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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.”

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/21/2013

June 21, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Announcements:
    • Lakewood Selects John Caulfield as new City Manager: City staff was excited to learn about the Lakewood Council’s unanimous vote last night to appoint Mr. John Caulfield as Lakewood’s next city manager, pending a contract agreement. This morning, Mr. Caulfield remarked he was “honored to have been chosen as Lakewood’s city manager and truly appreciates the support and confidence of the Lakewood City Council. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with citizens, businesses, employees, and the Council to achieve the City’s goals.” The City’s news release is online: /news/front-page/1417-lakewood-selects-john-caulfield-as-new-city-manager
    • Permit Counter to Close at Noon on Wednesdays: Due to an acute staff shortage, the second floor counter for the Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments will be closed on Wednesday afternoons. Staff expect this to be a temporary measure, but may last a few months. The closure will allow the limited staff to process those permit applications that have been submitted. The second floor front counter will be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8:30 to Noon on Wednesdays. The City appreciates the patience of our residents and businesses during this period.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Dower Elementary Safe Routes to School Project: Construction of sidewalks on John Dower Road from Custer Road to 78th Street West will begin Monday, June 24. Construction includes curb, gutter, sidewalk (on the school side), enhanced crosswalks with rapid-flashing beacons, and hot-mix asphalt overlay. We will complete construction in August and will require temporary lane closures during the day.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • Raider Brigade Update: This Sunday, 343 soldiers from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade (Lakewood’s adopted brigade) will return to JBLM from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. After this group arrives, half of the brigade will have returned home with the remainder coming home through July. City staff delivered donations from citizens and city employees this week to the brigade’s headquarters (see photo below). The brigade’s family support groups will distribute the donations to returning single soldiers living in JBLM barracks. The City and the brigade appreciate the generosity of those who contributed.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/7/2013

June 7, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Announcements:
    • State Senate to Honor Senator Carrell on June 10: at 10am on Monday, June 10, the Washington State Senate will honor the late Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood with a resolution honoring his 20 years of public service. A memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda will immediately follow the Senate ceremony. A number of friends and colleagues will speak and share stories remembering Mr. Carrell. The public is invited. More information is available online: http://www.thesubtimes.com/public-memorial-to-honor-late-senator-mike-carrell-set-for-monday/#more-46752 .
    • Public invited to City Manager Candidate Reception on June 17: The City will host a reception for up to six candidates for the Lakewood city manager position Monday, June 17 from 6-8pm at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City encourages the public to attend and meet the manager candidates.
  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • Lakewood Farmers Market Grand Opening: Tuesday marked a very successful grand opening to the second season of the Lakewood Farmers Market. Mayor Don Anderson welcomed all and thanked vendors for participating as over 1,000 people enjoyed fresh produce, tasty treats and jazz music that flooded the City Hall parking lot. Shoppers received FREE reusable bags to use all season long. The Lakewood Farmers Market is open outside City Hall every Tuesday until September 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. On July 30 and September 10, hours will extend until 7:00 p.m.
  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for parks and public spaces to improve quality of life and attract residents.
    • Soggy Doggy 5K this Saturday: The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host a fun adventure 5K for runners, walkers, and their best friends with dog friendly obstacles that include mud, water and more. Fee includes one pet registration, t-shirt, pet bandana and timing chip. Race begins at 9:30 a.m. Packet Pick-up is available at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW) 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 7 or on-site beginning at 8:00 a.m. For information and rules, visit www.lakewoodparksandrec.com or call (253) 983-7887.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT cleans graffiti from buildings on Pacific Highway: CSRT received a complaint of graffiti on the sides of buildings in the Oakbrook area, as well as, along Pacific Highway. Staff responded quickly and coordinated removal of all graffiti within 24 hours of receiving the complaint. Property owners were very cooperative.
    • Neighborhood Best Practice Watch: CSRT staff met with twenty citizens in and around the area of 88th Street S and 92nd Street S to form a new “Neighborhood Best Practice Watch.” The neighborhood had concerns about recent theft, speeding and burglaries. CSRT fielded questions on gun ownership and training and handed out pamphlets: Best Practices Block Watch booklets, Burglary prevention, Home Safety, Bullying, How to be Street Smart and how and when to call 911. The group plans on meeting monthly and participating in this year’s National Night Out. The name of the group is the “88th St. Neighborhood Watch”.
    • CSRT attends Block Watch Captains Meeting: Staff attended a meeting for Block Watch Captains in the Creekside Oaks housing development on Monday, June 3. Training included block watch operations and utilizing phone trees/email notifications.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • PSRC Defense Partnership: Economic Development staff attended the Puget Sound Regional Partnership (PSRC) Defense Partnership meeting this week. The Department of Defense (DOD), Congressional staff, and PSRC each presented. After seven months into the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2012, Washington is the only state to create a formal council to support the law. Twenty-three states have implemented in-state tuition for military servicemembers, though Washington State has not. A $91 Million grant with a $23 Million match was announced this week by DOD. The $114 Million project will fund the replacement of three Clover Park School District elementary schools on base. Congress has authorized funding for upgrades to JBLM Hangers and in support of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. DOD anticipates increased funding for procurement and technical assistance programs.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th – TPU Pole Relocation: Within the next two weeks, TPU will be relocating poles on Bridgeport Way between 83rd and 75th Streets SW in preparation for the future roadway widening for and continuous 2-way center turn lane, curb, gutter, sidewalks, and street lights. Work will take up to four weeks and include temporary lane closures during the day.
    • Nyanza Road – PSE Gas Main Replacement: Gas main replacement work continues on Nyanza Road between Gravelly Lake Drive South and Gravelly Lake Drive North. Temporary lane closures during the day may cause delays. Work on the gas main replacement should be complete within one week and followed up with pavement and shoulder restoration over the next 2-3 weeks.
    • Roadway Striping: Roadway striping on various Lakewood streets throughout the City will be completed by Pierce County Public Works Department. They anticipate completing the work between the mid-to-end of June (weather dependent). The City asks drivers not to cross freshly painted lines.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Association of Washington Cities Webinar: Economic Development staff participated in an Association of Washington Cities webinar discussing Washington State’s new lodging tax grant funding law. Lakewood, along with many other state cities and counties, has a yearly process to grant funds to qualified non-profits and other agencies that attracts tourists to this city for fun and overnight stays. For more information on lodging tax grants, please go to: /government/advisory-boards/lodging-tax

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/14/2013

June 14, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Announcements:
    • Public invited to City Manager Candidate Reception on June 17: The City will host a reception for Lakewood city manager candidates Monday, June 17 from 6-8pm at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City encourages the public to attend and meet the candidates. A summary of the applicants and their qualifications can be found here: /events/details/165-meet-and-greet-city-manager-candidates .
    • Assistant City Manager Halladay Departing for Pierce College: Today (June 14) was the last day of service for Assistant City Manager Choi Halladay. He has overseen the City’s Finance and Administration operations since May 2007. Mr. Halladay will serve as the next vice president for administrative services at Pierce College effective Monday, June 17.
    • Donations for Single Soldiers Returning from Afghanistan: The City of Lakewood continues to support efforts to provide toiletries and snack foods for 4-2 Stryker Brigade single soldiers returning from Afghanistan. Donations can be dropped off at the third floor of City Hall or the LPD lobby through the end of June. For more information and a list of suggested items, please visit: /news/front-page/1391-lakewood-accepting-donations-for-returning-single-soldiers .
  • Other items of interest:
    • Lakewood Senior Center hosts Open House: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center hosted its 7th Annual Open House on Friday, June 6th. There were 40 vendors and over 200 attendees walked the red carpet to see what programs the center has to offer and to learn about the many different community resources available for older adults. The event featured a James Bond theme. Volunteers, attendees and vendors dressed like characters from the Bond films. The “fun Singers” entertained the audience and volunteers served refreshments “shaken, not stirred”.
    • Economic Development Manager attends International Economic Development Council Conference: Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended the International Economic Development Council Conference on Redevelopment and Reuse this week. The conference featured best practices and new approaches to placemaking, redevelopment and reuse. Sessions included topics such as engaging the community with funding models in which government, foundations and the private sector partner on economic development and community development projects. Ms. Chambers-Grady also graded exams and participated in oral board panels in support of professional certification efforts.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/31/2013

May 31, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • Stacy’s Closet ribbon cutting: This week Economic Development staff attended the ribbon cutting for Stacy’s Closet - a new boutique and consignment store located on 9105 Bridgeport Way. The store features clothing for men and women, decorating items and accessories. The store has been open just a few weeks and is looking to grow the inventory with gently used clothing and accessories.
    • Farmers Market Grand Opening June 4th: June 4th will mark the grand opening of the second season of the Lakewood Farmers Market presented by St. Clare Hospital. Patrons will be able to enjoy live music from The Intrusions, a local Jazz ensemble and can get a FREE reusable market tote with a purchase from any vendor, while supplies last. The Lakewood Farmers Market is a great place to take the family. Fresh produce, delicious treats and beautiful crafts provide a little something for everyone. This season, the City of Lakewood has added themed days, live entertainment, demos and lots of fun for the whole family. Entertainment is sponsored by WSECU. For a detailed schedule and list of activities, visit lakewoodparksandrec.com.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Multi-agency “Active Shooter” Training conducted at Clover Park Technical College: On Friday May 17th, Lakewood Police Department, along with West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, South Sound 911, Clover Park Technical College Staff and Administration, and the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management participated in an “Active Shooter” training on the Clover Park Technical College Campus. This multi-level, multi-agency training was devised in response to the recent shootings which have been front and center in the media in recent months. The training was very well received, well-planned, and well-executed, and provided a fabulous opportunity to prepare each agency individually-and as part of a team- should this situation ever arise. Feedback received from citizens/staff members was all very positive and grateful for the chance to participate and each agency went home with valuable knowledge regarding what worked and what needed to be adjusted for next time.
    • Illegal automotive repair business in a neighborhood shut down: An illegal automotive repair business which had been operating in a quiet residential neighborhood in Lake City (9805 Winona) for many years was shut down through the combined efforts of CSRT, Public Works, and the Building Department. The business generated complaints because the auto repair was done late at night and the noise was disruptive to the neighbors, and several customers reported that the work was done incorrectly and they were concerned the automotive fluids were not being appropriately disposed of. Public Works staff worked with the business owner to remedy the soil contamination issues; CSRT investigated and obtained information supporting citations to the owner for violations of the vehicle service and repair code and the home occupation code, and the building department issued a stop work order on the unpermitted metal structure the owner had installed to do his automotive work in.