City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/4/2012

May 4, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Development Update: The Community Development Department issued a total of 349 building permits from January 1, 2012 to the end of April. This permit activity represents construction improvements that total $22,544,336 in value. This is an increase of over $13.5 million in development investment in the community from the same time frame in 2011.
  • Business Activity Update: In recent business retention and expansion visits, we’ve learned that many businesses are starting to re-hire and/or intend to hire new positions over the next couple of months. We’ve seen an increase in new business licenses, expansions, permits and tenant improvement activity. Access to resources, increased consumer confidence, and an uptick in business orders and contracts are cited as examples of the reasons for increased activity.
  • Murray Road / 150th Street – Detour to start next week: The detour for Murray Road and 150th Street will start next week as the contractor moves operations to start the roadway widening on these roads. All vehicles, except those accessing JBLM Logistics gate, will be detoured to 146th and Spring Street. See the project newsletter on the City web site for more information.
  • Bridgeport Way North – PSE Gas Main Installation: Puget Sound Energy will be placing 1,400 feet of 4” gas main at the north end of Bridgeport in the vicinity of Flanagan Road. PSE is trying to complete this work ahead of the City’s project to minimize conflicts with the City’s Contractor and to avoid the need in the future to cut up a newly paved roadway. Public Works staff are evaluating the feasibility of completing this work during the day or night with minimum disruption to the traveling public and adjacent residents. Work will require temporary closure of 1 or 2 southbound travel lanes. This work may start as early as next week and last for 2-3 weeks. More information to come.
  • Lakewood presentation at county management team: The city manager was the speaker at the monthly meeting of the county executive’s management team on May 2nd. The subject was the City of Lakewood – its priorities and the regional context.
  • Public Works applies for 8 Grants: This week, the Public Works Department will be submitting eight grant applications for a variety of transportation improvement projects. In the Safe Routes to Schools Program, grants for two Lochburn Middle School projects; in the Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) / Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program, grants for three Bridgeport Way projects, one South Tacoma Way project, one Gravelly Lake Drive project, and one Lakewood traffic signal upgrade project. The total of all eight grants requests is about $5.7 million.
  • PD accepts Emergency Food Network Award: Lieutenant Heidi Hoffman attended the 30th Annual Emergency Food Network Award Banquet and accepted the Corporate/Civic Partner Award for the Lakewood Police Department’s Second Annual Fallen Officer Food Drive. Donations of food and money were accepted during the drive and a total $41,244 and 42,211 pounds of food were collected.
  • City staff take Advanced Loan Packaging Training to support business expansion: Staff recently participated in the National Development Council’s Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program. EDFP is a rigorous, four-course training series that explores the skills essential for the successful practice of economic development – from business credit and real estate finance analysis techniques, loan packaging procedures, and negotiating and problem solving skills, to deal structuring techniques. City staff is available to provide advice and structure loan package deals to assist Lakewood businesses to expand successfully.
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA) Spring Conference: Several staff from Legal attended the 2012 WSAMA Spring Conference at Skamania Lodge April 25-27. During the conference Ass’t City Attorney Matt Kaser presented a panel discussion with others on Public Records litigation and Mike Savage, communications director, facilitated a session on hot legal topics.
  • Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) Spring Training: WAPRO held its annual Spring Training in Everett on April 19th. City Clerk Alice Bush serves as past president on the WAPRO Board of Directors. She was also a panel member, along with Paralegal Ann-Marie Evans, for an interactive training session entitled “What Would Scooby Doo Do?”
  • CPTC provides shelter for families forced out by apartment fire: A formal letter of thanks was sent to the office of the Clover Park Technical College president this week to acknowledge the college’s immediate response to the crisis on April 28th where a number of residents were made suddenly homeless by the serious fire at the Twin Oaks Apartments on 115th St Ct SW. A call from Lakewood emergency management to the on duty security officer at the college resulted in use of the Rotunda for shelter.