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

July 7, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City population: The State of Washington certified Lakewood’s 2006 population at 59,000.
  • Police Volunteers: Police Volunteers provided 1596.75 hours of service to the department during the second quarter.  At the national volunteer hourly rate of $18.55, that equates to $29,619.71. For the year the total hours, to date, are 2903 and the total dollar amount is $53,850.65.
  • Lakeview Neighborhood Association BBQ: On June 26th, the Lakeview Neighborhood Association had a neighborhood BBQ on Yew Lane.  The event is part of an on-going effort of the Association to bring the Lakeview District together through a series of neighborhood BBQ’s and Clean-it-up parties.   The next scheduled Clean-it-Up event for the Association will be on Saturday, July 15th at 108th St SW and Lakeview Ave SW from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
  • CSO Crime Prevention Presentation: On June 23rd, LPD presented a series of general crime prevention topics at the Washington Karate Association's summer karate camp students. The information covered general safety, gang awareness, online safety, and bullying to approximately 24 students.
  • Tobacco Compliance Checks: On June 20th, LPD and the State Liquor Control Board worked Tobacco Compliance Checks.  25 businesses were checked and only two sales were made with citations being issued.
  • Liquor Compliance Checks: On June 27th, LPD and the State Liquor Control Board worked Liquor Compliance Checks. Twelve businesses were checked and only one store made an illegal sale with a citations being issued.
  • State Legislative Task Force to Study Offender Re-entry: The state legislature has appointed a task force to study prison reform, including current programs for releasing offenders back into the community. The legislation forming the TF reflects wide-spread recognition that current prison programs are not working. Pierce County Senators Mike Carrell and Debbie Regala will co-chair the overall TF. They have formed four sub-committees to assist in the study. Chief Saunders will co-chair the sub-committee formed to assess cooperation between DOC and local law enforcement in community transition programs.
    Community Development Dept. Building Permit Activity.

    Number of Building Permits Applied For:

    Number of Building Permits Issued:

    June 2005

    161
    153

    June 2006

    188
    164

     

    Number of Planning Permits Applied For:

    Number of Planning Permits Issued:

    June 2005

    25
    13

    June 2006

    31
    23

     
    Total Monthly Permit Valuation

    June 2005

    $4,253,481.64

    June 2006

    $15,785,082.98

     
    Year To-Date Valuation

    January through June 2005

    $24,005,773.45

    January through June 2006

    $37,215,673.40

     Building Permit Log
    January 1, 2006 – June 30, 2006

    Building permits currently under review

    170

    Year To-Date Statistics

    Building permits issued same day as the application date:

    382
    50%

    Building permits issued 1 – 10 days from the application date:

    82
    11%

    Building permits issued 11 – 20 days from the application date:

    115
    15%

    Building permits issued 21 - 30 days from the application date:

    75
    10%

    Building permits issued 31 – 45 days from the application date:

    46
    6%

    Building permits issued 46 – 60 days from the application date:

    26
    3%

    Building permits issued 60+ days from the application date:

    42
    5%

    Total Permits Issued:

    768
  • Active Shooter Training: Lakewood’s Patrol Force received its first evolution of active shooter training. This event, occurring over two separate training days, was designed to increase the tactical capability of the patrol response division. Current Metro SWAT officers performed as instructors and safety officers during the training period. An active shooter situation is a high-risk event that is ongoing as initial officers are responding to the scene. Patrol officers are taught the dynamics of an active shooter event, how to establish Rapid Intervention Teams and how to respond to an event as soon as possible. The training day included multiple tactical scenarios which included many types of scenes officers would face at a real emergency. The training was a huge success and will be incorporated into our yearly mandatory events. Clover Park Schools assisted the training by allowing our officers to use one of their facilities to do the practical portion of the training. Fife and Milton P.D assisted by providing advanced instructors during both days.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/30/06

June 30, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • SummerFest Fort Steilacoom Park was the place to be last Saturday..  Approximately 9,000+ visited the park that day to enjoy the festivities, including car show, baseball tournament, Latino festival, entertainment, demonstrations, late night movie and informational booths and displays.   Special thanks should go to the Parks and Recreation Department staff (especially Sara Millbauer) who took the lead to coordinate all the event partners and set up and clean up the park.  We also appreciate the efforts of the Lakewood Police Department and Explorer Scouts who were on site to help with parking and traffic control.   We couldn’t have pulled off such a wonderful event without our community partners who helped make SummerFEST 2006 a great success.  Partners include Comcast, Partners for Parks, Lakewood Fire District, Lakewood United Latino Organization, Harold LeMay Enterprises, Select Baseball, Clover Park School District, Lakewood Historical Associations, Washington State Trail Running Club, AgriShop, Homestreet Bank, Panattoni Construction and numerous other volunteers and supporters.
  • Personal Care Facilities and Home-Based Business Task Force: At its June 27th meeting, the task force provided a series of preliminary recommendations on adult family homes.  These will be forwarded to the Planning Advisory Board for further review and discussion, and a report to the City Council is anticipated for August.  The task force is moving forward on other subjects with the emphasis on collecting background information on home-based businesses.
  • Planning Advisory Board: At its June 28th meeting, the PAB continued a public hearing on a proposed ordinance amending work release development regulations. There were about 40 people in attendance.  Testimony was received from Pierce County prosecutor Gerry Horne, Senator Mike Carrell, and Representative Tami Green.  With modifications, all three were in support of the City’s draft proposal.  Written testimony was provided by DSHS.  The hearing was continued a second time to July 13.
  • NNO Event Planned to include Fort Lewis: The Provost Marshal's Office at Fort Lewis will be sponsoring a National Night Out Against Crime event on post this year. On June 23rd, representatives from the PMO met with Mike and Sharron Kanter, Lakewood's own expert NNO coordinators, to kick-start their first NNO event.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/16/06

June 16, 2006
 
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To:          Mayor and Members of the Council
From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Housing Displacement Grant Award: Lakewood will be awarded a $30,000 grant from the Pierce County SHB 2060 and SHB 2163 Committee for Emergency Assistance Program to prevent homelessness by providing one-time assistance to 15-20 Lakewood residents who may be displaced from their homes through no fault of their own due to mobile home park closures. Lakewood's application also provided for a $10,000 General Fund local match in support of its commitment to the program for case management services.   State funding for the program is scheduled to be released in early September 2006.
  • PCRC Transportation Grant Approvals:  Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) last night approved the project grant funding list as recommended to them by the Transportation Coordinating Committee.  The list now goes to Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) for formal approval later this fall.  Once adopted, grants monies would be available in October 2007.  The project list includes two Lakewood projects: Gravelly Lake Dr Overlay (112th St to Bridgeport) with a grant of $761,200 and total project cost of $880,000; and 100th St pedestrian/bicycle facilities improvements fromGravelly Lake Dr to 59th Ave with a grant of $667,000 and total project cost of $1,145,000.  The 100th St improvement project is not anticipated to start construction until 2010, and it is therefore eligible for another $290,000 in contingency grant funding.  All projects are on our 6-year TIP.
  • Cross Base Connector Road: With respect to the projects that were in competition for $53 million in PSRC regional grants funds, the Cross Base Connector Road (Gravelly Lake Drive to Thorne Lane) was one of PCRC’s six submitted projects but did not make the funding list.
  • Sounder Station Pedestrian Bridge Proposal: Pierce Transit’s proposed Kendrick St pedestrian bridge access project was also approved by PCRC for its design phase.  This would be a joint project with the City and Sound Transit.  The estimate of the design phase was $840,000 and the grant award was $400,000.
  • GREAT Grant Awarded: The US Department of Justice has awarded LPD $216,000 for a Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) Program, which provides for a law enforcement officer to go into schools and teach gang-resistance to at-risk families.  GREAT, which is a companion program to DARE, has three parts; in school lessons for grades five and seven, after-school programs on parenting, and summer activities. Children and parents will be provided knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to resist the pressures of gangs.
  • Presentation on Drugs, Gangs, and Crime Prevention: Community Service Officer Gail Conelly gave a presentation on Drugs, Gangs, and Crime Prevention to 120 attendees of the Olympic Rental Association’s annual conference at the LaQuinta Hotel in Tacoma on June 10th.  The City of Lakewood was well represented with several attendees who own or manage property in Lakewood.
  • Eagle Point Home Owner's Assn meeting: Neighborhood Police Officer Angel Figueroa and Community Service Officer Mike Miller conducted a block-watch presentation to the Eagle Point Home Owner’s Association Members on June 7th, with about 25 residents in attendance.  Issues addressed were a recent burglary and trespass in the gated community. They discussed recent successes attained by the recent installation of stadium lighting in their locked RV parking lot, which has had zero prowls since the install, and also recognized that the drug/prostitution/loitering activity on the boat ramp road had come to a halt, again due to the lights.
  • State of the City presentation: The city manager presented a power-point program on the “state of the city” to Lakewood United this week. The program highlighted the priorities and challenges in Public Safety, Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations, and concluded with discussion about trust-building, improving communication, and community visioning.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/23/06

June 23, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • AWC Annual Conference: Councilmembers Finnigan and Neary, and Gov’t Relations Director Bock and the city manager attended the Association of Washington Cities annual conference in Spokane this week. There were workshops on infrastructure funding, city “branding”, business retention, “green” building projects, the property rights initiative, sex offender registration policies, and others.
  • Public Works Trust Fund Loan Agreement: The City received the Public Works Trust Fund Loan agreements this week for the $5,000,000 associated with ALG/Tillicum sewer project.  This is the last critical element of the project funding package, and we will be proposing Council authorization as early as July 5th.  The loan is for 20 years at 0.5% interest rate.
  • Latino Gang Prevention Summit: On June 17th, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department hosted a Latino Gang Summit. Lakewood Police collaborated with them in the event which was focused on providing information to community members on Latino gangs and their prevalence in the area. About 40 people including community members, youth, service providers, and police attended the event. In October of 2006 the Lakewood Latino Police Advisory Board in conjunction with Centro Latino, Safe Streets, and several other service providers will present a Latino Youth Summit that will provide break out sessions to reach out to Latino Youth on education, drugs, teen issues, and a section on gangs.
  • Korean Youth Camp 2006: On June 17th, LPD and KAPAG (Korean American Police Advisory Group) put on the second Korean American Youth Police Adventure Camp. It was a complete success with 70 kids (between 6-12th grades) participating.  This camp is in support of Lad’s community out-reach efforts. The topics covered in this 8- hour course were, Orientation to a Law Enforcement Career, Criminal Law, Road Rage, Street Racing, Gang Awareness, Math Awareness, Calling 911, High Risk Vehicle Stop Demo, K-9 Demo, SWAT Demo, and Explorer Presentation.
  • New K-9 Dog: On June 18th, the Police Department obtained a new K9 partner currently named Astor. He is an 18 month old German Shepherd imported from Germany via a kennel in Ohio. Officer Jim Syler and Sergeant Andy Suver traveled last weekend to Ohio to seek out the new K-9 Officer, due to recently learned news that K-9 Titan has cancer. Titan was put to sleep last week as the pain from the cancer was becoming intolerable. Jim and Astor will begin full time training until both are certified and ready to hit the street full time. Astor is a Jet Black Shepherd and is very handsome.
  • Bar Sweep: On June 16th, LPD and the State Liquor Control Board conducted a Bar Sweep. The following businesses and bars were checked: Great American Casino, Chips Casino, Bowlero, Oak Tree, Pounders, Bourbon Street and Schooner Tavern. Most bars are doing very well and were happy to see us.
  • LAAPAC Training on Simulator: During their regularly scheduled meeting on June 20th, 13 members of the Lakewood African American Police Advisory Council (LAAPAC) were allowed to train on the Fire Arms Training Simulator.  This training is laser/video integrated training - called "Shoot/No Shoot" - which puts officers through a series of simulated high-risk situations and then evaluates both the officer's decision to either engage fire (or not) against our policy on use of force and the accuracy of the fire.  The training is provided annually for free by our insurers, and we always offer options to our community partners to go through the simulations each year.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/9/06

June 9, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Transportation Grant-funded Projects: The regional Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) concurred today regarding the $15.48 million in available (2008-2010) County wide transportation grant funding to be recommended to the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) for grant funding. Two of the four project grant applications that Lakewood submitted scored competitively high enough to be included in the recommended project list.  The first project was the overlay of Gravelly Lake Dr from 112th St to Bridgeport Way, with an estimated total cost of $880,000 (recommended grant funds of $761,000).  The second project was sidewalk/bike facility improvements on 100th St (both sides) from Gravelly Lake Dr to 59th, with an estimated total cost of $1,145,000 (recommended grant funds of $667,000).  This project is also being placed on the contingency project list, which means it stands to get another $290,000 in grant funding should additional non-motorized grant monies become available. This project wouldn’t be under construction until 2010 so the likelihood of it receiving the balance of the grant funding is good.  The Gravelly Lake Drive Overlay project is proposed to under construction in 2007.  All these projects were identified in the City’s current 6-Year TIP. These recommendations now go to PCRC for their review.  It is important that our Council representative to PCRC attend the June 15th meeting to insure that our projects remain funded in the final PCRC recommendation.
  • “Coffee with a Cop”:  Neighborhood Policing Officer Austin Lee and Community Service Officer Cassey Jankowiak hosted a Coffee with a Cop event, which lasted two hours on June 6th at a local coffee shop.  The purpose of this community-focused event was to support LPD’s effort to mobilize community and make the department more accessible to the public.
  • CSO Receives award from Department of Corrections: Community Service Officer Mike Miller was the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Award for the DOC Community Involvement Program, Southwest Region on June 6th; the award was for dedication to the community and offender accountability.
  • State of the City presentation: The city manager presented a power-point program on the “state of the city” at Lakewood Rotary today, and will be the program at Lakewood United on June 15th. The program highlights the priorities and challenges in Public Safety, Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations, and concludes.
  • Lakeview Neighborhood Association Clean Up: On June 3rd, the Lakeview Neighborhood Association held its first “Clean-it-Up” get together on June 3rd at the Northeast corner of 108th St SW and Lakeview Ave SW.  The Association has decided to have “Clean-it-up” parties throughout District 4, with the aim of bringing the community together to take back areas that have become overgrown or garbage ridden.  As a gateway into the Lakeview District, that location was the ideal starting place.  Volunteers donated their time and tools to cut back approximately 800 square feet of blackberry bushes.  Lowe’s donated the use of their dumpster, Pizza Hut donated pizza, and Starbucks donated coffee.  The effort at clearing more of the blackberry bushes there will continue on June 24th.