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‘SUMNER READS TOGETHER 2004’ Come Join Us! How better to stave off the cold dreariness of the post holiday winter than by curling up with a good book? Mayor Barbara Skinner has announced “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger as the inaugural title for the "Sumner Reads Together 2004" program. The town-wide exploration of this novel will be highlighted by a series of events held at the Sumner Library and open to the public without charge. The events are designed to be of interest to both those who have read the book and for those who haven't yet had that pleasure. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Sumner Library and for sale at "A GOOD BOOK" on Main Street and other book sources. The “Sumner Reads Together 2004” Program is cosponsored by the Sumner Arts Commission and the Pierce County Library System with partnerships and support by Dillanos Coffee, The News Tribune and other in-kind donations.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS Events include book discussions on January 29 at 10 a.m., February 24 at 7 p.m. and March 24 at 7 p.m. On March 3 at 7 p.m., Geologist Bob Filson will heat things up with "Steamy Science", an in-depth look at the unique landscape that is the backdrop for the human action of the novel. While on April 6 at 7 p.m., the Tahoma Range Rhymers will broaden our appreciation of the cowboy poetry that plays a part in the tale.

JANUARY 2004

Welcome to 2 New City Council members

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elcome to Matt Richardson and Curt Brown, newly elected Sumner City Council members who will begin their four-year terms in January. Returning to the council are Mike Connor (Position 5) and Leroy Goff (Position 7) who both won their elections in November. Here’s some quick information about the two new council members.

Matt Richardson Matt Richardson takes over in Position 4, formerly held by Ron Scholz. Richardson has lived in Sumner since 1997 and works for a Seattle public and corporate consulting firm, Ryen, Richardson and Soneji. He is a former congressional staff member for Reps. Rick White and Doc Hastings. He also served as a legislative research analyst for the state House and Senate. He has a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master’s degree in public policy. Richardson is married and has three daughters, ages 13, 8 and 6.

Matt Richardson

Richardson served on the Sumner Planning Commission for six years including more than a year as vice chairman. One of his main goals as a City Council member is to commit the City to build sidewalks in neighborhoods that currently have none. He says he will also work to ensure that Sumner controls growth and continues to be a special community without the density and sprawl of neighboring cities.

Curt Brown Curt Brown was elected to Position 6, formerly held by Stuart Scheuerman. Brown is a social studies teacher at Sumner Junior High and has lived in Sumner all of his life. He and his wife Lori graduated from Sumner High School in 1977. They have two sons, ages 18 and 16. Brown became interested and involved in City affairs when he began as a citizen voicing his concerns at City Council meetings. Sidewalks are a big priority with Brown as well. Brown believes Sumner is a walking community and he would like to see sidewalks on nearly every street.

Curt Brown

Brown says Sumner is a great community but it is being threatened with increased density. He wants to work to maintain Sumner’s uniqueness as a community as it grows. He also believes the City should encourage owner-occupied residences over multi-family complexes, particularly east of downtown.

SEE INSIDE ■

Mayor’s Message . . . . . . . . . .pg. 2

Community Events . . . . . . . . pg. 5

City Employee Awards . . . .pg. 3

2004 City Budget

“Low Impact” Street

. . . . . .pg. 4

NOAA Radio Saves Lives . . .pg. 7

City Hall Calendar

. . . . . . . pg. 5

City Council Highlights

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. . .pg. 8


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believe a small town becomes a wonderful place through the people who care about it. Streets and sidewalks, police and fire departments- they aren’t the most important ingredients in a community. It’s the people who live and work here that make Sumner great. I’d like to tell you about the people who work for the City of Sumner, some for nearly 30 years and some for less than a year. Many of them go out of their way to volunteer in our community. Here are a few examples:

Three years ago Susan Clary and Vicki Pfau began leading our Barbara United Way campaign in City Hall. This year’s donations Skinner increased by 20 percent over 2002 and Susan and Vicki will be receiving an award. Steve Zamberlin has coordinated Sumner Relay for Life for four years and Robert Holler and Barbara Schmelzer led the City’s Relay Team this year, raising funds to fight cancer. Last year Sumner Relay for Life was in the top 10 US cities for per capita funds raised! Sally Abrams (pictured below) led the Administrative Assistants this year in supporting the Adopt-a-Family for Christmas program for Helping Hand House, a local agency that helps homeless families. Nicci Davis assisted and our staff was very generous. Sally also helped with a food drive contest with Daffodil Valley Elementary, which resulted in nearly 3,000 pounds of food for the food bank. Nancy Forester and Nancy Shattuck have developed a program to assist in gathering toiletries, paper products, and cleaning supplies for Exodus House, another agency helping homeless families. John Doan is the Director of the Sumner Education Foundation and Andrew Neiditz chaired the Rotary committee that houses foreign exchange student attending Sumner High School for the past three years. Michelle Converse has held successful blood drives at City Hall for Cascade Regional Blood Services. The Sumner Firefighters work, through their Pumpkin Carving, Christmas Pancake Feed, Christmas Stockings, and Easter Egg hunt, to help the Sumner Family Center and our community. The Sumner Police Officers worked this year to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

JANUARY 2003

CITY

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SUMNER

1104 Maple St. Sumner, WA 98390 253-863-8300 253-863-2850 FAX

MAYOR Barbara Skinner

891-3318

CITY COUNCIL Steve Allsop

891-3331

Curt Brown

891-3334

Mike Connor

891-3332

Dave Enslow

891-3338

Mark Evers

891-3330

Leroy Goff

891-3335

Matt Richardson

891-3336

CITY STAFF Andrew Neiditz

City Administrator

Steve Zamberlin

Asst. City Administrator/ Human Resources

John Doan Asst. City Administrator/ Community Development & Parks Wendy Shook

Court Administrator

Patricia Bosmans

City Attorney

Susan Clary

City Clerk

Mary Ann Norquist

Finance/Systems Director

Steve Stringfellow

Bruce Johnson is working with community members to examine the possibilities for developing a Clothing Bank Program, to compliment the various food banks in Sumner. Tim Hyland has helped for years with the Sumner Arts Festival, chairing it the last two years. There is great danger in trying to recognize people’s actions – I know I’ve missed some people! To anyone I missed, please excuse me. Suffice it to say that the employees of the City of Sumner are wonderful people. We’re lucky to have them. Barbara Skinner, Mayor Sally Abrams, Community Development Department Administrative Assistant, led the Adopt-a-Family Program for Christmas for Helping Hand House. Assisting Sally were police officers (from left) Jeff Engel, Mark Mears, Chad Kiblinger and Matt Kurle.

Fire/Emergency Services Director

Colleen Wilson

Police Chief

Bill Shoemaker

Public Works Director

Bruce Johnson

Senior Services Director

CITY OFFICES Administration/Finance Cemetery

863-8300 FAX 863-2850 863-6345

Court

863-7635

Fire (non-emergency)

863-5451

Golf Course

863-8198

Parks & Recreation

891-6500

Permit Center

863-1230

Police (non-emergency)

863-6384

Senior Center

863-2910

Utilities & Billing

826-9400

Website: www.ci.sumner.wa.us

POLICE/FIRE EMERGENCY CALL 911


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CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S MESSAGE

JANUARY 2004

DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Introducing Your Public Works Crew

The City celebrated its special recognition of our employees on December 18th. Two special awards, one for Customer Service and one for Teamwork, are intended to reflect the organization’s emphasis of these core values in its service to Sumner.

Community Connections is profiling the various departments in the City of Sumner. We start with the Public Works crew. Meet the City of Sumner’s public works crew. The only time you’ll find them at the City shops is at the beginning or end of their shifts, or during lunch. The rest of day they’re scattered about town, working on that day’s special project or emergency, or on typical days maintaining a storm drain or fixing a broken down sign. Andrew Neiditz

The “honorees” are nominated by fellow employees instead of managers, and often an employee will nominate someone from a different department. This year, there were 22 nominations. The awards, as authorized by the City Council, include a day off and $150.

The honorable mention for Customer Service is Scott Holten, an Engineering Technician II in Public Works. The honorable mention for Teamwork is Jeff Steffens, a Finance Specialist II in Finance. The annual Customer Service Award is for Sally Abrams, Administrative Assistant in Community Development. Sally works internally supporting all departments in addition to her work with the Arts Commission, the Sumner Promotion Association, the community newsletter, and the Music in the Park series. Sally joined the Sumner staff in January 2002, and previously worked for Farwest Freight in Sumner. She previously had about 15 years experience working with software companies in the San Jose and Santa Cruz areas of California. She’s a real “people person” who represents Sumner well with a whole host of community groups. The annual Teamwork Award is for Anthony Vendetti, an Operator III at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Anthony has been with the City since June 1987. He previously worked for a property management firm in South Hill, and is originally from Ohio. A real “team-player”, he is always willing to handle weekend and oncall service for others; he is well-liked and his quiet manner keeps the team working together. The supervisor at the Public Works Shops says that “throughout the years, he has always helped out with electrical and pump problems at the Shops, whether it is in water, sewer, or streets.” Sumner is fortunate to have Sally and Anthony working here. They exemplify the spirit of teamwork and customer service. – Andrew Neiditz

Variety is what keeps the job interesting for the members of the 15-person crew. There is no typical day, says Superintendent Pat Clerget. “It just depends on what fire needs to be put out.” For instance, in the winter months there are storm drains to clean so they won’t become clogged and cause flooding after heavy rains. Or there might be trees to remove from roadways and off sidewalks after a wind storm. Of course, they’ll be out with their plows and sanders after snow storms.

SEWER PROBLEMS? Sumner residents and business owners should report sewer problems to us first by calling (253) 891-3322 during business hours or calling the Sumner Police at (253) 863-6384 after hours.

Summer months will find the crew hard at work laying asphalt on worndown streets, or adding gravel to a road shoulder or filling in potholes. They also help build parks and install water systems for the City. Regular year-round duties include maintaining traffic signals and signs, street sweeping, and clearing sewer and storm lines. They occasionally take on some more unusual tasks. For instance, there was the 60-foot singlewide trailer someone abandoned on the side of a road that they had to disassemble and remove. You’ll often find public works crew members at the scene of traffic accidents, helping clean up debris and directing traffic. They also show up at major fires to ensure the water supply is sufficient to fight the fire. Clerget says the crew takes pride in the fact that every member can take care of about any public works-related situation in Sumner, and they respond quickly. The rewards are few and far between for the crew, just a lot of hard work. But, as crewman Steve Canonica says, “Every once in a while we get complimented…that’s why we do it.”

The Public Works crew includes, from left, Shaun Piper, Steve Canonica, Darren Young, Pat Clerget, Casey Stumpf, Lester Reedy, Daron Uphaus, Simon Calis, Tony Utanis, Tim Hyland and Kevin Babic. Missing from photo are Gary Lucas, Rick Shively, Dave Ellingson and Twyla Proctor.


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Low Impact-Style Street Connects Neighborhood to Main Street A new street in Sumner has been completed that connects 62nd Street East to Main Street just east of the Fred Meyer site. The street is 153rd Avenue Court East, and is unlike any other street within Sumner. This new street has been constructed as a “Low Impact” style street. It is designed so stormwater runoff is collected in bioretention swales and infiltrated back into the ground on site, rather than routed by conventional curb and gutters. The width of the street is also reduced, decreasing the amount of impervious surface. These design elements reduce the sudden surge of stormwater to the system during a rainstorm, and the swales act as a filter to reduce the chances of pollution from reaching rivers and streams. Underdrains located beneath the swales then carry the stormwater into the City system. Also included as a design element is a chicane, or slight bend, that adds a traffic calming effect to reduce speeds through the neighborhood.

JANUARY 2004

PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS Projects Completed in 2003 ■■ Traffic

Avenue from Thompson to Main ■■ Puyallup Street ■■ East Valley Road Restoration ■■ Annual Re-Striping. Projects Currently Under Construction ■■ 24th Street Freeway Interchange – Scheduled completion this summer. ■■ Wastewater

Treatment Plant Expansion – The expanded plant will be completed this summer.

■■ Valley

Nine homes are currently being constructed along the new street. Like the stormwater from the road surface, storm runoff from the homes will be infiltrated on site as well. This promises to be a very unique little subdivision right in the center of Sumner. This street is a first of its kind for the City of Sumner, and will be monitored for stormwater runoff activity over the next few years to determine if more streets like it may be feasible in the future. The new “low-impact” style street, 153rd Avenue Court East, is the first of its kind in Sumner. It is narrower than typical streets to reduce stormwater runoff, and stormwater is infiltrated back into the ground. The street has a slight bend to slow traffic. The street serves a new subdivision near the new Fred Meyer store.

Shoreline Master Program Changes Approved The City has approved changes to the draft Shoreline Master Program that was sent to the Department of Ecology in June. These changes are in response to comments by property owners and State agencies received at a public hearing held by the Department of Ecology. The final draft reduces the buffer width on a stretch of the White River between Stewart Road and 16th Street from 200 feet to 100 feet. The City is continuing to negotiate with Ecology and plans are for the City Council to consider ordinances to formally adopt and implement the Shoreline Master Program in February.

City Adopts Update to Critical Areas Regulations The Council adopted an update to the critical areas regulations on December 15 as required by state law. The regulations are now based on “best available science” and give special consideration to salmon fisheries. These critical areas are floodplains, steep slope areas, streams, groundwater recharge areas, volcanic hazard and seismic hazard areas. Managing development in these areas protects life, property and the environment. The City will be addressing the remaining critical areas topic and wetlands later in 2004. The final ordinance can be found on the City’s website. For more information on these two projects contact: Ryan Windish, Senior Planner (253) 891-3301, ryanw@ci.sumner.wa.us.

& Main Traffic Signal – Reconstruction of this intersection includes adding a left turn signal and the emergency vehicle preemption control.

■■ Fluoridation – As required by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept., installation of fluoridation equipment is underway. Project completion is expected in early 2004.

Projects to Start in 2004 ■■ Train Station Access - This project consists of replacing sidewalks and installing pedestrian facilities. ■■ Valley

Avenue East - This project consists of new signals and street improvements on Valley Ave. E. by the Old Cannery.

■■ Cyrus-Wood Neighborhood Sidewalks – Construct about 4,200 feet of 5ft wide concrete sidewalks and 5 wheelchair ramps in the neighborhood around Seibenthaler Park. ■■ Tacoma/Puyallup Intersection – Reconfiguration of the existing intersection to ease truck travel. ■■ Fryar Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation – Reconstruct portions of this bridge for safety and to allow trail use. ■■ Bridge Street Bridge Repainting Repair of the bridge structure and deck, replacing the walking surface and repainting. ■■ North End Trails - This project consists of a segment of multi-use pedestrian and bicycle trail near 24th Street.


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January 2004

CITY HALL CALENDAR JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

JANUARY 5 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 2 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

MARCH 1 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

JANUARY 8 Design Commission, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 5 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

MARCH 4 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

JANUARY 12 City Council and Planning Commission joint study session 6 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 9 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

MARCH 8 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 12 Design Commission, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

MARCH 11 Design Commission, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 16 President’s Day City Hall closed

MARCH 15 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 17 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

MARCH 22 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 23 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

MARCH 25 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Upstairs Conference Rm.

JANUARY 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day City Hall closed JANUARY 20 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JANUARY 22 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Upstairs Conference Rm. JANUARY 26 City Council Study Session, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

FEBRUARY 26 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Upstairs Conference Rm.

COMMUNITY EVENTS JANUARY 29 Sumner Reads Together 2004, book discussion, 10 a.m., Sumner Library FEBRUARY 24 Sumner Reads Together 2004, book discussion, 7 p.m., Sumner Library MARCH 3 Sumner Reads Together 2004, program “Steamy Science”, 7 p.m., Sumner Library 14

Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, 1 p.m.

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Community Summit, Sumner Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Daffodil Coronation, Church of All Nations, Tacoma, 7 p.m.

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Sumner Reads Together 2004, book discussion, 7 p.m., Sumner Library

APRIL 3 Junior Daffodil Parade, 10 a.m., Tacoma 6

Sumner Reads Together 2004 program “Tahoma Range Rhymers,” 7 p.m., Sumner Library

10 Fire Dept. Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m.-noon at SHS Stadium 15-18

Puyallup Spring Fair

17 71st Annual Daffodil Parade, 3 p.m. in Sumner 24 Parks Appreciation Day / Arbor Day; 10 a.m.; Daffodil Sports Complex

SURVEY DRAWING WINNER: Cori Hazard is the winner of the Sumner Community Survey drawing. Thank you to Grand Central Steakhouse for the gift certificate. Results of this survey will be published in the March Community Connections newsletter.


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Ask Dr. Sumner How do I figure out my utility bill? Both the water and sewer portions of your bill fluctuate with increases and decreases of water consumption. The water consumption is entered on a bi-monthly basis and comes from reading your meter. This consumption is then split in half and is billed on 2 monthly billings. In Sumner the meters are read in January, March, May, July, September and November. The water charge is composed of 2 parts, a base fee and a consumption portion. The base fee depends on the size of your water meter; most residential buildings have a 3/4� meter with an $8.81 monthly base charge. The consumption portion of the water charge has a tiered rate structure, the more units you use the more you pay per unit. Units 1-10 are $.79 per unit, units 11-20 are $1.00 per unit and units 21 and over are $1.19 per unit. Sewer in Sumner is billed on a winter average system. The City takes the water consumption from the three winter readings of January, March and May to get an average monthly water consumption. Once this average is calculated your sewer bill is set for one year and it will not go above or below this average. The residential minimum charge is $33.47 which is for an average of 5 or lower, each unit over 5 costs $4.92 per unit. The storm fee of $11.23 is a standard residential charge and does not change month to month. These revenues are used to construct and maintain storm drains throughout the entire city. Commercial and industrial charges are different. Contact the City Utility Staff at (253) 863-8300 for information. The rates listed above are the new rates for 2004. They include a cost of living increase of 1.8% and both city and state taxes. For further information, call Jeff Steffens at (253) 863-8300, x299 or email at jeffs@ci.sumner.wa.us.

Victim Advocate Hopes to Help Break Cycles of Domestic Violence The City is demonstrating its commitment against domestic violence by partnering with Puyallup to share a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate. In October, Nancy Shattuck was hired to fill this position and is located in the City Attorney’s office both in Sumner and Puyallup. Nancy comes to us with extensive legal advocate experience with the YMCA and she was also a Peace Corps volunteer. Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors, some causing physical injury, others not, some criminal, others not, but all damaging. Frequently, domestic violence includes threats of violence or suicide, or threats to take children from the abused person. It may also include breaking objects, hurting pets, yelling, driving recklessly to endanger or scare the abused person, isolating family members from others, and controlling resources like money, vehicles, credit, and time. The goal of an abusive person is to gain and maintain control over his or her partner. Domestic violence is a learned pattern of behavior whose effects, without intervention, become more destructive and sometimes lethal over time. Oftentimes, victims blame themselves for their situation and feel embarrassed and guilty about their situation. Nancy hopes to help victims break this horrible cycle for themselves, their family, and their community. You can contact Nancy at (253) 677-3050 or email her at nancys@ci.sumner.wa.us.

JANUARY 2004

Council Adopts 2004 Budget The City Council adopted a $49.8 million budget to guide the City during 2004. Roughly the same total budget amount as last year, the budget includes 44 separate funds including streets, general government, cemetery and capital projects. A significant portion of the budget is the $15.5 million for the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant. General government is budgeted at $9.5 million. Over half of the general fund is public safety expenses (police, fire, and court). Other major funds are streets at $3.7 million, water operations at $1.3 million, and sewer operations at $2.3 million. The revenue for the general fund comes primarily from taxes (property taxes 31%, sales taxes 27%, and utility taxes 9%). The remainder is fees (building, land use, etc.), fines (court), grants (parks, criminal justice, arts, and planning) and service contracts (communication center, fire). Unlike other cities which have had to cut service levels during the past years because of new property tax limits and a slow economy, the City has generally been able to maintain service levels. The loss of motor vehicle excise taxes did result in a reduced number of street improvements. Because of capital project revenues, there are some projects that will occur in 2004. They include starting the construction of the new Eastside Park, the Downtown Pedestrian Project, trail construction, painting the Bridge Street bridge, and rebuilding Valley Avenue and the rail crossing near the Old Cannery. Other new programs include a downtown revitalization program, partnership for a domestic violence advocate, improvements to records management, improvements to firefighter equipment, funding for teen recreational programs, and increased funding for the School Resource Officer and DARE programs. Copies of the adopted budget will be available in late January in City Hall and the Library. For information, please contact Finance and Systems Director Mary Ann Norquist at (253) 826-9402 or email at maryannn@ci.sumner.wa.us.


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JANUARY 2004

Early Warning Through NOAA Radio Can Save Lives!

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n the event of a disaster, citizens need early warning and emergency information. The City of Sumner Fire Department and Pierce County Department of Emergency Management want to help you get immediate emergency information.

We encourage our citizens purchase a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio, also known as a “Disaster Radio”. Like a smoke detector, every home should have one of these early warning devices. Disaster radios are relatively inexpensive and with this radio you can access the same emergency information and weather reports that emergency workers and meteorologists use --- information that can save lives! Local AM/FM radio and television stations and on-line news services do alert you to emergencies and disasters. But what if a radio, television or computer isn’t available? During an emergency, National Weather Service forecasters using the NOAA system send out special alerting tones that activate the disaster radios automatically within the affected listening area. This is an important and vital part of the national Emergency Alert System that provides immediate information and guidance to citizens on protective actions to take. The Seattle National Weather Service office is among the first in the nation to have what is being called an all-hazards notification system. The disaster radios have a warning and alerting alarm feature that alerts the listener to fast-breaking warning messages around the clock. The activation is followed by broadcast warnings and information for all hazards which include severe weather related events, earthquakes, lahar warning and volcanic activity, floods, technological emergencies (i.e., hazardous chemical release), terrorist events and even “Amber Alerts” (alerts for abducted children). Many disaster radios are portable so you can receive notices of emergency conditions whether at home, at work, traveling or on vacation. The disaster radio feature can even be incorporated into a convenient alarm clock radio. Persons who may have hearing or visual impairments can also receive these warnings by connecting a radio with the alarm tones to other kinds of alerting modes, such as lights, bed shakers, personal computers and text printers. NOAA Weather radios are typically priced from $35 to $85 depending upon features and can be purchased at local hardware and electronics stores. Every home should have an emergency preparedness kit and a NOAA weather radio for the safety of your family. For more information, please contact the Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management at (253) 798-7470 or online at www.co.pierce.wa.us or www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/. You may also contact Steve Stringfellow, Sumner Fire Department, at (253) 863-5451 or email at sstringfellow@ci.sumner.wa.us.

It helps to be an animal lover to work at an animal shelter. Officer Ellis is shown with her five dogs she brings to work with her daily.

Microchips Provide Permanent Identification for Your Pet Did you or someone in your family receive a new pet for Christmas? If so, consider getting a microchip for your pet as soon as possible, says the Sumner animal control officer. It’s a permanent identification that will be used if the tags are lost. Any vet or animal hospital will install a microchip in your pet’s skin. Animal shelters and animal control personnel all carry scanners that will identify any pet that has a microchip. A special Microchip Clinic is planned for Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Sumner Grub, a feed store on Traffic Avenue across from the train station. There anyone can bring their pet and have a microchip installed for just $20. Persons looking for a new pet should be sure and visit the shelter at 1200 39th Ave. SE near Pierce College on Puyallup’s South Hill. The shelter is run by the animal control service, a joint project with the City of Puyallup. For the cost of $75, anyone can adopt a pet that has been spayed or neutered, has all necessary shots and a one- year license. The shelter typically has a variety of dogs, cats and often times puppies and kittens available for adoption. The shelter picks up stray or lost dogs in Sumner and Puyallup, and accepts animals only from those cities. Residents are reminded that if their pet is missing and may have been picked up by animal control, they should stop by the shelter during regular hours of operation or call the hotline at (253) 841-5592 for recorded messages on what animals were picked up that day. The shelter is open Tuesday – Thursday, 2 –6 p.m., Friday, noon – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (253) 8415595.


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JANUARY 2004

SUMNER CITY COUNCIL

Steve Allsop

Curt Brown

Items passed by the City Council October - December, 2003. OCTOBER ■■ Adopted Ordinance No. 2062 authorizing LID 75 Bonds in the amount of $1,629,416.

Mike Connor

Dave Enslow

ending April 2006.

■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2063: 2004 Ad Valorem Property Taxes.

■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2069: 2004 Budget.

■■ Adopted Resolution No. 1110 indicating support for ForeverGreen.

■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2064: 2004 EMS Property Tax Levy.

■■Adopted Resolution No. 1108 updating the Urban Forestry Strategy.

■■ Adopted Resolution No. 1100

■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2066

approving the Eastside Park design.

implementing a Recycling Rate Increase from DM Disposal.

■■ Adopted Resolution No. 1101

■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2067

approving an interlocal agreement with the City of Bonney Lake for provision of dispatch services.

implementing a Yard Waste Rate Increase from DM Disposal. ■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2068 amending the parking requirements in the Sumner Municipal Code. ■■Adopted Resolution No. 1106

update to the Sumner Comprehensive Plan.

authorizing the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Pierce County and the cities and towns in Pierce County to amend the County-Wide Planning Policies.

■■Adopted Resolution No. 1098 renaming 66th St. E. to John Deere Drive.

■■Adopted Resolution No. 1107 amending the proposed Shoreline Master Program.

■■ Approved a work plan for the

The Sumner Planning and Arts commissions are looking for individuals to fill several volunteer vacancies. If you have an interest in assisting with the planning process or supporting the arts in Sumner, please contact Community Development at (253) 891-3303 or email for an application at cd@ci.sumner.wa.us.

Matt Richardson

DECEMBER

Access Project to Specialized Landscaping, Inc.

■■ Adopted Resolution No. 1102 changing Council Rules to allow for one reading of ordinances unless state law or the Sumner Municipal Code provide otherwise.

Leroy Goff

NOVEMBER

■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2065 implementing a Garbage Disposal Rate Increase from DM Disposal.

■■ Awarded the Train Station

Mark Evers

CITY

OF

■■Adopted Resolution No. 1103 authorizing the renewal of a mutual aid agreement between the City of Sumner and the DUI Task Force. ■■Adopted Resolution No. 1104 authorizing the use of the City’s eminent domain powers to acquire property held near Salmon Creek for public purpos es. ■■Adopted Resolution No. 1105

authorizing the use of the City’s eminent domain powers to acquire property by the Puyallup River for public purposes. ■■Adopted Ordinance No. 2070 amending the 2003 Budget. ■■Approved the sales agreement

for acquisition of the Petersen (Dieringer School) Well.

■■ Adopted Resolution No. 1111 authorizing the Mayor to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Pierce Conservation District. ■■ Adopted Resolution No. 1112

authorizing the Hearing Examiner to conduct a benefit assessment hearing. ■■Adopted Resolution No. 1113 authorizing a re-apportionment of Assessment No. 26 in ULID No. 73. ■■ Adopted Resolution No. 1114 authorizing an amendment to the Official Statement for ULID’s 73 and 74. ■■ Approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement with International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) 2877. ■■ Approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Operating Engineers Local 286.

■■Appointed Vicki Connor to a

term on the Arts Commission

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