Progress in Sumner | Sumner Mayor Update

Two things happened last Friday that were seemingly unrelated but are actually inextricably linked.

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:54am
  • Life

The following is written by Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow:

Two things happened last Friday that were seemingly unrelated but are actually inextricably linked.

First, I had the pleasure of meeting a representative with He spoke about how their Sumner Distribution Center continues to serve customers and is even expanding to bring in more jobs to our community.

Second, Mike Dahlem, our public works director, presented to the Pierce County Flood Control District’s Advisory Board about why it is imperative to protect Sumner from flooding on their “to do” list. Several years ago, Sumner couldn’t wait, so we completed the item that had been on that list ourselves, the building of the flood wall to protect the Wastewater Treatment Facility. This past month, we completed another “temporary” measure, installing HESCOs along the White River to protect our industrial area, the largest manufacturing/industrial job center in Pierce County. Mike’s message to the flood district was that we’ve worked hard to create jobs but that we need them to take notice and help keep them here by protecting this area from flooding.

How are these two items linked? Many regional jurisdictions don’t realize that flood protection in Sumner protects our roads, our homes, our buildings, our water lines, and also over 14,000 jobs that serve the entire region at places like People are coming here from Bonney Lake, Orting, Puyallup and even Tacoma to work and support their families. If those jobs aren’t protected as well, the repercussions will be felt across the county and even into King County.

I think Mike’s message was well received by the flood district, and we look forward to working with them and other regional partners to protect Sumner. We look forward to working with our business community like Amazon to continue seeing jobs and production happening in Sumner, a key indicator of families being supported without having to drive to Seattle for work. All of this is progress in Sumner.

Click here if you’d like to see the PDF of Mike’s presentation to the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Board.

More in Life

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.

Bonney Lake, Sumner gear up for holiday festivities

Plateau holiday festivities are right around the corner.

Enumclaw, Buckley busy during the holidays

What’s going on during the holiday season on the Plateau? Here’s a list of activities you and your family may enjoy!

Giving Trees help kids with Christmas

Nexus Youth And Families Enumclaw is asking local residents to help a child in need this Christmas by participating in the organization’s Giving Tree program.

Art display by local teachers, students

For the next month, the city of Enumclaw, 4Culture of King County and Arts Alive! will present an exhibition of current works by students of local art class teachers.

Surplus van benefits Enumclaw seniors

A surplus Metro Transit van was donated last week to the Enumclaw Senior Center to assist the facility in meeting a variety of transportation needs.

Preventing a Hepatitis A outbreak | Public Health Insider

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a highly contagious virus. A large outbreak in San Diego, along with outbreaks in Los Angeles and in Salt Lake City has Public Health officials concerned that a hepatitis A outbreak could occur in King County. Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County’s Health Officer, explains who’s at risk and what can be done to prevent an outbreak.

Rescue group aims to save dogs’ lives; Saturday fun run will benefit the cause

All great dogs end with a tail, but this great tale begins with a dog.

Annual quilt show coming to Expo Center

The Crystal Quilters are preparing for a return to the Enumclaw Expo Center, getting ready for their 22nd annual quilt show.

Scottish Country dancers return to Enumclaw for 23rd year

For more than two decades, this group of dancers — now led by Jim and Pat McDonald — has been encouraging people from all over South King County and East Pierce County to learn more about their Scottish heritage or, barring a clan bloodline, to just get out and try something new.

Learn to compost with some red wrigglers

The Dinkelman Worm Farm is hosting a vermiculture demonstration — or the cultivation of earth worms — at the Delvin Farms Good For All Plants event next weekend to help people create compost in their own homes to help benefit their gardens or farms.

Free series provides insight from expert on death, dying

As a funeral home director in the 1980s, Duane Weeks began wondering why people weren’t dealing with death very well.