Holiday fun is just around the corner … December 6th Tree Lighting Event & Gingerbread House Contest!

Kids performing at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony

The annual Tree Lighting ceremony and Food Drive – plus our first annual Gingerbread House Contest – are coming up on December 6, 2014. Find all the details at

Sponsored by the City and the Bonney Lake Kiwanis, this annual event is great fun for the whole family, with activities, music, refreshments, photos with Santa, and the tree lighting ceremony, plus a food drive at the adjacent Bonney Lake Food Bank.Gingerbread House

This year the Arts Commission is hosting a Gingerbread House Contest, with categories for children, teens, and adults – for individuals and teams. Entries must be turned in from 3pm-5pm on December 6th. Find rules and entrance forms here.


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Automated garbage service is coming to Bonney Lake!

DM-garbageCustomers in Bonney Lake will begin automated garbage collection services starting November, 2014.

D.M. Disposal will provide specialized wheeled ‘carts’ to customers, and new trucks will collect garbage with mechanical arms instead of manual labor.

More information on the switch to automated service is coming soon – keep an eye out for flyers and more information online in the coming weeks:

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Free family movies! Milotte Wildlife Film Festival Oct. 18th

On Saturday, October 18th the Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society presents the annual Milotte Wildlife Film Festival at the Bonney Lake Justice & Municipal Center (9002 Main St E). Visit for more information.

2014 film selections:
Movie-Chimpanzee     Movie-Water Birds

From the website:

In 1951 Walt Disney, the founder of Walt Disney Pictures, commissioned two former Bonney Lake residents to live in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro Africa for three years and capture the African lion in its natural habitat on film. For Alfred and Elma Milottle this was the continuation of their cinematographic career with Walt that eventually won them 6 Academy Awards. The Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society wishes to continue their legacy with an annual film festival featuring wildlife and nature films.”

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Give ‘em a Brake! Adopt-A-Street groups at work in the community

Give em a brake logo-WSDOTThe Russey Family will be cleaning Angeline Road on Friday morning (Oct. 17th) as part of the Adopt-A-Street Program.

Please slow down and give respect to this local family, who are putting in their time for community involvement and to beautify this local street. So …. slow down and GIVE ‘EM A BRAKE!

Interested in adopting a street in Bonney Lake? Learn more and get the application form from our website or contact Christy at 253.447.3101.

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View comments on the ‘Community Development’ comprehensive plan element

Earlier this year the City of Bonney Lake presented a draft “Community Development” element as part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan update process. We asked for comments, and heard back from residents, visitors, and agencies including the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium, and the Puget Sound Regional Council.

These comments have been reviewed and you can view a summary of the City’s responses here. The Community Development element updates the existing Land Use, Housing, and Community Character elements.

View more information on the Comprehensive Plan update process on our website:


Direct link: Response to Agency Comments on CD Element 09262014.pdf
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Now Hiring: Maintenance Worker I – Public Works Streets/Storm

nowhiringThe City of Bonney Lake is now accepting positions for a Maintenance Worker I position in the Public Works – Streets/Storm Division.

For details and required employment application visit

Open: 9/30/2014
Closes: 10/17/2014

Bonney Lake street crews at work

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Bonney Lake Police Traffic Emphasis for October 2014

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Bonney Lake Police Department (BLPD)

Traffic Emphasis of the Month  – October, 2014

Speeding in School Zones/Aggressive Driving

During the month of October 2014, 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 and park zones is a top traffic safety priority.  As a driver the most important thing you can do to protect children in school 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 October, 2014 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.

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Rain is here – burn bans lifted

HOA Pic 4In light of recent rains and moderate temperatures, the Pierce County Fire Marshal lifted the county-wide burn ban at noon on September 24, 2014.

“Remember, burning is restricted to natural vegetation from the burn site only. The burning of garbage, paper, or other refuse is strictly prohibited at all times. Contact your local fire department (East Pierce Fire & Rescue) to see if you are required to obtain a burning permit” or to report illegal burning. Learn more about outdoor burn regulations at

In addition, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on September 25th that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been rescinded, also citing the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

View the original Press Releases:

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Important Updates: Lake Tapps water levels lowered; boat launch update

Please read these important updates about Lake Tapps water levels from Cascade Water Alliance.

Due to decreasing water levels, the City of Bonney Lake Boat Launch bollards will be lowered and turned off on Friday, September 19, 2014.

From Cascade Water Alliance: “The White River Lake Tapps improvement projects are underway and, to do all the necessary work, Cascade will drop lake levels up to one foot a day beginning Monday, Sept. 15.”

Please contact Cascade Water Alliance with questions about lake levels at 425.453.0930. For general information on boating in and around Bonney Lake visit our website.

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City Newsletters – September 2014

Hot off the presses, here are the latest monthly and weekly newsletters from the City of Bonney Lake!

Bonney Lake Reporter – September 2014

Newsletter_SampleThis month’s headlines:

  • Input sought on 2014 summer concert series
  • Adopt-A-Street
  • Town Tidbits
  • 20th Annual Public Safety Open House
  • Beautify Bonney Lake Annual Event
  • Milotte Film Festival October 18th

Mayor’s Weekly Reporter Newsletters:

Weekly and monthly newsletters are also posted on the City website at


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