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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/22/2013

March 22, 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
    • Cyber Security and Internet Identity Forum: The City of Lakewood partnered with Pierce County to present a half day Cyber Security and Identity Theft forum on March 20th at City Hall. Mayor Don Anderson welcomed a crowd of 100 participants from all over the Puget Sound. Attendees learned about existing and potential new threats, where and how information is being accessed, how to better protect themselves and their employees from being a target, and what steps may be taken now to minimize their risk of an attack and ensure the safety of personal information. Speakers from the Secretary of State Office of Corporations and Charities; U.S. Secret Service, Electronic Crimes Task Force; U.S. Attorney’s Office; Internet Identity; Symantec Corporation; Consumer Protection Division, WA Attorney General’s Office; and local BizTech Talk Radio Host addressed the crowd.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • JBLM Road Construction Project Closes Perimeter Road to Civilian Vehicle Traffic: Perimeter Road, which runs through Joint Base Lewis McChord and connects Spanaway and Woodbrook, will be closed from April 1st to about May 31st for maintenance. During that time, paved shoulders will be added, roadway cracks and potholes repaired, and the road surface repaved. Road work may take longer depending on weather conditions. Signs indicating closures and detours will be in place to alert drivers. The map below provides additional details on road closure. For additional information, the public should contact the JBLM Public Affairs Office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0148.
    • Update on Sound Transit’s commuter train layover project : The paving night work on 100th St and on Steilacoom Blvd near Lakeview Ave which was originally scheduled for March 18th through March 20th got rescheduled due to weather to Tuesday March 26th and Wednesday March 27th. The Contractor, Pease Construction, will be overlaying the two 100th St westbound lanes on the 26th and then on the 27th they will grind out and overlaying all 5 lanes on Steilacoom Blvd SW. Naturally this new schedule can change again depending on the weather.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Alice Bush, named “Clerk of the Year”: City Clerk Alice Bush received the prestigious title of “Clerk of the Year” from the Washington Municipal Clerks Association (WMCA). She was presented with the award at the groups’ annual banquet held Thursday, March 21st at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Mrs. Bush was nominated by Doris Sorum from the City of Tacoma. Councilmember Mike Brandstetter spoke in appreciation of Alice’s service to the City. Councilmember Marie Barth, Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter and Administrative Assistant Tes Ongoco were also in attendance.
  • Economic Development:
    • City Employees Receive EDFP Certification: On March 13th, Grants Program Manager Jeff Gumm and Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton received Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council (NDC). EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series on business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring, and implementation of development programs.
    • Oakbrook Grand Reopening Event: Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter, Assistant City Manager/Development David Bugher and economic development staff attended the Lakewood Chamber ribbon cutting for RMG at Oakbrook’s grand reopening this week. Ms. Wachter addressed the club thanking them for their contribution to the community and commending them on the fantastic transformation of the clubhouse restaurant, meeting rooms, golf course and amenities. She said, “In my ten years at the city, I have never seen the club look so good.” It was a gala event with about 60 attendees. Congratulations to RMG at Oakbrook!

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/15/2013

March 15, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Mayor Participates in H Mart Grand Opening: Mayor Don Anderson, Assistant City Manager/Development Dave Bugher, Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady, Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton, Building Official Mark Nelson, Building Inspector Peter Lawrence, Chief of Police Bret Farrar and other city staff participated in celebrating the grand opening of “H Mart” in the Lakewood International District at 8720 South Tacoma Way. The renovated 43,000 square foot building provides fresh produce, fish and meats, a Korean bakery, and many other groceries. H Mart began in Queens, NY in 1982. They now have over 50 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Lakewood is their third West Coast store in the United States. H Mart is short for “Han Ah Reum,” meaning “One Arm Full of Groceries.” H Mart welcomes all Lakewood residents to visit their store.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Preventing Cyber Crime and Business Identity Theft - March 20, 2013 8:30 AM to Noon, City Council Chambers, Lakewood: City of Lakewood and Pierce County economic development staff are partnering on this workshop for businesses. For those interested in knowing about potential threats to their business and what they can do to prevent or minimize theft of proprietary data, protecting legal filings that could be compromised, how point of sale systems are being hacked, service sector threats to client confidentiality, and how smart phone applications present opportunities to steal information and money, this workshop is for you. For a closer look at these and other items that are potential problems, please register for this free workshop by contacting Becky Newton (253) 796-2335 or Hans Kueck (253) 798-2335.
    • Officer selected for Officer of the Month Award: Detective Ryan Larson was chosen as Officer of the Month by Q13’s Washington’s Most Wanted program. Det. Larson captured three fugitives featured on the show, two while he was off duty. He had seen the show and recognized the two fugitives from the show and called LPD after watching them go to a motel on Hosmer. The presentation of the award was given by David Rose and the program will air this weekend.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • Work on commuter train layover project continues: Sound Transit’s contractor for their commuter train layover project will be working at night on March 18th through March 20th on 100th Street near Lakeview Ave and on Steilacoom Blvd near Lakeview Ave. The contractor, Pease Construction, will be installing a new driveway approach and doing an overlay of the two 100th St westbound lanes. Likewise on Steilacoom Blvd SW near Lakeview Ave the contactor will be installing a new driveway approach and doing an overlay of all five lanes of Steilacoom Blvd.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Speed Stacking Competition: Students from the Healthy Start after school program at Tyee Park elementary competed at the NW Regional Speed Stacking Competition in Auburn this past weekend. Speed Stacking is upstacking and downstacking specialized cups in different formations and was originally invented at a Boys & Girls Club in California. The activity helps to develop both sides of the brain through the use of both hands for the activity. Over 300 students from across the western United States including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia competed in the event. 3rd grader, Haley Rusbuldt, placed ninth & tenth in two individual events and 4th grader, Tani Cha placed 7th in an individual event.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/1/2013

March 1, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Lakewood Projects Recognized By EDB: At its annual meeting today, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County announced the “2013 Excellent 10 Awards.” Two Lakewood projects were on the list: the City’s “Sound Transit Connector Project” (Pedestrian Bridge – pictured below) and the Clover Park Technical College Health Sciences Building. The City expects the pedestrian bridge to generate private investment in residential redevelopment near the station. Developers will be able to take advantage of convenient commuter rail transportation to northern destinations in the Puget Sound. The bridge will be completed by the end of March.
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Lakewood – “America’s Hidden Gems”: The City will debut a short video, “Today in America with Terry Bradshaw” during its regular Council meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7pm. This video features Lakewood as part of the “America’s Hidden Gems” series. It is available for viewing at the City’s website www.cityoflakewood.us . Additional information will be forthcoming.
    • Also at Monday’s meeting, the City will also recognize former City Manager Andrew Neiditz for his eight years of service. All citizens are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow.
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Gloria Motel Demolished: Under an abatement order from the City, the Gloria Motel was recently demolished by the property owner. Long one of the most troublesome motels in Lakewood, the City and the Washington Department of Health closed the Gloria Motel in 2010. It was deemed unfit for habitation. After obtaining the property through foreclosure, the current owner determined it would not be feasible to repair the 63-year old motel. He is exploring options for redeveloping the property and the City will support his efforts as appropriate.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • LPD Supports Operation “Shiny Penny”: Lakewood Police are an integral member of the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority’s (WATPA) Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force. The Task Force recently completed a six-month investigation resulting in multiple arrests. The combined effort investigated property crimes in Pierce County and across Washington State focusing on auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud. For more information, please view the press release at www.cityoflakewood.us under “news updates.”
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Healthy Start Program – Tyee Park: Fifteen students in the Healthy Start After School Program have qualified to participate in the upcoming regional Speed Stacking competition in Auburn, WA. Seven students gave a demonstration of the sport that emphasizes the use of both sides of the brain by using both hands during an all-school assembly. Six of the students competed against each other and the seventh challenged Principal Gillis and won easily. To see Speed Stacking in action, go to www.speedstacks.com
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Supports Pierce College Event: CSRT staff participated in the 8th Annual Child Identification Event conducted by the Pierce College Criminal Justice Club on February 13. Parents brought their children in and had them fingerprinted, received DNA swabs and dental impressions. The City participated in public education efforts related to crime prevention. Thirty children received services at the event.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/8/2013

March 8, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Economic Development Staff Attends IEDC Conference: Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton completed the International Economic Development Course (IEDC) last week of the Real Estate Development and Reuse course. Highlighted topics included housing, retail, office, industrial, hotel, and mixed use development, regulatory and approval process including zoning and permitting, assessing community involvement and political feasibility, public, private and nonprofit financial modeling, understanding the pro forma operating statement structure, property valuation and capitalization rates, Brownfield redevelopment phase structure and liability, and request for qualification/proposal process. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Lakewood Hosting Free Workshop on Cyber Crime & Identity Theft: The City of Lakewood’s economic development team has collaborated with their counterparts in Pierce County government to conduct a free forum for businesses of all sizes on preventing online crime and business identity theft. Businesses will learn about and what they can do to prevent or mitigate potential threats. The City and County will host the workshop in Lakewood City Hall’s Council Chambers at 6000 Main Street SW on Wednesday, March 20 from 8:30-noon. For more details and registration guidance, please visit “news updates” at www.cityoflakewood.us .
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • CSRT Staff Reads Across America: CSO Gail Conelly participated in Read Across America by reading Dr. Seuss books to children from two classrooms at Lakeview Hope Academy on Friday, March 1st, as well as reading to approximately 30 children at Tyee Park Elementary School during their Family Fun Night on Thursday, February 28th. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
  • Other items of interest:
    • “Cherry on Top” Daddy/Daughter Dance: Over 250 dads, daughters, uncles, grandpas and friends joined the City of Lakewood for the 11th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 2nd. The theme this year was “Cherry on Top” and families enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Black Bear Frozen Yogurt and danced the night away. This event has become tradition for many families and countless dads and daughters look forward to it every year. Each dad took home a photo that captured the memory of the night, and each daughter took home a beautiful red rose. Volunteers, staff and families can’t wait for next year’s dance, and planning is already underway.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/22/2013

February 22, 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 -
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum -
    • WEDA Legislative Conference: Lakewood Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended the Washington Economic Development Association Legislative Conference last week in Olympia. Discussions and presentations topics included streamlining business rules, export finance, Aerospace/Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Technology, economic development results, legislative proposals and updates.
  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for parks and public spaces to improve quality of life and attract residents –
    • Public Works Department applies for State Ecology Grant: The Public Works Department applied for a state Department of Ecology grant to help fund the preparation of a management plan for Waughop Lake located within Ft. Steilacoom Park. The total cost to prepare the management plan is estimated at $200,000 for which the grant, if we’re successful, would pay $150,000 thereof. Notice was received this week that our Waughop Lake management plan project made the draft list of projects recommended for funding. The draft list is subject to public review and comment through March 20th. It’s also subject to passage of the state and federal budgets. A final list will be published on July 1st.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordination role with military partners -
    • City Staff Meet with JBLM Officials on Lake City Traffic: Staff from the City Manager’s Office and Public Works met with senior JBLM staff on February 15 to discuss traffic mitigation measures where traffic from North Gate Road enters Lakewood’s Lake City neighborhood. JBLM agreed to allow the City to post signage on their property (“Reduced Speed Ahead” and “No Right Turn 4-6pm”) just before Nottingham Rd – the first intersection in Lakewood. The City will install this signage around March 15. The City and JBLM will work cooperatively on an “informational campaign” to advise commuters of the pending change and will also work together to pursue federal “Defense Access Road” (DAR) funding to fix an intersection in Lake City that generates the backups (Northgate and Edgewood Ave). The DAR funding request is at least a two-year process. City staff will provide an update to the Lake City neighborhood in March.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Congressman Heck Signs Lease with City Hall: Effective March 1, Congressman Denny Heck’s office will lease conference room 3B from the City of Lakewood. The lease will be in effect until early January 2015 (members of the US House can only enter agreements for the duration of their 2-year terms). Congressman Heck has a larger staff presence at the Lacey City Hall. He wanted a Lakewood presence due to Lakewood’s proximity to JBLM and a forum to meet with Pierce County constituents. Heck’s staff plans to keep regular office hours that will mirror City Hall’s hours (8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Friday).
    • Lakewood participates in City Legislative Action Conference: On February 13, Councilmember Barth and Communications Director Brewster attended the annual City Legislative Action Conference in Olympia sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities. They also met with members of the Lakewood delegation including Senator Conway and Representatives Green, Sawyer, and Kirby. They received constructive updates on city priorities including the Camp Murray Annexation (i.e. clarification of which state entity can negotiate state military land annexations), Western State Hospital community policing funding, capital funding requests, and potential city sharing of state-collected liquor taxes.
    • 2012 Year End Report: Staff has finalized the 2012 Year End Report. It will be posted to the City’s website next week and mailed to all Lakewood residences and businesses before the end of February.