City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/20/2013

September 20, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, September 23, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Update on Lakewood Towne Center redevelopment - Mr. Dan Slattery, Senior Vice President, Director of Development, Retail Properties of America, Inc (RPAI)
  • Joint meeting with the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board.
  • Review of the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies on the proposed use of funds.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council regular meeting of October 7, 2013 include:

  • Presentation of the 2013-2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar. - Custer Elementary and John Dower Elementary Schools
  • Proclamation declaring the month of October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
  • Setting Monday, November 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2014 property tax collection.
  • Appointing individuals to the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2016. Appointing individuals to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2016.
  • Appointing an individual to the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2015.
  • Approving the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies and proposed use of funds.

Transporation Benefit District Board Meeting

The City Council will be holding a Transportation Benefit District Board meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items tentatively scheduled for that meeting include:

  • Review of proposed funding options and cost estimates for transportation improvements.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Raiders Return Welcome Home Event

Sunday, Sept 15 was the Raiders Return - Welcome Home Event for the 4-2 Stryker Brigade. It began with a parade that went from the Lakewood Police Department to Towne Center, over 2000 soldiers participated in the march and thousands of community members and military families lined the streets to honor our military heroes. Afterwards there was a celebration at Fort Steilacoom Park with food, vendors, entertainment and more. Despite the rainy and thundery weather, thousands more came out to celebrate the 4-2 Stryker Brigades return home; it was truly a great event. A big thank you goes out to Association of the United States Army, City of Lakewood staff and all the sponsors, supporters and individuals who helped make this celebration a great event!

New Assistant City Manager - Finance & Administration

The City is pleased to announce and welcome Tho Kraus as Assistant City Manager – Finance & Administration. Ms. Kraus will be responsible for the City’s finance and accounting functions, information systems and human resources. She will begin work on October 7, 2013.

Ms. Kraus comes to the City with 21 years of municipal finance experience, most recently as the Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer for the City of Federal Way where she has worked for 19 years. She has also worked for the City of Tacoma and Clover Park School District. Ms. Kraus holds a BA in Business Administration with Accounting Concentration from the University of Washington. She is also a graduate of Clover Park High School having grown up in the Lakewood area.

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 9-13, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 44 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 26 charges were filed in Court and 10 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Economic Development Update

WEDA Legislative Conference

Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) legislative conference in Cle Elum this week. WEDA’s goal is to support public and private economic developers whose mission is to strengthen Washington’s economy and invigorate its quality of life. To learn more about WEDA’s legislative positions, please visit http://www.wedaonline.org/legislative/positions.html .

Centerforce Celebration

Staff attended the 45th Anniversary Celebration of Centerforce on Thursday at the Great American Casino. Centerforce, located in Springbrook currently assists well over 200 adults with disabilities by providing jobs and education in order to more fully participate in their communities. The future looks bright with expansion plans for a new “Home Town Dogs” mobile food truck, training kitchen and events center. An unveiling of a complete agency re-brand was presented and made possible by Rusty George Creative. For more information on Centerforce visit http://www.centerforce.net/home

Pierce County Economic Development Practitioners

The quarterly ED Professionals meeting was held at the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor’s Bureau on Thursday. The Pierce County Library presented their business center tools. This comprehensive data can assist startups and existing businesses as well as aid in recruitment efforts. Free access to business plan templates, and unlimited Simmons, Demographics Now, Dunn & Bradstreet and other data is available to card holders. Here’s the link: www.jbc.mypcls.org . Contact for information on their free quarterly market research training sessions.

Parks, Recreation and Community Service Update

Final Day for the Lakewood Farmers Market

Tuesday, September 17th, marked the last day of the Farmers Market. Honey, fresh fruit and vegetables, handcrafted baskets and goods – the 2013 season of the Lakewood Farmers Market was full of delicious treats and sunshine. This season’s market had more than double the participation than in 2012, and was a highlight in the Lakewood Community. We appreciate the sponsorship of St. Clare Hospital and the support of other local business like WSECU and Waste Connections who understand the importance of creating a vibrant and healthy community. It was such a successful season and we look forward to returning next year. Save the Date: Opening day of the 2014 Lakewood Farmers Market is Tuesday, June 3rd.

Community Development Update

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Outreach (PDRB)

City staff presented an update on the PDRB at the Tillicum Community Center this week. Councilmember Marie Barth and our new City Manager John Caulfield were in attendance. This is the final of three formal public outreach events scheduled. Council members and staff will continue meetings with other jurisdictions and interested parties through the end of September. There are still many questions to be answered and much research to be done. To view the latest WSDOT project updates visit their website at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/pnwrc_ptdefiance/ . The city has filed a lawsuit against the state to stop the proposed rerouting of Amtrak trains through the community. For additional information, contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738. Please send your input to .

New Permitting Software

City departments are going through early training exercises with the City’s new permitting software. The new software system is scheduled to go online November 1, 2013.

City of Lakewood/SSMCP Awarded DoD Grant for Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

This week the City of Lakewood and South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) were awarded a grant from the Department of Defense to conduct a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The JLUS will identify and analyze areas of existing, likely, and reasonably foreseeable incompatible development and/or encroachment on the military mission at JBLM.

The study will reinforce the importance of a central point of coordination for stakeholders who are impacted by the current and projected size/shape/mission of the installation and will provide regional stakeholders with specific recommendations, including both regulatory and non-regulatory actions to protect the military mission at JBLM and high quality of life experienced in the surrounding communities.

The City of Lakewood will seek JLUS consultant services through a Request for Proposals, expected to be published in late October 2013. The JLUS project is expected to begin early in 2014 and take 18-24 months to complete.

Police Department Update

On 09-17-13, LPD arrested Lamar F Yoder for three stalking cases. The victims were younger females and two of them were minors who were walking to their schools when they were stalked. Yoder’s mode of operation is to locate and follow young females in his truck while sounding his horn, waving his arm, and asking them to come to his vehicle. When the victims ignored Yoder, he continued following them and keeping them under surveillance. Yoder is a service member stationed in JBLM. Yoder’s stalking incidents in Lakewood occurred between 7:45AM and 9:00AM. It is believed that Yoder was wearing his Army or PT uniform when he stalked his victims. Yoder may have started his stalking habit as early as January 2013. Yoder admitted to stalking 50 people since April 2013.

After the two initial stalking cases were reported, LPD placed detectives/investigators in unmarked cars out in the area of the schools to search for this suspect. He was located by detectives/investigators yesterday morning driving around and looking for females to contact. He had just stalked a female around the Pierce Transit Bus Center at the Lakewood Towne Center that was reported to us and was our third victim.

The Lakewood Police Department is asking surrounding police agencies to check for any similar incidents or unsolved cases possibly involving Yoder. If the public has any additional information on Yoder or know of any additional victims, they are asked to contact the Lakewood Police Department.