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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/7/2013

June 7, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Announcements:
    • State Senate to Honor Senator Carrell on June 10: at 10am on Monday, June 10, the Washington State Senate will honor the late Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood with a resolution honoring his 20 years of public service. A memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda will immediately follow the Senate ceremony. A number of friends and colleagues will speak and share stories remembering Mr. Carrell. The public is invited. More information is available online: http://www.thesubtimes.com/public-memorial-to-honor-late-senator-mike-carrell-set-for-monday/#more-46752 .
    • Public invited to City Manager Candidate Reception on June 17: The City will host a reception for up to six candidates for the Lakewood city manager position Monday, June 17 from 6-8pm at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City encourages the public to attend and meet the manager candidates.
  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • Lakewood Farmers Market Grand Opening: Tuesday marked a very successful grand opening to the second season of the Lakewood Farmers Market. Mayor Don Anderson welcomed all and thanked vendors for participating as over 1,000 people enjoyed fresh produce, tasty treats and jazz music that flooded the City Hall parking lot. Shoppers received FREE reusable bags to use all season long. The Lakewood Farmers Market is open outside City Hall every Tuesday until September 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. On July 30 and September 10, hours will extend until 7:00 p.m.
  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for parks and public spaces to improve quality of life and attract residents.
    • Soggy Doggy 5K this Saturday: The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host a fun adventure 5K for runners, walkers, and their best friends with dog friendly obstacles that include mud, water and more. Fee includes one pet registration, t-shirt, pet bandana and timing chip. Race begins at 9:30 a.m. Packet Pick-up is available at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW) 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 7 or on-site beginning at 8:00 a.m. For information and rules, visit www.lakewoodparksandrec.com or call (253) 983-7887.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT cleans graffiti from buildings on Pacific Highway: CSRT received a complaint of graffiti on the sides of buildings in the Oakbrook area, as well as, along Pacific Highway. Staff responded quickly and coordinated removal of all graffiti within 24 hours of receiving the complaint. Property owners were very cooperative.
    • Neighborhood Best Practice Watch: CSRT staff met with twenty citizens in and around the area of 88th Street S and 92nd Street S to form a new “Neighborhood Best Practice Watch.” The neighborhood had concerns about recent theft, speeding and burglaries. CSRT fielded questions on gun ownership and training and handed out pamphlets: Best Practices Block Watch booklets, Burglary prevention, Home Safety, Bullying, How to be Street Smart and how and when to call 911. The group plans on meeting monthly and participating in this year’s National Night Out. The name of the group is the “88th St. Neighborhood Watch”.
    • CSRT attends Block Watch Captains Meeting: Staff attended a meeting for Block Watch Captains in the Creekside Oaks housing development on Monday, June 3. Training included block watch operations and utilizing phone trees/email notifications.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • PSRC Defense Partnership: Economic Development staff attended the Puget Sound Regional Partnership (PSRC) Defense Partnership meeting this week. The Department of Defense (DOD), Congressional staff, and PSRC each presented. After seven months into the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2012, Washington is the only state to create a formal council to support the law. Twenty-three states have implemented in-state tuition for military servicemembers, though Washington State has not. A $91 Million grant with a $23 Million match was announced this week by DOD. The $114 Million project will fund the replacement of three Clover Park School District elementary schools on base. Congress has authorized funding for upgrades to JBLM Hangers and in support of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. DOD anticipates increased funding for procurement and technical assistance programs.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th – TPU Pole Relocation: Within the next two weeks, TPU will be relocating poles on Bridgeport Way between 83rd and 75th Streets SW in preparation for the future roadway widening for and continuous 2-way center turn lane, curb, gutter, sidewalks, and street lights. Work will take up to four weeks and include temporary lane closures during the day.
    • Nyanza Road – PSE Gas Main Replacement: Gas main replacement work continues on Nyanza Road between Gravelly Lake Drive South and Gravelly Lake Drive North. Temporary lane closures during the day may cause delays. Work on the gas main replacement should be complete within one week and followed up with pavement and shoulder restoration over the next 2-3 weeks.
    • Roadway Striping: Roadway striping on various Lakewood streets throughout the City will be completed by Pierce County Public Works Department. They anticipate completing the work between the mid-to-end of June (weather dependent). The City asks drivers not to cross freshly painted lines.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Association of Washington Cities Webinar: Economic Development staff participated in an Association of Washington Cities webinar discussing Washington State’s new lodging tax grant funding law. Lakewood, along with many other state cities and counties, has a yearly process to grant funds to qualified non-profits and other agencies that attracts tourists to this city for fun and overnight stays. For more information on lodging tax grants, please go to: /government/advisory-boards/lodging-tax

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/31/2013

May 31, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • Stacy’s Closet ribbon cutting: This week Economic Development staff attended the ribbon cutting for Stacy’s Closet - a new boutique and consignment store located on 9105 Bridgeport Way. The store features clothing for men and women, decorating items and accessories. The store has been open just a few weeks and is looking to grow the inventory with gently used clothing and accessories.
    • Farmers Market Grand Opening June 4th: June 4th will mark the grand opening of the second season of the Lakewood Farmers Market presented by St. Clare Hospital. Patrons will be able to enjoy live music from The Intrusions, a local Jazz ensemble and can get a FREE reusable market tote with a purchase from any vendor, while supplies last. The Lakewood Farmers Market is a great place to take the family. Fresh produce, delicious treats and beautiful crafts provide a little something for everyone. This season, the City of Lakewood has added themed days, live entertainment, demos and lots of fun for the whole family. Entertainment is sponsored by WSECU. For a detailed schedule and list of activities, visit lakewoodparksandrec.com.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Multi-agency “Active Shooter” Training conducted at Clover Park Technical College: On Friday May 17th, Lakewood Police Department, along with West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, South Sound 911, Clover Park Technical College Staff and Administration, and the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management participated in an “Active Shooter” training on the Clover Park Technical College Campus. This multi-level, multi-agency training was devised in response to the recent shootings which have been front and center in the media in recent months. The training was very well received, well-planned, and well-executed, and provided a fabulous opportunity to prepare each agency individually-and as part of a team- should this situation ever arise. Feedback received from citizens/staff members was all very positive and grateful for the chance to participate and each agency went home with valuable knowledge regarding what worked and what needed to be adjusted for next time.
    • Illegal automotive repair business in a neighborhood shut down: An illegal automotive repair business which had been operating in a quiet residential neighborhood in Lake City (9805 Winona) for many years was shut down through the combined efforts of CSRT, Public Works, and the Building Department. The business generated complaints because the auto repair was done late at night and the noise was disruptive to the neighbors, and several customers reported that the work was done incorrectly and they were concerned the automotive fluids were not being appropriately disposed of. Public Works staff worked with the business owner to remedy the soil contamination issues; CSRT investigated and obtained information supporting citations to the owner for violations of the vehicle service and repair code and the home occupation code, and the building department issued a stop work order on the unpermitted metal structure the owner had installed to do his automotive work in.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/17/2013

May 17, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Upcoming Events: Saturday, May 18
    • Lakewood Community Clean Up & International Festival: This is a final reminder about two key community events tomorrow: the citywide litter clean up (registration from 9-10am at City Hall; cleanup until noon) and the Lakewood International Festival (11am-5:30pm at Pierce College). For more information on these events, please visit https://www.facebook.com/letsklb and www.lsca.us .
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Coordinates Clean-Up of Blighted Home : Working on tips from the Lake City Neighborhood Association, the City’s Community Safety and Resources Team (CSRT) took the proper steps to clean up a neighborhood eyesore. The owners of the property had abandoned the home (located near the intersection of Washington Blvd and 83rd Ave). Transients had illegally occupied the home and had added to overflowing trash and filth, which permeated the property. As with many abandoned homes, a bank took ownership of this property. The bank cooperated with CSRT’s outreach efforts and hired a contractor to clean the site.
    • City Hosts Emergency Management “Round Table” Exercise: On May 16, staff from the City of Lakewood joined Clover Park High School, West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and Saint Clare Hospital staff in an emergency management exercise at the Lakewood Police Department’s training room. About twenty people participated in the exercise, which revolved a fictitious incident requiring a breadth of emergency management command, planning, logistics, and operational expertise. This exercise was a prelude to a larger scale exercise scheduled in September at Lakewood City Hall that will include additional agencies.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/24/2013

May 24, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • New Pierce College Science Dome and Health Center: Lakewood’s economic development team met with Pierce College President Denise Yochum to tour the campus and learn about new programs and opportunities. We’ll be partnering with Pierce College to highlight the new Science Dome and Health Center as a tourist destination, as well as following new pilot project educational courses, and their partnership with JBLM. They recently provided courses for 2,200 soldiers on base. Click here to find out more about the Dome and to purchase tickets: http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dist/sciencedome
    • OSPI Statewide Youth Reengagement: This week a meeting of leaders in workforce, higher education, K-12, economic development and client service providers was convened by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The purpose of the meeting was to look at models from other states that could solve the challenges for reaching students that are not finishing high school or going on to college. The ideas revolved around how to reach these populations, keep them engaged in learning, and to move them into training that will translate into a job and a future. One of the models had a 64% success rate which seems very promising. The meeting was held at Highline College. City of Lakewood Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended in her role on the Washington Economic Development Association Board.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/10/2013

May 10, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Upcoming Events: Saturday, May 18
    • Lakewood Community Clean Up Day: Keep Lakewood Beautiful will host the second annual citywide litter clean up event on Saturday, May 18 and will reward those that participate with a free hotdog picnic outside City Hall at noon. Individuals, families, and groups from around the area will join forces to clean up litter and spruce up our rights of way until noon. Registration runs from 9-10 am. All residents and businesses are encouraged to participate. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/letsklb .
    • Lakewood International Festival: After participating in the Lakewood Community Clean Up, all citizens are encouraged to attend the Lakewood International Festival at Pierce College (Fort Steilacoom Campus) on May 18 from 11am – 5:30pm. This free, family-friendly event includes food, arts and crafts, and entertainment (including the Siheung Municipal Traditional Arts Troupe). For more information, please visit www.lsca.us .
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Lakewood Police Officers Receive State’s Medal of Honor: At a ceremony in Olympia on May 3, Governor Jay Inslee recognized Officers Ryan Moody and Jon Waller. He presented the State's highest law enforcement honor for their actions during a chase and shootout on December 9. The City Council will honor Officers Waller and Moody during their May 20 regular meeting.
    • LPD Participates in Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial (PCLEM): Lakewood Police participated in the annual PCLEM at Lakewood’s McGavick Center on May 8. The PCLEM provides the community and law enforcement professionals an opportunity to remember and honor those who died in the line of duty in Pierce County. Officers Ryan Moody and Jon Waller read the names of the four Lakewood officers slain in 2009.
    • CSRT Participates in Lakes High School Safety Fair: On May 7, Community Safety and Resources Team staff participated in the Educational Safety Fair at Lakes High School from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The City provided pamphlets related to domestic violence, bicycle safety, vehicle prowls, under age drinking, child ID kits, community resources, pencils, pens and bracelets to parents and high school students.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • City Supporting Single Soldier Donation Drive: The City of Lakewood is supporting efforts to provide toiletries and snack foods for single soldiers from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team re-deploying from Afghanistan. The City encourages the public to donate male and female toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant) as well as non-perishable snack foods, water, sports drinks, and laundry detergent/dryer sheet combos. Family readiness groups from the brigade will place the donations in the barracks. The public is welcome to deliver contributions to Lakewood City Hall (3rd floor counter) or the Lakewood Police Department at 9401 Lakewood Dr SW from now through the end of June. Alternatively, the public can donate online to the non-profit Dragoon Raiders Soldier and Family Fund for this purpose: http://www.42drsff.org/ .
    • Deputy Mayor Participates in “Washington to “Washington” Visit: Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen (far right in photo below) poses with other officials from Pierce County in front of the US Capitol earlier this week. Mr. Whalen was part of a delegation of local leaders representing the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce in its annual “Washington to Washington” visit. The delegation participated in various meetings with defense leaders and elected federal representatives.
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Chief Farrar to Participate on TNT Panel: The News Tribune invited Police Chief Farrar to serve on the All-Star Student judges’ panel to select the top twelve students from the Class of 2013 in Pierce County. The panel met on May 8 to make their selections. The final twelve All-Stars will also participate in a panel discussion roundtable that will help form the basis of a prominent story in the TNT. Past discussions have focused on student heroes (many selected their parents), academic standards and other education or youth-related topics.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • North Gate Road – Neighborhood Meeting and Next Steps: Police and Public Works staff hosted a neighborhood meeting at Harrison Preparatory School on April 30 to share study results of recent traffic revisions. About 35 people attended. The “No Right Turn 4 to 6 PM” signage at Nottingham has kept approximately 60-70% of the vehicles from cutting through the neighborhood on Nottingham. Speed studies show that speeding violations continues on Winona and Edgewood. LPD will provide extra enforcement. Public Works staff will install an all-way stop at the North Gate Road and Edgewood intersection next week to improve safety and traffic flow.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Today in America Video Airs in Las Vegas and Spokane: The City of Lakewood Best places to Live, Work, Play and Visit video will air in the Las Vegas market on 8 News/Cox Cable on in the latter half of May. Spokane showings will be on CBS KLEW-TV in late May and early June.
    • AJAC Presents to Pierce County Economic Development Practitioners: The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) presented a quarterly update to Pierce County economic development practitioners this week. AJAC is a state agency that provides businesses and individuals in advanced manufacturing access to low cost apprenticeship training and mentoring. The State subsidizes fifty percent of all training costs and currently serves over 120 apprentices. They hope to eventually increase that to 400 to meet increased workforce demand. Two and four-year full apprentice programs are offered. To learn more, visit www.ajactraining.org .