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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 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 7/21/06

July 21, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Gang Emphasis Update: LPD continues the gang task force operation as its major summer emphasis. Thus far we have made 35 gang-related arrests.
  • Special Police Training: Detective Bryan Johnson attended a 3 day conference on Forensic Response to Missing & Abducted Children in Kansas City.  This training was funded by the federal government.
  • Marine Service (MSU) Gets Free Personal Watercraft (Jet skis): LPD’s Marine Services Unit has just acquired two Personal Water Craft (PWC) for patrolling the city’s lakes.  Through Honda’s Law Enforcement loan program, our MSU officers will have use of the two craft for the remainder of the year at no cost to the city.   This will significantly improve coverage on Lake Steilacoom.
  • Lakewood Emergency Response Planning Cell Update:  This group is putting the finishing touches on the City's COOP (Continuity Of Operations Plan), constructing our Pandemic Flu Response Plan, and insuring that both staff and elected officials complete the mandatory NIMS (National Incident Management System) training. We have just learned that all Council Members must complete two NIMS training modules. There are programmed text manuals requiring about one hour work each. Copies of the manuals will be provided to Council shortly.
  • Crime Prevention Agreement with Pub: Lakewood PD and the owner of Pounders Pub and Grub entered into a crime prevention agreement.  The pub was experiencing repeated violent criminal incidents including shootings and large fights.  The business owner has agreed to hire off-duty police officers on selected days to handle the problems, consistent with LPD’s “Raising the Bar” principals.
  • Metro Communications Group Adds Members, Writes Charter:  The ad-hoc group, which has focused on achieving regional interoperability for public safety communications, is comprised of police and fire representatives from Tacoma and Puyallup, police representatives from Lakewood, Dupont, and Steilacoom, and the director of LESA.  Steilacoom and Dupont have just joined the group. MetroComm members are writing a charter which will formalize the group's status, and make it eligible to apply for grants.

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.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/14/06

July 14, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Criminal Investigations-- Update on Fort Steilacoom Park: LPD’s robbery/assault investigations have now identified all of the suspects involved with the recent attacks at the park.   Four male adults and one female adult are already in custody and have provided confessions.  There are three other male adults fully identified. Recovered weapons are hatchets, machetes, wooden clubs, and a medieval war axe.  We have collected a vast amount of paraphernalia to include photographs, graffiti, and clothing.  One subject who is already in custody was arrested in 2004 by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for attacking and stabbing a soldier eleven times inside Fort Steilacoom Park.  At that time, he was also dressed in Juggalo costume, including clown makeup.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park discussion: The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB), Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board (LHAB), and Planning Advisory Board (PAB) met jointly this week to discuss strategies for the park.   It was a first-time session for all three groups to meet together, on a fairly complex subject, and a good model of citizen interaction on policy issues.
  • Fireworks Update: On July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, – LPD received 122 fireworks related calls.  That is down from 226 in 2005. The sensing from the officers was improved compliance with our city ordinance, particularly in our fireworks “hot spot” zones. We issued 7 criminal cites (about the same as last year) and confiscated a full trunk load of illegal fireworks (much less than last year). Total calls on July 4th were 279 – again the busiest day of the year. Total calls in 2005 were 290. Generally daily calls average around 180.  The fire department reports they responded to 6 fireworks related incidents – all minor. We are cautiously hoping that the reduction in fireworks related workload is the product of our extensive pre-4th awareness campaign.
  • Apartment Owners Meeting: Due to a recent rise in gang-related crime that is anchored in apartment complexes in the Lakeview Area along Bridgeport between 111th and 108th Street, LPD held a meeting on June 28th for apartment owners/managers, with support from Community Development and the Fire Department.  Most participants agreed to cooperate in screening out known criminals and gang members from renting or visiting, as well as enforcing quiet hours and reporting suspicious behaviors to the neighborhood patrol team.
  • Safety and Crime Prevention Training: In District 5, LPD completed a series of three presentations for the Washington Karate Association.  Over sixty youth, from age 6 to 17 learned about safety and crime prevention. The karate students were divided into age appropriate groups.  The older students viewed a power point presentation on drug and gang awareness with a group discussion, and the younger students played learned about stranger dangers, online safety, and how to deal with bullies through interactive games. In District 3, the NPO/CSO team hosted their second “Coffee With A Cop” event at Starbuck’s on So Tacoma Way.  Many law enforcement professionals were on hand to talk with citizens and hand out crime prevention literature.
  • Water Quality Sampling: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) will provide the City with water quality sampling in the swimming areas at American Lake and Harry Todd Parks.  Samples will be generally near the middle of the swimming area and the samples will be collected at a depth of approximately six inches in three feet of water.  If a single E coli sample exceeds 235 /100ml, the beach will be re-sampled as soon as possible.  If the results are still above 235/100ml, TPCHD will recommend against swimming until at least two consecutive samples are less than 126/100ml.   Although levels fluctuate during the summer, we have not had to close down an American Lake swimming area in the past 5 years.
  • 2nd Annual Lakewood Idol Contest: Forty contestants entered the 2nd Annual Lakewood Idol contest.  The Council Chambers rang with music of all types – country western, R & B, top 40 hits, ballads and some golden oldies.  Everyone present was entertained as 12 year old’s matched singing skills with 40+ year old adults.  City employee Elizabeth Hildgo-Linna’s two daughters, ages 12 and 14, did their mother proud!   Sara Millbauer coordinated the event.  Eight finalists from last night’s competition will perform at the City’s July 25th concert in the Park and the winner will perform at the Battle of the Idols at the Puyallup Fair.
  • Chip Sealing Program: The Public Works Department will have a chip sealing program this year. The chip sealing program will be limited to local access roads (approx 14.8 lane miles).  The streets/roads involved will be listed on the city’s web site and we have also developed an article for publication in the next newsletter.  The work will be performed by Pierce County road crews.  It is anticipated that the chip sealing will begin in the middle of August.  Prior to the chip seal application, Pierce County road crews will perform crack sealing and patching of the roads.
  • Intersection of Amber and Zircon: The re-contouring and associated re-landscaping of the northeast corner of Amber and Zircon is now complete, thus eliminating the site distance issue at this corner.  Along with rumble strips and signage on Zircon this hopefully addresses the neighborhood’s concerns.