Allan Yorke Park Boat Launch Closure Alert

The City of Bonney Lake’s boat launch at Allan Yorke Park will be closed to the public starting at 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 and will reopen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19.  We apologize for this inconvenience as this closure is necessary as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Project, Lake Tapps Trestle Repair Project.

To provide adequate space for the contractor to deliver the sections of the barge for assembly, the City of Bonney Lake’s Ball Park #4 parking lot will be restricted on Monday, June 18 only, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accommodate the trucks that will be delivering the sections of the barge.

For information on how to access the North Lake Tapps County Park boat launch, visit https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/1326/North-Lake-Tapps-County-Park.

About the project:
The portion of the City’s water and sewer systems that serves the Inlet Island area uses a trestle bridge to extend the system across the entry flume to Lake Tapps. This trestle has standing pilings in the lake’s water and after many years the pilings are showing severe age and are needed to be replaced. The City has awarded a contract with Rognlin’s, Inc., to replace the aging pilings. As part of the project, the contractor is required to build a barge with a crane to complete the work. The contractor will build and launch their barge at the City’s boat launch. Once constructed, the barge will be moved into the location at the City’s trestle to complete the work. The contractor has scheduled the construction of the barge over a two day period. Once the work is completed, the contractor will return the barge to the City’s boat launch and dissemble the barge.

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BLPD – Chief for a Day 2018 – Traeger Raffle – Chief Rory

Help support the Bonney Lake Police Department’s 2018 Chief for a Day – Chief Rory!

All proceeds go towards Chief Rory and her family. Tickets can be purchased at the Bonney Lake Police Department, 18421 Veterans Memorial Dr E, Bonney Lake during business hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5pm.

A representative from the police department will also be at Tunes at Tapps (Allen Yorke Park -AYP) on Wednesdays beginning July 11th. Also on  Saturday July 28th at Taste of Tapps (AYP). Cash or Check only.

The Traeger drawing will be held at National Night Out on August 7th.

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BLPD celebrated the 3rd Birthday of Chief Rory (Chief for a Day 2018)

Bonney Lake Police Department, Little Chief Rory was unable to leave the hospital for her third birthday, so the party came to her. Two members of the Bonney Lake Police department were honored to attend Chief Rory’s 3rd birthday party.

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Traffic revision coming to Prairie Ridge Drive East June 11

The following is a news release from Pierce County:

Motorists will no longer be able to turn onto Prairie Ridge Drive East from South Prairie Road East starting June 11.

Motorists will instead enter Prairie Ridge Drive East from 120th Street East. Motorists will still be able to turn onto South Prairie Road East from Prairie Ridge Drive East.

A map showing the traffic change is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/maintenance.

Prairie Ridge Drive East is used to access several facilities, including the Prairie Ridge Transfer Station. Pierce County contracts with LRI Services to operate the transfer station, which is located on a Pierce County-owned parcel. The road is also used to access a Pierce County road maintenance facility, a stockpile area for Pierce County road materials, and a City of Bonney Lake potable water facility.

“Pierce County uses Prairie Ridge Drive East to provide a number of services, and the traffic and road configuration has created issues with traffic flow,” said Dennis Hanberg, Pierce County Planning and Public Works director. “This change is expected to improve traffic flow in the area.”

Currently, vehicles accessing the transfer station’s weigh station line up along Prairie Ridge Drive East and South Prairie Road East during busy periods. This revision is expected to prevent these line ups along South Prairie Road East.

Pierce County performed turning counts and reviewed traffic volumes at the intersections of Prairie Ridge Drive East and South Prairie Road East, Prairie Ridge Drive East and 120th Street East, and South Prairie Road East and 120th Street East when evaluating options to improve traffic flow and access to the facilities.

For information, visit www.piercecountywa.gov/maintenance.

Prairie Ridge Drive East Traffic Revision Map

Prairie Ridge Drive East Traffic Revision Map

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City street striping to begin this evening, 7pm – 7am.

Apply-A-Line will begin striping our city streets tonight June 4 from 7pm until 7am. The first phase of the project will be completed by Thursday morning, June 7.  Please use caution while workers complete this project.  If you have any questions, you may contact the Public Works Department at 253-447-4319

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Mayor Appoints John Vodopich as City Administrator and Bryan Jeter as Police Chief

On May 22, 2018, Mayor Neil Johnson appointed and the Bonney Lake City Council unanimously approved John Vodopich as City Administrator and Bryan Jeter as Police Chief. John Vodopich will assume the role of City Administrator on June 1 following the retirement of current City Administrator Don Morrison. Bryan Jeter will begin employment on June 4 and assume the role of Police Chief on June 17 following the retirement of current Police Chief Dana Powers.

“I am very excited to have Bryan join John and I on the leadership team and pleased to see John accept the role of City Administrator,” said Mayor Neil Johnson. “Both bring a wealth of knowledge and proven leadership that will be a tremendous asset as we work to achieve our goals in Bonney Lake.”

John Vodopich

John Vodopich

John Vodopich has been with the City of Bonney Lake since August 2007 serving in the capacity of Community Development Director and also serving as Building Official since August 2012. In July 2016, the Community Development and Public Works Departments were reorganized into the Public Services Department and Vodopich was named Director of the newly formed department. Vodopich has more than 30 years of City and County government experience in the State of Washington.

 

John Vodopich has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and an Extended Minor in Cartography from Western Washington University. Vodopich is certified though the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He currently serves on the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Education Advisory Committee. He also served on the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) from 2007 – 2016. Throughout his career, Vodopich has been active professionally in the American Planning Association (APA); the International City/County Management Association (ICMA); the Planning Association of Washington (PAW); the Washington City Planning Directors Association (WCPDA); and the Washington State Association of County and Regional Planning Directors (WSACRPD).

“Bonney Lake is a great community with a lot of exciting things happening,” said Vodopich. “I am honored to transition into this new role and lead the organization. I want to thank the Mayor and the members of the City Council for their support.”

According to the Bonney Lake Municipal Code, the City Administrator is responsible to the Mayor for the general coordination and supervision of the activities of the various City departments and offices.

Bryan Jeter

Bryan Jeter

Bryan Jeter has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Jeter started his career in law enforcement in 1988 as a Police Officer for the City of Bonney Lake. In 1997, he served as Metro SWAT Commander before becoming Lieutenant in 1994. In 2001, Jeter was named Police Chief of Bonney Lake. In 2005, Jeter accepted a position within the City of Puyallup Police Department. During his tenure, he served as Metro SWAT Commander, Patrol Commander and Deputy Police Chief before being appointed Police Chief in 2012.

 

“I am very excited for the opportunity to return to where my law enforcement career started,” said Jeter. “I am appreciative of Mayor Johnson and the Bonney Lake City Council for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the men and women of the Bonney Lake Police Department, Mayor Johnson and the City Council as well as the Bonney Lake community.”

Bryan Jeter has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Washington State University and an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Green River Community College. Jeter is a graduate of the 211th session of the FBI National Academy and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Jeter is also active with the Washington Associations of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Pierce County Police Chiefs Association, FBI National Academy Associates, and the Puyallup South Hill Rotary Club.

According to the Bonney Lake Municipal Code, the Police Chief provides supervision of the police department and serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the city.

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BLPD – Traffic Emphasis of the Month – June 2018

Bonney Lake Police Department  

TRAFFIC EMPHASIS OF THE MONTH

June, 2018

Speeding in School/Park Zones/Aggressive Driving

During the month of June 2018, Officers will be conducting a special traffic enforcement emphasis looking for speeding vehicles in school zones and park zones as well as aggressive drivers. With the weather getting nicer outside and the end of the school year approaching we expect to see a greater number of pedestrians on or near our roadways. Keeping children safe in designated school and park zones is a top priority. As a driver the most important thing you can do to protect children in school and park zones is to slow down. It is our goal to improve the pedestrian safety in these areas by reminding motorists to slow down to the posted speed limits.

School Zone Statistics:

  • Washington State law, RCW 46.61.440, defines the rules for driving in a school zone/playground and assigns a penalty for breaking those rules. Remember that the speed limit in a school zone is 20mph. A speeding ticket will cost you double the fine of the normal infraction for speeding. The fines range from $189 to $784 depending on how fast you were going.
  • According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, if a pedestrian is hit by a car is going 20 mph, the pedestrian has a 80%-90% chance of survival. If the same car were going 5-10 mph faster, the pedestrian has a 90% change of being killed; Speed makes a huge difference!
  • Speed Kills — On Washington roadways, there were 1,045 speeding involved fatal crashes between 2004 and 2008. These crashes resulted in a total of 1,166 deaths, which is an average of 233 per year. This accounts for approximately 40% of all traffic deaths during the five year period.

Bonney Lake Police Officers for the month of June, 2018 will impose a no tolerance policy on these violations and will be issuing traffic infractions in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths that result from motor vehicle collisions in school/park zones and also that involve speeding 15 MPH or more over the posted speed limits.

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Street Striping to Begin June 4, 2018

Apply-A Line, LLC will begin striping the City streets on Monday, June 4, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Dept at (253) 447-4319.

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All City Offices are Closed on Monday, May 28, 2018

All City Offices and the Bonney Lake Municipal Court will be Closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 for Memorial Day.

For water/sewer emergencies or non-emergency police issues when city offices are closed, please call the Dispatch Center at 253.841.5431. In the case of a life or safety emergency always call 9-1-1.

 

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BLPD – Updated Release on Attempt to Locate Missing 15 Year Old

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