City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/26/05

August 26, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Heidi Wachter, Acting City Manager

  • Skatewave Demo Tour: Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Skatewave Demonstration at Harry Todd Park on Saturday, August 20th. Lakewood was one of just 33 cities selected to host a Demo Tour Stop. We had 66 riders and numerous spectators. Some By Sea provided great live music.
  • Car Theft Ring: Lakewood Dayshift Patrol Units, led by Officer Oscar Maysonet, responded to a LoJack Alert of stolen vehicle and located it at the Starlight Swap Meet.  In a team effort between Police Operations and the Criminal Investigations Unit Detectives, surveillance was conducted and two individuals were taken into custody after claiming the vehicle.  Further investigation led to a search warrant at a location in Tacoma and recovery of another stolen vehicle and further investigative leads.  A search warrant of a storage unit also turned up several stolen engines and parts. This has led to the dismantling of a car theft ring.  A job well done by patrol with great cooperation between units.
  • Volunteer Patrol Program: On Monday, August 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Lakewood Police Station meeting room the new, improved volunteer patrol program (a mobile block-watch)  met with key stakeholders  present.  The Parks Department , City Council, Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association president,  Pacific Neighborhood Association President, and several community members were in attendance. Darlene Picon, from Safe Streets, presented  many  aspects of the program at the meeting.
  • Steilacoom Blvd / Lakewood Drive Improvements – LID 1101: The contractor will begin work on this project the week of August 29th.  Work that week will be limited to mobilization and setting variable message signs informing the public of the construction zone.  After Labor Day, the contractor will start heavy construction and will need to have 24-hour closure of the outside lane adjacent to their work.  The contractor has been asked to limit their 24-hour lane closures to one direction at a time.  So, for example, the contractor will start on the north side of Steilacoom Blvd.  During this time, there will be only one travel lane westbound, and two travel lanes eastbound through the construction limits.  This staged construction and lane closure is required for a safe work zone for both the contractor and the traveling public.  The contract period is for 100 working days.
  • Farwest Drive Storm Drainage Improvements: The pipe work is almost complete on 116th Street (off Farwest Drive).  The contractor is scheduled to pave on September 9th.
  • Transportation Grant Applications: Grant applications are being completed for the following projects.
    • Pacific Highway – Gravelly Lake Drive to Bridgeport Way: We are applying for a Transportation Enhancement Program grant for design only.  There are no local funding match requirements for this grant program.  This project is part of the 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program (2006-2011).
    • Pacific Highway – 108th Street to SR 512 Park and Ride: We are applying for a Transportation Enhancement Program grant for design only.  There are no local funding match requirements for this grant program.  This project is denoted as a City commitment in the 2002 cooperative agreement with Sound Transit and it fills in the missing pedestrian link between Sound Transit’s new Commuter Rail Station and Pierce Transit’s existing Park-n-Ride facility. Sound Transit is still very much interested in seeing that these improvements get built.
    • Bridgeport Way – 83rd Street SW (in Lakewood) to 54th Street W (in University Place): This is a joint project between the City of Lakewood and City of University Place where we are applying for right-of-way and construction funding to complete roadway improvements along this corridor.  This grant program is called the “Corridor Completion Program” sponsored by the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).  We received previous federal grant money as a joint project with University Place to complete the design.  Again, this grant provides right-of-way and construction dollars.  This project (in phases), is part of the 6-Year Transportation Program (2006-2011).
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Bridgeport Way to Fairlawn Avenue: We are applying for a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Grant for completing sidewalks on this portion of Steilacoom Blvd.  This is a continuation project of our previously completed TIB project for the realignment of Gravelly Lake Drive at Steilacoom Blvd.  This project is part of the 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program (2006-2011).