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Tag: Puyallup


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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Kid Rock to close concert series at Washington State Fair

Kid Rock will wrap up the Washington State Fair’s two-week long concert series on Sept. 22, according to a news release from the fair’s public relations counsel Karen LaFlamme.

Tickets for An Evening with Kid Rock will go on sale Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. and range from $45-$95. Tickets include fair gate admission, and are for sale at thefair.com/concerts or at the fair’s box office at 9th Avenue Southwest and South Meridian Street in Puyallup on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., according to the release.

The Washington State Fair Concert Series also will feature other major artists including

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Milroy Bridge to close for inspection

The Milroy Bridge at 66th Avenue East and River Road will close for inspection from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, so crews can perform structural inspection and maintenance, according to a news release from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities.

The bridge, which crosses the Puyallup River, is inspected every other year as part of Pierce County’s bridge inspection program. Crews from Pierce County Public Works and the state Department of Transportation will inspect the structure’s condition for current and future maintenance needs, which requires special equipment that forces the road closure, according to the release.

The Milroy

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Spring Fair honors Military Appreciation Day April 19

The Spring Fair in Puyallup is approaching, and fair organizers want to show appreciation for the men and women in uniform.

Military Appreciation Day at the fair is Friday, April 19, and anyone in the military community can get free gate admission with a valid military ID.

All active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans can take advantage of the free admission, according to a release from public relations counsel Karen LaFlamme.

Military Appreciation Day is an annual event in partnership with 94.1 KMPS and 102.5 KZOK. Danny Bonaduce, from the self-titled radio show on

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Puyallup parents petition to stop middle school switch

Puyallup parents who oppose a proposed switch from junior highs to middle schools are circulating a petition online.
Some parents say they oppose the move because they believe sixth graders belong in elementary school, rather than a sixth-through-eighth grade middle school. Others say moving ninth graders to Puyallup’s existing high schools will create overcrowding at the high schools. They also fear the numbers will force students unwillingly into double shifting at the high school.
District officials say middle schools are the prevailing model in Western Washington. They also say ninth graders need to be in a high school

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Puyallup council approves term limits

The Puyallup City Council may be guaranteed some new faces in the near future.

In a 6-1 vote tonight, the council gave initial approval to an ordinance that would impose 12-year term limits on council members.

The new rule must be voted on once more before it takes effect. If it’s finalized, there would be a fairly immediate impact: Mayor Kathy Turner and council members Don Malloy and Rick Hansen wouldn’t be able to run for re-election when their current terms expire.

Deputy Mayor Tami Brouillet cast the sole dissenting vote, saying it should be up to voters who serves

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Puyallup finalizes landfill fee increase

Puyallup residents will see an increase in their utility bills to cover a legal settlement, but for most customers the fee hike won’t be as large as once planned.

And they’ll pay less in total for the settlement.

The City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday to finalize an ordinance raising the landfill fees starting in March. Councilmen John Knutsen and Rick Hansen voted against; they’ve advocated for other options.

The fees will be used to pay down debt from bonds the city will issue to cover the upfront cost of the roughly $2 million settlement, which stems from a civil lawsuit brought by

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Gypsy moth open house set Jan. 27 in Puyallup

An open house is scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Zeiger Elementary School, 13008 94th Ave. E, Puyallup, to discuss the state Department of Agriculture’s proposal to spray trees and plants in the parking lot of the South Hill Mall with an insecticide to treat for European gypsy moths.

Officials from the agency will be on hand to answer questions. The agriculture department wants to do three to five applications of the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki starting in the spring.

Gypsy moth eggs were found in vegetation in the parking lot of the mall

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