The 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.
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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.
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.
Customers 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:
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:
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.”
The 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.
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
The 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
Bonney Lake street crews at work
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.
In 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 www.eastpiercefire.org.
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.
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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.