Bonney Lake mourns the loss of former Councilmember James Rackley

Councilmember Rackley

Former Councilmember Rackley

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of former Councilmember James Rackley today, July 11, 2019, following his valiant battle with cancer.

Rackley announced his retirement from office due to ongoing health issues on June 5, 2019. Rackley was first elected to office in 2000, and served on council for nearly 20 years. He was proud to serve the Bonney Lake community, and played an instrumental role in how the city has transformed over the years.

“My heart goes out to all of his family and friends in their time of grief,” said Mayor Neil Johnson. “Jim was not only a fun person to work with on council, but also a friend. I will never forget in 2005 when Jim ran against me for mayor. We remained friends during the campaign and we both agreed we would talk only about the issues. What was cool is that after the election results came in, Jim attended my election party where he was very supportive. I will miss Jim and his infectious laugh.”

City Council, staff, and members of the public gathered at the City Council meeting on June 11 to recognize Rackley for his years of service. Rackley shared, “It’s been a beautiful life and I would like to thank the people I know which is hundreds, especially here at city hall. I really appreciated the job. Thank you very much.”

City flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of Rackley on Friday, July 12, 2019.

No memorial service is planned. Those wishing to honor Rackley’s life are encouraged to make a donation in his name to St. Jude.

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Recreation Program Openings for 2019-2020 School Year

The Recreation Program provides Before & After School care at various school locations in the Bonney Lake Sumner School District providing a safe and fun interactive experience for youth attendees. Applications are being accepted now for two (2) openings for Site Directors, and one (1) Site Assistant for AM/PM shifts, and two (2) Site Assistants for PM shifts.  The hours of the Before & After Program are 6am until school starts (depending on site but typically around 8:30 – 9am except for late start Wednesday), and after school typically 3pm until 6:30pm when the program closes for the day. For full job description and details please visit the City of Bonney Lake Employment Page.

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July Summer Events

The City of Bonney Lake offer a variety of events all year for the community to enjoy. The events on the July 2019 Summer Events flyer are being offered for free and are available to all ages. Please come out and enjoy the activities with us.

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Why does my drinking water look cloudy?

Some customers in the Bonney Lake water service area may notice that their drinking water, at times, comes out of the tap looking cloudy or milky. If left to sit for a few minutes you may also see that the milky color goes away.
The reason the color goes away is because the milky color is actually not a color at all but rather it is tiny air bubbles in the water! The reason that it clears up so fast is because, like any air bubble, the air rises to the top of the glass and dissipates in the air above. You can see this phenomena in the image below.

There are several reasons why this can occur including a change in the water temperature from the source to your tap (cold water holds more air in solution than warm water), a change in the water pressure from the pressurized water mains to your tap (water under pressure holds more air in solution than water at normal atmospheric pressure), or a broken water main (air can be pulled into the water through cracks in water mains). In this particular instance, City staff has verified that there are not any broken water mains contributing to the additional air in the water. Instead, the air bubbles are coming from the well source the water is drawn from.
The most important thing to remember is that it is completely harmless. If the bubbles create an aesthetic concern for you, fill a pitcher with water and place it in your refrigerator. Let it sit for a few minutes and when you return, the water should be all clear.
If you have any questions about this or anything else related to your drinking water, please contact Dave Cihak, Bonney Lake Assistant Superintendent of Public Works – Water at 253-447-4312.

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Information about Bonney Lake stormwater ponds

Stormwater ponds are an essential part of the City of Bonney Lake stormwater collection and conveyance system. They are also the most public and Public Works receives many requests for maintenance throughout the year, primarily mowing and weed control. The following are items that Public Works considers when completing maintenance to a stormwater pond.
What should a pond look like?
Next to being properly designed to store and convey stormwater, landscaping is the most critical component in the proper functioning of the stormwater pond. Historically, many ponds were designed to have mowed grass edges as a form of “sales appeal” for the developer, rather than being landscaped for the long term benefit of the pond. Mowed grass to the water’s edge on all shorelines means the pond is not providing its full ecological value. Unmowed vegetative buffers are essential to long term health of ponds and waterways.

Buffers should also extend into the pond where possible using emergent wetland plants. The most important factor when designing a buffer is to choose the proper vegetation for the slope and soils. The buffer should include a diverse plant community that provides both habitat and aesthetic appeal. The proper buffer will provide both a water quality and wildlife component:

• Water Quality: The proper plant community will prevent shoreline soil erosion (bank slumping) around the pond. It will also prevent herbicides and pesticides from going directly into the pond. Eliminating the need for fertilizers and frequent mowing will reduce the potential for algae blooms.
• Wildlife: A diverse plant community will provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, including predatory insects, amphibians and birds which keep mosquito populations in check. Tall native grasses will also discourage Canada Geese from taking over the pond and adjacent lawns.
• Fences: Ponds are generally designed with gentle slopes so if someone falls into the pond, they are able to climb out. In locations were walls or steeper slopes are incorporated into the pond, a safety fence may be added. Many ponds have fences installed to help identify the presence of the facility and indicate in a passive way that they are not swimming or play areas. However, since ponds are intended to be natural areas, like streams or natural ponds, the City avoids use of fences where possible.
Who maintains Bonney Lake’s ponds?
Public stormwater ponds are maintained by City crews. The Stormwater Utility has two fulltime employees responsible for maintaining nearly 129 acres of stormwater ponds. This is in addition to 41 miles of stormwater mains, 2,088 catch basins, 79 miles of swales and ditches and many other pieces of stormwater infrastructure. During the summer months, 6 to 7 temporary employees are hired by the City to assist the full time Stormwater Utility employees.
Regulatory required maintenance is focused primarily on water quality benefits and ensuring that ponds have adequate sediment storage and inlets and outlets are not blocked by plants or debris. At times, these maintenance activities may detract from pond aesthetics, but efforts are made to reduce any such negative impact. Private ponds are maintained by private landowners and inspected by City staff.

Stormwater crews are limited by budget constraints, so resources are focused primarily on functional pond attributes like storage, access, and water quality, and less on pond aesthetics.

How can I help?
The biggest impact homeowners and businesses can have is to prevent pollutants from entering these ponds. Ponds are designed to remove pollutants, but they are not able to remove all pollutants.

In particular, soaps used to wash cars cannot be removed by ponds and actually suspend other pollutants to reduce the effectiveness of ponds. Don’t wash your car in a place that drains into a pond. Using natural yard care practices and limiting the use of chemicals around the home are good measures everyone can take to reduce the source of pollutants, rather than relying on imperfect pond facilities to remove those pollutants.

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Bonney Lake City Councilmember James Rackley retires from office due to health issues

Councilmember Rackley

Councilmember Rackley

Bonney Lake City Councilmember James Rackley retires
from office due to health issues
Join us in recognizing Rackley at June 11 Council meeting

Bonney Lake City Councilmember James Rackley tendered his resignation from office on June 5, effective immediately, because of ongoing health issues.

Rackley was first elected to office in 2000, and has served on council for nearly 20 years.

“On behalf of the Bonney Lake City Council, we extend our support to Jim and his family. We are grateful for his 20 years of service to council and the community. Jim has played an instrumental role in how Bonney Lake has transformed over the years, and has always represented Bonney Lake with great pride,” says Mayor Neil Johnson.

The public is invited to recognize Rackley for his service at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m., in the Justice & Municipal Center Council Chambers.

Per the City’s code, the City Council will appoint an interim council member to fill the remainder of Rackley’s term through December 2019. Council Position No. 4 is up for election on the November 5, 2019 ballot. Information on the procedure and deadline for applying will be posted on the City’s website, www.cobl.us, once finalized.

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Senior Center Workshops

June begins our new topic for workshops:  SLEEP

Join us for tips and resources for putting sleep-less-ness to rest!

 

June 3rd: Bonney Lake Senior Center at 10:00 a.m.

June 6th: Mid-County Community Center at 10:00 a.m.

June 11th: Auburn Senior Center at 10:00 a.m.

June 11th: Auburn Parks and Rec Center at 6:30 p.m. (pre-register please)

June 20th: Merrill Garden in Auburn at 10:00 a.m.

June 21st: Puyallup Activity Center at 12:30 p.m.

 

Also, join the fun at Puyallup Activity Center tomorrow (Wednesday) to celebrate Senior Fitness Day!   http://www.fitnessday.com/

Traci Woodcock will  be there at 1:00 to demonstrate making yummy energy snacks and powerful protein drinks!

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Hiring Summer Seasonal Laborers

The City of Bonney Lake is recruiting to fill 8-10 positions for Public Works Seasonal Laborers to assist our Maintenance Workers during the busiest time of the year. Join our team this summer to make a difference in your local community while learning new skills, must be 18 years of age or older.  Typical work schedules are Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:00pm (with every other Friday off). The Parks division works a variety of schedules to include some nights and weekends to cover the various needs of the department.

To see the full job description and to apply go to: Public Works Seasonal Laborer

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Hiring Summer Seasonal Laborer positions in Public Works

The Public Works Seasonal Laborer positions assist our Maintenance Workers during the busiest time of the year while learning new skills, working as part of the team, and making  a difference in your local community. Typical work schedules are Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:00pm (with every other Friday off). The Parks division works a variety of schedules to include some nights and weekends to cover the various needs of the department. We have multiple openings still available, so apply today!

To see the full job description and to apply go to: Public Works Seasonal Laborer

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Midtown Park temporarily closed for project starting May 13

Beginning Monday, May 13, 2019, a contractor working for the City of Bonney Lake will be clearing brush and undergrowth and cutting down dead or diseased trees within Midtown Park. The park is CLOSED TO ALL ACTIVITIES until further notice. Signs have been posted at all major entrances to Midtown Park noting this closure and will remain in place until the project is completed, which is anticipated to take up to 30 days. We will post an update on social media once the project is complete.

If you have any questions about this project, you may contact Andrew Fonda, Assistant City Engineer, via email at FondaA@cobl.us or via telephone at 253-447-3270.

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