2015 Legislative Agenda

2015 Legislative Agenda

Why care about the little town? What happens in Sumner doesn’t stay in Sumner. Although we’re a little town of 9,000 residents, we are the crossroads. State issues have great impacts locally and local issues have great impacts state-wide. Sumner is the crossroads for... Jobs & Economy: over 9,000 people who are now employed in manufacturing and distribution that drive key economic engines like aerospace and retail with keyWashington companies like Boeing, REI,Amazon.com and Costco. Vehicles: it’s where Highways 167, 410 and 512 converge. Sumner serves commute traffic, freight mobility and transit. And, when the freeways are clogged in Sumner (about 5 hours each weekday), the City arterials become the State highways, pushing undue burden on businesses and homeowners. Trains: BNSF and NP lines run through Sumner, bringing freight,Amtrak, and Sounder trains. All issues about hauling oil, coal, and hazardous waste affect the historic downtown, schools and neigh- borhoods of Sumner. Increase train traffic also delays freight mobility. Power : overhead, PSE is installing new, high power lines and underground,Williams is running larger natural gas lines, all of which serve the entire state. Rivers: theWhite River meets the Puyallup River in Sumner, posing double the flood potential. Sumner is also upgrading itsWastewater Treatment Facility and staying ahead of NPDES requirements to keep both rivers running clean and healthy, including salmon. Trails: thanks to the State, Sumner has a nearly complete trail system that will link the Interurban to the Foot- hills Trail. Locals joke it’s the new “shortcut” to Highway 167. However, while the State offers many options for building trails, there’s no funding for maintenance, putting the full burden now on the City of Sumner.

The Region: people and businesses of Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Enumclaw, Orting,Tehaleh and unincorporated Pierce County, as well as the Ports of Seattle andTacoma, all have to come through Sumner.

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