City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/22/06

December 22, 2006
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Wind Storm Clean-up Information: In response to the wind storm, the City continues to clean up debris in the public roadways. Please note that property owners are responsible for cleaning up and disposing of debris from their properties, and should not pile debris curbside or on the public right of way.

    Lakewood residents may place storm debris in their yard waste cans for pickup on their normally scheduled pickup dates.  Storm debris includes tree limbs, branches, leaves and shrubs.  Please note: tree branches can be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, and no longer than 4 feet.  if you need additional yard waste cans or more frequent pickup, please contact Lakewood Refuse Service at (253) 588-1705.  Costs for the supplementary services are in addition to your normal refuse service charge. As an alternative, you can haul your debris to the Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian E., 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. everyday except Christmas and New Year's until January 21st.  There is no charge for this service. You can also haul your debris to the Land Recovery, Inc., located at 10308 Sales Rd South, Lakewood.  Please call (253) 589-6993 for directions and disposal costs.
  • Building Official action on storm-damaged buildings: Following last week’s wind storm, the building division performed inspections on homes and businesses damaged by falling trees and/or structural failures caused by high winds.  “Unsafe, Do Not Enter or Occupy” Orders were issued to six residential properties:  6612 Linwood Lane SW, 7018 Cameo Drive SW; 12524 Addison Street SW; 10011 South Tacoma Way Space 2 (mobile home); 12906 Naomi Lawn Drive SW; and 8820 Dolly Madison.  Two “Restricted Use” Orders were issued at 19429 Portland Avenue SW, and 6620 Linwood Lane SW.  Inspections also revealed that many residences experienced “near misses” and were fortunate to escape damage.  Detached garages which were under construction at the time of the wind storm collapsed.  Some private roadways were blocked by fallen trees. Lastly, the large metal building located at 3906 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, adjacent to the railroad right-of-way, had been structurally damaged as a result of high wind loads to the south side of the building.
  • Public Works summary of storm activity: In response to the December 14th storm, Public Works estimates that we will have spent about $85,000 in labor, equipment & materials associated with addressing both road flooding issues and down trees and tree debris issues within the right of way.  That cost estimate includes the cost of taking down a number of additional trees within the right of way that had become a safety hazard issue as a result of the storm event.
  • Franchise with Lakewood Water District: The Lakewood Water District board of commissioners unanimously approved the franchise with the City at their meeting on December 21st.
  • Santa’s Sleigh: The Lakewood Police Department took to the streets Wednesday and Thursday evening with Santa’s Sleigh. Department employees were dressed in costume and gave out candy-canes and small toys to children. The sleigh was escorted throughout the city by a marked police car. This is the third Christmas now that the Community Policing section of the Department has arranged this event for the children in the community.
  • Search Warrant Pays Off: Lakewood Police Officer Dave Crommes, working with the Task Force, conducted a search warrant on a gangster that shot at a TPD officer three years ago.  The warrant resulted in 18 pounds of Marijuana, ½ ounce of Crack, ½ ounce of powder Cocaine and $27,000 being located.  Much of the Marijuana was hidden in small amounts throughout the house. Officer Sean Conlon and his new drug detection dog, Phelon, responded to conduct a search.  All of the drugs were located by Phelon, included very small amounts hidden in the back of drawers. The dog also located $9,000 in cash, with no drugs near-by.  Phelon has helped us locate many small amounts of drugs and has already become an indispensable member of Special Operations.