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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/30/05

December 30, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Heidi Wachter, Acting City Manager

  •  The YMCA Teen Program to Reopen: The Lakewood YMCA teen late night program will restart January 13, 2006. YMCA staff met with Lakewood Police to develop guidelines and supervision to be put in place to ensure the safety and fun for all participants. The new program reopens with strong new leadership and a fresh approach.
  • Training: Several members of the Police Department attended a 7 hour CPR/ First Aid/ AED class put on by Gail Conelly, Dennis Higashiyama (Parks and Recreation Department) and Garret Smith (LFD).

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/16/05

December 16, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Wal-mart: Staff conducted a pre-construction meeting on December 14th with Wal-mart representatives.  Wal-mart will begin construction on February 1, 2006.  They intend on completing construction within a 10-month timeframe and have tentatively scheduled December 1, 2006 as their grand opening date.  On the February 1st date, Wal-Mart will initiate construction of all off-site improvements and begin the preloading process.  Preloading refers to the importation of 67,100 cubic yards of fill.
    Another preconstruction meeting will be conducted in mid-January, 2006.  This meeting will detail truck routes, and when and where imported fill may be delivered onsite.  The timing of offsite construction will likely be another topic, in addition to public notification of construction schedules.
  • Clover Park Technical College: The city manager and gov’t relations director met with the College president and senior staff this week to explore opportunities to partner on small business development training and video production, as well as other community relations programs.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/2/05

December 2, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Grant: The City received a $150,000 grant from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) for sidewalk improvement on the south side Steilacoom Blvd from Bridgeport Way to Fairlawn Dr.
  • Sidewalk and Bike Lane Improvements: Our grant applications for sidewalk and bike lane improvements along Pac Hwy from 108th St to Tacoma Way S (Pierce Transit Park & Ride lot) and along Pac Hwy from Bridgeport Way to Gravelly Lake Dr have made the first cut list.  Our grant applications were for design money only for which we sought $80,000 for Pac Hwy between 108th St and Tacoma Way S and $300,000 for Pac Hwy between Bridgeport Way and GLD.  We competed against all projects within the PSRC’s 4 county area.  101 grant applications were received for the available $18,000,000 and 51 made the recommended list.  Our projects ranked 8th and 17th respectively on said list.  The list now goes to the State to be reviewed by its Enhancement project review committee who will make a recommendation the Secretary of Transportation. It is anticipated that the Secretary will make his decision on the list in February.
  • Solarbees: Solarbees have been installed in Steilacoom Lake.
  • Portland Avenue Debrief: On 11/29/05, a Community Debrief at the Tillicum Community Center.  The purpose was to address community questions and concerns about the search warrant served at 15217 Portland Ave SW and associated properties.  Det. Higgins did an outstanding job of explaining the purpose, scope, and results of the search warrant which had been processed on 11/10/05.  He emphasized the need for the community to report crime, and gave them tips for how to protect themselves in the future.  He answered several questions from the audience of about 35 citizens with respect and candor. Afterwards, all three officers remained to speak to individual citizens who had further unrelated questions.  As a result, two leads for new block-watches were developed.
  • LPD Joint Operation: Several members of Special Operations assisted the Violent Crimes Task Force in serving a narcotics warrant on 11/17 in Tacoma. This was part of a very large DEA sweep of 74 Hoover gang members throughout Western Washington.  During the entire operation, the DEA served 17 search warrants and arrested 21 suspects on various federal drug charges.  Our officers and the Task Force served one of those warrants and recovered ½ of a kilo of cocaine and over $10,000.  We did not have an active role in the case but made tactical entry and served the one search warrant.  This has been reported in some media outlets this evening.
  • Woodbrook Debrief: On November 16th, LPD conducted a public de-brief about the recent shooting incident that occurred at the RoAnn Apartments. The meeting was held in a vacant apartment on the premises, and the manager was present.  There were about 20 people in attendance.  Officers explained the details of the incident and answered questions related to safety, use of 911 system, the Crime Free Housing aspects of this case, and also explained Crime Free Housing programs in greater detail, including the use of a Block Watch in the apartments, and the various ways the public has of obtaining non-emergency service from LPD.  The Officers stressed the importance of “community” in the apartment complex.
  • First Joint Vice Task Force Operation A Success: On Wednesday evening, vice officers from Tacoma PD, Lakewood PD, and Fife PD conducted the first Joint Vice Task Force prostitution emphasis, on South Tacoma Way between 96th St and 56th St.  The Joint Vice Task Force was formed this fall, with the mission of driving prostitution out of the partner jurisdictions by cooperative enforcement.  Wednesday night’s operation resulted in the arrest of five street prostitutes, one customer (who indicated his intention to sign up for the new “John School”), and also netted a drug dealer as a bonus when he made the mistake of selling his product in the same area.
  • Business Owner Meeting: On November 15th, LPD attended a meeting of Business Owners located along 59th avenue and 100th Street SW.  In discussing the businesses concerns, the officers explained the need to call 911 or Non-Emergency dispatch to report crimes.  The NPO/CSO team suggested ways that the establishments can become harder targets.  The team also offered to provide a wide range of training and support to the Owners and their employees.  It was an excellent example of how business owners and the Police Department can work together to accomplish a common goal.  The result is a new Business Block Watch that will benefit the business community and their customers.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/9/05

December 9, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting: The City’s 10th annual Christmas tree lighting was a big success.  Over 380 children along with family members and friends welcomed in the holidays while enjoying the music of the Lakes High School and Mann Middle School Choirs, watching the tree lighting ceremony, visiting with Santa, meeting Santa’s reindeer and browsing through the treasures at the craft fair. Special thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made this happen, especially Sara Millbauer, Recreation Coordinator, and the Parks Department staff.
  • Award of $5M PWTF Loan for Sewer Project: The City’s Tillicum/American Lake Gardens sewer extension project received a major “shot in the arm” this week, with the award of a $5 million low interest loan (at ½ %) from the State’s Public Works Trust Fund. Councilmember Bill Harrison’s service on the PWTF Board was instrumental in the award.
  • Investigation and Search for Missing 10 Year Old Continues: The Lakewood Police Department’s investigation into the disappearance of Adre Anna Jackson, which is being coordinated by Sgt. Chris Lawler, is still going at full speed.  With the excellent assistance of the FBI, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Lewis, the Fire Department, the neighborhood, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Cooperative Cities Crime Response Unit, new leads and witnesses are being checked and documented thoroughly.  Of particular assistance has been the Lakewood GIS Team, who has provided outstanding aerial maps and photos with overlays of the Tillicum and Woodbrook areas. The primary sonar and dive search of American Lake wrapped up late Thursday afternoon, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Dive Team has been requested to conduct follow-on searches of the shoreline.
  • Incredible Support: The Lakewood Police Department is extremely appreciative for the incredible support we have received from the Tillicum community.  It has been awesome - hundreds of search volunteers, 24 hour support for coffee, hot soup and meals from the Tillicum Baptist Church, use of the Tillicum Elementary and associated office equipment at our command post, and comprehensive support to the victim family.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/18/05

November 18, 2005
To:      Mayor and Members of the Council

From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Walmart Permits: On November 14th, the Community Development Department issued a building permit and site development permit for the Walmart project. The off-site civil permit is pending.   The parties of record were noticed pertaining to the permit issuance.
  • Keep Lakewood Beautiful Joint Project: Construction started last week on the KLB/City joint beautification project at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Veterans. As Council will recall, this project resulted from a donation to KLB for the improvements, and they will be providing much of the work.  The City is providing the engineering along with installing curb and gutter around the island and removing of the asphalt pavement form.   As a volunteer project, it may take a few months to complete.
  • Hearing Examiner: The City’s Hearing Examiner considered two appeals this week. The first dealt with Adult family homes at Creekwood Drive and the other matter was a business license revocation appeal for Club Paradise.
  • New Business Block Watch: On November 15th, the Police Department (Lakeview NPO, CSO, and Operations Assistant Chief) attended a meeting of Business Owners on 100th Street SW.  In discussing their concerns, the Police suggested ways that the establishments can become harder targets.  The team also offered to provide a wide range of training and support to the Owners and their employees.
  • New Block Watch: Community Service Officer Jason Jennings held a new block watch November 3rd at John Dower Elementary. Approximately 20 people attended, mainly people who reside on the north side of John Dower. The discussion centered on crime prevention (mainly burglaries and personal safety), what a block watch is and how it works, and the possibility of incorporating PCNET into their community.
  • LPD Detective Teaches Basic Crime Scene Course: LPD Detective Bryan Johnson facilitated an intensive one-day Basic Crime Scene Examination course, presented to 35 LPD and regional law enforcement personnel on November 16th.  The course, which was held at the Lakewood Fire Department Training Room, included sections on fingerprint evidence, crime scene photography, and investigation scenarios.  Det Johnson is a regionally-recognized forensics expert who holds advanced certification and a graduate degree in forensic science.
  • Raising the Bar Training: LPD training for bar owners, managers and staff was conducted at the Great American Casino on November 3rd.  The State Liquor Control Board was also present, and there were 48 persons attending the class representing fourteen establishments. The presentation included both the legal requirements and the expectations of the WSLCB, with strong emphasis on the rules about over service.  Translation services were provided for the owners and workers of Korean establishments.
  • School Safety Fair: Tyee Park Elementary held its first Safety Fair on November 3rd, showcasing Lakewood’s many community resources. The event was attended by approximately 90 people. Attendees had the opportunity to speak to many different agencies including Lakewood Police and Fire Departments, Safe Streets, Department of Emergency Management, Law Enforcement Support Agency, and the Latino Advisory Board.   Much of the information was provided in Spanish as well as English and interpreters were available to assist when needed.
  • Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Conference: Chiefs’ Saunders and Hall attended the fall WASPC Conference in Olympia November 18th and 19th. The Department was presented an award for contributions of over $5,000 last year to the Special Olympics.  Additionally, the Washington Liquor Control Board, National Center for Alcohol Law Enforcement, and LPD co-presented an orientation on Lakewood’s Raising the Bar Program.
  • St Francis Cabrini Service: Asst Chief Tim Lopez and Officer Michelle Hector attended the Sunday Service and Coffee hour on Sunday, November 6th. This is an ongoing outreach by the LPD’s Latino Police Advisory Board to integrate the police department into the Latino Community. This service has grown from 100 to 600 people in just over a year.
  • Police Training: All personnel that operate pursuit rated patrol vehicles attended a 3 hour session of emergency vehicles operations course (EVOC) at Bremerton Raceway.  Five skill sets were involved; Placement course (slow speed), High Speed Course, Mock Pursuits, Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT) and deployment of stop sticks/ spike strips.
  • LPD Combined Operations “Play of the Week”: Police, along with Community Development and Metro SWAT, served extensive search warrant in Tillicum, which closed down a major burglary ring and drug dealership. The operation resulted in the recovery of a large quantity of stolen property, felony-levels of illegal drugs seized, and five suspects arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, possession and sale of drugs, and other felony and misdemeanor violations.  Six residences in this “compound” were condemned by Code Enforcement action, and numerous junked vehicles were impounded.