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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/8/2013

November 8, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation declaring November as Veterans Appreciation Month.
  • IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
  • Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
  • Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.
  • Marijuana sales, processing and production update.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Set December 2, 2013 as the date for a Public Hearing on the 2013 budget amendments.
  • Public Hearing on 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
  • Adoption of 2014 property tax levy
  • Approve a purchase and sale agreement to acquire property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Adopt the condemnation of property at 8008 to 8248 Bridgeport Way SW.
  • Adopt allocations for human services programs.
  • Affirm the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fallen Officers Food Drive

November 29th, 2013 will mark the 4th anniversary of the murders of our four officers, Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Greg Richards, and Officer Ronnie Owens. In years past, we have honored the fallen officers with a food drive at the Lakewood Police Station.

This year, the 29th falls on the day after Thanksgiving. In order to allow the families and department members time to spend with their families on the holiday, there will not be a food drive “day” at the station.

In partnership with Q13 Fox, Washington’s Most Wanted, Les Schwab Tire Centers, the Emergency Food Network and Food Life Line; the Fallen Officer Food Drive will still take place. Donations of non-perishable food items and/or cash can be made at the Lakewood Police Department or any Les Schwab Tire Center store beginning November 1st and lasting through November 22nd.

In the last four years the Fallen Officers Food Drive raised a generous $90,649.00 in cash donations and 115,962 pounds of food. The officers dedicated themselves to the community in life and now that dedication continues through this food drive. The goal for this year is $50,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.

This year’s Fallen Officer Food Drive is dedicated to the memory of Washington State Trooper Sean O’Connell, who was killed in the line of duty on May 31st, 2013. Trooper O’Connell was killed when his police motorcycle collided with a box truck in Skagit County.

We humbly and sincerely appreciate the community’s ongoing support for fallen officers everywhere and hope you will join us in making this another successful food drive.

Scotch Broom Cleared On Bridgeport

Teamwork is what it took to tackle the overgrown Scotch broom and weedy Right-of-Way along Bridgeport Way Southwest between 88th and 83rd Streets. The City’s Parks Department and work crew “volunteers” spent last Friday doing general cleanup along the overgrown sidewalk, transforming it from a neighborhood eyesore into a clean and passable sidewalk. The winners are the citizens of Lakewood. Way to go team!

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 28- November 1, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 43 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 22 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Automated Traffic Safety Cameras Seminar

On November 5, 2013, City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter, Chief of Police Bret Farrar and Court Administrator Deana Wright attended an Automated Traffic Safety Cameras seminar sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities. The seminar featured an examination of legal challenges, legislative proposals, and best practices regarding the use of camera revenue. City Attorney Wachter participated on a panel of cities sharing vendor contract information and a review of data.

Economic Development Update

Utilities Meetings

The Economic Development Department met with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Lakeview Light & Power to discuss power rates, structures, recent upgrades and future upgrades. The purpose, in part, was to identify any new information that needs to be included in our 2015 Comp Plan update.

Rally Point 6

Several employees and supporters met to tour the new Rally Point 6 building at 9881 Bridgeport Way. Still under construction, this organization will be the central point for veterans and families when transitioning out of the military to civilian life. They will assist with housing, employment, training and connections to all the resources veterans and families need. This is the first of many transitional facilities to be constructed across the nation. Check out their website for additional information: http://rallypoint6.com/

Studio Hot Yoga Grand Opening

One of our newest additions to Lakewood - Studio Hot Yoga - is now open. Their focus is on total wellness, and offerings include hot and warm gentle yoga, dance and movement therapy, Pilates, Latin Heat, Holistic Wellness, personal training and nutrition coaching.

Chamber Luncheon Featured Inspirational Speaker

Mr. Albert Mensah, motivational speaker, consultant and trainer delivered a powerful speech this week. The crowd was encouraged to “Get Uncomfortable.” He stressed excellence, discipline, and personal accountability while teaching ways to be more effective in business. Attendees included City Manager John J. Caulfield, Chief of Police Bret Farrar, and Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/1/2013

November 1, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Board Report
  • Public Hearing on 2014 property tax levy.
  • Adopt amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
  • Bid award to KBH Construction, Inc., in the amount of $524,485 for traffic signal improvements at Custer Road SW and John Dower Road SW.
  • Bid award to Totem Electric of Tacoma, in the amount of $774,375, for modification to 48 traffic signals.
  • Approve a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $50,000 for the 2013-2015 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
  • Adopt the Legislative Policy Manual and 2013-2014 Biennial Legislative Agenda.
  • Approve an agreement with Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, in the amount of $55,000 for state government relation services.
  • Approve an interlocal agreement with the Cities of Tacoma, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Pierce Transit relative to an auto crime enforcement task force to respond and investigate auto thefts.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
  • Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
  • Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
  • Marijuana sales, processing and production update.
  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Make a Difference Day

The Lakewood Youth Council coordinated community service projects throughout the City in celebration of Make a Difference Day this past Saturday. The projects included: installing 33 grave markers in the cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park with the Grave Concerns organization, decorating pumpkins at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue pumpkin patch, completing the final phase of a three-year beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary and working with the Clover Park Kiwanis Club at the community garden to prepare the garden plots for winter. More than 100 volunteers participated in Make a Difference Day in Lakewood this year.

Transit Connector Project Artwork

The final leaf was installed on the gateway arch at the Transit Connector Project. This completes the display of 5 Garry Oak leaves representative of our local flora in Lakewood. Artist David Eisenhour is nationally recognized for his sculptures depicting specific plant forms which offer a reflection of their covert beauty and peculiarity.

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 21-25, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 39 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 15 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Donations For YWCA

During the month of October, the City of Lakewood and the Dollar Tree Corporation partnered together to collect donations on behalf of the Pierce County YWCA. Between 5,000 to 6,000 personal hygiene products were collected for victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Rally

On Friday, October 25th, Anita Booker-Hay attended the first annual domestic violence awareness rally sponsored by the City of Tacoma. The rally included representatives of Cities that have recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness month by proclamation, as well as other agencies that provide direct victim services to domestic violence crime victims.

Community Development Update

Software Conversion

The Community Development Department completed its software conversion this week. There were three parts to the conversion process:

  1. Retiring one software system and replacing it with a new system
  2. Converting planning and building permit files that were “in process”
  3. Providing training to both the Community Development Department and Public Works Department
  4. Systems testing for quality assurance.

PAB Reviewing Zoning Code Amendment

This coming week, the Planning Advisory Board will convene. The board will review a resolution of intent to amend the zoning code, updating definitions related to housing and considering a new communal residence section. The board will consider a report regarding the Puget Sound Regional Council’s regional growth centers and review information on Lakewood’s population and housing data as part of the 2015 comprehensive plan update.

Economic Development Update

100th & South Tacoma Way

Economic Development is working with the National Development Council (NDC) on SBA and Section 108 funding for a redevelopment project at the corner of 100th and South Tacoma Way. This property is where the Gloria Motel once stood and the Rainier Motel still stands.

New Medical Services Business

A disabled veteran and medical professional is seeking a location in the heart of our Central Business District. This new medical services center will bring together several disciplines geared towards pain management among other related services. NDC is also assisting in framing the options best suited for this practice.

New Springbrook Development

A Springbrook property owner met with the City this week to discuss current and next steps for their property. The City will work closely with the owner, architect and construction contractor in the coming months and into 2014 for a new development in this area.

Woodbrook Industrial Park

Ellie Chambers-Grady met with energy provider and EDB staff around best uses for the new Industrial Business Park (IBP). A 20-plus acre parcel has been prepped and approved for warehousing and manufacturing. It is currently being marketed as the Lakewood I-5 Commerce Center build-to-suit. Olympic Moving & Storage, the first business to sight in the IBP earlier this year, already has plans for expansion.

Destination Summit

The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau (TRCVB) brought their team to Lakewood this week to meet with venues and the Economic Development Department. TRCVB outcomes from the meeting were perceptions of what Lakewood does really well, opportunities for improvement, trends, and better ways to collaborate with one another to bring various sized tours to Lakewood.

Police Update

Narcotics Warrant

On October 29th, the Police Department worked with the DEA to serve six narcotics-related search warrants in Pierce County, one of which was in Lakewood. Four people were taken into custody and transported to the US Marshals office, and multiple ounces of heroin and methamphetamine were recovered.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/18/2013

October 18, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Recap of the 2013 Lakewood Farmers Market.
  • Proclamation recognizing St. Clare Hospital for supporting the Lakewood Farmers Market.
  • A public hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
  • Appointment of Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
  • Resolution authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 28, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Sound Transit Long Range Plan Update.
  • Review of proposed amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
  • Review of the parks and streets survey results.
  • Review of State government relations contract.
  • Legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda update.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

On October 17th, The City of Lakewood joined millions of people worldwide who practiced how to drop, cover, and hold on at 10:17 a.m. during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The annual event encourages people from around the world to practice earthquake preparedness.

Live United in 2014 Campaign

On October 16th, The City of Lakewood held a Silent Auction to raise money for the United Way. The following link has pictures of the items that were auctioned off. J:\Shared\United Way\Silent Auction The auction made just over $960.

New Hudtloff Middle School

This brand new 95,000 sq. ft. school is now open. On time and under budget, the project is part of a $92 million bond approved by Lakewood voters in 2010. Bond monies are also being used to build a new elementary school for the consolidated Oakwood and Southgate Elementary Schools; and to build the new Harrison Preparatory School (scheduled for a mid-2015 opening) in partnership with Clover Park Technical College.

Legal Department Update

Last week, City Attorney, Heidi Ann Wachter, Matt Kaser, and Anita Booker-Hay attended the 2013 WSAMA Fall Conference in Walla Walla, Washington.

Prosecution Update

During the week of October 7-11, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 11 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 6 charges were filed in Court and 3 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Police Department Update

Lieutenant Steve Mauer retired from the Police Department on October 15, 2013 after 28 ½ years of service in the law enforcement profession. Lieutenant Mauer has been a member of the Police Department since 2004. Lieutenant Mauer has accepted a position as Director of Security at Western State Hospital.

People on the Move

Lieutenant Heidi Hoffman will be taking over Patrol Specialty in place of Lieutenant Dave Guttu.

Lieutenant Dave Guttu will be taking over CSRT in place of retired Lieutenant Steve Mauer.

Please congratulate our two newest promotions:

Lieutenant John Unfred newest Professional Standards Section Lieutenant.

Sergeant Jeffrey Carroll newest Professional Standards Section Sergeant.

Parks and Recreation Update

Truck and Tractor Day This Saturday!

Don’t miss Truck and Tractor Day this Saturday, October 19th – a fun, FREE, family event presented by the City of Lakewood, at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave. SW) from noon – 3 p.m. Last year over 500 people joined us for these Fall festivities. Join us this year for the greatest event yet!

This annual event features many activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Hay Ride, Pumpkin Decorating and just added this year Pumpkin Chunkin’. The main attraction of the event includes lots of trucks and tractors of all different sizes including a cement truck and a fire engine. Children will have the opportunity to climb on these big rigs and see what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Each child will receive a FREE hard hat (while supplies last).

For more information, please call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department at (253) 983 – 7887 or visit us at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com .

Oakwood After School Program

This program which is a partnership with Oakwood Elementary, Communities in Schools (CISL) and the City of Lakewood began this past Monday serving nearly 100 students. The school provides the students, CISL provides funding and the academic program and the City provides the Healthy Start program. The coordination of each component provides a complete program covering academics, nutrition and physical activity for a healthier child.

City Hall Art Exhibit

A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Vera Beaumont is now being displayed on the first floor at City Hall. A local resident, Ms. Beaumont features a variety of flowers in her paintings. Almost all of her “models” are grown in her garden. Originally from England where she began her study of art she now calls Western Washington home. This exhibit is presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

Property Cleared for Development

The Community Safety Resource Team has been monitoring the property located at 5915 Lake Grove Street SW for several years. Past owners have neglected the dilapidated house and warehouse on the property. The property attracted vandals and other criminal activity which absorbed police resources. CSRT contacted the current property owner. The owner responded quickly and demolished the structures. The property is now ready for development.

Public Works Update

Lakeview Ave/100th St Intersection Improvements

The City has been working with Sound Transit to address a problem with truck turns at the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and 100th St. Specifically, southbound Lakeview trucks turning left onto eastbound 100th Street. This is the direct exit out of the Lakewood Industrial Park so there are a significant amount of trucks. The 100th Street railroad crossing was improved as part of the Sound Transit project to include median curb on 100th all the way to the cross walk; unfortunately, we did not catch this issue as part of the recent improvement project. In response, the City reviewed the turning radius from Lakeview to 100th. It is a bit tight for the largest trucks. There is a relatively simple fix which includes removing some median curbing (approximately 10 feet) and moving back the opposing left turn (stopped cars) stop bar back about 10 feet. We are in the process of coordinating with Sound Transit to ensure they are “OK” with the solution as it relates to the adjacent railroad crossing. The Public Works Department will be doing the improvements.

Community Development Update

New National Guard Readiness Center at Camp Murray

The News Tribune recently reported that the Washington Military Department (WMD) will be building a $33.6 million National Guard readiness center totaling three stories and 97,000 square feet at Camp Murray’s Washington State Guard Headquarters versus in Buckley. We understand the WMD ran into some environmental issues on the proposed Buckley site that were going to be too expensive to address. Once opened, the WMD will be relocating about 40 full-time employees to Camp Murray while another 339 soldiers will use it for weekend training exercises. On Wednesday of this week, the Community & Economic Development Department made contact with WMD’s traffic consultant. While the proposed project is not within the City’s municipal boundaries, we are setting up a pre-application meeting to review the proposal to include project consistency with Camp Murray’s master site development plan and the status of project permitting (SEPA & building permits).

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/25/2013

October 25, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular study session on Monday, October 28, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Sound Transit Long Range Plan update.
  • Review of the parks and streets survey results.
  • Review of proposed amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to general business licenses.
  • Point Defiance Bypass Rail update.
  • Legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda update.
  • Review of the 2014 state government relations contract.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Youth Council Report.
  • Clover Park School District Board Report.
  • Public Hearing on 2014 property tax levy.
  • Bid award on city-wide safety improvements.
  • Bid award on traffic signal upgrade at Custer Road and John Dower Road.
  • Approval of a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology, in the amount of $50,000, for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
  • Adoption of the legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda.
  • Adoption of a state government relations contract.
  • Approval of an interlocal agreement with the cities of Tacoma, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department relative to the auto crime enforcement task force to respond and investigate auto thefts.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Celebrate Make a Difference Day Saturday in Lakewood

Help celebrate Make a Difference Day in the City of Lakewood by participating in this national day of community service Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Kick-Off event will feature a food drive benefitting the Emergency Food Network (EFN), and all attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items. The Kick-Off event will take place at Lakewood City Hall; 6000 Main Street SW. Refreshments will be served beginning 8 a.m.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a welcome and an overview of the various projects by the Lakewood Youth Council. We will leave for the individual project sites by 8:50 a.m.

The event is hosted and coordinated by the Lakewood Youth Council and will feature community service projects at:

  • Fort Steilacoom Park with the Grave Concerns Association
  • The West Pierce Fire & Rescue Pumpkin Patch
  • The Lakewood Community Garden
  • A beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary

If you are a Clover Park School District student, these hours will count toward your community service hours as required by the International Baccalaureate Program. Help make a difference in our city by participating in this year’s event.

For additional information, please contact

Dennis Higashiyama

Youth Council Advisor

(253) 983-7835

Let’s Walk to School

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

7:20-7:45 A.M.

Living Stone Church to Dower Elementary

The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District invite you to a Walk to School event promoting October as the International Walk to School Month. Family and friends are encouraged to walk with students. Volunteers will be positioned along the route for safety and education. Sponsors will provide snacks, beverages, and free giveaways.

This event promotes walking for:

  • Physical activity
  • Teaching safe walking skills to students
  • Reducing traffic congestion, pollution, and speed near schools
  • Taking back neighborhoods for people on foot
  • Sharing time with community leaders, parents, and children

Legal Department Update

During the week of October 12-18, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 20 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Parks and Recreation Update

Truck and Tractor Day

Over 1800 people joined the City of Lakewood for the 8th annual Truck and Tractor Day where kids were able to enjoy large trucks and big rigs including a cement mixer, school bus, fire engine, SWAT vehicles and tractors provided by many Lakewood companies. After climbing on all the Trucks and Tractors, honking horns and making lights flash kids were able to enjoy the pumpkin patch where they received a FREE pumpkin that they could decorate on-site, a FREE hayride around Fort Steilacoom Park and just added this year, Pumpkin Chunkin’. It was a wonderful day at Fort Steilacoom Park, with the biggest crowd we have ever seen for the amazing community event. The weather was cold but dry, a perfect fall day, and families had a fabulous time!

Super Hero 5K

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. . .nope it’s the Super Hero 5K. Last weekend the City of Lakewood hosted the first ever Super Hero 5K with 25 participants racing through Fort Steilacoom Park. It was a great first time event with wonderful costumes and very enthusiastic participation!

Community Safety Resource Team Update

On October 18th, Community Service Officer Gail Conelly participated in St. Clare Hospital’s annual safety fair event. The event is geared towards employees, but was also open to the public. CSO Conelly handed out crime prevention information, as well as presented information regarding personal safety at home, work and play. The event was attended by approximately 60 employees and several members of the public.

Community Development Update

South Sound Military Communities Partnership (SSMCP) Project Manager Dan Penrose attended this month’s Pierce County Growth Management Coordination Committee (GMCC) meeting and made a presentation on the Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Joint Land Use Study project. The GMCC is a technical review committee that provides recommendations to the Pierce County Regional Council; it members are planning officials representing the cities and towns in Pierce County.

Sound Transit is now in the process of preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to update its long range plan. The Supplemental EIS focuses on establishing new high capacity transit routes throughout the Puget Sound region for possible inclusion in future funding plans. A Scoping Information Folio is available that provides additional information. The Folio and other project information can be reviewed on the Sound Transit website at <http://www.soundtransit.org/LongRangePlan >.

On November 1st, the community development department closes down its “old” permitting software system and brings online its new permitting software. The changeover has been underway throughout the year and is almost done. This last week is going to be challenging. The department is in the process of converting active files received in the last several months into the new system. On top of that, training is underway and we are keeping the permit counter open while we perform the changeover. As best we try to have this process go smoothly, we are expecting to find some “bugs” in the system. Some customers may experience delays. The community development department is asking for the public’s patience.

Economic Development Update

Tacoma Chamber Annual Lunch

Economic Development Department representatives attended the Tacoma Chamber Annual Luncheon. Keynote speaker Mark Lautman, Economic Architect, noted that Tacoma and surrounding areas are actually in a good position for future growth. While growth is expected to remain slow, our many assets and the ability to attract talent is high. Transportation/warehousing, extractive industries, manufacturing, exporting and all things innovative will be crucial to a thriving community. A looming shortage of qualified workers began in 2007 and has placed the world on the path of a growing inverted labor supply. Of the many sectors not being addressed adequately, Lautman said home-based work, health care, and manufacturing are at the top. It’s no longer an option to “just hang on.” Those who adopt “The Gumption Cycle,” of believe-think-care-plan-invest-succeed will thrive. Workforce, education, and economic development must work together. Among attendees were Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, and U.S. Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/11/2013

October 11, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a Study Session on Monday, October 14, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood Arts Commission.
  • Review of an Interlocal Agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • A public hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
  • Appointing Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
  • Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

Topics of Interest and Updates

On October 7, 2013 Colonel Getchell of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade thanked the City of Lakewood for the Raiders Return Welcome Home Event. He presented the Council with a framed action board of photos of soldiers while in Afghanistan.

On October 7, 2013 Mayor Anderson presented a proclamation of appreciation to Ms. Tammy Hemmie President of the Lakewood Subchapter Association of the United States Army for support of the Raider Return event. He then recognized other Lakewood Subchapter board members who contributed in sponsoring the event. A video of the event can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/76070106

 

On October 7, 2013 Mayor Anderson presented certificated of appreciation to art contest winners from Custer and John Dower Elementary Schools for producing the 2013-2014 Storm water Pollution Prevention and Conservation calendar.

 

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 30-October 4, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 37 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 26 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Last week, City Attorney, Heidi Ann Wachter, attended the 2013 International Municipal Lawyers Association Fall Conference in San Francisco, California. Ms. Wachter currently serves as IMLA’s Washington State Chair.

Public Works Update

In the next few days the Public Works Department will be launching a pilot safety project at 3 cross walk locations with the intent to verify whether the project provides any beneficial level of added safety to the pedestrians using the cross walks. The three cross walks are 1) 59th Ave at the Old Country Buffet, 2) Main St between Barnes and Noble and the DHSH building and 3) Washington Blvd at Lake City Blvd. The intent of the project is make pedestrians more visible to drivers when crossing the street at non-signalized crossings by providing them flags to wave as they cross. At these locations there will be receptacles stocked with hand held flags on each side of the street. Upon a pedestrian crossing the street they can pick up a flag on one side, wave it as they cross and deposit in the receptacle on the other side. Before studies have already been completed at these crossing and after studies will follow once pedestrians have adjusted to this new option. The Public Works Department will monitor and assure that the receptacles have sufficient flags therein.

Public Works Projects Out to Bid

The Public Works Department put two safety grant projects out to bid this week: 1) Custer / John Dower Traffic Signal Improvement Project which will upgrade the existing signal by replacing the current span-wire with a new signal bridge; and 2) Citywide Safety Improvement Project which will upgrade 49 traffic signals throughout the city with upgraded signal heads (larger, more visible displays) and operations including flashing-yellow-arrow (FLY) operations. The two projects received over $1.0 million in Federal Safety Grant funding with zero city matching funds anticipated. It is anticipated the projects will be recommended for award at the first City Council meeting in November.

Economic Development Update

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Lakewood’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) invited 16 grant requesters to their meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd. The requesters made presentations asking for a total of $489,440 in grant funds. Projected 2014 grant fund earnings do not allow all projects to be recommended. LTAC’s funding recommendations, which totals $394,040, next go to the Lakewood Council for final approval in late November or early December-2013.

Business Outreach

Economic development is increasing outreach and support of local businesses. Meetings with resource and regional partners continue to be crucial as a part of our business retention and expansion program. One of the many topics covered in our outreach is the government shutdown and how different industries are calculating and anticipating the monetary effects of this situation. There is still much to be learned, but the more communication we have the better position we will be in to help. We are encouraging businesses to contact us. Congressional staff is interested in meeting with businesses to provide support. We met with companies in the financial, hospitality, transportation, retail, manufacturing, and distribution industries over the past two weeks.

Pierce County Procurement Forum

Representative from the Community and Economic Development Departments attended the annual procurement forum last Friday. The workshop included a session on how to procure state certification as a minority business and information specific to women owned businesses. The Tacoma School District reported they received a new bond for $500 million in construction projects to be distributed over the next ten years with $63 million planned for 2014. They spend $50 million in supplies and services yearly. Washington State Department of Defense (DOD) spending dropped from $13 billion in 2012 to $6 billion in 2013. JBLM Army Corps of Engineers supports five Multi Award Task Order Contracts that each span five years. They spent $110 million in 2012 and $55 million in 2013 mainly for operations and maintenance, with some new construction. The State Department of Enterprise Services is a fairly new office combining printing, personnel, procurement, and small business assistance. With the new governor’s push for innovation and to “do something different now,” the office has added an array of business services, translations in Spanish, and Korean, “pre, pre-bid meetings,” and a new requirement for contract inclusion plans. These allow for set-asides like the DOD for veterans, women owned businesses and disadvantaged businesses. Many Lakewood businesses could take advantage of these revenue streams. Contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or for resource connections including where to find contract opportunities. DOD spending information can be accessed through www.usaspending.gov .

Redevelopment Advisory Board Meeting (REDAB)

At the REDAB meeting this week Henry Liebman, Attorney and Principal of American Life, Inc. presented information on the EB5 program. EB5 is an immigration program that allows individuals and their families to invest in projects that create new jobs in the United States in exchange for a “green card” and eventual permanent U.S. citizenship. Lakewood has an EB5 regional center and Mr. Liebman is working with a Lakewood client to raise considerable funds around an I-5 project. For information on EB5 visit: /government/departments/economic-development/business-financial-assistance/foreign-investment-regional-center-eb5 . Public Works Director Don Wickstrom and City Attorney Heidi Wachter presented a sign code amendment to allow service and way-finding signs in the city. REDAB and other members of the city and community are being asked for input on the proposed amendment prior to being revisited again by the City Council.

Police Department Update

Three Officers Graduate from Academy

On Thursday, October 10th, Officers Jordan Feldman, Jessica Vanzant and Skylar Eastman graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA). Officer Jordan Feldman was the class president and gave the class speech. We are extremely excited and happy to welcome them to the Police Department and are looking forward to working with them.

Community Development Update

On October 10th members of the Community Development Department conducted a meeting with local planning directors and JBLM representatives to discuss the contents of the Joint Land Use Planning Request for Proposal (RFP) scope of work. In attendance were planning professionals from Pierce and Thurston Counties, Thurston County regional Planning, Lacey, Tacoma, Yelm, and DuPont. Amendments to the scope of work were suggested and approved. Representatives were selected to sit on the interview panel. Release of the RFP for consultant services is scheduled for October 17th. The RFP proposals are due November 20th. The interview and selection process will begin on December 17th.

October 10th Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, previous Lakewood Mayor Bill Harrison, and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson were present as Assistant City Manager for Community Development Director Dave Bugher made a presentation to Rallypoint 6 on the current efforts of the South Sound Military Communities Partnership (SSMCP). Mr. Bugher discussed the JBLM Joint Land Use Study, the current effort to update the military preference survey, and the upcoming SSMCP Membership Forum scheduled for November 14th.

Municipal Court Update

On Friday October 4, 2013 Court Compliance Officer Sean Dunn graduated from the Corrections Officers Academy class #424. The Corrections Officer Academy provides 160 hours of training to employees whose job functions include custody, safety and security in jails. This prepares the graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of a complex job. Please feel free to congratulate CCO Dunn when you see him in City Hall.

Save the Date

Coffee with the Mayor will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 a.m. at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center. Guest speakers will be Ernest Heller-Judge and Deana Wright-Court Administrator who will give a Municipal Court Update.