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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/25/06

August 25, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To:     Mayor and Members of the Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • First Annual Mayor’s (Soccer) Cup: The first Annual Mayor’s Cup was held at Fort Steilacoom Park on August 12th with Mayor Thomas presenting tournament trophies. The Korean Consul General was also present for part of the tournament, as were soccer teams from Vancouver, B.C., Chicago, South Korea, Washington and a Lakewood city employee.  The soccer games were the main draw for a Sister City fundraiser and were sponsored by the Korean Sister City Sub-committee of the Lakewood Sister City Association and the Korean-American Washington State Soccer Association. The event was to bring attention to the City’s ongoing effort to find a city in Korea that would be interested in becoming a sister city. For the first time out, the event brought in $9,000, which will go to funding activities such as cultural and student exchanges when a Sister City is established in Korea.
  • Neiditz elected WCMA Vice President:  Lakewood's city manager was elected Vice President of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA), as announced at the group's annual conference this week in Blaine.  WCMA is the professional association for city managers and administrators around the State, and has about 250 members.  The association sponsors management training conferences on both a state-wide and Northwest regional basis, and WCMA presidents become ex-officio members of the AWC (Association of Washington Cities) Board.
  • Speeding Enforcement: The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission is sponsoring a speed enforcement project involving multiple police agencies due to begin in October 2006. This project utilizes the same task force model as the highly successful Pierce County DUI project. Officers from Lakewood and several other jurisdictions will be working overtime shifts within a specified corridor identified by analysts as a high accident area within Pierce County for the purpose of interdicting speed violations. The goal of this project is to educate the motoring public and enforce the speed limits via high profile patrol saturation. As many as twenty officers per eight hour shift will be participating from various agencies involved. The corridor for this project includes SR512 from I-5 to South Hill, SR161 from South Hill to 176th St E, and SR 7 (Pacific Avenue) inclusive of all roadways in between these boundaries.
  • Explorer Academy: Once again, Lakewood Police Explorers performed well at the Explorers Academy.  Officer Prante accompanied the Explorers to the Academy held at the Boy Scout Camp site located by Chinook Pass.  One of our new explorers, Josh Caron, who has only been with the post for a month, achieved the 1st place award for overall achievement; which includes the range, physical agility, academics and drill down. Krystal Purkey was elected to be the keynote speaker for the Advanced Class.
  • Community Policing Extends to the Middle East: Lakewood Police Department conducted a professional development training for senior leaders in the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry, part of our community partner organization from Fort Lewis. They discussed community policing concepts and how they would enable community stabilization operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Cops and Docs: Please see the attached version of the soon to be published article regarding Cops and Docs.  It is a tribute to the work St. Clare and the Lakewood Police Department have done and continue to do for the youth of our community.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/18/06

August 18, 2006

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To:       Mayor and Members of the Council
From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Flashing Lights at Arterial School Zones: As part of school zone speed control photo enforcement program, our contractor should start next week installing the yellow flashing warning lights at 6 of the 7 remaining unmarked arterials.  Onyx Dr, which is associated with Oakbrook Elementary School, will be the only remaining outstanding arterial (83rd Ave is included in the 6), and it will be included in a bid package for contract award later this fall.  Onyx Dr is being deferred because it’s an underground power situation, and thus a more complicated installation -- which would have delayed getting the 6 up and operating in time for school opening.  (Onyx is also a 2 lane, low volume, 30 MPH arterial and therefore not as critical as the 6.)  In addition to Onyx, the fall bid package will also include the upgrade of the existing yellow flashing lights systems presently on the 11 arterials to live power (presently photo cell/battery pack systems). This conversion is necessary in order to make the installation of the beacon light on top of each flashing sign operable.  The phasing of the work was necessary because two earlier bid attempts were unsuccessful in receiving competitive interest due to contractor workloads.
  • Pac Hwy Project Paving: Barring a change in the weather, from Monday (8/21) through Wednesday (8/23), our Pacific Hwy Improvement project contractor will be paving from the railroad crossing bridge to 108th St., starting at 6:00 AM and working through 6:00 PM.  All the property owners and businesses have been notified. Individual driveways could be closed up to an hour to accommodate the laying and the compacting of the new pavement; however there will be flaggers on site to redirect vehicles to alternate driveways locations on their respective property.
  • DUI Emphasis:  LPD Traffic Officers will be participating in a nation-wide “crack down on impaired drivers” between August 18th and September 5th.  This over-time DUI emphasis will be funded by a grant from the State Traffic Safety Commission.
  • Juggalos Arrested:  LPD Detective Paynter received information on possible locations for the two remaining Juggalos, and during the course of the surveillance, officers were able to witness a hand-to-hand drug deal.  The Juggalos were arrested without incident, as were three additional personnel involved in the drug sale. This was a team effort by Robbery/Assault, Special Ops, Property Pro-Ac and the Violent Crimes Task Force.
  • City Hall Parking: The recently completed improvement to the City Hall parking lot has resulted in an increase to 337 spaces. The original real estate agreement (REA) had stipulated a loss of 120 spaces to the development on the east side of the building (the “grassy knoll”). However, discussions with the owners of both the east and west properties are intended to result in shared public parking which will accommodate the needs and requirements of all three buildings.
  • Crime Free Housing Improvements:  LPD Neighborhood Patrol Officer Adam Leonard and Community Service Officer Kathy McCann have been meeting with management of apartments in Lakeview recently in an effort to increase the number of Crime Free complexes. This is in response to a sharp increase in violent crime in this area – most of which is gang-related. Response from the owners and managers has been very positive and that cooperation has already paid off. Several tenants and/or associates with felony warrants have been arrested as part of LPD’s increased emphasis in this area including a convicted murderer who had recently threatened to “shoot up” one of the apartment complexes.  In total, 64 arrests have been made in that neighborhood since 4-1-06; most involve gang members. Additionally, the owners have been exceedingly cooperative about evicting tenants whom we identify as engaging in criminal or gang-related activity.
  • KOAM TV Interviews:  Officer Austin Lee went to KOAM TV (local Korean cable TV) yesterday and taped series of 20 minute long interviews on DV awareness and traffic safety. They have asked him back in October to talk about DUI awareness and other Lakewood Crime Free programs.  He will also be taping a boating safety advertisement next week in helping Washington State Boating Safety Commission.
  • Lakewood Police Officers Participate at Law Enforcement Youth Camp (LEYC): LEYC is a free youth camp for ages 9 to 11, which dates back to the 70’s, and is operated by law enforcement personnel acting as the counselors. Lakewood Officer Shirley McLamore is at camp this week with three Lakewood youth who qualify for camp, and they will be participating in camp activities such as swimming, jet skiing, games, challenge course activities and camp fires.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/4/06

August 4, 2006

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:        Mayor and Members of the Council

From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Meeting with DOC: The city manager and police chief met with Harold Clarke, head of the State Corrections Department (DOC), along with Prosecutor Gerry Horne and representatives of the City of Tacoma and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, to discuss offender re-entry to community initiatives. Secretary Clarke responded to our inquiry about Progress House by stating that Western State Hospital is not his preferred location, and that the DOC is actively pursuing other sites. In a press release on August 3rd, DOC announced it will begin a search for potential locations for new work release   facilities in communities where they do not currently exist.
  • Grant received for DUI patrols: LPD has received a $1,500 grant for DUI patrols from August 18 through September 5th, to cover 4 shifts of 6 hours duration within the City.
  • Lakewood Idol:  A highlight in the summer concert series last week was the final competition for the title of Lakewood Idol.  Eight finalists, ranging in age from teens to 40+, entertained a large American Lake Park audience with their singing skills.  The judges selected Tara Williams, a 21 year old who will represent Lakewood at the Puyallup Fair competition.
  • Happy Days Casino employees trained on Raising the Bar and Gang Awareness: Lakewood Police Department and Stated Liquor Control Board gave two hour training on August 2nd to 18 Happy Days Casino employees on “Raising the Bar” (Crime Free Bar Training) and Gang Awareness.  Happy Day works under a crime prevention agreement as it was identified as an establishment with frequent repeated violent calls for service.
  • PSRC Project Funding: It’s official.  PSRC has formally acted on the recommended project list for federal grant funding through 2008-2010, and the City’s two projects that were on the recommended list were approved.  The City received $761,200 (total project estimate is $880,000) for the asphalt over lay of GLD from 112th to Bridgeport and $667,000 (total project estimate is $1,145,000) for the improvement of 100th St with curbs and sidewalks from GLD to 59th Ave.  100th St is on the contingency list for another $290,000 should additional grant funding become available in the interim period.
  • City Staff to Ride Courage Classic: The City has a strong tradition of participation in this important event, which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Sexual Assault Center.  This year, City staff members who will be riding all 162 miles (over 3 days, crossing Snoqualmie, Blewett, and Stevens Passes) are: Heidi Wachter (Team Captain), Greg Vigoren (9th consecutive year!), Dan Penrose, Sara Milbauer, Marc Amrine, and Nadine Mitsch.  Dave Hall and Dave Guttu are helping organize and staff the combined Clover Park/Lakewood/Tacoma South Rotary rest stop at Nason Creek.
  • Police Explorers assist at Crime Scene: Excellent assistance was provided by the LPD Explorer Post for a crime scene search on July 29th.  Upon request for assistance, they were able to quickly assemble a 7 person team to assist in searching for a pistol used in a Homicide.  Due to the diligent and thorough search by the team, the pistol was located.  Along with recovering a vital piece of evidence, the gun was recovered before it may have been found by children in the area.
  • Towne Center Business Watch: the Towne Center Business Watch held their quarterly meeting on July 27th at the Lakewood Police Station.  The group discussed the crime statistics and trends affecting their business area.  Staff discussed the recent vandalism occurring in the Towne Center and explained the need to report suspicious people and vehicles, and also presented the new shoplifting program for businesses that should be in place this fall.  The consensus from the group was that the shoplifting program will be a positive change for all involved.
Building Permit Activity
 
Number of Building Permits Applied For
Number of Building Permits Issued
July 2005
132
127
August 2005
183
181
September 2005
137
133
October 2005
164
162
November 2005
129
120
December 2005
132
113
January 2006
150
124
February 2006
147
113
March 2006
145
127
April 2006
145
120
May 2006
166
134
June 2006
188
164
July 2006
152
137
 
 

Land Use Permit Activity

 
Number of Planning Permits Applied For
Number of Planning Permits Approved
July 2005
21
15
August 2005
18
17
September 2005
26
21
October 2005
19
17
November 2005
21
18
December 2005
27
11
January 2006
26
20
February 2006
30
17
March 2006
42
37
April 2006
35
24
May 2006
33
22
June 2006
31
23
July 2006
30
17
 
 

Building Valuation Totals

 
Total Permit Valuation
July 2005
$1,824,850.67
August 2005
$14,150,764.00
September 2005
$9,495,158.28
October 2005
$6,050,496.85
November 2005
$9,079,928.98
December 2005
$3,909,768.83
January 2006
$3,377,064.98
February 2006
$1,077,908.30
March 2006
$8,861,148.72
April 2006
$2,896,237/61
May 2006
$5,218,230.81
June 2006
$15,785,082.98
July 2006
$12,856,056.34
 
 

Pending Pre-Application Conferences (August 1 – August 31, 2006)...................6

 
Renewed Business Licenses.......................................................................................1724
Business Licenses within Lakewood still on Notice.................................................435

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/11/06

August 11, 2006

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:        Mayor and Members of the Council

From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
 
  • Harry Todd Skate Park: After years of planning, the skate park at Harry Todd is ready to roll. Please join us at the grand opening celebration on Friday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Lakewood Boys & Girls Club HOPE Center: About 400 people gathered at the Lakeview Elementary School site for the groundbreaking of the new B&GC Hope Center on August 8th. The City is a major sponsor, with its commitment of $750,000 over five years. Carol Milgard spoke of her family’s support of the project. The mayor, city manager, parks & recreation director, and police chief were also present.
  • National Night Out: Now that all 50 neighborhood events have been completed, the coordinator of the program, Mike Kanter, has estimated that about 2,300 people participated. The event was very well received all over the City, and there were quite a few first-time neighborhoods this year.
  • Tillicum Property Demolition: This week, the community development department issued the demolition permits for 15223 Portland Avenue SW in Tillicum.  Demolition is scheduled to begin August 14th,   and all of the structures will be razed.  This property has been a major eyesore within the Tillicum community.  A Notice and Order to Abate was issued earlier this year; however, the property owner opted to perform the work without the City having to formally initiate the abatement/lien process.  The cost for the demolition, including asbestos removal, was $30,000.  Photos are attached.
  • Sewer Project Information Meeting: Staff from Public Works and Community Development presented information on August 10th to about 35 citizens at the Woodbrook Middle School. The meeting is the first of three scheduled sessions with the purpose of answering questions and assessing the level of voluntary connection capability in the Tillicum/American Lake Gardens area. The city manager and economic development administrator were present, along with the engineering consultants.
  • Cross-Base Highway (SR 704) Coordination: The first meeting of the project’s executive management team took place this week in Lakewood City Hall, with the secretary of WSDOT, the county executive, the mayor and city manager present. The two military bases opted to stay informed without attending the meetings, but the project is now proceeding through its design phases with support from all key stakeholders.
  • Ponders Collision: The Ponder Collision open house celebrated the grand opening of the business’s major expansion on August 8th. The business is a major anchor presence along the Pacific Highway corridor. The mayor and city manager attended the reception, along with other staffmembers who had assisted the business during development.
  • Lake City Neighborhood Association: Staff from the Police Department, along with the chief and the city manager, met with the Lake City citizens on August 10th to present information and answer questions about gang activity in the area.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/28/06

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:        Mayor and Members of the Council

From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Identity Theft Prevention: On Saturday, July 22nd, Community Service Officer Cassey Jankowiak and Neighborhood Police Officer Austin Lee helped provide an Identity Theft Prevention Shredding Event at Twin County Credit Union for 43 citizens who brought bags of sensitive material to be shredded.
  • KLAY Radio Interview: On July 27th, Sergeant Thom Stewart and Police Volunteer Darlene Espinoza-Picon were in studio guests, and Police Volunteer Coordinator/National Night Out Against Crime Co-Coordinator Mike Kanter was a call in guest on radio station KLAY with host Lee Giles.  They discussed the National Night Out program in Pierce County.  Mike was able to speak briefly about the partnership with Ft. Lewis and also had an opportunity to spotlight the success of Lakewood’s program and the fact that we have 50 registered events so far this year.  Thom was able to highlight this year’s domestic violence focus and the friends and family campaign, as well as the Neighborhood Policing Teams and their work throughout the year.
  • Speed Humps: On July 25th, Public Works (PW) reviewed with the Citizen Transportation Review Committee (CTRC) its proposal to install speed humps on Interlaaken Drive and Tower Road as means to reduce speeds through these respective neighborhoods.  Because Interlaaken Drive is a collector arterial, CTRC didn’t support the installation of any traffic calming improvements thereon and felt that a broader base citizen inquiry as well as a greater public good analysis needs to be done first, prior to proposing such improvements thereon.  As such, PW will defer the installation of speed humps on Interlaaken Drive at this time and will proceed with providing the CTRC with expanded outreach results and a greater good analysis.  The CTRC did support the installation of speed humps on Tower Road, and PW will proceed with their installation.