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April 16, 2014- Vol 6, Issue 16
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Downtown Parking Passes
Sumner: 2035
Hunt for Eggs
Spring Newsletter
Public Notices

This week is Animal Control Officers week.  Chief Moericke recognized Sumner's officers last Monday, presenting Officer Nikki Smith with the proclamation.  Far from the "dog catchers" of old movies, officers often rescue animals in distress, protect the public from aggressive animals, and help all animals find their Forever Family.  Visit Metro Animal Services to see how you can help.

Mayor's Update: No More "Dog Catchers"
Metro Animal Services portrayed their pet-friendly attitude at the Daffodil Parade.

 It's unfortunate how dog catchers are portrayed in old cartoons. You know the image--the mean guy with the big net who just can't wait to capture the poor, lost mutt.  It couldn't be farther from the truth. 


Sumner is really lucky to have professional, compassionate animal control officers who can't wait to find a wonderful home and Forever Family for all lost dogs, cats and animals in our city.  They have used licenses and microchips to reconnect dogs who went missing from their worried family months before and miles away.  They have gone into bad situations (at some risk to their own safety) to rescue animals in distress.  They work to match animals needing homes with just the right new owner so that both will be happy for a long, long time. 


Sumner operates Metro Animal Services in partnership with Puyallup.  We provide the staffing and oversight, and they provide a space for the shelter.  Five other cities have come onboard because they recognize we can provide higher quality of service for less cost. 


How can you help?  License your own pets.  For about $10 each year, you are helping to support other pets and owners when they are in great distress.  You never know if you're going to need that service yourself, but even if you don't it's a simple way to help other pets and families in your community.  When you need another pet in your own family, visit the Metro Animal Services shelter.  You can even browse the pets available online.  Most of all, thank the officers when you see them around town or at the latest event or parade.  They do great work for all of us. 


Mayor Dave Enslow  


Downtown Parking Passes


The City of Sumner continues to seek the balance for downtown parking lots to serve you and your employees while remaining open for customers. Based on feedback from businesses over the past few months, the City Council decided to try a parking pass program, and Sumner Downtown Association agreed to manage the new program.



Per the new ordinance, the City will distribute 30 passes every two years. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to Sumner businesses with a maximum of two per business. To be fair, all businesses must show their Sumner Business License to obtain permit(s)--even if we've known you for years.



Passes will be distributed starting Tuesday, April 29 at 9 am



Passes will be distributed by Sumner Downtown Assocation at their office on Kincaid.

The passes are valid only in Lots 1 & 2, which are located north of Main Street and west of Ryan. They are not valid in any other City lot.


More Information

  • For anyone without passes, Lots 1 & 2 will have a six hour limit during weekdays.
  • All other lots are not changing; and the pass is not valid in any other lot.
  • The City is distributing 30 passes because that is roughly half the available parking in Lots 1 & 2. This was the compromise to balance employee and customer needs.
  • Passes are transferable and may be used in any passenger vehicle, so multiple employees on different shifts may share the same pass.
  • Passes are available only to Sumner businesses, so please bring your Sumner Business License with you when you pick up your pass(es).
  • Passes must be clearly displayed in the vehicle to be valid, preferably hanging from the rearview mirror.
  • Presenting a pass that was hidden after receiving a parking ticket will not negate the ticket.
  • Lost passes may be replaced for $100 each.
  • Passes are good for two years. We'll repeat this process in 2016 and 2018. 

Questions: Contact Paul Rogerson, City of Sumner, at or 253-299-5521.

Sumner: 2035


Community Workshops:

April 24 and May 29, both 5-8 PM

City Hall

1104 Maple Street



This year, the City is updating Sumner's Comprehensive Plan, setting vision and policy for growth and development for the next 20 years. Thank you to everyone who helped take the survey.  Now, it's time for a discussion.


  • What do you want Sumner to look like in 2035?
  • What could be better?
  • What should stay the same? 
  • What should be priorities?

Come on in to the Community Workshops to share your ideas about the future of Sumner!  This is the opportunity, in a casual format, to learn and comment on:


  • The City's VISION STATEMENT and identify key community VALUES
  • Future Land Use and Zoning in the Community
  • Preserving Community Character and Historic and Cultural resources
  • Improving PARKS and OPEN SPACE
  • Protecting and conserving the ENVIRONMENT
 Hunt for Eggs


The 24th Annual Sumner Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by East Pierce Firefighters Local 3520, will be held at Sunset Chev Stadium. Children will be welcomed onto  the field in the following age groups:

  • 9 am: 1-3 years
  • 10 am: 4-7 years
  • 11 am: 8-11 years

More information

Spring Newsletter


 The Spring Community Connections is hitting mailboxes this week.  The issue includes an overview of 2013's highlights and numbers.  If you are outside the City of Sumner or can't wait to see a paper copy, take a look online

Public Notices
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