City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/30/13

August 30, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the regular meeting include:

  • Swearing-In Ceremony - John J. Caulfield, City Manager
  • Proclamation declaring September 13, 2013 as Lakewood Playhouse Day
  • Appointing Nina Klinkhammer to serve on the Youth Council for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Amending Sections 18A.30.440, 18A.30.450, 18A.30.540 and 18A.50.241 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to drive through facilities.
  • Authorizing the City Manager to execute an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court, prosecution and public defense services.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of September 9, 2013 include:

  • Joint meeting with the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
  • Comprehensive Plan Update.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Works Update

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

As with any construction project things are always changing. As such instead of starting Tuesday (9/3/2013) with night work on Bridgeport way SW between 112th St. SW and 59th Ave. SW the contractor will be doing day work on Tuesday and Wednesday in conjunction with raising and adjusting various lids such as manhole covers. Then on 9/5-6 and the following week and they will switch to night work and 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

Lodging Tax Grants in Review

The Lodging tax grant application period is now closed, and submissions are being reviewed by staff. Applicants will be asked to present on October 2nd before the Lodging Tax Advisory Board.

Lions Club Presentation

Economic development staff presented to Lakewood First Lions Club. Updates on projects and future gains are looking impressive to the group. For more information on this great Lakewood service club visit their website: http://lakewoodfirstlions.org/

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Outreach

Meetings continue with business groups around the Point Defiance Rail Bypass outreach project. We continue to receive input from the community via calls and emails as well. The next public outreach event is September 4th at 6:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers.

REDAB moved to October

The Redevelopment Advisory Board (REDAB) meeting has been moved to Tuesday, October 8th. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the status of EB5 funding. Henry Liebman of American Life will present and discuss progress around funding city projects. Here’s more information on EB5 and American Life: http://www.amlife.us/

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update

Parks and street maintenance staff & Work Crew worked together this week on a Right of Way Maintenance cleanup project. They completed trimming of overgrown vegetation as well as removing garbage and debris from an area on Steilacoom Blvd. from Weller Road to Phillips Road to improve safe access to nearby schools. The first day of school for Clover Park School District students is next week.

Police Department Update

Lakewood Recognized Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

On August 16, 2013 the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office recognized two of Lakewood’s Finest. Detective Bryan Johnson was awarded the Prosecutor’s 2013 Award of Merit for his role in the investigation of the murder of Loomis Armored Car Guard Kurt Husted, at the Lakewood Wal-Mart on June 2, 2009. Investigator Jeff Martin was awarded the Prosecutor’s 2013 Patrol Officer of the Year Award. After responding to a bank robbery in progress on September 6, 2012, and learning the robbers had escaped, Officer Martin spent countless hours investigating the case, resulting in the arrest of seven suspects responsible for more than 30 separate bank robberies across the county.

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 19-23, 2013 for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 24 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court and 3 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Mark Your Calendars

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration