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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/25/2013

October 25, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular study session on Monday, October 28, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Sound Transit Long Range Plan update.
  • Review of the parks and streets survey results.
  • Review of proposed amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to general business licenses.
  • Point Defiance Bypass Rail update.
  • Legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda update.
  • Review of the 2014 state government relations contract.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report.
  • Clover Park School District Board Report.
  • Public Hearing on 2014 property tax levy.
  • Bid award on city-wide safety improvements.
  • Bid award on traffic signal upgrade at Custer Road and John Dower Road.
  • Approval of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $50,000, for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
  • Adoption of the legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda.
  • Adoption of a state government relations contract.
  • Approval of an interlocal agreement with the cities of Tacoma, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department relative to the auto crime enforcement task force to respond and investigate auto thefts.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Celebrate Make a Difference Day Saturday in Lakewood

Help celebrate Make a Difference Day in the City of Lakewood by participating in this national day of community service Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Kick-Off event will feature a food drive benefitting the Emergency Food Network (EFN), and all attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items. The Kick-Off event will take place at Lakewood City Hall; 6000 Main Street SW. Refreshments will be served beginning 8 a.m.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a welcome and an overview of the various projects by the Lakewood Youth Council. We will leave for the individual project sites by 8:50 a.m.

The event is hosted and coordinated by the Lakewood Youth Council and will feature community service projects at:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park with the Grave Concerns Association
  • The West Pierce Fire & Rescue Pumpkin Patch
  • The Lakewood Community Garden
  • A beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary

If you are a Clover Park School District student, these hours will count toward your community service hours as required by the International Baccalaureate Program. Help make a difference in our city by participating in this year’s event.

For additional information, please contact

Dennis Higashiyama

Youth Council Advisor

(253) 983-7835

Let’s Walk to School

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

7:20-7:45 A.M.

Living Stone Church to Dower Elementary

The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District invite you to a Walk to School event promoting October as the International Walk to School Month. Family and friends are encouraged to walk with students. Volunteers will be positioned along the route for safety and education. Sponsors will provide snacks, beverages, and free giveaways.

This event promotes walking for:

  • Physical activity
  • Teaching safe walking skills to students
  • Reducing traffic congestion, pollution, and speed near schools
  • Taking back neighborhoods for people on foot
  • Sharing time with community leaders, parents, and children

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 12-18, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 20 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Parks and Recreation Update

Truck and Tractor Day

Over 1800 people joined the City of Lakewood for the 8th annual Truck and Tractor Day where kids were able to enjoy large trucks and big rigs including a cement mixer, school bus, fire engine, SWAT vehicles and tractors provided by many Lakewood companies. After climbing on all the Trucks and Tractors, honking horns and making lights flash kids were able to enjoy the pumpkin patch where they received a FREE pumpkin that they could decorate on-site, a FREE hayride around Fort Steilacoom Park and just added this year, Pumpkin Chunkin’. It was a wonderful day at Fort Steilacoom Park, with the biggest crowd we have ever seen for the amazing community event. The weather was cold but dry, a perfect fall day, and families had a fabulous time!

Super Hero 5K

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. . .nope it’s the Super Hero 5K. Last weekend the City of Lakewood hosted the first ever Super Hero 5K with 25 participants racing through Fort Steilacoom Park. It was a great first time event with wonderful costumes and very enthusiastic participation!

Community Safety Resource Team Update

On October 18th, Community Service Officer Gail Conelly participated in St. Clare Hospital’s annual safety fair event. The event is geared towards employees, but was also open to the public. CSO Conelly handed out crime prevention information, as well as presented information regarding personal safety at home, work and play. The event was attended by approximately 60 employees and several members of the public.

Community Development Update

South Sound Military Communities Partnership (SSMCP) Project Manager Dan Penrose attended this month’s Pierce County Growth Management Coordination Committee (GMCC) meeting and made a presentation on the Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Joint Land Use Study project. The GMCC is a technical review committee that provides recommendations to the Pierce County Regional Council; it members are planning officials representing the cities and towns in Pierce County.

Sound Transit is now in the process of preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to update its long range plan. The Supplemental EIS focuses on establishing new high capacity transit routes throughout the Puget Sound region for possible inclusion in future funding plans. A Scoping Information Folio is available that provides additional information. The Folio and other project information can be reviewed on the Sound Transit website at <http://www.soundtransit.org/LongRangePlan >.

On November 1st, the community development department closes down its “old” permitting software system and brings online its new permitting software. The changeover has been underway throughout the year and is almost done. This last week is going to be challenging. The department is in the process of converting active files received in the last several months into the new system. On top of that, training is underway and we are keeping the permit counter open while we perform the changeover. As best we try to have this process go smoothly, we are expecting to find some “bugs” in the system. Some customers may experience delays. The community development department is asking for the public’s patience.

Economic Development Update

Tacoma Chamber Annual Lunch

Economic Development Department representatives attended the Tacoma Chamber Annual Luncheon. Keynote speaker Mark Lautman, Economic Architect, noted that Tacoma and surrounding areas are actually in a good position for future growth. While growth is expected to remain slow, our many assets and the ability to attract talent is high. Transportation/warehousing, extractive industries, manufacturing, exporting and all things innovative will be crucial to a thriving community. A looming shortage of qualified workers began in 2007 and has placed the world on the path of a growing inverted labor supply. Of the many sectors not being addressed adequately, Lautman said home-based work, health care, and manufacturing are at the top. It’s no longer an option to “just hang on.” Those who adopt “The Gumption Cycle,” of believe-think-care-plan-invest-succeed will thrive. Workforce, education, and economic development must work together. Among attendees were Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, and U.S. Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/18/2013

October 18, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Recap of the 2013 Lakewood Farmers Market.
  • Proclamation recognizing St. Clare Hospital for supporting the Lakewood Farmers Market.
  • A public hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
  • Appointment of Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
  • Resolution authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 28, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Sound Transit Long Range Plan Update.
  • Review of proposed amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
  • Review of the parks and streets survey results.
  • Review of State government relations contract.
  • Legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda update.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

On October 17th, The City of Lakewood joined millions of people worldwide who practiced how to drop, cover, and hold on at 10:17 a.m. during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The annual event encourages people from around the world to practice earthquake preparedness.

Live United in 2014 Campaign

On October 16th, The City of Lakewood held a Silent Auction to raise money for the United Way. The following link has pictures of the items that were auctioned off. J:\Shared\United Way\Silent Auction The auction made just over $960.

New Hudtloff Middle School

This brand new 95,000 sq. ft. school is now open. On time and under budget, the project is part of a $92 million bond approved by Lakewood voters in 2010. Bond monies are also being used to build a new elementary school for the consolidated Oakwood and Southgate Elementary Schools; and to build the new Harrison Preparatory School (scheduled for a mid-2015 opening) in partnership with Clover Park Technical College.

Legal Department Update

Last week, City Attorney, Heidi Ann Wachter, Matt Kaser, and Anita Booker-Hay attended the 2013 WSAMA Fall Conference in Walla Walla, Washington.

Prosecution Update

During the week of October 7-11, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 11 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 6 charges were filed in Court and 3 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Police Department Update

Lieutenant Steve Mauer retired from the Police Department on October 15, 2013 after 28 ½ years of service in the law enforcement profession. Lieutenant Mauer has been a member of the Police Department since 2004. Lieutenant Mauer has accepted a position as Director of Security at Western State Hospital.

People on the Move

Lieutenant Heidi Hoffman will be taking over Patrol Specialty in place of Lieutenant Dave Guttu.

Lieutenant Dave Guttu will be taking over CSRT in place of retired Lieutenant Steve Mauer.

Please congratulate our two newest promotions:

Lieutenant John Unfred newest Professional Standards Section Lieutenant.

Sergeant Jeffrey Carroll newest Professional Standards Section Sergeant.

Parks and Recreation Update

Truck and Tractor Day This Saturday!

Don’t miss Truck and Tractor Day this Saturday, October 19th – a fun, FREE, family event presented by the City of Lakewood, at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave. SW) from noon – 3 p.m. Last year over 500 people joined us for these Fall festivities. Join us this year for the greatest event yet!

This annual event features many activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Hay Ride, Pumpkin Decorating and just added this year Pumpkin Chunkin’. The main attraction of the event includes lots of trucks and tractors of all different sizes including a cement truck and a fire engine. Children will have the opportunity to climb on these big rigs and see what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Each child will receive a FREE hard hat (while supplies last).

For more information, please call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department at (253) 983 – 7887 or visit us at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com .

Oakwood After School Program

This program which is a partnership with Oakwood Elementary, Communities in Schools (CISL) and the City of Lakewood began this past Monday serving nearly 100 students. The school provides the students, CISL provides funding and the academic program and the City provides the Healthy Start program. The coordination of each component provides a complete program covering academics, nutrition and physical activity for a healthier child.

City Hall Art Exhibit

A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Vera Beaumont is now being displayed on the first floor at City Hall. A local resident, Ms. Beaumont features a variety of flowers in her paintings. Almost all of her “models” are grown in her garden. Originally from England where she began her study of art she now calls Western Washington home. This exhibit is presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

Property Cleared for Development

The Community Safety Resource Team has been monitoring the property located at 5915 Lake Grove Street SW for several years. Past owners have neglected the dilapidated house and warehouse on the property. The property attracted vandals and other criminal activity which absorbed police resources. CSRT contacted the current property owner. The owner responded quickly and demolished the structures. The property is now ready for development.

Public Works Update

Lakeview Ave/100th St Intersection Improvements

The City has been working with Sound Transit to address a problem with truck turns at the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and 100th St. Specifically, southbound Lakeview trucks turning left onto eastbound 100th Street. This is the direct exit out of the Lakewood Industrial Park so there are a significant amount of trucks. The 100th Street railroad crossing was improved as part of the Sound Transit project to include median curb on 100th all the way to the cross walk; unfortunately, we did not catch this issue as part of the recent improvement project. In response, the City reviewed the turning radius from Lakeview to 100th. It is a bit tight for the largest trucks. There is a relatively simple fix which includes removing some median curbing (approximately 10 feet) and moving back the opposing left turn (stopped cars) stop bar back about 10 feet. We are in the process of coordinating with Sound Transit to ensure they are “OK” with the solution as it relates to the adjacent railroad crossing. The Public Works Department will be doing the improvements.

Community Development Update

New National Guard Readiness Center at Camp Murray

The News Tribune recently reported that the Washington Military Department (WMD) will be building a $33.6 million National Guard readiness center totaling three stories and 97,000 square feet at Camp Murray’s Washington State Guard Headquarters versus in Buckley. We understand the WMD ran into some environmental issues on the proposed Buckley site that were going to be too expensive to address. Once opened, the WMD will be relocating about 40 full-time employees to Camp Murray while another 339 soldiers will use it for weekend training exercises. On Wednesday of this week, the Community & Economic Development Department made contact with WMD’s traffic consultant. While the proposed project is not within the City’s municipal boundaries, we are setting up a pre-application meeting to review the proposal to include project consistency with Camp Murray’s master site development plan and the status of project permitting (SEPA & building permits).

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/3/2013

October 3, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a Council Retreat on Saturday, October 5, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, Executive Conference Room 3A, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the Retreat include:

  • Proposed State Legislative Agenda

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 7, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report.
  • Presentation of the 2013-2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar. - Custer Elementary and John Dower Elementary Schools
  • Proclamation declaring the month of October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. - Ms. Miriam Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA
  • Proclamation of appreciation of the Lakewood Subchapter of the Association of United States Army for support of the Raider Return event. - Ms. Tammy Hemmie, President Lakewood Subchapter, Association of the United States Army
  • Clover Park School District Board Report.
  • Setting Monday, November 18, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed vacation of a portion of 104th Street Court South right-of-way.
  • Setting Monday, November 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2014 property tax levy.
  • Reappointing Susan Coulter and Kathy Flores to serve on the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2016.
  • Appointing Michael Erickson and Charlie Maxwell to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2016.
  • Appointing Kathleen Lind and Mumbi Ngari-Turner to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board through September 20, 2016.
  • Appointing Robert Estrada to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2015.
  • Approving the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Act policy statement and funding priorities.
  • Pledging $310,000 of City funding to the Transportation Improvement Board for street improvements on South Tacoma Way from Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street.
  • Declaring an emergency for waiving competitive bidding requirements for awarding necessary contracts to repair the roadway and drainage systems on Zircon Drive relative to a landslide to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, in the amount of $426,003, to conduct a Joint Land Use Study for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities.
  • Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Pierce County Flood Control District relative to the allocation of Opportunity Fund revenues.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of October 14, 2013:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood Arts Commission.
  • Review of an Interlocal Agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

Topics of Interest and Updates

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During the month of October, The City of Lakewood and the Dollar Tree Corporation are partnering together to collect donations on behalf of the Pierce County YWCA. Personal hygiene products will be collected for victims of domestic violence. Purchase your items for donation at participating Dollar Tree Stores today! City employees can purchase items for donation or bring in donations to the 3rd floor counter of City Hall.

United Way Kickoff Campaign

This Wednesday the City participated in a kickoff event for Lakewood’s United Way Campaign.

$314.00 was raised for the United Way in lunches and raffle ticket sales. Thank you to all who participated to this worthy cause.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 23-27, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 41 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 28 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Last weekend, three of our attorneys, Heidi Ann Wachter, Anita Booker-Hay and Matthew Kaser were presenters at the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Annual Convention. Heidi and Matt provided an overview of Administrative Hearings while Anita gave an overview of the law in the wake of passage of Initiative 502 that legalized recreational marijuana use.

Public Works Update

Heavy rains over the weekend and thru Monday resulted in a washout of the hillside associated with one of City’s storm drainage out falls off of Zircon Drive in the vicinity of the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club facility (8100 block). As a result in order to protect and save the balance of the City’s storm drainage system within the area including potentially Zircon Drive itself an emergency was declared which enabled the City to immediately hire Northwest Cascade Inc to restore and stabilize the hillside and reconstruct its drainage outfall system. Its estimated there is about two weeks of emergency work which will probably end up costing cost around $80,000. The picture below gives perspective of the extent of the slide. The picture was taken midway down the slide area looking up towards Zircon Dr. Thanks to an extensive flood plain area at Chambers creek no slide debris reached the creek itself and the water quality leaving the slide area was observed to be clear prior to it entering the creek.

Parks and Recreation Update

Youth Leadership Summit

Members of the Lakewood Youth Council will be attending a statewide youth leadership summit in Shoreline on Saturday, October 5th to discuss “Teen Voice & Advocacy for change in our communities”. This will be an opportunity to exchange information on what the different groups have been doing in their communities and to discuss what goals they have for the future. One of the goals of the summit itself is to keep these leaders connected throughout the year so they can support each other in their goals, check on each group’s progress on their projects and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.

UPS Students to Create a Business Plan for the Lakewood Farmers Market

The City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is working with a group of students from the University of Puget Sound’s Business Department to create a comprehensive business plan for the Lakewood Farmers Market. This business plan will outline ways the Farmers Market can improve and will include a marketing plan and growth plan to address environmental and social obstacles. It is expected to be completed by the end of November and will be a part of a presentation to City Council in early 2014. The 2014 Lakewood Farmers Market is set to open the first Tuesday in June at Lakewood City Hall.

Police Department Update

U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., was killed on Sept. 21 along with 32-year-old Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, of Denver, Colo., and 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, of Ramsey, N.J., when their unit was attacked during range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting a firing range training exercise, when according to NATO, an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform turned his weapon on the U.S. soldiers. Strickland, an Army Green Beret, graduated from Etowah High School before joining the Army in 2008. He was assigned to the First Battalion 1st Special Forces Group out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He is survived by a wife, a son and two daughters. Lakewood Police will honor Special Forces Sergeant Joshua Strickland by escorting Sgt. Strickland and his family to a funeral home in Auburn and then to Mount Tahoma National Cemetery this weekend.

Court Compliance Officer Graduates

Court Compliance Officer Sean Dunn graduated from the Criminal Justice Training Center Correction Academy on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Please join us in congratulating him on a job well done.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/11/2013

October 11, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a Study Session on Monday, October 14, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood Arts Commission.
  • Review of an Interlocal Agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • A public hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
  • Appointing Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
  • Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

Topics of Interest and Updates

On October 7, 2013 Colonel Getchell of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade thanked the City of Lakewood for the Raiders Return Welcome Home Event. He presented the Council with a framed action board of photos of soldiers while in Afghanistan.

On October 7, 2013 Mayor Anderson presented a proclamation of appreciation to Ms. Tammy Hemmie President of the Lakewood Subchapter Association of the United States Army for support of the Raider Return event. He then recognized other Lakewood Subchapter board members who contributed in sponsoring the event. A video of the event can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/76070106

 

On October 7, 2013 Mayor Anderson presented certificated of appreciation to art contest winners from Custer and John Dower Elementary Schools for producing the 2013-2014 Storm water Pollution Prevention and Conservation calendar.

 

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 30-October 4, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 37 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 26 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Last week, City Attorney, Heidi Ann Wachter, attended the 2013 International Municipal Lawyers Association Fall Conference in San Francisco, California. Ms. Wachter currently serves as IMLA’s Washington State Chair.

Public Works Update

In the next few days the Public Works Department will be launching a pilot safety project at 3 cross walk locations with the intent to verify whether the project provides any beneficial level of added safety to the pedestrians using the cross walks. The three cross walks are 1) 59th Ave at the Old Country Buffet, 2) Main St between Barnes and Noble and the DHSH building and 3) Washington Blvd at Lake City Blvd. The intent of the project is make pedestrians more visible to drivers when crossing the street at non-signalized crossings by providing them flags to wave as they cross. At these locations there will be receptacles stocked with hand held flags on each side of the street. Upon a pedestrian crossing the street they can pick up a flag on one side, wave it as they cross and deposit in the receptacle on the other side. Before studies have already been completed at these crossing and after studies will follow once pedestrians have adjusted to this new option. The Public Works Department will monitor and assure that the receptacles have sufficient flags therein.

Public Works Projects Out to Bid

The Public Works Department put two safety grant projects out to bid this week: 1) Custer / John Dower Traffic Signal Improvement Project which will upgrade the existing signal by replacing the current span-wire with a new signal bridge; and 2) Citywide Safety Improvement Project which will upgrade 49 traffic signals throughout the city with upgraded signal heads (larger, more visible displays) and operations including flashing-yellow-arrow (FLY) operations. The two projects received over $1.0 million in Federal Safety Grant funding with zero city matching funds anticipated. It is anticipated the projects will be recommended for award at the first City Council meeting in November.

Economic Development Update

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Lakewood’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) invited 16 grant requesters to their meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd. The requesters made presentations asking for a total of $489,440 in grant funds. Projected 2014 grant fund earnings do not allow all projects to be recommended. LTAC’s funding recommendations, which totals $394,040, next go to the Lakewood Council for final approval in late November or early December-2013.

Business Outreach

Economic development is increasing outreach and support of local businesses. Meetings with resource and regional partners continue to be crucial as a part of our business retention and expansion program. One of the many topics covered in our outreach is the government shutdown and how different industries are calculating and anticipating the monetary effects of this situation. There is still much to be learned, but the more communication we have the better position we will be in to help. We are encouraging businesses to contact us. Congressional staff is interested in meeting with businesses to provide support. We met with companies in the financial, hospitality, transportation, retail, manufacturing, and distribution industries over the past two weeks.

Pierce County Procurement Forum

Representative from the Community and Economic Development Departments attended the annual procurement forum last Friday. The workshop included a session on how to procure state certification as a minority business and information specific to women owned businesses. The Tacoma School District reported they received a new bond for $500 million in construction projects to be distributed over the next ten years with $63 million planned for 2014. They spend $50 million in supplies and services yearly. Washington State Department of Defense (DOD) spending dropped from $13 billion in 2012 to $6 billion in 2013. JBLM Army Corps of Engineers supports five Multi Award Task Order Contracts that each span five years. They spent $110 million in 2012 and $55 million in 2013 mainly for operations and maintenance, with some new construction. The State Department of Enterprise Services is a fairly new office combining printing, personnel, procurement, and small business assistance. With the new governor’s push for innovation and to “do something different now,” the office has added an array of business services, translations in Spanish, and Korean, “pre, pre-bid meetings,” and a new requirement for contract inclusion plans. These allow for set-asides like the DOD for veterans, women owned businesses and disadvantaged businesses. Many Lakewood businesses could take advantage of these revenue streams. Contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or for resource connections including where to find contract opportunities. DOD spending information can be accessed through www.usaspending.gov .

Redevelopment Advisory Board Meeting (REDAB)

At the REDAB meeting this week Henry Liebman, Attorney and Principal of American Life, Inc. presented information on the EB5 program. EB5 is an immigration program that allows individuals and their families to invest in projects that create new jobs in the United States in exchange for a “green card” and eventual permanent U.S. citizenship. Lakewood has an EB5 regional center and Mr. Liebman is working with a Lakewood client to raise considerable funds around an I-5 project. For information on EB5 visit: /government/departments/economic-development/business-financial-assistance/foreign-investment-regional-center-eb5 . Public Works Director Don Wickstrom and City Attorney Heidi Wachter presented a sign code amendment to allow service and way-finding signs in the city. REDAB and other members of the city and community are being asked for input on the proposed amendment prior to being revisited again by the City Council.

Police Department Update

Three Officers Graduate from Academy

On Thursday, October 10th, Officers Jordan Feldman, Jessica Vanzant and Skylar Eastman graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA). Officer Jordan Feldman was the class president and gave the class speech. We are extremely excited and happy to welcome them to the Police Department and are looking forward to working with them.

Community Development Update

On October 10th members of the Community Development Department conducted a meeting with local planning directors and JBLM representatives to discuss the contents of the Joint Land Use Planning Request for Proposal (RFP) scope of work. In attendance were planning professionals from Pierce and Thurston Counties, Thurston County regional Planning, Lacey, Tacoma, Yelm, and DuPont. Amendments to the scope of work were suggested and approved. Representatives were selected to sit on the interview panel. Release of the RFP for consultant services is scheduled for October 17th. The RFP proposals are due November 20th. The interview and selection process will begin on December 17th.

October 10th Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, previous Lakewood Mayor Bill Harrison, and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson were present as Assistant City Manager for Community Development Director Dave Bugher made a presentation to Rallypoint 6 on the current efforts of the South Sound Military Communities Partnership (SSMCP). Mr. Bugher discussed the JBLM Joint Land Use Study, the current effort to update the military preference survey, and the upcoming SSMCP Membership Forum scheduled for November 14th.

Municipal Court Update

On Friday October 4, 2013 Court Compliance Officer Sean Dunn graduated from the Corrections Officers Academy class #424. The Corrections Officer Academy provides 160 hours of training to employees whose job functions include custody, safety and security in jails. This prepares the graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of a complex job. Please feel free to congratulate CCO Dunn when you see him in City Hall.

Save the Date

Coffee with the Mayor will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 a.m. at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center. Guest speakers will be Ernest Heller-Judge and Deana Wright-Court Administrator who will give a Municipal Court Update.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/27/2013

September 27, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

On Monday, September 30, 2013 the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA. The items for discussion include:

  • Review of proposed transportation improvements and funding options.

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 the City Council will hold a special meeting at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room 3A Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA. The items for discussion include:

  • Review of proposed State Legislative Agenda.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council regular meeting of October 7, 2013 include:

  • Presentation of the 2013-2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar. - Custer Elementary and John Dower Elementary Schools
  • Proclamation declaring the month of October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
  • Setting Monday, November 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2014 property tax collection.
  • Appointing individuals to the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2016. Appointing individuals to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2016.
  • Appointing an individual to the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2015.
  • Approving the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies and proposed use of funds.

Topics of Interest and Updates

New Communications Manager

The City is pleased to announce and welcome Brent Champaco as Communications Manager. Mr. Champaco will be responsible for coordinating and leading all citywide communication efforts. He will begin work on October 21, 2013.

Mr. Champaco comes to the City with 15 years of media, journalism, community outreach, and social media experience. Many of you may know him as the current Senior Local Editor of the local AOL Patch.com or his time as an award-winning journalist with The News Tribune that included covering the Lakewood community. Mr. Champaco holds a BA in Business Administration-Communication from Washington State University and is working on completing his Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 16-20, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 34 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Economic Development Update

Filming for Local Economic Benefit

Economic Development staff met with representatives from Washington Filmworks (WFW). They encourage growth in the film and video production industry for the economic benefit of Washington State by offering production support and location scouting. They are looking for available filming venues in Lakewood and photos of unique offerings as well as empty warehouses, diners, coffee shops, jail cells, decommissioned schools, hospital rooms (i.e. CPTC new health sciences building), high school tracks, and individual homes. If you are interested in submitting any properties, contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or email . You may also contact WFW directly through their website at www.washingtonfilmworks.org . Films can provide a positive economic impact to a community.

Company Celebrations

The Lakewood Chamber provided a blue ribbon cutting ceremony for Delong’s Deluxe this week. After just over six months in business, the company has far surpassed their expectations and they have hired 16 employees.

Sound Glass celebrated their 30th Anniversary this past week with a catered lunch, tours, and prizes for attendees. The company is expanding their showroom here in Lakewood and adding to their manufacturing/warehousing space.

Community Development Update

On Thursday, Principal Planner Dan Catron met in Tukwila with several planners from other cities and Association of Washington Cities representatives to discuss proposed changes to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). In 2012, the Legislature passed 2ESSB 6406 directing the Department of Ecology to review and update all exemptions listed in the code, and otherwise find ways to streamline the process. The rule-making activity has been going on all year with various iterations of amendments being proposed. This final round of comments is due to Ecology on October 3rd.

The Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board (LHAB) met on Thursday night. The Board received information from Ms. Emmalou Lyle regarding Fort Steilacoom Living History Day. The Board then discussed proposed changes to the City’s landmarks code, appointing a subcommittee of members to work with a subcommittee of the Council to improve the code. The Board also reviewed the latest draft of a self-guided automobile tour map that is being funded by the City’s lodging tax. Final comments on the map are expected by Tuesday.

Public Works Update

Public Works recently applied for an enhancement Grant thru Puget Sound Regional Council to improve 111th/112th St with pavement widening, bike lanes, sidewalks, street lights and other amenities. Due to submittal deadline the application was submitted predicated upon an unsecured financial commitment from Sound Transit. The project is estimated to cost $1,780,000 and would link the recent improvements on Kendrick St including the pedestrian bridge over to the Sounder station to the existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities on Bridgeport Way. The City’s grant application was destine to go nowhere without a secured commitment from Sound Transit for which the City now has received and much thanks for same goes to go to Councilmember Moss and County Executive McCarthy for their support of the project. While the grant process is a competitive process and the outcome is yet to be determine the City now has a very competitive project in the mix and thus a good chance of at least getting the environmental, design and right of way phases funded which is estimated to cost $260,000. Further once plans, permits and right of way are all secure grants for “shovel ready” projects are much easier to secure.

Parks and Recreation Update

September 28, 2013 is Fort Steilacoom Living History Day. In cooperation with Smithsonian Museum Day, Fort Steilacoom will come alive as reenactors live and work as soldiers, officers, their wives, children and friends. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place on the grounds of Western State Hospital.