City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/27/06

January 27, 2006
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Student Mock Trial: The Clover Park High School American Studies class is hosting a student Mock Trial and for the second consecutive year, the expertise of the City’s Legal Department Attorneys has been called upon to help these students prepare in a trial strategy session on January 27th.
  • AWC Legislative Conference: The city manager, mayor, and government relations director attended the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Conference this week in Olympia. Much discussion centered around the success of the Streamlined Sales Tax proposal which had just been approved unanimously by the State Senate. Governor Gregoire was the keynote speaker at the session.
  • SWM check from Pierce County: The City received a check from Pierce County in the amount of $529,089.64.  These Surface Water Management (SWM) designated funds had been held as part of an understanding between the County and City until all outstanding claims were resolved for storm events that occurred around the time of City incorporation.  The last claim was recently settled.
  • Automated Photo Enforcement: The City has advertised a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Automated Photo Enforcement Program.  This program includes vendor support for red light running enforcement and speed enforcement in school zones.  A vendor contact should be ready for presentation to Council in March.  In the interim, the City’s current contract for red light enforcement will remain active and may be expanded to add school zone speed enforcement.  Before resuming the school zone speed enforcement program, we will begin notification of residents through media and newsletters.  The City will issue warnings only during the first two weeks of school zone speed enforcement.
  • ID Theft Ring Busted: Lakewood Police, University Place Police, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Secret Service concluded a year long ID theft, fraud and forgery investigation this week.  The joint investigation resulted in the arrest of numerous individuals who have been operating this sophisticated criminal enterprise statewide over the last three years, and were responsible for losses to the business community and individuals in excess of $1 million.
  • LPD Command Staff Selected For County Incident Management Team: Assistant Chiefs Dave Hall and Tim Lopez were recently selected for membership in the Pierce County Type 3 Incident Management Team.  This team, comprised of public safety and emergency management professionals from agencies throughout the county, is designed to augment incident command staff during major incidents and events throughout the county, and the State. Both Hall and Lopez are attending a 6-day long training course in Puyallup this week, which includes advanced incident command skills, and features instructors with extensive experience assisting during the World Trade Center, Oklahoma City, and Hurricane Katrina Disasters.
  • Closure of the Bridgeport Bar and Grill: The owner of the Bridgeport Bar and Grill has accepted the City’s revocation of his license to operate this business.  The City’s Building Official coordinated a multi-jurisdictional inspection of the establishment, finding electrical, building code, fire code and health-related violations at the business.  On December 29, 2005, the Building Official posted the building as unsafe to enter or occupy, and then a few days later, a notice was issued declaring the building unsafe and dangerous.  The owner at first appealed the City’s action, but then dropped the appeal.
  • 24th Annual Traffic Safety Superstars Award: Lakewood PD is one of several agencies set to receive recognition for its participation in a federally funded pilot program. This group of agencies made up the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) project enforcement team. In 2005, LPD worked in partnership with WSP, Lacey PD, Everett PD and several other agencies to reduce truck/car collisions on I-5.   The program was very successful, and the officers and the department will receive an award as part of a ceremony February 9th.
  • Homeless Coalition: On January 26th, General Service participated with members of the Homeless Coalition in the annual count of homeless individuals throughout Pierce County. The homeless count, a requirement of the federal government, serves as a basis for funding and planning decisions in Pierce County. It also serves as a basis for tracking and monitoring homelessness as part of the 10-Year Plan to end chronic homelessness and reduce homelessness by 50% as provided for in SHB 2163. Locations where homeless census was taken included in and around roadsides, bowling alleys, taverns, restaurants, stores, dumpsters, Labor Ready, hotels/motels, and fire stations.  Homeless counts were taken in Lakewood and the Lakewood Area Shelter Association provided bed count information.
  • Wellness Snowshoeing Trip: The first snowshoeing trip for the employee Wellness program had 10 people participate. The weather was good and the company even better as the group followed the Nisqually Loop trail at Mt. Rainier.