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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/12/06

May 12, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Alice Bush is elected to state-wide leadership post: City Clerk/General Services Director Alice Bush was elected as the next president of the Washington Municipal Clerks Association at their recent annual meeting.  WCMA is a statewide organization with over 350 municipal clerks and is dedicated to promoting professional development in local government in Washington State.
  • Sewer extension project to Tillicum/American Lake Gardens: The City has directed our consultant to proceed with ground survey and geotechnical work associated with the sewer project. We will be notifying by mail all 256 fronting property owners along the preferred sewer alignment, so they won’t be surprised by seeing survey crews or a drilling rig in their area.
  • Movie Theatre crime prevention training program: Lakewood Police Officer Austin Lee trained over 40 general managers and senior assistant managers of area theatres regarding crime prevention issues at movie theatres, at a seminar conducted at their annual general managers’ forum in Bellevue.  LPD was asked to provide the training because we have maintained a strong partnership with Regal Cinemas in Lakewood. This 90 minute training covered CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design), identifying and dealing with people with problems, and reacting to exigent circumstances.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/5/06

May 5, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Parks Director elected to statewide leadership post:  Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth was installed last week as the upcoming president of the 1,200- member Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) at a joint Washington/Oregon parks and recreation conference in Vancouver WA.  Her tenure as president-elect will commence after a year as vice-president. WRPA represents parks and recreation professionals from around the State.
  • DoD “Responding to Change”: The city manager and Councilmember Richardson attended a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored BRAC-related conference this week, with attendees from military communities around the nation. The agenda items included coordinated planning, base realignment, encroachment, federal assistance, and managing growth and redevelopment.
  • City Hall Parking Lot Expansion: Work on expanding the City Hall parking lot is anticipated to start May 15th.  We will be seeking a cost from our contactor to expand the parking area in the triangle landscaped area adjacent to the existing easterly driveway.  We feel it would more cost effective to plant new versus to transplant, and we will be offering the landscape plants to the public for their salvage; with this approach, we believe our cost to develop this parking area will be less.  The City got a good price from the contractor on the original work (approx. $28,000) which is primarily asphalt paving work, and we are trying to move things along in order not cause him any delays.
  • LPD Training of Lakewood Banks: LPD conducted training for 17 employees of three local banks (Heritage Bank, Pacific International Bank, and Twin County Credit Union) on South Tacoma Way this week.  The program covered police dispatching procedures, police procedures during and after robbery, robbery prevention and recognizing casing, calling 911 and describing suspects and vehicles, and suspect tracking devices.
  • LPD Motel Sweep Summary: LPD Motel Sweep Team Members conducted motel sweeps last week. There are only currently three motels with call volumes warranting sweep emphasis.  Five individuals were arrested for outstanding warrants and drug possession/paraphernalia charges.
  • 1-37 Field Artillery Battalion Presentation: Officer Charles Porche presented a training program for two batteries of soldiers and some of their spouses.  This Battalion is shipping out to Iraq sometime in early summer.  The presentation covered personal, home, vehicle and other safety topics, and was well received by the Battery commander and 40-50 people in attendance.
  • Street Project Grant applications: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) has a call out for projects associated with the $127 million in federal grant money available in the four county region thru 2010.   The Cross Base Highway GLD to Thorne Ln Connector was one of Pierce County’s allotted 6 projects submitted to compete for $54 million for regional wide projects.  Still outstanding is the call for county wide projects to compete for the balance of the funds.   This $73 million is first prorated among the 4 counties based on population for which projects within each respective county then compete for their county’s respective allotment.  Pierce County’s allotment is approximately $15,500,000.  Public Works will be submitting the following 4 projects:  Bridgeport Way – 75th St to N City limits (project costs $1,135,000, grant funding requested $794,500); 100th St SW – GLD to 59th Ave (project Costs $1,145,000, grant funding requested $957,000); Bridgeport Way – Steilacoom Blvd to 83rd St (total project cost $ 2,000,000, grant funding requested $800,000); and Gravelly Lake Dr Overlay 112th St to Bridgeport Way (project costs $880,000, grant funding requested $761,200).  The Bridgeport Way projects as well as the 100th St project are all for full improvements with pavement curb & gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting. The northerly Bridgeport Way project includes the remaining improvements not covered by the Wal-Mart development.  All projects are in the existing 6 Yr TIP.
  • Police Explorers Compete: The Lakewood Police Explorers attended the City of Vancouver Tactical Explorer Competition on April 29th. Explorer Commander Lisa Cree and Explorer Trevor Hinkle won first place on traffic stops. All the explorers did an exceptional job. The Lakewood Explorers are an excellent representation of our Police Department.
  • Missing Juvenile: A 14-year old Lakes High School student was reported to have not gotten off the school bus on Ft. Lewis Tuesday afternoon. The student is developmentally disabled and becomes confused easily, and has asthma and high blood pressure.  The bus driver said the missing subject did not get on the bus.  LPD responded to narrow possible locations and begin to search, and Ft. Lewis had several M.P. units looking for the subject on base.   Just after midnight, LPD Officer Jeremy Vahle found him behind the Block Buster Video on Steilacoom Blvd. He was lost and did not know how to get home. The officer took him to McDonalds and bought him some dinner, then transported him to the station where he was reunited with his mother.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/21/06

April 21, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • RFP on Military Base Encroachment Proposal and Annexation: Councilmember Richardson, the city manager and government relations director met with Senator Cantwell’s office this week to discuss the proposed feasibility study related to the military bases. This meeting was the latest in a series of stakeholder contacts, which have included Senator Murray’s office, Congressmen Norm Dicks and Adam Smith, the County Executive, the members of the County Council, and the mayors of Tacoma, Steilacoom, Dupont, and Roy. The RFP calls for proposals due by the end of the month.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park Dedication Ceremony: In conjunction with Parks Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 22nd, the ceremony for dedicating the improvements at Ft Steilacoom Park will take place at 1:00pm tomorrow.
  • Cross Base Highway Access Hearing: On April 26th  at 6:00pm, WSDOTwill conduct an Access Hearing on the Cross-Base Highway Project at Woodbrook Middle School. This is a legal procedure followed by the State for allowing abutting property owners and others the opportunity to provide to property access rights or the lack thereof on to or from the road.
  • Cross-Base Highway Grant Application: Cross-Base Highway Connector (GLD to Thorne Ln) project grant application has received PCRC’s concurrence meaning that it is one of a total of six allowed grant applications from Pierce County that will now compete in a potential pool of about 34 grant application projects for a portion of the $53 million of federal grant money that is presently available within PSRC’s 4 county region.
  • City Hall Parking Lot: The Public Works Department received construction bids (low bid approx $38,000) for the expansion and resealing of the City Hall parking lot.  The expansion would add over 70 parking stalls along the southerly edge of the existing parking lot.  The resealing and re-striping of the existing lot would occur on a weekend. Work would begin once the contract documents are executed, subject also to weather conditions.
  • LPD Promotion/Commissioning/Award Ceremony: Please join us on April 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, as the Lakewood Police Department celebrates the promotion of Sgt. Heidi Hoffman to Lieutenant, commissioning CSO’s Courtney Nelson and Cassey Jankowiac, and presenting several awards.
  • Lakewood Police Officer receives Award from TPDOn April 27th, Lakewood Police Officer Vince Sivankeo will receive the Law Enforcement Award of Merit from the Tacoma Police Department, due to his attention to detail and follow up of a suspicious vehicle. His outstanding work resulted in recovering the vehicle stolen in a Tacoma burglary and several stolen guns contained in the car, as well as the apprehension of two suspects.
  • Springfest at Springbrook Park: The Pacific Neighborhood Association held the 3rd Annual Springfest Egg hunt on April 15th at Springbrook Park. Over 100 kids showed up with parents and hunted for plastic eggs and candy. The Easter Bunny was present and handed out many gifts.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/28/06

April 28, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Ford:  Titus Will Investments announced its new business location on Pacific Highway South across the street from the new Sounder Station for a new car dealership – Lakewood Ford.    The business has about 86 employees, and will build a 55,000 square foot dealership at the main site, which is about 6 acres.  They also purchased a 3.75 acre site on Pacific Highway at 108th and will open a used car location there. This significant new Lakewood business is scheduled to open in summer of 2007.
  • “Responding to BRAC”: The city manager and Councilmember Richardson have been invited to a Department of Defense military service community conference entitled “Responding to BRAC” on May 2-5 in Atlanta. The agenda items include base closure, realignment, federal assistance, and managing growth and redevelopment. The conference is hosted by DoD and participants attend at DoD expense.
  • Parks Appreciation Day: A very successful community response to last Saturday’s Parks Appreciation Day was assisted by good weather. About 325 citizens participated.
  • Underage Liquor and Cigarette Sales Compliance Checks: The Lakewood Police and the Washington Liquor Board held a Liquor and Cigarette Sales Compliance Detail on April 20th.  Thirteen of the stores performed well and made no sale to the decoy minor but one store, the 76 Station at 10712 Bridgeport, made a sale and the clerk was cited and released.
  • Gravel Shoulder Bids: The City received bids (low bid approx $21,000) to construct a 5-foot wide gravel shoulder along the Steilacoom Blvd frontage of the lot at NW  corner of the Steilacoom Blvd and Ardmore Dr/Custer Rd  intersection.  Presently the rock wall on the lot extends to the edge of travel lane on Steilacoom Blvd forcing pedestrians to walk in the travel lane to get by the property. The City has received citizen complaints about this being a potential safety hazard issue. Work will begin once the contract has been executed.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/14/06

April 14, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Under-age Drinking Town Hall Meeting to be used as a model:  Lakewood received strong congratulations from the Dept of Social and Health Services on the success of our Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking. DSHS, the organizer of this nation-wide initiative, has indicated they intend to use our Town Meeting format as a state model to show how to set an effective meeting.
  • Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force:  The task force has met on two occasions, March 28th and April 11th, and they’ve elected officers, approved bylaws, reviewed background materials, and established prioritized tasks.  Mini-seminars have been conducted on the regulations pertaining to adult family homes.  On April 25th, the task force will be provided with information regarding child care facilities, and upcoming meetings will discuss home occupation businesses, fire safety standards, traffic impacts and best practices.
  • Lakes Advisory Council Spring Meeting: The Lakes Advisory Council, consisting of representatives from the Lake Improvements Clubs for American Lake, Gravelly Lake, Lake Steilacoom, and Lake Louise, as well as representatives from the Rowing Club, Power Boat Association, police, fire and Fort Lewis met on April 11th to review 2006 water safety objectives. Our goals are to continue the success we obtained on American Lake last year, while increasing Fort Lewis military police presence. We will additionally attempt to increase our presence on the others lakes, particularly Lake Steilacoom. Finally, we will initiate what will become annual water safety education presentations and a police/fire rescue drill on every lake.
  • Clover Park School District Grant: Clover Park School District got a $177,000 Federal grant from the Safe Routes to School Program to install sidewalks (one side only) on 86th St SW from Bridgeport to Lochburn Middle School.  The Grant also includes some school signage (flashing lights) on Steilacoom Blvd. Public Works developed the application for the school district and will act  as the lead for the District’s improvements construction.
  • Lakewood Commuter Rail Station Grant: The City received $2,700,000 for the Lakewood Commuter Rail Station project.  The scope of the grant included the 3 traffic signals at the Commuter Rail Station site as well as  Pac Hwy frontage improvements (bike lane, curb & gutter, sidewalks and street lights on both sides) from 108th St to the access Rd (104th St Ct) into Pierce Transit’s Park & Ride lot.  The match for this grant is the existing funding that Sound Transit has allocated for the Lakewood Station.
  • Amber and Zircon Bids: The City received bids for reshaping and re-landscaping the northeast corner of the intersection of Amber and Zircon, which upon completion eliminates the site distance issue associated with the mound at that corner. With this work and the prior signage and rumble strips installation, the site distance issues at this intersection will have been reasonably addressed.
  • Cross Base Highway Project Connector Road Grant Application: County/WSDOT with the County as the lead submitted a grant application for the construction of the connector Rd (GLD to Thorne Lane) associated with the Cross Base Highway project (a $12,970,000 project seeking a $6,000,000 grant).  Public Works supported the County’s application.  Presently there is approximately $53 million dollars in federal transportation grant money available in PSRC’s 4 county region.  Grant awards will be competitive-based.  Under the rules, six project grant applications can be submitted from all of Pierce County, and a total of six were received and will go to PCRC, who decides which projects will advance to PSRC.  The project only constructed the noise barrier and the one lane road.  The bicycle/pedestrian was deferred to a future improvement.
  • Update of Sage Terrace Apartments:  This property was subject to extensive enforcement action in 2005 by the fire district, community development and police departments.  A fire occurred at the complex this last week.  Because of the proactive approach on enforcement, there were no injuries and minimal property damage to the structure. The joint code enforcement action had, in part, required existing fire lanes be posted and maintained, and the installation of working smoke detectors in each unit.  The fire crews reported that upon their arrival, all the fire lanes were clear, allowing the firefighters unobstructed access to make a quick fire attack containing the fire to one unit.  Further, the smoke detectors were found to be in operating condition in the vicinity of the fire.
  • Multi-Agency Support for Woodbrook Evidence Search: The detailed search of the area where Adre’Anna Jackson’s remains were discovered has continued throughout this week, and concluded on Friday.  Each day (including weekends) an average of 80 people worked between 10 and 12 hours, clearing brush, sifting dirt, and cataloguing evidence.  Substantial personnel and equipment support was provided by Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Department, IT/GIS section, and Municipal Court Work Crew Section, as well as the following outside departments and agencies:
    • Puyallup Police Department
    • Woodbrook Middle School staff
    • FBI
    • Pierce County Department of Emergency Management
    • Pierce County Cooperative Cities Crime Response Unit
    • Washington State Patrol
    • King County Small Cities Major Crimes Task Force
    • Tacoma PD
    • Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Public Works
    • Federal Way Police Department
    • Lacey PD
    • Olympia PD
    • Tukwila PD
    • Kent PD
    • Lewis County Sheriff’s Office (Volunteer Crime Scene Team)
    • McChord AFB Security Forces
    • WA State Dept. of Ecology
    • WA State Dept. of Health
    • Lemay Inc.
    • Ft Lewis CID
    • King County Sheriff’s Office
    • Centralia PD
    • Seattle PD CSI
    • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Explorers
    • Pierce County Medical Examiner
    • 1996th Barbecue Brigade Support Team