City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/8/2012

June 8, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • Operation Pine Cone: The City of Lakewood Emergency Response Planning Cell (ERPC) conducted a regional earthquake exercise at City Hall on Tuesday, June 5th. As a part of the exercise, multiple earthquakes occurred causing major infrastructure damage to Pierce County and neighboring jurisdictions severely impacting mutual aid resources. ERPC staff and representatives from West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Lakewood Water District, Pierce County Sewer, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Western State Hospital, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, and Pierce County and State Emergency management staff participated in the exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the City’s response to a major earthquake. Initial reports indicate that Lakewood did well in the exercise.
  • City manager meets with ICMA in Eastern Europe: The city manager met with 19 other city managers on the executive board of ICMA (International City Managers Association) in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 1-4, to broaden ICMA outreach to its international members. He met with city managers (or "chief executive officers") and other municipal government officials in both Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The meetings included a reception where US ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick played the piano to accompany the singing by the mayor of Bratislava. Lakewood's city manager is in his second year of a 3-year term as the West Coast regional vice president for ICMA.
  • CSRT participates in mock DUI Crash Event: CSRT staff participated in organizing and presenting a mock DUI crash event for the senior class of Lakes High School on June 1st. This is an annual event put on by West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Lakewood Police, Lakes High School and Mt. View Funeral Home. The event outlines what can happen when students drink and drive, and the impact that it has on all family members and friends of the victim as well as the driver. It ends with a simulated funeral for the victim and an apology by the drunk driver.
  • Construction to begin on Lakewood Station Connection Project: Construction will begin Monday, June 11th on the Lakewood Station Connection Project. The project will include a pedestrian bridge from the Lakewood Station across the existing railroad tracks to the Lakeview Community to the north. The project will also include a plaza area and street improvements along Kendrick Street SW from the cul-de-sac north to 111th Street SW. Improvements include new pavement, curb, gutter, sidewalks, street trees, lighting, and bike lanes. Improvements will also be made to 113th Street SW which will include new pavement and pathway. Construction will begin with the removal of the masonry wall at the end of Kendrick Street SW and is expected to be completed by December 2012. Sounder Commuter Service is anticipated to begin in October 2012.
  • Human Services Department relocates displaced families: CSRT staff, with assistance from other city departments, closed two houses that had been illegally converted into group quarters. In turn, the Human Services Department provided relocation assistance under the Emergency Assistance for Displaced Residents program. This is a federally funded program that ensures vulnerable citizens remain housed and do not face homelessness due to conditions that were no fault of their own.
  • Regional Economic Strategy Plan Update: Economic Development leaders from throughout the four county Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) region have been working to update to the Regional Economic Strategy. This effort has been underway since late summer of 2011. The team completed its assignments this week and the Economic Development District Board reviewed the latest updates and changes and approved them that same afternoon. The 30 day public comment period on the Plan commences June 11. On July 25, the Economic Development District Board will reconvene to consider the comments and finalize the Regional Economic Strategy. Documents will be available for review on the PSRC website. Lakewood’s economic development manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady has served as part of the Pierce County team in this effort.
  • IIMC 66th Annual Conference: City Clerk Alice Bush and Administrative Assistants Tes Ongoco and Cheryl Thompson attended the International Institute of Municipal Clerk’s 66th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon May 21 – 24. Alice also attended Advanced Academy Sessions on May 19 & 20 and served as the Convener for a session on Sending Success Signals from the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
  • Northwest Clerks Institute: On June 7th, City Clerk Alice Bush taught a Professional Development class for Alaska, Oregon, and Washington Municipal Clerks at the Northwest Clerks Institute held at the University of Puget Sound.