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Category: Sumner


Sumner council member announces mayoral candidacy during meeting in apparent violation of city rules, state election laws

Sumner City Councilman Randy Hynek announced at a televised council meeting that he plans to challenge incumbent Mayor Dave Enslow in the November election.

The announcement, which Hynek shared at the April 1 council session broadcast on Pierce County TV, was in violation of Sumner City Council rules and Public Disclosure Commission regulations.

Hynek, following a confrontation with the city clerk regarding a missing agenda item, announced his bid to run for the post.

“I’ve decided that there needs to be changes and I can’t wait to make them, I’m running for mayor,” Hynek said. “I’m

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Sumner Schools to get new superintendent

Sumner School Board members voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire Sara E. Johnson as the next superintendent for the 8,400-student district.

Pending successful contract negotiations, Johnson would begin her new job July 1. She is currently assistant superintendent in the Lincoln County School District in Newport, Ore.

Johnson would replace Craig Spencer, who has been interim superintendent since 2011.
Spencer was named to the district’s top job temporarily following a divisive break between the school board and former Superintendent Gil Mendoza in 2011. Spencer would return to his previous job as assistant superintendent for administrative services.

Sumner Board

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Benefit raises $180,000 for injured teen gymnast

A benefit Monday to support paralyzed teen gymnast Jacoby Miles grossed about $180,000 and raised a net $155,000, according to event organizers.

The 15-year-old from Puyallup was left paralyzed from the mid-chest down after falling during a dismount last month.

Funds from the auction and dinner, attended by 12 present and past USA Olympians, will help the Miles family with ongoing medical costs.

Family and friends are updating Miles’s progress at getwelljacoby.blogspot.com.

Donations can be made at goteamjacoby.com or by calling 253-826-5999.


State and local school officials planning for natural disasters

Four Pierce County school districts are part of a statewide project designed to help identify risks and develop a statewide plan for dealing with schools affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and volcano eruptions.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with 35 school districts across the state, received a two-year, $1.1 million grant in March from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pierce County school districts participating as partners include Carbonado, Puyallup, Steilacoom and Sumner.

Recent work includes the launch of a brief online survey for parents, teachers, school boards, state organizations, superintendents and the

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The survey says…sell Sumner’s golf course

A majority of Sumner residents who returned a survey about the future of the city’s golf course said they don’t use it and want the city to pursue selling it.

The 18-hole course, called Sumner Meadows Golf Links, sits on the city’s north end. It opened about 17 years ago, and although use lately is on the upswing the course doesn’t generate enough money to cover the debt incurred for the land and construction.

The city has been subsidizing it – something it can’t afford to keep doing, city officials have said.

Here’s a snapshot of survey results:

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Pierce County avoids risk of losing potential state grants, loans

Pierce County for the time being will not lose its ability to compete for an estimated $31 million in potential state grants and loans because a state board ruled several comprehensive plan amendments were out of compliance.

The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to postpone indefinitely action on repealing the four comprehensive plan amendments.

The Growth Management Hearings Board has stayed its rulings pending the outcome of appeals in Pierce and Thurston County Superior Courts, which is expected to take at least six months.

The state Department of Commerce has indicated the stays will protect the county from any

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Hearings board stays its ruling blocking Orton Junction

A state hearings board today stayed its ruling that Pierce County acted out of step with state law when it approved comprehensive plan amendments for the proposed Orton Junction development south of Sumner.

The Growth Management Hearings Board ruled last month the county was out of compliance because of the land-use changes. The county requested the stay because its ability to compete for up to $31 million in potential state grant and loan awards could be imperiled by the ruling.

Orton Farms and the City of Sumner also requested the stay. They also have appealed the ruling in Thurston

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Sumner library to close temporarily for repairs

The Pierce County Library in Sumner will close July 30 to Sept. 3 while crews make repairs and upgrades.

The work will include replacing the roof and the heating and cooling system, improving ventilation in the restrooms and installing a central customer service desk, a news release said.

During that time, patrons still will be able to pick up books and other items placed on hold. The library meeting room will be open 10 a.m. 8 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The library is at 1116

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