City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/17/05

June 17, 2005
To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Joint Retreat Reminder:  The City Council/School Board joint retreat is scheduled for Monday, June 20th at 4:00pm in the Executive Conference Room.
  • Latino Festival:  The Lakewood United Latino Festival will be held this Saturday June 18th from 1:00-6:00pm at Springbrook Park. This event is likely to be the largest Latino Festival to occur within Pierce County history. The event will host more that 50 vendors, low riders, classic cars, food, and educational booths. Their will be music, mariachis, charo's and other entertainment. The event is sponsored by the Lakewood Police Department Latino Police Advisory Board, The Safe Streets Coalition, the Pacific Neighborhood Association, Centro-Latino, the City of Lakewood, and the D.E.A.  Councilmembers are encouraged to attend.
  • Reserve Academy Graduation:  The Reserve Academy Graduation is this Saturday June 18th at 6:00pm.  We will have three graduating from this academy that was put on by the Fife Police Department.  All are welcome if you are interested in attending.  The ceremonies will be held at Pacific Lutheran University in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on campus.   It is in building #19 in the NW corner of campus. 
  • Update on Economic Development: Site work has started on the new LaQuinta Hotel on Pacific Highway at Bridgeport.
  • Adult Family Homes:  On June 15th, the Planning Advisory Board reviewed possible regulatory alternatives regarding adult family homes based on the premise that the City cannot regulate adult family homes differently than any other type of single family residential use. About 125 participants were at the meeting.  Staff listed 11 possible regulatory techniques.  The meeting provided the audience the opportunity to critique the alternatives, in addition to commenting on adult family homes overall.  Public comment was emotional and lively.  The Board directed staff to bring back a draft recommendation that included the following items:  1) requiring DSHS to establish an accountability board within Lakewood; 2) adopting a “zero tolerance” approach for property maintenance violations in all single family residential neighborhoods throughout the City; 3) requiring parking management plans for all home-based businesses; 4) strictly enforcing the International Fire Code accessibility standards on all non-standard road widths; and 5) requiring screening of certain sized refuse containers in all single family residential zoning districts.   The draft recommendation is to be forwarded to the Board within the next 30 days.  After that, the Board will finalize the recommendation for submission to the City Council.
  • Construction Bid Advertisement:   Public Works is presently advertising for construction bids for LID #1101 which is the Steilacoom Blvd and Lakewood Drive sidewalk improvements project. Also included in this project is the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Steilacoom Blvd and Hageness Drive. Bids are scheduled to open on June 28th.
  • SummerFest: At the grand opening of SummerFest on June 18th, traffic officers will be showing a motorcycle and a traffic car.  The Marine Services Unit will have two officers with the boat as well as bikes. SWAT will have two and an armored vehicle for the kids to enjoy.   Patrol will drive through during their slack time as well as near the end of the evening. All of the explorers will be there helping with the parking, crowd control, and the mass exodus after the show.
  • Firearms Simulation Training Simulator: Canfield & Associates’ FATS (Firearms Training Simulator) is coming to LPD June 27th through July 14th.   The training focuses on judgment.  However, the goal is to make officers more aware of safety so that they return home to their families after every shift.  Training participants are provided a fully functional modified weapon which uses a laser detected on a screen showing where the participant has hit or missed a target.  The participant must interact with actions or reactions of the life size on-screen actors to make split-second decisions on whether to shoot or not shoot.   The actions or reactions of the on-screen actors will vary depending on the participants handling of the situation.  Each participant will go through four scenarios and a debrief with the instructor, which will take approximately 40 minutes. Councilmembers are encouraged to come out and go through the simulator; please contact Charleen if interested. 
  • Senior Center:  Elizabeth Scheid, newly hired recreation coordinator for senior services, is off to a strong start as the City moves forward with its plan to begin operation the Lakewood Senior Activity Center on July 1st.  Programs will remain at the current senior services center located on the campus of Clover Park Technical College until renovations are completed at the Lakewood Community Center on Lakewood Drive later this summer.   Over 800 older adults are registered in this program and the City sought the input of many of them when designing the layout of the facility.  The new headquarters will fully meet the needs of active older adults long into the future. 
  • Ft Steilacoom Park:  56 City employees, and numerous police explorers, participated in work on the Fort Steilacoom play park construction last week.
  • Drug Seizure Update:  LPD has had nearly $117,000 in drug seizures in nine months of special operations work.  This contrasts to $11,000 for the first nine months of 2004. 
  • Management Team;  All City management team members participated in an all-day assessment and team-building retreat on June 14th.
  • Staff Teams:  Two groups of randomly-selected employees from each department participated in an organizational assessment with the city manager on June 7th-8th.