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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/14/2012

September 14, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Final Farmers Market Event of 2012: Next Tuesday, Sept 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is the last Farmers Market event for the season. All are invited to come by City Hall and purchase fresh foods while thanking our vendors for providing such a great market to the Lakewood Community. If you have ideas for next year such as dates, time, location, types of vendors, and so forth, please send your suggestions to .
  • Sounder Train Service Begins October 8: Councilmember Mary Moss and former Mayor, Councilmember, and Sound Transit Board Member Claudia Thomas participated in Sound Transit’s press conference on September 12th. Sound Transit announced that train service will begin in Lakewood on October 8th. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting event and free ride on Saturday, October 6th – time yet to be determined. For more information, including scheduling and fares, please visit http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Community/Rider-news/Lakewood-South-Tacoma-Sounder-Service.xml .
  • Lakewood Again Recognized as one of “100 Best Communities for Young People”: On September 12, the America’s Promise Alliance identified Lakewood as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People. Lakewood, a six-time 100 Best winner, offers several programs that help area youth become leaders, support the community through volunteer activities, and foster an environment of learning with safe places to grow. “This recognition from America’s Promise 100 Best is significant and meaningful to the entire community,” said Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson. “So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community.”
  • Camp Murray Traffic Reduction: As of September 13th, and pursuant to the right of way permit issued to the Washington Military Department (WMD) to construct a new access-control gate in Tillicum, WMD has relocated 374 full and part time staff from Camp Murray to other locations. This decrease in Camp Murray personnel will reduce traffic in Tillicum.
  • American Lake Park Construction: A Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) contractor will make environmental upgrades at American Lake Park beginning Monday, September 17th. This project is part of the DOE’s ongoing Soil Safety Program. During construction, City staff will keep the main parking lot closed. Access to the park will be limited to the boat launch side. Staff will cover the “trailer parking only” signs and allow all vehicles to park in the boat launch side during construction. The contractor will remove all the sod and soil to a depth of 12 inches the full width of the park from the picnic shelter to the bulkhead and down to the beach on the east end. Heavy (and occasionally loud) equipment will operate in the park. As such, the entire park, with the exception of the boat launch area, will be closed for public use. The contractor plans on working weekdays from 7am to 5pm. The work also involves replacing the soil and sod at the site. All work should be completed no later than October 10th. The sodded area will remain closed through winter to allow the sod to establish a good root system. Kiwanis Park will also have similar work done as part of this program, but will remain open to the public as it is a smaller area. The work zone will be fenced off October 8-15 and possibly sooner depending on the contractor’s schedule. For more information, call parks staff at (253) 983-7887.
  • Reflection Park Ceremony on 9/11: The mayor, city manager, and several councilmembers attended the West Pierce Fire & Rescue dedication of the newly-established Reflection Park at Fire Station 31 in University Place on September 11th. The park is built around a steel beam/artifact from the World Trade Center in New York City which was transported a few months ago by our firefighters. The purpose of the park is to honor the first responders who died on September 11, 2001. Two firefighters from FDNY were present for the ceremony.
  • Interlaaken Bridge Upgrades Completed: The temporary load restriction signage on Interlaaken Bridge will be removed by September 21st.
  • Bridgeport Way North (WalMart area) street improvement project update: The City’s contractor anticipates the paving schedule as follows: pavement repair on September 18th, grind-off the existing pavement along curb lines on September 19th, pre level the existing pavement on September 20th, and finally on September 21st and 24th asphalt overlay the entire roadway from 75th to Chambers Creek crossing. All work will be done at night between the hours of 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. During the night work, one lane in each direction will remain open and there will be limited closures of driveways. At least one driveway for WalMart will remain open.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/7/2012

September 7, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Interlaaken Bridge over Lk Steilacoom: The swallows are hatched. The bridge improvement work should resume and be finished next week.
  • B-1 Bomber Superload: Contractor’s Cargo Company will be transporting a B-1 Bomber Fuselage thru the City of Lakewood late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The superload will travel along Bridgeport Way, Lakewood Dr, 100th St & S. Tacoma Way. The superload which is over 29 feet wide and over 160 feet long will take up multiple travel lanes as it is escorted by multiple State Patrol units. Please stay clear of all superloads traveling thru the City. Use an alternate route if necessary. The B1-Bomber is owned by Boeing and is being transported from Portland, OR to Boeing Field this weekend.
  • Tunnel of Hope at Lakeview: The Lakeview Hope Academy welcomed returning students and first-timers with their annual “Tunnel of Hope” event on September 5th. The “Tunnel” is made up of caring adults who are welcoming the students of Lakeview Hope Academy back to school. Participants included West Pierce Fire and Rescue, the City’s Community Safety and Resource Team (CSRT) staff, as well as teachers, parents and other adults who are encouraging young students to have a good school experience.
  • Bridgeport Way North (WalMart area) street improvement project update: The City’s contractor anticipates the paving schedule as follows: pavement repair on September 18th, grind-off the existing pavement along curb lines on September 19th, pre level the existing pavement on September 20th, and finally on September 21st and 24th asphalt overlay the entire roadway from 75th to Chambers Creek crossing. All work will be done at night between the hours of 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. During the night work, one lane in each direction will remain open and there will be limited closures of driveways. At least one driveway for WalMart will remain open.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/17/2012

August 17, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • CSRT provides abatement and enforcement training to Kenmore and Wenatchee: The Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT) staff are working with staff and leaders of the cities of Kenmore and Wenatchee to discuss abatements and multi-agency enforcement strategies for problem properties and businesses. The two cities were referred to Lakewood by other agencies who stated that Lakewood has a reputation for its expertise in these areas and for the success of the CSRT.
  • Senator Patty Murray visits Lakewood City Hall to announce OEA Grant award: The steering committee of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership met on August 14th and was joined by Senator Murray. An overview of the JBLM growth coordination planning process was presented to the Senator, who is chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. She discussed her priorities about veterans’ service programs with group, which included the SSMCP elected officials council chairs – Mayor Doug Richardson, County Executive Pat McCarthy, and Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. She also notified the group that the continuation grant of $235,000 from the Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment was approved.
  • Police Chief is speaker at Lakewood Rotary: Chief Bret Farrar was the guest speaker on August 17th at the Lakewood Rotary Club. He provided an update on new programs in which the Police Department is involved, and addressed numerous questions from the members.
  • CSRT secures abandoned house from squatters: Officers arrived at a residence on Glenwood Dr SW on August 14th to evict the occupants who were determined to be squatters in an abandoned house. LPD had been receiving calls for service about loud parties. After extensive research, the actual owners of the home were contacted, and they authorized the City to take steps to secure the house so no one else could gain illegal access. The house will be secured and if the original trespassers are located they will be arrested.
  • Sounder testing underway: Sound Transit continues its testing of the new commuter rail service to Lakewood in anticipation of official start of service in October. Motorists are advised to obey all traffic signals around railroad crossings. (Photo below from 108th St courtesy of Marc Amrine.)

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/24/2012

August 24, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood welcomes unique new business:   10-20 Services hosted an all-day Grand Opening and tour of their new facilities at the 512 Business Park on August 22nd. The company was established to provide maintenance and repair services of body armor, and unit equipment for the U.S. military central issue facilities, units, and soldiers worldwide. Their patented cleaning system is the first of its kind in the United States. Lakewood was chosen as their flagship operation for its proximity to JBLM and overwhelming support for doing business here.
  • Public Works applies for 3 Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Grants:
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Weller Road to Phillips Road ($3.1 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): Complete curb, gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, signal replacement, and overlay.
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Bridgeport Way to Fairlawn ($1.5 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): complete curb, gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and overlay.City
    • South Tacoma Way – Steilacoom Blvd to 88th ($1.5 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): signal modification to add a 4th leg at 88th, addition of right-turn pocket on Steilacoom Blvd, complete sidewalks on South Tacoma Way, modify / close driveways, illumination, and overlay.
  • Interlaaken Bridge – Pile Cap Repair – Delayed for the Birds:   The repair of the pile cap on Interlaaken Bridge has been delayed up to 6 weeks while workers wait for some “protected-species” swallows, nesting under the bridge, to grow strong enough to vacate their nest. The pile cap repair must be completed before the current (more strict) load restrictions can be removed.
  • Madigan Access Improvements – Surveying to Start:   Field crews from the City’s consultant, AHBL, will be out on Berkeley Street interchange and Union Avenue starting next week to complete topographic survey for the Madigan Access Improvement project.
  • Murray Road / 146th Street and 150th Street – Traffic Revision:   Striping will be completed this week on the newly completed Murray Road and 150th Street widening and intersection improvements. Left turns from Murray Road to 146th Street will be permanently disallowed in the next few weeks when median curbing is completed. All vehicles accessing Woodbrook will need to go through the roundabout at 150th and Murray.
  • Roadway Paint Striping continuing:   Pierce County crews, on behalf of the City of Lakewood, will be completing additional roadway paint striping in Lakewood next week (weather permitting).

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/10/2012

August 10, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • National Night Out: This year’s National Night Out on August 7th featured a total of 45 “block-party” events throughout the City, with several thousand participants. The City’s CSRT (Community Safety & Resource Team) played a coordination role, assisted by Police and Fire presence. Several city councilmembers and the city manager, as well as the police chief and other department directors, visited a number of sites, which included a number of neighborhoods where the residents sensed their “ownership” of an area that had been previously troubled by crime issues and had been “turned around” by neighborhood activism and City support.
  • Sound Transit Testing of Sounder service: Sound Transit officials, including Councilmember Mary Moss who is a ST board member, and also former Boardmember and Councilmember Claudia Thomas, formally kicked off the testing phase of the new Sounder service to Lakewood on August 8th. Citizens are to be alerted to the trains traversing the city in preparation for the commencement of commuter rail service in October.
  • Today in America Video: Today in America, hosted by Terry Bradshaw filmed on location this week right here in Lakewood. Our city will be featured as one of the great “hidden gems” in America. The series on “New-Urbanism to Live, Work, and Play” will feature a 5-minute segment on our city that will air sometime in late Fall 2012. The show is filmed on-location in cities around the world and also filmed and produced at United States Media Television’s studios in Coral Springs, Florida.
  • Change of Command for Joint Base Garrison: : The ceremony marking the change of Garrison Commander for JBLM from Colonel Thomas Brittain to Colonel Chuck Hodges took place at Watkins Field on August 7th, Mayor Richardson, Councilmember Moss, and the city manager were in attendance. The city manager met briefly with the new garrison commander at the reception following the ceremony.