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Orting Rock Festival 2017

Orting Rock Festival 2017

Saturday July 15th- Noon-9pm At Orting City Park.
9 original bands and admission is free with canned food for the Orting Food Bank.

9pm-1am at the Orting Eagles Hall- 4 original bands.

This is a benefit concert sponsored by the City of Orting. Proceeds go the Orting Food Bank and the Haven

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Fireworks Can ONLY be discharged on July 4th

FIREWORKS

Section 5.7.1 of the Orting Municipal Code regarding the discharge of fireworks is as follows:

Revised Code of Washington, Title 70, chapter 77 is adopted in its entirety, including any subsequent amendments thereto. Notwithstanding the above, fireworks may be discharged within the City limits only from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 4th of each year, and from 6:00 p.m. on December 31st to 1:00 a.m. on January 1st of the subsequent year. Continue Reading

NOTICE OF CLOSED RECORD PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Orting City Council will be conducting a closed record hearing on Majestic View Estates Division I, Phase 6 Final Planned Development and Plat approval.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Multipurpose Center, 202 Washington Ave. S, Orting, WA. There will be no public testimony for this hearing. For further information contact the City Clerk at 360- 893-2219 ext. 133. Posted this 15th day of June, 2017. Published this 16th day of June, 2017. Jane Montgomery, City Clerk Continue Reading

Mayors Message-City Organizational Assessment & Facility Planning

Organizational Assessment
Every organization needs a way to evaluate the effectiveness of its work. At school, students are tested to see if they learn the material. Nonprofits are required by major fund providers to do performance audits every year. Businesses do inventories to determine which goods sell and to ensure their books are in order. However, there is no real, unbiased way to assess government. That’s why we recently hired a national consulting firm to complete an organizational assessment of all aspects of City Government. Your City Council and I want to ensure that we are spending your hard earned money effectively. How is spending $48,000 helping us save money, you ask. That’s a fair question. After a national bidding process was completed, the firm Matrix came in as the most qualified and offered the best price to perform an assessment of all departments. Matrix has completed hundreds of these assessments and has the subject matter experts to perform a rigorous test of the city’s practices and effectiveness. In addition, a national firm such as Matrix can show us a thing or two we might not have thought of in the management of our police, public works, finance, administration, and yes, even our Mayor and City Council. And remember, Orting is not the only city to do this. As a matter of fact, most cities over a certain population have these assessments done at least once every ten years. Because Orting has never done it before, you could say we are little overdue….
Today Orting employs 34 staff to serve a city of about 7,800 people that will grow to 8,500 over the next few years. This is the same number of staff as we had in 2004 with a population of 4,500. We know that we have the smallest number of staff for this population in the state. Our general fund which pays for police, administration, finance, court, planning, and a building department, is also the smallest in the state for a city our size. So it may seem from a casual view that we are as efficient as could be. We have used new technologies to spread our people out as far as we can. We contract out for our legal, engineering, and planning services. One question we must ask is would we be a better organization if we brought those services in house. In fact the financial savings might cover the cost of the assessment in the first year. Right now we have no office space for them. City services are considered “critical services”. That is, they must occur. We can’t take a break from performing all the tasks required of a city. We can’t let down. So there can be risk and liability with inappropriate staffing levels. Your Council and I have determined that we are at an exciting crossroads where we must plan now for the future. Matrix will give us a kind of report card on how we are doing compared to other effective cities. They will also give us recommendations for staffing, how to better organize that staffing, and what new technologies we can bring to bear to improve. We expect their work to be completed by August. I think it’s important to remember that your city government spends about $12 million a year on all our services and facilities. While $48,000 is a lot of money, we expect the benefits that come out of this will mean better services for you at the lowest possible cost. That will be worthwhile.

Facility Planning
If you have been around Orting for a few years, you surely remember driving by City Hall at 110 Train Street. and seeing the noses of our fire trucks poking out from the brick bays. As recently as the early 2000s, our firefighters were amazing drivers who could back the modern engines with just 2-3 inches of clearance on either side into bays built 50 years before. The overhead doors could not even be closed and our entire fire department was exposed to whoever might walk in off the street. We were so out-of-date, a picture or Orting’s City Fire Department made the cover of the FEMA fire station safety manual, as an example of what NOT to do. While a little humorous in hindsight, such a spectacle should not be repeated if we have the means to avoid it. In 2006 we built the new facilities you see today. In 2008, the citizens of our city voted to be annexed into the County’s Fire District 18, and we disbanded our city fire department. A couple of years ago, Fire District 18 alerted the city that they were running out of space at the city’s public safety building and wanted to buy the building or leave and build their own facility. The current building – now 11 years old — not only houses the fire department but the police department, court, and city council and commission meetings. After working out an agreement this year to sell the building to OVFR for $2.2 million, it seemed the time had come to take a comprehensive look at city facilities. The purchase and sale of the public safety building must be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2017. Starting in January, the City has to pay rent for the police and court until it completes new facilities in what is expected to be 2018. Right now the Multi-Purpose Center (MPC) can work for Council but would not be sufficient for court. While the Court may have to use the MPC for a while, the facilities are inadequate for that use and the City needs to remedy that as soon as possible.
The City has hired an architectural firm, Helix, through the competitive bidding process. As we speak, Helix is working with us to determine our needs for the police station and where it should be located. The firm will also help the City better understand current and future space/office needs and how it can serve the public more effectively.
The City expects to build a new public works facility by the sewer treatment facility in 2017 or 2018. For the last 20 years, the City has been saving money for this facility and now has sufficient funds to pay cash for it. Right now Orting’s public works staff and supplies are divided between three locations in aging facilities and this is not particularly efficient.
For example, public works currently uses the old fire station (the decades-old brick building mentioned earlier). When a public works building is completed and the fire bays are vacated, the City will have the opportunity to see how we can best use the space. It’s a suitable building but doesn’t meet all the accessibility rules terms of the American Disability Act (ADA) and may have some modern earth quake deficiencies. If we are to be eligible for federal grants, we will have to solve these problems. This is one area our architectural firm will help us evaluate. We still owe about $900,000 on the current Public Safety Building, so after we pay that the sale of the building will leave the City with about $1.3 million. In order to plan for adequate police, court, and public meeting spaces, $1.3 million will have to be combined with reserves from our other funds. The City may even have to consider further bond debt to complete the various projects. Some of our possible decisions would be to determine if the Multipurpose Center (MPC) (connected to the library) is sufficient or should the City consider remodeling the bays in the old building for Council and Court. Can our old facilities be brought up to modern building standards including earthquake readiness? Or is it more cost effective to build a new building? And, no matter which decision is made, how do should it be paid for? This is a great time to give me and your city council your thoughts and ideas about these plans. We will have public meetings in the near future and an open house to make sure our citizens have a chance to weigh in on these plans. We need to plan for the future now if we are to avoid once again becoming the cover of a FEMA manual. Continue Reading

Notice of Closed Record Hearing

NOTICE OF CITY OF ORTING
CITY COUNCIL
CLOSED RECORD PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Orting City Council will be conducting a closed record hearing on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 7:00 pm
Multipurpose Center-202 Washington Avenue South

Village Green Division 8 Phases III AND IV Final Planned Development and Plat Approval
Application.

This is a closed record hearing, there will be no
public testimony for this hearing. For further
information contact Jane Montgomery, City Clerk at 360-893-2219 ext. 133. Posted June 7th, 2017 Continue Reading

Notice of Closed Record Hearing

NOTICE OF CITY OF ORTING
CITY COUNCIL CLOSED RECORD PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Orting City Council will be conducting a closed record hearing on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 7:00 pm. at the
Multipurpose Center, 202 Washington Avenue South
For the following:

MAJESTIC VIEW ESTATES
DIVISION 1– PHASE 6, FINAL PLANNED
DEVELOPMENT AND PLAT APPROVAL

This is a closed record hearing, there will be no public testimony for this hearing. For further information contact Jane Montgomery, City Clerk at 360-893-2219 ext. 133

DATED this 7th day of June, 2017
Jane Montgomery, City Clerk Continue Reading

So we aren’t safe? Tacoma and Olympia miss cut for 50 safest Washington cities list.

BY CRAIG HILL
chill@thenewstribvne.com
The South Sound did not have strong showing in a recent ranking of the 50 safest cities in Washington.
Tacoma, Olympia and Puyallup all missed the cut.
King County’s Duvall and Sammamish topped the list while the Franklin County city of Connell was third. DuPont ranked fourth and was the top South Sound city. The list was compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association for alarm installers and related businesses. FBI crime data was used to determine the average crime rate per 1,000 people.
Dupont averaged 7.92 violent crimes per 1,000 people in 2016. Pullman rounded out the top 5.
The other South Sound cities on the list: Steilacoom (12th), Orting (14th), Maple Valley (19th), Pacific (20th), Buckley (29th), Edgewood (30th), Bonney Lake (36th), University Place (38th) and Enumclaw (45th). Continue Reading

Press Release- Orting in Top 20 Safest Cities in Washington

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The SafeWise Report Announces the 20 Safest Cities in Washington – City of Orting in Top 20. The SafeWise Report released its “20 Safest Cities in Washington” report on May 22, 2017. The City of Orting made the top twenty, coming in at 19, which is a move upward from 47, or 28 spaces, from the previous year. The report states “Cities across Washington are coming together to create inclusive communities that embrace all citizens of different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. These initiatives work to establish communities ‘without boundaries where people take care of each other regardless of their differences.’’’ The Orting Police Chief stated, he is very proud of the efforts of his officers working collaboratively with our citizens, which places Orting in this respected category.

To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2015 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 2,000 people. “Washington’s safest cities are proactive about keeping all citizens safe. Across the state, they have enacted initiatives to make sure all residents are taken care of—regardless of race, ethnicity, or cultural background,” reports SafeWise Security Analyist Rebecca Edwards. “Comprehensive safety awareness like this is the type of thinking that helped each of our safest Washington cities come in well below the national averages for both violent and property crimes.”
About SafeWise
SafeWise is a community-focused security organization committed to increasing safety education, awareness, and preparedness. We help our users compare security options in an informative and pressure-free environment so they can make the choice that’s right for their family. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the safest cities reports, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Visit the Washington Home Security and Crime Prevention Center for more helpful safety resources.

Orting Police Department
POB 489 / 401 Washington Ave SE Orting, WA 98360
For more information please contact:
City of Orting Police Department Attn: Chief Drake
Email: wdrake@cityoforting.org
or
SafeWise
Attn: Sage Singleton
E-mail: Sage.Singleton@SafeWise.com
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