January 2017

Your Mobile Device + City of Puyallup App = Fast, Easy Info!

If you've ever asked yourself "Hmmm ... Puyallup ... I wonder if there's an app for that?" Well now, there is! The City’s new app is now available for installation and use on mobile devices. The app, titled “My COP,” is easily identifiable with a bright yellow daffodil and has instant links to features and pages on our website including Bill Pay, Parks and Rec, Jobs, Library, Police, Calendar and more.

Here are the links to the app in the Apple and Google Play stores:
   Apple Store-http://apple.co/2hNjiWh 
         Google Play Store - http://bit.ly/2j1UYB9

Users can utilize the app to sign up for certain notifications (general public notices, events and happenings, emergency road closures, etc.) via the “Notify Me” feature to have alerts sent to them via email or text.

Happy app'ing!

2017 Major Private Development Projects

At the beginning of each calendar year, city staff produce a map depicting major private development projects which are expected to be under construction throughout the current year.  The 2017 map can be viewed in the map gallery on the City’s website via the following link:

This map illustrates the active levels of property investment and construction, involving both new and ongoing projects, we are seeing throughout the community. These include residential, commercial and industrial projects. The “City Maps” page on the City’s website contains a variety of local land use maps which may be of interest to the public. 

Coffee with a Cop

The Puyallup Police Department will be hosting their first Coffee with a Cop event of the year on February 8th from 9:00 – 11:00 am at the downtown McDonalds, 304 2nd St. NE. The event is intended to strengthen the relationship between PPD and the citizens they serve. There is no agenda. It is simply a time for citizens to interact with their police department and ask any questions they may have. The Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Crime Prevention Coordinator, City Code Compliance Officer and Department of Corrections Officer assigned to Puyallup will be present to engage with citizens. Members of the PPD command staff will also be present. McDonald’s is sponsoring the event and providing drip coffee for attendees.

Van Lierop Park Master Plan


In January, the City began work to develop a master plan for the future Van Lierop Park site just east of Shaw Road and North of Pioneer. The process will establish the programs and layout that will best fit the location and the community. Working with the community and stakeholders, staff and the consultant team MIG-SVR will host small focus group meetings to begin gathering input and comments. A presentation will also be made at the upcoming February 28th Council Meeting. The public is encouraged to attend and share ideas at the open house during the Master Planning Process that will be held in March, or via an online survey. Keep an eye on the project webpage for the open house announcement and a link to the online survey: 

Youth Baseball/Softball

Youth baseball/softball registration for boys and girls ages 5-14 opened up on February 6th and will continue through February 26th or until full. Select baseball team registration for boys ages 12-16 also opened up on February 6th and will continue through February 26th or until full. Practices will begin on March 18th and games will begin approximately April 17th.

WPCP Flood Protection (2014-053)

This important flood protection project of the Water Pollution Control Plant is nearing bid-ready status. Final plans are under review with advertisement and bidding anticipated to occur in late March or early April. This project is being funded by the Flood Control Zone District.

S.A.I.L. Program

Puyallup seniors are enthusiastically starting off the New Year with a re-commitment to their health. One of the many options available to them is participating in the S.A.I.L fitness program. S.A.I.L. (which stands for Stay Active and Independent for Life), a senior developed exercise program with the goal of promoting healthier life styles for adults 65 and older. The entire curriculum of activities performed in the SAIL program can help seniors reduce their chances of falling and improve their strength and balance if done regularly. 

2017 Budget in Brief Available Online

The City of Puyallup's budget is the means by which its elected officials determine how to spend limited revenues. As such, the budget reflects key policy decisions, and decides how programs and services are prioritized.

In the interest of providing an overview of the myriad details contained in the full budget document, the Budget in Brief presents selected information in a summarized, easy-to-digest fashion. The Budget in Brief explains the budget process, contains graphs and charts showing the continued progression of the City's total debt payoff, illustrates the City's revenue sources and how those revenues are used, and shares how your property taxes and sales taxes are allocated.

Free AARP Income Tax Preparation 

The Puyallup Activity Center has partnered with AARP again this year to provide income tax preparation assistance (until April 11th).  The program is offered free to Puyallup taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older. Through trained volunteers, AARP Tax-Aide has helped numerous taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions.

D​addy Daughter Dance

The Daddy Daughter Dance was held on February 4th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion.  Due to the popularity of this event in past years, the event was expanded to two separate dances.  The first dance was held from 3-5 p.m., then staff reset the building for a second dance held from 6-8 p.m.  Both dances sold out with 200 proud dads and 255 beautiful daughters dancing the night away. The dance featured a DJ playing kid-friendly hits, light refreshments, crafts, and a professional photographer to capture the special daddy and daughter moments.  
Daddy Daughter Dance

School Zone Speed Survey

The City’s Photo Enforcement program vendor, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), conducted traffic speed studies at several elementary schools within the city limits in January. The study will report average speeds and number of violations during posted times. The Puyallup Police Department will evaluate the results and discuss the viability of a school zone photo enforcement program with the traffic engineer and City Manager’s Office based on the data.

Scholarship Opportunity Announced

The City of Puyallup will nominate a local student to compete for a “Center of Quality Communities Scholarship” offered by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Six students in Washington state will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of their involvement with their community and/or city government. Completed applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 21st. 
Students competing to be nominated for this scholarship must:
  • Reside in the Puyallup School District; 
  • Graduate from high school, home school or receive a GED in spring/summer 2017;
  • Continue education at an accredited post-secondary institution in the 2017-2018 academic year on a half-time or more basis; and
  • Have been involved with a city government or with a community/school leadership activity.
The AWC Center for Quality Communities promotes municipal leadership development and civic engagement. The Center's goal is to develop a broad public understanding of how cities and towns provide needed services and programs. The Center believes in educating student leaders who care about their communities.

More information and the application form can be found here.

2016 Citywide Overlay (2016-001)

Contractor, Tucci and Sons, is preparing to start construction in mid-February as soon as weather permits, on the overlay project to include the below listed segments. The project has been on a weather hold for quite some time. 

  • 8th Street NW from 5th to 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue NW from 8th to 7th Avenue NW
  • 12th Street SE from 10th to 12th Avenue SE

Shaw Road, 23rd – Manorwood

Some construction activity may be seen over the next month or so within the project corridor. Private utilities should begin moving their facilities, such as power poles and gas lines, into locations that will work with the City’s project. The City’s project work is not expected to begin until around April. 

A map showing the proposed locations for variable message boards that will alert motorists of the upcoming road closure will be available on the City’s project website soon. Project updates are available at: Shaw-Road.

Pioneer Park Pavilion

January at the Pioneer Park Pavilion highlights the versatility of the facility. In January, the Pavilion hosted the Auto Warehousing Employee Event, a Memorial Service, Puyallup/Sumner Chamber’s Rising Star Breakfast, four weddings/receptions, two birthday parties, and a two-day Puyallup School District PTA Art Reflections event. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful, multipurpose venue in the City of Puyallup and we continue to get rave reviews from our customers! 

Additionally, the Pavilion was represented at the NW Wedding Expo at the Tacoma Dome on January 7th and 8th. It is a great opportunity to connect with potential clients and other local venues and vendors.
NW Wedding Expo

Federal Reserve Bank Tour & Shopping at IKEA

On January 5th, the Activity Center provided an excursion to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Renton branch). During the trip, attendees obtained a lesson on how local banks receive their money and saw a glimpse of the cash counting room.  Following the tour, the group shopped til’ they dropped at the Renton IKEA store and admired IKEA’s unique style of cutting-edge home furnishings with modern designs and Scandinavian flair.  

South Hill Neighborhood Plan Nears Adoption

The South Hill Neighborhood Plan, in development since 2006, is nearing its final adoption by the Puyallup City Council. The plan recognizes Puyallup's South Hill as a focal point for population and employment, and establishes specific land use goals and policies for the area as well as detailed development standards. 

The South Hill Neighborhood Plan will change some of the zoning in this area. It addresses allowable uses, building height allowances, design review standards and levels, and various site requirements, including pedestrian access improvements. The land use and zoning changes are proposed to allow and encourage high-density residential and mixed-use commercial development within the South Hill Regional Growth Center.  They aim to encourage economic development, support mass transit and non-motorized transportation, improve the number and range of housing options, and preserve greenery and open spaces.
The plan and associated documents are available on the city’s website. Interested persons are welcome to call Senior Planner Katie Baker for more information (253-435-3604), or address any concerns or comments to their representatives on the City Council.

39th Ave SW Widening

The winter weather suspension has been extended until the beginning of March as better weather can be expected at that time. Additionally, it will help avoid anticipated traffic congestion expected with the grand opening of the Chick-Fil-A at 39th and Meridian.  Minor work by the contractor will still occur during this suspension for items along the “side lines” of the project. Traffic pattern alterations will be minimal until the project resumes in the spring to complete the remaining work. The new street lights should be functioning shortly to provide more safety in the corridor. 

Puyallup to Hollywood:  Come Check Us Out!

Washington Filmworks is a non-profit organization commissioned by the Washington State Legislature to manage film and production incentive programs for the purpose of spurring economic development, creating jobs and showcasing our region. In January, Washington Filmworks featured Puyallup as its Location of the Month. Thank you, Washington Filmworks!

Citizens Needed to Serve our Community

Volunteers in Puyallup do important work throughout the year, some by serving on a citizen board or commission which acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council. If you are interested in helping to make a difference in our community in this way, please consider applying for one of several open positions on the Library Board, Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Pension Board, Planning Commission, Design Review and Historic Preservation Board, or Parks, Recreation and Senior Advisory Board.

Information on the purpose and scope of the various boards can be found here. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 13th to the City Clerk’s Office, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, Washington 98371 (no postmarks will be accepted).  Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 253-841-5480 for more information.

Shop with a Cop

On December 15th, the Puyallup Police Department hosted their annual Shop with a Cop event. Nine children were chosen by the staff of elementary schools within the Puyallup City limits to participate in this event. The officers assist the children in purchasing gifts for themselves and their family members. Best Buy, Fred Meyer, Super Jump Party Zone and Famous Dave’s were sponsors for this year’s event. Additionally, each child received a bicycle courtesy of the Downton Puyallup Rotary Club through Waste Connection’s Build a Bike Program.

Stormwater Education & Outreach 

Thank you to all of the residents who participated in our Stormwater Calendar Program and incentive giveaways in 2016. This year, the education and outreach program will be online. Puyallup residents can receive a different stormwater-related giveaway item each month for completing an online quiz. This activity helps us meet our NPDES Stormwater Permit education and outreach requirements.

The January incentive give-away will continue until all supplies are gone – so if you haven’t already, visit the website to take our stormwater quiz and earn a certificate for a free native plant:


Be sure to check back each month for a new quiz and new give-away incentive.

MLK Jr Holiday Basketball Skills Clinic

The Recreation Center hosted a basketball skills clinic on January 16th for Kindergarten through 8th graders taught by Dreams in Sight Foundation Director Arvin Mosley. The clinic saw 60 kids spend two hours focusing on ball-handling skills, basketball I.Q., scoring around the basket, and improved passing.  This popular clinic is held several times a year and instructors cater to the individual skill level of the player. The next clinic is scheduled for President’s Day, February 20th and interested participants can register online at www.puyallupparksandrec.com.
Basketball Clinic

Sound Transit Service Disruption Feb. 17th-22nd

Sound Transit has announced that it will not run trains to or from points south of Puyallup from February 17th to February 22nd. The service disruption will accommodate the shifting of rail traffic to a new trestle near the Tacoma Dome.Commuters who usually board or exit at the Tacoma or Lakewood stations are being encouraged to utilize the shuttle system that will transfer them to Puyallup and back. Drop-offs will not be permitted in the Puyallup Sounder parking lot; drivers are instead instructed to drop off their passengers on Main Street. Details can be found at Sounder commuter disruption.

Forest Green Phase 3, Water Main Replacement (2016-024)

This project will replace water main and services in up to seven (7) cul-de-sacs on the north side of Forest Green Blvd.  The project is being bid in a fashion that will allow for maximum expenditure of budgeted funds, which we hope will cover all the remaining water mains identified for replacement in that neighborhood. The bid package is being finished now and we anticipate going out to bid in late February/early March. Construction should be able to start in late March/early April. 

Kalles Jr. High MLK March

On January 13th, students from Kalles Jr. High marched in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  A wonderful annual tribute to a great leader and humanitarian--thank you, students!
MLK JR March

New Flood Maps to Take Effect in March

New flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could change flood insurance rates for some properties when they take effect on March 7th.

The new maps replace the current maps which have been in effect since 1980. The maps identify flood hazard areas and assess potential risks for the purpose of guiding flood mitigation efforts. They are also used as the basis for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a voluntary program that provides reasonably-priced flood insurance to participating communities.

As a participant in the NFIP, the City of Puyallup must regulate development in designated flood hazard areas consistent with federal and state floodplain management requirements. The City must also adopt the new maps in order for our affected citizens to remain qualified for the National Flood Insurance Program. Changes made since the maps were last updated in 1980 could change flood insurance needs for property owners. In particular, property owners in the Puyallup River valley or near the river’s tributary creeks should review the new maps to determine whether and how their property may be affected.

Special flood hazard areas (specific places identified as high risk by FEMA) have been revised and might include properties not so designated on the current maps. For properties in these areas that have federally-backed mortgages, insurance is required. Although not required by FEMA, flood insurance is recommended for all other properties in the mapped hazard areas, and may be required by a lender.

Those interested to learn more may want to read the FEMA publication “Top Ten Facts for Consumers.”  If you have questions about the new flood hazard maps, contact the regional FEMA office at 425-487-4684.

Adult Spring Softball

Adult spring softball registration opened January 30th with 9 teams registered on the first day!  Registration is open until March 12th, with the first games being played on April 2nd.  Men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues are offered and games are played at the Puyallup Valley Sports Complex.

Puyallup Utility Rates to Rise in February

Puyallup utility rates increased as of February 1st. The rates for sewer (wastewater) and stormwater increased by three percent, with water rates increasing by seven percent. These increases will show on all bills mailed on or after April 7th.

In 2014, the Puyallup City Council approved utility rate increases for the purpose of attending to important maintenance and upgrades for the city’s aging utility systems. In the interest of matching rate increases to inflation, the Council decided that the water, sewer and stormwater rates would increase every February 1st according to the previous year’s Construction Cost Index (CCI). The Council approved an additional annual four percent increase in water rates from 2014 through 2017 to help address the significant backlog of capital projects in that system.

The average residential utility customer consumes 1,600 cubic feet of water every two months and will pay an additional $1.80 per month for water in 2017, starting February 1st. The total average bimonthly bill will increase from $197.58 to $205.46.

According to the Six-Year Capital Improvement Project lists, the revenues available to each utility are not sufficient to accomplish all or even most of the projects listed. For example, in 2018 the city expects to have $1,250,000 in available capital funding for the water utility—yet anticipates $6,807,333 in capital needs. As projects go unfunded, they are moved out into future years, growing each subsequent year’s deficit.

Capital needs for the utilities come in the form of seismic retrofits, tank recoatings, water main replacements, lift stations, pump stations and sewer lines. Like public safety, the provision of utilities is an essential public service which requires investing in the infrastructure necessary to safely and reliably provide that service.

Puyallup’s utility systems are large: the city’s wastewater and stormwater collection systems are composed of approximately 190 miles of pipe, 6,500 manholes, 10,000 lateral connections, 15,000 acres of drainage, and 32 detention ponds. On the water side, nearly all of the city’s drinking water comes from two natural springs and five deep wells. Ground-sourced and of high quality, the water is collected and conveyed to nine sealed reservoirs which together can hold 19.3 million gallons. From there, the water is distributed on demand to residents and businesses via more than 200 miles of pipeline.

Adult Winter Volleyball

The winter volleyball season started on January 8th with 23 teams registered in 3 different leagues: recreation, intermediate and competitive. Teams play double headers for 8 weeks, for a total of 16 games played.  First place teams in each league receive t-shirts. All games are played at the Puyallup Recreation Center.

Helpful Tips On Using Your Smart Technology 

The Puyallup Activity Center continues to partner with the YMCA Youth Investment Center to assist seniors in advancing their handheld technological skills.  The monthly program offers a volunteer led one-on-one service which helps older adults learn how to use their iPhone’s, iPad’s, tablets and other various electronics.  The class consist of youth volunteers that pair up with seniors to answer their questions and personally walk them through the steps.  

Development Services Pre-Application Meetings

Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following possible new development projects: 

  • A new 22,000 square foot multi-story medical office building, proposed for the 3000 block of South Meridian. The proposed building is slated for the vicinity of the recently-demolished Hilltop Auto Service site.  This structure would be Phase IV of the “30th-Meridian” complex (across Meridian from 7-11/Meridian Firs Apartments), which now contains three recently-constructed professional office buildings.  
  • A proposed 84-unit, multi-family residential addition to the existing Riverside Village apartment complex, located off of the 5th Street-East Main vicinity.  This proposed new apartment area is located to the interior of the Riverside Village site, adjacent to the Linden Golf Course.  As proposed, it would contain a mix of unit sizes, with associated parking areas and other features. 
  • A major renovation of the Puyallup Historic Hatchery site.  City Development Review staff met on the Hatchery site with officials of the State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to review a pending project to demolish and rebuild several fish-rearing ponds, replace major site drainage systems and upgrade portions of the main Hatchery buildings and adjacent parking area.  The Hatchery, located in the 1400 block of 14th Street SW, is on the National Historic Register and includes extensive areas within Shoreline jurisdiction.    
  • A planned single-family residential two-lot short plat, located in the 300 block of 5th Street NE.    
  • A new warehouse expansion to the existing Abbey Carpet commercial facility, located in the 100 block of 7th Street SE, off of East Main.

Sunnyside Orchestra

The Sunnyside Orchestra is group of senior musicians that practice at the Activity Center on Monday mornings. The orchestra began in the 1970’s and is an ensemble of various instruments including piano, violin, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, and a few vocalists. The group enjoys playing pop music from the 20’s to 40’s and periodically performs live throughout the area. New members (“intermediate” musicians) are always welcome to join.