Governor Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" emergency order Thursday evening. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4.

Post date: Friday, 3 April 2020 - 11:36am

Governor Jay Inslee continues to offer additional guidance on the State of Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. To ensure you get the latest and most accurate information, U.P. residents are encouraged to visit the Governor’s Office COVID-19 website for updates. This is particularly important for those who are wondering what are considered “essential” and “non-essential” businesses.

Post date: Wednesday, 1 April 2020 - 3:42pm

Due to the COVID-19 "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, the bid opening for the Cirque Drive Phase 3 was held as a live event.

Please click here to view the live webcast that took place on Thursday, April 2 at 2 p.m

Post date: Wednesday, 1 April 2020 - 8:08am

These are difficult days, indeed. Yet amid the challenges, I continue to be inspired by the ways in which the people of University Place are demonstrating the true meaning of community. I have watched as citizens have made the extra effort to ensure that our elderly residents and those in need are being taken care of, whether it's bringing them groceries, getting medications refilled or simply calling to see how they are doing.

Post date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 1:58pm

Transfer stations in Pierce County (outside of Tacoma) will temporarily stop accepting yard waste only effective Saturday, March 28.

The transfer stations in Pierce County include:

  • Hidden Valley
  • Purdy
  • Prairie Ridge
  • Key Center

Garbage and recycling will continue to be accepted. Transfer stations provide essential services to the community and will remain open and in operation during this crisis.

Post date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 11:53am

At the recommendation of its Emergency Management Team and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the Tacoma Public Utility Board has cancelled study sessions indefinitely. Board Meetings will continue to be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the ground floor auditorium until further notice. To comply with the Governor’s temporary shutdown, TPU strongly encourages community members to participate at Board meetings in written form. This guidance extends to Public Comment for items on the agenda and to matters over which the Board has jurisdiction. 

Post date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 9:35am

Tonight, Governor Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended.

This Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is similar to orders that other governors, in places such as California and New York, issued last week.

This proclamation will:

Post date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020 - 8:12am

University Place parks, playgrounds and sports fields are closed until further notice beginning today, March 22 to further reduce risks to our children, families and community. 

Post date: Sunday, 22 March 2020 - 12:28pm

The University Place City Council, at the recommendation of City Manager Steve Sugg, voted at its March 16, 2020 meeting to declare a state of emergency within the city. 
This decision reflects the City’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens and follows the recommendations of federal and state agencies to focus on social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Effective immediately:

Post date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020 - 2:26pm

In response to The City of Tacoma’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, Tacoma’s Public Utility Board approved the creation of a new Emergency Assistance Program for low-income customers, funded for up to $1 million. The new program will support Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) customers whose incomes are within 200% of federal poverty guidelines, as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read full press release.

Post date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020 - 1:54pm

A project to rehabilitate a wastewater pump station and install a new sanitary sewer force main in University Place will start March 23. The work is expected to be completed in September.

This project will increase sewer capacity to allow continued growth in University Place.

Post date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020 - 11:05am

Out of concern for your health and the health of our staff, the City of University Place is suspending most in-person services at City Hall and conducting business by phone or appointment and all in-person services at the Police Station effective March 16 through the end of the month.

For general questions or concerns call 253.566.5656 and for permitting, plans and building information please call 253.460.5406 or utilize online resources. We will keep you updated as we continue to reassess the situation.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Post date: Monday, 16 March 2020 - 2:53pm

Governor Jay Inslee announced on Friday, March 13 that all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will close for the next six weeks. This decision impacts 43 school districts throughout the three counties. Public health officials hope the science-driven decision can help minimize COVID-19 exposure in Washington counties hit hardest by the virus.

Schools will close from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24. The timing will coincide with spring break for most Washington school districts.

Post date: Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 3:34pm

As the story continues to evolve by the minute, the City of University Place wants all residents and business owners to know that it continues to collaborate with local, state and federal experts to monitor the status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These include our partners at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, West Pierce Fire & Rescue, City of Lakewood, University Place School District and the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management.

Post date: Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 9:52am

In light of recent recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the City has decided to cancel Jazz in the Atrium (Wednesdays at noon) until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For up to date information about City events please be sure and check the City’s website prior to attending.

Post date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - 9:28am