City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/21/07

September 21, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Interlaaken Bridge Fishing Platforms: Beginning Monday, September 24th, the County maintenance crews will be reconstructing the two fishing platforms which presently exist at about mid span on the Interlaaken Bridge which spans Lake Steilacoom. The work will be finished by the end of the week. The fishing platforms are presently unsafe due to rot and have been flagged to keep people off of them. Because they were apparently an added feature to the bridge subsequent to its original construction, their condition has no impact on the overall structural integrity of bridge, which is considered structurally sound.
  • Comp Plan Amendments: The Planning Advisory Board (PAB) held a public hearing on September 19th regarding amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan for 2007. There are four proposed amendments this year. The proposed amendments involve: 1) property on the southern edge of the Pierce College campus which staff is proposing to re-designate from Single Family Residential to Public/Institutional; 2) Re-designation of one property along the northerly side of 93rd Street SW from Single Family to Central Business District (this item is proposed to be tabled until 2008, when the entire block is to be considered); 3) Re-designation of property along the southerly side of Steilacoom Boulevard just east of Fort Steilacoom Park, from Arterial Corridor to Neighborhood Business District; and 4) re-designation of property located just east of the Burlington Northern railroad tracks on the south side of Steilacoom Boulevard from Industrial to Corridor Commercial. Pursuant to State law, the City can amend the comprehensive plan only once a year and all proposed amendments must be considered together. The PAB will meet again on October 3rd to deliberate on the proposed amendments, and then forwarded a recommendation to the City Council for final action before the end of the year.
  • Fort Lewis Family Safety Presentation: CSO Kathy McCann and Sgt Noel made a safety presentation on September 18th to the women of the Family Readiness Group (FRG) on Fort Lewis. These are the spouses of the soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the topics covered were self safety, protecting your identity, and latch key children.
  • Legal Department Open House: The City’s Legal Department is having an Open House on Wednesday, September 26th from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in an effort to showcase the various services it provides and the different responsibilities of each staff member. All City employees are invited to attend.
  • Burglary Suspects Apprehended: LESA dispatch received a call on September 15th from the victims of a burglary that had occurred in East King County. 20+ firearms, a safe, laptop computer, rare coin collections, and many other items were stolen from the residence. The victims gave information that the suspects were selling the firearms and other items out of a Jeep Cherokee in the rear parking lot of the B&I. Dayshift responded and Officer Bowl located the vehicle exiting the vehicle southbound onto STW and conducted a felony stop with several dayshift cars behind him. Three suspects were detained and 7 rifles and a plethora of property was recovered. The Jeep Cherokee was also stolen out of Gig Harbor. The victims were contacted and arrived at LPD and positively identified just about all of the property and rifles. All of the subjects are convicted felons and were booked into PCJ.
  • Drive-by Shooting Suspects Arrested: Officer Jeff Martin took lead on a drive-by shooting that happened on Tuesday. He quickly developed suspect information and had Ops set up surveillance in east Tacoma. Ops and Officer Martin made a stop on a car leaving the residence and interviewed the driver. The driver confessed and said that two other suspects and the gun were in the east Tacoma house. Officer Martin wrote a search warrant for the house and SWAT did a surround and call-out. After about an hour of calling-out, the residence was finally cleared. Two more suspects were arrested and two guns, including the 9mm from the drive-by were recovered. A possible motivation for the shooting was to give one of the suspects a better standing in a street gang.
  • Bridgeport Way/Flanegan Retaining Wall: Presently out for bids is the Bridgeport Way retaining wall project. This project constructs a retaining wall on the westerly side of Bridgeport Way from Flanegan Rd northerly. Its purpose is to improve vehicular site distances for cars exiting Flanegan Rd onto Bridgeport Way. It’s also being constructed in the alignment that fits in with the future widening of Bridgeport Way.