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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/1/07

June 1, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Asphalt Overlay – Bridgeport Way and Custer Road: The overlaying of the intersection of Bridgeport Way and Custer Rd, which is part of this year’s asphalt overlay contract, will commence on Monday June 4th. The contractor is limited to doing this work during the night time hours of 7 PM to 5 AM. This work will be completed on June 15th. To do this work on Monday through Friday during the designated work hours, Bridgeport Way will be closed to thru traffic and Custer will be limited to one lane in each direction. During the work hours local access traffic will be allowed on Bridgeport Way but all through traffic will be detoured over to Lakewood Drive. All affected businesses and residences have been notified as well as the School District and emergency responders. Reader-boards on Bridgeport Way and Custer Rd informing the driving public of this pending work have been up since June 30th.
  • Neighborhood Traffic Control Program: A Neighborhood Traffic Control Program has been implemented on 104th Street between Lake Louise Drive and Idlewild Rd as a result of citizen complaints. A speed study has confirmed excessive speeds (7mph over posted speed limit). Phase I measures including targeted enforcement have not been successful in reducing speeds, and we are presently evaluating Phase 2 measures including the installation of permanent traffic calming devices. Accordingly, a survey is being sent within the next week to adjacent property owners, to include a total of 282 survey letters, seeking their input on 6 possible measures. Once the results of the survey are compiled a public meeting with all stake-holders (adjacent residences, School District, public safety and CTRC) will be held to discuss the pros and cons of the preferred traffic calming measures. Implementation of traffic calming measures may be dependent on available funding.
  • Gravelly Lake Association Meeting: The city manager was a speaker at the annual meeting this week of the Gravelly Lake Association on the subject of street ends. The proposed strategy was presented in regards to extensive community input, the September informational meeting, development of criteria for assessment by the PRAB, and the role of the City Council in determining policy after recommendations are developed later this fall. The meeting was well attended and there was quite a bit of dialogue, and questions and answers.
  • Storm Damage Claims: In regards to the December 14th wind storm, the City has been notified that $52,219 of the $63,853 in claims submitted by Public Works has been approved by FEMA as eligible cost for reimbursement, at an 87.5% reimbursement rate, which totals $45,692. In addition, Parks will receive $1,626.64 and Police will receive $979.76 for their respective claims. Most of the FEMA non- eligible costs related to the preventive action the City took to remove a potentially hazardous tree at 9 Forest Glen, and the City will now pursue restitution of its expenses from the property owner. Official notice to the last remaining nine of the original 61 properties who have yet to remove their December 14th wind storm trees from their fronting street right- of-way will be sent this week. These notices will give the property owner until June 15th to remove the debris; noncompliance could result in a $500 fine for violating city code.
  • Torch Run: A statewide “Torch Run” is held each year prior to the opening of the Special Olympics Washington Summer Games. Police officers carry the “Flame of Hope” across the state in a relay that culminates at the SOWA Summer Games Opening Ceremonies at McChord Air Force Base. This year’s event took place on June 1st as the torch passed through Lakewood on its way to the opening ceremony at McChord, with staff at City Hall cheering our officers on.
  • Sewer Project: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the City of Lakewood released this week the American Lake Gardens/Tillicum Sewer Extension Project Environmental Assessment (EA). The release of the EA initiates a 30- day comment period which expires on July 7th. Public Works has maintained an extensive list of individuals who have expressed interest in the sewer project, and these persons will receive written notice of the availability of the EA. Copies of the EA are available at Lakewood City Hall (second floor), the Lakewood and Tillicum libraries, and online at www.cityoflakewood.us, starting early next week.
  • Abatement Report: Code Enforcement completed the physical abatement of a long-time nuisance property in Tillicum, removing two houses and two mobile homes that were heavily contaminated from methamphetamine production, three sheds, two cars, and three septic tanks, leaving a clean, vacant lot. The largest abatement conducted by the City to date, the final cost for this abatement is expected to be $37-40,000. Legal filings and hearings must still be conducted by the Legal Department. Additionally, staff issued an abatement order for a vacant, dilapidated house in Lake City, which has also been the repeated site of drug activity, and is receiving bids for the abatement of a dangerous carport and junk vehicles on a third property. The division is also preparing an abatement order for another long-standing nuisance property, in Woodbrook, containing three illegal and/or dilapidated mobile homes and a dilapidated house.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/25/07

May 25, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Lakewood Senior Center Open House: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated its first full year at the new location on Lakewood Drive with its Second Annual Lakewood Senior Activity Center Open House held on May 17th, with well over 125 guests in attendance. Many diverse vendors and booths were displayed throughout the center including AARP, Lakewood Police and Fire Departments, Therapeutic Footwear, and St. Clare Hospital. Word is spreading about the many programs we offer for Older Adults. The event would not have been nearly as successful without the great help of our many volunteers.
  • Seatbelt Enforcement Project: LPD is currently participating in a nation-wide seatbelt enforcement project. The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission has awarded grant funding for 45 extra patrols from 21 May through 3 June, 2007. The patrols focus on nighttime seatbelt use, LPD is conducting enforcement at all major intersections throughout the city.
  • Victim Rights Conference: Ann-Marie Dvorak of our Legal Department attended a Victim Rights Conference in Portland on May 18-19. The Conference focused on successful, effective implementation of constitutionally protected crime victim rights. Although crime victim rights are mandated, implementation strategies are still evolving.
  • Motorcycle Safety Update: Officer Jeff Hall is scheduled to coordinate efforts with Puget Sound Safety as a part of the Department’s partnership with them to further motorcycle safety in Lakewood and greater Pierce County. The meetings include:
    • May 28, 2007- Presentation to PSS instructor cadre on enforcement issues and trends we see as traffic officers in reference to motorcycles on our roads. Meeting at their outdoor facility behind Tacoma Mall.
    • June 1, 2007- Meet with PSS at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA, for a street riders track day. This is an advanced safety course for the street riding community on the closed race track course
    • September 21, 2007- Again meet with PSS at Pacific Raceways for another street rider track day, interacting with instructors and civilian clients.
  • Disaster Preparedness Fair: Approximately 140 people attended the Lakewood Fire Department-sponsored a Disaster Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 21st, supported by the Lakewood Police Department. The goal of this event was to provide citizens with information they could use to assist in preparing for any type of disaster. There were displays set up by electrical and water utilities, the Red Cross, Health Department as well as local businesses with products that could be used by citizens to help them survive in a disaster situation.
  • Clover Park Rotary Club SWAT Briefing: LPD Sgts Kolp and Eakes, and Officers Sivankeo and Hall, conducted a SWAT briefing for the Clover Park Rotary Club this week. The brief included an equipment display, an overview of the Metro SWAT team, its mission, and a question and answer session. Everyone that attended came away with a better understanding of the dynamics of SWAT, how it is used, and what it takes to maintain the capability required to maintain training currency.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/11/07

May 11, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Offender Re-Entry Bill Signing: Governor Gregoire will sign the Offender Re-Entry Bill on Tuesday, May 15th; 11:30 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, Council Chambers. The Bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Carrell and Regala, ensures “equitable distribution” in the siting of Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. It requires DOC to site new work release facilities in populous counties that currently lack facilities and to notify cities and counties in advance of a need to site work release facilities. Criminal justice officials predict a long-term reduction in the Pierce County crime rate as a result of this legislation.
  • New Safe Streets Coordinator Hired: Earl Echols was hired effective May 1st as the new Safe Streets Lakewood Community Mobilizer. Funding is provided from the recently awarded Milgard grant, and Mr. Echols will coordinate the Northeast Lakewood Weed and Seed project.
  • Youth Baseball and Fast Pitch Programs: Over 150 Lakewood area youth began playing games this past week as part of the City’s Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball and Fast Pitch Program. Coed T-Ball players (ages 5-6) play at Fort Steilacoom Park while Coed Coach Pitchers (ages 7-8) play at Harry Todd Park. We also have one fast pitch team of 5th and 6th grade girls who play their games in University Place. The league has approximately 20 volunteer coaches.
  • WEDA Board Election: Economic Development Administrator Joe Hannon was elected to the Washington Economic Development Association Board (WEDA). WEDA is a state-wide, non-profit association of private businesses, economic development councils, ports, governments and other entities committed to enhancing the State's climate for economic development. WEDA is recognized in Olympia as a united voice for economic development, with the ability to develop and utilize extensive coalitions on issues central to economic development.
  • U.S. Census Bureau Local Update of Census Addresses Workshop: Information Services Manager Lane DeLarme, Troy Schlepp and Maria Sevier from GIS, and Deborah Johnson from Community Development attended the U.S. Census Bureau’s LUCA (“Local Update of Census Addresses”) Workshop in Tacoma this week. The LUCA process, to be undertaken nationally in late 2007, initiates the federal Census Bureau’s formal gear-up for the 2010 Census and is intended to ensure the Census Bureau has accurate location information for all housing units within all jurisdictions nationwide. This becomes particularly important as it relates to population-based tax revenue.
  • Motorcycle Safety Day: The Lakewood Police Traffic unit participated in Motorcycle Safety Day at Madigan Army Medical Center on May 10th. Along with hospital staff and members of the Evergreen motorcycle safety council, our Motorcycle Officers met and talked with about 75 soldiers who stopped by throughout the day. The officers also handed out flyers promoting Lakewood’s first Motorcycle Safety Rally and Ride which will be held on June 23rd.
  • Police Officer Memorial Ceremony: Chief Saunders, Mayor Thomas, and the city manager represented the City at the Pierce County Police Officer Memorial Service on May 3rd at McChord Chapel. LPD Officers participated in the ceremony as members of the Metro Cities Honor Guard.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/18/07

May 18, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Police vs Fire Basketball Game: Reminder that the third Annual Helmets vs. Shields Charity Basketball Game is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th, at 6:00 PM at the Clover Park High School Gym. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds go to the Life Safety Charity Fund benefiting the citizens of Lakewood.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center Mother’s Day Tea: The Mother’s Day Tea at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center was a social success with 70 attending. Some of the ladies used this occasion to dress up in hats and summery dresses and made the event seem like a real Garden Party. Adding to this were the beautiful colors seen at every table with the decorations, the small flowering plants, and the extraordinary teapots and teacups, as each lady brought their favorites to use. We were treated to the panache of our male volunteers, who escorted each lady to her table with a grand flourish, and then kept their teapots full and helped out when they were needed. Thanks to the hard work and creative talent of all our wonderful volunteers, this Tea made Mother’s Day a very special day.
  • Chamber’s Washington to Washington DC Trip: Councilmember McGovern joined over 30 other business and government officials from the region in the 23rd annual trip to Capitol Hill sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Meetings were scheduled with both Senators Murray and Cantwell, and several members of Washington State’s delegation in the House, including Adam Smith and Norm Dicks. Sessions with the Air Force and the Army included discussion about the BRAC-initiated joint-basing effort.
  • Historic Building Rehabilitation Forum: Building Official Mark Nelson and Associate Planner Dan Penrose attended a workshop in Tacoma this week that focused on the 2006 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) and how it applies to the rehabilitation of historic buildings. The forum, sponsored by the Washington Association of Building Officials, the State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the State Building Code Council focused on code challenges and questions that arise when historic buildings are updated or adapted to new uses. The City of Lakewood expects to adopt the 2006 International Codes and amendments by July 1.
  • Public Safety Boat House: The State of Washington and the Lakewood Fire Department have agreed to the terms of a lease for the Public Safety Boat House site on American Lake at the boat launch adjacent to Camp Murray. The lease will be signed by both parties in time for its commencement on June 1st. The permitting process is underway for this new facility to house both Fire Department vessels and the Dive/Rescue boat of LPD’s Marine Services Unit.
  • DV Patrol Response: Lakewood Police Units responded to a domestic violence (DV) where the call was disconnected, and they located a female who had been strangled by her ex-boyfriend, losing consciousness and having a possible seizure. A gun was left at the scene but wasn’t in play. LPD located a vehicle leaving the area with a subject ducking down in the passenger seat; it was stopped and the passenger was our suspect.
  • Implementing the Offender Reentry Program: Governor Gregoire signed the new law this week at Lakewood City Hall in a ceremony attended by a large number of city officials, police chiefs, and legislators. Chief Saunders attended a meeting hosted by the City of Tacoma to begin discussion on regional implementation of SB 6157.
  • Lakes Safety and Enforcement: The mayor, city manager, police chief, and parks & recreation director all attended the American Lake Improvement Club’s annual meeting on May 15th and provided an update on City projects around the lake as well as a short summary of boating enforcement plans for 2007. On May 17th, the Police Department hosted representatives from all Lakewood lake improvement clubs, the American Lake Rowing Club, Fort Lewis, Lakewood Parks & Recreation, and Lakewood Fire to overview lakes enforcement plans for 2007.
  • Memorial Service for PFC Anthony J. Sausto: The City has a “Community Connector” relationship with the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team of Fort Lewis, which was deployed two weeks ago to Baghdad. Regretfully, they experienced their first casualty, PFC Anthony J. Sausto, who died of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment. The Brigade conducted a memorial ceremony in honor of their fallen Soldier on May 18th at the Evergreen Chapel on Fort Lewis. Mayor-emeritus Bill Harrison and Communications Director Jeff Brewster represented the City at the memorial service.
  • Spring Alive with 5 & 5 Wellness Program: The City’s Wellness Committee is promoting AWC’s Spring Alive with 5 & 5 campaign emphasizing physical activity 5 days a week for 10 weeks, from May 14th through July 22nd, with 72 people from the City participating with a total 10 week goal of 135,800 minutes of physical activity.
    CODE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE – MAY 18, 2007
    (Abatements & Business Licensing)
    Case No. Address Status
    06-1990

    Abatement Action

    95 West Shore
    Partial compliance; 75% complete.
    07-2329

    Business Licensing

    8315 83rd Avenue SW
    Non-compliance; business license revoked.
    07-2302

    Business Licensing

    6006 100th Street SW
    Conditional business license issued.  Appeal date begins May 19; compliance date, May 29.
    07-2326

    Abatement Action

    6704 111th Street SW
    Appeal date begins May 7; compliance date, May 16.  Prepare contract for service.
    07-2336

    Abatement Action

    8610 Nixon Avenue SW
    Meth lab; abatement process initiated with multiple appeal dates.  Next step, prepare contract for services.
    06-2228

    Abatement Action

    14514 Washington Avenue S
    Contract for services pending.
    05-17772

    Abatement Action

    10116 47th Avenue SW
    Non-compliance; awaiting bids
    06-2178

    Business Licensing

    8702 Veterans Drive SW
    Non-compliance; appeal hearing, set for May 30.
    06-1963

    Abatement Action

    12505 Naomilawn Drive SW
    Pending.
    07-2279

    Abatement Action

    8611 Veterans Drive SW
    Pending.
     

    Abatement Action

    7404 146th Street SW
    Pending.
    06-2227

    Abatement Action

    14617 W. Thorne Lane SW
    Change in ownership; clean up pending.
    06-1828

    Abatement Action

    7610 Lakewood Dr SW
    Awaiting court filing.
    06-1829

    Abatement Action

    7703 59th Avenue N
    Awaiting court filing.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/4/07

May 4, 2007
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • City of Lakewood Receives Well City Award: The City of Lakewood received its fourth consecutive Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Well City Award for its worksite wellness program. Lakewood’s wellness coordinator Dawn Avcular and her wellness committee received recognition at the Association’s 22nd annual AWC Employee Health Academy. The Well City Award recognizes cities and towns that achieve a standard of excellence in employee health promotion. The AWC Well City award will be presented to Lakewood’s delegates at the AWC’s annual June conference in Tacoma.
  • 8th Annual International Festival: Lakewood’s Sister Cities 8th Annual International Festival will be this Saturday, May 5th, from 11:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Pierce College in Lakewood. This is a free one-day multi-cultural family-oriented community event which provides fun along with educational opportunities to learn about the many cultures and heritages that make up our community
  • Parks Appreciation Day: Over 300 volunteers participated in Parks Appreciation Day on April 28th. We had beautiful weather and accomplished all of the tasks scheduled for the morning. Our statistics for the day include:
    • Fort Steilacoom Park – Four 40 yard dumpsters filled with vegetation and one 40 yard dumpster filled with garbage - 200 volunteers
    • Harry Todd Park – Removed 400 square feet of sod and filled one 30 yard dumpster with garbage - 25 volunteers
    • Wards Lake – spread 15 yards of bark and weeded flowerbeds -14 volunteers
    • Blueberry Fields – One 40 yard dumpster filled with vegetation - 41 volunteers
    • Primley Park – installed play equipment and spread 47 yards of wood chips, planted native plants and trees - 25 volunteers
    • Forty flats of petunias and 15 flats of marigolds were planted throughout the City’s parks system.
  • Legislative Session Wrap-up: The City of Lakewood was successful on several major legislative initiatives this session, including capital funding of $550,000 for the removal of the Hill Ward Building site as well as $250,000 for improvements to the barns and other historic building at Fort Steilacoom Park and around the campus, and also $535,000 for the new community policing team for Western State Hospital.
  • Traffic Signal Control System Upgrade Project: The Request for Information (RFI) is out for our signal controller and central signal control system upgrade project. Proposals will be reviewed by Public Works and Pierce County signal maintenance. The top 3 vendors selected for further evaluation including bench testing of the actual systems with “real” City of Lakewood intersection signal timing and coordination. Once the new system is selected, the City will be procuring a new central signal control system and eventually upgrading all of our traffic signal controllers over the next several years. The City will be able to replace the antiquated signal controllers and provide enhanced and more reliable signal timing and coordination for our traveling public.
  • Tree Debris in Street Right of Way: The City sent out 81 notices in March to property owners affecting 61 properties advising them that they had until April 16th to remove all the stock piled tree debris from their fronting street right of way. The City did offer a site where they could bring the debris and dispose of it. Our subsequent survey of the sites revealed that we were successful in that there now only 13 sites that need additional follow up enforcement action.
  • American Lake Garden/Tillicum Sewer Project: Regarding the ALGs/Tillicum sewer project the Public Works Department recently submitted a loan application to the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) for $1,840,000. About $1,150,000 of the funding is for a no/low interest loan program for qualified property owner to assist with their financing of their sewer connection costs. $500,000 of the balance is to recover the funding we have to give back from our earlier granted $1,000,000 PWTF loan as it can only be used for preconstruction expenses and they were significantly less than originally estimated. The balance of $190,000 brings the total loan amount ($6,190,000) to the level of debt service supportable by the revenue provided from the existing sewer service surcharge.
  • Gimhae, South Korea Annual Festival: A delegation of seven Lakewood Sister Cities Association members is traveling to Gimhae, South Korea to spend two days visiting and attending an annual Gimhae Festival. The Association is continuing to move forward on a Sister City relationship between our two cities, and the delegation to our current Friendship City has paid their own traveling expenses. A delegation from the City of Gimhae hopes to visit Lakewood this July to strengthen the bonds between the cities.
  • Mayor’s Visit to China: Mayor Claudia Thomas was the honored guest of Mayor Guo Quanmao, Danzhou City China for four days last week. Danzhou is located on Hainan Island, People’s Republic of China. Danzhou City paid for all of the mayor’s expenses while in country. She was invited to the Hainan Sister Cities summit which was held with the world-wide Boao Asian Economic Forum. She joined Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and Lakewood businessman, Ron Chow, who was Washington Secretary of State’s official representative. There were official delegates from Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Romania, Austria, Japan, Finland, Germany, and Tanzania, Poland and Australia. The Summit discussed exchanges and cooperation in trade, cultural resources and economic and social development. Mayor Thomas also attended the Asian Economic forum with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Governor Gary Locke.
  • Street Law Mock Trial: City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter, and Ann-Marie Dvorak, Victim Advocate represented the City of Lakewood on April 23rd in a Street Law Mock Trial sponsored by Seattle University School of Law. The Mock Trial was a competition for local high school students. The students are given the opportunity to put their legal skills into practice in a courtroom atmosphere as prosecuting and defense attorneys. The students are given a case to argue and are scored as to how well they represented their role. Heidi was the judge presiding over the trial and Ann-Marie participated, along with students from the participating schools’ media programs, as part of the jury.
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Conference: City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter and Associate City Attorney Sean Parrent attended the annual Spring Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA) Conference in Vancouver WA. Topics of interest to criminal prosecution included a presentation on effective cross-examination and DUI trial strategy. Heidi serves on the WSAMA Board and was elected 2nd Vice President for 2007-2008.
  • Lakewold Gardens: Lakewold will be featured on Gardening with Ciscoe tomorrow morning on Channel 5 (King TV) at 10am. They are hosting their 18th Anniversary Open House this coming Sunday from 1:30pm until 3pm.