During the month of December 2013, Officers will be conducting special traffic enforcement emphasis patrols looking for impaired drivers and removing them from our roadways. Impaired driving is a leading factor in Washington driving deaths. In WashingtonState, impaired driving is defined as:
• driving while under the influence of drugs,
• driving while impaired by alcohol, or
• driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or above.
On Washington roadways, there were 1,221 impairment involved fatal crashes between 2004 and 2008. These crashes resulted in a total of 1,363 deaths, which is an average of 273 deaths per year. This accounts for approximately 46% (1,363 of 2,943) of all traffic deaths during the five year period. In PierceCounty and BonneyLake we are striving to make a difference to reduce the number of tragically avoidable collisions involving impaired drivers. Extra patrols, education and changes in the law have contributed to PierceCounty reducing the number of impaired driving crashes by 42%. Due to this reduction 26 more people will make it home safely for the holidays this season. Our goal is to do all we can to make sure we experience zero traffic related fatality collisions this holiday season so that everybody can make it home safely.
Bonney Lake Police Officers for the month of December, 2013 will be conducting extra impaired driving patrols and will impose a no tolerance policy on these violations in an attempt to reduce motor vehicle collisions involving impaired drivers.
All City of Bonney Lake offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2013.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
The holiday season is upon us, which means law enforcement will be stepping up patrols and seeking out criminals who are looking for easy targets. The Bonney Lake Police Department needs your help with this project.
Most criminals we see in our city choose to perform their illegal acts simply out of the opportunities they are given. Some of these opportunities are extremely simple as a car door being unlocked and a purse or wallet sitting in plain view on a front seat. But during the holidays, thieves are given another avenue to attack their victims.
Christmas packages, shopping bags, and unlocked mail boxes are a criminal’s best friend during the holidays. That being said, here are a few tips on keeping yourself safe from thieves who wish to take advantage of you this Holiday season.
- Remove mail from mailboxes as soon as it is delivered. Christmas cards and letters are often filled with money or gift cards this time of year, (criminals know this). Offer to help friends and neighbors you trust with gathering their mail as well.
- Consider installing a locked community mailbox.
- Remove all packages from your front porch immediately. If you are expecting a package, remember to track it on-line and have a plan to retrieve it as soon as possible.
- When shopping, always lock your vehicle and NEVER leave valuables such as purses, laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices in plain view for others to see.
- Never leave shopping bags in your vehicle where they can be seen. It takes only seconds for a criminal to break your car window and remove your belongings.
- Report any unusual or suspicious behavior to the police immediately. This could be an unknown vehicle parked in your neighborhood, an individual looking in mailboxes or vehicles, or a subject inquiring about personal matters that really do not apply to them. All of these situations could be signs of someone doing surveillance and looking for easy targets.
If you see anyone acting unusual or taking part in illegal activity, be a good witness and report the situation to police. If you can safely do so, gather suspect info, clothing info, any associated vehicles (including a license plate number), and turn that info over to police.
Please do not attempt to apprehend or contact anyone seen doing illegal activity. Be a good witness and contact the police immediately.
Again … please take ALL necessary precautions and prevent yourself from being a victim!
All of us at the Bonney Lake Police Department wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season.
The Bonney Lake Kiwanis Club is again sponsoring the Annual Tree Lighting and Food Drive activities! Come join the fun!
Activities and music, refreshments, candy, pictures with Santa, and the annual tree lighting ceremony. Drop food donations off at the Food Bank, which is adjacent to the Public Safety Building and the Community Christmas Tree.
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Public Safety Building - 18421 Veterans Memorial Drive E (Directions)
Visit www.citybonneylake.org/events#lighting for more information, plus toy & food drive details.
Mayor Johnson Signs Purchase Agreement for “Compass Point” Property
Bonney Lake, WA, November 22, 2013: At the conclusion of last Tuesday’s Bonney Lake City Council meeting, Councilmembers ratified the $1.0 Million purchase and sale agreement with Union Bank for the former Compass Pointe property in Eastown. Located on the north side of SR-410, a portion of the property will be used to build a new Public Works Administration Building.
Mayor Johnson said, “The City has been planning for a new public works facility for over ten years. We are pleased to have acquired such a useful property and believe it will help stimulate development in the Eastown area.”
Two previously considered sites would have cost the City millions in site preparation work to make them buildable. The public works department is currently located in a residential neighborhood at the old city hall complex. The cramped collection of metal buildings and sheds are some of the oldest structures still standing in the city. Now functionally obsolete, their appearance and associated equipment noise detract from the neighborhood and adjacent park property.
Moving the public works operations to a more commercial area will improve the efficiency of the public works operations and enhance the quality of life for the residential neighborhood.
UPDATE 12.2.2013: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has ended the Burn Ban for Pierce County. More info at http://ow.ly/riOvp.
A Stage 2 Burn Ban continues for Pierce County from November 23, 2013 until further notice.
During a Stage 2 burn ban:
No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.
No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimneys.
Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.
For details, visit: http://www.pscleanair.org/airq/status.aspx
Previously Posted 11/22/2013:
A Stage 1 Burn Ban has been called for Pierce County. Use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves.
Each year the Bonney Lake Police Department works with the School District, Bonney Lake Food Bank, local businesses, and others to organize a city-wide Food Drive, ‘Giving Tree’ Toy Drive, and the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program. November is the month of “THANKS” and December is the month of “GIVING”.
The food drive begins November 25, 2013 and continues through December 9, 2013. A food item drop-off is available in the Public Safety Building during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
Food donations will also be accepted during the annual Tree Lighting event on December 7th (get details).
All food items are given to the local Bonney Lake Food Bank and Senior Center. Visit the Bonney Lake Food Bank website for more information on other ways to donate, host a food drive, or volunteer.
The annual Giving Tree toy drive supports needy children in our area. This program depends on community support. Let’s again brighten a child’s Christmas and help families out!
Please donate early so volunteers can get everything ready in time for delivery!
Donations of new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Bonney Lake Public Safety Building, or you can pick a specific child’s tag off our giving tree quilt in the lobby of the Public Safety Building and pick out gifts on their wish list.
The Bonney Lake Police Department “Shop with a Cop” program serves children in need and helps them purchase gifts for their families during the holidays.
Donations of money or Target Gift Cards are accepted at the Bonney Lake Police Department at the Public Safety Building Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by mail to 18421 Veterans Memorial Dr E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391.
The City of Bonney Lake has posted notices about several upcoming public hearings. Notices and press releases are posted for the public online at www.citybonneylake.org/notices and at the Justice & Municipal Center building.
- November 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. - Planning Commission
- November 26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. – City Council
Want to receive email notifications of public notices and press releases? Contact the City Clerk’s department by email or phone and ask to be added to the public notice notification list.
All City of Bonney Lake offices are closed on Monday, November 11, 2013 for the Veterans Day Holiday.
Find information on the General Election from the Pierce County Elections Center online or by calling 253.798.7430.
- Local Ballot Box: Bonney Lake Park & Ride
Closes at 8:00 p.m. on November 5th
- Nearest Voting Center: Puyallup Library (324 S Meridian, Puyallup)
Open November 5th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- And be sure to download your digital “I Voted” Sticker!
Elections results will be posted after 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Pierce County Elections: www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=3172
Washington State Elections: www.vote.wa.gov/results/current/