City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/18/10

June 18, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Public Works Construction/Traffic Update:
    • Gravelly Lake Drive Ph 2 - 100th to Bridgeport - night work:
      Patching at night - June 23-June 24.
      Grinding and paving at night - June 28 - July 1. Notices being hand delivered to all adjacent property owners today.
    • Tillicum/Woodbrook/ALG Sewer Ph 2 - Forcemain Connection - Gravelly Lake Drive Patch - night work:
      Gravelly Lake Drive and Pacific Hwy Permanent Patching: Currently scheduled for evenings of June 22- June 24.
    • Pacific Highway - RR xing to Bridgeport Way - night work:
      Overlay work - June 29-July 1 (two of those nights).
    • Pacific Highway (Gravelly Lake Drive to RR Bridge); AND Gravelly Lake Drive - I-5 ramps to north of Pacific Hwy:
      Overlay work: one night July 6-8:
    • Bridgeport Way RR Crossing:
      RR crossing at Bridgeport being replaced - and will shut down the road completely starting Friday, June 25, 8 PM and be opened late Sunday night (June 27). A "shoe fly" temporary road has been constructed for emergency vehicle access (primarily for ambulances to get to St. Clare Hospital). Sound Transit and their Contractor have notified property owners and emergency service providers.
  • Developers Briefing: The first of a series of three monthly briefings for developers was conducted on June 18th by the city manager and economic development staff. About 18 were in attendance, and staff and consultants presented information about redevelopment opportunities on Pacific Highway.
  • Meeting with Garrison Commander: The city manager met with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Commander, the deputy garrison commander, and the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) at Fort Lewis on June 15th to review lines of communication and coordination between the City, the installation, and the other regional entities in the DoD-funded Office of Economic Adjustment planning process.
  • Demo of Burned Out Building on South Tacoma Way: The demolition of a large, burned-out commercial building complex at the 8400 block of South Tacoma Way is progressing quickly, apparently in response to an abatement order. The site had become a dumping ground and attractive nuisance, and the owners had stopped communicating with the City several months ago. The fences were pulled open, people started dumping on the site, and others were entering the dangerous remains to remove metals. A Notice and Order to Abate Public Nuisance and Dangerous Buildings was issued on May 13. This order informed the owners that clean-up was required, or the City would perform the clean-up and bill them for the cost. There was no response from the owner, but two days before the June 13 deadline, a contractor obtained a demolition permit. The demolition is moving quickly and is nearly complete.
  • 6th Annual Helmets vs. Shields Charity Basketball Game: The 6th annual Helmets vs. Shields charity basketball game is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th at Pierce College at 6:00 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to come out and watch the firefighters and police officers battle on the court to raise money for charity. This year's game is dedicated in memory of our four fallen heroes. A new halftime event has just been announced to include the assistant police chief getting his head shaved in support of Chief Bret Farrar and his wife Cindy, who are both battling cancer. All of the proceeds from this portion of the event will go to the American Cancer Society.
  • City staff to address Parks Safety Issues: The CSRT is working with the Parks and Police departments to develop a plan to address various issues at Lakewood parks. The first step was to identify the major issues of concern: tagging/graffiti, drinking, illegal drugs, fishing issues, parking issues and after-hours use of parks and improper use of the skate parks by bicycle users. The plan to tackle these issues includes the use of police officers in plain clothes, in uniform and at different times, dates and locations. There is also a plan to use volunteers to help identify problem people in a timely manner so they can be dealt with accordingly.
  • Norwegian city planner visits City Hall: A municipal planner from the Oslo area of Norway visited the Community Development department on June 17th to review Lakewood's model of planning and development. Anette Bastnes was one of four Group Study Exchange participants hosted by the Lakewood Rotary Club on a 4-week vocational tour of our area.