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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/8/2014

August 8, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Celebrates ‘National Night Out’

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the community celebrated National Night Out with neighborhood parties throughout the City of Lakewood.

Lakewood City Councilmembers, Congressman Denny Heck, members of the Lakewood Police Department and other representatives stopped by the 40 or so neighborhood celebrations that took place throughout community, from parks to neighbors' back yards.

All of them showed how fun and important it is for neighbors to meet their neighbors and take ownership in their community.

To view pictures of the event, visit the City of Lakewood's Facebook page .

Denny Heck Speaks on Potential JBLM Cuts

On Aug. 7, 2014, Denny Heck, 10th Congressional District Representative for the State of Washington, addressed about 40 people at the South Sound Communities & Military Partnership Economic Development Working Group meeting at Lakewood City Hall.

Specifically, Heck discussed the Army's proposal to cut 16,000 defense and civilian job at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is located next door to Lakewood. Rep. Heck encourages people to voice their opinions to the Army via its Public Comment Process.

(Click here to watch the City's video coverage of the event)

Specifically, Heck referred to the Army's finding that the loss of 16,000 military and civilian personnel would have no significant impact on the communities surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"Let me be clear: They are wrong, and we disagree," he said. "It's our job to make sure they understand why."

To find out how you can comment, visit www.jblm-growth.com .

119th Street Home Cleanup

On Aug. 7, a group of volunteers organized by the City of Lakewood took the first steps in cleaning up a heavily vegetated property owned by an elderly woman who doesn't have the means to address what had become a neighborhod eyesore.

It all started out as a code compalaint for a house on 119th Street Southwest - a home overgrown with vegeatation. The owner - an elderly woman - lives on limited means and is unable to tackle the work. That's when Lakewood Police Officer Peter Johnson stepped in. Find out how here: http://goo.gl/YBq0Pd

Unaccompanied Minors

Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen released the following statement Aug. 5 regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to suspend the use of military facilities to temporarily house unaccompanied minors from Central America who are crossing the border:

Today, the City of Lakewood received confirmation from the Office of Congressman Denny Heck that the Department of Health and Human Services has suspended the use of military facilities to temporarily house unaccompanied youth from Central America who are entering the U.S. We have also confirmed that our local military installation – Joint Base Lewis-McChord – is no longer being considered as one of these potential sites.

To read the rest of his statement, along with a statement from Congressman Denny Heck, visit http://goo.gl/EnJNWc ..

Community Development

First Dangerous Building Abatement

The City has completed its first dangerous building abatement under the new abatement code process. The owner of a two-story house and shed attempted to convert them into eight or more tiny apartments, resulting in extensive code violations and dangerous conditions. The buildings were closed and vacated by the City and the owner was ordered to correct the violations. Due to the extensive modifications, dilapidation and previous unpermitted, substandard additions, the repairs turned out to be cost-prohibitive. The owner eventually abandoned the property and it began to attract vagrants and vandals. The new abatement code enabled the City to hire a contractor to clear the property, the cost of which will be recovered through a lien on the property. Dangerous Building abatement actions are currently underway at eight other locations, with more pending.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Economic Development update
  • Franchises update
  • Boards and Commissions update

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Business showcase
  • Appoint 2014-2015 Youth Council members and Lakewood’s Promise Representative
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Lakewood Water District to construct water mains along South Tacoma Way (SR512 to 96th St. SW)