Reminder: Spring Clean Up Week is April 17-22, 2017

During Spring Clean Up Week the City of Bonney Lake’s solid waste company, DM Disposal, will pick up extra garbage, recycling and/or yard waste and 1 appliance at no additional charge for customers inside the Bonney Lake city limits.

Appliances must be set out by Monday, April 17; extra garbage and yard waste will be picked up on your regular pick up day during the week.

In addition, the City and DM are hosting a FREE SHREDDING and RECYCLING EVENT on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am to Noon in conjunction with Parks Appreciation & Arbor Day events.

Drop off personal shredding, fluorescent bulbs, and other recyclables at this free event, and stick around to help with volunteer activities at local parks!

For details and accepted items visit

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BLPD April 2017 – Traffic Emphasis – Distracted Driving

     Bonney Lake Police Department  


APRIL, 2017

Distracted Driving


During the month of April 2017, Officers will be conducting a special traffic enforcement emphasis looking for motorists that drive while distracted. Officers will emphasize enforcing the cell phone use laws. Mobile phone use while driving is common but widely considered dangerous. Due to the number of collisions that are related to cell phone use while driving, the State of Washington has made the use of a cell phone without a hands free device as well as texting while driving illegal.

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)

The use of a cell phone while driving is a traffic infraction with a fine imposed in the amount of $136. Operating a motor vehicle in the City of Bonney Lake in an inattentive manner is an infraction with a monetary fine of $250 plus assessments. Bonney Lake Police Officers for the month of April, 2017 will impose a no tolerance policy on these violations as well as other incidents of distracted driving and will be issuing traffic infractions in an attempt to reduce motor vehicle collisions.

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City improves online job listing & application process

The City of Bonney Lake’s Human Resources Division has improved its online job listing and application process, and has started accepting online applications for open positions using the new system beginning March 30, 2017 at

The enhanced system is now powered by NEOGOV, which is 100% web-based and uses secured Cloud computing.

The NEOGOV solution allows applicants an easy-to-use online application process for City of Bonney Lake jobs.

The site features open positions, information about benefits, all of the City’s job descriptions, and a standardized, time-saving processing feature that will contribute to greater efficiencies in our system’s hiring and selection process.

Applicants will need access to a computer, the Internet and an email address. Computers are available at the Bonney Lake Branch of the Pierce County Library during hours of operation.

For more information, please visit the Human Resources website at or contact Human Resources at (253)862-8602 or


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Get involved in your community – Arts Commission, Park Commission, & Design Commission openings!

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Volunteering for a commission is a great way to get involved and serve in your community! We have openings for several volunteer Commissions and are currently seeking applicants:

To be considered, submit an Application for Membership to the City Clerk’s office as soon as possible. View the full public notice for details.

Forms are available at or by calling (253) 862-8602. For more information on City commissions visit the ‘Government’ page at


Link to original Public Notice:

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BLPD payment change – Beginning April 1st

Beginning April 1, 2017 the Bonney Lake Police Department will no longer be accepting cash for any payment/fee. All payment/fees will need to be paid for with Visa, MasterCard, Check, Money Order or Cashiers Check.

Sorry for any inconvenience  this may cause.



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Another Great Week for Adopt-A-Street Volunteers


The Hemlock Club collected 6 bags, collected 10 bags & The Whiting Family collected 16 bags!!!

19 of 27 groups have completed their 1st Quarter Clean-Up!!!

For more information on the Adopt-A-Street program, visit our website.

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Read all about it in Bonney Lake Newsletters – March 2017

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The latest editions of the Bonney Lake Reporter and Mayor’s “Inside Out” reports are now available on our website:

Bonney Lake Reporter – March 2017

Articles in this month’s edition include events like the Annual Easter Egg Hunt (April 15), “Bound” Artist Showcase (April 21), Spring Clean-Up Week and free Recycling Event (April 17-22, 2017), and Parks Appreciation Day (April 22); Volunteer resources at; “Medal of Arts” recipient Larry Anderson; and Town Tidbits.

You’ll also find Mayor Neil Johnson, Jr.’s weekly “Inside Out” newsletter online at

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Lake Tapps boat launch now open!

Spring is in the air and the boat launch at Allan Yorke Park in Bonney Lake is now open!

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Cascade Water Alliance photo album –

Last Friday, Cascade Water Alliance and the Lake Tapps Community Council announced that Lake Tapps reached “recreation” levels.

The Allan Yorke Park boat launch located in Bonney Lake at the South end of Lake Tapps is now open. The parking kiosk is operational and boat trailer parking restrictions will be enforced.

Boat Launch Parking Passes:

  • Resident Parking Passes are available to purchase from the City for $30 plus tax per watercraft per year. For information and required documents visit the boating page or contact the Finance/Utilities department at 253-447-4317.
  • Those without a resident parking pass must purchase a boat trailer parking pass at the boat launch for a fee of $17 plus tax per day.

Allan Yorke Park Boat Launch Scheduled Closures

The Lake Tapps boat launch at Allan Yorke Park is scheduled to be closed for various special events during 2017 including Tunes @ Tapps concerts and Bonney Lake Days. For more information visit the boating page.

State Boating Rules & Regulations

Washington State law requires most boaters to obtain a Boater Education Card before operating a motorized vessel of 15 horsepower or greater. See the WA State Mandatory Boater Education page. Boater education courses are being offered here in Bonney Lake on March 25 and April 8, 2017 – get details here.

Lake Tapps Water Levels

Lake Tapps is a reservoir that is managed by Cascade Water Alliance. For more information on Lake Tapps water levels view the recent Cascade Water Alliance press release below, or visit

… the Lake Tapps Reservoir reached “recreation minimum pool levels” (elevation 541.5 feet) a month ahead of the April 15 deadline. Cascade will raise the reservoir, as it does each year, to the maximum full recreational level of elevation 543 feet during the middle of May to remind homeowners of the highest allowable level this reservoir can go in concert with existing homeowners’ agreements with Cascade. Cascade will then maintain the Lake Tapps Reservoir between elevation 542.5 to 542.7 feet for the remainder of the spring and summer, barring weather or operational conditions.

Cascade invites homeowners and others who provide essential services around Lake Tapps Reservoir for a community open house Thursday, May 18, 6 to 8 pm, at North Tapps Middle School.  Watch for more information in residents’ mailboxes and in local papers.

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Meet and mingle with local artists at “Bound” Artist Showcase – April 21, 6-8pm

2017 Bound FlyerYou’re invited to “Bound” – an artist showcase featuring artwork curated by members of the Bonney Lake Arts Commission.

Friday, April 21, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bonney Lake Justice & Municipal Center
9002 Main St E, Bonney Lake, WA  98391

Meet and mingle with local artists. Light food and beverages will be served. All ages welcome!

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Picking Up Litter Even in the Rain

Kudos to Friends of Fontana ~ collected 16 bags this last weekend!

Kudos to M.A. Driving ~ collected 1 bag!

It’s almost the end if 1st Quarter ~ if you haven’t cleaned up your route yet, contact Heather in Public Works!

For more information on the Adopt A Street program visit our website.

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