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FIFE COUNCILMEMBERS SELECT MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR

Congratulations to our city's new council appointments! Fife City Councilmember Dee-Dee Gethers was appointed by Fife City Councilmembers as the City of Fife Deputy Mayor at the January 11, 2022 council meeting. Current Fife Mayor Kim Roscoe was re-appointed to another term as mayor by her fellow councilmembers at the same meeting. 
Councilmember Gethers was elected to Fife City Council in 2019, but this is her third time serving on the council. She was first appointed to the council in 2011 and then was elected in 2015 to serve a term. Gethers has lived in Washington for 21 years. She and husband Quinton, a retired Army veteran, have two children and live in Saddle Creek. Gethers is also the president of the Saddle Creek Homeowners Association. Her appointment is historic for the City of Fife. Gethers is the first African-American to be seated as deputy mayor in Fife.
Councilmember Kim Roscoe continues another two-year term as Fife’s mayor. Roscoe has been mayor of the City of Fife since 2017. She served on the Fife City Council from 2002 to 2009 and again from 2015 to present.  In 2021, Roscoe was seated on the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners. She also serves on the Sound Transit Board of Directors representing Pierce County. She has held that position since early 2019. Roscoe and her husband Jeff have three children and have lived in Fife for 23 years.
Fife operates under a council-manager form of government, where an elected city council makes decisions for the city, and an appointed city manager carries out those decisions and oversees the daily operation of the city. The mayor is the lead councilmember and serves as chair of the council. Councilmembers appoint Fife's deputy mayor for a one-year term, while our mayor is appointed by fellow councilmembers for a two-year term.

Read more about your elected city councilmembers and how to attend city council meetings here:  https://www.cityoffife.org/170/City-Council.

INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE DAY

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a recognition by the United Nations to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, on January 27, 1945. Here are resources to learn about this day of recognition and the victims of the holocaust:

Live commemoration: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a livestream of the 2022 International Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration. Join survivors as they reflect on and honor the lives of Europe’s Jewish citizens. The commemoration will air at 3 p.m. (Pacific Time) Jan. 26 and can be viewed at https://www.ushmm.org/watch/ihrd-2022.

Historical film: View a film from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the ideology, propaganda and persecution of Jewish citizens and other victims. The subject matter might be difficult for some. Watch the film at https://www.ushmm.org/learn/holocaust/path-to-nazi-genocide/the-path-to-nazi-genocide/full-film.

Documentary display: The National Archive Museum has collected documents important to understanding the history of the holocaust. View that documentary display, called “Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust,” at https://museum.archives.gov/featured-document-display-never-forget-remembering-holocaust.

Online exhibitions: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has an online exhibition examining Americans and the role of the United States in the holocaust. View that online exhibition at https://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/online-exhibitions

CITY BUILDINGS currently CLOSED TO the PUBLIC

Update Jan. 24: The closure of city buildings in Fife has been extended two weeks, with the exception of the Fife Aquatic Center, which will reopen Jan. 29. Originally, city buildings were closed through Jan. 28, but the closures have now been extended through Feb. 11. This measure is proactive to help protect the health and safety of Fife residents and city staff due to the highly contagious omicron variant. Here are details: 

Building closures: Fife City Hall, the Fife Public Works Building and the customer service window at the Fife Police Department will remain closed to the public through Feb. 11. 

Fife Community Center: Will only be open for private rentals and scheduled programs.

Fife Aquatic Center: Will reopen to the public on Jan. 29 with health and safety protocols in place. Scheduled programming will not exceed 20 to 30 percent of the building capacity. Swim instructors will wear face shields and plexiglass shields will be placed between swimmers for safety. Masks are required at all times in the building. 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING ATTENDANCE 

Although city buildings are closed to the public, the public still may attend in person. There will be pandemic health precautions in place. More information, agendas and additional details at cityoffife.org/meetings

HOW TO REACH CITY STAFF

Although city buildings will be closed temporarily through Feb. 11, city staff will continue to work and provide citizens with the same service they've come to expect. Customers should feel free to reach out to the following departments to conduct city business. If you need to conduct in-person business, it may be available by appointment only by contacting the specific department you need.

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 comdev@cityoffife.org

Permits in the City of Fife just got a whole lot easier! Check out the new online permitting features at cityoffife.org/onlinepermits

PUBLIC WORKS

253-922-9315 or email publicworks@cityoffife.org

COMMUNITY CENTER

253-922-0900 or email parks@cityoffife.org

AQUATIC CENTER

253--922-7665 or email aquaticcenter@cityoffife.org

POLICE DEPARTMENT

253-922-6633 or police@cityoffife.org (for emergencies, please call 911)

MUNICIPAL COURT

253-922-6635 or municipalcourt@cityoffife.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

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INFORMATION ON PROPOSED DOC FACILITY IN FIFE

Here is background information about a proposed Department of Correction work-release facility in Fife.

Background: 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.

Public hearing: On Jan. 5, the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) held a virtual public hearing to gather input.  When another hearing is scheduled, we’ll be sure to publicize here and on our social media channels for those who would like to attend.

Public information: For more information from the DOC on this project, visit https://www.facebook.com/WACorrections/ and https://doc.wa.gov/about/business/capital-planning/capacity-work-release.htm.

Letter of concern: 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.

City moratorium: 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

tool to monitor water levels at puyallup river

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 

WSDOT TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN FIFE TO VIEW ROAD CONDITIONS

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

FIFE RELEASES ITS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA PRIORITIES FOR 2022

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.


city of fife recruiting for new city manager

The City of Fife is recruiting for a new city manager. Check out this press release to learn more about the search process and background information. 

PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS AND AMAZON BRING SORT CENTER TO FIFE

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

SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT WORK IN FIFE 

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!

WALK SAFELY AT 70th/VALLEYMap of pedestrian crossing at 70th and Valley

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!  

CANYON ROAD REGIONAL CONNECTION PROJECT TOWN HALL information

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 canyonroadconnection@piercecountywa.gov

HOW TO REACH UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD 

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. 

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 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 cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail to 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.

boards & commissions

Interested in getting involved and volunteering on one of our boards and commissions? Click here to learn more about the different opportunities available.

City newsletters

Read our most current city newsletter here. Want to receive a digital copy of the city’s newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. 

CITY COMMUNICATION

Find out more about city communication at cityoffife.org/communications.

Information related to Covid-19

help with utility payments

Utility bill relief

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:

TPU: https://www.mytpu.org/emergencyassistance/ 

PSE: https://www.pse.com/pages/bill-and-weatherization-assistance 

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financial resources

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. 

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reliable information

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

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