winter weather” by Trooper Guy Gill, WA State Patrol; “Winter roads in Pierce County” by Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works, Roads Division; and “Emergency preparedness for you and your vehicle” by Barbara Nelson, Pierce County Emergency Management. The seminar runs from 9:00 – 10:30 AM at Pierce County Library Administration Building, 3005 – 112th St. East in Tacoma. For more information, please contact Sheri Badger at (253) 798-2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Fall Tree Leaves
Now that autumn has arrived it seems like yard work has just begun. Nature’s riot of leaves can seem overwhelming in the fall, as leaves drift into piles in every nook and cranny, blanketing yard and garden alike. Residents are beginning to clean up falling leaves in their yards and are looking for ways to dispose of them. The DuPont Tree Board would like to remind citizens that there are several options for proper leaf disposal, including composting. Leaves can be treated as a nuisance that must be banished from the premises – or as free winter mulch for your garden beds, and a super food that feeds your lawn in the fall and gardens in the spring. For a small investment of time, leaves are a marvelous source of nutrients for all your gardening endeavors. Using a lawn mower, especially mulching mowers or those with bags to catch clippings, are one way to gather leaves. Mulching mowers shred grass clippings and fallen leaves finely enough that they compost in place on your lawn very quickly, providing natural nutrients for your healthy lawn. Some other resources to help you learn more about composting at home are:
- Pierce County Composting Program
- Pierce County Master Gardeners
- The Compost Guide
- “The Secret Life of Compost” by Malcom Beck
- “Everyone’s Home Guide to Composting” by Robyn Bem
- “Let it Rot!” by Stu Campbell
If you do want to dispose of your leaves, the following options are available:
- Pierce County Refuse (253) 537-8687 Curbside yard debris collection
- Organic Recycling Center (253) 589-6993 Yard debris drop-off site
The familiar fall combination of high winds, fallen leaves, driving rain and clogged storm drains lead to flooded streets, dangerous driving conditions and potential property damage. Clearing storm drains of leaves and other material is a service that everyone can perform to help the community. DuPont’s Public Works staff greatly appreciates your assistance to help keep sidewalks and streets free of flooding, and safe for pedestrians and vehicles.