City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/1/2013

November 1, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 4, 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:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public Hearing on 2014 property tax levy.
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
  • Bid award to KBH Construction, Inc., in the amount of $524,485 for traffic signal improvements at Custer Road SW and John Dower Road SW.
  • Bid award to Totem Electric of Tacoma, in the amount of $774,375, for modification to 48 traffic signals.
  • Approve a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $50,000 for the 2013-2015 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
  • Adopt the Legislative Policy Manual and 2013-2014 Biennial Legislative Agenda.
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, in the amount of $55,000 for state government relation services.
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Cities of Tacoma, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Pierce Transit relative to an auto crime enforcement task force to respond and investigate auto thefts.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 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:

  • IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
  • Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
  • Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Marijuana sales, processing and production update.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Make a Difference Day

The Lakewood Youth Council coordinated community service projects throughout the City in celebration of Make a Difference Day this past Saturday. The projects included: installing 33 grave markers in the cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park with the Grave Concerns organization, decorating pumpkins at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue pumpkin patch, completing the final phase of a three-year beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary and working with the Clover Park Kiwanis Club at the community garden to prepare the garden plots for winter. More than 100 volunteers participated in Make a Difference Day in Lakewood this year.

Transit Connector Project Artwork

The final leaf was installed on the gateway arch at the Transit Connector Project. This completes the display of 5 Garry Oak leaves representative of our local flora in Lakewood. Artist David Eisenhour is nationally recognized for his sculptures depicting specific plant forms which offer a reflection of their covert beauty and peculiarity.

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 21-25, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 39 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 15 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Donations For YWCA

During the month of October, the City of Lakewood and the Dollar Tree Corporation partnered together to collect donations on behalf of the Pierce County YWCA. Between 5,000 to 6,000 personal hygiene products were collected for victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Rally

On Friday, October 25th, Anita Booker-Hay attended the first annual domestic violence awareness rally sponsored by the City of Tacoma. The rally included representatives of Cities that have recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness month by proclamation, as well as other agencies that provide direct victim services to domestic violence crime victims.

Community Development Update

Software Conversion

The Community Development Department completed its software conversion this week. There were three parts to the conversion process:

  1. Retiring one software system and replacing it with a new system
  2. Converting planning and building permit files that were “in process”
  3. Providing training to both the Community Development Department and Public Works Department
  4. Systems testing for quality assurance.

PAB Reviewing Zoning Code Amendment

This coming week, the Planning Advisory Board will convene. The board will review a resolution of intent to amend the zoning code, updating definitions related to housing and considering a new communal residence section. The board will consider a report regarding the Puget Sound Regional Council’s regional growth centers and review information on Lakewood’s population and housing data as part of the 2015 comprehensive plan update.

Economic Development Update

100th & South Tacoma Way

Economic Development is working with the National Development Council (NDC) on SBA and Section 108 funding for a redevelopment project at the corner of 100th and South Tacoma Way. This property is where the Gloria Motel once stood and the Rainier Motel still stands.

New Medical Services Business

A disabled veteran and medical professional is seeking a location in the heart of our Central Business District. This new medical services center will bring together several disciplines geared towards pain management among other related services. NDC is also assisting in framing the options best suited for this practice.

New Springbrook Development

A Springbrook property owner met with the City this week to discuss current and next steps for their property. The City will work closely with the owner, architect and construction contractor in the coming months and into 2014 for a new development in this area.

Woodbrook Industrial Park

Ellie Chambers-Grady met with energy provider and EDB staff around best uses for the new Industrial Business Park (IBP). A 20-plus acre parcel has been prepped and approved for warehousing and manufacturing. It is currently being marketed as the Lakewood I-5 Commerce Center build-to-suit. Olympic Moving & Storage, the first business to sight in the IBP earlier this year, already has plans for expansion.

Destination Summit

The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) brought their team to Lakewood this week to meet with venues and the Economic Development Department. TRCVB outcomes from the meeting were perceptions of what Lakewood does really well, opportunities for improvement, trends, and better ways to collaborate with one another to bring various sized tours to Lakewood.

Police Update

Narcotics Warrant

On October 29th, the Police Department worked with the DEA to serve six narcotics-related search warrants in Pierce County, one of which was in Lakewood. Four people were taken into custody and transported to the US Marshals office, and multiple ounces of heroin and methamphetamine were recovered.