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

February 22, 2013
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.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/15/2013

February 15, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Garbage Collection Service Rate Increase On March 1st the service rates for providing garbage collection within the City will increase. Under the terms of the City’s service contract one automatic adjustment of the rates per year is allowed. The adjustment is limited to only the year to year change in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma area and the year to year change in the disposal fee charged at the landfill. For this last year the change in the Consumer Price Index was 1.641% while the disposal fee charge increased 5.1%. As a result the new monthly service rate for a residential customer with recycling and a 65 gallon toter with weekly service will now be $32.23 versus $31.09.
  • STW/ 96th – Signal cabinet switch-out Saturday morning: Public Works signal technicians will be performing a signal cabinet switch out at South Tacoma Way and 96th Street on Saturday morning February 16th from 7am to 10am. The signal will be “dark” during the switch out and the intersection controlled by a Lakewood Police officer. The new cabinet replaces the out-dated cabinet and will provide ability to operate the new video detection cameras. Detection at this intersection has been inoperable for several months due to broken detection loops.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/25/2013

January 25, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Neighborhood Traffic Control public meeting for North Gate Road: Public Works and Police staff will be hosting a Neighborhood Traffic Control Program (NTCP) meeting for the residents of homes around North Gate Road on Tuesday, January 29th at 6:00 PM at Harrison Prep School gym. The meeting will be to discuss study results and options on how to address neighborhood cut-through problems resulting from increased JBLM gate use and the intersection operation problems at North Gate and Edgewood Road. Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) members reviewed options with staff at their January 22nd meeting and will be present to hear citizen input.
  • Help Lakewood win in the ‘Best of South Sound’ contest: South Sound Magazine is hosting a “Best of South Sound (http://southsoundmag.com/vote/ ) contest. One can vote on area restaurants, shops, businesses, people and activities. Lakewood won for Best Dog Park in 2011 and 2012. Voting ends February 1st with results in the April/May issue of South Sound Magazine.
  • Monthly city managers (CAO’s) meeting on legislative issues: The monthly area city managers meeting in Fife on January 24th had a presentation by Association of Washington Cities (AWC) gov’t relations advocate Candace Bock (formerly of City of Lakewood staff) on the status of AWC priorities in the beginning stages of this legislative session. The monthly meeting has been coordinated by the Lakewood city manager, and the Fife city manager will take on coordination moving forward.
  • SSMCP Steering Committee: The monthly meeting of the steering committee of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership took place on January 25th. The agenda included a review of plans for the Elected Officials Council to tourJBLM for its next meeting. The recommendation was made to continue coordinating the steering committee from the Lakewood city manager’s office for the upcoming months as planning for the future funding and sustainability of the SSMCP continues.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/1/2013

February 1, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City to recognize Doug Richardson: On Monday, February 4th, at 7:00 p.m., the City of Lakewood will recognize Doug Richardson’s 17 years of service on the City Council during its regular meeting in the Council Chambers. The public is invited to join the Council and staff as we extend our appreciation to Mayor Richardson for his dedicated service to Lakewood. The City will present a short video tribute and provide an “open mic” to those audience members who may wish to make remarks. After the presentation, we will recess for refreshments before resuming City business.
  • City Attorneys present at legal education seminar: City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter and Ass’t City Attorney Matt Kaser presented on the topic proactive litigation regarding public records at the legal education seminar “Public Records Act Litigation” presented by Law Seminars International at the Washington State Convention Center on January 30th. Their topic was entitled ‘Protecting Public Sector Interests: When Do Serial Requests Become Harassment? How Do You Stop It?”
  • Staff attends State Farmers Market Association annual conference: The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department attended the Washington State Farmers Market Association Annual Conference January 25 – 27. They learned many things including about marketing Farmers Markets and how to be able to take EBT (food stamps) as well as WIC & Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks. They are excited to implement what was learned at this season’s farmers market which begins Tuesday, June 4th. Vendor applications and more information can be found online at cityoflakewood.us/farmersmarket.
  • Traffic Control at North Gate Road: Approximately 30 residents attended the North Gate Road Neighborhood Traffic Control Program meeting on January 29th. Staff listened to the neighborhood observations and concerns including traffic flow and speeds and lack of sidewalks and streetlights. Public Works and Police staff shared traffic study results and presented some alternatives to address the on-going speeding and cut-thru problems in their neighborhood. In summary, the “failed” operations at the intersection of North Gate Road and Edgewood Avenue, back-up traffic up to ¼ mile down North Gate Road. Frustrated drivers, avoid the intersection by cutting through neighboring roads of Kenwood Drive, Winona Street, and others. The neighbors wish to provide feedback to JBLM representatives on how the increasing growth of North Fort has impacted their neighborhood. City staff committed to follow up with the neighborhood on some interim traffic control measures including: “No Turns 4 to 6 PM” signage with enforcement at North Gate Road and Nottingham Drive, and follow up surveys and meetings regarding speed control measures such as speed humps. In addition, City staff is committed to work at finding funding to address the intersection of North Gate Road and Edgewood Avenue which can improve level of service from the current “F” to an “A”.
  • Public Works Maintenance & Operation facility: Work has started on the new PW Maintenance & Operation Facility located off of Front Street north of 96th Street. A water main has been extended through the property as required by the Water District. The existing house/office building has been demolished. Appropriate power and utilities have been brought into the site. A portion of the drainage system necessary to serve the site for its anticipated layout has been installed along with the necessary underground conduit to serve the yard and potential building foot prints with power/cable/phone and an integrated security system. A used modular 2500 sq ft office building has been purchased for the office portion of the M & O facility complex. Further contract bids have been received for the installation of the balance of the drainage system along with the grading, gravelling and paving the entire site. Council award of the construction contract is anticipated on February 11th.
  • Waughop briefing to Pierce County: The City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and Surface Water Division Manager Greg Vigoren briefed County Executive Pat McCarthy and Deputy Executive Kevin Phelps this week regarding the condition of Waughop Lake located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. The briefing included a history of Ft. Steilacoom Park including past farming practices at the park that impacted the lake water quality; current uses of the lake; current condition of the lake; Lakewood’s actions to date and potential further actions. All parties agreed that a comprehensive management plan is needed to determine best future course of action.
  • CSRT staff presents at block watch meeting: CSO Gail Conelly conducted a new block watch meeting for the residents in the neighborhood of the 9300 block of 114th St SW. There were 20 in attendance. Topics covered included: Starting a Block Watch; Burglary Prevention; Motor Vehicle Theft/Prowl Prevention; Home Security; Crime Prevention through Environmental Design; and a discussion regarding the use of surveillance equipment on houses. A block watch captain was selected and more meetings will be forthcoming.
  • Chambers Creek Open House: The City of Lakewood along with University Place and Pierce County hosted a Public Open House on January 29th to discuss the Chamber Creek Canyon Trail Project. The open house was held at the Pierce County Environmental Services Center in University Place. Staff and members of the Park and Recreation Advisory Board attended. Topics of discussion included the Canyon Master Plan, future development of the trail system, environmental work, parking and potential access points and trail heads located in both Lakewood and University Place.
  • CSRT and Lakewood Refuse clean up apartment complex in Woodbrook: An apartment complex in Woodbrook came to the attention of CSRT when it was reported that a very large amount of trash and discarded furniture had accumulated on the property and they did not have garbage service. The City gave the apartment manager one week to clean up the property and establish garbage service, while Lakewood Refuse worked with the manager to resolve outstanding bills and reestablish service. At the end of one week, the property was thoroughly clean and garbage service was resumed.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/18/2013

January 18, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Martin Luther King Celebration on January 19th: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration has been set for Saturday, January 19th at the McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College from 10 am to noon. It will feature a diverse range of performances highlighted by the Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Prairie Bells, trumpeter Morris Northcutt and the Clover Park High School Choir. Other featured performers include the Life Christian Chamber Choir and the Grace Chapel Choir. Featured speakers include Sam Mitsui, a World War II member of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Al Knight, COL., USA (Ret) representing the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Joining COL Knight will be former Tuskegee Airman Ed Drummond. The theme for this year's celebration is "WW II, Discrimination at Home, Patriotism Abroad". For more information contact Jo Ethel Smith at (253) 584-4673 or Dennis Higashiyama at (253) 589-2489. Admission and parking are free.
  • Police and HR conduct Entry-Level Police Officer Written Testing: The Lakewood Police and Human Resources Departments conducted an Entry-Level Police Officer written examination on January 16th at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center. There was a great turn out; and the next step in the process will be the Physical Agility Test (PAT) scheduled for Saturday, January 26th. The testing process is the first city-run entry level testing done since 2004.
  • Healthy Start Program: This award-winning program emphasizing nutritious snacks and fun physical activity opened its second site at Oakwood Elementary. Approximately 25 students participate in the program, when the school day ends, with another 30 students joining them at 3:30 pm after they have completed their academics with Communities in Schools. They get to eat healthy snacks while learning what vitamins and minerals are contained and how to keep healthy. Freeze tag, 2-ball soccer, capture-the-flag, speed-stacking and other games and activities that promote physical activity, sportsmanship, strategy development and teamwork are fun ways to be active. Participants from both Oakwood and Tyee Park will be sending students to participate in a regional speed-stacking competition in March. All participants will be invited to attend the inaugural Lakewood Kid’s Marathon in April and the Tacoma Kid’s Marathon in May.