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Posted on: September 2, 2021

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SECTION OF INTERURBAN TRAIL TEMPORARILY SHIFTS FROM SEpT. 20-NOV.15, 2021

A short section of the Interurban Trail in Fife will be temporarily shifted near the Barth Road entrance from Sept. 20 to Nov. 15, 2021. The shift will occur so that some utility work can be completed in advance of the SR 167 completion project. The trail will remain open during this period, but there will be construction activities adjacent to the trail during these dates. Workers will typically keep a schedule of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays while the work is completed. 


FIFE ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE

City Manager Hyun Kim announced at the July 13, 2021 Fife City Council meeting that he is leaving the City of Fife to become the city administrator for the City of Gillette, Wyoming. Kim previously worked for municipalities in Wyoming and joined the City of Fife in 2017. 

Deputy City Manager Russ Blount, a longtime Fife staff member, was unanimously appointed by Fife City Councilmembers to lead the city as the interim city manager at the July 13 council meeting. 

Kim's resignation is effective July 23. Blount will assume city manager duties on July 23. Kim will remain in a consulting capacity on an as-needed basis to the city through Aug. 17.

Congratulations to outgoing City Manager Hyun Kim and incoming Interim City Manager Russ Blount on their career advancements! Read the press release here: https://www.cityoffife.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/136

CANYON ROAD REGIONAL CONNECTION PROJECT TOWN HALL 

The Canyon Road Regional Connection project will have a virtual Town Hall Meeting on September 15 from 7-8 p.m. where you can hear directly from project staff. Register today! Visit this link- https://www.canyonroadconnection.org/


GET TWO FREE CAR WASHES THIS SUMMER

The City of Fife is encouraging residents to skip washing cars at home and instead use a commercial car wash this summer. How do two free car washes sound? The City of Fife is partnering with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Marine View Ventures to provide free carwashes at the Tahoma Market at 6006 Pacific Hwy E. Fife households will be provided the codes for two free washes (normally $10 each) to be used from July 15 to Sept. 30, 2021. Be on the lookout in your mailbox for a post card from the City of Fife with codes that can be redeemed for two free car washes until Sept. 30, 2021. These car washes are provided as part of the city’s public education and outreach program for the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit. You can find out more information about this program at cityoffife.org/stormwater.

FIFE COUNCIL MEETINGS RETURN TO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE, PLUS A HYBRID OPTION

Beginning Tuesday, July 13, 2021, the Fife City Council will be conducting hybrid city council meetings. Citizens will have the option to attend in person at Fife City Hall or to attend virtually. To find out how you can participate in those meetings virtually, visit cityoffife.org/meeting and select the date for the next council meeting. Citizens who would like to submit comments in advance of the meeting may do so by emailing the comments to the City Clerk’s office at cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail to 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.


CITY OF FIFE BUILDINGS UPDATE

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021, all remaining Fife city buildings reopened to the public. Currently, masks are required for ALL visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Here are the schedules for when each building is open to the public:

Fife City Hall: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays by appointment only (To set up an appointment, call 253-922-2489)

Community Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aquatic Center: Hours vary depending on programs, please check cityoffife.org/aquatics for a schedule.

Public Works Counter: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Police Department Counter: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Municipal Court Counter: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HOW TO REACH UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD 

Need to contact Union Pacific Railroad to report a signal issue? Here's how to do that. Call the UPRR Response Management Communication Center at 888-877-7267 or the UPRR Grade Crossing Hotline at 800-848-8715. Please make note of the address of the crossing you're calling about. Fife has three at-grade railroad crossings from UPRR - at 54th Avenue East, 70th Avenue East and Freeman Road East. If there is an emergency in progress, please call 911. 

TRANSPORTATION STUDY FROM PSRC

Puget Sound Regional Council is conducting a survey on the Future of Transportation in support of the development of the Regional Transportation Plan. Take the survey at: https://engage.psrc.org/regional-transportation-plan?fbclid=IwAR3SXK6x1W5CidhExxd1lL9m-sHtLMz99wzgkqM4GwbI8GMwe8tnEGrgUTw
 
The survey is open to everyone. It asks questions about telework, travel after the pandemic subsides, transportation features around home and work, as well as special needs transportation services. The Regional Transportation Plan will describe how the region will meet transportation needs into the future, addressing existing needs and expected growth. The plan will outline investments the region is making to improve all aspects of the transportation system – from roads, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems – and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. The survey is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Traditional Chinese.


Tideflats Subarea Planning Project

The Tideflats subarea planning process, a partnership between City of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County and City of Fife, is intended to create a shared long-term vision and more coordinated approach to development, environmental review, and strategic capital investments in the Tideflats. Completion of the subarea plan will support the ongoing eligibility for and prioritization of transportation funding in the regional manufacturing and industrial center. The Tideflats is an area of over 5,000 acres of waterfront land providing vital saltwater and estuarian habitat for salmon, shellfish and other marine life, the Tideflats is an economic center that includes industrial and manufacturing and maritime activity in a world class port and is the ancestral lands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.  The area is designated as the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC). The MIC is home to Tacoma and Pierce County’s highest concentration of industrial and manufacturing activity and is the work site for about 9,800 employees.   

To learn more about community engagement opportunities with this important project, please visit https://www.cityoftacoma.org/tideflatsplan.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FIFE UTILITIES ON OUR WEBSITE

Did you know you can sign up for auto payments for utility billing? You can also make a one-time payment online. To do so, visit this page. For more information on utility payments, visit this page. For more information on recent utility rate increases for the City of Fife , please visit this page.  Have another utility-related question? Visit this FAQ page.

SR 167 COMPLETION INFORMATION

Want to find out more about the SR 167 completion project that will add a bridge over I-5 at 70th Avenue East?  Read more at our traffic page at cityoffife.org/traffic. Or, visit the WSDOT information page - https://wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR167/completion/default.htm

ONLINE PERMITTING HELP

The City of Fife’s Community Development team has worked hard to make the city’s online permitting system more user friendly. You can apply for a permit from anywhere, so long as you have a computer connection. To learn more about the city’s online permitting features, visit cityoffife.org/onlinepermits

fife CITY COUNCIL meetings

Fife City Council holds their regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 6 p.m. They hold a special meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, also starting at 6 p.m. Currently, all meetings are being held remotely. For more information on city council meetings and to review the agendas, please click here. 

To find out how you can participate in those meetings, visit cityoffife.org and select the date for the next council meeting. Citizens who would like to submit comments in advance of the meeting may do so by emailing the comments to the City Clerk’s office at cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail to 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.

boards & commissions

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City newsletters

Read our most current city newsletter here. Want to receive a digital copy of the city’s newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. 

CITY COMMUNICATION

Find out more about city communication at cityoffife.org/communications.


Information related to Covid-19

help with utility payments

Utility bill relief

The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19. We are offering a hardship payment plan for City of Fife utility customers. We are suspending water shutoffs through September 30, 2021 and waiving late fees through January 27, 2022. For information on requesting a hardship payment plan, visit: https://www.cityoffife.org/utilitybilling

Fife Residents may also have Tacoma Public Utilities and/or Puget Sound Energy utility bills. Both of these utility companies are offering utility assistance:

TPU: https://www.mytpu.org/emergencyassistance/ 

PSE: https://www.pse.com/pages/bill-and-weatherization-assistance 

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financial resources

If you’re a citizen in need, here are resources to help you through this tough time. 

The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19. We have two forms of help for your utility bills.  Read about those programs here.

Calling 2-1-1 can lead you to resources to help with housing, childcare, food needs, basic legal help and more. Read more about the South Sound 2-1-1 resource line here.

Pierce County is offering help for those unable to pay their mortgage or rent. If you need housing assistance, read more about that here. 

Pierce County is providing assistance to individuals who have fallen behind in their rent and utility payments as a result of COVID.  For information about income eligibility and how to apply, check out the flyer here. For more details visit the website here or complete the application here.

If you’ve lost your job, here is the information you need about unemployment benefits. 

Pierce County has allotted a portion of its CARES Act money to helping with childcare vouchers. Read more about that here. 

If you’re an essential worker and need help with transportation, Pierce Transit has some options for you. Read about that here. 

BUSINESS HELP AND RESOURCES 

If you’re a small business looking for help and resources, here are resources for you.

The Fife, Milton and Edgewood Chamber of Commerce has a helpful  resource page for the phased reopening of local businesses

The Pierce County Economic Development Board is another helpful agency. 

2021 Rollback Relief Grant: To provide financial support to qualifying businesses impacted by recently modified COVID-19 restrictions, Pierce County has created a grant program to help offset the costs of business disruption. Subject to available funds and eligibility requirements, businesses may receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000. Click here for more information.

If you are a small, for-profit, business that has been negatively financially impacted by Covid-19 orders and related health and safety measures, you may be eligible for assistance through the state's Working Washington Grants: Round 4 Program. For more information or to apply click here

If your business needs aid, please contact the Small Business Association and ask about Disaster Loan Applications

Pierce County also is assisting small businesses with 20 or fewer employees who need aid. Here is information about the county program.

Pierce County allows emergency small business relief loans to be forgiven if certain conditions are met related to COVID-19 workplace safety practices. Click here for details regarding the process. 

Many businesses and organizations in Pierce County will incur costs due to new regulations. Pierce County has created a grant program that may help offset some of these costs.

Businesses, such as restaurants, breweries, family entertainment and fitness centers, can get rent or mortgage assistance from a new county program.  Find out more about Pierce County’s COVID-19 Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance Program here.

Impact Washington is inviting Washington based US Small-and medium-sized manufacturers (SME’s) to apply for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds. These funds provide services that directly support a manufacturer’s ability to recover from the coronavirus. 

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reliable information

You might have questions about the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19). Here are reliable sources to check for information.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Phone volumes might mean a bit of a wait on that hotline.

Here are more reliable resources:

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department maintains a great database of resources at this website and they also provide deep background information and facts about the virus -- https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus

The Washington State Department of Health is maintaining up-to-date information on the virus here -- https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus.

Pierce County offers the following advice for everyone:

• Increase handwashing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer
• Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette – cover a cough or a sneeze
• Keep distance from others (more than six feet, if possible)
• Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces
• Remain home during a respiratory illness

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