City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/29/08

February 29, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Lakewood Refuse Garbage Collection Rates: Lakewood Refuse garbage collection service rates will increase by 3.91% for residential and commercial service effective March 1st. For a typical residence with weekly 60 gallon Toter garbage/recycling service, the increase correlates to $1.01 per month. The increase is in accordance with terms and provisions of the City’s contract with Lakewood Refuse which allows for automatic adjustments for yearly changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and/or change, if any, in landfill disposal fee. This year’s rate increases are reflective of both a CPI and a dump fee increase.
  • Abatement Actions: Moving forward with a list of abatement actions on dangerous buildings in Lakewood, Community Development staff completed Certification and Notice of Intent to Abate a Public Nuisance, to be filed with the Pierce County Auditor, for five properties with badly burned and/or collapsing buildings, and sent out requests for bids on two of those properties and two others. Additionally, another dangerous building was torn down by the owner under orders and permit of the Department. All of these properties were included in a presentation to the Council this past week.
  • City’s Attorneys Involved with the local Bar Association: Assistant City Attorney Anita Booker-Hay is currently beginning her second term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA). The object of TPCBA is to maintain the dignity and honor of the legal profession, to promote the administration of justice and to cultivate a feeling of goodwill among its members and to recommend, advocate and work for the enactment of laws which promote good government. City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter currently serves as the chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
  • City’s management staff tours Fort Lewis: The City’s development management team, consisting of the city manager and the department directors of community development, public works, and communications, visited Fort Lewis this week to discuss growth at the bases and issues of interest to both entities. Deputy Garrison Commander Tom Knight hosted the meeting, which included their public works division director, public affairs officer, and the deputy chief of staff for I Corps.
  • Growth Management Hearings Board issues compliance order: The City placed a moratorium in February 2005 on permits or licenses related to uses in Public Institutional (PI) Zones that halted the issuance of permits or licenses for correctional facilities proposed to be located at Western State Hospital. The Department of Corrections disagreed with the City’s moratorium and appealed the Ordinance to the Growth Management Hearings Board whose decision was appealed to Pierce County Superior Court. Assistant City Attorney Mike McKenzie handled a compliance hearing on February 25th with the Growth Management Hearings Board on this matter, and the Board issued an order finding that the City is in compliance with their order. After almost three years in the litigation process, this case has been resolved.