City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 10/9/2009

October 9, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Ponders Project --Pac Hwy Phase IV (Bridgeport Way to Gravelly Lake Drive): Public Works went out to bid this week for the construction of the Pacific Highway/Ponders realignment project. The call for bids will run for 3 weeks with the opening date set for October 27th. The project includes changing the number of lanes from 5 to 3 for a significant portion of the project length as well as shifting the centerline of the road towards the freeway side of the right of way. This shifting occurs primarily through that section lying south-west of the Clover Creek bridge crossing. The project also includes installing curb and gutter, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, new street pavement, bike lanes, and landscaped planter strips. There will be updated drainage system with water quality treatment and added capacity to serve certain drainage-restricted fronting properties. The landscaping will include the SW corner of the Bridgeport Way intersection.
  • State Auditor’s Entrance Conference: The official meeting starting this year’s audit of the City took place this week, with the Audit team predicting a fairly fast turnaround of the annual review. Special attention will be paid to firearms inventory, the new police evidence room and procedures, camera enforcement accounting, and review of federal funds for transportation and Community Development Block Grant.
  • Legal Dept Open House promotes domestic violence awareness: On October 6th, the staff in the City Attorney’s office hosted an open house for interested parties to increase awareness about the realities of domestic valence in our community and the City’s effort to respond.
  • H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Information: Citizens who want to learn more about preventing or vaccinating against the H1N1 flu virus and/or the seasonal flu are encouraged to visit the Pierce County Health Department’s website http://www.tpchd.org/index.php and also to consider taking the “Flu IQ” quiz: http://www.tpchd.org/news.php?id=454. Both of these links can be accessed from the City’s website under “Latest News and Events” at www.cityoflakewood.us.
  • City presents OEA update to RAMP: Dan Penrose, senior planner and project coordinator for the OEA planning grant, provided a briefing this week to RAMP (the Regional Access Mobility Partnership), chaired by the County Executive and the executive director of the Port of Tacoma. The group of about 30 was updated on the OEA process, and in particular the Interstate 5 traffic operations model and alternatives analysis.
  • LPD presents at Bar Association conference: Lakewood PD’s Forensic Services Manager, Detective Bryan Johnson, was invited to present on the topic of forensic investigations at the Annual Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Conference, which was attended by over 150 attorneys representing all areas of criminal and civil law.
  • Animal Control officers attend the Animal Care and Control Conference: Lakewood officers attended the Pacific Northwest Animal Care and Control Conference last week, and attended lectures and workshops on Cock Fighting, Sheltering strategies in regards to Pit Bull adoptions, and Chemical Capture. Both Lakewood officers were certified in Chemical Capture. They also attended a workshop on the newest animal laws in regards to chaining dogs outside and the percentages of serious dog bites with these dogs, the percentages of dog bites by un-neutered dogs, and new Potentially Dangerous and Dangerous Dogs Laws.
  • New automated police training system: Lakewood PD was just awarded a Federal Grant for $82,499 to purchase a video simulator system to train our officers in use of force scenarios. The system is an interactive video trainer that allows the officers to encounter over 900 situations which require various responses. The video changes based on what the officer does and the input given by the instructor. The situation may require force options from verbal commands, to taser application, to lethal force. It is laser based and the system also includes firearms training software that will reduce the number of live rounds needed for officer training, reducing the amount spent on ammunition.
  • LPD participates in emergency simulation at South Hill: Metro SWAT, along with Tacoma PD, Pierce County Sheriff and their two bomb squads conducted a large-scale Emergency Management exercise at the South Hill Mall on October 8th.
  • Lakewood officer participates in Alabama sergeant assessment: LT Alex Kasuske was invited to Birmingham, Alabama, to serve as an assessor for Jefferson County, joining 39 assessors from around the US who are participating in assessing 318 candidates for the Sergeant promotional process.
  • Budget Workshop Information: In lieu of its study session, the City Council will conduct its next budget workshop at 7pm on Monday, October 12th at the Lakewood Police Department’s training room (9401 Lakewood Drive SW). Budget workshops will alternate between the council chambers and the police station. Citizens are encouraged to visit www.cityoflakewood.us to download the entire budget workshop schedule as well as the city manager’s overview and other key budget documents.