Fall Back – daylight savings ends November 2, 2014

daylight-fallbackDon’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour this Sunday, November 2, 2014 for the end of Daylight Savings Time!

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BLPD Traffic Emphasis for November 2014

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Bonney Lake Police Department

November, 2014 – Traffic Emphasis of the Month

“Click it or Ticket”

“You Text, You Drive, You Pay” 

During the month of November, 2014, Officers will be conducting a special traffic enforcement emphasis looking for seat belt, child safety seat and cell phone use violations.

Seatbelts Save Lives:

  • Wearing a seat belt decreases the chance of dying or being seriously injured in a collision by about 70 percent.
  • Regardless of the vehicle, seat belts save lives — In 2011, NHTSA statistics show that 21,253 occupants of passenger cars, trucks, vans and SUVs were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide— and 52 percent were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes.
  • Teens and young adults are at higher risk — Among young adult passenger vehicle occupants, ages 18 to 34, who were killed in crashes, 64 percent were not buckled up—the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when only men in this age group are included.
  • The numbers change, the facts don’t — 53 percent of the 121,507 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed on our roadways from 2007-2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes, according to NHTSA. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Cell phone driving statistics:

  • Distraction from cell phone use while driving (hand held or hands free) extends a driver’s reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (University of Utah)
  • The 1 source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device. (Virginia Tech/NHTSA)
  • Drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • 10 percent of drivers aged 16 to 24 years old are on their phone at any one time.
  • Driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of police reported crashes.
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. (Carnegie Mellon)

Bonney Lake Police Officers for the month of November, 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.

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November 2014 Elections – ballots mailed Oct. 17th

vote-electionThe Pierce County Auditor reports that ballots for the November 4th general election were mailed to registered voters on October 17th. Voters should receive their pamphlets and ballots in the mail shortly if you haven’t already.

Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until election day at 8:00 p.m. Our local ballot drop box is located at the Bonney Lake Park & Ride parking lot, South of SR 410 on Sky Island Dr E/184th Av E. For a complete list of drop boxes and voting centers visit the Pierce County Elections website.

For more information:


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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 www.citybonneylake.org/events

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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Updated – Automated garbage service is coming to Bonney Lake!

Garbage BinsCustomers 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.


  • View FAQs about automated service from D.M. Disposal’s website – http://murreysdisposal.com/faq.aspx
  • Sample carts have been placed at the Bonney Lake Justice & Municipal Center Lobby so customers can see the different sizes available and learn about the change.

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 www.mwlff.org 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: www.citybonneylake.org/planning/compplanupdates


Direct link:
http://www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/UserFiles/File/Government_Downloads/Planning/2015_Comprehensive_Plan_Update/City 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 www.citybonneylake.org/employment

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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