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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/3/2013

October 3, 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 Council Retreat on Saturday, October 5, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Lakewood City Hall, Executive Conference Room 3A, 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the Retreat include:

  • Proposed State Legislative Agenda

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 7, 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.
  • Presentation of the 2013-2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar. - Custer Elementary and John Dower Elementary Schools
  • Proclamation declaring the month of October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. - Ms. Miriam Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA
  • Proclamation of appreciation of the Lakewood Subchapter of the Association of United States Army for support of the Raider Return event. - Ms. Tammy Hemmie, President Lakewood Subchapter, Association of the United States Army
  • Clover Park School District Board Report.
  • Setting Monday, November 18, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the proposed vacation of a portion of 104th Street Court South right-of-way.
  • Setting Monday, November 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2014 property tax levy.
  • Reappointing Susan Coulter and Kathy Flores to serve on the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2016.
  • Appointing Michael Erickson and Charlie Maxwell to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2016.
  • Appointing Kathleen Lind and Mumbi Ngari-Turner to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board through September 20, 2016.
  • Appointing Robert Estrada to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2015.
  • Approving the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Act policy statement and funding priorities.
  • Pledging $310,000 of City funding to the Transportation Improvement Board for street improvements on South Tacoma Way from Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street.
  • Declaring an emergency for waiving competitive bidding requirements for awarding necessary contracts to repair the roadway and drainage systems on Zircon Drive relative to a landslide to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Authorizing the execution of a grant agreement with the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, in the amount of $426,003, to conduct a Joint Land Use Study for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities.
  • Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Pierce County Flood Control District relative to the allocation of Opportunity Fund revenues.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of October 14, 2013:

  • 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.

Topics of Interest and Updates

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During the month of October, The City of Lakewood and the Dollar Tree Corporation are partnering together to collect donations on behalf of the Pierce County YWCA. Personal hygiene products will be collected for victims of domestic violence. Purchase your items for donation at participating Dollar Tree Stores today! City employees can purchase items for donation or bring in donations to the 3rd floor counter of City Hall.

United Way Kickoff Campaign

This Wednesday the City participated in a kickoff event for Lakewood’s United Way Campaign.

$314.00 was raised for the United Way in lunches and raffle ticket sales. Thank you to all who participated to this worthy cause.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 23-27, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 41 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 28 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Last weekend, three of our attorneys, Heidi Ann Wachter, Anita Booker-Hay and Matthew Kaser were presenters at the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Annual Convention. Heidi and Matt provided an overview of Administrative Hearings while Anita gave an overview of the law in the wake of passage of Initiative 502 that legalized recreational marijuana use.

Public Works Update

Heavy rains over the weekend and thru Monday resulted in a washout of the hillside associated with one of City’s storm drainage out falls off of Zircon Drive in the vicinity of the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club facility (8100 block). As a result in order to protect and save the balance of the City’s storm drainage system within the area including potentially Zircon Drive itself an emergency was declared which enabled the City to immediately hire Northwest Cascade Inc to restore and stabilize the hillside and reconstruct its drainage outfall system. Its estimated there is about two weeks of emergency work which will probably end up costing cost around $80,000. The picture below gives perspective of the extent of the slide. The picture was taken midway down the slide area looking up towards Zircon Dr. Thanks to an extensive flood plain area at Chambers creek no slide debris reached the creek itself and the water quality leaving the slide area was observed to be clear prior to it entering the creek.

Parks and Recreation Update

Youth Leadership Summit

Members of the Lakewood Youth Council will be attending a statewide youth leadership summit in Shoreline on Saturday, October 5th to discuss “Teen Voice & Advocacy for change in our communities”. This will be an opportunity to exchange information on what the different groups have been doing in their communities and to discuss what goals they have for the future. One of the goals of the summit itself is to keep these leaders connected throughout the year so they can support each other in their goals, check on each group’s progress on their projects and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.

UPS Students to Create a Business Plan for the Lakewood Farmers Market

The City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is working with a group of students from the University of Puget Sound’s Business Department to create a comprehensive business plan for the Lakewood Farmers Market. This business plan will outline ways the Farmers Market can improve and will include a marketing plan and growth plan to address environmental and social obstacles. It is expected to be completed by the end of November and will be a part of a presentation to City Council in early 2014. The 2014 Lakewood Farmers Market is set to open the first Tuesday in June at Lakewood City Hall.

Police Department Update

U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., was killed on Sept. 21 along with 32-year-old Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, of Denver, Colo., and 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, of Ramsey, N.J., when their unit was attacked during range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting a firing range training exercise, when according to NATO, an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform turned his weapon on the U.S. soldiers. Strickland, an Army Green Beret, graduated from Etowah High School before joining the Army in 2008. He was assigned to the First Battalion 1st Special Forces Group out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He is survived by a wife, a son and two daughters. Lakewood Police will honor Special Forces Sergeant Joshua Strickland by escorting Sgt. Strickland and his family to a funeral home in Auburn and then to Mount Tahoma National Cemetery this weekend.

Court Compliance Officer Graduates

Court Compliance Officer Sean Dunn graduated from the Criminal Justice Training Center Correction Academy on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Please join us in congratulating him on a job well done.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/27/2013

September 27, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

On Monday, September 30, 2013 the Transportation Benefit District Board will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA. The items for discussion include:

  • Review of proposed transportation improvements and funding options.

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 the City Council will hold a special meeting at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room 3A Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA. The items for discussion include:

  • Review of proposed State Legislative Agenda.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council regular meeting of October 7, 2013 include:

  • Presentation of the 2013-2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar. - Custer Elementary and John Dower Elementary Schools
  • Proclamation declaring the month of October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
  • Setting Monday, November 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2014 property tax collection.
  • Appointing individuals to the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2016. Appointing individuals to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2016.
  • Appointing an individual to the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2015.
  • Approving the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies and proposed use of funds.

Topics of Interest and Updates

New Communications Manager

The City is pleased to announce and welcome Brent Champaco as Communications Manager. Mr. Champaco will be responsible for coordinating and leading all citywide communication efforts. He will begin work on October 21, 2013.

Mr. Champaco comes to the City with 15 years of media, journalism, community outreach, and social media experience. Many of you may know him as the current Senior Local Editor of the local AOL Patch.com or his time as an award-winning journalist with The News Tribune that included covering the Lakewood community. Mr. Champaco holds a BA in Business Administration-Communication from Washington State University and is working on completing his Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 16-20, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 34 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 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.

Economic Development Update

Filming for Local Economic Benefit

Economic Development staff met with representatives from Washington Filmworks (WFW). They encourage growth in the film and video production industry for the economic benefit of Washington State by offering production support and location scouting. They are looking for available filming venues in Lakewood and photos of unique offerings as well as empty warehouses, diners, coffee shops, jail cells, decommissioned schools, hospital rooms (i.e. CPTC new health sciences building), high school tracks, and individual homes. If you are interested in submitting any properties, contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or email . You may also contact WFW directly through their website at www.washingtonfilmworks.org . Films can provide a positive economic impact to a community.

Company Celebrations

The Lakewood Chamber provided a blue ribbon cutting ceremony for Delong’s Deluxe this week. After just over six months in business, the company has far surpassed their expectations and they have hired 16 employees.

Sound Glass celebrated their 30th Anniversary this past week with a catered lunch, tours, and prizes for attendees. The company is expanding their showroom here in Lakewood and adding to their manufacturing/warehousing space.

Community Development Update

On Thursday, Principal Planner Dan Catron met in Tukwila with several planners from other cities and Association of Washington Cities representatives to discuss proposed changes to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). In 2012, the Legislature passed 2ESSB 6406 directing the Department of Ecology to review and update all exemptions listed in the code, and otherwise find ways to streamline the process. The rule-making activity has been going on all year with various iterations of amendments being proposed. This final round of comments is due to Ecology on October 3rd.

The Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board (LHAB) met on Thursday night. The Board received information from Ms. Emmalou Lyle regarding Fort Steilacoom Living History Day. The Board then discussed proposed changes to the City’s landmarks code, appointing a subcommittee of members to work with a subcommittee of the Council to improve the code. The Board also reviewed the latest draft of a self-guided automobile tour map that is being funded by the City’s lodging tax. Final comments on the map are expected by Tuesday.

Public Works Update

Public Works recently applied for an enhancement Grant thru Puget Sound Regional Council to improve 111th/112th St with pavement widening, bike lanes, sidewalks, street lights and other amenities. Due to submittal deadline the application was submitted predicated upon an unsecured financial commitment from Sound Transit. The project is estimated to cost $1,780,000 and would link the recent improvements on Kendrick St including the pedestrian bridge over to the Sounder station to the existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities on Bridgeport Way. The City’s grant application was destine to go nowhere without a secured commitment from Sound Transit for which the City now has received and much thanks for same goes to go to Councilmember Moss and County Executive McCarthy for their support of the project. While the grant process is a competitive process and the outcome is yet to be determine the City now has a very competitive project in the mix and thus a good chance of at least getting the environmental, design and right of way phases funded which is estimated to cost $260,000. Further once plans, permits and right of way are all secure grants for “shovel ready” projects are much easier to secure.

Parks and Recreation Update

September 28, 2013 is Fort Steilacoom Living History Day. In cooperation with Smithsonian Museum Day, Fort Steilacoom will come alive as reenactors live and work as soldiers, officers, their wives, children and friends. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place on the grounds of Western State Hospital.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/13/2013

September 13, 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, September 16, 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 proclamation in remembrance of Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District.
  • Certificates of Appreciation recognizing Matt Kaser, Assistant City Attorney and Detective Russ Martin for police and legal services.
  • Resolution authorizing the sale of Lakewood Police canine Astor as surplus property.
  • Appointing Keila Pritchard as the Youth Council representative on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board for school year 2013-2014.
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along Bridgeport Way from Pacific Highway to 100th Street; Pacific Highway from Bridgeport way to 108th Street; South Tacoma Way from Pacific Highway to 96th Street; 100th Street from 59th Avenue to Bridgeport Way; and 59th Avenue from 100th Street to Lake Grove.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of September 23, 2013 include:

  • Joint meeting with the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board.
  • Review of the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies on the proposed use of funds.
  • Update on the Lakewood Town Center redevelopment.
  • Review of the proposed improvements on South Tacoma Way from Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Pierce College Possibilities Breakfast

City Councilmembers Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi and City Manager John Caulfield attended the Pierce College “Creating Possibilities Breakfast” Friday morning. City staff Mary Dodsworth, Steve Mauer and Ellie Chambers-Grady were also at the event. The breakfast was well attended and former Pierce College student Brandon Stogsdill was the keynote speaker. His presentation focused on the path to a life transformed through education and the amazing support of the faculty and staff at Pierce College. Mr. Stogsdill has gone on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Counseling and is working on his Doctorate. He now is a counselor and mental health professional and works with at risk youth. A video presentation also highlighted other students, their challenges and achievements brought about by Pierce College’s education and support.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 2-6, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 34 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 8 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.

Economic Development Update

The Lakewood Playhouse begins celebrating 75 years of performances on Friday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. in Lakewood.

Other than the performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace,” the evening’s festivities are free and includes the following schedule:

4:30 p.m. – Ribbon cutting with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce with special guests Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Councilmember Marie Barth.

5:30 p.m. – Proclamation of “Lakewood Playhouse Day” from the City of Lakewood.

6:00 p.m. – Silent auction and wine and cheese reception generously donated by 21 Cellars Wine and hor d’oeurves from Carr’s Restaurant.

8:00 p.m. – Performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace.”

9:00 p.m. – Live auction and raise the paddle to support the Lakewood Institute of Theater and the building endowment. Auction items include glass artwork, signed memorabilia from Broadway shows as well as memorabilia from Dustin Hoffman and Jerry Lewis.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

A house in the Lakeview neighborhood on a highly visible corner which has been the source of numerous complaints for several years has been brought into compliance with the numerous codes they were in violation of through the efforts of the CSRT.

Police Department Update

Almost one year to the day (9/16/12), the final L.A. bank robbery hold out pled guilty in federal court on Thursday 9/12/13. This case began with the takeover style robbery of the U.S. Bank in Lakewood, which fit the known M.O. of similar robberies in Michigan and Ohio. After months of investigating by Lakewood Investigator Jeff Martin, the crew of seven suspects were arrested at the Olympia Greyhound bus depot on 12/22/12 after a takeover style robbery of the Wells Fargo in Kirkland. They were originally charged in Pierce County Superior Court by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Sheeran and eventually transferred to the federal detention center and charged federally in mid-January. The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorneys Mike Dion and Kate Crisham.

All but two of the suspects have extensive bank robbery history and all are members of an L.A. street gang. LPD also gained valuable information into the 4-tre street gang out of L.A., to include details of at least one unsolved, high profile murder. The investigation spanned several states and accumulated hundreds of hours of follow up. In the end, investigators were able to identify nearly 30 robberies in Washington, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and New Orleans that this crew was responsible for. Collectively, the crew admitted to being responsible for approximately 180 over the span of their career. The U.S. Attorney's Office, in coordination with the FBI, will be releasing a press memo detailing the guilty pleas as well.

Municipal Court Update

For the month of August the Municipal Court processed the following filings: 720 civil infractions; 345 criminal complaints/citations; 1042 photo infractions. The Court heard 1601 cases involving criminal matters such as domestic violence, DUI and theft, infractions such as speeding and animal/code violations and photo infractions.

The Court Compliance Officers transported 190 defendants from various jails to have their matters heard in the Municipal Court and screened 1243 individuals who appeared for court.

The work crew completed 280 man hours of labor in various areas such Lakewood parks, Steilacoom Boulevard roadside hedge clearing, painted over graffiti and completed wood chip installation project at Springbrook Park. They also assist with maintenance of grounds at City Hall. This saved the city over $4000 in jail costs and a minimum of $2800 in labor costs.

Mark Your Calendars

September 17th- Coffee with the Deputy Mayor- St. Clare Hospital Resource Center

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/20/2013

September 20, 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, September 23, 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:

  • Update on Lakewood Towne Center redevelopment - Mr. Dan Slattery, Senior Vice President, Director of Development, Retail Properties of America, Inc (RPAI)
  • Joint meeting with the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board.
  • Review of the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies on the proposed use of funds.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council regular meeting of October 7, 2013 include:

  • Presentation of the 2013-2014 Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Water Conservation Calendar. - Custer Elementary and John Dower Elementary Schools
  • Proclamation declaring the month of October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness month.
  • Setting Monday, November 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the 2014 property tax collection.
  • Appointing individuals to the Lakewood Arts Commission through October 15, 2016. Appointing individuals to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 5, 2016.
  • Appointing an individual to the Redevelopment Advisory Board through May 23, 2015.
  • Approving the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies and proposed use of funds.

Transporation Benefit District Board Meeting

The City Council will be holding a Transportation Benefit District Board meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items tentatively scheduled for that meeting include:

  • Review of proposed funding options and cost estimates for transportation improvements.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Raiders Return Welcome Home Event

Sunday, Sept 15 was the Raiders Return - Welcome Home Event for the 4-2 Stryker Brigade. It began with a parade that went from the Lakewood Police Department to Towne Center, over 2000 soldiers participated in the march and thousands of community members and military families lined the streets to honor our military heroes. Afterwards there was a celebration at Fort Steilacoom Park with food, vendors, entertainment and more. Despite the rainy and thundery weather, thousands more came out to celebrate the 4-2 Stryker Brigades return home; it was truly a great event. A big thank you goes out to Association of the United States Army, City of Lakewood staff and all the sponsors, supporters and individuals who helped make this celebration a great event!

New Assistant City Manager - Finance & Administration

The City is pleased to announce and welcome Tho Kraus as Assistant City Manager – Finance & Administration. Ms. Kraus will be responsible for the City’s finance and accounting functions, information systems and human resources. She will begin work on October 7, 2013.

Ms. Kraus comes to the City with 21 years of municipal finance experience, most recently as the Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer for the City of Federal Way where she has worked for 19 years. She has also worked for the City of Tacoma and Clover Park School District. Ms. Kraus holds a BA in Business Administration with Accounting Concentration from the University of Washington. She is also a graduate of Clover Park High School having grown up in the Lakewood area.

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 9-13, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 44 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 26 charges were filed in Court and 10 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Economic Development Update

WEDA Legislative Conference

Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) legislative conference in Cle Elum this week. WEDA’s goal is to support public and private economic developers whose mission is to strengthen Washington’s economy and invigorate its quality of life. To learn more about WEDA’s legislative positions, please visit http://www.wedaonline.org/legislative/positions.html .

Centerforce Celebration

Staff attended the 45th Anniversary Celebration of Centerforce on Thursday at the Great American Casino. Centerforce, located in Springbrook currently assists well over 200 adults with disabilities by providing jobs and education in order to more fully participate in their communities. The future looks bright with expansion plans for a new “Home Town Dogs” mobile food truck, training kitchen and events center. An unveiling of a complete agency re-brand was presented and made possible by Rusty George Creative. For more information on Centerforce visit http://www.centerforce.net/home

Pierce County Economic Development Practitioners

The quarterly ED Professionals meeting was held at the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor’s Bureau on Thursday. The Pierce County Library presented their business center tools. This comprehensive data can assist startups and existing businesses as well as aid in recruitment efforts. Free access to business plan templates, and unlimited Simmons, Demographics Now, Dunn & Bradstreet and other data is available to card holders. Here’s the link: www.jbc.mypcls.org . Contact for information on their free quarterly market research training sessions.

Parks, Recreation and Community Service Update

Final Day for the Lakewood Farmers Market

Tuesday, September 17th, marked the last day of the Farmers Market. Honey, fresh fruit and vegetables, handcrafted baskets and goods – the 2013 season of the Lakewood Farmers Market was full of delicious treats and sunshine. This season’s market had more than double the participation than in 2012, and was a highlight in the Lakewood Community. We appreciate the sponsorship of St. Clare Hospital and the support of other local business like WSECU and Waste Connections who understand the importance of creating a vibrant and healthy community. It was such a successful season and we look forward to returning next year. Save the Date: Opening day of the 2014 Lakewood Farmers Market is Tuesday, June 3rd.

Community Development Update

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Outreach (PDRB)

City staff presented an update on the PDRB at the Tillicum Community Center this week. Councilmember Marie Barth and our new City Manager John Caulfield were in attendance. This is the final of three formal public outreach events scheduled. Council members and staff will continue meetings with other jurisdictions and interested parties through the end of September. There are still many questions to be answered and much research to be done. To view the latest WSDOT project updates visit their website at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/pnwrc_ptdefiance/ . The city has filed a lawsuit against the state to stop the proposed rerouting of Amtrak trains through the community. For additional information, contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738. Please send your input to .

New Permitting Software

City departments are going through early training exercises with the City’s new permitting software. The new software system is scheduled to go online November 1, 2013.

City of Lakewood/SSMCP Awarded DoD Grant for Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

This week the City of Lakewood and South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) were awarded a grant from the Department of Defense to conduct a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The JLUS will identify and analyze areas of existing, likely, and reasonably foreseeable incompatible development and/or encroachment on the military mission at JBLM.

The study will reinforce the importance of a central point of coordination for stakeholders who are impacted by the current and projected size/shape/mission of the installation and will provide regional stakeholders with specific recommendations, including both regulatory and non-regulatory actions to protect the military mission at JBLM and high quality of life experienced in the surrounding communities.

The City of Lakewood will seek JLUS consultant services through a Request for Proposals, expected to be published in late October 2013. The JLUS project is expected to begin early in 2014 and take 18-24 months to complete.

Police Department Update

On 09-17-13, LPD arrested Lamar F Yoder for three stalking cases. The victims were younger females and two of them were minors who were walking to their schools when they were stalked. Yoder’s mode of operation is to locate and follow young females in his truck while sounding his horn, waving his arm, and asking them to come to his vehicle. When the victims ignored Yoder, he continued following them and keeping them under surveillance. Yoder is a service member stationed in JBLM. Yoder’s stalking incidents in Lakewood occurred between 7:45AM and 9:00AM. It is believed that Yoder was wearing his Army or PT uniform when he stalked his victims. Yoder may have started his stalking habit as early as January 2013. Yoder admitted to stalking 50 people since April 2013.

After the two initial stalking cases were reported, LPD placed detectives/investigators in unmarked cars out in the area of the schools to search for this suspect. He was located by detectives/investigators yesterday morning driving around and looking for females to contact. He had just stalked a female around the Pierce Transit Bus Center at the Lakewood Towne Center that was reported to us and was our third victim.

The Lakewood Police Department is asking surrounding police agencies to check for any similar incidents or unsolved cases possibly involving Yoder. If the public has any additional information on Yoder or know of any additional victims, they are asked to contact the Lakewood Police Department.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/6//2013

September 6, 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, September 9, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the regular meeting include:

  • A joint meeting with the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
  • Comprehensive Plan Update.
  • Briefing by the City Manager - Overview of September 15, 2013 4/2 Stryker Brigade parade and community festival.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council regular meeting of September 16, 2013 include:

  • Proclamation in remembrance of Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District.
  • Authorizing the sale of Lakewood Police Canine Astor as surplus property.
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along Bridgeport Way from Pacific Highway to 100th Street; Pacific Highway from Bridgeport way to 108th Street; South Tacoma Way from Pacific Highway to 96th Street; 100th Street from 59th Avenue to Bridgeport Way; and 59th Avenue from 100th Street to Lake Grove.

Youth Council

The new Youth Council for the 2013-’14 term was appointed on August 19th and met for the first time on September 3rd. Students representing Harrison Prep, Clover Park and Lakes High Schools will be serving on the Youth Council. They will start with a very busy schedule including attending a state-wide Youth Council Summit hosted by the Washington Recreation & Parks Association on October 5th, assisting with Truck & Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park on October 19th and coordinating & hosting Make a Difference Day in Lakewood on October 26th.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Works Update

I-5 construction began Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Washington Department of Transportation began construction Wednesday (September 4th) on a new lane next to the southbound side of Interstate 5 between Berkeley Street, Exit 122, and Thorne Lane, Exit 123, adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The entire southbound shoulder of I-5 will be closed from Wednesday until Dec. 1. to facilitate the construction of the new lane. WSDOT will create another traffic lane next to the current shoulder to alleviate congestion in that area.

Most of the work will be done at night, but the shoulder will not be available for use.

People who normally use Madigan Gate for physical training and work in the mornings can expect long lines along I-5 during the project. Drivers cannot queue on the shoulder to take the Berkeley Exit (122), Cars will not be allowed to stop in the lane of travel on the freeway. If traffic fills the Exit 122 off-ramp, drivers should continue to the next JBLM exit.

Alternate routes to JBLM are advised for traffic from the North: State Route 512 to Steele Street to Spanaway Loop to Military Road to the Lincoln/Rainier Gate, which opens at 5:30 a.m.; Southbound I-5 to Thorne Lane to access the Logistics Center Gate, which opens at 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. Leave early to accommodate the increased travel times.

Economic Development Update

Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) and Recruitment

Year to date staff have met on site with 69 businesses representing 1564 employees. Many of the businesses are retail services/restaurants and various financial, health care, and business service industries. Other industries represented include construction, manufacturing, education, and wholesale trade. We are actively working with three major redevelopment projects around the city, the recruitment of 13 companies, and have hosted three national/international recruitment tours in Lakewood. As a result of BRE visits we are assisting seven companies with expansions. There is a particular interest in Lakewood this year from restaurants. We expect to see new offerings in this area within the next year.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 26-30, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 58 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 34 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.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update

Lakewood Farmers Market Hero Appreciation Extended Market Day

Join us Tuesday, September 10th for Hero Appreciation Extended Market Day! The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with students from the Clover Park High School AFJROTC Honor Guard’s presentation of colors and features live music all day long. With only two weeks left at the Market stop by to pick up fresh produce, lunch, and enjoy the day’s entertainment! Extra reusable Market totes will be on sale for $5 each –get one while supplies last!

The Lakewood Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Municipal Court Update

Tuesday September 3, 2013 the City Council approved an interlocal agreement between the City of Lakewood and Town of Steilacoom for Municipal Court services. The contract includes court services, public defense and prosecution services. This is exciting for the Municipal Court as the contract will be beneficial to both parties by Lakewood providing excellent court and judicial services to the Town of Steilacoom at a reduced cost from their current tradition of having a municipal court. This is a moving trend towards regionalization for municipalities to combine services in an effort to reduce budget costs and providing enhanced services not available in smaller jurisdictions. The Municipal Court staff will be assisting Steilacoom during the transition.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

The Northway Neighborhood hosted a luncheon on August 27 for members of the CSRT, Community Policing Team, and Animal Control officers that work their neighborhood as a way of saying "thank you for your service." The plaque that was presented to them during their National Night Out event was installed at the entrance to their neighborhood and was unveiled during the event.

Police Department Update

Lakewood Investigators conducted a month long investigation into drug trafficking and served a high risk search warrant this week with the assistance of Metro SWA. The results of which recovered multiple firearms, large amounts of methamphetamines, and a stolen vehicle.

Community Development Update

This week staff met with the CDBG Citizens Advisory Board to review the FY 2012 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER is Lakewood’s annual reporting to HUD summarizing progress made during the fiscal year 2012 program year in carrying out housing and community development efforts pertaining to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funding. In FY 2012, the city provided $725,242 ($470,895 CDBG and $254,347 HOME) to support a variety of public service, housing, physical improvement, and economic development projects. Additionally, the City expended a total of $387,658.56 in NSP1 and NSP3 funding through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is currently constructing 32 single family residences in the Tillicum neighborhood over the next three years; construction has been completed on 7 homes, with an additional 4 homes currently under construction.

The CDBG Citizens Advisory Board has been meeting over the past several weeks. The Board has been reviewing past year’s funding allocations and is in the process of preparing a work plan for the upcoming year. Their next meeting, September 12, 2013, is a formal public hearing on housing, human services, and community development needs. It is also a joint meeting with the Human Services Funding Advisory Board.

This week staff met with Living Access Support Alliance to discuss progress on the proposed $6.1 million Prairie Oaks project. The project consists of 15-units of affordable housing for homeless families and an approximately 4,000 square foot client services center. The project is a cooperative effort of LASA and the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA). THA recently applied for permits from the City and is expected to start construction sometime in October.

On September 4, 2013, the City staff conducted a forum on the Point Defiance Rail Bypass Project. Residents, property owners, and business owners adjacent to the tracks from 108th Street SW to Gravelly Lake Drive SW were contacted. There were over 30 people in attendance. Comments were universal in opposition to the rail project. Common themes were concerns over noise, vibration, pedestrian safety, increased traffic congestion, and the adverse impact on property values. The next public outreach will be at the Tillicum Community Center on September 18th at 6:00 P.M.

Also this week, City staff briefed the Lakewood Industrial Park on Point Defiance. New information was obtained on the impacts of rail activity both in relation to Sound Transit’s Sounder and the likely effects of Amtrak on industrial park users.

Building Permit Activity

Permit activity remains steady. New building permit valuation for the month of August, 2013 was $4,651,729.23. Overall, building permit activity has increased over the previous year. Total valuation for the year to-date, January through August, is at $60,155,604.71. Last year’s total valuation during the same timeframe was $38,121,244.04.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

September 17th- Coffee with the Mayor- St. Clare Hospital Resource Center