WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- Lakewood Ford Opening: Lakewood Ford was issued a conditional certificate of occupancy this week. The permit allows them to open for business this Sunday, July 22nd. There are remaining improvements yet to be installed, including entry gates, signs, landscaping and street improvements. The property owner posted a cash guarantee for the landscaping and road work which is scheduled to be completed in August.
- Waughop Lake Treatment: Since there is already a significant blue green algae bloom on Waughop Lake, our vender recommends against proceeding with the planned calcium hydroxide treatment at this time as it’s too late in the process to provide any water clarity benefits for this season. In order to be effective in limiting the availability of phosphorus which is needed for the occurrence of a bloom, the calcium hydroxide treatment needs to happen before such an occurrence. Once a bloom has occurred, excess phosphorus has already been assimilated and stored within the micro organism’s cell structure which then takes multiple generations before phosphorus once again plays a growth limiting role. A bloom then continues to grow seemingly irrespective of the treatment process. Waughop Lake will not be treated this season but will be treated early on next spring. The DOE grant the city received for funding this treatment attempt was budgeted through June 30, 2008.
- WSDOT Grind and Asphalt Inlay Projects: Starting July 23rd, WSDOT’s contractor will be performing grind and asphalt inlay of several interchanges in the area including the Bridgeport Way and the Gravelly Lake Drive interchanges. There is the possibility that they may do the Thorne Lane interchange also. The work is primarily on the on and off ramps. Some additional work approaching the bridges will be done within their right-of-way. The work will be performed at night, starting around 7:00 p.m. and lasting until 5:00 a.m.
- City to receive funds acquired from Police seizure: The US Treasury Department prepared the package on July 13th for the payment to the City in the Pong Rhee/Joon's Variety Store seizure which was a 2001 police operation. The City anticipates receipt of about $1.18M. Two properties have yet to be sold, and additional funds will be forthcoming.
- Lakewood Sister Cities Association Potluck: Council Member John Arbeeny and his wife Suk Arbeeny of the Lakewood Sister Cities Association hosted a potluck dinner honoring 10 years of service by outgoing Sister Cities President Patrick Cavendish of Pierce College. The dinner included volunteer Sister Cities members from subcommittees for Japan, Philippines, South Korea and China. Mayor Thomas and newly installed Sister Cities President, Franclyn Heinecke of Clover Park Technical College were joined by City Clerk Alice Bush and other members in honoring the accomplishments and growth of the Sister Cities Association and of Dr. Cavendish’s leadership. The Sister Cities Association welcomes anyone interested in promoting international understanding to their monthly meetings at City Hall
- Pandemic Flu Preparedness Training for Businesses: Dozens of local business representatives attended a working luncheon on Preparation for Pandemic Flu on July 12th at the Great American Casino. The luncheon, coordinated by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and LPD provided businesses a realistic look at the multitude of issues a pandemic will bring and the simple things they can do in advance to diminish the impact of such an outbreak.
- Governor’s Community Transition Task Force: Chief Saunders has been confirmed as the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) representative on the Governor’s Community Transition Task Force, which will oversee the implementation of the recently passed Offender Reentry legislation.
- County-wide Gang Data Base: As a major project of the Pierce County regional gang task force, LESA Records will be introducing on August 15th a new Gang database called OSCAR for all cooperating agencies such as Lakewood, Tacoma, Pierce County, and Puyallup to use. The database was put together for several reasons which include: one centralized database for all agencies to input and share information on known gang members; tracking gang and gang member activity; assisting with gang investigations and Officer safety alerts.
- Chip Seal Program: The City will be chip sealing the local access streets denoted in the attachments starting in mid to late August. Chip sealing is a preventative maintenance procedure that includes placing a “shot” of asphalt (oil), and then a layer of crushed rock (chips). This extends the pavements life by rejuvenating the pavement surface and sealing off the road base from water. After some use, the streets are then swept of excess rock for which it could take multiple sweepings over a period of time before the streets are free of loose rock. Signs will be placed a minimum of 24 hours on all streets prior to commencing chip sealing. The City’s 2007 chip seal program will also be published on the City’s web site.
- Lakewood Volunteer Observation Patrol assists in arrest: The new citizens Lakewood Volunteer Observation Patrol is paying off. Thanks to their vigilance, a violent felon was taken off the streets Wednesday night. Four volunteer members witnessed a violent and apparently unprovoked assault at Harry Todd Park on July 18th. While on routine neighborhood patrol in the park, they witnessed a tall, powerfully built young thug suddenly strike with a closed fist into the head of a tall, slim early 30s passer-by without warning or provocation. The victim was struck unconscious and fell to the ground, suffering a concussion and other injuries. The Patrol Volunteers immediately called 911. The suspect’s vehicle fled, and one Volunteer remained with the victim to meet incoming police and EMS units while the other three followed the vehicle only long enough to get a good plate and establish a direction of travel. They immediately returned to the park and stood by near the scene, safely out of the way. Thanks to their fast, accurate information to 911 an off-duty sergeant spotted the suspect vehicle in traffic. He called for marked units to make the stop, and the subject was quickly detained. The main eyewitness Volunteer Patroller was brought to the site of the stop where he positively identified the suspect. In addition to the violent physical assault, the arrestee was found to have an outstanding warrant for escape. He was booked into Pierce County Jail for Assault 2nd and the warrant. The volunteers’ conduct, dedication, and clear-headedness in a difficult situation speak very highly of the Volunteer Patrol. Contact Carol Hudgins at 584-5905 for more information.
- Robbery Suspect Arrested: A Lakewood Officer was near Happy Days when he was flagged down by a frantic pizza delivery person. She was reporting that someone tried to rob her at gunpoint in front of the apartments on 115th St. Ct. Officers responded and the suspect and several others were located. After they were all detained, a gun was found on the suspect she described. The gun was stolen and the suspect who possessed it had a previous conviction for a gun charge. He was charged for the gun, robbery and a couple other felonies.