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In honor of National Police Week, May 11 to 17, we wanted to spotlight the work of two Fife police officers. One officer is at the start of their career and one is celebrating a retirement next month. Officer Eugley began his career with the Fife Police Department a little over 22 years ago. He’s seen tremendous growth in the city and the department. From setting up school and community events, volunteering at school field days, to being a full-time motor officer and lead instructor of a traffic school, Officer Eugley has made a lasting impact on our police department and our community. Looking back on his career in Fife, Eugley says, “I’m proud to have served our community with integrity and never wavering from my personal values.” His dedication and work ethic are qualities Eugley has been able to impart on new officers as they’ve joined the department. Over the last 17 years he has also served the vital role of field training officer (FTO), mentoring new police officers in Fife. “The importance of a FTO is to make sure new officers have the right tools, education and mentorship needed in order to have a successful start in their career,” Eugley said.
The last recruit to benefit from Eugley’s mentorship is Officer Arnwine. Arnwine started with the Fife Police Department in July of 2021. Since then, he’s graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and completed the field training officer program under Officer Eugley. Arnwine says, “I chose to become a police officer to be a guardian of democracy, and to work with like-minded, motivated and highly trained people who strive in any situation. I chose Fife PD specifically because of the officers who are here. Not only are they a team, but they are a family, who serve our community and embody what it means to be a law enforcement officer.” When asked about his experience working alongside Officer Eugley, Arnwine stated, “My experience with Eugley was awesome. He tested me to be a better junior officer. Not only was he an expert in law enforcement, but he was also great in the community, and gave respect to all who he encountered. He will be part of the reason why a kid from Fife years from now would want to join the department and serve their community.”
Officer Eugley is set to retire on June 1 and said, “I look forward to spending lots of time with my wife, family and grandkids.” He retires with the following advice for new hires, including Officer Arnwine, “Serve with integrity, keep your head up and realize why you got into law enforcement- to help people.”
At their May 10 meeting, Fife City Councilmembers made a proclamation recognizing National Police Week. You can read the full proclamation here.
At their May 10 meeting, Fife City Councilmembers made a proclamation recognizing National Public Works Week. This year, National Public Works Week is May 15 to 21.
In Fife, public works is a 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year operation. Our public works professionals maintain 44 lane miles of roadway and 41 miles of sidewalks; more than 85 miles of water mains, 41 miles of sewer pipes, 30 miles of storm-drain pipes and 2,054 catch basins; 12 sewer lift stations, 3 stormwater pump stations; provide 728 million gallons of safe, clean drinking water and maintain 1,045 fire hydrants; pump 193 million gallons of sewage for treatment and clean 811 manholes.
Thanks to members of our public works crew and support staff for everything they do to continue to make our city great!
Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations have made to American history, society and culture. This May, during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) who make our Nation more vibrant through diversity of cultures, languages and religions.
For this year, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) selected the theme, Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration.
Information has been curated by the FAPAC to educate the public and celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month here: https://fapac.org/AAPI-Resources
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute during the month of May to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are important to future success.
Numerous in-person and virtual events are happening commemorating these important contributions.
Tacoma's Asia Pacific Cultural Center has a full month of events planned. Find more information and a schedule of events here.
The Washington State History Museum host exhibits, virtual tours and free community programs this month as well. Find details here.
To see how the National Park Service celebrates, shares history and pays tribute, visit here.
Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) will be hosting a series of virtual conversations with community and state leaders throughout the month for Conversations with CAPAA! Tune into these weekly live talks on Facebook here.
The National Archives will have an immersive virtual exhibit online here.
Find a list of recommended books celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage here.
At their May 10 meeting, Fife City Councilmembers made a proclamation recognizing Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. You can read the full proclamation here.
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/
At their regular meeting on April 26, Fife City Council presented House Transportation Chair Rep. Jake Fey with a plaque in recognition of his leadership and efforts during the 2022 Legislative Session on the Move Ahead Washington Package to benefit Fife, Pierce County, the region and people throughout Washington State.
The Move Ahead Washington Package provides Fife and partners with:
Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) asked that we share some information about an upcoming public meeting. From 6-8 p.m. on May 26, Tacoma Public Utilities will hold a hybrid, in-person and virtual, listening session regarding their upcoming budget & rates adjustments. TPU is hoping that customers will join them, ask questions and share their thoughts about TPU's budget and rates process.
For more information on how to join the meeting, visit MyTPU.org/Events.
The Department of Corrections has proposed a work-release facility in Fife. It’s important to the City of Fife that the public is informed of this proposal.
Here is some background information: The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) has identified Fife as an “underserved area” for expanding their state-operated work release program. They are considering placing up to a 120-bed facility at the SW corner of Pacific Highway and 65th Ave E (6416 Pacific Hwy E. Fife, WA 98424). The site currently has a vacant 3-story office building with access for up to 90 surface parking spaces. The DOC has not formally submitted any permit applications to the city at this time.
Fife, and our local legislative delegation and county council representative, jointly signed a letter expressing concerns about potential impacts on the community and whether 120 beds is a fair share for Fife, and our region.
At the Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 Fife City Council meeting, the city council unanimously approved a six-month moratorium prohibiting the permitting and establishment of a work release facility. The purpose of the moratoria is to:
- Research and talk with stakeholders, including the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, about potential impacts of the facility on neighboring properties, businesses and city services;
- Review our local and county-wide planning policies and the “essential public facility” regulations to ensure that they mitigate potential impacts and continue to serve the good of the community;
- Clarify “fair share” for Fife and Pierce County and mitigate disproportionate financial burdens
On Jan. 5, the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) held a virtual public hearing to gather input.
On Feb. 8, the City of Fife held a public hearing for a moratorium passed by the Fife City Council to temporarily pause the permitting and establishment of work release facilities within the city of Fife. A public hearing is required as a follow-up to this emergency measure. The public can watch this public hearing by visiting cityoffife.org/meetings . Councilmembers asked for comment from the public on whether the temporary moratorium should be maintained, modified or rescinded by extending the public hearing for written comment until Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.
At the Feb. 22 Fife City Council meeting the council made the decision to maintain the moratorium through affirming Ordinance No. 2069. The ordinance prohibits the permitting and establishment of a work-release facility in Fife through June 14, 2022.
Due to the moratoria being affirmed by the Fife City Council, the next steps in the work program will include:
The work program anticipates potential staff recommendations presented to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing and formulate recommendations. The Planning Commission will forward their recommendations to the Fife City Council.
Recommendations on potential zoning code amendments, if any, will come back before the city council within 6-months of the original moratorium adoption, or by June 14, 2022; that date coincides with a regular council business meeting. The Fife City Council will review the staff and Planning Commission recommendations and the council will conduct a public hearing prior to taking any further action.
Alternatively, if the council determines that additional time is required to complete the work plan, the council may adopt an extension to the moratorium.
For more information from the Department of Corrections on this project, visit https://www.facebook.com/WACorrections/ and https://doc.wa.gov/about/business/capital-planning/capacity-work-release.htm.
All city buildings are currently open to the public. Masks are now 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
The City of Fife has finalized its legislative agenda for 2022. 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, which begins on January 10, 2022, and is expected to adjourn on March 10, 2022. You can download a printable PDF copy of the Fife legislative agenda here.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Amazon announced on Oct. 19, 2021 that the two are bringing a 520,000-square-foot sort center to Fife. The project is expected to bring 500 jobs to Fife. Read the Puyallup Tribe of Indians announcement here: https://www.facebook.com/PuyallupTribeOfIndians/posts/237723791726074
Good news for walkers and rollers! The City of Fife began a project that will make city sidewalks safer and more accessible. Residents will see Precision Concrete Cutting begin improving Radiance neighborhood sidewalks by eliminating trip hazards. After the concrete work is completed in the Radiance area, similar work will continue in the Saddle Creek area and then other neighborhoods around Fife. Construction crews at this time do not expect the work to interfere with residential street parking. However, watch for signs in case an area needs clearance at the curb. Most residents won’t see any impacts from this work other than safer sidewalks with fewer trip hazards. Thanks for your patience during this work!
An alert for pedestrians walking to the new 7-Eleven at the corner of 70th Avenue East and Valley Avenue East in Fife. After you grab a Slurpee and a Slim Jim and continue on your way, be sure to cross the street using the crosswalk at 70th/Valley. Walkers and rollers who continue down the south side of the street closest to 7-Eleven will run out of sidewalk at the railroad tracks. We want to make sure you arrive at your destination safely, so we added a sign to let you know that the sidewalk ends. Look for the sign!
The Canyon Road Regional Connection project held a virtual Town Hall Meeting on September 15. Here is some information that came from this meeting. You can view a recording of the Town Hall, a summary of the meeting itself, including lightly edited questions and answers and a pdf of the slides used in the presentation. Still have questions, please contact email@example.com.
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 regular council meetings allow for in-person attendance and also the able to participate remotely. All study sessions are being held remote only. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Read our most current city newsletter here. Want to receive a digital copy of the city’s newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.
Find out more about city communication at cityoffife.org/communications.
The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19. We are offering a hardship payment plan for City of Fife utility customers. We are waiving late fees through January 27, 2022. For information on requesting a hardship payment plan, visit: https://www.cityoffife.org/utilitybilling.
Fife Residents may also have Tacoma Public Utilities and/or Puget Sound Energy utility bills. Both of these utility companies are offering utility assistance:
The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19. If you’re a citizen in need, here are resources to help you through this tough time.
Calling 2-1-1 can lead you to resources to help with housing, childcare, food needs, basic legal help and more. Read more about the South Sound 2-1-1 resource line here.
Pierce County is offering help for those unable to pay their mortgage or rent. If you need housing assistance, read more about that here.
Pierce County is providing assistance to individuals who have fallen behind in their rent and utility payments as a result of COVID. For information about income eligibility and how to apply, check out the flyer here. For more details visit the website here or complete the application here.
If you’ve lost your job, here is the information you need about unemployment benefits.
Pierce County has allotted a portion of its CARES Act money to helping with childcare vouchers. Read more about that here.
If you’re an essential worker and need help with transportation, Pierce Transit has some options for you. Read about that here.
BUSINESS HELP AND RESOURCES
If you’re a small business looking for help and resources, here are resources for you.
The Fife, Milton and Edgewood Chamber of Commerce has a helpful resource page for the phased reopening of local businesses.
The Pierce County Economic Development Board is another helpful agency.
If you are a small, for-profit, business that has been negatively financially impacted by Covid-19 orders and related health and safety measures, you may be eligible for assistance through the state's Working Washington Grants: Round 4 Program. For more information or to apply click here.
If your business needs aid, please contact the Small Business Association and ask about Disaster Loan Applications.
Pierce County also is assisting small businesses that need aid. Here is information about the county program.
Pierce County allows emergency small business relief loans to be forgiven if certain conditions are met related to COVID-19 workplace safety practices. Click here for details regarding the process.
Impact Washington is inviting Washington based US Small-and medium-sized manufacturers (SME’s) to apply for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds. These funds provide services that directly support a manufacturer’s ability to recover from the coronavirus.
You might have questions about the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19). Here are reliable sources to check for information.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Phone volumes might mean a bit of a wait on that hotline.
Here are more reliable resources:
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department maintains a great database of resources at this website and they also provide deep background information and facts about the virus -- https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus
The Washington State Department of Health is maintaining up-to-date information on the virus here -- https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus.
Pierce County offers the following advice for everyone:
• Increase handwashing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer• Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette – cover a cough or a sneeze• Keep distance from others (more than six feet, if possible)• Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces• Remain home during a respiratory illness