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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/26/2013

April 26, 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
    • Lane Bryant Opened in Towne Center: A “Soft” opening of the new store occurred on Thursday. They officially opened on Friday to welcome shoppers and provide a new niche shopping experience. Be sure to stop by the store and take a look.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • City Meets with Lakefront Homeowners: Mayor Don Anderson and a neighborhood policing team attended a community meeting with lakefront homeowners associations on April 16 at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club to discuss crime trends and crime prevention. Mayor Anderson talked about the versatility of the Community Safety and Resources Team (CSRT) in addressing neighborhood concerns with crime, blight, and nuisances and encouraged all neighborhoods to continue communicating with the City to address these issues.
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Pierce College New Learning Environments: Pierce College President Denise Yochum invited economic development staff to a tour of the beautiful and inviting new facilities at Pierce College. Creative learning environments have been established that engage for the students and faculty from the library, outside education space, new planetarium, and amazing health and sciences building. They are embarking on a test pilot project based on how students learn today and into the future. The planetarium currently has programs and shows available to the public with additional sessions planned for people of all ages. Visit the site for additional information and to purchase tickets here: http://wp.pierce.ctc.edu/blog/sciencedome/shows/ .
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • North Gate Road Area – Open House – Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6 PM: A public open house will be hosted by public works and police staff on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6 PM at the Harrison Prep gym for follow up information sharing and discussion on the North Gate Road area traffic issues. Staff will present results of recent traffic revisions and discuss additional traffic revisions and traffic calming measures that may be implemented to mitigate the cut-thru and speeding traffic.
    • Nyanza Road PSE Gas Main Replacement – Starting Next Week: Infrasource, a PSE contractor, will be completing gas main replacement on the entire length of Nyanza Road. Work will commence next week and take approximately 8 weeks to complete. Through traffic will be maintained during the construction with temporary lane diversions during working hours. Pavement cuts in the new overlay at Gravelly Lake Drive will be mitigated by a full width overlay and additional pavement repairs on previous gas main work completed on Nyanza Road.
  • Other items of interest:
    • USGA Open Championship Briefing: Economic development staff attended a USGA Open Championship briefing at Chambers Bay Golf Course this week. Denise Dyer, Pierce County Economic Development Director, Kevin Phelps, Deputy Pierce County Executive, and Danny Sink, the Championship Director for the United States Golf Association, each outlined the “Road to the Open” – only 779 days from Friday, April 26, 2013. Frequently asked questions and answers about the Open are at www.chambersbaygolf.com . In addition, a Championship timeline was provided as well as a U.S. Open Chambers Bay Fact Sheet; that information is available on Pierce County’s website with additional information at www.usga.org
    • 2013 Pierce County Export Forum: The 2013 Pierce County Export Forum was held at the Environmental Services Building on Friday. Attendees learned about what they should know before entering foreign markets, new products/developments in export finance, speaking the language of commerce, the role of social media, freight forwarding trends, and making the decision to export. Panel experts and exhibitors were on hand to assist businesses. Washington State is the third largest exporter of food and agriculture products in the United States. Total exports increased by over 16% from 2011 to 2012, and by far our largest state export items are civilian aircraft, engines, and parts topping $36.7 Billion in 2012.
    • Youth Council Recruitment Dinner: The current Youth Council held a recruitment dinner for potential new members Wednesday evening, April 24th. The dinner was hosted by Councilmember Barth with Councilmember Brandstetter also in attendance. The food was supplied by Lt. Mauer and his wife Andie and was purchased through a United Way fundraiser for the city. Potential members heard from both councilmember’s about the importance of their input to the City Council and the positive impact they can have in the community. Current and potential members had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue regarding youth involvement in our city. Applications are currently being accepted until Friday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. The position announcement is available on the city website: www.cityoflakewood.us

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/19/2013

April 19, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for parks and public spaces to improve quality of life and attract residents
    • Parks and Recreation Staff attend WRPA Annual Conference: Parks, Recreation and Community Services staff attended the Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington, April 16th – 18th, 2013.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • Mayor Attends JBLM’s “Community Listening Session”: Mayor Anderson, Interim City Manager Wachter, and other senior staff attended a workshop hosted by Lt. Gen. Robert Brown at the Eagle’s Pride Golf Course on Thursday. The purpose of the session was for local communities to provide input and learn about how Army downsizing could affect JBLM. The Active Army will reduce its end strength from about 570,000 to 490,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal year 2017 through attrition and reductions in force. JBLM could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers. The Army will not likely make any decisions on cuts until this summer. Those cuts would be phased over a four-year period.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • City Participates in I-5 Interchange Planning Meeting: Public Works staff recently participated in a “technical stakeholder meeting” with other regional partners to discuss I-5 interchange upgrades along the I-5 corridor between Lakewood and JBLM. Staff reviewed the final drafts of the “Project Charter and Methods and Assumptions” document which will be used to establish traffic modeling. The group will meet next in May to review modeling results and alternatives.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Interim City Manager is speaker at Lakewood Rotary: This week, Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter was the guest speaker at the Lakewood Rotary and gave a presentation on the “State of the City”. She will be making similar presentations next week at the Lakewood First Lions Club and the Clover Park Kiwanis Club.
    • Coffee with the Mayor: On Tuesday, April 16th, Assistant City Manager Dave Bugher was the guest speaker at Coffee with the Mayor. He gave an update on the redevelopment of the I-5 corridor.
    • Lakewood Toastmasters host Speech Contest: Lakewood Toastmasters is hosting the first-ever Area Speech Contest this evening in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Lakewood Toastmasters Club started as an employee’s only club but has since expanded to include the greater Lakewood community and continues to recruit members. Visitors are welcome to attend their meetings held every Tuesday at noon in the Lakewood Council Chambers.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/5/2013

April 5, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Staff conducts Robbery/Customer Service Training: Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) CSO Gail Conelly conducted training on robbery and customer service for 25 cashiers and management staff at the newly opened Nisqually Market, located at 11741 Pacific Hwy SW in Lakewood. The robbery portion of the presentation focused on prevention, as well as what to do after the robbery occurs. The customer service portion focused on preventing shoplifting and dealing with escalating/irate customers, as well as how to diffuse the situation and what happens if it all goes wrong. The staff was very pleased with the presentation and had several situations that they had questions about.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Interim City Manager is speaker at Clover Park Rotary and Lakewood United: This week, Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter was the guest speaker at the Clover Park Rotary Club and Lakewood United. She gave a presentation on the “State of the City”.
    • Fairy Garden Tea Party: This Saturday, April 6th, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host the 3rd annual Fairy Garden Tea Party. At this event each participant will go through a fairy transformation when they get their wings, they create a beautiful craft and enjoy tea and snacks. A very special visitor will guide the new fairies through the fun activities. This event has sold out every year and we are really excited to once again be able to offer it.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/12/2013

April 12, 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
    • Real Properties of America (RPAI) presented this week to the Lakewood City Council: RPAI, the largest single property owner in the Towne Center Mall presented their plan for redevelopment in and around the Gottschalks building. The plan includes the possibility of demolition of the building and the addition of new retail space and restaurant pads. RPAI Senior Management indicated that they are in discussions with several tenants for the Joe’s building, new retail concepts, and have secured restaurant tenants. While the plan is not set in stone, they are very optimistic about the centers increased success, remain open to suggestions on best uses of space, and are a committed partner. RPAI owns 75% of the tenant space in the mall.
  • Council Priority: Foster Redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • New Market and Gas Station: The City of Lakewood is pleased to welcome its newest Pacific Highway business just north of the Holiday Inn Express. Nisqually Markets opened on April 8th with a formal gathering of tribal council members, city officials, and other dignitaries. Store offerings include Nisqually fresh frozen salmon. And, if you don’t want to pump your own gas, attendants are on hand to assist.
  • Other items of interest:
    • City earns WellCity Award: Thanks to a very dedicated Wellness Committee with representatives from all departments, Lakewood earned a “WellCity Award” from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust. Lakewood is one of 83 cities to receive the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in promoting employee health. Award recipients receive a 2% premium discount on medical coverage for employees and their spouses in 2014.
    • Lakewood police officers carry American flag at Mariners’ home opener: The Lakewood Police Department was invited to present the American flag on the field of the Seattle Mariners’ home opener on Monday night at Safeco Field. Approximately 40 LPD officers/staff participated in the event, after attending a practice day on Sunday. Officers/staff walked the flag out onto the field and unfurled it in front of a nearly packed stadium. LPD was initially invited to present the flag after the four officers were murdered in 2009. The Mariners have invited LPD back three times since. The event was covered by the Tribune and pictures posted on the LPD Face book site. Everyone who participated had a great time and received seats to the game after the ceremony.
    • More about Lakewood in South Sound Magazine: The American Society of Interior Designers is showcasing their talent in the historic Wagner House at Lakewold Gardens from April 2-21. This “Tour Designer 2013 Showhouse” will benefit the Washington American Society of Interior Designers, Lakewold Gardens and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center. In addition, the Today in America show with Terry Bradshaw featuring Lakewood as one of “America’s Hidden Gems” is highlighted. The show is being aired across the country beginning this month.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/29/2013

March 29, 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
    • “Today in America”segment featuring Lakewood to air in Salt Lake City: Economic Development staff received notice this week that the Today in America segment that features Lakewood will be aired in the Salt Lake City area market during the month of April.
    • Best of South Sound 2013: Four businesses in Lakewood were voted as Best in the South Sound for 2013. The competition, now in its’ fifth year is voted on by South Sound Magazine readers and followers. The winners are… Harborstone Credit Union as Best Credit Union, Infusion Interior Design as Best Interior Designer, Ann Marie Thiessen/Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital as Best Vet, AND for the third in a row, Fort Steilacoom Off-Leash Dog Park as Best Pet Park. Congratulations and nice job everyone!
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Recognizes Manager of Sage Terrace Apartments: At the monthly Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords (LOCAL) meeting, the Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) recognized Shereese who is the manager of Sage Terrace Apartments for her dedication and hard work. Shereese took over managing the apartment complex about two years ago. For years, Sage Terrace has been plagued with high calls for service, gang problems, and drugs. CSRT worked with management to provide training, hold community meetings, and build a solid partnership with the goal of bringing the apartment complex under control. Sage Terrace, for the first time, was not on the top ten lists for calls for service for the month of February 2013. It is a true testament to the dedication of the management team and CSRT that created a community that is now a safer place to live , work and play.
    • CSRT building Partnerships: Recently, CSRT members met with representatives from the Department of Corrections (DOC), Pierce County Housing (PCHA), Metropolitan Development Council (MDC), Associated Ministries (ACESS), Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), Greater Lakes Mental Health (GLMH) and the Lakewood Police Department (NPO). The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all of the agencies that might house people in Lakewood and create a “multi-agency” partnership. The goal of the new partnership is to address problematic multi-family rentals and long term stays at hotels/motels while creating positive changes, accountability, and raising the quality of life standards for customers served. The partnership agreed to hold regular meetings. The next meeting will be scheduled for June.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Puget Sound Energy adjusts billing process: Within the City of Lakewood, electric power is provided by one of three providers. One of those providers, PSE is making adjustments in their billing processes. Lakewood PSE customers will automatically switch over to a new system, and a new 12-digit account number will appear on the next billing statement. No action is needed on the part of the customer. This new system is also designed to provide system improvements on bill management, energy system troubleshooting, outage communications, and future “smart” billing access. For the latest updates and information, please visit <PSE.com/BillUpgrades>.