City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 10/17/08

October 17, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Traffic Advisory - S Tacoma Way/Pacific Hwy Street Project: On Monday, October 20th, the SR 512 intersection will be closed off for pavement grinding from 11 PM to 5 AM. Should it rain, the work and the closure will be shifted to Tuesday, October 21st. The intersection will be closed again from 11 PM to 10 AM, weather permitting, on Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th, for paving.
  • Truck and Tractor Day: Lakewood Parks & Recreation will host the 3rd annual Truck & Tractor Day event this Saturday, October 18th from 9am to noon at Fort Steilacoom Park. Youngsters can receive a hard hat, climb through the big rigs and decorate a pumpkin, and then take a tour of the park with their families on our hayride. Event partners include Lakewood Fire, Ft. Lewis, Lakewood Police, Lakewood Refuse, Gene's Towing, and Lakeview Light and Power.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park Barn Feasibility Study Public Meeting: Lakewood Parks and Recreation staff will host a public meeting Wednesday, November 6th to brief community members and members of the our advisory committees (PRAB, LHAB and PAB) on the findings of the barn feasibility study.
  • EDB Investors Briefing: The City hosted the bimonthly "investors briefing" for the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board (EDB) at Clover Park Technical College this week. A power-point presentation on Lakewood's priorities was presented which covered the Pacific Highway project, Tillicum and American Lake Gardens plans, and military base relations.
  • Residential Abatement: Residential structures located at 9628 Oak Lane were demolished as part of a City-initiated abatement process. The house had been structurally compromised in unpermitted remodeling attempts and had multiple unpermitted and substandard additions. A fire had occurred a year ago and the garage had recently been occupied by transients.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park Restoration: Lakewood Parks & Recreation hosted a meeting of representatives from Pierce College, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Friends of Fort Steilacoom Park & Nature to discuss a planting and revegetation plan for the park. Make a Difference Day project sites were defined for 2008 and 2009 with WSDOT providing free plants for the sites. The Friends of Fort Steilacoom Park & Nature have done extensive scotch broom removal throughout the park over the years and are partnering with Pierce College and WSDOT to design a planting and restoration plan that will provide native plants and habitat at the park. Pierce College will utilize students to develop the plan and to provide "student power" to plant, monitor and maintain the planting areas as a segment of their curriculum. WSDOT will continue to provide free plants, and also provided contacts from Department of Natural Resources - Forestry division to discuss trees and vegetation surrounding Waughop Lake.
  • LPD Officer Writes Article for Police Newsletter: Officer Jeff Carroll was asked to submit an article for "The Full Slate" which is a newsletter for the Police Society for Problem Based Learning. The article is about the importance of networking, in particular networking for Police Training Officer Program coordinators. Lakewood is the first known agency to establish a forum for regional PTO coordinators to meet quarterly. Carroll led the first meeting in June which consisted of about 8 agencies, and the second one was held at the group's international conference in October with about 15 agencies represented.
  • Local Businesses Assist Lakewood Animal Control: For the last 3 weeks, Animal Control has received complaints regarding wild dogs in DuPont. These dogs, first thought to be coyotes, have been seen in and around a working construction site in DuPont. The dogs have also worried many of the citizens and their pets in the neighborhood. With the cooperation of Tad Larson, with Hoss Bros. Construction Inc. and Dennis Kim, owner and operator of Sunny's #7 Japanese Restaurant on Bridgeport Way SW, we were able to bait our humane dog traps with Teriyaki chicken. As a result, both dogs were safely captured. Once the dogs were contained, it was determined that both dogs were friendly and appeared to be in good health. After giving them some "settle in time" at the Humane Society, both dogs will have full health checks and behavior evaluations before being put up for adoption.
  • Stolen Coins Recovered: Patrol was called to the B & I Coin Shop for suspicious perpetrator's trying to sell rare coins. Coins they were selling fit the description of stolen property from recent coin shop burglary and car prowl in Thurston County. Suspects were gone on arrival but returned to coin shop after a ruse was put in motion to buy coins from them. Female suspect arrested at the shop - booked and charged with PSP and Trafficking Stolen Property. The male suspect is still at large, but has been identified and charged with same crimes. Male suspect's car located at Palace Casino and impounded for warrant. Warrant served resulting in more stolen coins recovered as well as additional charges of UPCS and paraphernalia for both suspects. Victim originally lost $3000.00 worth of rare coins. To date, we have recovered $1000.00 of it. The victim was very pleased to see part of his collection recovered. He is a retired DOC employee on a pension. LPD worked with Thurston County S.O. to arrest a male suspect who lives in their jurisdiction. Lakewood Officers Hall, Sivankeo and Noel were involved.
  • Rape Suspect Arrested and Charged: A 20 year old Lakewood man was arrested on October 12th and charged by the Pierce County Prosecutor's office with three counts of Rape of a Child in the 2nd Degree after admitting to LPD detectives that he'd been having sex with a 12 year old girl for the past two weeks. The girl, who was reported missing by her grandparents on Saturday, was located with the male suspect and returned to her grandparents on Sunday.