WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- $1.6M TIB Grant for Bridgeport: The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) awarded the City of Lakewood a $1.6 million grant this week for completion of roadway improvements on Bridgeport Way from 75th to the north city limits, including street lights, curb, gutters, and sidewalks. The City’s project was one of 14 selected from 100 applications.
- Sylvan Park Property Maintenance Inspections: With assistance from one of the neighborhood patrol teams, Community Development this week began making property maintenance inspections in the Sylvan Park neighborhood which is comprised of over 300 properties. Of those, 35 properties have been identified as having significant property maintenance violations. Nineteen properties were inspected with more to follow. Correction notices will be delivered to property owners beginning next week. During the inspection of one property, a code officer noticed unusual behavior of one individual residing in a trailer. He was interviewed by code and police officers. The police officer performed a background check. The individual possessed two outstanding warrants, was taken into custody, and transported to Pierce County jail.
- APA Presentation on Abatement: Asst City Manager Dave Bugher and Asst City Attorney Mike McKenzie were invited to an American Planners Association (APA) brown bag luncheon at Renton City Hall this week to discuss the City’s code enforcement, property maintenance and abatement programs. Representatives from numerous Puget Sound cities were present, and appear to be interested in Lakewood’s approach to public nuisance control.
- Pac Highway Signal Outage: The signal outage at Pacific Highway and Bridgeport Way that was scheduled for November 14th has been delayed until after Thanksgiving. This work is part of the construction of the new signal bridge at that location.
- City Prosecutors Prevail: The City’s Legal Department had a successful trial week this month with two jury trials resulting in two guilty verdicts. The trials were handled by associate city attorneys Sean Parrent and Matt Kaser.
- Roadway Gas Main Replacement Project Continues: Pilchuck Contractors will be running several crews in town to complete several miles of gas main replacement by the end of the year. Some work will also spill into the first part of next year as well. They will be beginning work on Bridgeport Way (southbound outside lane from Steilacoom Blvd to 84th), Steilacoom Blvd (eastbound outside lane from Custer to Bridgeport Way), and Gravelly Lake Drive (northbound outside lane from 112th to Bridgeport Way). Most of the work in these areas needs to occur during the day due to the adjacent residences. The exception will be work on Gravelly Lake Drive between Main Street and Bridgeport which will occur at night. This gas main replacement project is ordered by the Washington Utilities Commission (WUTC) to address aging and leaking Puget Sound Energy gas infrastructure and ultimately will provide better service and safety to everyone. Contact Public Works if there are any questions.
- Abatement Notice and Order at Washington & Interlaaken: Community Development has initiated abatement actions for the property at the northwest corner of Washington Blvd. & Interlaaken Blvd. SW (the former Shortstop Market) for the house, old store, and associated property. The owners reportedly intend to demolish the buildings and build a strip-mall, but the City has received no permit applications and the demolitions are already several months behind the owners’ projected timeline. This action will ensure the dangerous conditions are corrected even if the owner does not proceed with the redevelopment project in a timely manner.
- Domestic Violence Resource Fair: Victim advocate Rebecca Hendricks of the Legal Department attended a Domestic Violence Resource Fair at Pierce College on November 14th. She provided information about the City’s domestic violence kiosk, the criminal case process and domestic violence statistics. Students and others attended to learn more about domestic violence and our community’s response. Hendricks also attended the National College of District Attorneys Annual Conference on Domestic Violence in late October, where the focus was on criminal justice response to domestic violence, as well as stalking, victim/witness interviewing, and use of technology.