City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/15/05

July 15, 2005



To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Bridgeport Closure: Construction begins on the Leach Creek Culvert Replacement Project on Monday, July 18th.  The project is located on Bridgeport Way at the city limits with University Place.  Work includes replacing a 5’ diameter culvert which is located approx. 25’ below the road surface.  A larger replacement structure will allow fish to pass further upstream and thus open up additional habitat for salmon and other fish.  To accommodate the culvert replacement, Bridgeport Way will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning Saturday, July 23rd.  The closure will be between 67th Avenue in University Place and Meadow Park Road in Lakewood.  Notices were hand-delivered to the properties most closely affected, and the contractor is required to display timely readerboard announcement both north- and south-bound.  A detour route will be posted during the closure.  The entire project is scheduled for completion in mid-September.   Please contact Greg Vigoren, ext. 7771, Public Works Dept., if you have any questions about the project.  We are thanking everyone in advance for their patience.
  • Building Permit Statistics: The new building permit valuation for the end of June, 2005 is $4,253,481.64.  The total building permit valuation from January though June, 2005 is $24,552,612.85.
  • HR Grant: Congratulations to the Human Resources Department for their successful grant application to AWC for a $1,000 Diversity Learning Grant. The training funded is targeted for this year and includes:  Attitudes Towards Differences, Gender Communication Differences, and You and Your Cultural Awareness.
  • City Connections: Attached for Council’s information is an outline of topics for the next City Connections newsletter.
  • Traffic Safety Camera Summit: The Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the City of Lakewood are sponsoring a one day traffic safety camera summit on August 5th at the SeaTac Marriott Hotel, 3201 South 176th Street, in SeaTac, (206) 241-2000, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.  Presentations on camera enforcement issues that arise for law enforcement, court personnel, attorneys, public works, and engineers will be addressed. The Summit is free to all interested city and county officials.  Lunch and coffee will be provided.  Attendees should register in advance so that sufficient lunch will be available.
  • Crime Free Business Seminar: The first ever Crime Free Business Seminar will be on July 26th at St Clare Hospital Resource Center from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  Safe Streets Campaign is partnering with the Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and St. Clare Hospital to present this breakfast workshop.   Learn about Identity Theft, Methamphetamine and Other Drugs, Counterfeiting, and updates on crime trends.  There will also be an opportunity to meet and discuss your concerns with your local Lakewood Community Service Officer or Safe Streets Campaign representative. Reservations are through the Lakewood Chamber at 582-9400; prices are   $15 Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Members, $20 non-members, $25 at the door.
  • Veterans Support Commercial: Patrol Sgt Joe Kolp has been picked to be the lead speaker during a commercial showing how the State supports its veterans. The commercial will be filmed at the State Capital on July 18th, and includes the Governor and a few hundred people in the background.   Sergeant Kolp will be wearing his LPD uniform in the commercial.  This will be shown on all TV stations.
  • LAAPAC/COPS: On July 9th, the Lakewood Police Department in cooperation with the Lakewood African-American Police Advisory Committee (LAAPAC), the Daniel Chappie James Masonic Lodge Chapter and other community organizations sponsored the Come Out and Play Sports event at Springbrook Park in Lakewood. The event was a success, reaching out to nearly 50 young people in our community and providing a safe, fun environment to break down some of the barriers between the Police Department and the community. The events included 3 on 3 basketball, touch football, chess, dominoes and volleyball.   Helping to make this event possible was the support of local businesses and organizations including, Saar’s, The Tacoma Grocery Outlet, the Lakewood QFC and Safeway, the Clover Park School District, the Lake City Community Center, L&L Printing, the Lakewood Fire Department, Lakewood Explorers Post 253, the Lakewood Community Service Officers and most importantly the Lakewood Parks and Recreation.
  • YMCA: There have been a few serious police calls at the YMCA Friday Late Nights events.  One involved a young male run away from the location after he was spotted with a gun in the locker room.  They have also had a disturbance or two in the parking lot during closing time at midnight. The YMCA and LPD have implemented several new procedures to ensure that further incidents do not occur and that there is an increase in the safety of the guests and staff.   The YMCA and LPD have a strong partnership in protecting the children and young adults in the community.  Out teams agree that the main goal is to create a safe and healthy environment for the children to have a good time and give them an alternative to being on the streets causing problems.
  • Lakewood Idol: 29 singers auditioned Thursday night at Lakewood’s Idol competition.  Contestants ranged in age from 12 to 40 and types of songs ran the gamut from ballad, hymn, hip-hop, country and an acappella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  Eight finalists stood out for their singing ability and showmanship.  These contestants will perform in the Lakewood Idol final competition at the July 26 Concert in the Park.