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Posted on: July 16, 2021

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FIFE ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE

City Manager Hyun Kim announced at the July 13, 2021 Fife City Council meeting that he is leaving the City of Fife to become the city administrator for the City of Gillette, Wyoming. Kim previously worked for municipalities in Wyoming and joined the City of Fife in 2017. 

Deputy City Manager Russ Blount, a longtime Fife staff member, was unanimously appointed by Fife City Councilmembers to lead the city as the interim city manager at the July 13 council meeting. 

Kim's resignation is effective July 23. Blount will assume city manager duties on July 23. Kim will remain in a consulting capacity on an as-needed basis to the city through Aug. 17.

Congratulations to outgoing City Manager Hyun Kim and incoming Interim City Manager Russ Blount on their career advancements! Read the press release here: https://www.cityoffife.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/136

PIERCE COUNTY HOLDING VIRTUAL MEETING WITH FME RESIDENTS AUGUST 4, 2021


Pierce County is hosting a virtual public outreach meeting for Fife, Milton and Edgewood residents beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2021.  The event will feature the mayors of Fife, Milton and Edgewood, along with Pierce County Councilmember Hans Zeiger speaking about his vision for the future of FME communities. Following his presentation there will be a question-and-answer session. Interested in attending? Register here: https://piercecountywa.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcu-qrj4pE9dLnkse26QJxqDr7A3KWv2W

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.


ATTEND A STUDY SESSION AT A FIFE PARK AUGUST 17, 2021

Would you like to see your government in action at a city park? Fife City Councilmembers invite members of the public to join the council for an outdoor meeting. The Fife City Council will hold a study session at 6 p.m. August 17, 2021 at Fife’s Brookville Gardens Park, 6512 Valley Ave. E., Fife. To see the full agenda, visit cityoffife.org/meetings. Please note: This meeting was originally scheduled for July 20, 2021, but was postponed until August 17, 2021.

NEW 7-ELEVEN IS OPENING IN FIFE

The new 7-Eleven at 7016 Valley Ave. E. in Fife is opening to the public. There will be a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2021. The store expects to officially open to the public at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The store management plans to donate to Fife High School through the company’s Project-A-Game grant program. Welcome to Fife, 7-Eleven! We’re glad to have you here!

EMISH MARKET NOW OPEN 

The new Emish Market in Fife opened June 11, 2021. The store is located at 2040 70th Ave. E., Fife. The market is currently in its soft opening phase and plans to continue rolling out new items in the coming weeks. The grocery store includes an espresso counter, a deli with fresh-made sandwiches, an on-site bakery, a comfortable seating area and take-out meals. For questions about hours and new items coming to the market, visit facebook.com/EmishMarket or visit the store’s website at emishmarket.com. 

GET TWO FREE CAR WASHES THIS SUMMER

The City of Fife is encouraging residents to skip washing cars at home and instead use a commercial car wash this summer. How do two free car washes sound? The City of Fife is partnering with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Marine View Ventures to provide free carwashes at the Tahoma Market at 6006 Pacific Hwy E. Fife households will be provided the codes for two free washes (normally $10 each) to be used from July 15 to Sept. 30, 2021. Be on the lookout in your mailbox for a post card from the City of Fife with codes that can be redeemed for two free car washes until Sept. 30, 2021. These car washes are provided as part of the city’s public education and outreach program for the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit. You can find out more information about this program at cityoffife.org/stormwater.

FIFE COUNCIL MEETINGS RETURN TO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE, PLUS A HYBRID OPTION

Beginning Tuesday, July 13, 2021, the Fife City Council will be conducting hybrid city council meetings. Citizens will have the option to attend in person at Fife City Hall or to attend virtually. To find out how you can participate in those meetings virtually, visit cityoffife.org/meeting 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 cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail to 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.


CITY OF FIFE REOPENING BUILDINGS

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021, all remaining Fife city buildings will reopen to the public. Things may look a little different though. Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated visitors, but will be required for anyone not fully vaccinated when visiting any city building.

Here are the schedules for when each building is open to the public:

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.

WHAT WAS THAT LOUD NOISE ON JULY 2? 

Early in the morning of July 2, 2021, the Fife Police Department received numerous noise complaints from residents in neighborhoods along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Residents reported a loud train horn that was repeatedly sounding. 

The City of Fife has investigated and found the cause of the loud noise was a malfunctioning train horn. Representatives from Union Pacific Railroad told city staff that the horn was on an engine being operated by remote control. The train horn sounding was accidental and there was no engineer in the vicinity to hear the noise. After city officials contacted the railroad, they disabled the horn. 

The City of Fife wants to thank all citizens who reached out to alert the city of the disturbance and city staff want to pass along reassurance that concerns about the noise were shared with railroad officials. 

WATER INFORMATION FROM TACOMA PUBLIC UTILITIES

FINAL UPDATE- July 8, 2021: Tacoma Water has shared that the chlorine supplier has been able to meet the sodium hypochlorite order deliveries on time and anticipates this to continue going forward. 

UPDATE- June 24: Tacoma Public Utilities has been notified that the company that supplies its chlorination materials is back online, earlier than the expected date of June 28. Although the supplier has restarted production, Tacoma Water plans to continue its current treatment targets and will continue to monitor chlorine levels until it is confident the supply chain has stabilized. 

ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Fife residents might have heard about a shortage of supplies for chlorinating water. While this news is concerning, Fife’s water supplier, Tacoma Public Utilities, has more than a month’s supply of materials to keep drinking water safe. This supply situation is the result of the loss of a primary electrical transformer, which temporarily halted production at the chemical manufacturing plant in Longview. 

The supplier’s estimated date for resuming production is Monday, June 28. Tacoma Public Utilities has notified the City of Fife that it has a 38-day supply of water-treatment materials on hand at this time. Tacoma Public Utilities believes it is in good shape to withstand this shortage and water safety will not be impacted. 

Here’s what Fife residents should know: 

    Tacoma Water has an ample supply of clean, drinking water. This is not a water shortage. Your water is safe to drink, and the utility’s treatment facilities are functioning properly.

    Chlorine gas and sodium hypochlorite are used in the treatment process to disinfect drinking water, helping ensure its continued safety. As part of the regular resiliency protocol, Tacoma Water has more than a 30-day surplus of chlorine on hand, which will last longer than the anticipated time for the chlorine supplier to return to normal operations. Tacoma Water is working to extend the available supply by adjusting chemical dosages and activating sources that use alternate disinfection.

    Tacoma Water is supplementing the water supply from the Green River with groundwater wells, from the underground aquifer in Tacoma, that do not rely on chlorine from this supplier to maintain drinking water quality.

    Tacoma Water may choose to encourage customers to use less water, which will in turn use less of the chlorine supply.

    Tacoma Water does not anticipate water customers having to take any action and water customers should not be concerned about the safety of their water supply at this time. In the unlikely event of a prolonged chlorine shortage, Tacoma Water will advise the public of any safety measures that should be taken, if any are needed. Those measures could include a boil water advisory. Tacoma Water will keep customers informed of any such instructions. 

    Tacoma Public Utilities supplies the City of Fife all of its water through intertied connections. That water is primarily surface water from the Green River in south King County. Water in the Green River comes from a 231-square-mile forested area in the Cascade Mountains between Chinook and Snoqualmie passes. This uninhabited area serves as a collection point for melting snow and seasonal rainfall. Interested in reading more about our water supply and annual testing of your water? Visit this page. 

Please keep checking back for updates. The City of Fife will send out an alert to water customers, should there be a need for water customers to take any action. Check this page regularly for more information or visit the Tacoma Public Utilities website at https://www.mytpu.org/chlorine/

TRANSPORTATION STUDY FROM PSRC

Puget Sound Regional Council is conducting a survey on the Future of Transportation in support of the development of the Regional Transportation Plan. Take the survey at: https://engage.psrc.org/regional-transportation-plan?fbclid=IwAR3SXK6x1W5CidhExxd1lL9m-sHtLMz99wzgkqM4GwbI8GMwe8tnEGrgUTw
 
The survey is open to everyone. It asks questions about telework, travel after the pandemic subsides, transportation features around home and work, as well as special needs transportation services. The Regional Transportation Plan will describe how the region will meet transportation needs into the future, addressing existing needs and expected growth. The plan will outline investments the region is making to improve all aspects of the transportation system – from roads, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems – and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. The survey is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Traditional Chinese.


Tideflats Subarea Planning Project

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.


FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FIFE UTILITIES ON OUR WEBSITE

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.

SR 167 COMPLETION INFORMATION

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

ONLINE PERMITTING HELP

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 meetings

Fife City Council holds their regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 6 p.m. They hold a special meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, also starting at 6 p.m. Currently, all meetings are being held 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 cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail to 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.

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