Are you ready to vote? Election deadlines & mailing dates

Are you ready to vote logoThe Pierce County Auditor highlights these upcoming deadlines & dates for the General Election on November 8. Are you ready to vote?

October 10, 2016 – deadline for online
voter registration, address change and other updates.

October 13, 2016 – Local pamphlets mailed. [You can find election info online today on the Pierce County and Washington State websites.]

October 21, 2016 or before – Local ballots mailed.

November 8, 2016 – General Election 
Ballot Drop Boxes close at 8pm

A ballot drop box is located in Bonney Lake at the Sound Transit Park & Ride lot, south of SR410 on Sky Island Dr E / 184th. For a complete list of drop box locations visit

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Justice & Municipal Center closed 8:30-10:30am Tuesday, Sept. 27 for staff training

9002 Main St E

Justice & Municipal Center    9002 Main St E, Bonney Lake

The Bonney Lake Justice & Municipal Center building located at 9002 Main St E will be closed for staff training between 8:30am and 10:30am on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Other City buildings will remain open (Public Safety Building, Public Works Center) for normal business hours on this date.

Questions? Call 253-862-8602. In the case of a life or safety emergency, always call 9-1-1.

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FREE fluorescent bulb recycling during Beautify Bonney Lake – Sept. 17 8:30am-Noon

Free fluorescent light recycling will be available during the Beautify Bonney Lake annual event this Saturday, September 17th from 8:30am to Noon at the Bonney Lake Park & Ride lot. Recycling will be accepted at the staging area throughout the Beautify Bonney Lake event – see for more information on this great community event!

All mercury-containing lights are accepted including:

  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • High-intensity discharge bulbs

Limit 10 bulbs per person.

Supported by the City of Bonney Lake, Light Recycle Washington and DM Disposal.



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Dig in! Beautify Bonney Lake is this Saturday Sept. 17

BBL logoWhat: Beautify Bonney Lake Annual Event

When: Saturday, September 17th, 2016 – 8:30am-12:00pm.

Who: Community volunteers, local businesses and the Beautify Bonney Lake organization—anyone who would like to make permanent improvements to the city.

Why: To create a more beautiful city, meet your neighbors, and get a FREE lunch and T-shirt!

Where: We will meet at the Sound Transit park & ride lot behind Wendy’s off SR 410 between 8:30am & 9:00am to assign work locations.

How: By coming together as a community and putting in some hard work!

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Traffic Impacts on Sumner-Buckley Hwy road Sept. 14-15, 7am-5pm

Expect traffic impacts on Sumner Buckley Highway Sept. 14-15 from 192nd to Angeline Road E in Bonney Lake.

Date(s): Today 9/14 and Tomorrow 9/15
Time: 7:00am to 5:00pm
Impact: Road reduced to one lane in each direction. Expect Delays.
Reason: Installation of new Sewer Line.
Download project area map: 2016-09-14-fcls

For more information call (253) 862-8602 or view the Fennel Creek Lift Station project listing.




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Cascade Water announcement for Lake Tapps 2016 drawdown and 2017 fill schedule

Sept 13 readings from waterdata.usgs.govFrom the Cascade Water Alliance: Beginning [September 6], Lake Tapps Reservoir will be allowed to float down through the fall, with an anticipated lake level drop of approximately one foot by Thanksgiving. Homeowners should watch lake levels to determine when to take their boats out of the water.

In January, Cascade will test a new valve and will draw the reservoir down approximately 6 to 8 feet, which would be a good time for residents to consider improvements or new projects, with the appropriate permits.

Active fill will begin mid-Feb to early March 2017 with full recreational levels of 541.5′ to 542.5′ reached by to early/mid-April.  As in previous years, for short time during the spring, Cascade will bring the lake level up to 543′, which is the maximum permissible level for Lake Tapps.

View the 2016-17 Lake Tapps Draw and Refill Press Release

Visit for more information and up-to-date lake levels.

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Local artists commemorate September 11 with art at the Bonney Lake Justice & Municipal Center

Local artists provided artwork outside the Justice & Municipal Center to commemorate the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 this coming Sunday.

2016-09-11 Chalk Art JMC      2016-09-11 Chalk art JMC(2)

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Now Hiring: On-Call Building Inspector in the Planning/Building Division

The City of Bonney Lake invites applications for the position of

On-Call Building Inspector/Plans Examiner


The On-Call Building Inspector/Plans Examiner serves as an on-call temporary or part-time building inspector and/or plans examiner. Conducts field inspections and plan reviews for all types of construction and building related codes; including building, plumbing mechanical, energy, and accessibility as well as related city and state codes and standards.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Visit for announcement and required application materials.


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Veterans Memorial Drive lane closures/detours Sept. 8-9 & Sept. 12

Westbound Veterans Memorial Drive from Locust Ave to Main Street in downtown Bonney Lake will be detoured via 84th St to 182nd Ave back to Main Street between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, and Monday, September 12.

Message boards have been posted and flaggers will be in place to direct drivers at strategic intersections. An Officer will be present to direct traffic at the Locust / Veterans Memorial Drive intersection.

Work related to Fennel Creek Lift Station project – view project details here

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Caution Advisory Lifted at Lake Tapps

Toxic Algae (Cyanobacteria)

Current Toxic Algae and Surface Water Advisories

Update: September 6, 2016

Caution Advisory Lifted at Lake Tapps

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the Toxic Algae Caution Advisory for Lake Tapps.  Advisory signs will come down at Allan Yorke Park and Lake Tapps North Park.

Health Department staff checked 16 locations around Lake Tapps Sept. 6 and for the second consecutive week did not find any visible algae. In addition, we haven’t received any new reports of illness associated with swimming at Lake Tapps.

Lifting the advisory at this time is consistent with our standard protocol to keep the advisory in effect until no algae are present for two consecutive weeks.

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