City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/10/06

March 10, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • EDB Annual Meeting: The City participated in the annual meeting on March 10th of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, for which the City is a funding partner and the city manager is a board-member. Congressmen Dicks, Adams, and Reichert were present and participated in the program. The keynote speaker was Kent Harrington, a strategic business and government consultant, and his topic was U.S. relations with China.
  • Enforcement Action: The State Department of Health (DOH) has taken enforcement action against the Vagabond and Golden Lion hotels. The Vagabond was issued a notice of summary suspension. They must close and vacate the premises by March 14th, unless an appeal is filed. The Golden Lion has until March 20th to correct a list of violations or DOH will submit a “statement of charges” to the Attorney General and thereafter request charges and closure.
  • Crime Free Motel Training: LPD trained 23 Lakewood motel owners and employees on the Crime Free Motel Program. The 4-hour training program was taught in English and Korean, and includes four training modules, covering the Introduction to the Crime Free Motel Program, Working with the Police, Best Practices, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). The intent is to build a lodging business community that is safe and more attractive for the transient population in the City.
  • Wal-Mart Update: Wal-Mart will begin preloading operations on March 20th, with about 350 to 500 trucks trips per day, Mondays through Saturdays, between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM.    Public Works has placed restrictions on vehicle operations during periods of heavy traffic, in addition to dispersing the preloading routes. Preloading will last about 45 days. Wal-Mart has hired two off-duty police officers to assist with traffic control. Wal-Mart will be mailing out courtesy notices to surrounding property owners and businesses, to include contact telephone numbers should residents/business owners have questions regarding construction. Variable message boards will be installed along adjoining streets beginning March 13th.
  • Building Permit Activity: Building permit activity remains equal to last year, although permit valuations are down. Permit valuation for the months of January and February total $4,454,973. Community Development has received 297 building permits and 56 planning permits as of February 28th.   The following table breaks down timelines for approvals:
    Building Permits:

    No. of building permits applied for:

    No. of building permits issued:

    Planning Permits:

    No. of planning permits applied for:

    No. of planning permits issued:

    To-date, from January through February, 70% of all building permits were issued within 10 days of the application date. However, service levels may be impacted as a result of two recent building inspector resignations.
  • Police Training: Four officers attended a 32-hour Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) Instructor Update in Vancouver WA, in a course was designed to improve our instructor cadre in the areas of pursuit driving, decision making, and lower speed precision driving, and paid for by the State Traffic Safety Commission.  The course used Portland International Raceway’s track, an in-field autocross and the use of two skid cars.  Six detectives attended a 40-hour course on Child Fatality Investigations at the academy in Burien, also at no cost to the city. Another officer attended a 16-hour course on Less Lethal Munitions Instructor at the academy in Burien, also at no cost to the city. Side B of Patrol attended their second cycle of In-Service training, which includes Dealing with Mentally Ill, Low Light Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Biased Based Policing, Cultural Diversity and Legal Updates.