City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/15/2012

June 15, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Safer Boating Grant: The Lakewood Police Department has been awarded a Federal Boating Safety grant in the amount of $20,260 to be used from July 2012 to June 2013. Funds will support lake patrols, water safety and boating classes for the community. Water patrols will conduct boat inspections, emphasize safety rules, boating courtesy and enforce the laws prohibiting boating while intoxicated throughout the boating season.
  • Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) Spring Conference: The City’s Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady joined professionals from around the state this week in Spokane for WEDA’s Annual Spring Conference. Conference topics included best practices in retail recruitment, export finance assistance, innovative engineering, import competition, creative uses for social media, the aerospace industry, and private equity tools for business retention and expansion.
  • South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Forum: At a community forum in downtown Tacoma on June 15th, about 125 participants reviewed progress made on JBLM-related initiatives. The workshop included small group discussion on 10 topic areas, including Transportation, Economic Development, Education, Public Safety, Healthcare, and Social Services. Project manager Dan Penrose provided an overview on the partnership, Garrison Commander COL Thomas Brittain provided a JBLM briefing, and the city manager as steering committee chair provided welcoming remarks.
  • COPS Grant Extension: A budget revision for the Community Oriented Policing grant has extended the length of time COPS CHRP of the U.S. Department of Justice (an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program) will pay for three Neighborhood Patrol Officer positions in the Police Department, reducing general fund personnel expenditures by $120,000 in 2012. This revision also allowed Lakewood to receive increased fringe benefits retroactively totaling more than $24,000. The funds from the COPS grant have allowed the Police Department to focus on neighborhood policing (NPO) activities while maintaining a strong presence in basic policing.
  • Doing Business with JBLM Event draws large audience: Over 300 business professionals gathered on June 12th at the McGavick Center in Lakewood for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership event, "Doing Business with Joint Base Lewis-McChord." The forum provided information about the basics of federal contracting, specific information about JBLM contracting, regional contracting awareness, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracting insights, and City of Lakewood, Pierce County, and state economic development resources.
  • Lakewood’s First Farmers Market Draws Media Attention: Lakewood's Farmers Market news release was picked up by several media including KOMO, the Olympian, News Tribune, Suburban Times as well as an interview request for a story by the Northwest Guardian, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
  • Street project funding: Pierce County Regional Council on June 14th approved the recommended Federal transportation grant funding totaling $2,248,000 for its 1) Bridgeport Way Street Improvement (83rd St to 75th St) project-$478,000, 2) Bridgeport Way (112th St to 59th Ave) asphalt overlay project-S750, 000, 3) Traffic Signal Management project-$650,000, and 4) an additional $370,000 was awarded for South Tacoma Way.
  • Grants for Street Safety projects: Lakewood Public Works received two 2012 City Safety Program Grants this month, including the following project components:
    • Steilacoom Blvd Safety Improvements – Western State Hospital to Lakeview Avenue ($2.405 Million): This project provides for various improvements along the corridor including traffic signal replacements at Western State Hospital; Ardmore/Custer; and Lakeview Avenue and curb, gutter, and sidewalks between 88th and Custer Road.
    • Citywide Safety Improvements ($300,000): Provide safety upgrades at 17 existing signalized intersections including: upsizing traffic displays from 8” to 12”; implementing flashing-yellow-arrow operations for permissive left turn movements; and installing audible pedestrian signals.
    • Murray Road / 150th Corridor Project: Completion of paving of the new roundabout and the approach to JBLM Logistics Gate this week will move the project to phase 2 where Murray Road widening work will be completed. During this phase, Murray Road will be closed between 146th and 150th Streets and traffic routed to Spring Street. This phase will take approximately 4 weeks to complete when the project will move to its final stage to widen 150th Street. More project and detour information can be found on the City’s web site at: /government/departments/public-works/capital-improvement-projects .