March 5, 2015- Vol 7, Issue 10
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In This Issue
Pierce County Reads!
Comprehensive Plan
Community Summit
Public Notices

The Sumner Senior Center hosted a fun Valentine's Day party in February.  March brings a bunch of new events and trips.  Check out the website for details. 
Mayor's Update: Do You Want to Build a...Float?
Word to the wise...if you ever offer to take over storing a float, make sure you check how much extra stuff comes along with it!  Storing Sumner's community float was getting quite expensive for the Sumner Downtown Association, so we told them we'd store it at the City and coordinate getting it ready for this year's Daffodil Parade.  We didn't realize that in addition to the float, we were also getting giant daffodils, a mountain, a carousel, a piano, Santa's toy bag, a few reindeer, and enough chicken wire to satisfy Colonel Sanders!  I always knew that our Public Works Shops Crews were amazing, but now I know that they literally have moved mountains. 

The special thing about Sumner's Community Float is that it really is the community's float.  You don't have to belong to a special club or be a certain age to work on it.  Heck, you don't even have to live in Sumner!  We're happy to bring all ages together to get a beautiful float rolling for the parade.  It's just one of those things that makes Sumner special. We really appreciate Tracy and Theresa, who both work at REI, for coordinating the float.  Because of the move, we're a bit behind schedule.  They could really use your help.  Please contact Lana Hoover if you're interested in helping to build and decorate the float, and she'll get you info on upcoming work parties.  It's all hands on deck, Sumner!   


Mayor Dave Enslow

Pierce County Reads
Pierce County Reads is a county-wide event now hosted by Pierce County Library System that actually grew out of our own Sumner Reads, which used to be hosted by the Sumner Arts Commission and City of Sumner.  This year's book is Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat, telling the story of the 1936 University of Washington crew team and their epic quest for gold at the Berlin Olympics.  You can meet the author and participate in 63 free events, many of which are being held in Sumner. 

Click here to learn more.
East Sumner Neighborhood & Comprehensive Plan
The East Sumner Neighborhood Plan and Comprehensive Plan are built using citizen input about concerns and vision for the future.  Thank you to everyone who participated in workshops and filled out the survey last year! 
In the next 20 years, it is estimated that Sumner will welcome 3,120 more people, 10,280 more jobs and 1,814 more housing units. Where do they go?  How should that look?  How does Sumner plan for its growth and take into account transportation, environment & parks, capital facilities and economic development?

These are the questions that the updated Comprehensive Plan will answer.  You helped when you filled out your surveys last year, telling us things like what you thought were the most important issues facing Sumner and what you thought should be added to Sumner.  As the process continues, there's still more you can do.  The first draft of the updated plan is available online for you to review -  click here to begin. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for the online drafts.)


Submit your comments on the draft to the City by April 24th.  You can also attend the Planning Commission meeting on March 19th to learn more about this in person.


If you are particularly interested in the East Sumner Neighborhood Plan (which is part of the whole Comprehensive Plan), there's a Community Meeting on March 12, 7 pm, (for Planned Action Ordinance). Held at City Hall, this meeting will be an open house format with city staff and project consultants available to discuss and answer your questions about the Draft Planned Action Ordinance.  


More about the Comprehensive Plan Process  



Community Summit
Several Sumner councilmembers and community leaders enjoyed last year's Community Summit.

March 19, 2015
3:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Mountain View Middle School
Join neighbors, local leaders, youth, and community organizations to examine topics of importance at the 22nd Annual Community Summit, hosted by the Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition. This year's Summit will feature speaker Jim Martinson, a Sumner native, who is also the founder of Shadow Products, a sports equipment manufacturing company for persons with physical disabilities.  Jim is also very involved in the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, the partner with Sumner for Open in Sumner, which will be discussed at one of the Summit's break-out sessions. 

This event is free and open to the first 300 registrants; pre-registration is required.  Register online or call the STARR Project at (253) 891-6066.
Public Notices
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In addition, the City will make every effort to also post notices online.  Browse notices online