Winter15 Newsletter



Needing to Change the Channel

Sumner Sends Messages to Olympia Unlike Vegas, what happens in Sumner does not stay in Sumner, or vice versa. Decisions made at the State and Federal level affect Sumner in ways large and small. For example, new indigent defense standards mean providing a public defender (a.k.a. “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided...”) just got way more expensive. And, the State of Washington keeps increasing the quality of water it wants to see coming from the Wastewater Treatment Facil- ity, driving up capital costs that affect sewer rates. The list goes on and on. In communicating with our legislators this year, Sumner tried to select the four biggest issues that affect us: EXTEND HOT LANES SOUTH - HWY 167 Although it’s frustrating for commuters, who are constantly parked on the freeway twice a day in this stretch, the most negative impact is to freight mobility. Aerospace, manufactur- ing and distribution companies are looking to relocate toWashington in the Sumner valley, but when they see Highway 167, they pause and begin to look elsewhere. This stretch of highway is directly connected to the economic viability of the ports, region and State of Washington. Please prioritize extending the third lane, even if it’s a HOT lane on Highway 167 through Sumner. The overpass spanning Highway 410 between Sumner and Puyallup is a failure. It has outlived its ability to serve the traffic, especially vehicular traffic of over 9,000 employees headed to distribution centers for Costco, REI, and Keurig Green Mountain as well as pedestrians or bicyclists headed to the Sumner Sounder Station to board a train or bus. Fund a replacement of the outdated SR 410/Traffic Avenue interchange with safe pedestrian/bicycle access. The other two 410 interchanges need help too, but let’s start with one! FUND SR 410 OVERPASS UPGRADES We recognize the challenge facing the State due to the McCleary ruling, but the temptation to balance the State budget on the backs of the cities would be a short-term band-aid with long-term disastrous consequences. Shared revenues like sales tax mitigation and the Public Works Trust Fund give regional funding for infrastructure to keep the regional economic engine healthy. If merchandise gets delayed by clogged roads, goods aren’t sold within Washington, and the sales tax isn’t generated to help the State get the funding to support schools. Please don’t take away streamlined sales tax mitigation, raid the Public WorksTrust Fund or continue to keep the liquor revenue that was promised to matter how tempting! Remember when I-5 went under water in Centralia and the entire State felt the economic impact? One of Sumner’s secrets is that the potential for flooding from theWhite River is endangering State economic engines almost as much. Within the past year, we’re realizing how much theWhite has filled up with sediment, meaning that high water levels that were okay five years ago would now cause major flooding in the industrial area, endangering the transportation routes for 24-7 operations like distribution centers for REI, Costco,Ama-, Lululemon Athletica and more. Currently, Sumner is the sole jurisdiction realizing this impact. Fund Sumner Flood Protection, at least enough to signal the impor- tance of Sumner and encourage other entities to fund this critical flood protec- tion as well. SUPPORT FLOOD PROTECTION PROTECT SHARED REVENUES

7,500 cfs in 2011

15-25 years remaining

1.4 ft 4.2 in/yr

2007-2011 (4 yrs)

1.4 ft 2.8 in/yr

2001-2007 (6 yrs)

2.3 ft 1.7 in/yr

1985-2001 (16 yrs)

16,000 cfs in 1984

5.1 feet in 27 years

This graph shows how theWhite River is filling up fast.

thanks to continuous erosion from Mt. Rainier. As the graphic above shows, aggre- gation means we are rapidly losing time and space. And, this graph is now three years old. The White River does have Mud Mountain Dam, con- trolled by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Dam has helped keep Sumner dry many times. However, it has its limits. At times, they have no choice but to release more water than the river channel can currently hold. Sumner is asking for sup- port from the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District and the State of Washington, emphasizing that this is a regional problem that needs regional support.

The City of Sumner is working to gather support and funding to widen the channel for the White River through Sumner’s north area. King County is busy building a new setback levee north of Sumner that will protect Stew- art Road and land to the east of the river, taking it out of flood plain designation. Un- fortunately, the same project also channels excess water to- ward Sumner. The goal is to also widen the channel so that both sides get new protection from potential floods. Usually with floods, Sumner worries about the uncon- trolled Puyallup River. The White is becoming an increas- ing problem due to aggrega- tion. In other words, it is filling up with sediment fast,


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GKN to Make Boeing’sWinglets in Sumner

FourWays to Connect to the City 1. Follow us on Twitter @CityofSumnerWA. 2. Sign up for the weekly e-Community Connection. 3. Attend City Council meetings or watch the video on Pierce County TV (Channel 22 or OnDemand on most packages) or streaming online via 4. Stop by City Hall!

these are brand new jobs to both Washington and Sumner. The 737 MAX with AT Winglets is designed to be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today’s most efficient Next-Generation 737s, and more than 2,600 airplanes are on order.

Washington State Depart- ment of Commerce approved an incentive agreement that will provide assistance with training new employees as the facility is brought on-line. Sumner can’t offer any finan- cial assistance but met with company representatives to answer questions and

In January, Boeing awarded GKN Aerospace a contract for final assembly and paint of Advanced Technology Winglets for the new 737 MAX. The final assembly and paint work will be carried out at a 57,000 sq. ft. facility that GKN Aerospace will oper- ate here in Sumner, filling an existing warehouse that is cur- rently empty. The facility will open in late 2015 and employ approximately 75 people when it reaches full rate production. To support this new facility, Governor Jay Inslee and the

provide quality ser- vice for the process of improving their building and ongoing infrastructure. Up until now, this work was being done in South Carolina, so

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