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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/4/06

August 4, 2006

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:        Mayor and Members of the Council

From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Meeting with DOC: The city manager and police chief met with Harold Clarke, head of the State Corrections Department (DOC), along with Prosecutor Gerry Horne and representatives of the City of Tacoma and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, to discuss offender re-entry to community initiatives. Secretary Clarke responded to our inquiry about Progress House by stating that Western State Hospital is not his preferred location, and that the DOC is actively pursuing other sites. In a press release on August 3rd, DOC announced it will begin a search for potential locations for new work release   facilities in communities where they do not currently exist.
  • Grant received for DUI patrols: LPD has received a $1,500 grant for DUI patrols from August 18 through September 5th, to cover 4 shifts of 6 hours duration within the City.
  • Lakewood Idol:  A highlight in the summer concert series last week was the final competition for the title of Lakewood Idol.  Eight finalists, ranging in age from teens to 40+, entertained a large American Lake Park audience with their singing skills.  The judges selected Tara Williams, a 21 year old who will represent Lakewood at the Puyallup Fair competition.
  • Happy Days Casino employees trained on Raising the Bar and Gang Awareness: Lakewood Police Department and Stated Liquor Control Board gave two hour training on August 2nd to 18 Happy Days Casino employees on “Raising the Bar” (Crime Free Bar Training) and Gang Awareness.  Happy Day works under a crime prevention agreement as it was identified as an establishment with frequent repeated violent calls for service.
  • PSRC Project Funding: It’s official.  PSRC has formally acted on the recommended project list for federal grant funding through 2008-2010, and the City’s two projects that were on the recommended list were approved.  The City received $761,200 (total project estimate is $880,000) for the asphalt over lay of GLD from 112th to Bridgeport and $667,000 (total project estimate is $1,145,000) for the improvement of 100th St with curbs and sidewalks from GLD to 59th Ave.  100th St is on the contingency list for another $290,000 should additional grant funding become available in the interim period.
  • City Staff to Ride Courage Classic: The City has a strong tradition of participation in this important event, which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Sexual Assault Center.  This year, City staff members who will be riding all 162 miles (over 3 days, crossing Snoqualmie, Blewett, and Stevens Passes) are: Heidi Wachter (Team Captain), Greg Vigoren (9th consecutive year!), Dan Penrose, Sara Milbauer, Marc Amrine, and Nadine Mitsch.  Dave Hall and Dave Guttu are helping organize and staff the combined Clover Park/Lakewood/Tacoma South Rotary rest stop at Nason Creek.
  • Police Explorers assist at Crime Scene: Excellent assistance was provided by the LPD Explorer Post for a crime scene search on July 29th.  Upon request for assistance, they were able to quickly assemble a 7 person team to assist in searching for a pistol used in a Homicide.  Due to the diligent and thorough search by the team, the pistol was located.  Along with recovering a vital piece of evidence, the gun was recovered before it may have been found by children in the area.
  • Towne Center Business Watch: the Towne Center Business Watch held their quarterly meeting on July 27th at the Lakewood Police Station.  The group discussed the crime statistics and trends affecting their business area.  Staff discussed the recent vandalism occurring in the Towne Center and explained the need to report suspicious people and vehicles, and also presented the new shoplifting program for businesses that should be in place this fall.  The consensus from the group was that the shoplifting program will be a positive change for all involved.
Building Permit Activity
 
Number of Building Permits Applied For
Number of Building Permits Issued
July 2005
132
127
August 2005
183
181
September 2005
137
133
October 2005
164
162
November 2005
129
120
December 2005
132
113
January 2006
150
124
February 2006
147
113
March 2006
145
127
April 2006
145
120
May 2006
166
134
June 2006
188
164
July 2006
152
137
 
 

Land Use Permit Activity

 
Number of Planning Permits Applied For
Number of Planning Permits Approved
July 2005
21
15
August 2005
18
17
September 2005
26
21
October 2005
19
17
November 2005
21
18
December 2005
27
11
January 2006
26
20
February 2006
30
17
March 2006
42
37
April 2006
35
24
May 2006
33
22
June 2006
31
23
July 2006
30
17
 
 

Building Valuation Totals

 
Total Permit Valuation
July 2005
$1,824,850.67
August 2005
$14,150,764.00
September 2005
$9,495,158.28
October 2005
$6,050,496.85
November 2005
$9,079,928.98
December 2005
$3,909,768.83
January 2006
$3,377,064.98
February 2006
$1,077,908.30
March 2006
$8,861,148.72
April 2006
$2,896,237/61
May 2006
$5,218,230.81
June 2006
$15,785,082.98
July 2006
$12,856,056.34
 
 

Pending Pre-Application Conferences (August 1 – August 31, 2006)...................6

 
Renewed Business Licenses.......................................................................................1724
Business Licenses within Lakewood still on Notice.................................................435