Memorial Day Holiday – City Offices Closed Monday, May 25th

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All City of Bonney Lake offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Learn more about this federal holiday and find travel & safety tips for summer at www.usa.gov/Topics/Memorial-Day.shtml

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Snapshot: Things are growing at the Community Garden!

A snapshot of garden plots at the Bonney Lake Community Garden this week!

Bonney Lake Community Garden is sprouting - Spring 2015

Bonney Lake Community Garden is sprouting – Spring 2015

For more information on the Community Garden, including how to reserve a plot next year, visit the Community Garden page or call 253.862.8602 for information.

 

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*Update* City Project Alert: Angeline Road closure MONDAY ONLY

**Update** Project staff report that the closure/detour on Angeline Road will not be needed after Monday, May 18th from 7am to 5pm; the road closure for Tuesday-Friday is cancelled.

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Signs have been posted for the closure of Angeline Road to through traffic with a detour route in effect on from Monday May 18, 2015 thru Friday May 22, 2015, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Local access only will be allowed each day. Closures may continue into next week; if so, roads will be posted with updated information.

 

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BLPD Discontinuing Drug Disposal Program

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In 2010, the Bonney Lake Police Department began participating a voluntary drug disposal program sponsored through the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to provide citizens a safe and secure place to drop off unused prescription medications for disposal.

Recent changes from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) now allows participating pharmacies to accept unused prescription medications from the public for disposal.  The DEA has also ended their drug take back events.

In addition, effective July 1, 2015, the facility used for free drug destruction to law enforcement agencies has discontinued this service.  Due to both of these changes, the Bonney Lake Police Department will be discontinuing the drug disposal box program effective June 8, 2015.

For more information on how to safely dispose of unused medications or to find alternate drop-off locations contact Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at 253-798-6500 or www.tpchd.org or www.takebackyourmeds.org/

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City receives 10 Year Tree City USA Award

TreeCity-10-yearBonney Lake received a 10 Year Tree City USA award Saturday April 25th at the annual Arbor and Parks Appreciation Day event. The award was presented to Mayor Neil Johnson by a representative of the Washington Forestry Council.

Approximately 40 people attended the event. After presentation of the awards, volunteers cleaned up the Midtown Park trails.

For more information and helpful resources visit www.citybonneylake.org/community and follow the link to the Community Forestry Program

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City to honor Bonney Lake’s first Daffodil Queen, Ashley Becker – May 26th at 7pm (Revised)

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Photo Courtesy of The Daffodil Festival

Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson, Jr. will proclaim ‘Ashley Becker Day in Bonney Lake’ at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (revised from May 12th).

Ashley was selected from 24 Daffodil Princes to be the 79th Daffodil Festival Queen, and is the first to be selected from Bonney Lake High School.

The City is proud to have Ashley representing Bonney Lake and embodying this year’s Daffodil Festival theme to “Shine Your Light With Service”.

For more information on the Daffodil Festival visit www.thedaffodilfestival.org

 

Daffodil Royalty – photo courtesy of The Daffodil Festival

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In the community … Public invited to learn about South Sound 911 at May 11th meeting in Bonney Lake

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South Sound 9-1-1 Press Release – Leaders from South Sound 911 and members of the Pierce County Council will provide briefings about the agency’s plan to build a new public safety communications center at upcoming public meetings around the county. Voters in Pierce County authorized the project in November 2011 as part of a 0.1 percent sales tax increase to fund the consolidation of six disparate 911 centers and create a regional emergency communications radio network. The intent of both actions was to improve the delivery of emergency services.

The public meetings are being held in each of the County Council districts, where South Sound 911 Executive Director Andrew Neiditz will speak about the project:

  • Monday, May 11th, 7 p.m., Bonney Lake Public Safety Building training room, 18421 Veterans Memorial Dr. E, Bonney Lake, in the 1st District represented by Councilmember Dan Roach

“There is a lot of interest from the community about the public safety communications center and the mandate of the November 2011 election,” Neiditz said. “If we can help remind everyone of how we got to this point and dispel some myths and confusion about the project, I’m confident we will get to the place where we need to be, so that we can efficiently handle the emergency communication needs of the public and first responders in our region.”

The public safety communications center will house operations from six consolidated and collocated 911 centers, as well as administrative and public services, or a total of 250 employees, most of whom work various shifts to provide 24-hour emergency services, seven days a week.

The center’s preferred site – 2119 Mildred St. W. in Fircrest – was selected after several months of study and discussion with South Sound 911’s governing boards. A preliminary agreement was executed in January with the intent to lock in the property while it was evaluated for its suitability and for legal review. The 9-acre parcel is approximately 3 acres larger than is needed; however, South Sound 911 is working with the City of Fircrest to possibly develop the excess acreage into retail or other commercial space.

An alternate site was also identified at 6700 S. Adams St., but a purchase and sale agreement has not yet been finalized.

The public safety communications center will be a “hybrid campus” comprised of two buildings and parking for employees and visitors. One building, approximately 55,000 sq. ft. in size, will house 911 and dispatch operations and a municipal emergency operations center (EOC). It will be constructed to meet the National Fire Protection Association, National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards for public safety communications centers.

The second building, approximately 25,000 sq. ft. in size, will house South Sound 911’s administrative offices and Information Services department, which offers a public counter for services such as fingerprinting and the processing of concealed pistol license applications. The administrative building will be constructed to meet general office and commercial building standards.

South Sound 911 selected a development team led by Trammel Crow Company of Seattle from a competitive bid process.  Together, in partnership with the non-profit National Development Council (NDC), the new public safety communications center will be constructed using a “63-20” project delivery and financing model. This model is a public-private partnership that offers an expedited design and construction process with a guaranteed maximum cost.

The project is estimated to cost $62 million and is expected to be completed in 2017.

For more than two years, the agency has been working on projects and processes in support of the consolidation and collocation effort. For more information about this project or the agency’s other major projects, please visit South Sound 911’s website.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andrew Neiditz, Executive Director
253-798-2678 or 253-798-2679

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In the community … EPFR Scout Night May 29, 2015

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Calling All Scouts! Each year, East Pierce firefighters put on an event just for scouts to achieve badge requirements … Scout Night!

East Pierce Fire invites all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Campfire members (through 5th grade) to join us for our FREE 2nd Annual Scout Night event scheduled for Friday, May 29 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at our Headquarters Station in Bonney Lake.

Pre-registration is required. For details and contacts visit www.eastpiercefire.org or call 253-863-1800.

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Reminder: Monthly siren test at Noon, May 4th – Pierce County Alert!

On May 4 at noon, Pierce County Emergency Management will test the 17 outdoor lahar warning sirens in the Puyallup River Valley. This is a monthly drill that takes place on the first Monday of the month. A Pierce County Alert will be launched at 9:00 on Monday morning to citizens who have signed up to receive informational messages.

Pierce County AlertsSign up for Pierce County Alert to receive notifications about emergencies that may affect the locations you care about on up to 10 different devices (cell phone, home phone, text, email, and more).

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Press Release – Work to Resume on SR410 Sidewalk Extension Project

Bonney Lake, WA – Beginning Monday, May 4, 2015, work will resume on the approaches to the SR410 bridge over Angeline Road. Also expected later that week will be the continued removal of temporary materials attached under the north-side of the bridge and which were damaged in the construction accident. The reinstallation of new materials will be necessary before the actual work on the bridge begins again in a few weeks. The public should be prepared for the full closure of Angeline Road where it passes under SR410 whenever any further work on the bridge itself is required.  Detours will continue to be provided during road closures.  The City remains committed to assisting all our city construction and road contractors achieve an appropriate level of safety at all times.

The City and WHH Nisqually have agreed to the removal of subcontractors involved in the bridge demolition accident. The final completion of the project, which is intended to enhance the safety of pedestrians and motorists along SR410, will be an important step for the community to move forward from this tragedy. The City continues to extend its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of Josh, Vanessa and Hudson Ellis

View the original press release here.

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