City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/16/06

June 16, 2006
To:          Mayor and Members of the Council
From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Housing Displacement Grant Award: Lakewood will be awarded a $30,000 grant from the Pierce County SHB 2060 and SHB 2163 Committee for Emergency Assistance Program to prevent homelessness by providing one-time assistance to 15-20 Lakewood residents who may be displaced from their homes through no fault of their own due to mobile home park closures. Lakewood's application also provided for a $10,000 General Fund local match in support of its commitment to the program for case management services.   State funding for the program is scheduled to be released in early September 2006.
  • PCRC Transportation Grant Approvals:  Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) last night approved the project grant funding list as recommended to them by the Transportation Coordinating Committee.  The list now goes to Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) for formal approval later this fall.  Once adopted, grants monies would be available in October 2007.  The project list includes two Lakewood projects: Gravelly Lake Dr Overlay (112th St to Bridgeport) with a grant of $761,200 and total project cost of $880,000; and 100th St pedestrian/bicycle facilities improvements fromGravelly Lake Dr to 59th Ave with a grant of $667,000 and total project cost of $1,145,000.  The 100th St improvement project is not anticipated to start construction until 2010, and it is therefore eligible for another $290,000 in contingency grant funding.  All projects are on our 6-year TIP.
  • Cross Base Connector Road: With respect to the projects that were in competition for $53 million in PSRC regional grants funds, the Cross Base Connector Road (Gravelly Lake Drive to Thorne Lane) was one of PCRC’s six submitted projects but did not make the funding list.
  • Sounder Station Pedestrian Bridge Proposal: Pierce Transit’s proposed Kendrick St pedestrian bridge access project was also approved by PCRC for its design phase.  This would be a joint project with the City and Sound Transit.  The estimate of the design phase was $840,000 and the grant award was $400,000.
  • GREAT Grant Awarded: The US Department of Justice has awarded LPD $216,000 for a Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) Program, which provides for a law enforcement officer to go into schools and teach gang-resistance to at-risk families.  GREAT, which is a companion program to DARE, has three parts; in school lessons for grades five and seven, after-school programs on parenting, and summer activities. Children and parents will be provided knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to resist the pressures of gangs.
  • Presentation on Drugs, Gangs, and Crime Prevention: Community Service Officer Gail Conelly gave a presentation on Drugs, Gangs, and Crime Prevention to 120 attendees of the Olympic Rental Association’s annual conference at the LaQuinta Hotel in Tacoma on June 10th.  The City of Lakewood was well represented with several attendees who own or manage property in Lakewood.
  • Eagle Point Home Owner's Assn meeting: Neighborhood Police Officer Angel Figueroa and Community Service Officer Mike Miller conducted a block-watch presentation to the Eagle Point Home Owner’s Association Members on June 7th, with about 25 residents in attendance.  Issues addressed were a recent burglary and trespass in the gated community. They discussed recent successes attained by the recent installation of stadium lighting in their locked RV parking lot, which has had zero prowls since the install, and also recognized that the drug/prostitution/loitering activity on the boat ramp road had come to a halt, again due to the lights.
  • State of the City presentation: The city manager presented a power-point program on the “state of the city” to Lakewood United this week. The program highlighted the priorities and challenges in Public Safety, Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations, and concluded with discussion about trust-building, improving communication, and community visioning.