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Tag: City of Puyallup


Puyallup City Council discusses conduct of Planning Commissioners, council members as election season heats up

In a long and heated discussion at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Puyallup City Council members exchanged barbs on the ethical behavior of city officials during an election season that’s in full swing.

The discussion started after Council members John Palmer and Kent Boyle requested an addition to the meeting agenda regarding controversial conduct involving two Planning Commission members and an applicant seeking to rezone land near Shaw Road.

Several residents have expressed concern that chairman Steve Hastings and vice chairman Chris McNutt attended a private meeting that included a senior representative from Schnitzer West, a developer that has an

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Officials hold open house on 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update at Puyallup Public Library

The city of Puyallup is planning for its 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update, and wants the public’s feedback.

The Planning Commission is inviting citizens to an open house meeting regarding the major update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan to learn more about the details and get input from residents.

It is tonight from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Public Library’s north and south meeting rooms at 324 South Meridian.

The purpose of the open house is to provide information regarding the two-year update process and to receive public input on the vision for Puyallup in 2035, according to the city’s website.

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Puyallup City Council continues planning for homelessness task force

The City of Puyallup continued its effort to address the growing problem of homelessness as it reviewed recommendations for a new task force.

City Manager Bill McDonald has been working on a process to assemble a group to address homelessness issues in the city. He presented procedural plans to the City Council on Tuesday.

In April, the City Council tasked McDonald and city staff to form a tight core group of community representatives to research issues related to Puyallup’s homeless population and the impacts on the city.

At Tuesday’s meeting, McDonald presented a memo that outlined recommendations for representatives, focus

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Puyallup parks advisory board to hold study session, review potential parks and recreation cuts

The Puyallup Parks, Recreation & Senior Advisory Board will hold a study session Monday to review the city’s parks and recreation department amid an ongoing budget restructuring process.

Sarah Harris, the recently appointed parks administrator, said department officials will recommend ways to make up for a recent reduction in overall funding for programs and services.

Last month the city made across-the-board cuts of $1.6 million, and the parks budget was reduced by about $236,000.

The original proposed cuts included reductions in part time staff positions, shorter Sunday hours at the recreation center and talk of eliminating the wading pool, a

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Puyallup City Council votes, 5-2, to approve memo of understanding with South Sound 911

Puyallup City Council voted Tuesday to approve a preliminary agreement with South Sound 911 that could pave the way for about $3.5 million in radio system improvements at no cost to the city.

The Memorandum of Understanding, approved in a 5-2 vote, outlines a path for continued collaboration between the city and the emergency services organization. The South Sound 911 policy board must approve the agreement before it is enacted.

South Sound 911 is a regional hub that was created following voters’ approval of a countywide sales tax increase in the November 2011 election.

Currently, South

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