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Shoreline Update Open House - May 13

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Regional Shoreline Master Program Update
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Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there's one that all road users share – everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States according recent statistics. Nationwide, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in 2012 which was a 6% increase over the previous year. Locally, six pedestrians have lost their lives in the past six years and many near misses have been reported.

In an effort to curb fatalities or possible serious injuries in the city, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), in collaboration with the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force, has initiated a pilot for a new pedestrian safety program that it hopes will spread city wide. The first pedestrian flag program for the city has been installed at the crosswalk of 6th and Poplar. While crossing with the flag in hand should serve to make the pedestrian more visible, pedestrians are reminded that safety is a shared responsibility and they should still take precautions before crossing the street. The newly installed signs remind pedestrians to make sure they are seen first, make eye contact with the driver, wait for traffic to stop and then cross the street. "We hope the flags will help make pedestrians more visible, especially at our busy intersections." says BPAC chairman Erendira Cruz. "But the flag is not a safety shield. We need to make sure we are seen before stepping into the path of a vehicle".

 

If the pilot program proves to be successful, the Traffic Safety Task Force is hoping to secure funds to establish it in other locations throughout the city. For more information, you may contact the Task Force coordinator Nancy Walters at 524.4425.

 

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Free Tire Collection Event April 25 & 26

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Free Tire Collection Event Slated for Walla Walla County Residents in Walla Walla on April 25 & 26 and in Burbank on May 2, 2015

 

Walla Walla County residents will have 3 opportunities to dispose of old tires for free! There is a two day event in Walla Walla on Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2015. There is also a one day event in Burbank on Saturday May 2, 2015. The events run between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. However, if the trucks fill up before 3 p.m. the event will close early that day. The Walla Walla events will be held at the gravel lot on Tausick Way across from the Mill Creek Sports Complex. The Burbank event will be held in the gravel lot near the Fire Station on Humorist Road.

 

Participants will be asked to provide proof of residency by showing a valid Washington State Driver’s License, local utility bill, or County property tax statement with an address in Walla Walla County. Residents can dispose of up to 10 regular-sized car, light truck, or motorcycle tires per address per day. No tractor, large truck, tires over 36 inches, or tires on wheels will be accepted. Tires will not be accepted from businesses or other non-residential sources.

 

Participants are reminded to make sure their load is secured before getting out on roadways to avoid accidents caused by flying debris. It is considered a misdemeanor in Washington State to travel on public roads with an unsecured load and is enforced by the Washington State Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies.

 

Tire collection events held in Walla Walla County over the last three years have gathered over 9,000 tires and sent them to a recycling facility in Portland. Recycled tires can be used for a wide variety of items such as parking bumpers, door mats, and landscaping materials.

 

The event is sponsored by Walla Walla Board of County Commissioners – Walla Walla County Fire District 5 - Washington State Department of Ecology - Walla Walla County Community Development Department - and Tire Disposal & Recycling, Inc.

For additional information or questions, please contact Nina Baston, Code Compliance Officer with Walla Walla County at.

 

 

 

Rose Street project to begin April 13

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Work will begin on the Rose Street project starting Monday, April 13.  Initial efforts include milling the road surface followed by utility work.  This work will begin in the area between Palouse Street and Park Street.  Motorists should expect narrowed single lane operations in both directions with temporary closures and delays during construction. 

Visit our Gowallawalla.us website for additional project information or contact the Project Engineer, Monte Puymon at 527.4537.

 

 

Two New Officers Join Force Police Press Release

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Travis Goodwin and Mike Bump became the newest Police Officers to join WWPD this evening, after being sworn in during a ceremony in the Chuck Fulton Community Room. The wives of both officers were present during the recitation of the oath before Mayor Jerry Cummins.

Goodwin came to WWPD from the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office, where he had been a Deputy Sheriff for the past 10 years. He had served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1998.

Bump has been in law enforcement for the past 4 years as an Officer and Narcotics Detective with the Milton-Freewater Police Department. Prior to that, he worked for WWPD as a Code Enforcement Officer until that position was eliminated. Bump also grew up in Walla Walla, graduating from Wa-Hi in 1996.

"Bump and Goodwin will each be assigned to one of four Patrol squads, filling staffing voids within the Patrol Division," stated Chief Scott Bieber.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.

 

Washington State to begin launching Text to 9-1-1 Service; Text-to-9-1-1 not yet available in Walla Walla County

Kitsap County announced today that it has begun phasing in Text-to-9-1-1 service. However, Walla Walla County is not accepting text messages to 9-1-1 at this time.
Currently, only Kitsap County is operationally "live" with Text-to-9-1-1 Service in Washington State. King and Snohomish Counties on the west side are still in the testing phase prior to implementation. No counties on the East side of the state are yet operational with this service. Although a final implementation date has not yet been set, we are estimating that this service will be available later this year.
Because Text-to-9-1-1 is now available in some parts of Washington State, there are a few things you should know:

  • Texting to 9-1-1 is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak in an emergency. The key thing to remember is "Call if you can; Text if you Can't".
  • When texting to 9-1-1 for an emergency, the first message should be the location of the emergency (including the city) and the type of emergency help needed (police, fire, or medical).
  • Keep text messages brief and concise, using full words.
  • Stay with your phone, be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  • Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1 at this time.

REMEMBER THAT TEXT-TO-9-1-1 service is not yet available in Walla Walla County. If you send a text to 9-1-1 in an area without this service, you should receive a reply message saying that the service is not available.
For more details and updates about Text-to-9-1-1, go to http://mil.wa.gov/e911

For more information, please contact Steven R. Ruley at WESCOM 911 at.

 

The police department's second traffic safety emphasis of the year will be April 1 - May 15. Through education and enforcement, officers will be focused on keeping bicyclists and pedestrians safe while walking and riding around town.

Nearly every collision could be prevented if all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, obeyed all "rules of the road," remained free from distracting devices and alcohol or drugs, and watchful of all other traffic around them.

Officers will be increasing contacts with violators, whether they are walking, riding, or driving, to remind them of the shared responsibility we all have to ensure the safety of everyone. While most interactions will be handled with a verbal warning, blatant violations could lead to the issuance of a traffic infraction.

Warmer weather means more bicyclists on our roadways, both adults and children. Motorists are encouraged to be extra vigilant while driving in areas where bicyclists may be present, as children may ride out into traffic suddenly or from between parked cars. Motorists should also provide ample room around bicycles when passing in case of any unexpected movement.

Bicyclists are required to obey all of the same traffic laws as motorists. This includes stopping at stop signs and obeying all other traffic control devices. Bicyclists are also required to ride as far to the right side of the right lane of travel as is safe (with the flow of traffic, not against it), except when preparing to make a turn or overtaking other traffic. Riders are also forbidden from riding more than 2 abreast on any roadway maintained for vehicular use or using headphones or ear-buds.

During the emphasis period, pedestrians will be reminded not to J-walk and obey traffic control devices when present.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.

 

Safety is a shared responsibility. At one time or another, we are a driver, pedestrian or cyclist. With warmer weather and vacations just around the corner, the Walla Walla Police Department and Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force want to remind everyone – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers – to be aware of those around you and to follow the rules of the road.
As a cyclist:

  • Be predictable. Signal your intentions to others. Use hand signals, look over your shoulder before changing lanes, ride in a straight line on the right side of the road. Expect that other vehicles do not see you.
  • Go with the flow of traffic, not against it.
  • Be ready to stop at driveways and intersections.
  • Watch for uneven pavement. Ride on bike paths and bike trails if they are available.
  • Give parked cars a 3-foot berth in case someone opens a door in your path.
  • Make yourself and your bicycle visible at all times, especially at night and in dim light. Wear bright, reflective clothing and use white lights in front and red reflectors or lights in the rear as required by all States.
  • Do NOT blind oncoming traffic by using headlights in strobe or flash mode after dark.
  • Wear a properly fitted, certified helmet on every ride.
  • Ride sober. Alcohol affects balance, judgment and reaction time.

As a pedestrian:

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks. If sidewalks are not available, walk on the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic.
  • Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections. This is where drivers expect to see you.
  • Make eye contact with stopped drivers to make sure they see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch your kids. Small children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic. Kids cannot accurately judge vehicle distances and speeds and may make unpredictable movements.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking. They impair your judgment and your abilities.

When you are driving:

  • Be predictable. Signal your intentions to others and anticipate what other road users may do.
  • Put cell phones down.
  • Look out for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions such as nighttime, bright sunshine or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians too.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
  • Be extra cautious when backing up. Pedestrians and cyclists can easily be in your blind spot.
  • Allow enough room when passing bicyclists, as you would when passing another vehicle.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.

 

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2015
CONTACTS:

• Jim Dumont: parks and recreation director
  City of Walla Walla; 509‐524‐4545

• Elio Agostini: executive director
  Downtown Walla Walla Foundation; 509‐529‐8755

Mumford and Sons Announce 'Gentlemen Of The Road' Stopovers in 2015
Mumford and Sons, an internationally popular and Grammy award winning British folk rock band, has
selected Walla Walla, Washington as one of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road (GOTR) Stopovers in the
United States. The City of Walla Walla and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in cooperation with
Whitman College and DeSales Catholic High School are pleased to host this exciting community
celebration scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 2015.


Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday show on the Main Stage, located at the Whitman College
Athletic Fields, along with an eclectic and energetic roster of artists selected by the band themselves. A
series of smaller music events and activities involving local businesses, artists and, most importantly,
local people will happen in and around downtown Walla Walla on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of that
week.


Each Stopover combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world‐class
music event. The Walla Walla Stopover features downtown performances by local and regional bands
beginning Thursday evening but also Friday and Saturday afternoons and after the Main Stage closes.
About this year's upcoming Stopover tour, Mumford & Sons says, "The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers
are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in
busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of
which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer."


The outdoor Stopovers will take place in four carefully‐selected and unique locations across America
including Salida, Colorado; Waverly, Iowa; Seaside Heights, New Jersey; and Walla Walla, Washington
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation was thrilled when it received an e‐mail from the band's
promoter Madison House Presents in September of 2014 indicating that Walla Walla was being
considered for the 2015 'Gentlemen of The Road' Stopover. Immediately the City of Walla Walla Council
members and the leadership team welcomed the promoters and began seriously considering the
possibility of over 30,000 people visiting our valley. "A delegation from the city visited Troy, Ohio to
check out how the stopover worked in that city of 25,000," stated Jim Dumont, the Parks and Recreation
Director for the city, "We were impressed with what we heard and decided to make it happen here".
The City of Walla Walla, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Whitman College, the Walla Walla
Catholic Schools and several other community partners have worked together over the past five months
with Madison House Presents to make this once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience for the Walla Walla community
a reality.


Walla Walla was attractive to the band and concert producers due to its vibrant, picturesque and
historic downtown; the scenic Walla Walla Valley; the proximity to park space and camping; the warm
and comfortable summer weather; and performing venue options. Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins
welcomes the anticipated thousands of visitors from around the world to our Valley, "We are proud that
our community and our downtown has been recognized for its historic character and amenities and
singled out for this unique opportunity," he stated.


Attendance at the two‐day Stopover in Walla Walla is expected to more than double the city's
population and generate a significant positive economic impact for the region. According to Nabiel
Shawa, City Manager, the region can expect an economic impact in the millions of dollars.
The Walla Walla GOTR Stopover will begin with a performance on Friday evening, August 14th featuring
the Foo Fighters. A daylong of music will continue on Saturday, August 15 with the sounds of
international known bands including The Flaming Lips. Mumford & Sons will perform on Saturday
evening.


The 'Gentlemen Of The Road' series began in 2012 and continued into 2013. Previous Stopovers
occurred in Troy, Ohio; St. Augustine, Florida; Bristol, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; Dixon, Illinois;
Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Simcoe, Ontario in Canada.


Tickets to the two‐day Stopovers will be $199, with no additional fees or hidden charges. Tickets for all
Stopovers will be available at gentlemenoftheroad.com beginning on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 AM.


A limited number of Walla Walla Stopover tickets will be sold to the local community at the Tourism
Walla Walla Visitor Center located at 26 E. Main Street in downtown Walla Walla. The Visitor Center will
accept credit card purchases only and will be open Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday
and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ticket purchases will be limited to six per person.

January City Central Newsletter now available

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