Priority: Long-range financial stability to provide a balance of City services

  • Upgraded office/reception area at Sumner Cemetery
  • Helped Cummins open state-of-the-art new facility and expand their facility
  • Hired Meter Technician and transferred most residential readings to monthly for more immediate reporting on water use
  • Conducted surveys, outreach and pop-ups in the park for feedback on Parks Plan, Manufacturing/Industrial area, and Town Center Plan
  • Replaced damaged playground equipment in Seibenthaler Park
  • Police Department’s School Resource Officer continued to build strong relationships with schools, teachers and students
  • Trained officer in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement to be able to monitor safety of large trucks traveling within the city
  • Placed a bearded dragon with bone disease into a rescue home
  • Purchased a small garbage truck to make emptying cans in parks, along Main Street and along the trail more efficient
  • Added ConnectGIS to website for online mapping services
  • Added second, larger reserved parking lot for commuters
  • Updated Crime Mapping software offered online
  • Wrangled a ram that got loose in Sumner

Priority: Safe & efficient transportation system

  • Continued converting old sidewalk crossings to meet ADA standards
  • Voluntary Sidewalk Program returned to help residents add/fix sections
  • Designed solution to expand SR 410/Traffic Avenue interchange
  • Began building replacement of Bridge Street bridge
  • Expanded RPZs to alleviate parking congestion on residential streets
  • Urged property owners to prune brush from sidewalks and alleys
  • Obtained $4.7 million grant to repave 24th Street & 142nd Avenue
  • Used grant to purchase sidewalk sucker to fix upheaving sidewalks
  • Completed grinding & patchwork on Sumner-Tapps Highway
  • Chip-seal & fog coated Thompson Street and 63rd St Ct E
  • Added thermal crosswalks on Elm St and Traffic Ave
  • Contracted with Pierce County to restripe streets
  • Repaved Puyallup Street
  • Provided tips to reduce bicycle and car theft
  • Participated in a Distracted Driving Emphasis Campaign
  • Participated in DUI Emphasis Patrols
  • Issued parking infractions & traffic tickets
  • Continued partnership with Bonney Lake for Municipal Court services

Priority: Enhance community character

  • Delivered gifts to over 500 local children through Sumner’s Toy Box
  • Launched Instagram account and #SumnerEats campaign
  • Held a Holiday Bazaar to support services at the Senior Center
  • Hosted Write in the Valley, Music Off Main, Movies Off Main through the Sumner Arts Commission
  • Hosted Daffodil Festival, Santa Parade and Classy Chassis
  • Repainted the gazebo in Heritage Park
  • Ran the Special Olympics Torch through Sumner
  • Placed flags throughout Sumner Cemetery for Memorial Day
  • Joined region in celebrating Live Like the Mountain Is Out
  • Walked a mile in high heels for the Sexual Assault Center
  • Held an Open House at the Metro Animal Services’ shelter
  • Supported over 150 permitted events including Come Walk With Me, Rhubarb Days, Homecoming Parade, Street of Treats and more
  • Hosted Sumner University, giving tours of the Wastewater Treatment Facility, City Shops, Cemetery, Police Department and more
  • Presented at the Northwest Festivals Conference held in Sumner
  • Tore down the old Union Bank building to move City employee parking and prepare Red Apple site for redevelopment

Priority: Protection of water, open spaces, and other natural resources

  • Installed large sandbags to protect infrastructure along White River
  • Obtained $1 million in funding from Pierce County Flood Control Zone District to increase river channel migration
  • Offered medicine disposal bin and hosted two drug take-back days
  • Started smoke testing sewer lines to check for issues
  • Built decant facility to dry out debris, street sweepings for disposal
  • Provided education about invasive bugs that harm trees
  • Helped 65 businesses manage hazardous waste
  • Provided education about conserving water use
  • Worked on sewer lift station at 16th Street & Bonney Ave
  • Produced & mailed water quality report to customers
  • Helped Ecology with clean-up from overturned truck
  • Hosted a Shred & Clean to help people safely recycle
  • Added QR codes to City Council meetings so attendees can follow agenda packets on their phones/tablets instead of huge paper packets
  • Fixed broken water main along Thompson Street in freezing temps
  • Purchased unique spider excavator from Liechtenstein to better clean ditches, storm ponds with less invasive equipment and less staff time

Awards & Honors

  • Washington Finance Officers Association honored Kassandra Raymond with
    Professional Finance Officer Award
  • Received a clean audit from the Washington State Auditor
  • Earned (again) accreditation for the Police Department from the Washington
    Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs
  • Earned (again) Washington State Dept of Ecology’s Outstanding Performance award for the Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Tree City USA from the Arbor Day Foundation
  • WellCity Award from Association of Washington Cities
  • Complete Streets Award–with a grant of $250,000 for sidewalks, street trees and updating the Parks Plan


  • with Stafford Suites for continued growth in programs and attendance at Sumner Senior Center
  • with YMCA to plan expanded recreation opportunities in Sumner
  • with local Boy Scouts to build a box to collect worn-out flags & dispose of them properly and add a sign highlighting veterans buried at the Sumner Cemetery
  • with Pierce Conservation District to plant 1100 native trees and shrubs along Salmon Creek watershed and 1400 plants along the Puyallup River
  • with Sumner School District to continue providing a facility for Elhi Hill High School
  • with REI & Sumner High School to replace non-native chain trees along Thompson Street with native dogwoods and with Golden State Foods to add/replace street trees throughout Sumner
  • with Rainbow Girls, who cleaned headstones at Sumner Cemetery on Labor Day
  • with 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion to build relationships with Army staff & families while stationed at JBLM
  • with Sumner Downtown Promotion Association to provide Street of Treats
    and Rhubarb Days
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