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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/9/2013

August 9, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Holding a joint meeting with the Lakewood Water District; 2) Authorizing the execution of a joint use agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to fiber optics; 3) Discussion of creating a Chapter of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to the motorist informational and service club signs.

On Monday, August 12, 2013 the Lakewood City Council will hold a Special Meeting following the regularly scheduled Council Study Session. The purpose of the special meeting is to authorize the City Manager to execute a collective bargaining agreement with the Lakewood Police Independent Guild from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

The City Council’s next regular session is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Recognition of Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s US Rowing Youth National Championship; 2) Recognition of Lakewood YMCA’s National Gymnastics Championship; 3) Appointing Youth Council members for 2013-2014; 4)Appointing an individual to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 15, 2014.

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood Participates in National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 City Council members and staff participated in National Night Out 2013. This year celebrated the 30th Anniversary of National Night Out. Lakewood celebrated with 45 events scheduled throughout the City.

Police Department Update

Three Child Exploitation Task Forces (CETFs) in Washington State recovered juveniles and young adults being victimized through prostitution and arrested 9 subjects suspected of abuse of a minor and related crimes. Operations took place July 24-28, 2012, in Everett, Federal Way, Kirkland, Lakewood, Renton, Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila, and throughout King County. The week-long local operations were part of Operation Cross Country VII (OCC7), a coordinated national enforcement action that is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative. All the women and girls involved were offered a variety of services within the community, such as job training, housing, counseling, and medical and education assistance. The South Sound CETF in Tacoma is a partnership between the FBI, the Tacoma and Lakewood Police Departments, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate, and the Washington State Patrol.

Legal Update

Loss Prevention Report Writing

On August 2nd, the Legal Department hosted a loss prevention specialist report writing seminar in partnership with the Target Corporation. This was offered to help enhance employees report writing skills and strengthen our ability to prosecute retail theft related crimes.

Prosecution Update

During the week of July 29- August 2, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 36 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 13 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update

Farmers Market Update

On July 30th, we extended the hours of the Lakewood Farmers Market from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and provided guests an extended opportunity to purchase fresh produce, baked goods and handmade items. Staff hoped to bring new customers to the venue and provide a new opportunity for those who can’t come during regular market hours which are every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Another extended day will be offered Tuesday, September 10 where we will honor our local responders at Hero Appreciation Day. Live entertainment and special activities are planned throughout the day.

Director attends FEMA Training

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth attended a weeklong FEMA school in Emmetsburg, Maryland which covered earthquake preparedness and response. Over 70 students from throughout the country learned how to build awareness and skills needed to develop and implement policies, plans, and procedures needed in an emergency operations center (EOC). During an emergency Ms. Dodsworth’s local role is coordinating mass care options in Lakewood.

Junk in the Trunk Community Garage Sale

Browse over 3,000 square feet of clothes, toys, dishes, furniture, trinkets and more at the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services “Junk in the Trunk” Community Garage Sale on Saturday, August 10 and again on Saturday, August 24 at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). Shop the sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you would like to sell your lightly used treasures, a space is only $15. Onsite registration is available. For more information or to pre-register for this event call (253) 983-7887. See you there!

Community Development Update

Permitting Activity

Overall permit activity is increasing. The community development permit counter accepted 87 permit applications of all types (building, planning, and public works) this past week. That number is up by about 20% from previous weeks.

Economic Development Update

Major projects around the city include redevelopment in the Towne Center where the Gottschalks building once stood. A meeting with RPAI (primary land owner) Senior Management was held this week to talk about the new layout and retail concepts. We also hope they can soon answer the question, “What’s happening with the G.I. Joe’s building?” We hear that design concepts are in process for the redevelopment of Lakewood Colonial Center, where the empty QFC building remains. Around town, we’ve been visiting with businesses and are encouraged by the uptick in the economy overall. Filling empty spaces and redevelopment are high priorities. Stay tuned as projects develop.

We are looking for companies that may need gap financing to complete their projects in Lakewood particularly if, but not limited to, the expansions that lead to job creation. If you know of a project or you have one, please contact economic development staff to find out about our finance programs. Here’s a link to some of the programs we offer: /government/departments/economic-development/business-financial-assistance

Mark Your Calendars

August 20th- Coffee with the Mayor-St. Clare Hospital Classrooms A/B

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/2/2013

August 2, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. the City Council will tour the Clover Park Technical College Health and Sciences Facility building. Following the tour, the City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Building #3 Lakewood, WA 98499. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Proclamation recognizing Dr. John Walstrum for dedicated services as President of Clover Park Technical College; 2) Recognizing Staff Sergeant Marcus Taylor for heroic action during an apartment fire ; 3) Proclamation recognizing the Lakewood Library’s 50th anniversary 4) Clover Park School District Board Report; 5) Amending Lakewood Municipal Code relative to firearms, dangerous weapons, and explosives; and 6) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Holding a joint meeting with the Lakewood Water District; 2) Authorizing the execution of a joint use agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to fiber optics; 3) Appointing Youth Council members for 2013-2014 4) Appointing an individual to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 15, 2014.

Topics of Interest and Updates

On July 28th, the last of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade returned from Afghanistan, including the command team. Mayor Don Anderson and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson saw our community connector unit off last year and had the great pleasure of welcoming 4-2 SBCT Commander COL Mike Getchell, CSM Oscar Vincent, 4-9 Inf Commander LTC James Dooghan and over 200 of their soldiers back.

Legal Update

City Attorney Appointed to IMLA

Heidi Ann Wachter has been appointed as the State Chair of Washington for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. The International Municipal Lawyers Association is the oldest and largest association of attorneys representing local governments and its purpose is to promote, support and strengthen local government law.

Staff Attends EFAM Training

Two members of the Legal Department attended the Education Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM) for the International Association for Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Approximately 1,500 professionals from around the world were on hand to learn and share best practices, participate in hands-on training, product innovations and professional networking.

Prosecution Update

During the week of July 22- July 26, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 47 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 24 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Public Works Update

Bridgeport Way (112th-59th Ave) Asphalt Overlay project

On Thursday the City’s contractor, Miles Resources, switched to night time work on the asphalt overlay project. Work will take place from 7:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. week days until August 13. This last week the work initially focused on pavement repair with Friday’s work switching to pavement grinding. Pavement grinding will continue until Wednesday, August 7, when the actual asphalt overlaying work well commence and continue until August 13th.

The Public Works department worked with the Oakbrook neighborhood by issuing a right-of-way permit to improve the entrance at Onyx Drive and 87th. A crushed-rock walking path was constructed along Onyx Drive.

Economic Development Update

Redevelopment of Pacific Highway

Economic development and planning staff met with a non-profit organization this week regarding a site search for a new project. Staff toured property on Pacific Highway with the Executive Director and members of their board. The project, if secured in Lakewood, will be a significant tourist draw from all over the state and beyond state borders.

Towne Center Update

Staff met by conference call this week for a progress update with Towne Center Development Team senior leadership. We are reviewing their latest draft concepts for redevelopment of the area between the former Gottschalks building and the AMC Lowes theaters. The RPAI team is scheduled to present an update at the September 23 City Council Study Session.

Project Work and Daily Activities

Economic Development staff is working with Westwood Financial, owners of the former QFC building and surrounding complex on new tenants and a re-design/upgrade, and another retail center for a significant upgrade. We are working directly with three restaurants looking to expand or relocate here as well as two used car lots looking to move here; one will consolidate two locations to be in Lakewood, and the other is new and we are helping with finance solutions. A South Tacoma Way property owner is working with ED staff to market their property and look at best uses. We are working with a number of property owners to fill vacant space. A submission was made to the Department of Commerce for the new Woodbrook Industrial Business Park (IBP) “build to suit” 440,000 square foot building for “Project Frosty” – a company looking for space in Washington State. Other property in the IBP has become available and we are working with the broker to find buyers. We are promoting the “Go West Summit ” coordination with the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and have picked up considerable press. Staff is preparing the Lodging Tax application submission documents for next year. We continue to work with a machine & repair shop moving to Lakewood that supplies several significant companies at Fredrickson and around the region. Business, retention and expansion visits continue including a check in with one of our newest restaurants, Frenchy’s at 8813 Edgewater Drive. Frenchy’s offers European-inspired delights consisting of crepes, Panini sandwiches, homemade baked goods, and the owners specially designed coffee roast.

Lodging Tax Grant Applications

The City of Lakewood began accepting 2014 Lodging Tax Grant Applications yesterday, Thursday-August 1st. Lodging taxes are paid when people purchase overnight lodging, such as renting a room at a hotel. Funds may be used for tourism marketing, the marketing and operation of tourism-related events, and for the acquisition and/or operation of tourism-related facilities. The deadline for applications is Thursday-August 22nd at 5:00 p.m.For more information, please go to News Updates at: www.cityoflakewood.us

Staff Collecting Information for Events Guide

Staff is collecting information on Lakewood events to be published in an Events Guide and included in the September 12th Swarner Communications’ Fort Lewis Ranger. The guide, to be published just prior to the Welcome Home event for the Raider Brigade on September 15th, will showcase things for soldiers and their families to do in and around Lakewood. The deadline to receive events is Friday-August 9th.For more information and format requirements, please contact Melody at: or (253) 983-7769.

Police Department Update

On July 10th and July 24th, LPD participated with West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Steilacoom PD, SouthSound911, the Department of Corrections, and the Clover Park School District, in an Active Shooter Training at Lakes High School. The training was taught by Metro-SWAT and focused on deployment, strategy, techniques and implementation. This training gave departments a chance to train and work as a cohesive team, bringing together the different disciplines in order to better prepare law enforcement, firefighters and school staff to work together during an actual event.

In picture we see WPFR carrying out a “wounded” officer, while law enforcement provides protective cover, thus enabling them to get in, load up the wounded officer, and get out in order to provide/get him to much needed medical attention, as quickly and safely as possible. This unit is called a “Rescue Team” and that maneuver was practiced several times with civilian (Lakes High School staff) participants as well.

Mark Your Calendars:

August 6th- National Night Out

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/19/2013

July 19, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings:

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Update on economic development strategies; 2) Joint meeting with the Redevelopment Advisory Board; 3) Review of proposed code amendment relative to firearm ranges; and 4) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. the City Council will tour the Clover Park Technical College Health and Sciences Facility building. Following the tour, the City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Building #3 Lakewood, WA 98499. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Approving proposed code amendment relative to firearm ranges; 2) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust; 3) Proclamation recognizing Dr. John Walstrum for dedicated services as President of Clover Park Technical College; and 4) Proclamation recognizing the Lakewood Library’s 50th anniversary.

Topics of Interest and Updates:

Council Recognizes the Best of the South Sound winners:

At the Monday, July 15th Council meeting the following people were recognized for being “Best of The South Sound” winners: Dr. Amber Marie Thiessen, Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital, Ms. Vicky Nelson, Harborstone Credit Union, Ms. Barb Williams, Infusion Interior Design, and Ms. Mary Dodsworth, City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Director, who was recognized for being a Best Pet Park of the South Sound winner.

Parks Update:

New Art Exhibit:

The City Hall rotating art exhibit is featuring student art from the Clover Park School District this quarter. The artwork is done in a variety of mediums and showcases the outstanding talent of our local students. The exhibit has been installed in the first floor elevator alcove area and will be displayed until the end of September.

Transit Connector Project art installation:

Artwork commissioned by the Lakewood Arts Commission was installed on the gateway arch at the Transit Connector Project this week. The five oversized Garry Oak leaves were created by artist David Eisenhour to represent the native fauna associated with our community.

SummerFEST Success!

Our two day SummerFEST festival concluded on Sunday evening July 14 around 7:00 p.m. A glorious sunny weekend created a festive park setting humming with excitement. Over 75 public market vendors and 20 food vendors provided a variety of things to see, eat and buy. Families enjoyed the two stages of entertainment, a soccer tournament and Police, Fire, Army Strong and community displays. Over 1000 children played in the KidZone and more than 130 cars were displayed at the Partners for Parks car show. Young and old enjoyed The Princess Bride, our Comcast/Xfinity outdoor movie in the park. This annual event brings our community and guests together to celebrate Lakewood.

SummerFEST Triathlon

Over 130 athletes swam, rode and ran on Sunday, July 14 at Lakewood’s second annual SummerFEST Triathlon. We are thankful to the City of Lakewood and South Sound Sports for their overall coordination and support of this event. We couldn’t have done this without our presenting sponsor St. Clare Hospital and all our partners: Army Strong Recruiting, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, West Pierce Fire and Rescue, JBLM Air Force and Army staff, Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Police Department staff, Tacoma Maritime Institute and Sea Scouts, Town of Steilacoom, Pierce County, JBLM and DuPont communities, Franciscan Health System volunteers and all the others who volunteered their time to support the activities before, during and after the event. Creating a healthy and vibrant community where opportunities abound is our vision and Sunday we made that vision come true! Check out the great photos at Triathlon photos .

Legal Update:

During the week of July 8- July 12, 2013 the Cities of Lakewood and University Place received 31 cases for review 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.

Annual Police Awards Ceremony and Commissioning

On Wednesday, July 17th, the Lakewood Police Department held its Annual Awards Ceremony and Commissioning where we honored both officers and office staff for their hard work and dedication to the Lakewood Police Department, the City of Lakewood and citizens.

Commissioning:

  • Officer Jessica Vanzant
  • Officer Skylar Eastman
  • Officer Jordan Feldman
  • K9 Kira (Inv. Conlon)
  • K9 Kona (Ofcr. Syler)
  • K9 Ranger (Ofcr. Czuleger)
  • Detective Christopher Bowl
  • CCO Sean Dunn

Medal of Distinguished Service: Awarded to Officer Joseph Kolp and Officer Paul Osness for an act that involved significant risk to the life of the employee.

Medal of Meritorious Service: Awarded to Investigator Jeffery Hall for demonstrating exceptional performance that involved no significant risk to the life of the employee and is performed above and beyond the call of duty.

Life Saving Award: Awarded to Officer Joseph Kolp, Michael McGettigan, Detective Rey Punzalan, Officer Phil Davis, and Officer Nick McClelland for an act that attempted to and/or resulted in saving the life of another.

Police Chief’s Commendation: Awarded to Sergeant Andy Estes, Officer Daniel Tenney, Detective Bryan Johnson, Officer Jason Cannon, Officer Jeffrey Carroll, Lieutenant Stephan Mauer, Officer Brian Markert, Officer Michael Wiley and Christine Badger with West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and to Investigator Peter Johnson for highly professional conduct or performance.

Police Chief’s Citation: Awarded to Officer John Babcock, Sharron Kanter and Victory Christian Ministries for significant contributions to the police-community relations or for aiding in the prevention of a crime and/or providing safety to the community.

Police Chief’s Core Value Award: Awarded to Officer Vince Sivankeo, Sergeant Andy Gildehaus, Sergeant Chris Westby, Erica Meeks, Dallas Allen, and Officer Dave Butts for exemplary representation of our Core Values: Integrity – Dedication – Teamwork - Competence – Courage – Respect.

Volunteer Century Awards: The following were recognized for over 100 hours of service with the Lakewood Police Department during our Awards Year (July 2012 to July 2013.)

  • Alvie Robbins 235.75 hours
  • Jason Woods 265.75 hours
  • Marilyn Henderson 105.75 hours
  • Sharron Kanter 587.75 hours
  • Madaline Wivel 185 hours
  • Dennis Folk 468 hours
  • George Baron 181 hours
  • Alberto Gonzalez 137.5 hours
  • Colton Isham 193.5 hours
  • Austin Lindquist 391.5 hours
  • Ulysses Sanchez 133.5 hours
  • Devin Smith 168.5 hours
  • Scott Stratton 431.5 hours
  • Marlene Texocotitla 160 hours

Community Development Updates:

Kenworth Truck Dealership Opens

The Kenworth truck dealership opened this week. Kenworth is located on a three acre site at 12507 Pacific Highway SW. The building/sales area is about 26,000 ± square feet. The project was initiated in the spring of 2012.

Certificate of Occupancy Issued

The Clover Park Technical College’s new health sciences facility was issued its certificate of occupancy on Thursday, July 18. The new building will accommodate 2,166 full-time-equivalent students who are enrolled in the college’s healthcare training programs. The building has an area of 55,562 square feet. Construction began in January 2011.

Community Development Block Grant Program Provides Temporary Housing

Last weekend Lakewood experienced two apartment fires at 5515 82nd Street SW and 7517 Dean Street Court, which resulted in some families not having a place to live. Most families at the first address were relocated by the apartment’s management. The same was not the case for the other apartment. Here, the City stepped in and used its community development block grant program to provide temporary housing, and first and last month’s rent to qualified individuals. A total of seven, working families (18 persons) were provided assistance.

Building Permits

For the month June 2012, the permit counter received 128 building permits. Of these, 60 were approved the same day of permit application. For the week of July 15 through July 18, the permit counter received 67 permit applications of all types (planning, building, engineering, and business licenses).

On July 24, the City’s Hearing Examiner will conduct a public hearing to consider a shoreline substantial development permit, shoreline conditional use permit, and shoreline variance to construct a new single family residence and accessory structures at 13024 Naomilawn Drive SW. The applicant is Thomas Ellington. The property is located on a shoreline lot adjacent to American Lake. For more information, please contact associate planner Beth Jorgenson at (253) 512-2261.

Planning Advisory Board Meeting

This coming week, July 24th, the Planning Advisory Board will conduct a public hearing to consider amendments to the City’s drive through regulations. For further details, contact principal planner Dan Catron at (253) 512-2261.

Community Safety Resource Team Updates:

The Lakewood Police Department and CSRT have been active in closing residences used for the production of illegal drugs. Two residences were recently declared uninhabitable, and actions on other properties are pending.

CSRT has taken action to revoke the business license for the Golden Lion Motor Inn, 9021 South Tacoma Way. Cause for revocation included building code violations (renting out uninhabitable rooms) and lack of adequate motel management. The owner appealed the City’s revocation. The appeal is now before the City’s Hearing Examiner. An appeal hearing is scheduled for August 28th.

Economic Development Updates:

Aerospace Industry Summit

Economic Development staff attended the 2nd annual Tacoma/Pierce County EDB Aerospace Summit this week. We learned that Boeing is expecting to build 35,000 new airplanes in the next 20 years. Collaborative partnerships between government, academia, labor and industry have allowed for a significant increase in awareness and opportunity in this field. With 50% of the established workforce eligible to retire with five years, companies and agencies have come on board to reach out to k-12 schools and colleges around the region. From re-creating half a scull to reproducing a moon rock, advances in 3-D printing in all fields show promise in what would have been considered science fiction just a short two years ago. Contact the Economic Development staff to learn more about the industry and training opportunities.

Business Visits

This week staff met with several companies including a construction company looking to purchase property here and expand their services, a local professional services company, and a fitness studio looking to expand due to demand, a car dealer, two retailers and provided service to several ongoing clients trying to fill space or re-locate to new spaces.

Retail Sales Tax on the Increase

Distribution of retail sales and use tax to the city has increased by 11% year-to-date June 2013 over 2012. The department of revenue reports taxable retail sales, distributions, and gross business income tax annually, by quarter and monthly.

Mark Your Calendars:

August 6th- National Night Out

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/26/2013

July 26, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. the City Council will tour the Clover Park Technical College Health and Sciences Facility building. Following the tour, the City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Building #3 Lakewood, WA 98499. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Proclamation recognizing Dr. John Walstrum for dedicated services as President of Clover Park Technical College; 2) Recognizing Staff Sergeant Marcus Taylor for assisting in an apartment fire; 3) Proclamation recognizing the Lakewood Library’s 50th anniversary 4) Clover Park School District Board Report; 5) Amending Lakewood Municipal Code relative to firearms, dangerous weapons, and explosives; and 6) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Holding a joint meeting with the Lakewood Water District; 2) Appointing Youth Council members for 2013-2014; and 3) Appointing an individual to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 15, 2014.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Pays Tribute to Bill Harrison on his 80th Birthday

Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison celebrated his 80th birthday on July 2, 2013 at Lakewood's Tacoma Country & Golf Club. Many of his former Army colleagues recounted his influence in their careers and lives at Fort Ord, CA and Fort Lewis as he commanded the 7th Infantry Division and I Corps respectively. A number of councilmembers and staff – past and present -- joined scores of well-wishers to honor Lakewood's first mayor and recount his unparalleled legacy of leadership in the City. Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant and others remarked that Lakewood may not have voted to incorporate without the commitment and vision of Mayor Harrison.

Communications Update

Communications Director Taking Leave of Absence

Communications Director Jeff Brewster, an Army Reserve officer, graduated today from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. The College awards a Master of Strategic Studies for this two-year graduate program. Next month, LTC Brewster will report to the US Central Command headquarters at MacDill AFB, FL for a one-year tour of duty. He will return to his duties in Lakewood sometime in the latter half of 2014.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

The combined efforts of CSRT, the Building Department, Lakewood Police and Animal Control resulted in a house that has been a frequent source of complaints to the city being declared unsafe to occupy and red tagged. The house, on Hillgrove Lane, had been a home to transients and the cause of many complaints to police for suspected illegal activities. Additionally, complaints were received by CSRT due to discarded trash being left in the yard attracting rodents and creating a stench, and the vegetation being overgrown. The house was found to have numerous building code violations, as well as no power, water, or garbage service.

The occupants were advised they could no longer live there. Approximately 20 large bags of garbage were removed from the back yard.

Legal Update

During the week of July 15- July 19, 2013 the Cities of Lakewood and University Place received 21 cases for review by the Prosecutor. Of these, 6 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

During the week of July 22-25, 2013 three trials were scheduled in Municipal Court. Two cases resolved in the defendants pleading guilty to all counts. One of these pleas was to two counts of assault in the 4th degree, domestic violence along with additional criminal charges. The 3rd trial scheduled, a DUI involving a head on collision resulted in a guilty verdict.

Economic Development Update

TRCVB New Brand Unveiling

Economic development staff attended the unveiling of the new Tacoma Regional & Convention and Visitors Bureau brand this week. Travel Tacoma with a tagline of Fearless Exploration and emphasis on highlighting three South Sound “icons”, Mt. Rainier, Classic Cars, and Glass Art will be the focus of the brand. Councilmember’s Brandstetter and Barth also attended. Click here for additional information: http://www.businessexaminer.com/blog/July-2013/TRCVB-unveils-new-brand-identity-for-region/

Community Development Update

Building Permits

The community development and public works departments accepted for filing and/or issued 79 permits of all types (planning, building, business licensing, and right-of-way permits) this past week.

Planning Advisory Board Update

On July 24, the Planning Advisory Board conducted a public hearing and made recommendations to the City Council lessening the land use and development regulations for drive-throughs. This action will be forwarded to the City Council for review and consideration.

Automated Permitting System Update

Community development staff is in the process of overhauling its automated permitting system. Testing continues regarding the migration of electronic permit data from Permits Plus to Eden software. The business licensing module is anticipated to be in operation by mid-August. User training begins this September. The building permit module is anticipated to be in operation by October. The department will be offering online electronic permitting through approved customer service accounts.

Residential fires displace families

Since July 8, 15 families have been displaced as a result of residential fires. The latest fires occurred on July 24: A small kitchen fire broke out at 14440 Union Avenue SW; and the second, was an electrical fire at 8702 Lawndale Avenue SW. The City declared the Lawndale property unsafe. The City has used its community development block grant program to provide temporary housing, and first and last month’s rent to qualified individuals.

Public Works Update

Bridgeport Way (112th St -59th Ave) Asphalt Overlay project-Project Update

Starting this Friday night (7/26/2013) Bridgeport way between 100th St and Lakewood Drive/Lakewood Towne Center Drive will be closed to all vehicle traffic starting around 7:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 a.m. in order to facilitate the installation of an underground conduit crossing of Bridgeport Way.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Service Update

Join the City of Lakewood Next Tuesday for an Extended Farmers Market

The Lakewood Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30th. Come on down and enjoy the delicious goodies, fresh produce and beautiful crafts. Throughout the market day, there will be performances from several bands and individuals for market goers to enjoy. This has been a great year and the Farmers Market and we would like to share this wonderful community asset with as many people as possible, which is why we have chosen to extend it until 7 p.m. for two days this season, July 30th and Sept. 10th. For more information visit lakewoodparksandrec.com

Mark Your Calendars

August 6th- National Night Out

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/12/2013

July 12, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings:

City Council's next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Proclamation remembering Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District; 2) Recognizing the Best of the South Sound winners; 3) Presentation of the West-Pierce Fire District levy by Fire Chief Jim Sharp; 4) Adopting the 2014-2019 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program; 5) Approving the Comprehensive Plan Public Participation Program.

City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Discussion of economic development strategies; 2) Joint meeting with the Redevelopment Advisory Board; 3) Review of proposed code amendment relative to firearm ranges; 4) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

Topics of Interest and Updates:

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Update:

Join us this weekend for Lakewood SummerFEST 2013 at Fort Steilacoom Park Saturday, July 13 & Sunday July 14! Admission is FREE and there are tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Festivities on begin at 11 a.m. and include live music on two stages, over 100 food, arts and craft and service vendors, Army Strong Fitness Expo, a Kidz Zone inflatable area, petting zoo and Partners for Parks Car Show! Saturday will end with a showing of The Princess Bride on a 30’x40’ big screen presented by Xfinity. We start Sunday with a sprint triathlon! You can still sign up on Saturday at the park to swim, bike and run. Following the triathlon music and fun will continue from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information visit us at lakewoodsummerfest.com

Economic Development Updates:

2015 U.S. Open Coordination Team Meeting

University Place City staff hosted a meeting this week for economic development staff from several cities, the county and the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor’s Bureau. Lakewood staff attended the meeting to learn more about the 2015 U.S. Open and areas for coordination for economic development staff of the various agencies. The Premier Media Group, publisher of South Sound and 425 Magazines had Representative Kristy Ford present. Premier Media will be publishing a special edition 2015 U.S. Open publication which will be available in early 2015, possibly in January. It will be available to be placed in hotel rooms, for sale at news stand locations, and available at visitor centers. The special edition could be included in tourist information packages that are mailed from visitor centers throughout the region. Pierce County will convene the next meeting for this team in late September.

Redevelopment Advisory Board (REDAB) Update:

On Tuesday, 7/9/13, Parks & Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth presented an update to REDAB on the 2nd Annual Farmers Market. Highlights included new market additions of a Senior Nutrition Program, WIC participation, Food Demos, Special Events, Entertainment & Themes, and Sponsors. After five weeks the market has generated $41,000 to vendors with average daily vendor sales of $324 versus $45,000 for all of 2012 with average daily vendor sales of $200 in 2012. Lakewood media firm FRAUSE assisted in promoting the market. The Economic Development team presented a projects update and announced the opening of the new Kenworth dealership next week. The first Lakewood EB5 (foreign direct investment) project is underway as a part of financing for a large development on Pacific Highway. Drive-through code amendments have been suggested by planning to allow more drive-through businesses in Lakewood. The Planning Advisory Board will convene on July 24th to discuss the drive through proposal and staff expects to move this forward to City Council soon after. The City of Lakewood uses Buxton Company research to perform retail matching, retail leakage (opportunity by retail sector), consumer propensity (purchase habits), and extensive demographic and psychographic profiles to enhance business attraction. These reports are made available free of charge to local developers, brokers and all Lakewood businesses. Partner resources were distributed to REDAB to provide connections both for themselves and their clients. REDAB President Jim Charboneau expressed that he is feeling better about the business climate.

Lodging Tax Grant Applications Coming Soon

The Washington State Legislature updated the lodging tax grant law RCW 67.28 effective July, 1, 2013. Lakewood’s 2014 lodging tax grant applications are being revised, and the city expects to have its three-week open period in July/August 2013. The Lakewood Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) hopes to receive applicant project presentations in September-2013. LTAC recommendations are targeted to be accepted or declined by the City Council in November-2013 with contracts being written and processed in January-2014.

Public Works Update:

The City of Lakewood applied for a state Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Program Grant in 2012 to help fund a lake management plan for Waughop Lake located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. A plan will help determine what efforts are needed to improve water quality and restore the lake to a more usable condition. The City received notice this week that the project is on the final list of funded grant projects. The Department of Ecology will now begin negotiating a grant agreement with the City. Assuming the project moves forward, work on the plan should begin early next year.

Julie Skaw Appointed Toastmaster Area Governor

City of Lakewood Information Services Senior Engineer Julie Skaw was appointed this month as Toastmasters Area Governor for Area 13, Division A, District 32 and will be serving our Lakewood club and three other clubs in our division. Members served total about 55 of which the Lakewood chapter has 20+. In this role Julie will provide leadership and serve as a liaison to the division and district through the clubs' Presidents and Vice Presidents of Education. Clubs are Lakeside Linguists at the VA Hospital, Lakewood, Pierce Transit and Melting Pot on McNeill Island. The Lakewood club meets every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the council chambers. Employees and citizens are encouraged to come and experience what Toastmasters has to offer. Visit the website for more information: http://lakewoodtoastmasters.org/ . Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.

Legal Update:

During the week of July 1- July 5, 2013 the Cities of Lakewood and University Place received 38 cases for review 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.

Mark Your Calendars:

July 12th- City of Lakewood night at the Tacoma Rainiers

July 13th & 14th- SummerFEST at Fort Steilacoom Park

July 16th 7:30 a.m. - Coffee with the Mayor – City Hall Council Chambers

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration