City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/14/05

October 14, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Construction Update: Street improvements (LID 1103) at the Pacific Hwy and Gravelly Lake Drive intersection began this week. Construction is scheduled to last approximately one month.  The project includes the installation of street pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalks and one street light along the Pac Hwy/Gravelly Lake Dr frontages of the Union 76 gas station/mini-mart. Also included are curb radii and related sidewalk improvements on the northwest corner.

    The Lakewood Water District has started a water main upgrade project on Pacific Highway from Bridgeport Way to 112th St.  The project is estimated to last 3 months. Their work is the result of a coordinated City/District effort to minimize future dig-ups of the City’s pending the Pac Hwy reconstruction improvement project.
  • Planning Advisory Board: This week the Planning Advisory Board conducted a kick-off meeting regarding work release and essential public facilities, with about 40 people in attendance.  The public participation plan was reviewed, along with proposed timelines, and growth hearings board decisions regarding work release.  Attendees included citizens from both Steilacoom and Lakewood, and representatives from the Steilacoom City Council, the Historical Steilacoom School District, Department of Corrections, Keep Lakewood and Steilacoom Safe (KLASS), and Progress House.
  • Colonial Motel: With the combined support of the Lakewood Fire District, LPD, the State Department of Health, and the State Department of Labor & Industries, the City’s Building Official declared the Colonial Motel unsafe this week.  Inspections revealed numerous and imminent life safety violations which compelled the immediate closure of all commercial/residential operations.  Both the City’s Building Official and the State’s electrical inspection field supervisor caused power to be disconnected because of imminent fire and shock hazards.  About 60 tenants were affected by this action, and were assisted in relocation by the City’s human services staff along with local volunteers.  A very special thanks go to Martha Larkin, Melissa Cordeiro, the Lakewood Area Shelter Association (LASA), representatives from the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities (TACID), and Network Tacoma.
  • American Lake Boat Launch: The City of Lakewood received notice that we may receive a $600,000 state grant to redevelop the boat launch located at American Lake Park.   Site improvements will include demolishing and removing the structures on the property, adding parking, redoing the circulation pattern to open up access to the three launch ramps, adding transient dock facilities and other park amenities.  Total project estimate is $800,000.  The American Lake Improvement Club donated $5,000 towards the project.  Staff is looking for additional resources to fund the remainder of the project.  Our intent is to begin construction in late spring and finish before the summer boating season.
  • Walk Across Washington: Lakewood was one of92 cities participated in the Association of Washington Cities’ Walk Across Washington, with 69 walkers including 50 staff members. Our walkers ranged in age from babies in strollers to active older adults from the Lakewood Senior Center, and they walked together from City Hall to Active Park on Wednesday at noon.   This walk kicked off a six week walking program which challenges everyone to continue a commitment to physical activity.
  • Closure of Papayas: A notice and order to revoke their business license for one year was served October 10th on the Papaya tavern on South Tacoma Way, due to on-going criminal activity.   The owners have 10 days to close the business or request a hearing.
  • Gang Training at Clover Park High School: LPD has prepared a gang training presentation for CPSD staff and will present it at the High School this week for the first time, as a prelude to training in both high and middle schools.
  • Police Chief speaks to Neighborhood Meeting: On October 3rd, Chief Saunders was the speaker at a neighborhood association meeting at the Lakewood Oaks Development, with about 20-25 people present. Chief Saunders spoke about goals including responsiveness to speeders and property crime.
  • First meeting of the Regional Vice Task Force: Representatives from LPD, Fife PD, King Co Sheriff, the PC Health Dept, Safe Streets, attended the first meeting of the Regional Vice Task Force in Fife this week.  The intent is to follow these strategy sessions with a multi-jurisdictional prostitution emphasis each month. The task force will conduct its first full operation in November.  The first John School will also launch in November.
  • Chiefs meet with Ft Lewis commanders: Lakewood Police Senior Leadership held a successful meeting on October 12th, with Colonel John Lehr, commander of the 2 Cavalry Regiment, LTC Alfredo Mycue, his 2nd Squadron commander, and their Command Sergeants Major of the 2nd Calvary Brigade to discuss cooperative programs to ensure the safety and discipline of soldiers and their families while in Lakewood.
  • WSP Meets with LPD: Thursday, October 13th, Lakewood Command Staff met with Lieutenant Julie Johnson of the Washington State Patrol and two of her command Sergeants to discuss State and City law enforcement cooperation.
  • Patrol Play of the Week: On October 8th, at 0549 hours Sgt. Kolp, Officers Wurts, Wiley, and Herritt were dispatched to a possible vehicle prowl in progress at 8308 Berkley Street. The reporting party indicated she had witnessed two subjects break the passenger side window of a vehicle and were stealing multiple items. The officers observed a subject inside the vehicle. That subject was immediately taken into custody and search incident to arrest showed the suspect had possession of the victim’s credit card. After securing that subject, the officers began looking for the second subject, who was located in some nearby bushes and also had possession of several of the victim’s items. The charges include Theft 2nd, Theft 3rd, Vehicle Prowling, Malicious Mischief 3rd and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Another great example of Lakewood’s Finest!
  • Special Olympics Final Talley: The funds raised from LPD’s four Special Olympics fund-raisers in 2005 exceed $5,000, gaining us honor unit recognition. The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference will be held this month in Minneapolis. Honor agencies are allowed one member to attend at conference expense; Sergeant Alex Kasuske led our effort and will represent us.
  • Diversity Grant. Thanks to a Diversity Grant from the Association of Washington Cities, interested employees attended two workshops on September 29th. .  Participants in the first class, You and Your Cultural Awareness, learned how cultural norms affect the workplace, and The Gender Communications Differences workshop promoted the best possible communication and understanding between men and women in the workplace.