City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/5/07

October 5, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Lakefront Street Ends Planning Schedule: The City has identified planning dates for the Street Ends process that will be hosted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. More information can be found on the City’s website www.cityoflakewood.us under “Latest News.” There will be no meetings in October. Meetings for February and beyond will likely be scheduled in early 2008. All meetings will start at 6pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
    • November 27th – Define constraints and opportunities for each street end; develop criteria
    • December 11th – Conduct site review of street ends on American Lake, Gravelly Lake, and Lake Louise.
    • January 22nd – Conduct site review of street ends on Steilacoom Lake
  • Tillium Planning Meeting: On Tuesday evening, October 2nd, City staff hosted a community meeting in Tillicum to discuss alternatives for widening Union Avenue as an anticipated feature of the Tillicum Neighborhood Plan, overall redevelopment, and sewer service. A little over 50 residents participated. Staff discussed widening the right of way from 40 to 60 feet and presented the option of making Union Avenue a one-way street among other highlights. The presentation was well received but not as well attended as staff hoped for despite 600 mailings to affected tenants and property owners alike. The City will likely host another meeting in Tillicum before the end of October to solicit additional input from owners and tenants.
  • Mobile Workshop: Lakewood staff collaborated with the architectural firm BCRA on a “mobile workshop” as part of the Washington-Oregon American Planning Association conference being held this week in Tacoma. On Thursday morning, a group of planners and planning students toured Tillicum with an eye toward the BCRA Progress Plan as well as the City’s own planning efforts for the area, examining the neighborhood’s assets and challenges. The tour was capped with an extensive tour of Thornewood Castle, of particular interest to the historic preservation planners in the group.
  • Building Permit Valuation: New building permit valuation for September, 2007 totaled $15,204,509. Total for the year to-date, comes to $46,448,192.
  • Rose Garden Motel Demolition: On Thursday, October 4th, the Rose Garden Motel was demolished, concluding an abatement process initiated by the City. On July 12th the City issued a Notice and Order requiring buildings on the site be abated. In May, 2007, the State Department of Health had inspected the business and found “widespread and systemic” construction maintenance, electrical, fire, and safety risks. The buildings had never been connected to the public sewer system, and a mobile home/RV park had been established without permits or any connection to sewer. The property owner determined that it would be more expensive to repair the buildings, which were constructed in 1928, than it would be to demolish them and redevelop the site. The demolition contractor was hired by the property owner. In the next week the City will monitor the final clean-up of the site including removal of an older mobile home and decommissioning of an old septic tank.
  • Shelter Training This Weekend: On Saturday, October 6th over 20 community volunteers representing five neighborhood facilities and four public agencies will participate in a shelter operations training session at Lakewood City Hall. The City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department has taken the lead in put together a Shelter Resource Team to plan for the needs of our community during an emergency. The City’s Shelter Plan includes comfort stations (warming or cooling centers), short term shelters (2-10 days) and mega shelters (long term support for relocation efforts). The City is divided into six shelter districts to ensure that each neighborhood area is supported. The Red Cross and Pierce County Department of Emergency Management helped lead the training. We are looking for more community volunteers to support our efforts. Additional training will be provided.
  • Shooting Suspect Arrested: A gang related shooting occurred at O’Gallaghers Sports Pub. The victim, who has strong gang connections was there when several other gang members walked in and left without any problems. Shortly afterward the victim went outside; he told someone he had a feeling something bad was going to happen. He was right. When he went outside he was shot at least 4 times. He ran back inside the business and collapsed. Injuries do not appear life threatening. A witness provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. A couple hours later WSP contacted two subjects that were walking away from a vehicle that matched the descriptions given. (seen by a DOT camera) A witness was able to ID the shooter. The car was impounded to the station. The suspect and the other occupant in the vehicle were also taken to the station for interviews with detectives.
  • Legal Department Open House: The Legal Department Open House held on Wednesday, September 26, 2007, was a success. Representatives from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the YWCA Legal Department, the City of Auburn, the City of University Place, and McChord AFB Judge Advocate were in attendance as well as many City employees.
  • 2007 Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Annual Fall Conference: Anita Booker-Hay, Assistant City Attorney and Matthew Kaser, Associate City Attorney are attending the 2007 Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Annual Fall Conference which ends today. At the conference Ms. Booker-Hay represented the City of Lakewood by serving as a moderator for the Criminal Law Section.
  • Washington State Sister Cities Conference: Lakewood Sister Cities Association members Franclyn Heinecke, Darrellene Canada, and Lois Stokes will be attending the Washington State Sister Cities Conference to be held on Saturday-October 20 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. The programs will include:
    • Sister City relationships in cooperation with community colleges
    • Community resources available to Sister City programs and members
    • Accessing the ethnic and Native American communities in the State
    • Fund raising ideas that might work for you
    • From beginning to end, how to set up a workable Sister City program
  • Okinawa Taiko Drums Interactive Performance: Lakewood Sister Cities Association member David Bartley announced that the Okinawa Kin Jin Kai Tieko Group would have a welcoming reception from 11:00-12:00 pm and an interactive performance from 12:00-3:00 pm at Lakewood’s Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) on Thursday, October 11, 2007. Lakewood and Okinawa City have been Sister Cities since 2002. The public is encouraged to take part in the free event. Please RSVP to CPTC let them know how many will be in your group and what time you will arrive – (253) 589-4535, (253) 589-6089 or email International@cptc.edu.