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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

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To download the application click here.

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

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

Orting Police Department- Statement

Statement from Orting PD – 28 June 2017
On the night of 26 June, several locations around Orting were “tagged” with graffiti. Today the Orting Police arrested one juvenile and identified three more juveniles involved with this vandalism. Three of the individuals are from outside of Orting. Orting Police is appreciative of those who provided information in an attempt to solve this crime. 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

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
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Planning Commission Public Hearing- Majestic View Estates

NOTICE CITY OF ORTING
PLANNING COMMISSION
PUBLIC HEARING
MAJESTIC VIEW ESTATES DIVISION 1– PHASE 6

The City of Orting has received an application for approval of the Final Development Plan for Phase 6 of the subject development, pursuant to OMC 13-6-3 I.2 and 16-6-3 N. Phase 6 consists of 29 units on 6.24 acres. The applicant is AHBL Inc. The owner is Stowe Investments LLC. The property is zoned Residential Suburban. The application would
result in the eventual development of single family manufactured homes, accessed by Beckett Lane SW. The development will be served by private streets. The City has determined that the application is
complete in accordance with the Municipal Code. Environmental review under SEPA was completed in 1999 as part of the Preliminary Planned Development PD01-98. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal and make a recommendation which will be reviewed by the City Council on June 14th, 2017,7pm, at a Closed Record Hearing. The submitted documents may be viewed at the Orting City Hall at 110 Train Street SE during normal business hours. Call JC Hungerford at 253-604-6630 with questions. Any person may submit written or oral comments at the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Planning Commission at 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA, 98360 no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 2nd, 2017; otherwise, comments must be submitted at the hearing. Continue Reading

Planning Commission Notice of Hearing- Village Green 8

NOTICE CITY OF ORTING
PLANNING COMMISSION
PUBLIC HEARING
VILLAGE GREEN DIVISION 8– PHASE 3 & 4 FINAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT AND PLAT APPROVAL APPLICATION

The City of Orting has received an application for final planned development and plat approval of a 51-lot subdivision on an 11.86 Acre site located south of Lane Boulevard NW. The applicant is Contour Engineering, LLC. The owner is GE Land Development, LLC. The property is zoned Residential Urban. The application would result in the eventual development of single family homes, accessed by Louise Wise Avenue SW and Sigafoos Avenue NW. A 1.174 Acre tract is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Lane Boulevard NW and Sigafoos Avenue NW. The City has determined that the application is complete in accordance with the Municipal Code. Environmental
review under SEPA was completed in 1993 as part of the Preliminary Planned Development PD-1-01. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal and make a recommendation which will be reviewed by the City Council on June 14th, 2017, 7pm, at a Closed Record Hearing. The submitted documents may be viewed at the Orting City Hall at 110 Train Street SE during normal business hours. Call JC Hungerford at 253-604-6630 with questions.
Any person may submit written or oral comments at the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Planning Commission at 110 Train St. SE, PO Box 489, Orting, WA, 98360 no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 2nd, 2017; otherwise, comments must be submitted at the hearing. Continue Reading

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