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March 2009- Vol 1, Issue 1
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In This Issue
Truck Routes
North End Floods
After Work, Consider Golf!
Come on in for fun events
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Welcome to news just for Sumner business! 
You may already receive Sumner's newsletter, Community Connections, but there are also specific subjects that are of special interest to those of you who do business in Sumner.  This is your newsletter!  We hope the information in it helps you do great business in Sumner.
Low Ridership Could End North End Transit
409 BusThe Pierce Transit 409 bus is making four trips to the north end every day, but ridership has started slow (usually about one rider per trip). That's not enough to keep service, let alone ask Pierce Transit for more!  Our hope was to show a great route so that we could talk about more runs and maybe a loop over to West Valley.  But, now we just hope we can keep what we have. 
Please encourage your employees, if possible, to ride transit.  There are some more links for information below. The current times are scheduled with other busses and trains serving the Sumner station for easy connections from Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Seattle, and Puyallup. 
If you have questions or suggestions why your employees aren't riding, e-mail Carmen Palmer, the city's communications director, at  Also, send her an e-mail if you'd like us to come out and talk through any questions or concerns with you or your employees. We can get that scheduled with Pierce Transit!
Use Sumner's Truck Routes for a Smooth Ride
Truck EnforcementSumner's truck routes are designed not only to limit truck traffic on residential roads but also to give your drivers a guide to which of Sumner's streets can handle large trucks for easy access. 
Just a reminder, you can use any street to make local deliveries but for getting through town, your drivers need to use the designated truck routes.  Be sure to familiarize your drivers and stick to the truck routes.  If found violating the route, a driver can receive a civil infraction with a maximum penalty of $550.  By the way, the biggest surprise to unfamiliar drivers is that Valley Avenue between Puyallup St. and Highway 410 is not a truck route!
North End Floods Not Forgotten
Flood--Stewart RdAs many of you know all too well, in January, the White River spilled over its banks, affecting many businesses, especially those that use Stewart Road.  Right after it happened, the Army Corps of Engineers was great very responsive to questions and comments.  Since they had released the same amount of water from the dam as in 2006, it was obvious something in the river had changed. Since then, we've heard little from the Corps, but we'll keep reminding them to not forget about Sumner! 
One thing that helped is that we had many of your e-mail addresses from the transit survey to send you quick warnings and updates during the flood.  This e-newsletter and list is the more formal evolution of that system.  If you're have already signed up to receive these e-mails, forward this on to your colleagues in Sumner and encourage them to sign up directly. 
After Work: Sumner Meadows Offers Fun for Beginners and Pros
 Golf Course
Looking for a way to enjoy spring outdoors without going far?  Try Sumner Meadows Golf Links.  Did you know that this Scottish-style links course measures close to 6,800 yards and features 5 sets of tees, making it playable for golfers of all skill levels? Also unique to Sumner Meadows: it is one of Washington's longest golf holes - a 628 yard, par 5 - where par is a good score! 
Check online at  You can schedule tee times, find out more about earning free golf through the Players Card, or look into taking your first lesson with Dave Kendall.  Whether you hit a bucket of balls or play the entire 18 holes, we'll see you out on the links!
Calendar of Events
Come on in orange
You and your employees are a part of our community, and we hope you come back even when you're not working to enjoy Sumner's many fun events.
April 4  Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade, 2:30 pm, Downtown, come to Sumner to enjoy the parade with small town charm.  If you'd like to be official, ask about being a Police Volunteer to help guide people.  Call 253-299-5642.

April 11  19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 9 am - noon, Sunset Stadium, sponsored by East Pierce Firefighters Local 3520
April 17 Sumner Arts Commission presents the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm, Performing Arts Center, enjoy a FREE concert right here in Sumner.  Bring a can of food to go to the Sumner Food Bank.

April 18  Arbor Day, help the Forestry Commission "green-up" Sumner.  If interested, call Gene McCaul at 253-863-1234. 
Connecting with the Community
We realize that many non-profit and service organizations help make this a wonderful community to live and work.  Here are a few local efforts that the City is proud to participate in; if you'd like to join us, click on each link to learn more!
Daffodil Festival
In its 76th year, this annual festival celebrates the heritage of our region, including the City of Sumner.  The Grand Floral Parade is April 4 at 2:30 pm in Sumner. 
On May 29, the Sumner Police Department is participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run through Sumner's industrial area to raise money for Special Olympics. 
The City team joins others in the fight against cancer at the Relay, August 7-8.                               
Flood photo credit: AJ Porrini, Parametrix
Sumner Meadows photo credit Mark Seman