City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/6/07

July 6, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager
  • City of Gimhae, South Korea Visit: 15 officials from Gimhae, South Korea visited Lakewood this week (July 2-5) to sign a “friendship agreement” with the City of Lakewood. The delegation participated in a ground breaking ceremony at City Hall (the planting of a Ginkgo Tree); Mayor Claudia Thomas hosted the event. The delegation was also treated to a reception by the Clover Park Technical College, a dinner at Thornewood Castle and a tour of Lakewold Gardens. They also visited Seattle and Mount Rainier and were treated to an All-American day in the Town of Steilacoom courtesy of Mayor Ron Lucas through an Independence Day parade and fireworks over the Puget Sound. The intent of Lakewood’s Sister Cities Association is to generate educational and cultural awareness and stimulate trade and tourism.
  • Waughop Lake treatment: A City contractor, Northwest Aquatic Ecosystems, will begin testing the use of calcium hydroxide to control algae on Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom Park next week. The treatment is intended to work as follows: calcium hydroxide binds phosphorus together and settles on the bottom of the lake; without phosphorus to feed on, algae cannot not grow and multiply into a toxic algae bloom. The work plan calls for treating the lake once a week for three weeks. As this is an experimental treatment, the work plan could change depending on the data the contractor gathers over the project duration. Signs have been posted around the lake notifying the public that this work will take place soon. Funding for this project ($50,000) was included in the current state budget at the request of Senator Mike Carroll. Lakewood resident Don Russell deserves credit for pursuing State funding through Sen. Carroll.
  • Building Permit Activity: New construction valuation for June, 2007 totaled $3,261,287. For the fist six months of 2007, new construction valuation totaled $26,819,686. The following summarizes building and land use permits applied for and issued from January through June:
    • Building permits applied for: 937 Building permits issued: 795
    • Land use permits applied for: 228 Land use permits issued: 113
  • Community Meeting: Saint Frances Cabrini School/108th St. Community Meeting on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall to discuss traffic and pedestrian safety and related issues.
  • Summer School Traffic Enforcement: The Lakewood Police Department began summer school traffic enforcement on July 1st, consistent with the first session of summer school. The City issued a press release on this matter and will continue to increase public awareness in cooperation with the CPSD.
  • KAPAG/LPD Summer Camp: The 2007 Korean American Police Advisory Group summer camp, hosted at City Hall, Saturday, June 30th was a huge success. Over 75 Korean-American youth attended - our largest crowd yet.
  • Fireworks Enforcement: LPD put six additional patrols on the road for fireworks enforcement July 4th. Initial reports suggest that while Independence Day is still the busiest day of the year for LPD, citizens were cooperative and the number of serious calls appeared lower than in past years. Lakewood Police will present a detailed report at the next Study Session.
  • Training: Evidence Custodian Meeks attended a Leaf Marijuana Identification school in Shelton. Officers Wurts and Vahle attended a 1 day seminar on Shooting Range Development in Seattle. Administrative Supervisor Landskov attended a Census Grant Workshop at Clover Park Tech. Total training costs = $250.
  • Temporary Road Closure: The City will close Lakewood Drive SW from Steilacoom Boulevard to the Fleet Creek crossing to the north for pavement repair and overlay between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, July 16th through July 27th. The temporary closures will allow local access only. During construction, a detour will be in place utilizing Bridgeport Way SW. (See Below)