City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/23/2013

August 23, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, August 26, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. The agenda item for the special meeting include:

  • Authorizing the execution of a collective bargaining agreement with the Lakewood Police Management Guild from February 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

Following the special meeting, the Council will hold its regular Study Session. Agenda topics for discussion include:

  • Review of proposed land use and development code amendments relative to drive-through facilities.
  • Review of a proposed interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom relative to court, prosecution and public defender services.
  • Briefing by the City Manager on 1) progress report on the Tillicum and Woodbrook sewer connections and 2) review of ballot measure election deadlines.

Items tentatively scheduled for the regular City Council meeting of September 3, 2013 include:

  • Proclamation declaring September 13, 2013 as Lakewood Playhouse Day.
  • Appointing a Youth Council member for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Amending the Municipal code relative to drive-through facilities.
  • Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court, prosecution and public defender services.
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along portions of Bridgeport Way, Pacific Highway, South Tacoma Way and 100th Street.

Topics of Interest and Updates

On August 19, 2013 City Council recognized several youth who participated in the Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s US Rowing Youth Championships. The US Rowing Youth National Championships were held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, June 8 -10 which had over 1,500 athletes in attendance from over 150 rowing programs. Commencement Bay Rowing Club is located on American Lake in Lakewood, WA and provides rowing programs for youth from area high schools and for adults.

On August 19, 2013 City Council also recognized the Lakewood YMCA’s national gymnastics championship, the team’s dedication to their sport and for their outstanding accomplishments at the 2013 Y Nationals!

On August 13, 2013 Deputy Mayor Whalen gave twenty five students from our Sister City Okinawa City, Japan a tour of Lakewood City Hall. Students were involved in a three week homestay program coordinated through Cultural Homestead.

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 12-15 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 23 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 14 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update:

Junk in the Trunk Community Garage Sale

Browse over 3,000 square feet of clothes, toys, dishes, furniture, trinkets and more at the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services “Junk in the Trunk” Community Garage Sale on Saturday, August 24 at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). Shop the sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you would like to sell your lightly used treasures, a space is only $15. Onsite registration is available. For more information or to pre-register for this event call (253) 983-7887. See you there!

Public Works Update

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

Starting Tuesday night 9/3/2013 Bridgeport way SW between 112th St. SW and 59th Ave. SW will be closing two lanes of traffic to all vehicles starting around 7:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. each night in order to facilitate placing the roadway striping. One lane in each direction will be left open during this time, expect delays and temporary driveway closures, detours will be in place.

Economic Development Update

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Outreach

Economic development in collaboration with public works and planning, conducted its first public meeting this week on the proposed Point Defiance Rail Bypass (PDRB) project. The PDRB proposes to reroute passenger trains to an existing rail line along the west side of I-5 through south Tacoma, Lakewood, and DuPont. The purpose of the outreach is to obtain information from businesses, property owners, residents and all other stakeholders about the potential impacts of Amtrak trains running through our community. About 35 people attended and provided lots of valuable feedback. Economic development also met with several business owners this week and will continue individual meetings and public meetings through late September. For project details, please visit: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/pnwrc_ptdefiance/ . For more information about our outreach program please contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or email . The next public meeting is scheduled for September 4th, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

On 8/14/13, Animal Control received a report of an injured cat at an apartment in the area of Steilacoom Blvd. and Hipkins Road. Animal Control responded and learned the renter shows up occasionally to feed the cats but does not live there. A/C retrieved 2 cats from the apartment and noted that it was so full of junk that entry was very difficult. Community Safety Resource Team was notified. The building official inspected on 8/16/13 and declared the apartment unsafe to occupy due to unsanitary conditions and insufficient egress. CSRT notified the property owner of the conditions and corrections that are needed. Work began immediately to clean the apartment and a 3rd cat was rescued on 8/19/13.

Mark Your Calendars

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration