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In February, the City of Fife recognizes two observances that call attention to the ongoing need to battle racism and build a society that lives up to democratic ideals.
At the Feb. 13 regular city council meeting, Mayor Kim Roscoe signed a proclamation recognizing February as Black History Month. Although its origins go back to 1926, Black History Month was first celebrated at a national level in 1976, when President Gerald Ford issued a proclamation calling it an “opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
At the same Feb. 13 regular city council meeting, Mayor Roscoe signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 19 as the Day of Remembrance of Japanese American Incarceration During WWII, which commemorates Executive Order 9066. The order, issued on the same date in 1942, led to the unjust imprisonment of around 120,000 persons, including more than 7,000 who were forcibly relocated to a temporary detention facility at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
Watch the Feb. 13 Fife City Council meeting.
Fountain Memorial Nominations Accepted Through Feb. 29
Do you know of someone who should be memorialized for their contributions to the Fife community? The city is accepting nominations for persons to be honored with a plaque at Fountain Memorial Park.
Nominees must have been deceased for at least one year from the date of application, and need not have been a resident of Fife.
Read the eligibility requirements, learn about the nomination process and download the required form.
Stay Informed, Stay Safe
When it comes to emergency situations like fire, floods and evacuation notices, staying informed can be a crucial part of staying safe. The City of Fife uses a system called CodeRED to send out notifications by phone, email, text and the CodeRED Mobile Alert app about emergencies like these, as well as general notifications about utility outages, water main breaks and more. To learn more about the system and how to sign up, visit cityoffife.org/codered—there's no charge to register for or use CodeRED and your personal information will be kept confidential.
For emergency notifications about the wider region, register for Pierce County ALERT, a free service that lets you choose up to five locations you care about—such as your residence, workplace and children's school—to receive notifications from. To sign up, visit piercecountywa.gov/alert, call 253-798-6595 or text "PCALERT" to 888-777.
Are you dedicated to making Fife a better place to live, work and play?
Consider applying for a position on one of the city's citizen advisory groups, which make recommendations to council on a wide range of topics and policy matters. There are currently openings on the Fife Planning Commission, the Parks Advisory Board and the Public Arts Commission.
What would you do to help make your neighborhood a better place to live? Paint a cheerful mural to brighten the environment for passersby? Create a community garden?
Or maybe host a block party where neighbors new and old can connect and get to know each other?
The city's new Neighborhood Improvement Grant program provides up to $1,000 for projects like these that make a positive impact in communities.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Fife residents in a group of two or more may apply. Your group must either be a nonprofit or be affiliated with a nonprofit that the city will contract with for this grant.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
All projects must provide an overall neighborhood benefit. The grant will not fund activities and projects used for personal gain or improvements to private property, unless there is a community benefit (such as a mural). Projects/events cannot occur in areas not available to the public, like a gated community. Your group's project coordinators are responsible for obtaining all necessary permits, permissions, licenses, etc. as needed for your project.
Projects must fit within the following criteria:
Read more about grant requirements and restrictions, and learn how to apply.
new fife councilmember joey murphy sworn in
Fife has a new city councilmember! Joey Murphy, an environmental planner for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and a former Fife Parks Advisory Board member, was elected in the November general election and officially sworn in to office at the Nov. 28 regular council meeting. He succeeds Abby Drivdahl in position 6.
"I am very humbled to be part of Fife’s city council and am going to work hard to live up to the trust our citizens have given me to represent their interests," says Murphy. "I hope to serve in a manner I’ll be proud to tell my kids about one day."
Learn more about Murphy and Fife's other councilmembers.
Here’s a reminder that Fife's safety cameras are back on effective Sept. 6, 2023, for the start of the school year. It’s so important as our students are out and about again that local drivers keep the speed down. There’s no question about the effectiveness of speed cameras in reducing the likelihood of a crash, but did you also know that speed cameras also reduce the likelihood of fatalities? (read more at https://www.iihs.org/topics/speed).
• Our school zone safety cameras are located along Valley Ave. E. and 20th St. E.
• Flashing lights are active between 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days
• A reduced speed of 20 m.p.h. is imposed during these hours
We want to hear from you!
To learn more about the comp plan update, visit cityoffife.org/engaging-fife or send an email with your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Fife has finalized its legislative agenda for 2024. This council-approved agenda is a list of state legislative priorities identified by city staff and Fife City Councilmembers as important issues, programs and initiatives for the City of Fife and its citizens. This agenda informs the public about the priorities that Fife, its elected officials and city leadership, have identified for the upcoming legislative session. You can download a printable PDF copy of the Fife legislative agenda here.
The well-being of our community is important to our city council and the city manager's office. If you have any concerns or issues you would like addressed, we encourage you to complete a Citizen Action Form. This is the most efficient way for us to get all the necessary information we need in order to respond effectively and timely. You can complete the form here.
We are excited to announce that construction on the Splash Pad at Colburn Park is scheduled to begin this summer.
Located adjacent to the Fife Aquatic Center, this new amenity will add 2,650 sq. ft. of accessible recreation space, including three main play areas (for toddlers, teens and families) with a range of spray features and a slip-resistant concrete surface. Surrounding the splash pad will be a border of 8”x 8” bricks—that’s where you have a chance to make your mark on this future recreation space.
Up to 500 bricks are available to be engraved with your message. Celebrate a life event, commemorate a loved one, advertise your business or simply add your family’s name to the list of those who are making a splash in our community—it’s up to you!
Learn more about the Splash Pad and the Buy-a-Brick campaign.
Heads up: Over the next week, citizens will notice the placement of several ecology blocks north and south of the railroad tracks on 54th Ave. E. The maps below show the approximate locations of the blocks. These will include barricades and 'Road Closed' signs. They will be placed to still allow emergency vehicles access if necessary. The goal is to slow vehicles down and prevent anyone from striking the gates at full speed.
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a new Pierce County Human Services program funded by the Washington State Department of Health and Human Services and is designed to pay off debts on water and sewer bills up to $2,500 for qualified Pierce County residents, including Fife residents. To be eligible for this program, you must meet the income guidelines below:
TO APPLY: Call Pierce County at 253-798-4328 to make an appointment for completing an application.
MORE INFO: Visit their website here or view the program flyer hereWater Assistance Program.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.
You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.
If your household is eligible, you could receive:
For more information, to see if you qualify and to apply, visit their website here: https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/
All city buildings are currently open to the public. Masks are optional for all guests and employees inside city buildings.
Here are the normal schedules for when each building will be open:
Fife City Hall: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays by appointment only (To set up an appointment, call 253-922-2489)
Community Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aquatic Center: Hours vary depending on programs, please check cityoffife.org/aquatics for a schedule.
Public Works Counter: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Police Department Counter: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Municipal Court Counter: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Here are ways to reach the following departments to conduct city business by phone, email or web.
FINANCE/UTILITY BILL PAYMENT: The City of Fife's Finance Department offers online utility bill pay. Please click here for more information or click on this link https://fife.merchanttransact.com/Default.aspx. Have a question about utility bills? Be sure to check out our Utility FAQ here.
For assistance with online or phone payments, please call 253-922-2489 and press 1 for utilities during business hours. Payment by check may be mailed or put into the utility drop box located in the City Hall parking lot.
PERMITTING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: 253-922-9625 or email email@example.com. Check out the new online permitting features at cityoffife.org/onlinepermits.
PUBLIC WORKS: 253-922-9315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY CENTER: 253-922-0900 or email email@example.com
AQUATIC CENTER: 253--922-7665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICE DEPARTMENT: 253-922-6633 or email@example.com (for emergencies, please call 911)
MUNICIPAL COURT: 253-922-6635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STAFF DIRECTORY: Don't see a department listed that you need to reach? Find a staff directory here: https://www.cityoffife.org/directory.aspx
Check out this tool from the National Weather Service that the city uses to monitor the Puyallup River water levels: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=sew&gage=puyw1
Did you know that WSDOT has a few traffic cameras in Fife where you can view traffic and road conditions? Check them out on a map here: https://wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/. One of the cameras is at the Wapato Way East roundabout at SR 99. You can access that specific camera here: https://images.wsdot.wa.gov/orflow/099vc00089.jpg?a=164088206531
Need to contact Union Pacific Railroad to report a signal issue? Here's how to do that. Call the UPRR Response Management Communication Center at 888-877-7267 or the UPRR Grade Crossing Hotline at 800-848-8715. Please make note of the address of the crossing you're calling about. Fife has three at-grade railroad crossings from UPRR - at 54th Avenue East, 70th Avenue East and Freeman Road East. If there is an emergency in progress, please call 911.
The Tideflats subarea planning process, a partnership between City of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County and City of Fife, is intended to create a shared long-term vision and more coordinated approach to development, environmental review, and strategic capital investments in the Tideflats. Completion of the subarea plan will support the ongoing eligibility for and prioritization of transportation funding in the regional manufacturing and industrial center. The Tideflats is an area of over 5,000 acres of waterfront land providing vital saltwater and estuarian habitat for salmon, shellfish and other marine life, the Tideflats is an economic center that includes industrial and manufacturing and maritime activity in a world class port and is the ancestral lands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The area is designated as the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC). The MIC is home to Tacoma and Pierce County’s highest concentration of industrial and manufacturing activity and is the work site for about 9,800 employees.
To learn more about community engagement opportunities with this important project, please visit https://www.cityoftacoma.org/tideflatsplan.
Did you know you can sign up for auto payments for utility billing? You can also make a one-time payment online. To do so, visit this page. For more information on utility payments, visit this page. For more information on recent utility rate increases for the City of Fife , please visit this page. Have another utility-related question? Visit this FAQ page.
Want to find out more about the SR 167 completion project that will add a bridge over I-5 at 70th Avenue East? Read more at our traffic page at cityoffife.org/traffic. Or, visit the WSDOT information page - https://wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR167/completion/default.htm
The City of Fife’s Community Development team has worked hard to make the city’s online permitting system more user friendly. You can apply for a permit from anywhere, so long as you have a computer connection. To learn more about the city’s online permitting features, visit cityoffife.org/onlinepermits.
Fife City Council holds their regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 6 p.m. They hold a study session on the third Tuesday of each month, also starting at 6 p.m. Currently, all council meetings allow for in-person attendance and also the able to participate remotely. For more information on city council meetings and to review the agendas, please click here.
To find out how you can participate in those meetings, visit cityoffife.org and select the date for the next council meeting. Citizens who would like to submit comments in advance of the meeting may do so by emailing the comments to the City Clerk’s office at email@example.com or sending via postal mail to 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.
Interested in getting involved and volunteering on one of our boards and commissions? Click here to learn more about the different opportunities available.
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Find out more about city communication at cityoffife.org/communications.