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Issue 70

City of Sumner Newsletter

Spring 2012

Warm Weather Brings New Projects to Sumner Like any year, spring means the return of flowers, birds and construction projects. Here is an overview of what is coming in 2012. SALMON CREEK CULVERTS The City will be replacing two existing culverts in Salmon Creek, alleviating flooding and also improving habitat for wildlife such as the namesake salmon. The construction equipment will gain access at the end of Parker Road. POOLE ROAD The City has detected water quality issues in Salmon Creek, likely because of failing septic systems in this area. To address this, the City will be replacing the existing stormwater and water pipes as well as

installing a new sewer line to serve those houses along Poole Road, south of Salmon Creek. This project will also include road improvements and street restoration. PUYALLUP STREET Retrofits need to be made to the stormwater system along Puyallup Street. The City will be installing small stormwater treatment units throughout the basin and replace some roadway. These systems are built into the curb, gutter and sidewalk, so the crews will do all they can to minimize the impact to traffic along Puyallup Street west of the railroad tracks and toward Fryar Avenue. There may be some impacts as well to Tacoma Avenue and 45th Avenue.

Trail East Valley Resurfacing

Puyallup Street

Salmon Creek

Poole Road Trail

Parker Rd Sidewalks

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Sumner Remembers Veterans

Bridge Loses Some Weight

Please join us in remembering and honoring our veterans. The Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Sumner City Cemetery on Monday, May 28, at 10 am. Please join us in placing flags on all veterans’ graves on Thursday, May 24.

In 1927, the first cars crossed the Bridge Street Bridge. At that time, a picture of Herbert Hoover was transmitted in the dawning of what would become television. Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis, and carving began at Mt. Rushmore. A lot has changed since then, including the bridge’s ability to safely transport large, heavy trucks and buses. The bridge is now closed to any vehicles weighing over 12 tons. The bridge remains open and safe to pedestrians, passenger cars, smaller commercial trucks and SUVs. By removing the strain of heavier trucks and buses, the bridge can remain a connection for smaller vehicles until it can be replaced. This change came after both Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Jacobs Engineering Group, a consultant hired by Sumner, recommended lowering the weight limit on the bridge. The City has worked with the businesses in the area as well as regional companies to use alternate routes. East Pierce Fire & Rescue can dispatch to both sides of the bridge from the Sumner or Edgewood stations, and the Sumner School District has already rerouted its buses. Just like TV has developed beyond a fuzzy picture of Herbert Hoover, and planes no longer look like the Spirit of St. Louis, today’s cars and trucks demand a wider bridge. Refurbishment of this bridge would come at a steep cost to Sumner since there are no grants for refurbishment, and the bridge’s limited capacity would still remain a problem. For those reasons, the City of Sumner will seek funding for a replacement bridge, including money to pay for architectural echoes of the current bridge. State and regional transportation dollars are tight, but the City will do all it can to secure funding for a replacement. In the meantime, the current bridge is on a strict diet of only vehicles weighing 12 tons or less.

Shred& Clean

April 28, 2012 10 am - 2 pm


Celebrate spring, Earth Day, and the fact that your taxes are done. Get rid of the following items all in one place:

Sensitive documents for immediate shredding Left-over prescriptions to Sumner Police Light bulbs & batteries to McLendon Hardware Old cell phones to YWCA for violence victims Clothes, household items and electronics to Goodwill

Old Red Apple Parking Lot Corner of Maple & Alder

The bridge can hold people and cars, but not large trucks.


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Call It “Puppy Like”

Photo by Beverly White

year) and attend block watch parties. They hold staff meetings at coffee shops, stand at intersections during parades and stroll Main Street during wine walks. Our School Resource Officer works with students and an officer stops into downtown businesses at least once a week. This kind of service both prevents crime and helps Sumner thrive. Architecture and parks are great, but first, people must feel safe to make this a wonderful place to live, work and play. In addition to police watching our local streets, we also have the military providing safety on an international level. Less

than 1% of our population serves in the military, the lowest percentage in American history. On one hand, this is great news, but on the other, we could easily lose the kind of home-front support that we had 60 years ago. Sumner is partnering more with Joint Base LewisMcChord to better support our military families. And, there’s the Memorial Day ceremony to add our thanks to those veterans who have passed away. Whether military or police, past or present, let’s thank those who are keeping us safe. After all, they are doing hero’s work.

Photo from Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce

Gray weather got you down? Brighten your day with a dog or cat. Even if you can’t adopt a pet right now, you can see our dogs and cats as they wait for their Forever Families. Either visit us online at www.metroanimalservices. org or on Facebook (link also provided on the Metro website). You can “like” us and see the newest dogs and cats on your Facebook newsfeed each week.

Mayor Column When did you last think about the people who keep you safe? If you’re like me, it was too long ago. I recently rode along with a Sumner police officer. It was an eye-opening experience, not because anything exciting happened, but just the opposite. Every day and night, our police officers are patrolling and following up on calls big and small so that we usually don’t need them. Our police chief says that crime doesn’t restrict our living as much as the fear of crime. Because of this, our police build relationships rather than just respond to calls. They hold a citizen’s academy (which is full this

Mayor Enslow joined Sumner and Puyallup business leaders for a tour of JBLM.

Council Column Recently, I had the oprity is the non-negotiable. portunity to participate in Integrity is not what you do; a Leadership Conference it’s who you are. What you and share my thoughts do flows from who you are. regarding “Ethical Decision People without integrity will Making in Politics.” WOW always act in their own self– talk about the classic interest, which could easily oxymoron! be at odds with the interests I have been confused in of those they serve. People the past when some have with integrity will always said to me that “Ethics seek to do the “right” thing, doesn’t matter. It’s the within their ethical perspecissues that matter. Stick tive. to the issues.” I thought, Here in Sumner, I have “What?? How can you found that our City Staff possibly make sound decioperates from a place of sions absent sound ethics?” high integrity. I have never While preparing for the in my ten years on Council Conference though, it hit been put in a position of me: ethics are subjective. having to question a staffMy “sound ethic” may not member’s integrity. Disbe yours, and we could both agreed? Sure. But this staff properly defend our posihas earned my trust. tion. One example: is it You can trust them, too. ethical for the City of Sum- Do you have a concern you ner to withdraw from Pierce need addressed? Give a Transit’s service area? call, describe the help you Some will be left without need, and you will be contransportation. However, nected to a knowledgeable the severely curtailed serstaff member whom you can vice is arguably a poor use trust. of public funds. Both posiWe are lucky to have tions are defensible from a them. “sound” ethical perspective. Councilmember Steve Allsop In my confusion, I had missed the point that integNOTICE OF



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Herald Becomes Official Paper

Like every city, Sumner must declare an official paper in which its notices and announcements will be made. After soliciting price quotes from local papers, the City found that The Herald had the cheapest rate at $21.55 per 100 words, as opposed to The News Tribune, Sumner’s former official paper, which charged $91.55 per 100 words. By switching papers, the City (and you) will save several thousand dollars each year. The Herald is available every Wednesday inside The News Tribune.

City of Sumner 1104 Maple Street, Sumner, WA 98390 253-863-8300 253-863-2850 FAX

MAYOR Dave Enslow 299-5790 CITY COUNCIL Steve Allsop Curt Brown Nancy Dumas Cindi Hochstatter Randy Hynek Ed Hannus Mike LeMaster

299-5793 299-5796 299-5794 299-5795 299-5792 299-5791 299-5797

CITY OFFICES Administration 299-5500 Cemetery 299-5510 Finance/utilities 863-8300 Golf course 863-8198 Inspection line 299-5530 Recreation 891-6500 Permit Center 299-5530 Police (non-emergency) 863-6384 Senior Center 863-2910

MUNICIPAL COURT Timothy A. Jenkins 863-7635 Judge, Court Offices Cathy Pashon, 299-5621 Court Administrator


Diane Supler 299-5502 City Administrator

Terri Berry City Clerk


John Galle Police Chief


Carmen Palmer 299-5503 Communications Director

Bill Pugh 299-5701 Public Works Director

Paul Rogerson 299-5521 Community Development Dir.

Brett Vinson City Attorney


Beth Anne Wroe 299-5541 Financial Operations Dir.

Steve Zamberlin 299-5591 Human Resources Manager

EAST PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE Main Number 863-1800 Jerry Thorson, Fire Chief

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Sumner Visits the Panama Hotel Pierce County READS comes “home” with Jamie Ford’s acclaimed historic novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The book tells a gripping account of the Japanese American internment during World War II, through the eyes and voice of a child as he matures through life. The Sumner Arts Commission is partnering with the Sumner library to put a display of memorabilia downtown in the former Salvation Army windows. There will also be a number of events for readers and artists to further explore the book and the world it remembers. Events are at the Sumner Pierce County Library unless otherwise noted: Sumi Painting on March 10 at 2 pm Book Discussion on March 15 at 7 pm Make a Treasure Box on March 28 at 6 pm Author Jamie Ford on April 13 at Pierce College Puyallup at noon and at Clover Park Technical College at 7 pm PROJECTS cont. from page 1

TRAILS Two more sections of Sumner’s main trail system will be completed. The first will start at Stewart Road, run alongside the golf course and cross the White River. This section will connect with the Lakeland Hills trail on the north and the existing Sumner trail along the White River on the south. The second section will extend from Bridge Street to the existing trail at the end of State Street. Both sections are funded, in part, by grants from the State’s Recreation & Conservation Office. Together, these two sections get Sumner much closer to having a complete trail from the Interurban on the north to the Foothills Trail on the south. Construction should cause minimal impact. EAST VALLEY HIGHWAY The East Valley Highway will be resurfaced from the

Auburn city line to Forest Canyon Road. This project is funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program. PARKER ROAD SIDEWALKS The City will be filling in many of the missing sidewalks along Parker Road. This project not only benefits residents in that area but also provides an important connection between senior facilities, schools and parks. This project is funded by an Urban Sidewalk Program grant from the Transportation Improvement Board. Each project will include further communication with the homes and businesses most affected by them. In addition, anyone can keep up to date on the projects on the City website at


ASK DR. SUMNER: What is our future with Pierce Transit? Due to financial challenges, Pierce Transit is greatly cutting back on service. They already cut the 408 circulator in Sumner and are cutting the 496 route between the Sumner Station and Bonney Lake’s Park & Ride in June. The question is this: does Sumner stay within the Pierce Transit district? Pierce Transit has made it clear that the Bonney Lake connection service is getting cut whether Sumner stays in or leaves. Mayor Dave Enslow, Sumner’s representative to Pierce Transit, wants good transit service but isn’t sure Sumner should continue to provide an estimated $1.9 million in sales tax revenue each year for little to no service in return. If Sumner left Pierce Transit, Sumner’s sales tax rate would go down, but Sumner would lose access to the 409 route to Portland Avenue, four vanpools, and the shuttle service. Pierce Transit decides this question on March 12. Sound Transit is a completely separate organization, so none of these discussions affect the Sounder service or the 578 bus from Sumner’s Station to Seattle/ Tacoma. drsumner@

Could this sight ride into the sunset? Possibly, if Pierce Transit keeps cutting Sumner service.

Is Sumner Ready for a Travel Plaza? Discussions will likely begin this year about whether or not Sumner should allow truck related uses around the 24th Street Interchange. Truck uses can include amenities that range from overnight parking for large semi-trucks to dining to other retail uses that cater, at least in part, to truckers. Sumner has had an “interim development regulation”on such uses so that it could study options around the country. The study is nearly done, and discussions will begin with Sumner’s Planning Commission and eventually go to the City Council. To see this and all topics before the Planning Commission and City Council, look for meeting agendas online at

City Council Action Jan-Feb 2012 Adopted Ordinance No. 238I amending the Compensation Schedule Authorized Pease and Sons, Inc. to build the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Effluent Pump Station Digester Mix Pump Modifications Reappointed Dr. Pat Duffy to Civil Service Commission Adopted Resolution No. 1343 designating The Herald as the City’s official newspaper Confirmed Lisa McNamara to the Sumner Arts Commission Elected Councilmember Allsop as deputy mayor for 2012 Adopted Ordinance 2382 amending SMC10.20 - Speed Authorized an interlocal agreement with City of Enumclaw for jail services Authorized an agreement with Puget Sound Collections

Authorized a professional services agreement with KPG for design of Poole Road Accepted WWTF Perimeter Wall project Approved Resolution 1345, an interagency agreement with Wash. State Dept. of Ecology for Local Source Control Partnership Grant Confirmed 2012 Lodging Tax funding recommendations for City of Sumner, Sumner Downtown Association, Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Commission and Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Adopted Ordinance 2384 amending SMC 18.12.030 Accessory Uses and 18.18.020 Principal and Conditional Uses Adopted Ordinance 2385 amending 2012 Compensation Schedule

Confirmed Tom Rieger and Michael Fernandez to the Design Commission Adopted Ordinance 2386 amending SMC section 13.10.010 and 13.12.070 related to disposal rates Adopted Resolution 1346 establishing the annual CPI-U Index rate increase for solid waste collection and recycling and yard waste Adopted Ordinance 2387 establishing an RPZ 3 designation on a specific segment of Alder Ave. Adopted Ordinance 2388 renewing interim development regulations related to off-street parking Amended the professional services contract with Robinson-Noble for hydrogeologic services Authorized interlocal agreement for participating in

the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force Authorized contract with Otto Rosenau & Assoc. for special inspections for the White River Trail extension Authorized purchase of a trailer mounted sewage pump from APSCO, Inc. Authorized an amendment to the Puyallup Street Outfall Retrofit design contract with Parametrix Authorized an amendment to the Sumner Reservoir Tank Anchoring Design contract with BHC Consultants Adopted Ordinance 2369 amending SMC18.56.070(C) increasing radius for public notice in the M-1 zone Authorized an amendment to the Jacobs Engineering Group contract for Bridge Street Bridge evaluation

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SAFETY SALLY SAYS: Smart gardening helps keep our water clean

Mark your calendar for two great opportunities to celebrate rhubarb this summer!

We all value clean, safe water to drink. Each year, you receive a water quality report in your utility bill that provides details about Sumner’s water. Reports are also available in City Hall and the City’s website. There are also things you can do to help keep our water clean. One way is to make sure you fertilize as little as possible. If you overfertilize, chemicals run out of your yard and right into our water system. Download a handy fertilizer calendar from the City website or pick one up at garden stores here in Sumner.

2nd Annual Rhubarb Days July 13-14, 2012

It’s the return of your favorite hometown festival with Aprons as Art, Rhubarb Games and more!

Download a fertilizer calendar at Environ.htm.

August 3-4, 2012

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~ George S. Patton (1885 - 1945) Sumner City Council

Steve Allsop

Nancy Dumas

Curt Brown

INSIDE: Bridge Loses Weight Shred & Clean Returns

Ed Hannus

Cindi Hochstatter

City of Sumner 1104 Maple Street Sumner, WA 98390

Randy Hynek

Mike LeMaster


Future of Pierce Transit? Remembering Veterans New Official Newspaper ECRWSS

Ready for Travel Plazas?

Postal Customer

Call It Puppy “Like” Get more Sumner news on PCTV, channel 22, and by signing up for e-news at

Community Events

City Hall Calendar May

3 Planning Comm., 7 pm 7 Council Meeting, 7 pm 8 Parks Commission, 6 pm 9 CD/Parks Committee, 4:30 pm 10 Forestry Comm., 4 pm 10 Design Comm., 6:30 pm March 14 Study Session, 6 pm 19 Council Meeting, 7 pm 15 Public Works Committee, 5 pm 22 Public Safety Comm., 4:30 pm 17 Safety Committee, 4:30 pm 22 Arts Commission, 5 pm 21 Council Meeting, 7 pm 26 Study Session, 6 pm 22 Finance Committee, 5 pm 27 Finance Committee, 5 pm 24 Arts Commission, 5 pm 29 Planning Commission, 7 pm 28 City Offices Closed 29 Study Session, 6 pm


2. Council Meeting, 7 pm 5. Planning Comm., 7 pm 9 Study Session, 6 pm 10 Parks Commission, 6 pm 11 CD/Parks Comm., 4:30 pm 12 Forestry Commission, 4 pm 12 Design Comm., 6:30 pm 16 Council Meeting, 7 pm 17 Public Works Committee, 5 pm 19 Safety Committee, 4:30 pm 23 Study Session, 6 pm 24 Finance Committee, 5 pm 26 Arts Commission, 5 pm


4 Council Meeting, 7 pm 7. Planning Comm., 7 pm 11 Study Session, 6 pm 12 Parks Commission, 6 pm 13 CD/Parks Committee, 4:30 pm 14 Forestry Commission, 4 pm 14 Design Commission, 6:30 pm 18 Council Meeting, 7 pm 19 Public Works Committee, 5 pm 21 Safety Committee, 4:30 pm


15 Community Summit: The Heart of the Matter! 3-8:15 pm, free, Calvary Community Church 15 Book Discussion, 7 pm, see page 3 17-4/1 Narnia the Musical, ManeStage Theatre Co., PAC 19-23 Spring Clean-Up, DM Disposal collects extra trash, yard waste or an appliance, see mail for details 28 Treasure Box Craft, 6 pm, see page 3 31 History Walk, 11 am, Sumner Downtown Association


2 Monthly Test of the Lahar Siren, noon 2 Job & Resource Fair, 6-7:30 pm, Daffodil Valley Elementary School Gym 13 Pierce Co. READS meet Author Jamie Ford, see pg 3 14 Daffodil Festival Floral Parade, 2:30 pm, Downtown 28 Shred & Clean, 10 am - 2 pm, see page 1 28 History Walk, 11 am, Sumner Downtown Association


7 Monthly test of the lahar siren, noon 12-20 You Can’t Take It with You, ManeStage Theatre Company, Performing Arts Center (PAC) 26 History Walk, 11 am, Sumner Downtown Association


4 Monthly test of the lahar siren, noon 16 Merchant Sidewalk Sale, 10 am-5 pm, Downtown


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