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Archives: Feb. 2009


Trail money safe, Puyallup official says

I’ve been blogging and writing a bit about the $306,000 in grant money from the state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) that Puyallup is supposed to use to extend its Riverwalk Trail.

The city had a deadline of Feb. 1 to have a purchase agreement in place for the land it needs to build the trail extension, or else the RCO could rescind the grant money.

City Manager Gary McLean told me this past week that he’s been assured by RCO officials that the money should be safe, even though the city didn’t meet the deadline.

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Puyallup trail grant still undecided

Puyallup officials have officially asked that the state Recreation and Conservation Office give them more time to buy property to extend city’s Riverwalk Trail.

The office could rescind $306,000 in grant money for the project since the city doesn’t have a purchase agreement for the land in place. The city was supposed to have reached an agreement with landowners by Feb. 1 as part of the grant terms.

Without the grant, Puyallup parks director Ralph Dannenberg said the trail project could be delayed a year or more.

Myra Barker, a grant manager with the Recreation and

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The need for speed guns

You might have caught the story about the Park Avenue Neighborhood group

lying in wait for speeders last week. They were clocking violators, snapping

photos of their cars and license plates, and making a list to send to the

city. By now, some of the people who blew through the 25-mile-per hour speed

limit probably have letters from Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell suggesting

that they not do that again.

If you read that story, bet you were thinking, “Dang. How do we get one of

those radar guns?”

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You can help spruce up the Tacoma Avenue Shelter

Catholic Community Services will improve the Tacoma Avenue Shelter, and welcomes your help. You can:

Muster a deep-clean team for the dorms and shower rooms.

Design a color palette for the dorms.

Organize a painting crew to tackle the rooms.

Organize a crew to repaint some of the 100 bunk beds.

Fix plumbing.

Repair and build tile walls.

Cook and serve an evening meal.

Donate gently used towels.

Donate books and board games.

Donate toiletries, especially feminine hygiene products.

For information, contact Catholic Community Services, 1323

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