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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/24/07

August 24, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Gambling Moratorium: The Planning Advisory Board met this week and requested preparation of a resolution of intent to be reviewed on September 5th, reflecting a motion it made and accepted, recommending that the City Council extend the current gambling moratorium pending additional study of the gambling issue.  The extension is requested to review any available studies regarding effects of gambling and to conduct public hearings.
  • 104th Neighborhood Traffic Control Meeting: Public Works hosted a neighborhood meeting this week for discussion about 104th between Lake Louise and Hipkins. With about 40 in attendance, there was an opportunity for questions to be answered about various community concerns about speed and safety. While there were differing viewpoints about speed limits, there was strong support for consideration of sidewalks. There appeared to be a strong lack of support for traffic calming devices. Staff will review the input with the Citizens Transportation Review Committee.
  • Meeting with Port Executives: The city manager met this week with the Port of Tacoma’s executive director, board president and other senior staff to discuss the Port’s interest in the American Lake Gardens industrial park area.
  • Sewer Project Update to Rotary Club: Transportation Division Manager Desiree Winkler was the speaker at the Clover Park Rotary Club this week, as Public Works presented an update on the Tillicum American Lake Gardens sewer project. The project is 60 percent through design at this point.
  • Lakeview Light and Power franchise: The negotiation process for a franchise with Lakeview Light and Power is close to completion at the conclusion of this week’s meeting with their management. The franchise should be ready for discussion with the City Council in the next 60 days.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/17/07

August 17, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • New Gas Main: Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be installing a new gas main within Bridgeport Way from Mt Tacoma Dr to Steilacoom Blvd starting August 27th. PSE’s work is a precursor to the city’s street improvement project through this same section which is anticipated to start later this year. PSE will be replacing its vintage gas main with a more appropriately-sized main as well as making other betterments to their system. PSE’s work within the travel lanes will be restricted to night time hours (7:00 pm to 5:30 am) and should last for one month.
  • State City Managers Conference: There were about 80 participants at the annual Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) conference this week in Walla Walla. The work sessions included economic development, revitalization of boulevards/downtowns, implications of climate change in the Pacific Northwest, performance management systems, recent developments in labor law, cultural change in organizations, and innovation in leadership roles. Key presenters included the director of the State Community Trade & Economic Development Department (CTED), the executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), and the president of the Alliance for Innovation. Lakewood’s city manager was the conference planning chair and is now the WCMA president.
  • Police Accreditation: Lakewood police are now entering the final year of a three-year process to receive national-level accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA is the premier accreditation agency in the nation. The beginning years are developing policies, procedures and training consistent with the 400(+) standards (best practices) for law enforcement operations published by CALEA. The final year is the self-assessment, requiring the Department to gather “proofs” and reports documenting that it’s meeting all required standards. The self-assessment includes a courtesy review by inspectors from Departments who are already CALEA accredited. In December 2008, we will receive the actual CALEA assessment from certified CALEA commissioners. The process is so comprehensive and intense that many Departments require an initial and then a follow up assessment to gain final accreditation. There are less than 5% of agencies nation-wide who have gained CALEA accreditation, and only 13 in the state (none thus far in Pierce County), so the project is an ambitious undertaking for this very new department. However, it’s aimed at ensuring we’ve designed operations from the beginning at the highest possible standard. We intend to pursue accreditation until we are successful. In a related development, Officer Jeff Carroll, our training and accreditations officer, was recently selected as President of the Northwest Police Accreditation Coalition, a grouping of Northwest departments who support each other in obtaining either national or state level accreditation.
  • American Lake Boat Launch Improvement Project Update: After an extensive state shorelines permitting process (13 months), the City is ready to start construction on the American Lake Park project. Contracts with the Department of Fish and Wildlife were executed and materials were delivered to the site to start the boat launch portion of the project. Due to high water levels on American Lake the construction schedule was adjusted. We moved the in-water work till later in the season and proceeded to start the upland improvements. Construction drawings and technical specifications were completed and the project was put out to bid. Bids on May 21 came in significantly higher than expected. After some value engineering exercises and looking at reducing the impacts to current boat launch users this season, we will postpone construction until after the summer boating season. The project will be implemented in three phases:
    • Phase one: Boat launch renovation – construction period October – December, 2007
    • Phase two: Piling and dock work – construction period December, 2007 - February, 2008
    • Phase three: Upland improvements – construction period October, 2007 - April 30, 2008
    Dates are estimated. Site conditions, weather, and product availability may all contribute to changes in our schedule. We may need to change some of the design and product specifications to meet available funding. We will maintain the overall goal of improving access and use of the American Lake Boat Launch and ensure the sustainability of this site for many years to come. The City of Lakewood has requested extensions on all grant and agency agreements, so that loss of any current funding should not occur.
  • LPD Evidence Room Audited: The Lakewood Police Department Evidence Room was audited last week as a part of the City’s annual state audit. State auditors reviewed accountability of evidence; the auction process for evidence not able to be returned to original owners, the destruction process for evidence required to be destroyed, and the security system for our temporary evidence room. Particular emphasis was placed on evidence associated with seized drugs, guns or money. The audit was completely clean, no findings and no comments.
  • DUI Emphasis: LPD has received funding approval from WTSC to participate in the “Drive Hammered Get Nailed” campaign beginning Aug 15th and running through September 3rd. August, historically, is one of the deadliest months for traffic fatalities and Labor Day weekend is one of Washington’s deadliest holidays, averaging more than eight deaths each year, safety officials say. The campaign is a joint effort of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, local law enforcement agencies and the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Task Force

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulleting 8/3/07

August 3, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Environmental review of Tillicum/American Lake Gardens sewer project: This week, the City issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Tillicum/American Lake Gardens sewer project. This is one of the more significant milestones that have to be accomplished prior to beginning sewer line construction.
  • Street Lighting in Springbrook: The new street lighting system along Bridgeport Way within the Spring Brook area from I-5 to San Francisco Ave has been installed and is operational.
  • STW and Steilacoom Blvd Drainage Project: Beginning next week, the S Tacoma Way and Steilacoom Blvd Drainage Improvement project will be out for bids. This project involves redirecting the outlet of the existing drainage system that presently services the intersection as well as a significant portion of 88th St easterly to a publicly owned and operated system. This project would eliminate flooding in the area, and by redirecting flow into a public system, maintenance of the system can readily be performed. The project involves reconstructing about 1000 linear of undersized storm pipe within the travel lanes of Steilacoom Blvd and accordingly is being bid for night time construction work.
  • City assists with USGA Junior Girls Championship: The LPD Explorers served as volunteers at last week's USGA Junior Girls Championship. They received glowing praise from Jack Butson, Parking/Security Committee Chairman, on behalf of the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. An excerpt of the thank you note reads, “In addition to serving as much needed volunteers, they were delightful individuals to get to meet and work along side. Their supervisor, Officer Cheri Gumm, was a great help and her guidance to my parking committee was greatly appreciated. In addition, Sgt. Joe Kolp was a great asset in putting me in touch with the individuals that I needed to contact to make it all happen. Everything ran smoothly and the USGA personnel in attendance were quite impressed. Again, thank you to Lakewood's Finest...”
  • AG’s Domestic Violence Advisory Group: Ann-Marie Dvorak, Victim Advocate in the City’s Legal Department, has been asked to join the Domestic Violence Advisory Group being formed by the Attorney General’s Office.
  • National Community Crisis Response: Victim Advocates Rebecca Hendricks and Ann-Marie Dvorak successfully completed the National Community Crisis Response Team Training, when they attended the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference on July 24-26, and are eligible to respond to local and national emergencies.
  • Sewer connection across 104th: On August 4th, a developer will be making a sanitary sewer connection across 104th street at Butte Drive, and both Butte and 104th St will be temporarily closed off. Detours routes will be marked and advance signage has been posted. A Public Works construction inspector will be on site during the construction activities.
  • Bridgeport retaining wall: The construction of a retaining wall on the west side of Bridgeport Way between Leach Creek and Flanegan Road is planned for action shortly. The purpose of the retaining wall is to be able to cut back on the property slope to provide additional sight distance to the vehicles exiting Flanegan Road, as well as allowing for the future construction of the ultimate improved roadway section through the area. The inclusion of artistic features into the project, since it’s adjacent to the City’s entry way, is expected to be accommodated within the project’s budgeted amount. Public Works well present the two wall design concepts that have been developed to the Art Commission on August 6th.
  • Employee Wellness Program: The Spring Alive with 5 & 5 campaign has come to an end. The City of Lakewood team collectively participated in 225,456 minutes of physical activity over ten weeks. The team achieved 163% of the overall collective goal.
  • Habit for Humanity house: Lakewood building inspectors reported that the City’s first Habit for Humanity house on Yew Lane SW in Lakewood was completed and signed off this week. Inspectors said the house turned out very nice, and was very well built, considering it was the work of a group of volunteers, and that they were a pleasure to work with

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/10/07

August 10, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • National Night Out: Lakewood NNO had 48 events and almost 4,000 participants join us in our observance this year. This represents a reduction of two events from last year, but an increase of over 1,000 participants. We distributed almost 1,800 pandemic preparedness kits. Thanks to everyone who participated in this event for connecting with our citizens and underscoring again the critical importance of City/police/community partnership. Special thanks to the many police and firefighters who supported this event to the fullest. Special thanks also to our sponsors; particularly Puget Sound Energy, Target and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. And very special thanks to Mike and Sharron Kanter, our volunteer event coordinators.
  • Neiditz elected president of WCMA: Lakewood city manager Andrew Neiditz was elected this month as president of the Washington City/County Managers Association, and will take office at their annual conference in Walla Walla on August 16th. He has served as WCMA vice president for the last year. He will also serve on the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) board as part of his new WCMA role.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center 2nd Annual Summer BBQ: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated the season with our 2nd Annual Summer BBQ on August 2nd. This year’s event was a western hoe down. There were over 100 participants and they were all dressed in their western wear. We celebrated with great food, live music, and good company.
  • Cascades Sunoco in the Lakewood Industrial Park: The City’s economic development administrator and EDB’s David Nishamura met this week with the plant manager for Cascades Sunoco as part of an annual business retention/assistance program. Casades Sunoco is an international firm with 102 plants and 12,000 employees specializing in paper and roll packaging. The Lakewood facility is located in the Lakewood Industrial Park and employs 45. The Lakewood plant provides roll packaging products to U.S. and Asian customers.
  • Pierce Transit: The city manager met this week with the CEO of Pierce Transit to review the agency’s long range expansion plans at their headquarters facility in Lakewood.
  • Lakewood Homicide Suspect Arrested in California: The City unfortunately recently experienced the homicide of a three-month-old infant. The father of the child, who was the primary suspect, fled to California. LPD located him there approximately one week after the homicide and coordinated his arrest with the help of local law enforcement. He was interrogated by LPD detectives once in custody, has subsequently has been charged with Murder 2, and now faces extradition back to Washington State.
  • Chip Sealing Update: On August 13th Pierce County maintenance crews will commence chip sealing the 3 areas associated with our 2007 roadway chip sealing program. Those areas, which have been posted on the city’s web site (Department/Public Works/Capital Projects/Chip Seal Program), are: 1). area located between Elwood Dr SW, Hipkins Rd SW, Angle Lane SW & Steilacoom Blvd SW; 2). area located between 86th St SW, Custer Rd SW, John Dower Rd W & 70th Ave Ct SW; and 3). area known as Southgate area.
  • 108th Traffic Control Program meeting: In association with the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Control program, Public Works and the Citizens Transportation Review Committee held an informal meeting on August 7th with area residents and the users of 104th St between Idlewild Rd and Lake Louise Drive. About 67 citizens were in attendance. A second meeting has been scheduled for August 23rd at 6:30 pm in City Hall to enable those who may have missed this first meeting due to National Night Out an opportunity to express their concerns. Under the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Control Program, Phase I measures (non evasive measures including targeted police enforcement) proved not be effective and thus the emphasis has moved to Phase II measures (physical features, traffic circles, etc). There will be no action report developed until input from the second meeting is gathered.
  • Pacific Highway State Enhancement Grant: The potential $3 million State Enhancement Grant for the Pacific Hwy Improvement project (Gravelly Lake Drive to Bridgeport Way) cleared another hurdle as the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board has approved it as one of the 3 projects they will forward to WSDOT for the next phase of the FFY 2007-2009 Statewide Enhancements Competition.
  • Sewer Project Funding: The ALG/Tillicum sanitary sewer project has made the funding cut off list in this round of Public Works Trust Fund loan monies. We made application for approximately $1,800,000 for which roughly $1,130,000 is associated with providing financial assistance to individual property owners for their respective connection costs.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulleting 7/27/07

July 27, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • National Night Out Events in Lakewood: On August 7th, over 40 neighborhoods in Lakewood will be observing Night Out Against Crime. Almost 3,000 Lakewood residents are expected to take part in this year’s observances. This is the 24th year of the international observance of law enforcement-community partnerships working together to remove crime and drugs from their neighborhoods. Lakewood’s additional theme is Preparing for a Possible Pandemic. “Pandemic Preparedness Kits” will be distributed to event participants. Police and fire departments will visit NNO events, as will elected officials, NNO sponsors and honored guests. The Lakewood NNO events are sponsored by the Lakewood Police Department and the Safe Streets Campaign.
  • Traffic Calming Public Meeting: In accordance with the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Control program, the Public Works Department has scheduled a public meeting with the neighborhood residents and the users of 104th St from Lake Louise Dr. to Idlewild Rd. The meeting is to discuss traffic calming measures there and will be held at Lakes High School on Tuesday, August 7th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
  • News Tribune Coverage of Volunteers at Lakewood Police Department: Volunteer Disabled Parking Enforcement Coordinator Kristy Kernen will be “shadowed” by reporter Rob Tucker and his camera man while on “DPE training” duty Friday July 27th, from 1300-1500 hours. The article is expected to be published on July 29th.
  • Abatement Cleanup On Nixon Ave: A City-hired abatement contractor began work on the cleanup of a house and property contaminated from illegal methamphetamine production on Nixon Avenue SW, just 300 feet from Fort Steilacoom Park. While working through the legal and contracting process, the City had the house boarded up as an emergency measure, as the owner/meth-cook kept breaking in, and realtors were reportedly taking people through the contaminated house. The cleanup should be complete shortly, and a buyer is waiting to purchase the house as soon as the City and the Health Department release it.
  • Clover Park School Superintendent: The city manager met this week with the newly-appointed CPSD executive team, Superintendent Al Cohen and deputy superintendent Debbie LeBeau, to ensure continued coordination of cooperative and joint efforts between the City and the District.
  • LPD Firearms Instructor Training: Range master and LPD Officer, Brian Wurts took LPD’s firearms instructors to a WSLEFIA (Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association) training event last week. LPD took third in the three gun competition (only a couple second spread from first to third) out of many agencies from around the State and Canada. One of our instructors, Sergeant Ralph Evans, took first in the shotgun category. All of the instructors attended numerous four hour blocks each day to include tactical rife (taught by Massad Ayoob who is a nationally know firearms instructor) and handgun teaching techniques taught by another nationally known instructor. Four of the instructors attained the Glock armorer certification so we now have an adequate number for a department of our size. The LPD program meets or exceeds National and State standards, and our LPD firearms instructors are building a great reputation for our own program and our skill set.