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New Partnership Helps Fire Service A new agreement with East Pierce Fire and Rescue and Fire District No. 1 will bring expanded administrative leadership to the Sumner Fire Department. With the retirement of Director Steve Stringfellow, the City is contracting with East Pierce to provide a variety of administrative functions for the department including the Fire Chief, Fire Marshall, training, operations, and Sumner firefighters battled a blaze Feb public education. 28 that destroyed Casey’s Caboose.

The partnership will be the same cost as hiring a new chief, but will bring a significantly broader base of skills and resources to the department. Sumner fire and emergency response will continue to be based out of Sumner and Sumner firefighters and equipment will be the primary responders in the community. As part of the agreement, East Pierce Fire and Rescue Chief Dan Packer will be chief of the Sumner Fire Department. The partnership will allow time for the City and Fire District No. 1 to complete a strategic plan for meeting future fire service needs.

For additional information about the Fire Department, please call the


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• Mayor’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 • Police Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 • Council Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 • Municipal Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 • Ask Dr. Sumner . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 • Council Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

In addition to the partnership, the Council initiated the hiring of three additional fire/paramedics. The increased staffing is necessary to meet the steadily growing number of calls to the Fire Department, amounting to 2,300 calls last year. Fire/paramedics allow the City to best respond to medical aid calls which are the bulk of the activity, while maintaining the capacity to fight fires.

Fire and Emergency Services Director Steve Stringfellow will retire from Sumner the end of March. Steve started his fire career in Sumner as a firefighter in 1976. He left nine years later to command Fire District 10 in Fife and eventually be a battalion chief in Tacoma. He joined Sumner in 2003. While here, Steve has taken the lead on acquiring a new fire engine, implementing the paramedic program, natural hazard planning, and addressing the growing needs of the department. The Fire Department hosted a dinner in honor of Steve’s contributions to the Sumner community.

MARCH 2005

Curbside Recycling: One Big Container Replaces 3 Bins The City of Sumner is pleased to announce a new recycling program for City residents coming in the next few weeks. Curbside recycling will be easier and more efficient with these improvements. One cart holds it all. No longer will you need to make several trips to the curb to put out recyclables. Everything is now placed in one container with a handle and wheels for easy maneuverability. Residents will switch from their three recycling bins to a lightweight 96-gallon covered, wheeled cart that conveniently holds all recyclables, except glass. For the first time, the curbside program will accept plastic bottles and paper milk-style cartons. However, glass can still be recycled at your local recycling drop off site located at 13114 63rd St E next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. To help support the expanded recycling program, a rate increase has been added. Diverting glass to dropoff sites helps the haulers keep the rate increases low. The rate increase for the City of Sumner is $1.69 per month. For more information on recycling please visit Pierce County’s Recycling and Disposal Guide online at or call your local hauler at 253-4140345.




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ince I’m not going to run for another term as Mayor, I expected that 2005 would be a year of trying to complete those projects in which I have taken a special interest, like the Sumner Trail. Then I learned, with much regret, that Andrew Neiditz, our City Administrator for the past five years, was selected as Lakewood’s new City Manager. Andrew assumed his position in Lakewood on March 7th.



1104 Maple St. Sumner, WA 98390 253-863-8300 253-299-5509 FAX

MAYOR Barbara Skinner

I want to express my gratitude to Andrew for his wonderful serBarbara vice to our community. Sumner was in the midst of several Skinner major projects when Andy arrived. With his leadership and perseverance, those projects have been successfully completed and Sumner is recognized in this region as a City that has its act together. Andy had a great deal to do with that reputation. Thanks, Andy, and good luck!! So now there are some changes in my office. Fortunately, we have a thirteen-year employee who is ready for the challenge of assuming the City Administrator position. I am very happy to announce that I appointed John Doan as the 4th City Administrator of the City of Sumner and our City Council confirmed his appointment on February 22nd.




Curt Brown


Mike Connor


Dave Enslow


Mark Evers


Leroy Goff


Matt Richardson


CITY STAFF John Doan, City Administrator

Since 1991, John has been our Community Development Director. Andy Neiditz recognized John’s talent, expertise, and abilities and, for the past three years he has worked with John on various projects. John loves Sumner and has a concept for our future that is very visionary. I am excited to see what develops under his leadership. Together, John, the City Council and I will work to address the needs of our community. Sumner is a small town, but we deliver all the services of a full-service community. We will continue to work to meet all the needs of our citizens and businesses. I expect that the next 10 months will be a very interesting time in Sumner and I have no doubt that John Doan will make an excellent City Administrator. We are in good hands.


Steve Zamberlin, Administrative Services Director 299-5591 Wendy Shook, Court Administrator 299-5621 Patricia Bosmans, City Attorney 299-5611 Susan Clary, City Clerk


Mary Ann Norquist, Finance/Systems Director 299-5541 Colleen Wilson, Police Chief


As always, if you have any comments or questions, please give me a call at 2995790 or email Barbara Skinner

Bill Shoemaker, Public Works Director 299-5701


Bruce Johnson, Community/Senior Services Manager 299-5731


ave Enslow is finishing his second four-year term on the Sumner City Council. Dave and his wife Bertie have lived in Sumner for 34 years. They have three grown children, David, 26, Sara, 24, and Rebecca, 23.

Lee Anderson, Parks and Facilities Manager 299-5631 Ryan Windish, Acting Community Development Director 299-5524

Dave owns Timberlane Management Company, which deals with property investments. He is chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee. He has been a member of the Sound Transit Board for several years and belongs to Sumner Rotary. Dave says one of his greatest accomplishments as a City Councilmember was working with Sound Transit to help bring the Sounder commuter train to Sumner.

CITY OFFICES Administration/Finance

Dave Enslow

He sees his role as a City Council member is to represent the citizens of Sumner in local government decisions that affect them. “This is a passion of mine,” he said. “Elected people should be an advocate for the people they represent.” Dave believes the City has become more responsive to the needs of its residents. “I think we’re doing a good job of serving the people,” he said.

Cemetery Court Fire (non-emergency) Golf Course Parks & Recreation Permit Center Police (non-emergency) Senior Center Utilities & Billing

863-8300 FAX 299-5509 299-5510 863-7635 863-5451 863-8198 891-6500 299-5530 863-6384 863-2910 299-5546



MARCH 2005

65 Citizens Learn About Their Community at Sumner University


umner University was highly successful once again this year. Sixty-five local citizens attended on February 1 and 8 at City Hall.

With an offering of topics ranging from “How to Reduce Neighborhood Traffic Problems”, “A Day in the Life of Municipal Court” to “Property Tax 101” and “Neighborhood Emergency Teams”, the sessions were educational and enjoyed by all the students. This award-winning program offers the public a chance to learn about their community’s history, government, and traditions. It is also a great place to meet friends and neighbors. Due to the overwhelming success of the program, Sumner University will be offered again next year. If you have any questions on the program, please call Sally Abrams at 253299-5520 or email her at

New Entrance Sign on Traffic Avenue to be Unveiled May 1 You’ve probably noticed, the footings that have been installed at Traffic and Thompson Avenue and wondered what is going on? On Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m., please join the Mayor and City Council as they unveil the City’s new entrance sign. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. The monument wall materials are being donated to the City by Corliss Brothers Construction and the Public Works crew will be pouring the concrete for the wall. Steve Yager, a local artist, has been commissioned by the Sumner Arts Commission to create a stainless steel sign to sit on top of the wall which will depict Mt. Rainier, our local rivers and our valley. We hope that you will join us for this entrance sign unveiling. For information, please call Sally Abrams at 253-299-5520 or email

Robert Holler, Assistant Planner and Matt Kurle, Police Sergeant, explain "How to Reduce Neighborhood Traffic Problems" to participants at Sumner University.

John Doan Named New City Administrator The new City Administrator is an old face at City Hall. John Doan, who has been with the City since 1991 as Community Development Director and then Deputy City Administrator, was appointed earlier this month as City Administrator. Doan replaces Andrew Neiditz who left with five years of Sumner experience to be the City Manager in Lakewood. John is a graduate of Washington State University and Seattle University with degrees in engineering, planning, and not-for-profit management. He has been actively involved in the City’s planning, park improvements, capital projects, and is the most proud of increasing communication and citizen involvement in his 14 years with the City. He has two children attending Sumner High School and Maple Lawn Elementary School.

John Doan

The City Administrator is responsible to the Mayor for the day-to-day operation of the City. He directs the preparation of a draft budget, personnel activity, and ensures the execution of City policy, programs and projects. You can contact John at 253-299-5501 or

Passports Available at City Hall The City’s Municipal Court is now offering passport services. Passport applications and submittals are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 to noon and 1 to 3. Applicants typically pick up an application and return later to meet with a passport agent. The phone number for passport information is 253-299-5625. The City’s website includes details on the cost and process for obtaining a passport.



UW Nurses Assess Community Health Three times a year for the past 10 years, nurses from the University of Washington Tacoma’s nursing program, have dedicated their time to help assess the health of the Sumner and Bonney Lake communities. The students are completing their final class in community nursing, which includes a group project to conduct a community health assessment. Since the first assessment here, the nurses have studied affordable housing, homelessness, community assets, and under-age drinking. City and School District staff membbers coach the students and provide technical support. The results of the studies are used as part of the planning process for both agencies. They have also been instrumental in obtaining grants to support City and School District programs. Professor Karen Landenburger and Lecturer Lorrie Grevstad teach the class which typically numbers about 15 students. There are usually a few who come from Sumner. “This is an excellent opportunity for students to see first hand the health issues in communities. We value being able to help Sumner and the School District.” Says Grevstad.

MARCH 2005

Water Utility Rate Adjustment The City Council adopted new water rates in March. Beginning this June, water rates will change as follows: Base Rate for 3/4-inch Meter Volume Charge: First 1,000 cubic feet: Second 1,000 cubic feet: Above 2,000 cubic feet:



$8.97/month $0.80/100 cubic feet $1.02/100 cubic feet $1.21/100 cubic feet

$9.12/month $0.80/100 cubic feet $1.05/100 cubic feet $1.25/100 cubic feet

Some of the additional changes and adjustments made are listed below: ■ The base rate for separate irrigation meters will be reduced to 50% of the

standard base rate and will be charged each month. Volume charges will be the same.

■ With a new billing system, the City will now be able to allow deduct meters

for irrigation if requested.

■ People who will be gone for an extended time (such as

“snowbirds”) may request in writing that their water meter be shut-off. There will be no charge for either turning-off or turning-on the water. The base rate will be charged during this time.

■ A new section in the adopted code states that the City will require that the

private portion of the water service line from the meter to the house will be constructed to the same standards as required for the public portion in the street. They will be inspected by the City and as-builts will be kept on file. This protects the interests of new home buyers.

■ The System Development Charge (SDC), to cover the capital cost of projects,

particularly new water supplies related to growth, has been increased. The system development charge for a new single family house service is being raised from $2,052 to $2,460.

Police Department Honors Its Top Employees The Sumner Police Department presented annual awards at a special ceremony in January. Officer Ryan Wyrwitzke was named Officer of the Year, and Pam Mandery, Employee of the Year, as voted upon by their peers. Glenn Whaley received the Chief ’s Award which is given to an employee most exemplifying the department motto, “Pride in Community; Excellence in Service.” Officers Loren Houselog, Chad Kiblinger, and Communications Supervisor Bambi Thawsh and Communications Officer Lisa DeGrandis also received special “star” recognition for their contributions in the department during the last year. Services stripes were awarded to Bonnie Lugo for 27 years of service, Lisa DeGrandis for 25 years of service, Loren Houselog for 15 years, and Wyrwitzke for 3 years of service.

Sumner Police Chief Colleen Wilson congratulates Ryan Wyrwitzke who was named Officer of the Year.



MARCH 2005



APRIL 4 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

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

APRIL 7 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

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

APRIL 11 City Council Study Session 6 p.m., Council Chambers

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

APRIL 14 Forestry Commission, 4 p.m., Upstairs conference room

MAY 12 Forestry Commission, 4 p.m., Upstairs conference room

Design Commission 6 p.m., Council Chambers

Design Commission 6 p.m., Council Chambers

APRIL 18 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

MAY 16 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers

APRIL 20 Youth Commission, 6:30 p.m., Police training room

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

APRIL 25 City Council Study Session 6 p.m., Council Chambers

MAY 25 Youth Commission, 6:30 p.m., Police training room

APRIL 28 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Main conference room

MAY 26 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Main conference room MAY 30 City Hall Closed, Memorial Day


JUNE 2 Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JUNE 6 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JUNE 9 Forestry Commission, 4 p.m., Upstairs conference room Design Commission 6 p.m., Council Chambers City Council JUNE 13 Study Session 6 p.m., Council Chambers JUNE 15 Youth Commission, 6:30 p.m., Police training room JUNE 20 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Council Chambers JUNE 23 Arts Commission, 6 p.m., Main conference room JUNE 27 Study Session 6 p.m., Council Chambers

COMMUNITY EVENTS MARCH 31 Community Summit, Mt.View Jr. High School, 3 - 8:30 p.m., call 891-6066. APRIL 1 Daffodil Queen’s Coronation, 7 p.m., Church of All Nations, Tacoma. APRIL 9 Junior Daffodil Parade, 10 a.m., Proctor District, Tacoma

MAY 15 Rotary New Car Show, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. downtown area JUNE 14 SHS Graduation, 7 p.m., White River Amphitheater JUNE 25 Sumner merchants sidewalk sale, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, Main Street

APRIL 24 Parks Appreciation Day/Arbor Day 9 a.m. - noon - Heritage Park

JULY 4 Music Off Main concert, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Heritage Park

72nd Annual Daffodil Parade April 16 3 p.m. Main Street, Sumner

MAY 1 Entrance sign dedication, 2 p.m., City Hall

JULY 10 Sumner 5th Annual Classy Chassis Car Show, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., downtown

Ryan House Museum tours, noon – 3 p.m.



MARCH 2005


Sumner Municipal Court


espite conducting court sessions only once a week, Sumner Municipal Court is a busy department Monday through Friday. Each court case requires paperwork and in many cases followups, and that requires the court administrator and her staff of three clerks make good use of every working minute. A typical Wednesday, when Municipal Court sessions are held, will have about 50 cases, enough to fill up the entire day. Municipal Court handles misdemeanor crimes such as DUI, assault and theft, and infractions such as traffic tickets. Each case that originates with the Sumner Police Department requires the court staff to prepare court documents, send out notices and record court action. Some cases, such as DUIs, require several forms be filled out and sent to various agencies, such as the state Department of Licensing. The staff must also keep track of DUI offenders to determine if they have met treatment requirements as part of their sentence. Assault cases need to be reported to other regional and state law enforcement agencies and also require oversight by the court. Besides having to deal with mounds of paperwork , the court staff also handles front desk business, such as people pay-

The Municipal Court staff includes, from left, Diane Wagner, clerk; Wendy Shook, Court Administrator; Karen Wilkerson, clerk; and Beverly Shumake, clerk.

ing traffic and other fines. The staff also sells and processes paperwork for passports. Municipal Court administrator is Wendy Shook who has been with the City for 11 years. Stephen R. Shelton is the Municipal Court judge.

Stephen Shelton

City Land Use Plan Update Continues Last fall the City started workshops and meetings to hear the comments of the public on the proposed Town Center Plan and the update to the City’s overall Comprehensive Land-Use Plan. Hundreds of people participated in various meetings and have provided support, comments, questions, opposition, and suggested changes to the Town Center Plan. The Planning Commission is now reviewing additional alternatives to the draft Town Center Plan with options for addressing parking, traffic, housing density, and business development. The Town Center Plan is a key part of the 10-year update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The proposed amendments in the update include eight rezone requests in various sections of the City, changes to zoning in

the East Sumner neighborhood, the Town Center Plan, and adoption of an Economic Development Element. The City has been working for the last 2 years to update the Comprehensive Plan, which is required by the state and manages how growth will occur over the next 20 years. The Planning Commission will make recommendations to the City Council on amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and the Town Center Plan in April. The Council will hold a public hearing in May or June. For further information, or to be on the contact list for future meetings, contact Ryan Windish, Acting Community Development Director at (253) 2995524 or .

COMINGS AND GOINGS NEW Ken Patten, Police Officer Joel Doss, Operator I, PW Scott Pries, Operator I, PW

RESIGNED Ron Buckholt, Associate Planner

Ask Dr. Sumner Can I Put Signs on Power Poles? No. The City's sign code prohibits posting signs on utility poles in the street right-of-way. Those signs are traffic hazards, unattractive, and can be a hazard to utility workers. Over the past few years, the City suspended enforcement of this sign regulation because of a pending court case involving a similar law in Seattle. The State Supreme Court recently affirmed the City’s ability to regulate these signs. As a result, the City is enforcing the law again. City crews will be removing these illegally posted signs. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Sumner attractive and safe.

MARCH 2005



CITY COUNCIL CORNER The reasons we live in Sumner are easy: ■ Tree lined streets ■ Quiet community atmosphere ■ Short conversations over the fence with people walking by ■ And the long history of comfortable and stable growth.

this time, the Council and Staff are seeking input into potential changes as we work toward adoption of the revised Comprehensive Plan.

These are some of the reasons we have chosen to live here, retaining these features has become our most important goal in the future.

It is important that Mike Connor the citizens have an opportunity to be involved and offer their input. Sumner’s Boards and Commissions allow our citizens community involvement, and are always open to the public. This participation is critical in guaranteeing that the Comprehensive Plan is not just a bureaucratic statement filed away in a drawer, but a working document guiding Sumner’s future.

Sumner was created by real people living ordinary lives and helping to establish the direction of our city. Their dedication to family, business, and the welfare of their neighbors, created the community we live in today. The look and feel of Sumner is protected by the City of Sumner’s Comprehensive Plan. The Plan is a binding contract between the citizens of Sumner and their government. It is taken seriously by your City Council and Staff as we form our policies and codes to govern the city. At

In this way we tie the past and present to Sumner’s future. The participation and dedication of Sumner’s citizens creates the assurance that Sumner continues on in the Sumner Way.

Attend the Community Summit March 31 Concerned about your community? Want to make a difference? Want to learn about current issues around your community? Please join your neighbors for the 12th Annual Community Summit, March 31, 3 - 8:30 p.m., Mt. View Jr.

SPRING CLEAN-UP The City of Sumner encourages residents to participate in the Spring Clean-Up program, taking place March 28 - April 1. The program allows free curbside pickup of extra garbage, yard waste and a major appliance. Residents should have received information and special coupons in the mail. Call DM Disposal at 253-414-0345 for more information.

High School in Bonney Lake. Presenters are Jim Diers and Dr. Sharon McGavick To register or for further information, call 253-891-6066. You can also email or see the City’s website.

Parent Party Patrol Coming To Sumner on April 5 In order to help curb underage drinking, the Parent Party Patrol will be occurring soon in Sumner. Parents are invited to come and learn about the effects of alcohol on young people and liability associated with underage drinking. The Party Patrol will be April 5 at 7 p.m. at Sumner Junior High. For more information call the junior high at 253-891-5000.

Clip out this list of the City’s new telephone numbers CITY OF SUMNER 1104 Maple Street Sumner, WA 98390

MAYOR Barbara Skinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5790

CITY COUNCIL Steve Allsop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5793 Curt Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5796 Mike Connor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5795 Dave Enslow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5792 Mark Evers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5791 Leroy Goff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5797 Matt Richardson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5794

CITY OFFICES Administration & Finance . . . . . . . .863-8300 FAX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5509 Building Inspections . . . . . . . . . . . 299-5530 Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5510 Community Development & Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5520 Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 863-7635 Fire (non-emergency)

. .863-5451

Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .863-8198 Human Resources

. . . . .863-8300

Legal Department

. . . . .863-8300

Parks & Facilities

. . . . .299-5631

Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . .891-6500 Permit Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5530 Police (non-emergency)



Public Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5700 Public Works Shops

. . .299-5740

Senior Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 863-2910 Utilities & Billing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299-5546



MARCH 2005


Curt Brown

Steve Allsop


Mike Connor

Dave Enslow

Entering into an Interlocal Agreement with Fire District #1 and Sumner Fire department for an Administrative Assistant Position.

■ Approved an Interlocal

Agreement with Sumner School District for a Joint Recreation Program.

■ Adopted Ordinance No. 2111

Approving the Transfer of Funds from the LID Guaranty Fund to the General Fund.

■ Approved an Interlocal

Agreement for a Shared Consultant Roster.

■ Accepted the 24th St. Conduit

■ Approved a Utility Account

■ Accepted the 24th Street Sewer


Line Extension.

■ Adopted Resolution No. 1142

■ Approved the Bid Award for the

Installation Project.

Jansen Pump Station No. 4



Mark Evers

Leroy Goff

Matt Richardson

Upgrade. ■ Adopted Resolution No. 1143 for the Purchase of an Uninterrupted Power Supply.

Rate Increase. ■ Adopted Ordinance No. 2115 Renewing the Multi-Family Interim Controls.


■ Adopted Resolution No. 1144 for

■ Adopted Ordinance No. 2112:

LID 70 Bonds. ■ Approved a Contract Extension

with DM Disposal. ■ Adopted Ordinance No. 2113

Approving a DM Disposal Recycling Rate Increase.

Fire Department Services. ■ Adopted Resolution No. 1145

Setting March 21, 2005 for a Public Hearing to Establish a Reimbursement Area for Zehnder Street. ■ Adopted Amendments to the

County-Wide Planning Policies.

■ Adopted Ordinance No. 2114

Approving a DM Disposal Refuse



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