“The people who show up, get to make the decisions.” That is a quote that rings true across many aspects of life, including the development of the U.P. Parks, Recreations, and Open Space (PROS) plan which is well underway. And, have U.P. citizens (and a few beyond) shown up! With two open houses completed and the first public survey drawing to close, we are inspired by all the thoughts, ideas, needs, and wishes shared so far.

Post date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 12:58pm

With snow falling outside and the predicted falling temperatures, it’s a great time to think about emergency preparedness and why it is important for you to be able to be notified of local emergencies.

Post date: Thursday, 9 January 2020 - 11:33am

On January 6, 2020 the first City Council Meeting of the year was held at U.P. City Hall. Caroline Belleci was elected as Mayor, Steve Worthington as Mayor Pro Tem and Kent Keel returned to his position as Council Member. In addition, Stan Flemming was sworn in as our newest City Council Member.

Post date: Thursday, 9 January 2020 - 10:42am

The Sound Transit Board today, December 21, 2019, unanimously appointed University Place Mayor Kent Keel as chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors and King County Executive Dow Constantine to serve as a vice chair.

Post date: Friday, 20 December 2019 - 8:17am

With holiday music, dancing elves, winter princesses and holiday treats, University Place celebrated the lighting of its Christmas Tree in Village Square on Dec. 6. The festivities were capped off by a visit from Old Saint Nick himself. 

Post date: Thursday, 12 December 2019 - 10:20am

The City of University Place is amending the Community Commercial Design Standards which apply in the Community Commercial Zone in the vicinity of 40th Street West and Bridgeport Way. The City has determined that the proposed amendments will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of an environmental checklist and other information on file with the City of University Place. This information is available to the public upon request.

Post date: Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 11:20am

For this installment of my Chief’s Corner, I would like to provide an update on current crime statistics in our community. As John Adams once said, facts are stubborn things. Yet even when crime stats show low numbers, individual perceptions of safety may be different, especially for those who are victims of crime. And as I have discussed before, when people hear of incidents through social media, it often magnifies the perception of a “crime problem.”

Post date: Friday, 15 November 2019 - 8:50am

Commissioners are citizens that, through their volunteer efforts, play an integral role in the growth and development of their City. Citizens serving on the City's Commissions apply their unique knowledge and experiences to the issues and the needs of their City and then create ideas, identify resources, and make recommendations toward fulfilling the Council's Vision.

Post date: Monday, 30 September 2019 - 3:33pm

At its regular meeting on Monday, September 16, Howard Lee was appointed by the City Council to fill Council Position #4 Pro Tem. The position, which represents the entire City of University Place, has been vacant due to Council Member Ken Grassi’s extended absence due to illness. Lee was one of 13 residents who applied for the position, which per state law requires citizens seeking appointment to be registered voters and residents of the City for at least one year prior to the appointment.

Post date: Thursday, 26 September 2019 - 7:22am

The City of University Place, Washington(U.P.), on behalf of, City of University Place, City of Lakewood and Pierce County (the stakeholders), is seeking qualified consultants or a team of consultants for a Design of the Chambers Creek Trail Bridge and Boardwalk.

Post date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 - 2:18pm

 In 2017, the City Council voted to restore funding for the position of a criminal investigator within the U.P.P.D., and one year ago this month, Deputy Josh Mills joined the staff of the U.P. Police Department as our dedicated crime investigator.

Post date: Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 11:15am

Thanks to all those who participated in our last FlashVote survey devoted to the issue of parks in U.P. Of the nearly 200 people who responded, 86 percent rated the City’s parks “good” or “excellent.” When invited to share their comments, several respondents indicated they would like to see the City resume its Parks and Rec programming, which was eliminated in 2017 due to budget cuts.

Post date: Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 11:12am

Standard & Poor’s has upgraded the City of University Place’s limited tax general obligation (LTGO) bond rating to AA+, up from its AA rating in September 2016. The AA+ rating is just one step shy of the agency’s highest possible AAA rating.

S&P attributed U.P.’s excellent financial position to:

Post date: Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 11:09am

From time to time, citizens will post information and opinions about incidents that occur in University Place on various social media sites. But I would like to remind everyone again that posting or sharing information that you can’t confirm as accurate can actually be detrimental. I am all for citizens sharing information to help keep each other safe. If a neighbor had their car prowled, it’s okay to share that with your neighborhood group.

Post date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019 - 8:47am

Chip sealing this year is scheduled to take place beginning July 18 and lasting through July 21, weather permitting. This process is followed by seal coating, which is currently scheduled for a week later, July 24-26. Barricades and notices will be in place to alert drivers of the work being done.

In the event of inclement weather, the project will be delayed and the dates may change.

To view the location of this year’s scheduled roads for chip sealing, visit 2019 UP Chip Seal Program Map.

Post date: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - 1:48pm