City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/04/05

November 4, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 100 Best Communities for Young People Award: Five delegation members (Claudia Thomas, Andie & Bill Gernon, Ria Johnson, and Edith Owen) representing the City of Lakewood, traveled to Washington, DC to be recognized for the 100 Best Communities For Young People award on November 2nd.  Although Lakewood is still recognized as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in the nation, Long Beach, California was the Region I (Western region) winner of the $20,000 grant from America's Promise 100 Best Communities for Young People.  The four other grant winners were Salisbury, MD; Houston, TX; Mankato, MN and Rock Hill, SC.
  • Lakewood Police Birthday Celebration: Lakewood Police held its first Departmental Awards and Recognition event on November 1st to showcase special programs and lifesaving actions by its officers. Also recognized were officers and employees who were founders of programs which were successfully started and would not be in progress without these individuals’ actions. Each was provided a certificate and a brick with their name and the name of the program they initiated. Volunteers who have provided 100 hours of volunteer service to the Department were also recognized for their contributions. 72 Awards and Recognitions were provided during the event.
  • Sound Transit Open House: Public Works participated in Sound Transit’s open house meeting on November 2nd on their Commuter Rail Station project at Pierce Transit’s Training Center.  The City had a display of its Pac Hwy improvement project from Bridgeport Way to 108th St SW.
  • Open Bidding: Public Works department open bids on October 27th on both a city wide street sweeping contract and storm drainage system cleaning and maintenance contract.  Four bids were received for the street sweeping contract and five bids were received on the storm drainage system cleaning and maintenance contract.  Preliminarily the total of the apparent low bid reflects a substantial saving over present budgeted costs.
  • Economic Development Corporation Board: The city manager was appointed this week to be the Pierce County Cities & Towns Association’s representative on the EDCB Board of Directors, which oversees distribution of economic development loans for new business development.
  • Front Desk Hours: Last month, the Police Department attempted to increase the hours of its Front Desk from 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM. The trial period demonstrated that citizens were forced to wait for service at the front desk and when calling in for service, because the front desk is generally handled by two Community Service Officers. We are now moving the hours of the Front Desk to 9:00 AM -5:30 PM, which will provide two CSO’s for most of the day and still provide citizens with the ability to make it to the Department after 5:00 PM.
  • Public Works Grant Applications:
    • Applied to Washington State Department of Transportation for a $2,700,000 Regional Mobility grant for the Lakewood Commuter Rail Station project.  Sound Transit (ST) asked the City to apply for this grant.  If successful ST would get $2,000,000 and the City would get $700,000.  ST would use their share to offset some of the additional costs associated with building a parking garage structure versus a surface parking lot.  The City would use its share to provide the pedestrian/bicycle link along Pac Hwy between ST’s rail station and Pierce Transit’s Park & Ride lot. No new match is required because submitted the entire ST/City project as the scope so existing budgets were the match.
    • Applied for an EDA grant of $924,000 for the extension of additional gravity sewers lines within the American Lake Gardens Area.  If successful, use of the grant is subject to whether or not the fronting property owners will provide the associated local match.
  • Police Training Bullets:
    • Three police officers attended a 3 week Collision Investigation- Technical course hosted by LPD. This is the third level of Collision Investigation courses that are beyond what is taught at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
    • Several more employees attended the Weapons of Mass Destruction recognition course offered by the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management.
    • Evidence Technician Terry Neumann attended a 40 course on Crime Scene Investigation at the Academy.  This will allow Terry to better assist in crime scene processing and evidence gathering.
    • Several Officers and Detectives attended the Fall Firearms in Service training at Bremerton’s Range.  This training focused on Low Light firing skills.