Sumner U offers course about city

Sumner residents have the chance to learn about their city’s history and government through free sessions at City Hall.

Sumner residents have the chance to learn about their city’s history and government through free sessions at City Hall.

The two-night course is called Sumner University and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. March 3 and March 10. It includes sessions with Mayor Dave Enslow and other city officials.

Session topics include “city organization” with Enslow, “10 Things You Will See This Year” with City Administrator John Doan, “Police Story” with Sumner Police Chief John Galle, “Public Works” with the department’s director Bill Pugh, “sales and property tax” with Deputy City Administrator Diane Supler and Finance Director Beth Ann Wroe, “city branding” with Communications Director Carmen Palmer, “Internet Portals” with Information Manager Mike Johnson, “Historical Preservation and Downtown Revitalization” with Community Development Director Paul Rogerson and “Zoning 101: Land Use Controls in the City” with Planning Manager Ryan Windish and Associate Planner Eric Mendenhall.

The concept of Sumner University originated when the city called for new commissions in design and forestry and an expanded role for the parks board. The Planning Commission wanted a way to share the vision for the future of Sumner with these groups of citizen advisors. Following an example by the city of Newcastle, Sumner University formed. It soon expanded to educate all citizens and in 1998 it received the Municipal Achievement Award from the Association of Washington Cities.

Registration and classes are free, but space is limited. To register, contact Sally Abrams at or 253-299-5520 by Feb. 27. City Hall is at 1104 Maple St.

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