Oh_oh. teeny tiny snow observed on West Hill Pacific WA. Temp is 26 F. Relative Humidity is about 26.
Young Reporters for the Environment USA
The National Wildlife Federation’s Young Reporters for the Environment USA competition invites students between the ages of 13-21 to investigate an environmental issue in their community and report on it in an article, photo or photo essay, or short video. Submissions to the national competition are due by March 15, 2014. National winners’ entries proceed to the international competition, joining those of students from more than 25 countries around the world.
"Tinseltown Tree Farm is open” writes local Christmas tree farmer Gail Bennett/. “We are celebrating our 28th year in business” she adds.
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Dang, Once again, what I “see” on the composing page is not what you get when it goes online. I am guessing metadata in my word docs is getting pasted in… sorry for the giant type above, Editor
I think the WSU footage was shot in Puyallup at the WSU Ag research campus on Pioneer Way.. Several scientists are working there on urban storm water runoff. The Rain Gardens mentioned are similar to the Terry Home, Inc “Boggy Garden” .(where a 1990’s storm water detention facility was retrofitted with native plants, and was just “spruced up” this October 26th by volunteers).
Nov 29th, 2013
Pacific’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting is TONIGHT’!
It will include a fund-raiser for the Senior Center!
Come early, Buy Cookies and Hot Cocoa at the Senior Center, and Cheer as the the lights are energized, all at once on the Big tree next to the Flag Pole, on City Hall, Post Office, Senior Center and the Pacific Police/VRFA Fire Station. 100 - 3rd Ave SE, Pacific WA 98047
Nov 27, 2013
Library staff reports that the King County Algona-Pacific Library will be closed for one week, for upgrades, next month. It will be closed December 2nd through December 7th, and will Reopen on December 9th.
“Improvements will include New furniture, Computer workstations, Accounts/Information desks, Self-Checkout kiosk and More!”
More information at http://www.kcls.org/algonapacific/
255 Ellingson Road
Pacific, 98047, 253-833-3554
Open Hours:Monday-Thursday10am-9pm Friday10am-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm
Posted Nov 27, 2013
Meeting opened by Mayor Pro Tem James McMahon, due to absence of Mayor Guier, who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. Get Well Soon, Leanne!
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PACIFIC Park Board discussing 2014 Parks Budget and future Improvements.
November 22, 2013, Pacific WA
Very Important City of Pacific Park Board meeting tomorrow morning!
Location: City Hall Conference Room,
100 3rd Ave SE. Pacific WA 98047—- enter via rear (south) door.
A: The Park Board will be working on their 2014 Budget Recommendations to the Council and Mayor.
Parks maintenance and improvements, paid from the General Fund, competes with items such as painting fog-lines, purchasing vehicles, upgrading computers and software, and negotiating salaries in employee contracts (Civil Service, non-Union Department managers, and Union employees), or budgeting for other services.
Back-story, based on my personal observations at Park Board meetings:
Over the last two years, Parks maintenance was neglected. A previous Mayor (Sun) believed “pocket parks” in newer subdivisions were not owned by the City (they are), and these parks went unmaintained. He also decided the City did not need City Park and there was consequently little discussion with King County regarding improvements, or options for mitigating access to the Park during winter “flood season” closures. Nor did he consult with the Park Board regarding potential Parks, Trails and Open Spaces improvements, or what kinds of parks people wanted (such as off-leash Dog Park, Skate/BMX Park, more Big [kids] toys, trails, bike lanes and walking paths), to inform the 2013 Budget.
Additionally, a big chunk of the Park Board’s once-monthly meeting-time was wasted in 2012 by him telling them to design a re-do of Centennial Park for sports (Little League and/or Soccer…not their job, Park Board advises the Council). The Board was told by Mayor Sun that the City would “drain the wetlands” east of Centennial Park to make enough space for a sports field and additional amenities (pay fines he said, getting DOE and ACE permits takes too much time). The mayor also ordered the City Planner to not attend Council meetings, where she might be available to report to the Council, thus severing channels of communications…..
Results: The Park Board’s work to advance residents needs and wants (based on several surveys of park users and comments at their meetings) was delayed or unsupported, and the Board is still playing catch-up.
Forward to the Present:
For the second year in a row, 2013, there has been little advanced budget planning by the “Park Director”, i.e. the Public Works Director. This position was vacant in all of 2012, and for the 2013 Budget preparations. The 2013 Interim Director has been absent of late due to a serious illness, thus not available to work on the Park portion of the 2014 Budget.
The City Planner has done her best to keep the Board informed, and to complete the work the Board assigned her, while working reduce hours, in an understaffed office, for 2 years.
This has resulted in a “perfect storm” for Parks to be underfunded for the third year!
If you care about your City of Pacific Parks, please attend this meeting to show the Park Board your support. Be there to answer questions they may have for you.
Then Advocate at the Monday Council Meeting & Public Hearing on the 2014 Budget, for a fair share of your tax dollars to go to Parks!
Just like you, a resident of Pacific,
PCS Community News blog Editor
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
The Pacific Park Board will be holding a Special Meeting on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in the Pacific City Hall Conference Room at 100 3rd Avenue SE, Pacific, WA.
The purpose of this Special Meeting is to review 2012 – 2013 Park Board activities and the City’s 2014 Proposed Budget, and to update the Park Board’s 3-Year Park Development Plan.
The public is welcome to attend. For further information, contact the Community Development Department: (253) 929-1110.
The next regular Park Board Meeting will be
December 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Posting Places: City of Pacific Library, Post Office and City Hall.
MD 19 Lions Clubs Zone C 3 meeting at Dacca Barn /Museum in Fife. Kent Club Sec. is speaking.
11-18-2013 Pacific Council Workshop Videos are on line:
Part Three http://youtu.be/9dIDwF4ux6o Council is back, and Adjourns
I was delayed, and missed discussions of Agenda Items A through F., about Janitorial supplies, Extension of an engineering contract, Home’s flood plain “certification” (White River drive), Accepting Ecology grant, Civil Service Commissioner reappointment, and Authorizing inter agency agreement for Courts interpreter services reimbursements. As far as I know, all moved forward to next week.
Filming started during a discussion of Agenda Item G- A resolution to authorize purchase of a 2014 Chevy Tahoe for the Police Department, Lt Massey presenting for Mr Calkins.
There will be a second Public Hearing on the Budget next week. I expected a PDF of the budget to be available this week. While it is too long to post here, the 2014 Draft can be requested from the City Clerk.
During Item H, Budget workshop, the Finance Director showed a slide of the replacement schedule for the police vehicles, Councilwoman Garberding commented about lack of youth programs for 7th grade through 12th grade age span.
The Council also questioned the Finance Director about one “fund” that seemed to have a lot of money… could they use that for City Hall paint and carpet upgrade?. Unfortunately, the original goal of this Fund was not fully clarified.
I think Pacific “gum’mit ” suffers from a wee bit of institutional amnesia. The Cause: turnover in Clerkship, and in Finance and Public Works managers. Additionally, professional staff who know “what’s what” were not present last night. I personally recall that Mayor Hildreth and Community Development Director Bennett had worked-on a future re-model of the East Room, to be renamed in honor of a slain city resident. Mayor Hildreth held a focus group, which selected a preferred exterior plan (possibly “lost” in Mayor Sun’s re-purposing the Conference Room into a “Control Room”). Mr. Bennett also was planning for enlarging the Senior Center on the Public Works shop site (the shop was scheduled to move to the water tower property on County Line Rd), and moving the Building Department office, thus freeing up space in City Hall for Administrative and Finance,expansion, and perhaps a better floor plan. Bennett left in Jan 2012, and that position is just now being filled…..almost two years later. And who knows where are the project notes for his successor?
November 20, 2013