City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/2/2013

August 2, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. the City Council will tour the Clover Park Technical College Health and Sciences Facility building. Following the tour, the City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Building #3 Lakewood, WA 98499. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Proclamation recognizing Dr. John Walstrum for dedicated services as President of Clover Park Technical College; 2) Recognizing Staff Sergeant Marcus Taylor for heroic action during an apartment fire ; 3) Proclamation recognizing the Lakewood Library’s 50th anniversary 4) Clover Park School District Board Report; 5) Amending Lakewood Municipal Code relative to firearms, dangerous weapons, and explosives; and 6) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 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) Holding a joint meeting with the Lakewood Water District; 2) Authorizing the execution of a joint use agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to fiber optics; 3) Appointing Youth Council members for 2013-2014 4) Appointing an individual to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 15, 2014.

Topics of Interest and Updates

On July 28th, the last of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade returned from Afghanistan, including the command team. Mayor Don Anderson and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson saw our community connector unit off last year and had the great pleasure of welcoming 4-2 SBCT Commander COL Mike Getchell, CSM Oscar Vincent, 4-9 Inf Commander LTC James Dooghan and over 200 of their soldiers back.

Legal Update

City Attorney Appointed to IMLA

Heidi Ann Wachter has been appointed as the State Chair of Washington for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. The International Municipal Lawyers Association is the oldest and largest association of attorneys representing local governments and its purpose is to promote, support and strengthen local government law.

Staff Attends EFAM Training

Two members of the Legal Department attended the Education Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM) for the International Association for Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Approximately 1,500 professionals from around the world were on hand to learn and share best practices, participate in hands-on training, product innovations and professional networking.

Prosecution Update

During the week of July 22- July 26, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 47 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 24 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Public Works Update

Bridgeport Way (112th-59th Ave) Asphalt Overlay project

On Thursday the City’s contractor, Miles Resources, switched to night time work on the asphalt overlay project. Work will take place from 7:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. week days until August 13. This last week the work initially focused on pavement repair with Friday’s work switching to pavement grinding. Pavement grinding will continue until Wednesday, August 7, when the actual asphalt overlaying work well commence and continue until August 13th.

The Public Works department worked with the Oakbrook neighborhood by issuing a right-of-way permit to improve the entrance at Onyx Drive and 87th. A crushed-rock walking path was constructed along Onyx Drive.

Economic Development Update

Redevelopment of Pacific Highway

Economic development and planning staff met with a non-profit organization this week regarding a site search for a new project. Staff toured property on Pacific Highway with the Executive Director and members of their board. The project, if secured in Lakewood, will be a significant tourist draw from all over the state and beyond state borders.

Towne Center Update

Staff met by conference call this week for a progress update with Towne Center Development Team senior leadership. We are reviewing their latest draft concepts for redevelopment of the area between the former Gottschalks building and the AMC Lowes theaters. The RPAI team is scheduled to present an update at the September 23 City Council Study Session.

Project Work and Daily Activities

Economic Development staff is working with Westwood Financial, owners of the former QFC building and surrounding complex on new tenants and a re-design/upgrade, and another retail center for a significant upgrade. We are working directly with three restaurants looking to expand or relocate here as well as two used car lots looking to move here; one will consolidate two locations to be in Lakewood, and the other is new and we are helping with finance solutions. A South Tacoma Way property owner is working with ED staff to market their property and look at best uses. We are working with a number of property owners to fill vacant space. A submission was made to the Department of Commerce for the new Woodbrook Industrial Business Park (IBP) “build to suit” 440,000 square foot building for “Project Frosty” – a company looking for space in Washington State. Other property in the IBP has become available and we are working with the broker to find buyers. We are promoting the “Go West Summit ” coordination with the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and have picked up considerable press. Staff is preparing the Lodging Tax application submission documents for next year. We continue to work with a machine & repair shop moving to Lakewood that supplies several significant companies at Fredrickson and around the region. Business, retention and expansion visits continue including a check in with one of our newest restaurants, Frenchy’s at 8813 Edgewater Drive. Frenchy’s offers European-inspired delights consisting of crepes, Panini sandwiches, homemade baked goods, and the owners specially designed coffee roast.

Lodging Tax Grant Applications

The City of Lakewood began accepting 2014 Lodging Tax Grant Applications yesterday, Thursday-August 1st. Lodging taxes are paid when people purchase overnight lodging, such as renting a room at a hotel. Funds may be used for tourism marketing, the marketing and operation of tourism-related events, and for the acquisition and/or operation of tourism-related facilities. The deadline for applications is Thursday-August 22nd at 5:00 p.m.For more information, please go to News Updates at: www.cityoflakewood.us

Staff Collecting Information for Events Guide

Staff is collecting information on Lakewood events to be published in an Events Guide and included in the September 12th Swarner Communications’ Fort Lewis Ranger. The guide, to be published just prior to the Welcome Home event for the Raider Brigade on September 15th, will showcase things for soldiers and their families to do in and around Lakewood. The deadline to receive events is Friday-August 9th.For more information and format requirements, please contact Melody at: or (253) 983-7769.

Police Department Update

On July 10th and July 24th, LPD participated with West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Steilacoom PD, SouthSound911, the Department of Corrections, and the Clover Park School District, in an Active Shooter Training at Lakes High School. The training was taught by Metro-SWAT and focused on deployment, strategy, techniques and implementation. This training gave departments a chance to train and work as a cohesive team, bringing together the different disciplines in order to better prepare law enforcement, firefighters and school staff to work together during an actual event.

In picture we see WPFR carrying out a “wounded” officer, while law enforcement provides protective cover, thus enabling them to get in, load up the wounded officer, and get out in order to provide/get him to much needed medical attention, as quickly and safely as possible. This unit is called a “Rescue Team” and that maneuver was practiced several times with civilian (Lakes High School staff) participants as well.

Mark Your Calendars:

August 6th- National Night Out

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration