By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Farewell from Dawn: As my last day in DuPont has arrived, I find myself reflecting on these past 9 years and the community that I have been honored to have become a part of. It has been a roller coaster ride filled with many happy memories and amazing accomplishments achieved together, yet we have also weathered the tough times of the recession. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with such a dedicated, professional staff and a passionate and engaged City Council who have made this experience both rewarding and challenging. I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know many community members, volunteers and business owners over the past years and am proud that I have been able to work together with so many of you to help make DuPont the wonderful city that it is!
And even though I am now moving on to another job, I will always look back on my years in DuPont fondly and will be forever grateful for the many opportunities and friendships I have been blessed with here. I wish you all the very best and hope our paths will cross again in the future!
2. 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 met on October 29th to review city-wide personnel, special revenue, debt service and capital funds as well as review the Police and Fire department budgets. 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 calendarof upcoming budget meetings can be found on the City’s website.
3. Upcoming Meetings – Week of November 4th – 8th
- Youth Council Meeting
Monday, November 4th at 6:00 PM
- Parks Agency Meeting
Monday, November 4th at 7:00 PM
- City Council Budget Workshop
Tuesday, November 5th at 6:00 PM
- Tree Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 6that 4:00 PM
- Civil Service Meeting
Wednesday, November 6that 6:00 PM
4. 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.
5. Community Development Update
- Hilton Home 2 Suites Hotel – On October 31st DuPont held a preapplication meeting for a 136 room hotel next to the Hampton Inn Hotel at Barksdale Station.
6. 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.
7. 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 from10:00 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.
8. Comcast Newsmakers
Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson is featured on a recent episode of Comcast Newsmakers discussing economic development in Pierce County. Watch it here.
9. 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”.
- Thank You DuPont Businesses! – Many thanks to our spooktacular local businesses for helping to make this Halloween safe and family-friendly for our residents. We appreciate you opening your doors to our community. Trick or Treating in the businesses has become an annual tradition and your continued support is appreciated!
- Youth Basketball Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching – The much anticipated youth basketball season is finally here! The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 12th at 4:00 PM. If you are unable to register during business hours, please drop your registration in the City’s drop box which is accessible 24 hours a day. Registration fees are $85 per player. Once registration closes, families will be put on a waiting list and there are no guarantees for placement. Registration forms are available online. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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’swebsite 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 email@example.com 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!
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. DuPont Historical Society Presentation
If you’ve studied Washington State history, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Ezra Meeker. The first Mayor of Puyallup, Meeker worked tireless to preserve the history of the Oregon Trail, traveling through the dusty pathway himself many times throughout his life. And, let us not forget his contributions towards beer in the area?
While many of you would be familiar with Ezra Meeker, many are not so familiar with his wife, Eliza Jane Meeker. Eliza played an important role in the family’s hop industry, hired the architect that built the Meeker Mansion, and even personally knew Susan B. Anthony. You know what they say – behind every great man is a great woman. Come witness Karen Haas as Eliza Jane and delve into the life and times of the Meekers as you learn about the woman behind it all.
This presentation, brought to you by the DuPont Historical Society, is being held Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 PM at the DuPont Presbyterian Church located in the Historic Village. It is free and open to the public; donations welcome.
12. Museum Gift Shop Offers Unique Holiday Gifts
Looking for unique heritage holiday gifts? Shop at the DuPont Museum gift shop! New items will be featured during the holiday season. Find great gifts under $10 and $20 for teachers, kids stocking stuffers, and those difficult to buy for! The DuPont Museum, located in the Historic Village at 207 Barksdale Ave., is open from 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Please contact (253) 964-2399 for additional information. You will love the selection of “hometown gifts.”
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. 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.
15. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.