City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/23/2012

March 23, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • JBLM briefing on Air Corridor planning: The City’s senior staff conducted a briefing on March 20th with the JBLM garrison command senior staff on the Air Corridor planning issues related to zoning policies in Lakewood north of the McChord runway. The Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) study was completed in 1998 and provides for land use compatibility guidelines within areas designated as Air Corridor 1 and Air Corridor 2, and JBLM will be updating it shortly. The purpose is to formally recognize the autonomy associated with federal and state ownership of military installations adjacent to and within Lakewood and the unique character of their operations and support structures, which are not typical of civilian land uses.
  • Woodbrook sewer line accepted: Pierce County has advised the City that the Woodbrook portion of the Phase I Woodbrook/Tillicum Sanitary sewer project is now acceptable for them to take over its operation and maintain. Accordingly, on the first of next month, the notices to the fronting property owners that the sanitary sewer line is available for connections will be going out. The Woodbrook Phase I Sewer project installed sanitary sewer lines on 146th St from Murray Rd to Spring Ave, on Spring Ave from 146th St to 150th St, and on 150th St from Spring Ave to 1500 linear feet east.
  • Police host Instructor Training Course: On March 19-20, the Lakewood PD hosted FFKG and the Northwest Kali Academy for a two-day instructor training course. Rich Daniel is an instructor at the Oregon Police Academy in Salem and is the owner of FFKG, a private training company. Sifu Christopher Clarke is a nationally recognized trainer and is a full instructor of Kali and Jeet Kune Do and STX Kickboxing under Guro Dan Inosanto. The course covers control and defensive tactics, transition drills for belt weaponry and firearms, footwork and weapon handling.
  • Economic Development Staff conduct business expansion and retention visits: Economic Development Staff met with four businesses in the last two weeks for business expansion and retention visits. Three of the businesses are beginning to hire and are seeing some growth in orders and sales, as well as an increase in job creation.
  • Economic Development Staff attend Alliance Government Contracting Trade Show: Economic Development staff attended the Alliance Government Contracting Trade Show last week in Puyallup to learn about small business opportunity for sub-contracting and partnering work which will be increased by the Department of Defense this year. The Small Business Administration is looking for businesses to apply for 8a, HUB Zone, Women-owned Business and other certifications to greatly increase their business opportunities.