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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/26/2013

July 26, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. the City Council will tour the Clover Park Technical College Health and Sciences Facility building. Following the tour, the City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Building #3 Lakewood, WA 98499. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Proclamation recognizing Dr. John Walstrum for dedicated services as President of Clover Park Technical College; 2) Recognizing Staff Sergeant Marcus Taylor for assisting in an apartment fire; 3) Proclamation recognizing the Lakewood Library’s 50th anniversary 4) Clover Park School District Board Report; 5) Amending Lakewood Municipal Code relative to firearms, dangerous weapons, and explosives; and 6) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Holding a joint meeting with the Lakewood Water District; 2) Appointing Youth Council members for 2013-2014; and 3) Appointing an individual to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 15, 2014.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Pays Tribute to Bill Harrison on his 80th Birthday

Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison celebrated his 80th birthday on July 2, 2013 at Lakewood's Tacoma Country & Golf Club. Many of his former Army colleagues recounted his influence in their careers and lives at Fort Ord, CA and Fort Lewis as he commanded the 7th Infantry Division and I Corps respectively. A number of councilmembers and staff – past and present -- joined scores of well-wishers to honor Lakewood's first mayor and recount his unparalleled legacy of leadership in the City. Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant and others remarked that Lakewood may not have voted to incorporate without the commitment and vision of Mayor Harrison.

Communications Update

Communications Director Taking Leave of Absence

Communications Director Jeff Brewster, an Army Reserve officer, graduated today from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. The College awards a Master of Strategic Studies for this two-year graduate program. Next month, LTC Brewster will report to the US Central Command headquarters at MacDill AFB, FL for a one-year tour of duty. He will return to his duties in Lakewood sometime in the latter half of 2014.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

The combined efforts of CSRT, the Building Department, Lakewood Police and Animal Control resulted in a house that has been a frequent source of complaints to the city being declared unsafe to occupy and red tagged. The house, on Hillgrove Lane, had been a home to transients and the cause of many complaints to police for suspected illegal activities. Additionally, complaints were received by CSRT due to discarded trash being left in the yard attracting rodents and creating a stench, and the vegetation being overgrown. The house was found to have numerous building code violations, as well as no power, water, or garbage service.

The occupants were advised they could no longer live there. Approximately 20 large bags of garbage were removed from the back yard.

Legal Update

During the week of July 15- July 19, 2013 the Cities of Lakewood and University Place received 21 cases for review by the Prosecutor. Of these, 6 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

During the week of July 22-25, 2013 three trials were scheduled in Municipal Court. Two cases resolved in the defendants pleading guilty to all counts. One of these pleas was to two counts of assault in the 4th degree, domestic violence along with additional criminal charges. The 3rd trial scheduled, a DUI involving a head on collision resulted in a guilty verdict.

Economic Development Update

TRCVB New Brand Unveiling

Economic development staff attended the unveiling of the new Tacoma Regional & Convention and Visitors Bureau brand this week. Travel Tacoma with a tagline of Fearless Exploration and emphasis on highlighting three South Sound “icons”, Mt. Rainier, Classic Cars, and Glass Art will be the focus of the brand. Councilmember’s Brandstetter and Barth also attended. Click here for additional information: http://www.businessexaminer.com/blog/July-2013/TRCVB-unveils-new-brand-identity-for-region/

Community Development Update

Building Permits

The community development and public works departments accepted for filing and/or issued 79 permits of all types (planning, building, business licensing, and right-of-way permits) this past week.

Planning Advisory Board Update

On July 24, the Planning Advisory Board conducted a public hearing and made recommendations to the City Council lessening the land use and development regulations for drive-throughs. This action will be forwarded to the City Council for review and consideration.

Automated Permitting System Update

Community development staff is in the process of overhauling its automated permitting system. Testing continues regarding the migration of electronic permit data from Permits Plus to Eden software. The business licensing module is anticipated to be in operation by mid-August. User training begins this September. The building permit module is anticipated to be in operation by October. The department will be offering online electronic permitting through approved customer service accounts.

Residential fires displace families

Since July 8, 15 families have been displaced as a result of residential fires. The latest fires occurred on July 24: A small kitchen fire broke out at 14440 Union Avenue SW; and the second, was an electrical fire at 8702 Lawndale Avenue SW. The City declared the Lawndale property unsafe. The City has used its community development block grant program to provide temporary housing, and first and last month’s rent to qualified individuals.

Public Works Update

Bridgeport Way (112th St -59th Ave) Asphalt Overlay project-Project Update

Starting this Friday night (7/26/2013) Bridgeport way between 100th St and Lakewood Drive/Lakewood Towne Center Drive will be closed to all vehicle traffic starting around 7:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 a.m. in order to facilitate the installation of an underground conduit crossing of Bridgeport Way.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Service Update

Join the City of Lakewood Next Tuesday for an Extended Farmers Market

The Lakewood Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30th. Come on down and enjoy the delicious goodies, fresh produce and beautiful crafts. Throughout the market day, there will be performances from several bands and individuals for market goers to enjoy. This has been a great year and the Farmers Market and we would like to share this wonderful community asset with as many people as possible, which is why we have chosen to extend it until 7 p.m. for two days this season, July 30th and Sept. 10th. For more information visit lakewoodparksandrec.com

Mark Your Calendars

August 6th- National Night Out

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/19/2013

July 19, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings:

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Update on economic development strategies; 2) Joint meeting with the Redevelopment Advisory Board; 3) Review of proposed code amendment relative to firearm ranges; and 4) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:30 P.M. the City Council will tour the Clover Park Technical College Health and Sciences Facility building. Following the tour, the City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Building #3 Lakewood, WA 98499. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Approving proposed code amendment relative to firearm ranges; 2) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust; 3) Proclamation recognizing Dr. John Walstrum for dedicated services as President of Clover Park Technical College; and 4) Proclamation recognizing the Lakewood Library’s 50th anniversary.

Topics of Interest and Updates:

Council Recognizes the Best of the South Sound winners:

At the Monday, July 15th Council meeting the following people were recognized for being “Best of The South Sound” winners: Dr. Amber Marie Thiessen, Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital, Ms. Vicky Nelson, Harborstone Credit Union, Ms. Barb Williams, Infusion Interior Design, and Ms. Mary Dodsworth, City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Director, who was recognized for being a Best Pet Park of the South Sound winner.

Parks Update:

New Art Exhibit:

The City Hall rotating art exhibit is featuring student art from the Clover Park School District this quarter. The artwork is done in a variety of mediums and showcases the outstanding talent of our local students. The exhibit has been installed in the first floor elevator alcove area and will be displayed until the end of September.

Transit Connector Project art installation:

Artwork commissioned by the Lakewood Arts Commission was installed on the gateway arch at the Transit Connector Project this week. The five oversized Garry Oak leaves were created by artist David Eisenhour to represent the native fauna associated with our community.

SummerFEST Success!

Our two day SummerFEST festival concluded on Sunday evening July 14 around 7:00 p.m. A glorious sunny weekend created a festive park setting humming with excitement. Over 75 public market vendors and 20 food vendors provided a variety of things to see, eat and buy. Families enjoyed the two stages of entertainment, a soccer tournament and Police, Fire, Army Strong and community displays. Over 1000 children played in the KidZone and more than 130 cars were displayed at the Partners for Parks car show. Young and old enjoyed The Princess Bride, our Comcast/Xfinity outdoor movie in the park. This annual event brings our community and guests together to celebrate Lakewood.

SummerFEST Triathlon

Over 130 athletes swam, rode and ran on Sunday, July 14 at Lakewood’s second annual SummerFEST Triathlon. We are thankful to the City of Lakewood and South Sound Sports for their overall coordination and support of this event. We couldn’t have done this without our presenting sponsor St. Clare Hospital and all our partners: Army Strong Recruiting, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, West Pierce Fire and Rescue, JBLM Air Force and Army staff, Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Police Department staff, Tacoma Maritime Institute and Sea Scouts, Town of Steilacoom, Pierce County, JBLM and DuPont communities, Franciscan Health System volunteers and all the others who volunteered their time to support the activities before, during and after the event. Creating a healthy and vibrant community where opportunities abound is our vision and Sunday we made that vision come true! Check out the great photos at Triathlon photos .

Legal Update:

During the week of July 8- July 12, 2013 the Cities of Lakewood and University Place received 31 cases for review 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.

Annual Police Awards Ceremony and Commissioning

On Wednesday, July 17th, the Lakewood Police Department held its Annual Awards Ceremony and Commissioning where we honored both officers and office staff for their hard work and dedication to the Lakewood Police Department, the City of Lakewood and citizens.

Commissioning:

  • Officer Jessica Vanzant
  • Officer Skylar Eastman
  • Officer Jordan Feldman
  • K9 Kira (Inv. Conlon)
  • K9 Kona (Ofcr. Syler)
  • K9 Ranger (Ofcr. Czuleger)
  • Detective Christopher Bowl
  • CCO Sean Dunn

Medal of Distinguished Service: Awarded to Officer Joseph Kolp and Officer Paul Osness for an act that involved significant risk to the life of the employee.

Medal of Meritorious Service: Awarded to Investigator Jeffery Hall for demonstrating exceptional performance that involved no significant risk to the life of the employee and is performed above and beyond the call of duty.

Life Saving Award: Awarded to Officer Joseph Kolp, Michael McGettigan, Detective Rey Punzalan, Officer Phil Davis, and Officer Nick McClelland for an act that attempted to and/or resulted in saving the life of another.

Police Chief’s Commendation: Awarded to Sergeant Andy Estes, Officer Daniel Tenney, Detective Bryan Johnson, Officer Jason Cannon, Officer Jeffrey Carroll, Lieutenant Stephan Mauer, Officer Brian Markert, Officer Michael Wiley and Christine Badger with West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and to Investigator Peter Johnson for highly professional conduct or performance.

Police Chief’s Citation: Awarded to Officer John Babcock, Sharron Kanter and Victory Christian Ministries for significant contributions to the police-community relations or for aiding in the prevention of a crime and/or providing safety to the community.

Police Chief’s Core Value Award: Awarded to Officer Vince Sivankeo, Sergeant Andy Gildehaus, Sergeant Chris Westby, Erica Meeks, Dallas Allen, and Officer Dave Butts for exemplary representation of our Core Values: Integrity – Dedication – Teamwork - Competence – Courage – Respect.

Volunteer Century Awards: The following were recognized for over 100 hours of service with the Lakewood Police Department during our Awards Year (July 2012 to July 2013.)

  • Alvie Robbins 235.75 hours
  • Jason Woods 265.75 hours
  • Marilyn Henderson 105.75 hours
  • Sharron Kanter 587.75 hours
  • Madaline Wivel 185 hours
  • Dennis Folk 468 hours
  • George Baron 181 hours
  • Alberto Gonzalez 137.5 hours
  • Colton Isham 193.5 hours
  • Austin Lindquist 391.5 hours
  • Ulysses Sanchez 133.5 hours
  • Devin Smith 168.5 hours
  • Scott Stratton 431.5 hours
  • Marlene Texocotitla 160 hours

Community Development Updates:

Kenworth Truck Dealership Opens

The Kenworth truck dealership opened this week. Kenworth is located on a three acre site at 12507 Pacific Highway SW. The building/sales area is about 26,000 ± square feet. The project was initiated in the spring of 2012.

Certificate of Occupancy Issued

The Clover Park Technical College’s new health sciences facility was issued its certificate of occupancy on Thursday, July 18. The new building will accommodate 2,166 full-time-equivalent students who are enrolled in the college’s healthcare training programs. The building has an area of 55,562 square feet. Construction began in January 2011.

Community Development Block Grant Program Provides Temporary Housing

Last weekend Lakewood experienced two apartment fires at 5515 82nd Street SW and 7517 Dean Street Court, which resulted in some families not having a place to live. Most families at the first address were relocated by the apartment’s management. The same was not the case for the other apartment. Here, the City stepped in and used its community development block grant program to provide temporary housing, and first and last month’s rent to qualified individuals. A total of seven, working families (18 persons) were provided assistance.

Building Permits

For the month June 2012, the permit counter received 128 building permits. Of these, 60 were approved the same day of permit application. For the week of July 15 through July 18, the permit counter received 67 permit applications of all types (planning, building, engineering, and business licenses).

On July 24, the City’s Hearing Examiner will conduct a public hearing to consider a shoreline substantial development permit, shoreline conditional use permit, and shoreline variance to construct a new single family residence and accessory structures at 13024 Naomilawn Drive SW. The applicant is Thomas Ellington. The property is located on a shoreline lot adjacent to American Lake. For more information, please contact associate planner Beth Jorgenson at (253) 512-2261.

Planning Advisory Board Meeting

This coming week, July 24th, the Planning Advisory Board will conduct a public hearing to consider amendments to the City’s drive through regulations. For further details, contact principal planner Dan Catron at (253) 512-2261.

Community Safety Resource Team Updates:

The Lakewood Police Department and CSRT have been active in closing residences used for the production of illegal drugs. Two residences were recently declared uninhabitable, and actions on other properties are pending.

CSRT has taken action to revoke the business license for the Golden Lion Motor Inn, 9021 South Tacoma Way. Cause for revocation included building code violations (renting out uninhabitable rooms) and lack of adequate motel management. The owner appealed the City’s revocation. The appeal is now before the City’s Hearing Examiner. An appeal hearing is scheduled for August 28th.

Economic Development Updates:

Aerospace Industry Summit

Economic Development staff attended the 2nd annual Tacoma/Pierce County EDB Aerospace Summit this week. We learned that Boeing is expecting to build 35,000 new airplanes in the next 20 years. Collaborative partnerships between government, academia, labor and industry have allowed for a significant increase in awareness and opportunity in this field. With 50% of the established workforce eligible to retire with five years, companies and agencies have come on board to reach out to k-12 schools and colleges around the region. From re-creating half a scull to reproducing a moon rock, advances in 3-D printing in all fields show promise in what would have been considered science fiction just a short two years ago. Contact the Economic Development staff to learn more about the industry and training opportunities.

Business Visits

This week staff met with several companies including a construction company looking to purchase property here and expand their services, a local professional services company, and a fitness studio looking to expand due to demand, a car dealer, two retailers and provided service to several ongoing clients trying to fill space or re-locate to new spaces.

Retail Sales Tax on the Increase

Distribution of retail sales and use tax to the city has increased by 11% year-to-date June 2013 over 2012. The department of revenue reports taxable retail sales, distributions, and gross business income tax annually, by quarter and monthly.

Mark Your Calendars:

August 6th- National Night Out

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/5/2013

July 5, 2013

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Legislative Session Update; 2) Update on lodging tax; 3) Joint meeting with the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee; 4) Review of the Comprehensive Plan Public Participation Plan.

City Council's next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Review of the Comprehensive Plan Public Participation Plan; 2) Recognizing the Best of the South Sound winners; 3) Presentation of the West Pierce Fires District Levy by Fire Chief Jim Sharp; 4) Adopting the 2014-2019 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program.

Topics of Interest and Updates:

Lakewood Pays Tribute to Bill Harrison on his 80th Birthday: Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison celebrated his 80th birthday this week at Lakewood's Tacoma Country & Golf Club. Many of his former Army colleagues recounted his influence in their careers and lives at Fort Ord, CA and Fort Lewis as he commanded the 7th Infantry Division and I Corps respectively. A number of councilmembers and staff – past and present -- joined scores of well-wishers to honor Lakewood's first mayor and recount his unparalleled legacy of leadership in the City. Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant and others remarked that Lakewood may not have voted to incorporate without the commitment and vision of Mayor Harrison.

Council Recognizes Outstanding Graduates: This week, the City Council recognized the top graduates from Lakewood’s three high schools: Keyre “Kadie” Figueroa (Clover Park HS), Elizabeth Badger (Lakes HS), and James-Victor Alvarez (Harrison Prep). In the photo with the Council, Kadie and James-Victor are joined by Kadie's mother, Marie Figueroa and Harrison Prep Principal Lisa Boyd.

Parks Update:

  • Swim Safe at American Lake: This new partnership with the Lakewood YMCA, West Pierce Fire District, the City of Lakewood and funded by Safe Kids Coalition to provide basic water safety lessons and a lifejacket check-out program began last weekend with nearly 60 children participating. The program coincided with the opening weekend of our lifeguards being on duty and one of the hottest days of the summer so far. The program is free to participants and will be offered on Fridays from noon until 4:30 p.m. through the end of August.

Economic Development Update:

  • Business interest in City of Lakewood Finance Programs on the increase: City staff, along with consultants from the National Development Council (NDC) met with four businesses this week. The purpose was to look at potential ways to finance their various projects. One company is a startup looking to expand rapidly over the next few years, including bringing manufacturing jobs to Lakewood and increasing sales staff nationally, another long time Lakewood business is looking to expand a showroom here, the third is a non-profit in the early stages of expansion looking to purchase a local building, hire more staff and fill a growing need for basic food assistance in the Pierce County area. The fourth is a 100 year old business looking to relocate to Lakewood and purchase an existing building, plus expand and build additional working space on site. With our existing Community Block Grant Fund and NDC’s help, the City of Lakewood has been able to access new funds including Section 108, the Grow America Fund, New Market Tax Credits, CERB, EB5 (Foreign Direct Investment), and priority lender SBA funds. Priority lender means less time to process and negotiable lower interest rates. Visit our website for information on some of the programs offered: /government/departments/economic-development/business-financial-assistance .

    Contact the Economic Development department for more information.

  • 5 Star Property Management Honored at Council This Week: As a Means to Thank Our Businesses for Being Here, Council Periodically Showcases a Business for Their Contribution and Commitment to Our Community. 5 Star Is a Growing, Positive and Service-Oriented Business With a Mindset for Excellence in Customer Service and Success. to View Their Story and to See Previous Stories, Visit Our Website: /business/business-Showcase .

Public Works Update:

  • Bridgeport Way Overlay – 112th to 59th: Construction for the Bridgeport Way Overlay Project (between 112th and 59th Avenue) will begin on Monday, July 15, 2013. Expect temporary lane closures during the day for completion of ADA ramp upgrades and pavement dig-out repairs. The major pavement overlay work will take place at night (7 PM to 5 AM) to minimize disruptions to adjacent businesses and the traveling public.
  • Lakewood Station Connection – Pedestrian Bridge Opening – Monday July 8, 2013: The pedestrian bridge over the tracks from Lakewood Station to Kendrick Street will be open on Monday, July 8, 2013. Staff will continue to work with Sound Transit to conduct public outreach and place temporary directional signage to advertise the opening of the bridge.
  • Building Permits/Business Licenses: New building permit valuation totals for January through June 30, 2013 are $53,891,048.51. Total number of active business licenses is 4,161.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • July 11th 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. - City Talk with the Mayor- by appointment only
  • July 12th- City of Lakewood night at the Tacoma Rainiers
  • July 13th & 14th- SummerFEST at Fort Steilacoom Park
  • July 16th 7:30 a.m. - Coffee with the Mayor – City Hall Council Chambers

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/12/2013

July 12, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings:

City Council's next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Proclamation remembering Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District; 2) Recognizing the Best of the South Sound winners; 3) Presentation of the West-Pierce Fire District levy by Fire Chief Jim Sharp; 4) Adopting the 2014-2019 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program; 5) Approving the Comprehensive Plan Public Participation Program.

City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Discussion of economic development strategies; 2) Joint meeting with the Redevelopment Advisory Board; 3) Review of proposed code amendment relative to firearm ranges; 4) Endorsing the Pierce County Library System as a non-city entity to participate in the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

Topics of Interest and Updates:

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Update:

Join us this weekend for Lakewood SummerFEST 2013 at Fort Steilacoom Park Saturday, July 13 & Sunday July 14! Admission is FREE and there are tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Festivities on begin at 11 a.m. and include live music on two stages, over 100 food, arts and craft and service vendors, Army Strong Fitness Expo, a Kidz Zone inflatable area, petting zoo and Partners for Parks Car Show! Saturday will end with a showing of The Princess Bride on a 30’x40’ big screen presented by Xfinity. We start Sunday with a sprint triathlon! You can still sign up on Saturday at the park to swim, bike and run. Following the triathlon music and fun will continue from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information visit us at lakewoodsummerfest.com

Economic Development Updates:

2015 U.S. Open Coordination Team Meeting

University Place City staff hosted a meeting this week for economic development staff from several cities, the county and the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor’s Bureau. Lakewood staff attended the meeting to learn more about the 2015 U.S. Open and areas for coordination for economic development staff of the various agencies. The Premier Media Group, publisher of South Sound and 425 Magazines had Representative Kristy Ford present. Premier Media will be publishing a special edition 2015 U.S. Open publication which will be available in early 2015, possibly in January. It will be available to be placed in hotel rooms, for sale at news stand locations, and available at visitor centers. The special edition could be included in tourist information packages that are mailed from visitor centers throughout the region. Pierce County will convene the next meeting for this team in late September.

Redevelopment Advisory Board (REDAB) Update:

On Tuesday, 7/9/13, Parks & Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth presented an update to REDAB on the 2nd Annual Farmers Market. Highlights included new market additions of a Senior Nutrition Program, WIC participation, Food Demos, Special Events, Entertainment & Themes, and Sponsors. After five weeks the market has generated $41,000 to vendors with average daily vendor sales of $324 versus $45,000 for all of 2012 with average daily vendor sales of $200 in 2012. Lakewood media firm FRAUSE assisted in promoting the market. The Economic Development team presented a projects update and announced the opening of the new Kenworth dealership next week. The first Lakewood EB5 (foreign direct investment) project is underway as a part of financing for a large development on Pacific Highway. Drive-through code amendments have been suggested by planning to allow more drive-through businesses in Lakewood. The Planning Advisory Board will convene on July 24th to discuss the drive through proposal and staff expects to move this forward to City Council soon after. The City of Lakewood uses Buxton Company research to perform retail matching, retail leakage (opportunity by retail sector), consumer propensity (purchase habits), and extensive demographic and psychographic profiles to enhance business attraction. These reports are made available free of charge to local developers, brokers and all Lakewood businesses. Partner resources were distributed to REDAB to provide connections both for themselves and their clients. REDAB President Jim Charboneau expressed that he is feeling better about the business climate.

Lodging Tax Grant Applications Coming Soon

The Washington State Legislature updated the lodging tax grant law RCW 67.28 effective July, 1, 2013. Lakewood’s 2014 lodging tax grant applications are being revised, and the city expects to have its three-week open period in July/August 2013. The Lakewood Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) hopes to receive applicant project presentations in September-2013. LTAC recommendations are targeted to be accepted or declined by the City Council in November-2013 with contracts being written and processed in January-2014.

Public Works Update:

The City of Lakewood applied for a state Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Program Grant in 2012 to help fund a lake management plan for Waughop Lake located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. A plan will help determine what efforts are needed to improve water quality and restore the lake to a more usable condition. The City received notice this week that the project is on the final list of funded grant projects. The Department of Ecology will now begin negotiating a grant agreement with the City. Assuming the project moves forward, work on the plan should begin early next year.

Julie Skaw Appointed Toastmaster Area Governor

City of Lakewood Information Services Senior Engineer Julie Skaw was appointed this month as Toastmasters Area Governor for Area 13, Division A, District 32 and will be serving our Lakewood club and three other clubs in our division. Members served total about 55 of which the Lakewood chapter has 20+. In this role Julie will provide leadership and serve as a liaison to the division and district through the clubs' Presidents and Vice Presidents of Education. Clubs are Lakeside Linguists at the VA Hospital, Lakewood, Pierce Transit and Melting Pot on McNeill Island. The Lakewood club meets every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the council chambers. Employees and citizens are encouraged to come and experience what Toastmasters has to offer. Visit the website for more information: http://lakewoodtoastmasters.org/ . Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.

Legal Update:

During the week of July 1- July 5, 2013 the Cities of Lakewood and University Place received 38 cases for review 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.

Mark Your Calendars:

July 12th- City of Lakewood night at the Tacoma Rainiers

July 13th & 14th- SummerFEST at Fort Steilacoom Park

July 16th 7:30 a.m. - Coffee with the Mayor – City Hall Council Chambers

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/28/2013

June 28, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • Army Chief of Staff Visits Lakewood: The Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) welcomed US Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno and Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler to Lakewood’s Tacoma Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, June 25. During the event, Mayor Don Anderson welcomed General Odierno on behalf of the City and the region and presented the general with a City coin (see photo below). General Odierno recalled his family’s rewarding assignment at Fort Lewis in the 1990s, including his son’s attendance at Lakes High School. Councilmembers Marie Barth and Mary Moss also attended.
    • Mayor Discusses Welcome Home Parade on “CityLine” TV: On Wednesday, Mayor Don Anderson appeared on Tacoma’s “CityLine TV” and discussed the City’s planning efforts to recognize the 4-2 Stryker Brigade after they return from Afghanistan. The initial portion of the interview focuses on the September 15 welcome home parade which will feature 2,000 troops marching through Lakewood: (note: the link requires streaming video capabilities to view) http://cityoftacoma.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=294 .
    • “Raider Brigade” to Deactivate: On the same day the Army Chief of Staff visited Lakewood, the City learned that the Army had selected its “community connector” to JBLM, the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, for deactivation. The City issued a news release, which highlighted the brigade’s recent and impressive history: /news/press-releases/1419-lakewood-s-community-connector-to-inactivate .
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Lifeguards Reporting for Duty: Lifeguards will be on duty starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 29, just in time for the 80-degree weather forecasted. Lifeguards will be stationed at Harry Todd Park and American Lake Park from noon until 8:00pm daily unless weather conditions dictate otherwise. All lifeguards are there for the public’s safety and require everyone’s cooperation for a safe swimming environment. New this year is a partnership with the Lakewood YMCA, Safe Kids Coalition, West Pierce Fire, Tillicum & Woodbrook schools and the City to provide basic water safety skills at the American Lake North swim beach. The program will begin this weekend and will run every Friday through the remainder of the swim season from 12:00 – 3:00pm at no cost. YMCA staff and volunteers will help fit the lifejackets provided by the City. In addition to lifejacket fitting, staff/volunteers will be in the water teaching patrons how to float, tread water, kick on their front/back, basic swimming and hypothermia risks. The City reminds all park visitors that lifeguards are not a substitute for parental supervision.
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Council to Recognize Outstanding Graduates: At its regular meeting on July 1, the City will recognize the top graduates from Lakewood’s three high schools: Keyre “Kadie” Figueroa (Clover Park HS), Elizabeth Badger (Lakes HS), and James-Victor Alvarez (Harrison Prep). Faculty from their respective schools selected these students after considering a variety of factors (academic achievement, school activities, civic involvement, and so forth).
  • Other Announcements and Highlights:
    • New Ramp Connects St. Clare Hospital to Bridgeport Way Bus Stop:
    • On Wednesday, Lakewood City Mayor Don Anderson joined St. Clare administration and staff in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new ramp connecting the hospital to the Sound Transit bus stop. The connection will make it easier for the public to receive medical services. The ramp is a partnership between Sound Transit and the City of Lakewood. Cornerstone Constructors were the contractors for the project.
    • Chaos at the Counter!: The 2nd floor permit counter has been under the gun over the past few weeks with both permit technicians unavoidably absent at the same time. Staff maintained customer service levels by redirecting management and borrowing trained staff from other departments. One of the regular permit technicians has now returned so counter operations are expected to return to the normal level of chaos next week.
    • Now That’s a Big Building!: On Tuesday the City’s Hearing Examiner approved a conditional use permit for a 442,000 sq. ft. industrial warehouse/distribution facility on a 22 acre site in Woodbrook. The site is located on the east side of Spring Street, across from Woodbrook Middle School. This is the second industrial project approved for this area since the City rezoned it “industrial” in 2001. The building was granted preliminary approval as a “shell building”, meaning that specific tenants have not yet been identified. The building will facilitate warehousing/distribution or manufacturing. The project will require the construction of a sound wall around operational areas of the site, and several off-site traffic mitigation projects to reduce the impact of truck and vehicle traffic to and from the site. The hearing examiner’s approval requires additional evaluation of noise and traffic issues once the owner identifies tenants in order to confirm the adequacy of required mitigation measures.
    • 2015 U.S. Open Championship Briefing: On June 27, the Pierce County Council conducted one of its regular meetings at the Environmental Services Building in University Place. On the agenda was a presentation regarding the 2015 U.S. Open Championship. Over 200 people attended. Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, Deputy County Executive Kevin Phelps, and Danny Sink, United States Golf Association On-Site Championship Director, all presented. Mr. Sink projected that the USGA championship will attract 235,000 people over a one-week period or, on average, 35,000 people a day. He estimated the economic impact to Pierce County at $144 million. For more information, please visit www.chambersbaygolf.com and click “U.S. Open FAQ.”