City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/30/07

November 30, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Pac Highway $3M grant funding awarded: The City received notice this week that the Secretary of Transportation has approved for grant funding the list of projects recommended to her by the State’s Enhancement committee. The Pacific Highway Improvement project from Bridgeport to Gravelly Lake was one of the projects on that list, and the $3,000,000 grant we sought is now official ours. Along with other funds budgeted and anticipated, including Surface Water Management (SWM), this major project’s funding is now place.
  • HR Director elected to WAPELA Board: HR Director Debra Young was elected this week to the board of the WA Public Employers Labor Relations Association (WAPELRA) to board position #2 representing the western part of the state.
  • Street sweeping contractor bows out: The City’s street sweeping contractor has given notice that he will not renew the City’s street sweeping contract for 2008. The last day of the existing contract is November 30th but the contractor will continue sweep at the contract rate through the end of December. We will seek an extension until the end of January which will give us time to once again bid out the work and award a new contract. The reason the contractor gave for not wanting to extend the contract another year was that he lost money on the contract.
  • Sound Transit’s connection to Lakewood: Our mayor and city manager, along with Sound Transit’s CEO and board chairman, attended a Tacoma City Council workshop on November 27th to discuss the need for moving forward on the alternative Pacific Avenue railway routes through Tacoma to enable service to both South Tacoma and Lakewood. The scheduling of train service to Lakewood depends on the successful completion of the upgrade of the tracks. There will be express bus service to the Tacoma Dome station during the interim period between completion of the Lakewood station and final upgrade of the railroad connection. The Sound Transit Board is scheduled to decide on the alignment issue on December 13th.
  • Tillicum Plan briefing to Lakewood United: Ass’t city manager David Bugher was the speaker at the November 29th meeting of Lakewood United, and presented an update of the community planning effort underway in Tillicum. He reviewed demographic data, provided general insights regarding draft interim development regulations, and provided an update on the sewer project.
  • Lakefront Street Ends Community Meeting: The City hosted its second Street Ends meeting on November 27th to identify “opportunities and constraints” for each of the fourteen street ends on Lakewood’s four largest lakes. Nearly 50 citizens were in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 6pm in the Council Chambers and will focus on evaluating street ends at the three smaller lakes (American Lake, Gravelly Lake and Lake Louise) based on criteria identified at the November 27th meeting. This same process will be repeated for Lake Steilacoom’s street ends on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6pm (please note this is a schedule change due to the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend).
  • CD and PW staff adopt families: Staff from both Community Development and Public Works departments have pooled their resources to provide Christmas toys and gifts for two Lakewood families in need. They also delivered boxes of food for Thanksgiving last week. The families were identified through Communities in School of Lakewood and also the Tillicum American Lake Garden Community Services. The staff is not only collecting money and donations, but also working with Lakewood businesses and community agencies for assistance.
  • “…freezing for a good cause”: The Lakewood Youth Council volunteered along with their peers last Saturday to help “Pack the Bus” with gifts for needy children. At least two dozen high school students spent the chilly day in front of Clover Park High School encouraging drivers to drop off money or toys for this Caring for Kids project. This year the organization will help about 600 families – 2,300 children – with Christmas gifts. In early December, parents will “shop” for toys for their children at Hudtloff Middle School. One notable quotes from the a participant included: “I’m freezing, said 16-year-old Jordan Dacres, a CPHS junior who has been involved with the Youth Council this school year. “I’m freezing for a good cause.”
  • LPD Accreditation update: After months of hard work, the Police Department just completed the newest edition of the Manual of Standards. The MOS goes into effect on January 1, 2008 and will replace the original Manual that the department has been operating under since its inception in 2004. Implementation of the MOS is the last internal step towards accreditation.
  • Burglary resolved and suspect arrested: On November 26th, at 11:11 Hrs, Patrol responded to a suspicious person/prowler call on Lake City Blvd SW, which was a burglary in progress where the two suspects split up with one running northbound and one running southbound on Lake City Blvd. One suspect was chased down and apprehended by a neighbor. The suspect assaulted the neighbor and bit him in a struggle before officers arrived to take him into custody. Canine tracked for the second suspect but he was never located. Patrol did recover almost all of the property that had been taken in the burglary. Patrol was assisted by Traffic, NPO’s, SRO’s and investigators. The suspect was booked for Residential Burglary, Assault 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest and UPCS-marijuana.
  • Towne Center Robbery suspect apprehended: An LPD officer working off duty at the Lakewood Towne Center notified that a man had pulled a knife on a security officer who attempted to intervene in a shoplift of several items from Marshall’s. The suspect fled in his vehicle and left the Towne Center as the officer gave chase. The suspect was soon met by other LPD vehicles from the east and south; he then drove up onto the sidewalk and launched his truck several feet into the air when he struck a pile of dirt in a front yard. The vehicle landed on a mailbox and pieces of truck littered the roadway. In an attempt to avoid other officers, the suspect turned into an apartment complex. After he attempted to turn around in the cul-de-sac he was introduced to a successful PIT maneuver. He then fled on foot and was Tased and taken into custody.
  • Domestic violence felony arrest: Patrol responded to an address on 47th Ave. SW for a domestic violence with a gun call. After a few moments, we were able to call out the suspect and detain him without incident. The victim and suspect had gotten into an argument over custody of their daughter, and the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband and threatened the victim and said that the next time she sees her daughter it will be in a “body bag.” The suspect did not have the gun on him when he was detained but after an extensive search patrol located the fully loaded gun behind the apartment complex and an extra magazine in the dumpster. The suspect was booked for Felony Violation of a No Contact Order, Intimidation with a weapon, DV Felony Harassment and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
  • Special Ops Drug Bust: After a 2-month investigation, the Special Operations section authored a Search warrant on a suspected Marijuana Grow OP. LPD served the warrant and recovered 355 live plants, over an ounce of Methamphetamine, over 300 OxyContin pills, three handguns (one stolen), an SKS rifle, approximately $6,000 and seized and a 2006 Ford Focus. This was a very elaborate set up, with power being diverted prior to reaching the two unhappy individuals who went to jail.
  • Tillicum Robbery suspect arrested: A resident in Tillicum awoke to find his car being broken into. When he confronted the suspect, the suspect pulled a screwdriver and tried to stab the victim. The two got into a scuffle that went to the ground but the suspect was able to flee on foot. LPD located the suspect nearby and the victim identified the suspect who also had cocaine on him.