to provide needed and valued services that promote our sense of community
to set the standard of excellence for a progressive small city â€œwe are the reasons people have for wanting to stay/because we are more than what we say or doâ€? We Are More Shane Koyczan
2009 Report of
From the Mayor
I want to thank you for 2009. If you’re a citizen, thank you for your patience in doing without some things. If you’re a Councilmember, thank you for keeping our tax rate the second lowest in the entire state. If you’re an employee, thank you for doing so much with so little and even giving back with your personal contributions. Our vision is still to set the standard of excellence, and we did that in 2009. We did not use the economy as an excuse to “make do.” If I put rose-colored glasses on for a moment, I think we even made the City stronger. Instead of solving problems by spending more money, we looked to each other for answers. In 2009, we built stronger, more active partnerships with our citizens, our businesses and our neighbors. If you prune a bush, although you may cut off some lovely blooms, you’re forcing the bush to put more of its energy into strong roots. It’s the same for us: 2009 established some pretty strong roots that will help us grow and flourish in 2010 and beyond. Mayor Dave Enslow
From the Administrator
Since John Doan moved on to other adventures just after the new year, this report is also an overview of his legacy. It’s a legacy that is more than the pages of individual accomplishments: it’s also the mission and vision that are on the cover. They tell you what this city will continue to do year after year as names change, economies fluctuate and individual tasks vary. A true leader, John did not do this all himself; rather, he gave employees the trust to create innovations that save money and the freedom to truly care about this city as more than a job. As just one example, employees donated approximately $400,000 of their salaries back to the City this year through COLA exchanges, furlough days and even cash contributions. Thank you, John, for giving Sumner a vision that guides us all while being bigger than any one of us alone. It’s what will make this city thrive long past any of our times here are done.
Diane Supler Interim City Administrator
Officials Dave Enslow, Mayor CITY COUNCIL Steve Allsop Curt Brown Leroy Goff Ed Hannus Cindi Hochstatter Randy Hynek Matthew Richardson
John Doan, City Administrator
Diane Supler, Deputy City Administrator Terri Berry, City Clerk John Galle, Police Chief Timothy A. Jenkins, Presiding Judge Carmen Palmer, Communications Director Cathy Pashon, Court Administrator Bill Pugh, Public Works Director Paul Rogerson, Community Development Director Brett Vinson, City Attorney Beth Anne Wroe, Finance Operations Director Steve Zamberlin, Human Resources Manager
Launched Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World and corresponding website. Helped tour two food bloggers around Sumner. Established “pairing city” relationship with Prosser and set up first Sumner traveling booth at their festival. Began archived council meetings online and on Comcast On Demand. Launched FilePro to offer citizens the ability to search agenda packets, ordinances, resolutions and Council minutes online. Arranged joint meeting with the Port of Tacoma to establish better working relations.
Values We serve with respect and integrity. We are responsive and accountable.
Established a letter of understanding with YMCA for a facility in Sumner.
We are collaborative and professional.
Relaunched city wellness program to reduce future employee health care costs to city.
We are innovative and visionary.
Arranged four mandatory furlough days with all unions and non-represented employees. Began e-newsletters as further options for citizens to learn City news. Arranged for City to donate surplus computer equipment to non-profits. Worked with Pierce County and Pierce Transit to start limited bus service to the north industrial area. Coordinated multi-day, 24-hour Emergency Operations Center with East Pierce Fire & Rescue to respond to January floods. Worked with other jurisdictions to better use and promote television coverage as RCC became Pierce County TV. Toured Congressman Adam Smith around the flood-damaged areas. Coordinated secure storage of approximately 500 boxes of City records; developed enhanced departmental procedures for the organization, retention, indexing and disposal of the City’s records according to State archive guidelines. Replaced/upgraded the encryption router for our Washington State Patrol data connection. Moved all non-law enforcement internet traffic off LESA connection to greatly reduce LESA bandwidth consumption and segment traffic. Initiated power-saving procedures for many desktop PCs. Maintained computer-related systems at an uptime level of 99% or higher. * Includes city administrators, city clerk, communications director, human resources, information technology and fleet.
“Be content with small places, the local, the short story/Rather than the saga” Espresso Tales Alexander McCall Smith
Successfully applied to be a tour in the New Partners for Smart Growth conference to bring planners and city leaders from across the nation to visit Sumner. Helped with the location and opening of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Also welcomed Mud Bay and Jay Lee’s Honda of Sumner despite economic recession. Conducted interview with Pacific Crest Industries for first Rainier Country magazine television show on Pierce County TV. Coordinated Sumner University. Established a Manufacturing/Industrial Center Plan to establish infrastructure funding for existing industrial business area.
by the numbers
13,200 people were served by the Senior Center 8,400 meals served by Catholic Community Service 26 trips took 339 seniors around our region
Worked on plans and permitting for projects including Winco Foods, and Oil Can Henry’s. Worked with Investco on Greenwater, LLC development. Expanded the radius for providing notices for certain land proposals. The Planning Commission approved a number of recommendations for amendments to the Sign Code. Met with nine property owners within Rainier Manor Mobile Home Estates to offer federal financial aid in elevating and repairing these structures from floods. The Sumner Arts Commission held Music Off Main with record-breaking attendance at each performance. The Show Brazil performance was featured on Seattle Channel television station in King County.
The Arts Commission debuted first Author’s Event, connecting 35 aspiring authors with eight published authors.
them by their first
Partnered with Sumner Meadows Golf Links for first-ever Sumner Art & Garden Show at the golf course.
Finalized a public art walking tour available by brochure or online.
pass by and you call
clouds roll by” Mayberry Rascal Flatts
Coordinated spring and fall clean-up events with DM Disposal.
“One’s home is like
Coordinated the collection of money for Community Garden. Also fulfilled reporting requirements for grants the Garden received.
a delicious piece
Received a clean annual audit for 2008 from the Washington State Auditor. This audit reviewed accountability including internal controls and the City’s compliance with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures, financial statements, and Federal compliance. The auditor reported no findings in any of these areas. Updated City’s first biennial budget for changes in economic conditions. Began accepting credit card payments at City Hall for utility accounts.
Judge Tim Jenkins was reappointed by Mayor to fill next four-year term. Judge Tim Jenkins took Oath of Office, given by Honorable Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander in Olympia.
of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening - the best piece of pie you have ever eaten in your life....” Lemony Snicket
Handled increase in infraction hearings of 16.88% over 2008. Hosted mock court for students, organized by Seattle University’s Law School and the Office of the Courts. Participated in amnesty month to adjudicate delinquent traffic tickets
Parks & Facilities
Removed flood-damaged clubhouse at Sumner Meadows Golf Links and prepared for replacement clubhouse. Purchased commercial lawn mower to decrease mowing time at Cemetery. Held annual Memorial Day service at Sumner Cemetery. Coordinated optional power washing and holiday wreaths at Cemetery. Forestry Commission planted trees at the cemetery for Arbor Day. Installed Tim Hyland memorial bench funded by the community. Supported the community and businesses by keeping up the grounds and maintenance of sports complex, five parks, City Hall, Senior Center, Cemetery, City Shops, and more. Hung holiday decorations in the downtown core.
why buy one?
During floods, Sumner borrowed a privately owned sandbag machine, that is, until the owner sold it to someone else. Instead of asking to buy one, Pat Clerget in the City Shops began building his own. Using recycled materials laying around and his own ingenuity, he saved the City thousands of dollars.
Reviewed and rewrote departmental policy manual. Completed Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) standards and were recognized for reaccreditation. Obtained grants totaling $452,718 that funded the following: COPS: salary and benefits for one officer for 36 months WASPC: salary and benefits for one officer for 12 months JAG: purchase of fingerprinting and investigative equipment & overtime for officers to participate in afterschool programs WASPC: Traffic Safety Equipment including three moving radars and two portable breath testers Assigned officer to work within schools in coordination with school security and administration to provide safe environment for children. Provided gang and drug resistance education for students. Hosted bicycle rodeo at Daffodil Valley Elementary, where 90 students completed the course. Participated in regional traffic efforts to reduce speed, remove impaired drivers, and enforce commercial vehicle laws. Continued to build partnerships with other organizations and the community to better provide resources and assistance to victims of crime. Continued to survey citizens who needed police assistance: 93% of respondents rated police services as above average or excellent. Introduced the use of electronic ticketing for issuance of civil infractions.
by the numbers Responded to 17,261 calls Arrested 729 suspects Removed 78 impaired drivers from our roadways Answered 9,640 emergency 911 calls Conducted 4,175 traffic stops including emphases on speed and violation of truck routes Processed evidence for 476 criminal cases & maintain evidence for 1,577 open cases PLUS Metro Animal Services Served 24,923 customers at the shelter Responded to 2,009 calls for service Reunited 337 lost pets with their Forever Families Adopted 637 pets to their Forever Families Issued 461 written warnings
Continued participation on regional teams for SWAT and major crimes. Updated website to be user-friendly and able to provide more up-todate information and assistance. Launched Block Watch in a Box program to encourage new neighborhoods to meet.
â€œwe are an experiment going
Volunteers donated 4,104 hours to Metro Animal Services, valued at $83,600.
right for a changeâ€?
Fully implemented CAD Call For Service tracking.
We Are More Shane Koyczan
Fully implemented Electronic Records Management System. Volunteers donated 402 hours to police work, valued at $8,190. Established a joint Police Explorer Program with Algona Police called the South Valley Explorers. Officers off-duty participated in Battle in the Valley II, a charity basketball game against Sumner High School staff to fund the weight room.
Law Enforcement continued
Participated in and supported events, making them possible and safe: Daffodil Parade Santa Parade St. Patrick’s Day Parade May Day Kids Parade Homecoming Parade Music Off Main Sumner Arts Festival Christmas Stroll Bridge Lighting Classy Chassis Car Show Sweetheart Wine Walk Mystery Wine Walk Theater in the Park Autumn Evening Come Walk With Me
Street of Treats (Halloween) Hometown Holiday Celebration Boy Scout Troop tours Sumner High School Prom Sumner High School Homecoming Dance Sumner High School Graduation Special Olympics Torchlight Parade Bicycle Rodeo Tour De Pierce bike ride Mutts Off Main National Night Out Block Parties STOMP meetings DARE / GREAT Teen Late Night
X52 DUI emphasis Washington State Traffic Commission Speed Campaign
Worked through quasi-judicial appeal process of hearing examiner’s findings for Calvary Community Church expansion plans. Worked with Police to establish Stay Out of Areas of Racing to discourage street racing in Sumner. Met with cemetery vandals to arrange for working off financial restitution still owed to the City.
a part of the community
tion to official aspects of jobs, the City employees serve as part of the community, supporting efforts such as:
Relay for Life Toys for Tots Come Walk With Me Sumner Downtown Association Sumner Bonney Lake Education Foundation Exodus Housing Sumner Food Bank Lions 4 Kids Sumner Rotary Club Pennies for Peace Daffodil Festival Sumner Pierce County Library
Sumner Police Officers participated in the following interagency work/grants with other jurisdictions: Seatbelt emphasis
Sumner tavern patrols Metro Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Safe Streets Campus Security Officer Community For Families SK8 Park Metro SWAT Pierce County Clandestine Lab Team Metro Crime Response Unit Party Patrol
Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce Lakewood Officers’ Memorial Sumner Arts Festival Tim Hyland Bench Seattle Officer’s Memorial United Way Special Olympics Sumner Family Center St. Jude Children’s Hospital Local Domestic Violence Service Agencies Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Economic Development Board of Pierce Co.
Public Works WATER
by the numbers
Successfully provided water to customers despite a hot, dry summer. Completed the Comprehensive Water System Plan. Completed the North Sumner Sewer and Water project extending water service to north of the White River in the Stewart Road area.
78 water service replacements and repairs
Installed new water lines in Stewart Road.
237 new meters replaced, some frozen, some worn
Applied for a permit to drill a new central well.
823 meter service requests
Participated in McLendon’s event to encourage water conservation.
17 miles of leak detection to finish the city-wide program
Completed chlorine contingency plan to meet requirements of Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. SEWER Met all Federal permit requirements for the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Completed the North Sumner Sewer and Water project extending sewer to North of the White River in the Stewart Road area. Conducted a capacity study of the Wastewater Treatment Facility to determine what improvements are required to meet future growth demand. Completed upgrades to Tacoma Avenue Sewer Pump Station and the Seibenthaler Sewer Pump Station. Installed sewer lines in the Stewart Road area. Began construction of the North End sewer pump station. Completed an assessment of the sources of copper in the wastewater system and a study of how to remove it. Made substantial progress on a Federally mandated study of the Waste-water Treatment Facility’s mixing zones which could result in saving money while still meeting permit requirements. Evaluated the infiltration and inflow impacting the sewer system, which will help identify needed transmission system improvements. Continue to offer local gardeners Bonney Good Sumner Grow, a class “A” quality biosolid that eliminates the need to transport and destroy biosolids. Operated a series of processes from biological to mechanical, electrical, SCADA, computer, instrumentation, and electronics utilizing a team of highly skilled operators. Wastewater Treatment Facility’s Washington State Accredited Lab received 94.1% accurate proficiency report for all the data points submitted, the highest proficiency rating in the past 15 years.
2,135 feet of trail installed 1,520 feet of water main & 2,110 of sewer force main for north Sumner 25.07 tons of pothole patch material, one shovel at a time 58 yards of topsoil for planter strip restoration, water service repairs and replacements 60 yards of concrete for sidewalk repairs 809 tons of gravel for utility repair, ditch backfill and repairs to road shoulders 200 tons of sand for sandbags-yes, one bag at a time 508 requests for services including potholes, water leaks, sewer plugs, sign down, glass in roadway, and possums (those who are not playing) Approximately 1,000 requests for utility locates
Storm Participated in the Puget Sound Partnership for combined stormwater education campaign, Puget Sound Starts Here. Provided treatment and extended a pipe to the river at the Mountain Circle Outfall to better protect against flooding.
“Our home, our
Participated in the Puyallup River Executive Task Force, a county-wide effort to provide long-term solutions to flooding of the Puyallup River and its tributaries.
place, here in this
Constructed storm detention and treatment facility and relocated a stream for the Stewart Road project. Met requirements, submitted annual assessment for NPDES Phase II permit. Regularly cleaned and maintained catch basins, treatment detention ponds, and Salmon Creek. Swept miles of streets every week.
valley/this is our family, here in this town.” One Home, One Place Rebecca Lavelle
Streets Received $2,188,593 for Traffic/Fryar/Main interchange and worked with neighboring property owners to make new changes possible. Received $130,000 to complete design for resurfacing East Valley Highway. Began joint widening project on Stewart Road with Pierce County. Submitted Federal grant application to complete the trail system and replace the Stewart Road bridge. Completed more streets under the chip seal program, including crack sealing and preparing roads. Rated the condition of City streets for Pavement Management program. Began improvements on 166th as paid for by Winco Foods project. Updated Six Year Transportation Improvement Program. Conducted annual repainting of street markings. Inspected and maintained signs and signals on a regular basis. TraILS, SIDEWALKS & Misc. Received Community Development Block Grant for Elm Street sidewalks. Constructed 80% of the sidewalks for Safe Routes to School grant. Constructed/replaced sidewalk under the Voluntary Sidewalk program. Coordinated two events to fill and offer sandbags to citizens. Constructed the Riverside Trail Phase II. Completed the Stream Trail with the Stewart Road project. Hung new banners on Traffic Avenue. Received grant funding for design of setback levees.
good eyes! Our best “eyes on the street” come from Street Sweeper Operator Joe Langford. One day, Joe was driving the sweeper through town when he saw a puppy running in the street. He stopped, picked up the puppy and called Metro Animal Services. A woman watching from her house witnessed this whole incident and called City Hall to say that this was the kindest thing she had ever seen.
They said it.. “At a time when commerical tenants, in any sector, are hard to come by, the Sumner industrial market has attracted more than 500,000 square feet of new tenants in the second half of 2009. An impressive feat that has caught the attentions of brokers, owners and lenders in today’s chilly real estate climate.” --Barbara Travers, Daily Journal of Commerce, December 2009
in memory and always part of the City of Sumner
“One of the most enjoyable rounds you can find for under $30.” --Cascade Golfer, about Sumner Meadows, April 2009 “Sumner is complete charm. A lot of my favorite shopping spots are in Sumner. It is the perfect mix of modern and vintage with a friendly homespun feel. ...A day spent in Sumner is a happy day for sure.” --cih630, one of 81 people who voted Sumner one of the best Tiny Towns on KING 5’s Evening Magazine. “Sumner brews success” --C.R. Roberts, The News Tribune, December 2009 “Sumner er navnet, og jorden omkring den lille by har i snart 100 år været kendt som specielt velegnet til rabarberdyrkning.” (Still working on a translation!) --Søren Thorup, Fyens Stiftstidende, November 2009
About the quotes: You’ll notice quotations used throughout this report. They’re taken from literature, poetry and popular music. Although none specifically reference Sumner, they all honor or hope for what Sumner offers.
“The city has chosen to go with a welcoming theme with a retro logo that reads, ‘Come on in!’ It looks like an old-fashioned diner’s sign, but has a modern accent to it.” --Breanne Coats, Business Examiner, July 2009
“A fundraising campaign to build a YMCA facility in northeastern Pierce County won’t begin for a year, but it already has sparked two $1 million pledges. ‘We’ve been amazed at the support in Sumner,’ Tacoma-Pierce County YMCA spokeswoman Michelle LaRue said recently. “‘In our history, we’ve only had two $1 million gifts.’” --Mike Archbold, The News Tribune, April 2009
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