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Category: Sumner

June
20th

Report says Sumner has chosen bidder for sale of Sumner Meadows Golf Course; city says nothing decided

Brokers in Seattle say the city of Sumner has chosen Principal Financial Group as the winning bidder for the city’s golf course, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Real estate brokers from the firm Jones Lang LaSalle said Principal, a global financial company, could build an industrial park on the land, the report says.

Sumner city spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said the report is misleading, and the city has short-listed a buyer who is negotiating a purchase and sale agreement with officials. She said council members have yet to consider a sale, and would need to review and approve an

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May
17th

Mayor movement the theme for Pierce County elections filing week

Several East Pierce County cities and towns could experience a leadership shake-up after the November election, as a number of mayor positions are up for grabs and others have attracted challengers.

Election season started this week as candidates officially filed with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for races in the Aug. 6 primary and the Nov. 5 general election.

Cities and towns with outgoing mayors include Puyallup, Orting, Eatonville and Edgewood. Incumbent mayors in Sumner, Bonney Lake and Milton all will face challengers.

In Eatonville, four candidates filed to run for mayor after Ray Harper opted not to seek a

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May
17th

Incumbent Councilman Hannus faces deep list of challengers for Sumner City Council seat

Councilman Ed Hannus filed to run for re-election and three candidates are challenging him, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Earle Stuard, Melony Pederson, and Jody Wilkins all filed to run for Council Position 1.

Pederson is leading a steering committee that has been researching a possible farmers community co-op, which the group hopes to open at the Red Apple Market property. The group is expected to present the City Council with a business plan in a few weeks.

Kathy Hayden and Councilman Randy Hynek have both filed for the Council Position 2 race, and Councilman Steve Allsop is

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May
15th

City Council member Dumas files to challenge Enslow for mayor of Sumner

Sumner City Council member Nancy Dumas has filed to run against Incumbent Mayor Dave Enslow, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Dumas, who was elected to the council in 2011, filed Wednesday afternoon. She said she decided to run to give Sumner residents a choice for their mayor.

“I firmly believe a candidate should never run unopposed,” she said Wednesday.

Dumas said she committed to serve the community for four years, and said she will finish out her term proudly if a mayor bid doesn’t work out.

“I can give two more years if that is what the people want

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April
25th

Sumner City Council to review YMCA agreement as organization pursues new site for facility

Residents from Sumner, Bonney Lake and the surrounding areas have long hoped for a YMCA facility, and an announcement this week indicates the long wait could be nearing an end.

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties announced Thursday that it is pursuing a new location in Sumner for a facility that has been in the works for five years.

The Y has received nearly $7.8 million in community donations for the project, which will increase in scope if the City Council approves terms linked to a new proposed site of about 10 acres near 64th Street

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April
17th

Girls Night Out event in Sumner to raise money for YMCA

Windmill Gardens in Sumner is hosting its spring Girls Night Out event to raise money for an effort to bring a YMCA to the city. The fundraiser is Friday, April 19, 6-9 p.m.

Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow said Wednesday that he will be in attendance in black-tie and tuxedo for the event, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club.

Some of the event’s offerings include wine tastings, appetizers from the Windmill Bistro and a silent auction, as well as live entertainment from the popular a cappella group The Coats.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 the day of the

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April
16th

Puyallup City Council to hold special meeting to discuss Sound Transit station improvements, parking issues

The Puyallup City Council will hold its second joint meeting with Sound Transit board members and city officials to discuss access and improvement of the transit station in downtown Puyallup.

At the first meeting last week, a facilitator helped the group work through hopes, fears and suggestions regarding the issues surrounding parking and other access-related problems that have come up as the Sounder station’s use has increased.

Last year, Sound Transit said it would begin planning long-term access improvements at the Sumner and Puyallup stations. Parking garages were included in the initial plans, but some officials were reluctant to build

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April
11th

Pierce County officials celebrate pilot transportation program at Sumner Senior Center

Several Pierce County officials were on hand Wednesday at the Sumner Senior Center to celebrate the newest transportation project in Pierce County.

Beyond the Borders Connector is a free pilot transportation program available to seniors 65 and older, eligible low-income residents and those with disabilities in Sumner and Bonney Lake, as well as Spanaway, Roy and Yelm. Launched at the beginning of March, it is an extension of a transportation program that has been running for about 10 years throughout Pierce County, and is funded by a grant through Pierce County Community Connections.

This program accommodates

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