1. Rain or Shine – It’s Trick or Treat Time. DuPont Parks & Recreation and the DuPont Business Association are hosting Trick or Treating in downtown DuPont on Thursday, October 31. Little ghosts and goblins are invited to visit our local businesses to trick or treat between the hours of 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Families are encouraged to participate and support our local businesses. Watch for a “Trick or Treat” sign in business windows to indicate participation in the event. Parents are reminded that all children must be accompanied by an adult. Many thanks to all of the business who have partnered together to help make Halloween in DuPont safe, fun and family friendly! Don’t miss out – it is going to be a scream.
2. Fall Food Drive
There is still time to donate to the Fall Food Drive. Bring your canned goods or non-perishable items to the DuPont Fire Department (1780 Civic Drive) by October 31st to support this worthy cause. We received generous donations during the Fall Safety Fair but still have a ways to go to fill our fire engine. Please help us feed some of our local families in need this coming holiday season!
3. 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.) 3rd grade 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 tree. The public is invited to this event.
4. JBLM Community Needs Survey
Military officials are encouraging all active-duty service members and civilian government employees assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to participate in an anonymous survey being conducted by the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership. Every active duty soldier and airman assigned to JBLM should have received an email related to the survey. The spouses of active-duty service members may take the survey, but only one survey per family should be completed. The survey collects information regarding quality of life indicators that can be used by military and local communities to improve services, assess needs, and encourage economic development. The survey contains less than 40 questions and can be taken on government time using government computers. If you meet the survey criteria, you can access it at the following link: www.keysurvey.com/
5. Upcoming Meetings – Week of October 28th – November 1st
- The Planning Agency meeting scheduled for Monday, October 28th has been cancelled.
- City Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 29th at 6:00 PM
6. Council Agenda Items – October 29th, 2013
- Discussion: Organizational Assessment Services Contract
- Budget Workshop: Personnel, Other Funds, Police and Fire Departments
* Council Agenda Packet is available on the City’s website.
7. 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.
8. Community Development Update
- Steilacoom School District Maintenance Facility – On October 25th the final land use decision was issued. The decision is posted on the City’s website under Planning Decisions.
9. 2014 Budget Update
Mayor Michael Grayum presented his 2014 Proposed Budget to the City Council at the October 8thCouncil 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.
The City Council held a budget workshop on October 15th to review the Governance, Finance and Community Development department budgets. On October 22nd the Council received a General Fund revenue forecast presentation from its financial consultant, and reviewed 2014 revenue assumptions. The Council will continue their budget deliberations at workshops and Council meetings held throughout the next few months. The Mayor’s Proposed 2014 Budget, workshop materials, and the calendar of upcoming budget meetings can be found on the City’s website.
10. Parks Agency Vacancy
The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the Parks Agency. Eligible applicants must be residents of DuPont for at least one year. Please submit a letter of interest that includes your relevant professional experience and your reasons for desiring to be appointed to this position. Submit application materials together with a copy of your resume to the City Clerk at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.
11. 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).
12. Tree Board Vacancy
The City is seeking interested candidates for appointment to the Tree Advisory Board. The Tree Board advises and provides information to the Mayor, City Council, and City staff on matters related to urban forestry. Eligible applicants do not need to be residents of DuPont, but should have technical expertise regarding trees and associated resources. Please submit a letter of interest that includes your relevant professional experience and your reasons for desiring to be appointed to this position. Submit application materials together with a copy of your resume to the City Clerk at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.
13. DuPont Museum Facebook Page
If you haven’t already done so, please check out the new DuPont Historical Museum Facebook page. We are showcasing events, restoration projects, new displays, and facts and photos submitted by former DuPont Company Town residents. Help promote our Museum!
14. DuPont Lions Club Wreath Sale
DuPont Lions Club members are taking orders for wreaths for the holidays! The 24” door size wreaths are made of fresh high mountain Noble Fir boughs, incense Cedar, blue juniper berries, pine cones and are adorned with a large bow. These beautiful wearths sell for $30 each and will be ready for pick-up at the DuPont Fire Station (1780 Civic Drive) on Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. To order your wreaths contact Chairperson Penny Coffey at (253) 229-8279, Co-Chair Deb Smith at (253) 376-2302, or download your order form online. Order forms are due no later than Saturday, November 16th.
Proceeds benefit the DuPont Lions Club. Last year the DuPont Lions Club helped provide vision and hearing tests to over 2,000 students in DuPont area schools, distributed over 270 dictionaries to area school children, participated in community projects, sponsored the Fall Tree Planting event, and helped collect 6,000 pounds of food for the Fish food bank. For more information about these and other projects by the DuPont Lions Club visit their website at www.thedupontlionsclub.com.
15. In Gear Career Event
In Gear Career is a networking and advocacy nonprofit organization working to promote and assist with the transition of professional and career minded military spouse. Join In Gear Career for Military Spouses for a free networking social to launch the new JBLM area chapter. The social will be held on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 PM at McNamara’s (1595 Wilmington Drive). Contactjblm@ingearcareer.org for additional information.
16. 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”.
- 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. Registration forms are available online. 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 PMdaily. 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 email@example.com or at (253) 912-0639.
Registration is also open for the Little Hoopsters program for kindergarten and 1st graders. 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! While shopping at the Holiday Bazaar, be sure to stop by the Parks & Recreation tent to bid on several holiday themed silent auction items. Items include holiday candles, gift baskets and children’s items. This is a fantastic opportunity to shop for holiday gifts! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the program.
Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Yoga, Cross Country, Kidz Love Soccer, and more!
17. 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 available by contacting Nanette Winkler at (253) 912-9590 or email@example.com. Dress up and join the fun and games!
18. Safe Guarding Your Pet for Halloween
Halloween is a day when many dogs and cats go missing due to the front door being opened and closed for trick-or-treaters. Pets can get nervous because of all the activity at the door and bolt the next time the door is opened, or they just think it is a perfect opportunity to sneak out when their owner is otherwise occupied. Because pets can be pretty good escape artists when the opportunity presents itself, pet owners should always make sure their dogs and cats are wearing collars with ID at all times. For Halloween, consider an additional precaution during trick-or-treat hours, such as putting your pet in another room with the door closed, putting on a leash and holding onto the leash when answering the door, or kennel your pet if you have one. Additionally, consider having a microchip implanted in your pet. It doubly protects your furry family member if somehow the collar was not on or slipped off and your pet gets out. If you already have a microchip for your pet, and any information in that chip may have changed, use this holiday time to remember to have that information updated.
Other Halloween safety tips from the ASPCA include:
- No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for your pet. Chocolate in all forms – especially dark or baking chocolate – can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing artificial sweeteners can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
- Beware of candy foil wrappers. Those shiny wraps around some Halloween candy can cause intestinal problems. Guard your candy bowl!
- Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively non-toxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets that nibble on them.
- Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
- A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
- Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it (yep – a few pets are real hams!). For many pets wearing a costume may cause undue stress. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on or get twisted on external objects. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider foregoing the costume or use a festive bandana.
- Beware of mischievous humans. Bad people pose the most frightening threat of all to pets. In the weeks before Halloween, some steal animals, particularly black cats, so they can use them in rituals in which the animals are sacrificed or tortured. Take special precautions to safeguard your pet from thieves during this time. And while you should never let your pet roam, you should particularly not let him roam on Halloween.
19. Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has designated October 26th as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This program provides the public with an opportunity to turn in expired, unwanted or unused prescription medications with no questions asked. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and a risk to public health and safety. Prescription drugs can be dropped off between10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the following designated drop-off points close to DuPont:
- Lacey Police Department
6720 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey
- University Place Public Safety Building 3631 Drexler Drive West, University Place
- JBLM Provost Marshalls Office JBLM PX (for those citizens with access)
Intravenous solutions, injectables, needles, and illegal drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine will not be accepted as part of this event. Additional information and drop-box locations are available atwww.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/
The DuPont Police Department does have a secure drop-off box located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building located at 1780 Civic Drive which is open during regular business hours.
20. Native Plants Spring Pre-Orders
The Pierce Conservation District is taking pre-orders for native plants for early spring pick-up February 28th and March 1st – the perfect time to plant bare root plants. The sale is featuring 30+ species of plants native to Western Washington as well as plastic tree tubes and spray on repellent to protect the seedlings from deer, rodent, and grass trimmer damage. Species include 6-24 inch conifers such as western red cedar, douglas fir, and noble fir, 10-12” deciduous trees such as pacific dogwood and quaking aspen, and ground covers such as kinnikinnick, woods strawberry, and salal, and a number of favorite wildlife species such as blue huckleberry, mock orange, red flowering currant, and many more. Prices range from $6 – $23 per bundle of five to ten plants.
Native plants are a beautiful addition to the landscape and provide food and habitat for wildlife. In addition, they do not require fertilizer and do not require additional water once established. If you would like to request an order form, please call the Pierce PCD at (253) 845-9770 x106 or download an order form from www.piercecountycd.org.
21. Steilacoom High School Outstanding Alumni
Each year the Steilacoom Historical Education Foundation (SHEF) seeks nominations from Steilacoom High School alumni for the SHEF Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is given to a graduate of Steilacoom High School who is recognized by members of our community for his/her accomplishments and service to others. The goal is to honor those that have given back to the community or achieved something extraordinary and to give our present students a role model.
The foundation encourages recommendations from school district faculty and staff, parents in our community, and patrons of the school district. This award will be presented during the alumni basketball game held during Winter Break 2013. Nominees will be considered based on the information provided on the nomination form which must be submitted by December 1, 2013 to Sharon Westman firstname.lastname@example.org.