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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS- SURPLUS AND DISPOSAL OF REAL PROPERTY

The City Council of the City of Orting will hold a Public Hearing during the regular meeting of October 25 at 7:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider the surplus and disposal of City property.

The two parcels of real property being considered at this hearing as surplus are:
1.     Address:  230XX 177th St. East, Orting WA 98360               
Parcel No:   Portion of Parcel No. 05-19-36-2-003, Adjacent to Wingate Spring
Zoning:    R10 (Residential)
Improvement:   Vacant land – undeveloped
2.     Address:  401 Washington Ave. SE, Orting WA 98360
Parcel No.:  0519326011
Zoning:  Public Facilities
Improvement:   Public Safety Building (Fire, Police and Municipal Court)

The City proposes to sell both of these parcels, pursuant to RCW 39.22.010, to another government agency, for fair market value. All members of the public may provide testimony during the public hearing or they may submit written comments prior to the public hearing. The City Council meets at Orting Multi-Purpose Center, 202 Washington Ave. S, Orting WA 98360.  Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing to the City Clerk at 110 Train Street SE – PO Box 489, Orting, WA 98360. 

For residents with disabilities who are requesting translators or adaptive equipment for communication purposes, the City
requests notification as soon as possible as to the type of service or equipment needed.

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NOTICE OF ORTING CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Orting City Council will be conducting a public hearing during the regular meeting of October 25th, 2017, at 7:00pm, or as soon thereafter as possible to consider the following:

Proposed 2018 Property Tax Levy

All members of the public may provide testimony during the public hearing or they may submit written comments prior to the public hearing. The City Council meets at Orting Multi-Purpose Center, 202 Washington Ave. S, Orting WA 98360.  Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing by 3:00pm on the 25th, to the City Clerk at 110 Train Street SE – PO Box 489, Orting, WA 98360.  Jane Montgomery, City Clerk

Posted on the 16th of October, 2017.
Published on the 16th and 23rd, day of October, 2017 .

For residents with disabilities who are requesting
translators or adaptive equipment for communication purposes, the City requests notification as soon as possible as to the type of service or equipment needed. Continue Reading

PLANNING COMMISSION VACANCY

The City of Orting is seeking applicants for the Planning Commission to fill an unexpired four-year term. The term for this position will commence when filled, and will expire December 31, 2018. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

The Planning Commission consists of seven (7) members. The Planning Commission’s role is to promote and coordinate comprehensive long-range planning, growth-management, transportation, and environmental protection. The Planning Commission upholds and approves all Architectural Designs for various types of building and signage. Commission recommendations are on land use issues and Municipal Code changes and forwarded to the Council for its consideration, whether a recommendation to approve or deny.

If you are interested in volunteering to be on the City of Orting Planning Commission, please submit a Commission Application a resume and a letter of interest to City of Orting, Attn: City Clerk, 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA 98360; or by email to jmontgomery@cityoforting.org To be considered for this position applications need to be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday November 3, 2017.

Posted: October 16, 2017 Continue Reading

Notice of Public Hearings

There are two public hearings on October 11, 2017 at the regular City Council meeting at 7pm at the MPC.

1. Amending Orting Municipal Code Section 9.5A.4 & 9.5A.9 Relating To Storm Water Management & Conforming To The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit For Phase II Communities, By Ordinance No. 2017-1014.

2. Revenue Sources

Any person may submit written or oral comments at the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Clerk’s office at 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA, 98360 no later than 3:00 p.m. on October 11th, 2017; otherwise, comments must be submitted at the hearing. Continue Reading

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC HEARING

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC HEARING Monday, November 6 Orting Multipurpose Center Open House: 6:00 – 7:00 PM Planning Commission Public Hearing – 7:00 PM ORTING IS GROWING! The City will hold a public open house discussion followed by the Planning Commission’s Public Hearing to receive citizen’s comments.  City staff will be available to… Continue Reading

Position Opening- Maintenance Worker 1

The City is recruiting for the position of Maintenance Worker 1.

The Maintenance Worker I is primarily responsible for maintenance of municipal parks, the cemetery, streets, water, wastewater, stormwater and City facilities so that they are safe, clean, functional and attractive at all times. The Maintenance Worker I will cross-train in all departments as allowed by the Public Works Supervisor. Closes October 18, 2017.

Download an Application Here Continue Reading

City of Orting – Request for Qualifications

City of Orting
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Orting invites the submittal of a Statement of Qualifications (“SOQ”) from firms interested in providing design-build services for the City of Orting’s Public Works Maintenance Building located on Rocky Road NE. Please submit SOQ’s to Mark Bethune, City Administrator, City of Orting, 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA 98360. SOQ’s shall be submitted no later than October 20th, 2017 at 4:30pm. Contact Mark Bethune at mbethune@cityoforting.org or visit the City’s website at www.cityoforting.org for more information. Continue Reading

The most recent message from Mayor Pestinger September 21, 2017

I would like to share two items with you. Keep in mind that this is my personal opinion as Mayor, and not necessarily the position of the City Council. Thanks for reading this.

Advanced Notice of Potential Lahars:
My recollection is that several years ago at a High Cedars meeting, Volcano experts from USGS explained that they have 3 sets of sensors on Mt. Rainier. The set highest up the mountain gives notice if there is any kind of rumbling. In a real lahar, that notice would be about 90 minutes before the lahar would reach Orting. The middle set of sensors would give about 70 minutes notice. It could be triggered by other causes such as a couple of rocks breaking loose and rolling down. The lowest one would definitely confirm a lahar and give 45-50-minute notice to Orting.
At that meeting I asked, why not notify the community when the second set gives 70 minute notice, with the understanding that it is a preliminary notice and it could well be a “False Alarm”. Then people could choose to leave immediately, or wait for the 45 minute definite confirming notice. Some would go early, some would wait. My thinking was that this would spread out the evacuation traffic over a longer period of time. The idea was rejected at that meeting.
Later on USGS scientists told me that they are concerned about giving potential “False-Positive” notices that could cause unnecessary panic, injury and/or fatalities. They also feared that if they cried “Woolf” too many times, people might ignore the real warning that gives 45-50 minutes notice. Therefore, they will only set off the Lahar sirens when the lowest set of sensors confirms that a real lahar is in progress.
The current system requires the information gathered from all 3 sites to analyze the volume and speed of the lahar and to determine if it is big enough to reach Orting. However, USGS scientists just told me that they are working on a newer system that, when done, will be able to provide better forecasts at an earlier time. For an extended period of time they will run both systems to make sure there are no glitches in the new one. Once the new sensor system is properly running, I will ask USGS to notify the City when one of the earlier sensors (located higher up on the mountain) indicates some form of activity.
While it would be relatively easy for city staff to walk out on the current 45-50-minute notice, their equipment would stay abandoned in town. I believe there would be a benefit to our citizens if the Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments could receive earlier notice of a potential, still unconfirmed lahar, to get their equipment to the Emergency Operations Center on Cemetery Hill. Then they could also block the roads into the valley until it is determined that it was a false alarm. In case of a real lahar they would have the tools and equipment ready to help the community immediately in the “after” situation. If the School District would also want to be authorized to receive such advance notice, they could have a “Fire Drill” practicing how they can bus special needs kids out of the valley.
These are preliminary thoughts, and a lot of details need to be worked out. Of course any decision will ultimately be made by the City Council with lots of community input.

A Quicker Way to Build a Lahar Escape:
The following information is also my personal strategic thinking as Mayor and not the positon of the City Council:
I’m excited that the Fire Chief and others have found a way to build a less expensive and more practical lahar evacuation bridge system. There would be two level bridges across the Carbon River connecting the Orting side levee to existing trails on the other side. One would be located close to Bridge St, the other close to a McCutcheon St extension.
According to Scott Jones, Senior Vice President of Newland Corp. and General Manager of the Tehaleh Development, the 2 bridges would cost approximately $ 4 million and trail improvements would keep the total cost well under $8 million. This bridge and trail system would provide an 8-mile hiking and biking trail loop for year-round use.
Tehaleh will have to pay substantial Park Impact Fees to Pierce County. Since a private company can probably get this bridge construction done quicker and cheaper than the government, I will work with Scott to ask the County to grant offsetting Impact Fees credit if Tehaleh builds the two bridges and does the trail improvements.
Also, a multi-purpose trail and bridge system will have a much better chance to qualify for multiple funding sources. Completion of this project will require the cooperation and teamwork of the City, Newland Co., Pierce County leaders and Parks Department, the Puyallup Tribe, and Federal and State Legislators.
These two bridges and the Soldiers Home route would provide 3 ways to get out of the valley. One of the challenges will be to have an effective communication system to let parents know that their children are safe and where they are.
I want to express my appreciation to the many dedicated community members who have worked tirelessly for more than twenty years to develop and propose the lahar escape “Bridge 4 Kids”. As I understand it, the latest concept would be a one-time use, hanging suspension bridge with steps. It would be anchored in the valley on this side and up on top of the plateau on the Tehaleh side. The estimated cost would be $ 40-50 million. The city’s insurer, RMSA, of the Association of Washington Cities has indicated to us that the insurance premium for this bridge would be approximately $100,000 per year.
We recognize that everyone’s goal is to save as many lives as possible if the worst case scenario should ever happen; and I believe it’s time for some frank discussions of more than one way to accomplish this goal. Any city action on this strategy would include public meetings and City Council deliberations.

Mayor,
Joe Pestinger Continue Reading

Notice of Public Hearings- 2018 Proposed Utility Rates

NOTICE OF ORTING CITY COUNCIL
PUBLIC HEARINGS

Wednesday, September 13, and 27, 2017
7:00p.m. Multipurpose Center, 202 Washington Ave. S.

Notice is hereby given that the Orting City Council will be conducting public hearings on the proposed Final 2018 Utility Rates. The hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th and 27th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Multipurpose Center, 202 Washington Ave. S., Orting, WA. The purpose of the hearings is to hear public testimony on the above listed.

Any person may submit written or oral comments at the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk’s office at 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA, 98360 no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 26th, 2017; otherwise, comments must be submitted at the hearing. Continue Reading

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