City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/9/10

April 9, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 100th Street SW Traffic Delays starting April 17th: Sound Transit's contractor, Railworks/Merlino Construction will install a "sanitary sewer force main casing extension" on 100th Street - east of the railroad tracks over the weekend of April 17th. The road will remain open, but will be reduced to one lane eastbound. The work should be completed by Sunday afternoon. The contractor will be notifying adjacent businesses.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive Closure and Detour starting April 19th: The City's sewer contractor, NW Cascade will be closing Gravelly Lake Drive, just south of Pacific Highway to the railroad crossing overpass (I-5) to install sanitary sewer force main. The closures will be limited to night work between 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM starting Monday night, April 19, and continuing for up to 6 work days, depending on weather. Signs and detours will be posted on I-5, Gravelly Lake Drive, and Pacific Highway. Local businesses have been notified.
  • Draft Wards Lake Park Master Plan: The City is continuing development of a master plan for the 22-acre Wards Lake Park. Public meetings over the last month have shaped the proposed design and have been attended by neighborhood residents, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) members, and City staff. Staff will present a draft master plan design on Thursday, April 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The public is again encouraged to attend and participate. If you have questions, please call (253) 983-7758.
  • Building Permit Activity: For March, 2010, the building division issued 117 building permits totaling 9.4 million dollars in estimated valuation.
  • Meeting with Korean Building Contractors: The City conducted its fourth workshop with local Korean contractors. Topics included licensing, bonding, insurance requirements, and making application for small works rosters. The workshop was well attended.
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Abatement and Redevelopment Program: City staff recently met with representatives from the Washington State Department of Commerce to review the City's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Abatement and Redevelopment Program. The City identified program impediments and State Commerce staff seemed amenable to reviewing current policies. The State indicated the City was "fully committed" and was meeting required deadlines. In addition, Commerce staff stated the City's abatement program was "far ahead" of other cities with regard to abatement processes and procedures. On a similar note, HUD recently revised its definition of "abandoned" and "foreclosed" properties that will enable the City to more easily apply funds throughout Lakewood.
  • CSRT Initiates Parking Patrols In Tillicum: CSRT initiated special parking violator emphasis patrols in Tillicum due to a high volume of citizen complaints about people parking in "no parking" zones and on sidewalks. Six citations have been issued so far and one unauthorized vehicle was towed.
  • CSRT, Tillicum And Neighborhood Associations Working Together: Through the encouragement of the CSRT, the Tillicum and Lake City Neighborhood Associations are working together to identify and create joint neighborhood projects; this same cooperation will be encouraged in other districts as well.
  • Upcoming Events To Honor Fallen Officers: The Tacoma Rainiers are hosting a special evening of baseball this Saturday, April 10th at 7 p.m. called "S.H.I.E.L.D Night" to honor Lakewood's four fallen police officers. In addition, the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Ball will be held on Saturday, April 10th beginning at 3 p.m. Both events promise to be enjoyable and inspirational. Proceeds from the baseball game will be donated to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild's charity and proceeds from the Memorial Ball will be directed to the "Behind the Badge Foundation" which supports families of fallen police officers.