BLPD Traffic Emphasis of the Month – March 2015

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March, 2015 – Traffic Emphasis of the Month

Speeding in School Zones/Aggressive Driving

 During the month of March 2015, Officers will be conducting a special traffic enforcement emphasis looking for speeding vehicles in school zones as well as aggressive driving violations.  Keeping children safe in designated school zones is a top priority of the Bonney Lake Police Department.  As a driver the most important thing you can do to protect children in school and park zones is to slow down.  It is our goal to improve the pedestrian safety in these areas by reminding motorists to slow down to the posted speed limits.

School Zone Statistics:

  • Washington State law, RCW 46.61.440, defines the rules for driving in a school zone/playground and assigns a penalty for breaking those rules. Remember that the speed limit in a school zone is 20mph. A speeding ticket will cost you double the fine of the normal infraction for speeding. The fines range from $189 to $784 depending on how fast you were going.
  • According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, if a pedestrian is hit by a car is going 20 mph, the pedestrian has a 80%-90% chance of survival. If the same car were going 5-10 mph faster, the pedestrian has a 90% change of being killed; Speed makes a huge difference!
  • Speed Kills — On Washington roadways, there were 1,045 speeding involved fatal crashes between 2004 and 2008. These crashes resulted in a total of 1,166 deaths, which is an average of 233 per year.  This accounts for approximately 40% of all traffic deaths during the five year period.

Bonney Lake Police Officers for the month of March, 2015 will impose a no tolerance policy on these violations and will be issuing traffic infractions in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths that result from motor vehicle collisions in school zones and also that involve speeding 15 MPH or more over the posted speed limits.      March 2015

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Is your pet licensed?

Bark in Bonney Lake (23)For you and your pet, licenses offer safety and peace of mind. Many owners believe that their pets won’t ever get lost, but you can look at the Metro Animal Services website and see pets currently waiting for adoption who could tell you how it does happen!

In addition, pet licenses fund the animal control program for your community. Without your support through licensing your pets, there would be no shelter or food for homeless animals, no adoption program, and no one to come assist when wild animals threaten your family and pets. Your license is a small investment that tells everyone that you care about animals in your community.

You can download a pet license application at, call 253-299-PETS (299-7387), or apply in person at the Bonney Lake Justice & Municipal Center (Utilities counter) at 9002 Main Street E.

Did you know…

  • Dogs and cats in Bonney Lake need to be licensed,
  • Pet licenses are renewable annually (and if not, there are penalties for late payment),
  • Fees are discounted if your pet is altered (spayed or neutered) or the pet owner is a senior citizen,
  • Pets are available for adoption at Metro Animal Control, and
  • Metro takes donations to help with costs.

Originally published in the Bonney Lake Reporter – February 2015 newsletter. Subscribe to newsletters at

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Project Update: PSE upgrade work on Bonney Lake Blvd & West Tapps Hwy

PSE is upgrading electrical lines along Bonney Lake Boulevard and West Tapps Hwy. This work will be a “priority upgrade” of PSE service to the area.

Check for information and schedule updates.

Potelco, the firm that manages electric system work for PSE, will be doing the work. Potelco will be working in this neighborhood to replace previously identified poles as well as upgrade the current existing overhead wire to tree wire.

This project is scheduled to begin early February. Any updates to the schedule will be posted to

Potelco will be on-site with large trucks and equipment throughout this project and surrounding residents may experience some noise while our crews are working.


Originally published in the Bonney Lake Reporter – February 2015 newsletter. Subscribe to newsletters at

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City of Bonney Lake Newsletters – February 2015

In this month’s edition of the Bonney Lake Reporter you’ll find updates on city projects, Council actions, and community news. For more details including staff reports, check out the Mayor’s Weekly Reporter newsletters as well.

Bonney Lake Reporter – February 2015

Mayor’s Weekly Reporter Newsletters

Upcoming Events – View the City Calendar

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Special ‘Passport Day’ event this Saturday in Bonney Lake – Feb. 21, 2015

Passport Day

The Bonney Lake Municipal Court is hosting a special passport acceptance and outreach event on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. This is a great chance to get passports processed outside the normal work and school week!

For more information visit or call 253.862.6606.

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Stolen Medical Equipment – MultiCare Burglary


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Utility Payments

Utility payments were due by February 15th. If you have received a blue door hanger today, the utility account for the address listed on the door hanger is delinquent. To avoid the disconnection of water service, please make the necessary payment on the utility account by 5pm today (February 17th).

Payments can be made in person at the Justice and Municipal Center, over the phone with Visa or MasterCard, or on the city’s website

If you have any questions regarding your utility account or would like to make a payment over the phone, please contact the utility desk at 253-447-4317.

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Social Media site disclaimer

Disclaimer – City of Bonney Lake social media sites are monitored on a limited basis – to ensure the fastest response please call 253.862.8602 or email appropriate staff directly. In an emergency always call 9-1-1.

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Holiday – Offices Closed Monday, February 16th

All City of Bonney Lake offices, including the Municipal Court, will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 for the President’s Day Holiday.

Learn more about this holiday

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Adopt A Street volunteers of the year – Coletta & Cooper!

Adopt A Street - Coletta & Cooper

Adopt A Street – Coletta & Cooper

At the February 10th City Council Meeting, Adopt A Street volunteers were recognized for their service and hard work with a summary of the year’s accomplishments and the presentation of the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award.

The 2014 Adopt A Street Volunteers of the Year are Coletta Nilssen & Cooper! Learn more about Coletta and her pup’s dedication to keep Sky Island Drive clean, and how you can sign up to adopt your own street!

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