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.

Applications are currently being accepted from City residents interested in serving on the following Commissions:

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

Strap on your lederhosen and get ready for University Place’s newest community celebration!

Oktoberfest is coming to Market Square on Oct. 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out and enjoy genuine German food and entertainment. Sample schnitzel and strudel from the Itty Bitty Schnitty food truck and test your polka skills while moving to a genuine oompah band.

Post date: Friday, 20 September 2019 - 1:36pm

In case you were unable to attend the University Place City Council Candidates’ Forum at Curtis High School on Sept. 12, you can now watch it within the City of University Place on Click! Channel 12 or Comcast Channel 21. You can also view it on the City’s YouTube channel.

Post date: Friday, 20 September 2019 - 1:33pm

The public is encouraged to attend the University Place City Council Candidate Forum on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Curtis High School Auditorium/Theater. This is your opportunity to hear the candidates share their visions for the City’s future and get their views on current issues affecting U.P. If you are unable to attend the forum in person, you can watch it live on Channel 12 on Click! or Channel 21 on Comcast or on the City’s YouTube Channel. You can also re-watch it on YouTube after it airs.

Post date: Thursday, 12 September 2019 - 10:13am

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

The City of University Place is seeking an applicant to fill Council Member Pro Tempore Position #4. This seat represents the entire City of University Place. Application materials may be found below or packets may be obtained from City Hall located at 3609 Market Place W., Suite 200.   

Application Materials (downloadable)

Post date: Tuesday, 6 August 2019 - 12:44pm

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

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Post date: Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 1:49pm

Round up the neighbors and start making plans for this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Last year, National Night Out festivities broke a record with 54 neighborhoods participating in the evening’s festivities. Organizers hope to smash another record this year.

Post date: Friday, 28 June 2019 - 9:34am

University Place Public Safety personnel want to remind all residents of U.P. that this is the first year that the new fireworks ordinance is in effect. To ensure your celebration is legal:

Only discharge legal fireworks, defined as:

•    Sparklers
•    Cones
•    Fountains
•    Smokes
•    Novelties such as smoke balls, snakes and pop-its

Remember that fireworks can only be discharged from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Post date: Friday, 28 June 2019 - 9:29am