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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/19/06

May 12, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Westside Communities Leadership Summit: Councilmembers are invited to join their fellow councilmembers from Tacoma, University Place, Gig Harbor, Fircrest, Steilacoom, Dupont, Ruston, and Pierce County at a collaboration meeting at UP City Hall on May 24th from 630pm to 930pm. Panel discussions will cover Transportation and Transit; Economic Development; Public Safety and Communications. There will be roundtable discussions to follow up on the panel topics, and the goal is to more effectively respond to regional issues. The Lakewood city manager will lead the panel on public safety and communications.
  • City receives Traffic Safety Grant: In May 2006, the City applied for a grant to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) on behalf of Police and Public Works, to cover installation of flashing yellow lights on all arterial roads (speed 30 MPH and up) not now covered by flashing yellow lights. The City had previously committed to fund these flashing lights and have them installed prior to the start of the 2006/2007 school year.   We were notified this week that the grant was approved, saving the City $49,000. Previously WTSC approved a grant to fund the installation of the 7 –to- 5 PM warning signs. When complete, WTSC informs us that LPD will be the only jurisdiction in Washington to have all school zones on arterial roads covered by flashing yellow lights. The 6 sites are:
    • Steilacoom Blvd in front of Lochburn 35mph
    • 83rd in front of Oakbrook Elementary 30mph
    • Lakewood Drive by the A-1 School 35mph
    • Steilacoom Boulevard by the A-1 School 35mph
    • 108th St by Lakeview Elementary 35mph
    • 112th St by Clover Park High 35mph
    • Military Road @ 112th Mann Middle School 35mph
  • Potential Special Operations/Vice Seizure Funds: The King County prosecutor’s office has been in negotiations with the suspects related to the joint King County/Lakewood Police investigation of Beautiful Companions Escort. The final offer is for the defendants to plead guilty to two counts of Promoting Prostitution 2nd Degree. As part of that agreement, there would be approximately $600,000 in total net seizure, of which Lakewood would stand to net $270,000.
  • National Forensic Academy: Lakewood’s own Detective Bryan Johnson has been selected for the January 2007 session of the National Forensic Academy.  The National Forensic Academy is at the University of Tennessee – Law Enforcement Innovation Center.  It is an intensive 10 week in-residence program that is the only one of its kind in the U.S., and only 16 applicants are selected nationally for each session.  LPD is the only Washington city other than Seattle PD to send a participant.   Congratulations Bryan!
  • New LPD Reserve Police Officers: New LPD Reserve Officers Michael Cox, Brandon Schaeffer, and Rick Melvin graduated from the Reserve Academy on May 13th.  One of the new officers, Rick Melvin, won the coveted “Top Gun” award for demonstrating the highest level of skill with a firearm. The new officers will soon begin on the job training with experienced Police Training Officers. Once they are fully trained, these reserves will augment the Patrol Response Unit.
  • Gravelly Lake Home Owner’s Association Meeting: LPD attended a meeting of the Gravelly Lake Home Owner’s Association on May 17th, and information on Block Watch was presented to a group of about 36 citizens.  The discussion included crime trends, methods for decreasing crime, and the importance of developing a good partnership with the police department.

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 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 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.