July 2017

Concerts in the Park

We are halfway through the Summer Concerts in the Park series and the reviews have been great! The Kiwanis Kids Noon Tunes series was highlighted by the extremely popular artist Tim Noah who brought in the largest crowd in recent memory to a Noon Tunes show with an estimated 1100 people watching the show
Noon Tunes in Pioneer Park July
Concerts in the Park
The Family Series has had perennial favorites, The Coats, delight the crowd with acapella and Darren Motamedy’s smooth jazz saxophone.  The biggest surprise was the 80’s cover band Nite Wave who had the entire park dancing! There is still plenty of music as the Concerts in the Park continue into August.  Grab your lawn chairs and join us!

5th Avenue Theatre

On July 27, the Puyallup Activity Center’s trip program wrapped up the last of seven performances at the 5th Avenue Theatre. The season ticket holders viewed many award-winning shows including The Pajama Game, The Secret Garden, Fun Home and Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion (to name a few). They also saw The Little Mermaid, which was the highlight of the season. A special bonus show, Murder for Two, was included in the seven-show series, and was held at the ACT Theatre. Prior to each theatrical performance, the group enjoyed lunch at a preselected restaurant located in South Center. The season ticket holders were once a group of strangers who have now become good friends and are looking forward to signing up for the 2018-2019 season.

2017 Puyallup Festival of Books

This October, the Puyallup Library will offer its “Festival of Books” event, featuring the following won’t-want-to-miss appearances:

Friday, October 6th, 7:00 pm (Puyallup Library):

Naveed Jamali is the author of How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent. After getting to play the role of a real-life James Bond, Jamali accepted a commission in the U.S. Navy where he continues to serve as a reserve intelligence officer with the Office of Naval Intelligence. Jamali’s formal appearance will be preceded by a meet-and-greet author reception at 6:00 pm, with complimentary appetizers and a no-host beer and wine bar.

Saturday, October 7th, 2:00 pm (Puyallup Library):

Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. is a science writer and the New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars and Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and Time.

Soyeon Yi is the only astronaut ever sent to outer space by South Korea, having been chosen from more than 36,000 of her fellow countrymen who applied. She made history on April 8, 2008 when she boarded a spacecraft and became the first Korean and the 49th woman to visit space. During her twelve days at the International Space Station, Yi conducted various science experiments before heading back home. Yi lives in Puyallup.

Saturday, October 7th, 4:30 pm (The Pavilion at Pioneer Park):

Rick Steves is America's most respected authority on European travel. The author of numerous guidebooks, Steves began traveling on his own at the age of 18, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In addition to hosting America’s most popular travel series on public television and a weekly national public radio show, Steves writes a syndicated column and makes free travel information available through his travel center and website. When he comes to Puyallup this fall, he will speak on “Perspectives on Adventure, Culture, and a Changing World.” 

Speed Monitoring Sign

The Puyallup Police Department received a grant from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission for a portable speed monitoring sign. This sign can be mounted on any metal sign post, telephone pole, or other fixture and can be moved around much easier than radar trailers. 

The sign is capable of collecting speed evidence for blind studies of traffic in neighborhoods as well as displaying warning messages such as “Buckle Up” “Click It Or Ticket”, “Stop Ahead”, etc. The data collected from the sign can be retrieved instantly by PD from any laptop or mobile phone and is able to directly report the results to the PD’s website or social media.

Pinochle Game

The Puyallup Activity Center offers Pinochle every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.  Playing Pinochle is a great way for older adults to spend the afternoon with their friends and the game is an excellent means for large group socialization. The Pinochle program has experienced a steady increase in attendance and has recently grown from six tables to nine tables, which brings the room to full capacity.

Land Use Activity

The local construction market has continued to be very active, similar to the past few years. The following are a few “2017 first-half” (i.e. as of 6/30/17) statistics of land use activity in the City: 
  • Total # of building permits issued: 538 
  • Total # of building inspections performed: 1,985
  • Total # of new single-family residential home permits issued: 52 
  • Total building permit construction valuation: Approx. $37 million
  • Total # of new code compliance cases filed: 129         

Outdoor Cinema Series

Bradley Lake Park turned into a theater in July with the showings of Despicable Me and Elf for the Flashback Friday Outdoor Cinema Series. A couple hundred people brought their dinners, a blanket and some chairs, and enjoyed a movie under the stars. The series continues with two more movie showings in August, the original Beauty and the Beast and Little Giants.

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City of Puyallup has been awarded the ‘Distinguished Budget Presentation Award’ by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its 2017 budget. This award is the highest recognition in government budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the city.

Puyallup’s budget document was examined by a panel of independent reviewers and satisfied all nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how well a budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

“This award is truly a result of teamwork across the whole city, beginning with the City Council’s priorities and the City Manager’s recommendations for how to accomplish those,” said the City’s Finance Director Cliff Craig. “The budget document strives to ensure that we provide high quality services according to established financial policies. It contains a wealth of information, including ten-year projections of operating revenues and expenditures and performance measures for every department. Because the budget is used for planning and operations, it tells the story of what will get done, and how and when it will happen. It takes much work on the part of many people to achieve this, and I appreciate all of their efforts in making this possible.”

The GFOA serves more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials. The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare the highest possible quality budget documents.

Walking Trip: Manchester State Park

On July 25th, the Puyallup Activity Center’s Walking Group (the Puyallup Pacers) visited Manchester State Park for the first time. This history-filled park was not one to disappoint. The excursion started out with a beautiful scenic drive to the lovely Kitsap Peninsula where our group ended up near Port Orchard. The park is a former military and maritime buff known for the largest brick structure that was once a torpedo warehouse.  During the walk, there were many opportunities to take pictures that capture the history that the park is known for. Not only is this a lovely park, but the park is full of hiking trails and 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline.

New Corrections Officer 

As of late July, Lacey Burton was hired as an entry level Corrections Officer. CO Burton is a local to this area and previously worked as a Veterinarian Technician at River Road Animal Hospital. CO Burton is an alternate for the August Corrections Academy but, is scheduled to attend the November academy should availability not allow. 

Welcome, Corrections Officer Burton!
CO Burton

Mid-Summer Carnival

In the middle of summer, there can sometimes be a lull with kids getting bored and parents not knowing what else to do. That’s where the Mid-Summer Carnival saves the day! Over 300 kids came to Pioneer Park and played over a dozen different activities, won prizes, and had a great afternoon. A huge thank you to the counselors-in-training of our Camp Yougottawanna Day Camp who ran the majority of the games, and to realtor Christi Davis who ran her own game booth. The Mid-Summer Carnival happens every year so mark your calendars and remember there is always something going on in Puyallup Parks!
Mid Summer Carnival

eMagazines at the Puyallup Library

The library is offering eMagazines through RB Digital, formerly known as Zinio! Users can browse the digital newsstand by category or search directly for a magazine title or keyword. Magazines can be downloaded and read on a computer or any mobile device through apps for Android, Apple and Windows-compatible devices. Currently, the library subscribes to 55 popular titles such as Rolling Stone, Popular Science, National Geographic, Men’s Health and more. Magazines are full text and image and are always available. No waiting in line! Sign up is easy and takes just a few minutes. To get started, visit the library’s website

Development Services

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

  • The establishment of a new 2,200 square foot restaurant building at 909 S. Meridian (i.e. SE corner of 9th Avenue SE-S. Meridian), which is the northern portion of the currently-vacant former Regency nursing home site across Meridian from the Fair Gold Gate. 
  • An interior remodel at Newell-Hunt Furniture on West Stewart, which involves two historic downtown buildings. The project includes an interior remodel to the primary furniture store space, as well as creation of a 2nd floor residential unit and a possible new ground-floor retail tenant space in the adjacent building to the immediate west of the main store, plus sidewalk awning changes.  
  • A proposed two-lot single-family residential short plat in the 1400 block of Valley View Drive. 

Pioneer Park Pavilion

Summer is wedding season at the Pioneer Park Pavilion! The Pavilion hosted nine lovely weddings and receptions in July. The Pavilion has become so popular that our weekend summer dates start filling up over a year in advance. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful facility here in Puyallup! Other events in July included the NW Big Brass Bash Tuba Concert, a Memorial Service, the NW Motorsports Summer employee event, and the Sumner and Bonney Lake High Schools Joint 10-year reunion. 

In addition, the Puyallup Concerts in the Park series is drawing huge crowds to the downtown area and Pioneer Park, as is the Saturday Farmers Market, Kiwanis Kids Spray Park, Puyallup Public Library and kids play area. Puyallup is hoppin’ in the summertime!

Summer Day Camp

Day camp started June 26th, runs for 10 weeks and ends September 1st. Campers have already had a great time going bowling, to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Pioneer Farms, the Puyallup Fish Hatchery, Dash Point State Park and Bradley Lake. Upcoming field trips include: Henry Moses Aquatic Center, Tacoma Rainiers game, Wildwood Park, Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center and Skate Tiffany’s. Each week is full with 100 campers registered to participate.
Day Camp - Zoo

National Night Out

The Puyallup Police Department celebrated National Night Out Against Crime by visiting 23 neighborhood parties, the most parties attended by PPD since 1997.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, more caring place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors, providing a great opportunity to bring law enforcement and citizens together under positive circumstances all while bringing back a true sense of community. Members of PPD enjoyed visiting with our neighbors and sampling the great food!
National Night Out

Summer Ready Program

We still have a couple weeks left of the 2017 summer reading program! The program ends on August 18. As of right now, there are over 2,500 participants signed up for this year’s program which is themed “Build a Better World.” 

The importance of summer reading programs cannot be overstated. There is an overwhelming body of evidence showing that children who do not read over the summer break forget what they have learned during the school year, often taking steps backward academically. Unfortunately, the effect is cumulative. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. By joining the summer reading program and attending library programs, this can be prevented or at least slowed. Summer reading programs also encourage kids to read whatever they want, instilling a love of reading for pleasure. 

The summer reading program and all of its associated activities are absolutely free, offering everyone safe, educational opportunities throughout the summer. It’s not too late to participate! For more information, please visit the library’s website

Summer Softball

Games for the adult summer softball league started July 16th. There are 6 leagues that play games Sundays - Wednesdays. Regular season games are scheduled until the end of August and playoffs are scheduled during mid-September. 

Quilting Bee

Quilt making occurs at the Puyallup Activity Center every Friday from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The class is suitable for all levels of quilters and the program provides an opportunity for participants to learn the craft from several award-winning quilters.

Noteworthy Projects

The following is a status of several noteworthy local development projects which are either currently under City permit review or construction:  

  • Building permits are currently under City review for two new tenants who will occupy the former Top Food/Haggen grocery in the Willow Pond Center at 37th Avenue SE-S. Meridian.  Approximately 2/3 of that currently-vacant space will be occupied by Hobby Lobby, while the balance of the structure will contain a new Harbor Freight Tools retail store.     
  • The City recently issued building permits for the Todd Road Distribution Center, an approximately 120,000 square foot industrial facility located at the SE corner of Todd Road-Spencer Road. The site improvements for this project were completed over the past 1-2 years, but the owner delayed receiving building permits until they had a prospective tenant for the property. 
  • Final site development permits were issued for the Fruitland Ridge residential subdivision, a 33-lot development on the east side of Fruitland Drive immediately north of Fruitland Elementary School. The subdivision had been approved by the City Hearing Examiner in 2015. The City expects construction to commence in August.
  • Recently submitted for City development review, “Affinity”, a large independent-living senior housing project comprised of 168 units in a four-story building, with accessory site improvements, proposed for a vacant 7.8 acre site on the NE corner of 5th Street SE-43rd Avenue SE (i.e. opposite from the Korum YMCA).  
  • Also, recently submitted for review, a new La Quinta hotel, consisting of 111 rooms in a five-story building, is proposed for a 1.56-acre site at the NE corner of 9th Street SE-39th Avenue SE (i.e. immediately south of Famous Dave’s restaurant).   

Medicare SHIBA Consulting Sessions

Medicare SHIBA consulting sessions occur at the Activity Center on the second Thursday of each month. SHIBA “Statewide Health Insurance Advisors” is a free service provided by the Insurance Commissioner’s Office. Trained volunteers offer advice on issues ranging from health coverage options to understanding a doctor’s bill.

Meet the New Court Bailiff ~ Melvin Allen

If you happen to be in the neighborhood of the Court stop by and meet the newest staff member, Bailiff Melvin Allen. Melvin was hired in May to replace the previous bailiff, Brad Rhodes, who retired earlier this year. Previously, Melvin worked for four years at the Northwest Detention Center as a Detention Officer, as a Compliance Officer while in Kitsap County, and most recently a Court Bailiff for Lakewood Municipal Court. The Court is pleased to have Melvin added to our staff where he is doing an outstanding job of maintaining a safe and secure environment for all who visit the Court.
Bailiff Allen