Pierce County Library System’s Pierce County READS 2018

Pierce County READS explores the Civil Rights Movement

Mayor Neil Johnson will read a proclamation in support of Pierce County READS during tonight’s City Council Meeting (March 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.).

From Pierce County Library: The powerful words and images of the Civil Rights Movement continue to inspire people of all ages. Pierce County Library System revisits the events and emotions of the Civil Rights Movement this spring with its community program, Pierce County READS.

From March 11 through May 11, thousands of people will come together as a community to read this year’s Pierce County READS selection, award-winning graphic novel trilogy “March” co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Congressman Lewis of Georgia is one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement and the only remaining speaker alive from the Big Six Leaders that organized the 1963 March on Washington. To share his remarkable story, Lewis joined Aydin and Powell to use a graphic novel format to educate and inspire a new generation.

“The “March” series is a catalyst for discussions about diversity, society and engagement in one’s community, in ways that are both historical and directly relevant to today’s world,” said Pierce County Library’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “This remarkable story is guaranteed to inspire rich discussion throughout our community.”

Pierce County READS kicks off with a closer look at the Civil Rights Movement locally through an exhibit and screening of the documentary “Transforming Tacoma: The Struggle for Civil Rights” Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. A panel discussion will follow the screening and includes former Tacoma Mayor Harold Moss, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and documentary filmmaker Sid Lee.

The two-month program will also feature:

  • The Unspoken Truths: American History Traveling Museum Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., at South Hill Pierce County Library 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup. View exhibits from African American history and hear storytelling at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • A conversation with Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times best-selling author of “So you want to talk about race?”

Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. at Lakewood Playhouse, 729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood.

Join the author and explore the struggles of talking about racial topics.

  • Living History: A Special After-Hours Event

Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, University Place.

Learn from the inspiring experiences of local residents who were key in the Civil Rights Movement in Pierce County. Speakers include Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first African American mayor; Jim Walton, Tacoma’s first African American city manager; Lyle Quasim, the first African American Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) head; Rosa Franklin, the first African American woman elected to the Washington State Senate and others.

During the Pierce County READS program residents may also participate in book discussions, film screenings and graphic novel workshops.

Celebrate the culmination of the program with an evening with Aydin and Powell Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m., at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium, 124th St S, Tacoma. Attendees can meet the creative team and have books signed following the presentation. A video message from Lewis may also be included.

Pierce County READS has encouraged residents to read copies of the same book at the same time for a countywide conversation for 11 years. The community one-book program is the largest community reading event in Washington State.

All events are free thanks to the generous support of KeyBank Foundation and the Pierce County Library Foundation.

Contact: Mary Getchell, Marketing and Communications Director

Office: 253-548-3428; cell: 253-229-4477

More information, including the full schedule of events is available at piercecountyreads.org.

About Pierce County Library System

The nationally acclaimed Pierce County Library System serves 600,000 people throughout Pierce County with 20 libraries and online services. The system is the fourth largest in the state and is funded primarily through property taxes. People may choose from more than 1.5 million books, movies and other materials, as well as nearly half a million online/downloadable materials. Pierce County Library is committed to directing services in three primary areas: learning, enjoyment and community connection. Its services and programs spark success for Pierce County residents. More than 2 million people visit Pierce County Libraries each year. The Library provides services and programs directly to people in adult care facilities or who are homebound, and to children in child care centers and schools. Pierce County Libraries are located at Anderson Island, Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Eatonville, Fife, Gig Harbor, Graham, Key Center, Lakewood, Milton/Edgewood, Orting, Parkland/Spanaway, Pierce County Library Administrative Center, South Hill, Steilacoom, Summit, Sumner, Tillicum and University Place. Pierce County Library is an independent municipal corporation and operates as a junior taxing district.


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Ready to get more involved in the community? Bonney Lake Arts Commission has a vacancy!


The City of Bonney Lake is seeking applications for volunteer membership on the Bonney Lake Arts Commission.

One regular (non-student) position (Position #4) is currently open. The Arts Commission regularly meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The term is for 3 years. The Commissioner will be appointed by the Mayor.

To apply, submit the application for membership – available at the City Clerk’s office and on the City’s website at www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/section_government/committees/index.shtml Continue reading

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Project Update: Night road work scheduled on SR410 March 12-14

Project Update: SR410 / 204th Ave E Intersection

Night work is scheduled on SR410 next week near 204th Ave E on Monday, March 12, Tuesday, March 13, and possibly Wednesday, March 14.

The work is to remove barriers and install the last two signal arms at 204th Ave E. The new traffic signals will be covered and orange barrels will be set up to prevent left turns onto 204th.

Contractors plan to grind asphalt on SR410 the week of March 26th and begin paving as soon as weather and temperature allows. These operations will also be night work. Staff expect the project will be paved in early April, with temporary striping placed after paving.

The developer of the Mountain View Marketplace project (Costco / Visconsi) have also requested to pave 204th Ave south of SR410 during the week of March 12th, if weather and temperatures allow; this work will occur during the day. This work should not impact traffic on SR410.

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Water System Open House Presentations – 3 March 2018

On March 3, 2018, the City hosted a Water System Open House to share an overview on what goes into providing safe, clean water to the community. Below you’ll find the presentations given by RH2 Engineering, Neptune Technology Group, Washington State Department of Health, and FCS Group.

Overview of Water System

Bonney Lake’s water system is a complex network of pipes that delivered more than 1.3 billion gallons of water last year to a population of over 37,000. RH2 Engineering specializes in utility and infrastructure work and has served as the City’s engineering consultant for roughly 20 years. Geoff Dillard with RH2 will take us through how Bonney Lake’s water system works, what do water rates pay for, and typical household water consumption.

The City is currently completing the fourth year of a 10-year plan to convert touch read and manual read water meters to Neptune Technology Group radio read meters. Neptune provides utility management systems, service, and support to more than 4,000 utilities across North America. Tim Loosier with Neptune shared an overview of how meters operate. For information on how to read your meter or check for leaks, download the “Water Meter Brochure” on the City’s Utilities Consumer Education web page at www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/utilities.

Regulatory requirements

The City is required to update its Water System Plan every six years and submit a draft to the State Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water for review. The water system requires qualified staff to operate and maintain it, and an ongoing capital improvement program to replace old components and meet requirements mandated by federal and state laws.

The primary purpose of the City’s Water System Plan is to identify and schedule water system improvements that correct existing deficiencies, and ensure a safe and reliable supply of water for current and future customers. Jennifer Kropack, regional planner with the Office of Drinking Water, presented on the value of water, regulations, and the state’s comment in the review of Bonney Lake’s Water System Plan.

Water utility rates explained

The City hired FCS Group to conduct a water and sewer utility rate study. FCS Group provides utility rate and fee consulting, utility management consulting, financial planning and analysis, and economic services to public section clients. Chris Gonzales with FCS Group presented an overview of the utility rate study process and recommendations presented to City Council in 2017. City Council will discuss utility rates at a future Council meeting. To stay information, sign up to receive City Council meeting agenda notices by emailing a request to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@ci.bonney-lake.wa.us or calling 253-862-8602.

Follow-up responses to questions received following the open house:

Q. How much potable water is processed each month & how much is billed at the meters? Effectively, what is the billing efficiency or mass balance? How does that compare with similar systems?

A. Following are potable water production and consumption (in gallons) quantities for 2017.

Columns 2 through 6 are the individual production totals by month for each potable water source.
Column 7 is the sum total of all sources production for that month.
Column 8 is the metered consumption.
Column 9 is miscellaneous water use due to, mainly, construction activities and fire suppression.
Column 10 is the difference between Column 7 and Column 8 plus Column 9. This is our “lost” water.
Column 11 is the percentage value of the “lost” water shown in Column 10.

Lost water is the water that does not get measured by a meter. There is a certain amount of lost water every year in every water distribution system. Loss can occur in many different manners but the largest contributor is leaks.

In Washington State, any water loss percentage that is over 10% for the previous three year average is not in compliance with WAC 246-290-820. The water loss percentage in the City distribution system was 9% in 2016 and 8.33% in 2017. While our three year average is just slightly over 10%, we are seeing a downward trend. The percentage water loss in the City system compares quite favorably to other systems our size. There are many systems in the state that regularly record water loss percentages much higher than ours.

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Candlelight Vigil

We invite the community to join us for a candlelight vigil in honor of Zachary Roundtree and Bonney Lake Police Officer James Larsen on Thursday, March 8. The vigil will start at approximately 6:15 p.m. at the Allan Yorke Park flag pole, 7203 W Tapps Hwy E. We will have a supply of candles available, but you’re also welcomed to bring your own.

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Officer James Larsen and Zach Roundtree, an Air Force veteran and the son of a longtime Bonney Lake Public Works employee, passed away during a snowmobiling incident. At approximately 1:30pm, Officer Larsen and Zach were snowmobiling with two friends above the City of Cle Elum in Kittatas County when they were struck by an avalanche. Officer Larsen and Zach did not survive.

Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of kind messages and support during this difficult time.

Read the official press release here: http://www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/cityblog/?p=7676.

Parking map:

vigil parking map

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Press Release

LarsenIt is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce Bonney Lake Officer James Larsen passed away today during a snowmobiling incident. At approximately 1:30pm, Officer Larsen was snowmobiling with three friends above the City of Cle Elum in Kittatas County when they were struck by an avalanche. Officer Larsen did not survive. Also killed in the accident was the son of a longtime Bonney Lake Public Works employee.

Bonney Lake Police Officers responded to the scene and escorted Officer Larsen to the Kittitas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officer Larsen worked over 14 years with Bonney Lake Police after serving as a Police Officer for the City of Yelm. Officer Larsen leaves behind his parents and two sisters.

There will be a memorial site at the Bonney Lake Police Department Flag Pole. Mayor Neil Johnson has ordered all city flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of Officer Larsen. Chief Powers will have all staff wear mourning bands until further notice. Funeral information will be provided at a later time.

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Bonney Lake Water System Open House

Bonney Lake Water System Open House
Saturday, March 3, 2018
10 a.m. – Noon
Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd

Bonney Lake’s water system is a complex network of pipes that delivered more than 1.3 billion gallons of water last year to a population of over 37,000. Join us at an open house to hear a presentation on what goes into providing safe, clean water to the community. The presentation will be given in three sections:

  1. Overview of water system
    RH2 Engineering has served as the City’s engineering consultant for roughly 20 years. RH2 will take us through how Bonney Lake’s water system works and its history. In addition, the City is currently completing the fourth year of a 10-year plan to convert all water meters to radio read meters. Neptune Technology Group will present an overview of how radio read meters operate.
  2. Regulatory requirements
    The Washington State Department of Health ensures water systems comply with state and federal drinking water regulations. The State Office of Drinking Water will provide an overview of its role in protecting the health of the people by ensuring safe and reliable drinking water.
  3. Water utility rates explained
    The City hired FCS Group in 2017 to conduct a water and sewer utility rate study. FCS Group will present an overview of the utility rate study process and recommendations presented to City Council last year. This is an open house and does not include a discussion or public hearing on setting utility rates.

There will be limited time after each presentation for attendees to ask questions related to the presentation. If there’s not enough time to get to all the questions, people may write down their questions on a note card and we will share responses on the city’s website along with other meeting materials.

The open house is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd.

If you aren’t able to join us for our open house, materials will be posted the following week on the City’s website at www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/utilities. If you have questions about the open house, contact Leslie Harris at harrisl@ci.bonney-lake.wa.us or 253-447-3280.

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Message from Murrey’s Disposal: Snow Day 2/22/18

The following is a message that was sent out to customers by Murrey’s Disposal. If you have any questions, contact customer service at 253-414-0347.

Snow Day 2/22/18
On Thursday, February 22nd, due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions for our drivers to operate, all serviced was canceled. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Due to the mass impact of 15,000 customers being missed on Thursday and such short notice to successfully staff a Saturday makeup day all customers will be eligible for a double up on your next scheduled pickup day.

Garbage double up – March 1st:
Please place extra bags or a personal can (not exceeding the amount of your weekly subscription amount) next to your regular garbage cart. These will be taken at no extra cost to make up for the missed service on the 22nd.

Recycle or Yard Waste double up – March 8th:
Extra recycle can be placed out alongside the regular recycle cart. You can place extra recycle in a personal can or in a larger cardboard box that hasn’t been broken down. Extra yard waste can be placed alongside the regular yard waste cart in a personal can or in biodegradable or paper bags.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. We hope that this email serves as a guideline to help you with the scheduled pickup this week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you!
Murrey’s Disposal Team
253-414-0347 (customer service)

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Winter Weather Response Update: Road Treatment; Garbage/Yard Waste Service

Update as of 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 23:

Good morning! As you traveled to work today you may have noticed some stripes on the road (see photo). The City is now applying a brine solution to the roads in order to prevent ice from adhering to the roadway. Currently, we only have one truck capable of applying the solution to the roads so it’s tough to cover the entire city. Our priorities are the roads around schools, our emergency services facilities, hilly roads, and high traffic areas. While we plan on still using sand in some areas to improve driving conditions, using the brine solution means we can use less.

Please be aware that forecasters are reporting that more snow is on the way. There is a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 p.m. this afternoon to 4 a.m. Saturday morning for the East Puget Sound Lowlands. There is potential for 2 to 6 inches of accumulation. Crews are already out making the rounds and will be ready to respond if additional snow does arrive. If you must drive, please be sure you and your vehicle are prepared.

Were you scheduled for garbage and yard waste service on February 22? DM Disposal did not run residential routes due to inclement weather. Residential customers may place out two weeks worth of garbage and yard waste on the next scheduled service day. If you don’t have an extra bin and plan to use plastic bags for garbage or paper bags for yard waste, it is recommended that you wait to place the bags outside next to the container the morning of service. If you have any questions, contact DM Disposal at 1-888-806-7048.

For more information regarding snow and ice control, visit http://www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/section_government/departments/public_works/streets_fleets_stormwater.shtml#winter.

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Employment Opportunity at the City of Bonney Lake: Construction Inspector

The City of Bonney Lake is seeking an experienced Construction Inspector to work on the Infrastructure Development Team within our Public Services Department.

View this and other job opportunities at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/bonneylake

Learn more about working at the City of Bonney Lake on our website at www.citybonneylake.org/employment.

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