City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/4/2011

November 4, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City of Lakewood Receives $5.7 Million Grant from Department of Defense: Lakewood received a $5.7 million grant from the Department of Defense to improve traffic circulation at Madigan Army Medical Center. Lakewood was one of eight successful applicants in the country that received a portion of the $300 million allocated by Congress for competition for transportation projects to improve access to military medical facilities affected by the most recent Base Realignment and Closure Commission round. Safety is of paramount concern to WSDOT, JBLM, and the surrounding communities. The project proposal provides additional capacity for those accessing Madigan and significantly improves public safety by reducing congestion on the ramps to I-5. The existing Berkeley Street interchange at Freedom Bridge is a two-lane structure with a one lane on-and-off ramp that do not provide sufficient capacity to meet demands especially during peak hours (morning, mid-day, and evening). The agencies and service providers throughout the region were strongly behind this project. The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Steering Committee at their meeting on September 30, 2011 unanimously approved the grant proposal.
  • Black Bear Safely Captured in Lakewood: A black bear was safely captured around 9:30 a.m. today after Fish and Wildlife agents shot it with a tranquilizer dart. The bear was seen running around Tyee Park Elementary School and jumping over fences before being captured in the Clover Creek area between the train trestle and Bridgeport Way. Fish and Wildlife reported that the bear was about 3-4 years old, 230-27 pounds and healthy. The bear will be examined by a veterinarian before being released in the wild.
  • City’s grant funded Bridgeport Way Street Improvement Project Underway: As part of the City’s grant funded Bridgeport Way (75th St to Leach Creek crossing) street improvement project, the City is currently constructing new retaining walls along Bridgeport Way in the area of Flanegan Road. The retaining wall work is necessary in order to widen Bridgeport Way to accommodate four thru lanes, a bike lane on each side, a continuous left turn lane and sidewalks. In order to fit this road section between the residences on both sides of the this section of Bridgeport Way and make it safe, the northerly 60 to 70 feet of the existing west side concrete retaining wall must be removed and replaced with a different configuration. This approach was the least costly and assures the safety of both the Bridgeport Way and Flanegan Street users. Work on removing this portion of the existing concrete retaining wall should commence in approximately one week.
  • Truck and Tractor Day: Truck and Tractor Day – an annual fun and free family event -- took place under beautiful blue autumn skies on Saturday, October 29th. Vehicles on display included tow trucks, fire engines, military humvees, infantry carriers, garbage trucks and our own everyday work trucks from Public Works and Parks Maintenance. The estimated crowd of nearly 1,000 attendees made this one of our most successful Track & Tractor days. Youth Council members assisted in all facets of the event, and were particularly helpful staffing the Pumpkin Patch – where many happy children were seen leaving the Truck &Tractor Day with decorated pumpkins and big smiles. Special thanks to the Recreation & Parks Maintenance divisions for organizing this successful event.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center Celebrates Halloween “Mad Hatter” Style: About 70 older adults celebrated a “Mad Hatter” Halloween at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center in “Alice in Wonderland” style. The event featured good friends, great food and “White Rabbits” for hosts. The group enjoyed listening to stories that were spooky and humorous at the same time. Pierce County Department of Emergency Management participated in the celebration by presenting their “Take Winter by Storm” program, which covered the basics for winter weather preparation. The information was underscored in handouts, and included a bonus flashing beacon for the older adults. Not only did everybody have a great time in “Wonderland”, they learned safety tips as well.
  • Human Services Relocates Displaced Female: Human Services worked with the West Pierce Fire Department to assist with the relocation of a single woman displaced after a fire on Saturday afternoon. The City’s Emergency Assistance for Displaced Residents (EADR) grant funds, managed by Human Services, allowed the female to be temporarily housed in a motel until permanent relocation is secured. Working with a local non-profit, Living Access Support Alliance (LASA), the individual was guided to Northwest Furniture where essential housing items including a new bed and mattress were provided.
  • CSRT Participates in West Pierce Fire & Rescues Pumpkin Patch: CSRT staff, along with the Pierce County Child Passenger Safety Team, participated in West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s annual Pumpkin Patch on October 22, 2011 at Station 2. Approximately 1,000 people attended the event. There were 30 car seats checked for safety, and 6 seats were provided to ensure that the children went home safer than they arrived. CSRT staff had a booth inside and provided information about child passenger safety, along with brochures providing crime prevention information to the attendees.
  • CSRT Participates in Pierce County Housing Authority (PCHA) Meeting: CRST staff participated in a monthly meeting of apartment managers and the Pierce County Housing Authority on October, 25, 2011. The group discussed PCHA’s successful partnership with the Lakewood Police Department and strategies for developing the same partnerships with other jurisdictions. PCHA adheres to rigorous screening criterion to promote safe, affordable housing for low-income residents. The meeting also addressed safety issues and the importance of engaging residents to create healthy communities.
  • LPD Provides Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Training to Clover Park Technical College: LPD staff recently conducted a series totaling 12-hours of RAD training. This class was sponsored by Clover Park Technical College and held on campus. It was attended by CPTC staff, students and other women from the community. Instructors from Tacoma Community College also assisted with the training.
  • City Staff attends Puget Sound Region Mass Transit Workshop: Lt. Steve Mauer represented the City of Lakewood at the Puget Sound Region Mass Transit Workshop held on October 27th. This workshop was sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and held at the Criminal Justice Training Commission facility in Burien. The workshop focused on three different scenarios that involved different levels of threat to the transit system, in this case, involving trains. The goal was to look for gaps in the ability for agencies to respond to these types of incidents.