City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/4/08

April 4, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Pacific Highway Phase III Street Improvement Project: Public Works is presently out to bid on our Pacific Highway Phase III (SR 512 to 108th St) street improvement project. The project includes widening for bike lanes, asphalt overlaying, installing curb & gutters, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, landscaping, a new traffic signal at Tacoma Way S/Pac Hwy intersection and an upgraded the storm drainage system which includes water quality treatment. Bid opening date is April 29th.
  • Emergency Sheltering Program: Over the past year, the Parks and Recreation Department has been committed to the development of an emergency sheltering program. Sites throughout the City will be used to support those needing shelter and their companion pets. City staff and other social service agencies will not be available to operate the sites on their own. Trained volunteers with a variety of skills will be needed and called into action. On Saturday, March 29, approximately 40 citizens representing a variety of facilities and agencies attended a shelter training class at City Hall. This was the second such training provided by the city in the past 6 month. The purpose of this class was to teach volunteers how to open a shelter and provide a variety of support services to our community. Training was provided by the City of Lakewood, American Red Cross and Pierce County Department of Emergency Management.
  • Domestic Violence Statistics March 2008: There were 88 misdemeanor DV cases charges by the City, and 23 petitions submitted for DV protection order by third floor kiosk.
  • Bridgeport/Pac Hwy Gateway Artwork: About 15 citizens participated this week in a workshop attended by the Arts Commission and heard an artist's presentation of proposed artwork for the Bridgeport/Pacific Highway gateway. The bronze abstract sculpture is about 12 feet tall and was well received by the group. The proposal will be formally reviewed later this month by both the Arts Commission and Keep Lakewood Beautiful.
  • Code Enforcement Backlog: The coordination between our Code Enforcement staff and our Neighborhood Policing Teams, including the increased activity of our community service officers (CSO's), has resulted in a decrease of our backlog cases from 213 to 115.
  • Court-supervised Work Crew Update
    • Parks: During the month of March we again expended large amounts of work crew man hours assisting parks staff with the maintenance of the City's parks. We completed the normal parks rounds, but also raked the playground chips, cleaned and raked the beaches, weeded flower beds, and maintained the boat ramp at American Lake Park North. We assisted in the moving of concrete picnic tables, and installed a small post and flag fence in Fort Steilacoom Park to block off areas of no parking along the main entry road. The crew also replaced boards on several picnic tables so they could be returned to their original locations.
    • Litter: During the month we removed hundreds of pounds of litter from city streets and the parks system.
    • Courts: We assisted court staff by supplying a small crew for the cleaning of the court rooms, chairs, dusting, and general clean-up. We also assisted with the moving of large amounts of boxes of forms and other materials off of carpeted areas to allow for the carpet to be cleaned.
    • Special Project: We utilized the skills of several work crew participants in the installation of 2X6 forms to allow the pouring of two concrete pads at the shop at Fort Steilacoom Park. One pad was 20X25 which will be utilized by parks staff, and a 12X22 pad to be utilized for housing the work crew shelter tent.