City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/12/2013

July 12, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings:

City Council's next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Proclamation remembering Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District; 2) Recognizing the Best of the South Sound winners; 3) Presentation of the West-Pierce Fire District levy by Fire Chief Jim Sharp; 4) Adopting the 2014-2019 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program; 5) Approving the Comprehensive Plan Public Participation Program.

City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Discussion of economic development strategies; 2) Joint meeting with the Redevelopment Advisory Board; 3) Review of proposed code amendment relative to firearm ranges; 4) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

Topics of Interest and Updates:

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Update:

Join us this weekend for Lakewood SummerFEST 2013 at Fort Steilacoom Park Saturday, July 13 & Sunday July 14! Admission is FREE and there are tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Festivities on begin at 11 a.m. and include live music on two stages, over 100 food, arts and craft and service vendors, Army Strong Fitness Expo, a Kidz Zone inflatable area, petting zoo and Partners for Parks Car Show! Saturday will end with a showing of The Princess Bride on a 30’x40’ big screen presented by Xfinity. We start Sunday with a sprint triathlon! You can still sign up on Saturday at the park to swim, bike and run. Following the triathlon music and fun will continue from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information visit us at lakewoodsummerfest.com

Economic Development Updates:

2015 U.S. Open Coordination Team Meeting

University Place City staff hosted a meeting this week for economic development staff from several cities, the county and the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor’s Bureau. Lakewood staff attended the meeting to learn more about the 2015 U.S. Open and areas for coordination for economic development staff of the various agencies. The Premier Media Group, publisher of South Sound and 425 Magazines had Representative Kristy Ford present. Premier Media will be publishing a special edition 2015 U.S. Open publication which will be available in early 2015, possibly in January. It will be available to be placed in hotel rooms, for sale at news stand locations, and available at visitor centers. The special edition could be included in tourist information packages that are mailed from visitor centers throughout the region. Pierce County will convene the next meeting for this team in late September.

Redevelopment Advisory Board (REDAB) Update:

On Tuesday, 7/9/13, Parks & Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth presented an update to REDAB on the 2nd Annual Farmers Market. Highlights included new market additions of a Senior Nutrition Program, WIC participation, Food Demos, Special Events, Entertainment & Themes, and Sponsors. After five weeks the market has generated $41,000 to vendors with average daily vendor sales of $324 versus $45,000 for all of 2012 with average daily vendor sales of $200 in 2012. Lakewood media firm FRAUSE assisted in promoting the market. The Economic Development team presented a projects update and announced the opening of the new Kenworth dealership next week. The first Lakewood EB5 (foreign direct investment) project is underway as a part of financing for a large development on Pacific Highway. Drive-through code amendments have been suggested by planning to allow more drive-through businesses in Lakewood. The Planning Advisory Board will convene on July 24th to discuss the drive through proposal and staff expects to move this forward to City Council soon after. The City of Lakewood uses Buxton Company research to perform retail matching, retail leakage (opportunity by retail sector), consumer propensity (purchase habits), and extensive demographic and psychographic profiles to enhance business attraction. These reports are made available free of charge to local developers, brokers and all Lakewood businesses. Partner resources were distributed to REDAB to provide connections both for themselves and their clients. REDAB President Jim Charboneau expressed that he is feeling better about the business climate.

Lodging Tax Grant Applications Coming Soon

The Washington State Legislature updated the lodging tax grant law RCW 67.28 effective July, 1, 2013. Lakewood’s 2014 lodging tax grant applications are being revised, and the city expects to have its three-week open period in July/August 2013. The Lakewood Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) hopes to receive applicant project presentations in September-2013. LTAC recommendations are targeted to be accepted or declined by the City Council in November-2013 with contracts being written and processed in January-2014.

Public Works Update:

The City of Lakewood applied for a state Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Program Grant in 2012 to help fund a lake management plan for Waughop Lake located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. A plan will help determine what efforts are needed to improve water quality and restore the lake to a more usable condition. The City received notice this week that the project is on the final list of funded grant projects. The Department of Ecology will now begin negotiating a grant agreement with the City. Assuming the project moves forward, work on the plan should begin early next year.

Julie Skaw Appointed Toastmaster Area Governor

City of Lakewood Information Services Senior Engineer Julie Skaw was appointed this month as Toastmasters Area Governor for Area 13, Division A, District 32 and will be serving our Lakewood club and three other clubs in our division. Members served total about 55 of which the Lakewood chapter has 20+. In this role Julie will provide leadership and serve as a liaison to the division and district through the clubs' Presidents and Vice Presidents of Education. Clubs are Lakeside Linguists at the VA Hospital, Lakewood, Pierce Transit and Melting Pot on McNeill Island. The Lakewood club meets every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the council chambers. Employees and citizens are encouraged to come and experience what Toastmasters has to offer. Visit the website for more information: http://lakewoodtoastmasters.org/ . Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.

Legal Update:

During the week of July 1- July 5, 2013 the Cities of Lakewood and University Place received 38 cases for review by the Prosecutor. Of these, 26 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Mark Your Calendars:

July 12th- City of Lakewood night at the Tacoma Rainiers

July 13th & 14th- SummerFEST at Fort Steilacoom Park

July 16th 7:30 a.m. - Coffee with the Mayor – City Hall Council Chambers

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration