City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/29/2013

March 29, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • “Today in America”segment featuring Lakewood to air in Salt Lake City: Economic Development staff received notice this week that the Today in America segment that features Lakewood will be aired in the Salt Lake City area market during the month of April.
    • Best of South Sound 2013: Four businesses in Lakewood were voted as Best in the South Sound for 2013. The competition, now in its’ fifth year is voted on by South Sound Magazine readers and followers. The winners are… Harborstone Credit Union as Best Credit Union, Infusion Interior Design as Best Interior Designer, Ann Marie Thiessen/Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital as Best Vet, AND for the third in a row, Fort Steilacoom Off-Leash Dog Park as Best Pet Park. Congratulations and nice job everyone!
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Recognizes Manager of Sage Terrace Apartments: At the monthly Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords (LOCAL) meeting, the Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) recognized Shereese who is the manager of Sage Terrace Apartments for her dedication and hard work. Shereese took over managing the apartment complex about two years ago. For years, Sage Terrace has been plagued with high calls for service, gang problems, and drugs. CSRT worked with management to provide training, hold community meetings, and build a solid partnership with the goal of bringing the apartment complex under control. Sage Terrace, for the first time, was not on the top ten lists for calls for service for the month of February 2013. It is a true testament to the dedication of the management team and CSRT that created a community that is now a safer place to live , work and play.
    • CSRT building Partnerships: Recently, CSRT members met with representatives from the Department of Corrections (DOC), Pierce County Housing (PCHA), Metropolitan Development Council (MDC), Associated Ministries (ACESS), Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), Greater Lakes Mental Health (GLMH) and the Lakewood Police Department (NPO). The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all of the agencies that might house people in Lakewood and create a “multi-agency” partnership. The goal of the new partnership is to address problematic multi-family rentals and long term stays at hotels/motels while creating positive changes, accountability, and raising the quality of life standards for customers served. The partnership agreed to hold regular meetings. The next meeting will be scheduled for June.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Puget Sound Energy adjusts billing process: Within the City of Lakewood, electric power is provided by one of three providers. One of those providers, PSE is making adjustments in their billing processes. Lakewood PSE customers will automatically switch over to a new system, and a new 12-digit account number will appear on the next billing statement. No action is needed on the part of the customer. This new system is also designed to provide system improvements on bill management, energy system troubleshooting, outage communications, and future “smart” billing access. For the latest updates and information, please visit <PSE.com/BillUpgrades>.