Summer 2018 Newsletter updated



This spring, the Sumner City Council took the first step in potentially moving and expanding the Sumner Pierce County Library. The City Council voted unanimously to purchase a parcel of land on the south side of Main Street in the 15000 block, across from the Fred Meyer complex. The City has been in preliminary talks with the Pierce County Library System about moving the existing Sumner library to a larger space that is more centrally located. History Sumner has a rich history of library services. The Ryan House was originally the Sumner Library starting in the 1920s until it moved to its current “modern” building in 1977. In the late 1980s, Sumner’s library became part of the Pierce County Library System although the land still belongs to the City. The building was remodeled in 1995. High Demand In 2016, Sumner’s library served 15,759 cardholders, 130,196 visitors with 325,718 checkouts (that’s approximately 900 checkouts per day), and 769,500 minutes read during the Summer Reading program. It also welcomed 4,250 guests attending events and classes, hosted 69,670 hours of Wi-Fi connections, and 19,234 hours of people using public computers as well as 342 meeting room reservations. Current Challenges Sumner works hard to be a walk- able community with efforts for Complete Streets, Safe Routes to Schools and ADA accessibility, yet the library’s current loca- tion is one of the most difficult to access. Plus, the flat-roof, brick structure is not lasting well in our damp climate. Future Efforts The City and Library System will now need to discuss details for a future collaboration and formal agree- ment. Both are excited by the possibilities. Although the City of Sumner has 99% of its debt capacity available, the Council chose to use an interfund loan from the Stormwater Fund for the land purchase in order to remain flexible into the future. New Chapter Possible for Library

Get Ready for the Great Sumner Bridge Swap crossing.

Large concrete girders came into place, topped by a web of rebar filled in with a continuous concrete pour. Sumner’s new bridge is being built to last a long time. After all, the last bridge served us for over 90 years! This summer, you will finally shift to driving on the new bridge, likely in August.

Then, we’ll pull the old bridge away and finish building the remaining third of the new bridge for final completion in 2019. The new bridge will have two vehicular lanes, a bicycle lane, wide sidewalks, an overlook at the center of the river, glowing lanterns and overhead lights. It will bring style and function to this also shared how you would spend $100. Staff are using these results plus other fac- tors to build a 2019-20 draft budget. The Council will review and discuss this fall

Visit www.sumnerwa. gov and the City’s Twitter account @CityofSumner- WA for the latest informa- tion. You can also see videos of the girders being put into place and concrete being poured for an inside look at the building of our bridge. before adopting the budget in November. All meetings are open to the public. Continue to let us know how we should fund Sumner for the next two years.

Funding Sumner: Survey Results

Thank you for taking the Fund- ing Sumner survey in

Perhaps best of all, when we’re not doing all of these things, we’re out and about. Whether you’re sitting on your front porch or walking the dog around town, it’s the time when we enjoy greeting passersby, whether neighbors or strangers. That hammock may not get much use, but it’s going to be a fun, busy summer in Sumner. (Say that 10 times!) the last issue. Your top five favorite things about Sumner are its small-town atmosphere, safe feeling, cleanliness, walk- ability and downtown. Your biggest concerns are traffic (8.49 out of 10), crime (6.76), condition of roads (6.31), parking (5.82) and damaged/ missing sidewalks (5.78). You

Collectively, this is how you chose to spend $100 on City services.

M ayor ’ s C olumn

Six Simple Steps to Save $$ People always ask how to get more city services for lower taxes. The answer? Do a few simple tasks or adopt new tricks to save you, and often the City, money. 1. Water at night. During the day, you lose a lot of water to evaporation, increasing your utility bill. 2. Take the “shady” deal. Plant trees strate- gically to shade your house, preferably from afternoon sun. This keeps your house cooler without electric AC or fans. 3. Plan your bills. Going out of town? You can always pay your utility bill online at 4. License your pet. The 5th of July is animal control’s busiest day--always! A license is a minor investment in your pet’s safety and your sanity. 5. Catch soccer in Sumner. Sounders U23 plays at Sunset Stadium with tickets only $10. Watch the future of soccer for a fraction of the price. 6. Ride Sounder to Seattle. Weekend Mari- ners and Sounder home games usually include a Sounder train running from Sumner. Save on gas, parking & headaches!

Have you bought that myth of “the lazy days of sum- mer”? Movies, books and commercials tell us we should be laying in a hammock, dreamily sipping lemonade. My experience has been that when the sun finally shines, the “to do” list gets longer! There’s mowing, planting, watering that you try to cram in around barbe- cues, golf tournaments and hikes, leaving the proverbial hammock to sit and gather cottonwood dust. It’s the same for a city. With warm weather, we’ve got roads to repave, chip- seal to lay, hanging baskets to water--every SINGLE day. And then there’s build- ing a budget…and a bridge, cleaning up the parks after busy weekends, watching our water levels on hot, dry days, and writing grant proposals so that we can do more road projects next year. The list goes on.

And yet, just like at home, it’s also the season to get out and celebrate. Sumner knows how to throw a party, and we’ve got a bunch hap- pening this summer from outdoor movies to the return of Sumner’s Rhubarb Days even bigger than last year. We have musical theater and great soccer right in town, but if you still want to venture up to Seattle, you can take Sounder trains from Sumner straight to Sounders and Mariners games.

Mayor Bill Pugh

Mayor Pugh helped with judging the rhubarb bake-off last year at Rhubarb Days, one of the events that gets everyone celebrating summer.

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