February 7, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
Topics of Interest and Updates
Fort Steilacoom Park Lease Transfer Finalized
It’s official: the City of Lakewood now holds the lease for one of the biggest and most popular parks in the South Sound.
Last week, the City assumed control of the lease of Fort Steilacoom Park, which is owned by the State of Washington. The state, Pierce County and the City had to approve the agreement. The Lakewood City Council voted to assume control of the lease in December, and the transfer between Pierce County and the City was finalized last week.
Garbage Collection Service Rate Increase
On March 1, the service rates for providing garbage collection within the City will increase. Under the terms of the City’s service contract, one automatic adjustment of the rates per year is allowed. The adjustment is limited to only the year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma area, and the year-to-year change in the disposal fee charged at the landfill.
For this last year the change in the Consumer Price Index was 1.002 percent while the disposal fee charge increased 1.678 percent. As a result the new monthly service rate for a residential customer with recycling and a 65-gallon “toter” with weekly service will now be $32.65 versus $32.23.
Gas Main Work at Bridgeport/Custer
Puget Sound Energy’s contractor will be doing final restoration work at the Bridgeport/Custer intersection from February 11 to February 13 as part of PSE’s gas main replacement project. Work is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Lakewood Sends Officers To Seahawks Parade
If you watched this week’s Seahawks parade and noticed a few familiar uniforms – other than the Seahawks' – your eyes probably weren’t playing tricks on you.
Lakewood sent six of its officers to assist with the parade. Seattle Police reached out to the City and asked for assistance from our bicycle unit. We agreed and sent six of our bike officers to lend a hand. Most (if not all) of the six were already working that day and are in specialized assignments, so there was minimal cost to the City.
Crime Falls in 2013
Year-end crime statistics from 2013 show an overall dip of 8 percent in the City of Lakewood, a direct result of the work of its Police Department and indication that the community continues to be a safe place to live.
“We continue to work hand-in-hand with citizens and the business community to make Lakewood a better, safer place,” Police Chief Bret Farrar said. “It’s something we’ve done for the better part of a decade, now.”
The City saw nearly a 7-percent drop in person crimes – including a 5-percent drop in total assaults - as well as a 9-percent drop in property crimes. The latter includes double-digit reductions, percentage-wise, in burglaries and robberies.
The results, which are compiled by the National Incident-Based Reporting System, also show the Police Department responded to incidents quicker. In 2013, the average amount of time it took to respond to calls for service was down across the board, including a reduction of more than 2 minutes for “Priority 3” calls, which account for a majority of calls received.
More statistics: Lakewood responded to 100 fewer traffic accidents in 2013 than the prior year – a drop of 10 percent and a testament to the effectiveness of the City’s photo enforcement program. Police also had to make 269 fewer traffic stops from the previous year, a dip of almost 20 percent.
Parks, Recreation and Community Services
Director Dodsworth Speaks To Lakewood United
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth provided the program at the Lakewood United meeting on Thursday, February 5. Mary shared information regarding the goals and strategies in the Lakewood Legacy Plan and changes to current programming. She discussed new efforts, including street landscape maintenance, city gateways and the lease change at Fort Steilacoom Park. She also highlighted the history of Wards Lake Park including past master plans, grant sources and the most recent property purchase.
The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 10, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- 2015 US Open Championship Presentation - Danny Sink
- Review of draft landmarks preservation ordinance.
- Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
- Review of Legacy Plan
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Appoint Clover Park Technical College representative on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
- Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
- Adopt landmarks preservation ordinance
Following the regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report.
- Transportation projects funding options