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Tag: Sumner

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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Jan.
6th

State won’t investigate Sumner councilman’s claims

A state agency has declined to formally investigate claims made by a Sumner city councilman that the mayor and other officials broke the law by allowing comments at council meetings meant to help his opponent in a state legislative race.

Councilman Matt Richardson, who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Pam Roach in last fall’s election, filed the complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission on Nov. 15.

The interim executive director of the agency wrote in a letter to Richardson this week that evidence wasn’t provided that the city broke the law. The city gave the letter to The News Tribune this

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Jan.
4th

Sumner council picks new deputy mayor

Sumner has a new deputy mayor.

The City Council on Monday night picked Cindi Hochstatter from within its ranks to serve a one-year term in the post. Her duties will include running council meetings when Mayor Dave Enslow is absent.

“I’m very happy I received the support I did. Thank you,” Hochstatter said.

She’s the only woman on the seven-member council and was elected to her seat in 2007.

The vote to select her as deputy mayor was 6-1, with Councilman Matt Richardson – who’s clashed with some on the council, including Hochstatter, in recent months – casting the

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