THANK YOU to the 563 households for donating 6,600 pounds of food in the Annual Food Drive!

Bonney Lake is truly an amazing community. With your generosity, the 4th annual Mayor’s Food Drive had a record year. Thank you to the 563 households for donating a total of 6,600 pounds of food! Your contributions will help bring meals to families in our community.

If you missed out, don’t fret. You can still drop off nonperishable food items at the Bread of Life Food Bank located at 18409 Veterans Memorial Drive East, Bonney Lake.

We also greatly appreciate the support of our sponsors DM Disposal, Bread of Life Food Bank and Emergency Food Network.

Thank you again for making this food drive the best yet!

 

 

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Boat Launch at Allan Yorke Park Closing for Season; Last Week of November

The boat launch at Allan Yorke Park on Lake Tapps will close for the season during the last week of November (Nov. 27-30, 2017).

Docks at Allan Yorke Park

 

Questions? Call 253-447-4323

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High Wind Warning in effect Nov. 13, 2017 until 9pm – Pierce County Alert

NWS Weather MapFrom Pierce County Alert:

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect until 9 PM PST this evening.

High winds can topple trees onto roads, vehicles, and rooftops. Falling trees or large branches have been known to cause fatalities during windstorms. Downed power lines can cause power
outages lasting a couple of hours or longer. Secure loose outdoor objects or light-weight furniture before the potentially damaging winds arrive.

  • Wind South 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 or 65 mph.
  • Some affected locations: The I-5 metro corridor from Lewis County north to Snohomish County. Includes the greater Seattle area, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bremerton, and Olympia.
  • Timing: Late this morning through early this evening.
  • Impacts: Falling trees and limbs, power outages, and minor
    damage to structures.

For more information or to receive weather alerts visit: www.weather.gov/seattle

To sign up to receive this and other public safety, weather, and other notifications by email, text, or phone, register for Pierce County ALERT! Learn more at www.citybonneylake.org/emergency or at Pierce County’s website: www.piercecountywa.org/index.aspx?nid=921

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Check Out Parks & Rec Winter Activities

Check out the new Winter selection of activities, classes, youth sports and special events available from the Recreation Department!

 

 

 

 

 

For more information visit: http://www.citybonneylake.org/recreation

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4th Annual Mayor’s Food Drive Presented By DM Disposal

Help Us Serve the Community!

Keep an eye on your mailbox for a flyer and bag from DM Disposal for the 4th Annual Mayor’s Food Drive on November 16th.

DM disposal will pick up donations for customers inside the Bonney Lake City limits on November 16, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.

Non-perishables only. No glass or already opened items. If rain is forecast, please no boxed items.

MOST WANTED FOODS

  • canned fruits and veggies;
  • canned tuna;
  • soups, stews and chili;
  • peanut butter in plastic jars;
  • canned meats;
  • pop-topped canned meals.

If you would like to participate but are unable to have items curbside on the 16th, please consider a drop-off at the Bread of Life Food Bank of Bonney Lake located at 18409 Veterans Memorial Drive East. Special thanks to the City of Bonney Lake and Emergency Food Network for their support of this event!

Questions? Call DM Disposal at 253-414-0347

Contact Mayor Neil Johnson at mailto: mayor@citybonneylake.org

 

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Project Update: SR410 & 204th Avenue East Intersection (Costco)

The City’s contractor has completed construction of the new eastbound lane, installed sidewalks, landscaping, street lights and utilities along the southerly shoulder of SR410, between South Prairie Road and 208th Ave E.

Contractors will begin construction of the new center median planter strip this month (November 2017). To do so, traffic will be revised with two lanes in each direction around concrete barriers.

Signal poles for the new 204th Avenue East intersection will be installed by the end of November. Also, new Signal Control Cabinets will be installed at six existing intersections (192nd, 195th, 198th, 208th, 211th and 214th) in December to provide better signal communication and traffic flow along SR410 and the respective intersections.

Traffic flow will continue around the concrete barriers throughout the winter until landscaping of the center median, signal work and final paving is complete.

For more information on this and other projects around the City of Bonney Lake visit www.citybonneylake.org/projects

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Additional Bonney Lake water consumption advisory

water dropUpdate from City Administrator Don Morrison: The City of Bonney Lake water utility plans to take a sizable sample of all 3 meter types to a lab in Everett to be independently tested. These will be meters that serve many of the customers who have complained about their high consumption.

Any Bonney Lake customer can have their meter tested if they think it is inaccurately measuring the flow. There is a $50 test fee to do that. If the meter test shows that the meter was actually over-counting the actual amount of water used, the test fee and any accompanying water payment is refunded.

Folks should know however, that generally (about 80% of the time) as meters get older they tend to undercount the amount of water passed through, not over-count. So, if the meter is tested and found to be either over or under measuring the water, the meter is replaced. If a customer had an undercounting meter, they will see higher consumption and thus higher bills thereafter. Unfortunately, it goes both ways.

The water meters the City uses are highly accurate and dependable water measuring devices. Located in a small box in the ground near the street or the edge of the property, it registers all the water used in your home. Some of our meters have electronic reading devices that allow the meter reader to drive or walk past your home and pick up the meter reading remotely. However, the remote-read meters are of the same design as manual read meters with manual read dials that are always the official read in case a question comes up regarding the accuracy of the electronic reading.

The design of the water meter does not allow for anyone to adjust the dials or tamper with the accuracy of the meter. Much like an automobile or other mechanical device, the meter slows down with age and eventually can stop registering completely, but it cannot arbitrarily run faster than it was designed to run. The mechanical parts are not capable of “speeding up” or registering a significantly higher reading than actual. Having a meter register 20,000 gallons of consumption when the usage was actually 4,000 gallons would be like a vehicle with a maximum speed of 100 mph suddenly being able to intermittently run at speeds of 500 mph; it isn’t mechanically possible.

All meters are calibrated and tested in the factory before they are shipped. The American Water Works Association requires meters to be within 98.5 and 101.5% accuracy to be usable. This means an error rate of 1.5% low or high.


Several consumer education resources have been added to the Utility Billing page on the City website at www.citybonneylake.org/utilities, including FAQs, utility plans and reports, and helpful brochures.

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Veterans Day – City Offices Closed on Friday, November 10, 2017

In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, all City of Bonney Lake offices, including the Municipal Court, will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017.

 

Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American Veterans of all wars. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-veterans-day

And don’t forget to Thank your Servicemen and women!

View city calendars at www.citybonneylake.org/calendar

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November 7 General Election – Bonney Lake ballot drop box info

drop box imageNovember 7, 2017 is Election Day!

A ballot drop box is available at the Bonney Lake Park & Ride lot on Sky Island Dr E / 184th Ave E south of SR410. All drop boxes close at 8pm tonight (Nov. 7).

A map of Pierce County ballot drop box and voting center locations is available online here – no stamp required!

Unofficial election results will be available on the Pierce County website starting approximately 8:30PM on November 7, 2017.

Contact Pierce County Auditor’s Office at 253-798-7430 or visit their website for more information including Ballot Statistics, Voters’ Pamphlets, Results Release and Meeting Schedule, Validation Requirements, sample ballot, etc.

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Utility billing update from the City of Bonney Lake

The City of Bonney Lake has been conducting an ongoing internal audit of our utility billing and meter reading processes. At this point we have found no discrepancies. Consumption patterns are consistent with the same summer spikes in usage that we have seen year after year.

The billing breakdown is as follows:

Amount of bill
(summer billing cycle)
Percentage of Customers
< $100 39%
$101 – $200 34%
$201 – $300 17%
$301 – $400   5%
$401 – $500   2%
$501 – $1000   2%
> $1001 Less than 1%

At this point, we are continuing to follow the meter reading and billing process through to ensure the meters are being read correctly as well as that the information from the meter reading equipment uploads properly into the billing software. Again, we are seeing no inconsistencies.

However, during this billing cycle we are seeing consumption drop as we would expect as we enter a cooler billing cycle.  Again, it is the same consumption pattern we see year after year.

We are getting a lot of questions about ‘why did my bill double’. You are only billed for your consumption every other month, which means you are being billed for 2 months of consumption.  Following inquiries, we created this reference guide on how to read your bill.

How to Read My Utility Bill

If you are interested in tracking your consumption, please see this link on how to read your meter.

Water Meter Brochure

If you still have questions after reviewing this information please call Utilities at 253-447-4317.


City Administrator Don Morrison

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