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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/21/10

May 21, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Memorial Day Service: The official Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council Memorial Day Service will take place on Monday, May 31st at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section. The Brass Quintet of the First Corps Army Band from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will highlight the ceremonies. Plenty of free parking and seating will be available. For more information, see
  • Gravelly Lake Drive Overlay - Phase 2 - 100th Street to Bridgeport Way - Construction Begins: Construction on Gravelly Lake Drive Overlay Phase 2 will begin on Monday, May 24th. The project includes replacement of driveways, curbs, sidewalks, and ramps to current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, pavement patching and repair, and hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlay. The project construction will require temporary closures of lanes to facilitate construction. The project construction will take approximately 2 months
  • Employees of the Quarter: The theme of this week's quarterly employee recognition event was Integrity, one of our four guiding principles. The employee of the quarter was awarded to Diana Halar, for her accountability, reliability and respectful manner as a compliance inspector in the Public Works Stormwater division. The police employee of the quarter award went to Doug Strand, crime analyst, for his ability to gather and analyze information to assist the department's grant-writing efforts and to evaluate Lakewood crime.
  • Park Lodge Elementary - Safe Routes to Schools Project - Out to Bid: Advertisement for bids for Park Lodge Elementary Safe Routes to Schools project will start May 25th. This project provides for curb, gutter, sidewalk, cross-walk enhancements along Park Lodge Elementary frontage on 100th Street, Lexington Avenue, and Alfaretta Street. Project construction is scheduled to take place from mid-July through mid-September.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive and Pacific Highway - Sewer Construction: Northwest Cascade will be completing sewer extension construction at and near the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and Pacific Highway for the next 1 ½ weeks. Work will be done during the day to facilitate utility relocations simultaneously. Work hours are proposed between 5 AM and 3 PM in order to avoid the evening peak traffic.
  • Pacific Highway - Gravelly Lake Drive to Bridgeport Way: Woodworth will be wrapping up most all of construction except for the hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlay within the next week. The Contractor will return within the next 2-3 weeks to complete the overlay (weather dependent).
  • AIA Civic Design Awards: The city manager presented awards to civic projects as part of the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washington chapter annual Civic Design Awards program in Seattle on May 20th. He participated on a 3-member "jury", which included professors of architecture from both UW and WSU. The awards included an "honor" award to Puyallup City Hall, designed by Mithun, and a citation award to the Tacoma Community College Science & Engineering Building, designed by Miller/Hull Partnership.
  • Final Woodbrook Late Nite: The final night of the popular Late Nite program will be Friday, May 21st and will feature a full-court basketball game of the "old guys" versus the "young guns". The old guys team will include assistant principal Greg Wilson, custodian Keith Smiley, school board members Marty Schafer and Walt Kellcy and staff from the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services department. The young guys will include students from the schools' basketball team and other Late Nite participants. A perpetual trophy will be displayed in the school for bragging rights.
  • Staff gives Sheltering And Emergency Management Program Presentation at Lakewood Lions Meeting: Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and CSRT Leader Lt. Steve Mauer gave a presentation on Lakewood's sheltering program, in conjunction with the City's emergency management program, at a recent Lakewood Lions meeting. They informed the group about how the sheltering would operate, and explained how civic organizations may be called upon to provide much needed assistance, such as food, in the event that a shelter is activated.
  • Annual "Operation Graffiti Cover-Up": CSRT members Steve Mauer, Mike Savage, Rebecca Hendricks, Doug Price, Randy Richards and Sandi Stauffer, along with several citizen volunteers, participated in the annual "Operation Graffiti Cover-Up" sponsored by Safe Streets on May 15th. The team painted over graffiti on fences and buildings at a number of sites throughout the City. Paint and supplies were donated by local businesses.
  • Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords (LOCAL) holds monthly meeting: The Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords (LOCAL) held its monthly meeting on May 18th at the Lakewood Police Department. The focus of this meeting was to introduce the Community, Safety and Resource Team (CSRT) and the services it can offer to the landlord community. There were 20 managers and/or owners in attendance. The LOCAL meets every 3rd Tuesday at 11:00am at the Lakewood Police Station.
  • CSRT and Court Combat Shopping Cart Blight: CSRT and the Lakewood Municipal Court work crew continue to work together to combat the blight caused by stray shopping carts.
  • CSRT staff attend North Lakewood Neighborhood Association Meeting: CSRT staff Gail Conelly, Doug Price, and Steve Mauer attended the semi-annual North Lakewood Neighborhood Association meeting, held on May 12th. The principal of Hudtloff Middle School updated the group on the plans for the new Hudtloff Middle School, and Officer Jeff Martin gave an update/presentation on the current gang trends in Lakewood. Lt. Mauer and CSO Conelly updated the group on the new CSRT and what resources are available to them. CEO Doug Price handed out information and gave an explanation on the most common code complaint areas, such as vehicle storage and property maintenance issues, and alerted the residents to the seasonal upsurge of peddlers going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions, tree services, driveway coating, siding, steaks, and more. Lakewood Municipal Code regulates the operations of such peddlers and requires a background-check, bonding, and solicitor-peddler license for anyone selling things door-to-door, on the streets, in parking lots, etc.
  • Kids' Fish-In event: The Kid's Fish-In Event was held at American Lake Park on May 15th under blue skies and ideal temperature. Over 300 children participated with nearly everyone taking home at least one fish. Nearly 40 student volunteers from Lakes and Clover Park High Schools with volunteers from the First Baptist Church were key to the success of the event. The Go Outside Play Alliance of Washington is the new parent organization for this event with sponsorships from Cabelas, Kiwanis Club of Clover Park, Puget Sound Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services department coordinates the event with support from the Marine Services Unit of the Police Department and the Lakewood Fire Department. Each participant received a rod and reel, tee-shirt and two fish that they caught for the registration fee of $10.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/17/10

May 17, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Open House for Gravelly Lake Dr Overlay Project (Phase 2, 100th to Bridgeport) on May 20th: The City has invited adjacent businesses and property owners to attend an open house at City Hall on May 20th from 4:30pm to 6pm to get information about the upcoming project. The general public is also welcome.
  • Police Unity Tour: Our 4 officers on the Unity Tour arrived safely in Washington D. C. on May 12th for the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Sergeants Mark Eakes and John Fraser and Officers Charles Porche and Michelle Hector rode their bicycles 320 miles, in honor of our four fallen officers, along with about 1,200 other riders from around the nation. It was the first Washington State participation in the event.
  • National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington DC: Lakewood was well represented at the 29th annual national law enforcement memorial service in the nation's capital on May 15th. The families of our four fallen officers were hosted by the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) foundation, and the City sponsored four escort officers and the four honor guard officers. The four officers who completed the Police Unity Tour were present, as well as a number of officers who took their own time off to participate at their own expense, so that over 20 officers were present. The mayor, deputy mayor, and city manager also attended. The President of the United States was the keynote speaker.
  • 22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil: Simultaneous to the vigil on May 13th at Lakewood City Hall was the national vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC, with thousands of police officers and families from around the nation. The names of our four fallen officers had been etched on the memorial, along with the names of others from around the nation. The Attorney General of the United States was the keynote speaker, and he graciously mentioned Lakewood's tragedy in his remarks.
  • HR Director attends National Public Employers Labor Relations Academy: HR Director Debra Young attended the National Public Employers Labor Relations Academy in New Orleans after winning a free registration to the event. The conference focused on labor negotiations, investigations, legislative updates and employment law.
  • WSAMA Spring Conference: City Attorney Heidi Wachter and Asst City Attorneys Mike McKenzie and Mike Savage attended the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA) Conference from May 5th -7th in Vancouver WA. Wachter finished her term as President and will now serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee. Savage facilitated a full session discussion on breaking municipal legal topics; both Savage and Wachter serve on the Civil Topics Committee.
  • LPD brings suspect to justice: The defendant in the homicide of Tyrone Tinsley, which occurred in March 2009, pled guilty to Manslaughter 1st Degree and received a sentence of 102 months. This case crossed state borders in order to catch the suspect and bring him to justice, and was truly a team effort, with great work on the part of Detective Jeff Paynter and all officers involved.
  • Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) hosts first Springbrook Neighborhood Apartment Manager Networking Meeting: CSRT member Gail Conelly hosted the first Springbrook Neighborhood Apartment Manager networking meeting on April 30th. Items on the agenda included the importance of networking among the neighborhood managers; communicating problems with residents and sharing creative ways to resolve issues; utilizing the CSRT and their available resources; and the importance of working with the police to document problems and issues in the apartment complexes. Also covered were other upcoming meetings, to include the monthly L.O.C.A.L. (Lakewood Organization of Community Active Landlords) meeting on May 18th. It was a good turnout with 13 apartment complexes represented.
  • Sewer Project Phase 2 night road closures: The Woodbrook ALG / Tillicum Sewer Phase 2 - Force main construction on Gravelly Lake Drive and Pac Hwy - continues night closures in the vicinity of Gravelly Lake Drive and Pac Hwy - Monday - Thursdays. No work will occur on Friday nights to accommodate I-5 lane closures between Bridgeport Way and Gravelly Lake Drive.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/30/10

April 30, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Boating Safety Reminder: Effective January 1st, all boaters 30 years old or younger are required to have a boaters education card on their person while operating a boat or other motorized water craft with a motor larger than 15 hp.
  • Staff attends 2010 Real Estate and Land Use Seminar: Assistant City Attorney/CSRT Counsel Mike Savage, Associate Planner Beth Jorgenson and Assistant Planner Nadine Mitsch attended the 2010 Real Estate and Land Use Seminar presented by the respected Seattle law firm of Foster Pepper. Topics included updates on land use case law, legislation, regional transportation, water rights, and the impact of the economy on real estate assets and development. This knowledge will help keep the City ahead of the curve on the merging of real estate and development issues.
  • CSRTand Work Crew police shopping carts: Due to the large number of shopping carts being left on public right-of-away and empty lots, CSRT members Dawn McGinnis and Lt. Steve Mauer enlisted the assistance of the Lakewood Municipal Court Work Crew Program supervised by Wes Morrisette. Due to the coordination between CSRT and Lakewood Municipal Court, the work crew is now on the lookout for stray shopping carts and when found they are loaded up and delivered back to where they belong. This effort by the work crew helps to reduce the unsightly blight caused by these carts and also reduces the potential for injury to children who may want to play with the abandoned shopping carts.
  • Parks Appreciation Day a Success: The City's 9th annual Parks Appreciation Day on April 24th was supported by about 340 volunteers, who worked at Fort Steilacoom Park, American Lake Park, Wards Lake Park, and the blueberry fields. Their accomplishments included the spreading of 70 yards of playground chips, 30 yards of trail chips, 20 yards of gravel, and 12 yards of wood mulch in flowerbeds. They installed a 130-ft block wall, two park benches, 45 feet of sidewalk, and 45 grave markers, as well as one water faucet and one barbeque. They removed 40 yards of blackberries, 20 yards of scotch broom, and 10 yards of trash. They also planted 750 annual flowers.
  • CSRT attends first Pacific/Springbrook Neighborhood Association Meeting: CSO Gail Conelly attended the first Pacific/Springbrook Neighborhood Association Board meeting on April 27th, as they discussed their mission statement, by-laws, and goals for the upcoming year. This is a new association, with all new Board members, who are very excited to make a difference in the community in which they live. The Board meetings will be held monthly on the last Tuesday, with the exception being the months that the quarterly Neighborhood Association meeting is held.
  • Graffiti removed -Greater Lakes Mental Health/Seeley Lake Lodge: A complaint was reported to the CSRT regarding excessive graffiti on the walls behind the Greater Lakes Mental Health/Seeley Lake Lodge, which is directly behind the Senior Center on the same property on Lakewood Dr SW. Pictures were taken and forwarded to the LPD Gang Unit. Team members contacted staff at the office and the facility maintenance person. A local church group had already been scheduled to do the actual painting during the coming weekend. The graffiti had been painted over as of April 27th.
  • Civic Design Award "Jury" includes city manager: The AIA (American Institute of Architects) Washington Council convened a three-member "jury" on April 29th to deliberate over 35 civic projects completed this year in Washington to determine which ones would be awarded the Honor, Merit, or Citation awards. The Lakewood city manager was appointed to the "jury", along with a professor of architecture from both UW and WSU. The projects include a number of city halls, public safety buildings, college facilities, and other public buildings.
  • CSRT staff attends one day seminar: CSRT member Sandi Stauffer attended a one-day seminar, "Managing Angry and Intimidating People" on April 23rd. This class is designed to assist employees in dealing with people who are upset and threatening. Some of the tips included verbal skills, basic self defense and positioning strategies. CSO Stauffer learned these and other methods that will assist her in interactions with the sometimes hostile violators she comes into contact with.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/7/10

May 7, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • WUTC Hearing on Railroad Crossings: The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) will hold a public comment hearing regarding the proposed modifications and upgrades to the railroad crossings at Clover Creek Drive SW, North Thorne Lane SW, and Berkeley Street SW, in Lakewood, and at Barksdale Avenue in DuPont. The hearing begins at 6:30 PM, Monday, June 7, 2010, at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in the Health Education Center, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, in Lakewood. The hearing will focus on public safety requirements associated with the anticipated increase in train frequency and speed at theses crossings. Comments about safety, such as upgrades to the warning signals and devices, will be most helpful.
  • Building Permit Valuation: New building permit valuation from January through April, totaled $16,803,517. Over the past four months, building activity has remained fairly steady.
  • Shoreline Master Plan Update Kick-Off Meeting: The Shoreline Master Plan Update Kick-Off Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Clover Park High School Performing Arts Center, 11023 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, in Lakewood. The Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires the City of Lakewood to update its current Shoreline Master Plan Program (SMP). The SMP will be used to set policy and establish regulations for development of shoreline areas. For further information, please visit the city's website at Questions can be directed to Senior Planner Marc Amrine of the Community Development Dept. (253) 512-2261, ext. 7753.
  • Courtroom Testimony 101: On April 20th, the City's Legal Department and City Clerk's Office hosted a Courtroom Testimony 101 class to local loss prevention and security specialists. The class provided an overview for court room testimony, discussed pre-trial motions and court room etiquette and included discussion about legal charging standards. A few local businesses have asked if the Legal Department would be willing to provide on-sight training for employees that may have to provide testimony in court.
  • Police Unity Tour: The Police Unity Tour is a benefit bicycle ride intended to honor fallen officers across the country. Money raised by riders benefits the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Museum. Four LPD Officers - Sgt's Mark Eakes and John Fraser, and Officers Charles Porche and Michelle Hector will be riding for the first time this year in honor of our fallen four officers. It is also the first time any Washington State officers have participated in this event. They leave on May 7th for New Jersey, where they will begin their ride. The ride is over four days, and covers 320 miles to Washington, D.C., where the riders will participate in next week's police memorial there.
  • Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial Service: Asst Chief Mike Zaro made welcoming remarks at the Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial service held on May 6th at the Church For All Nations on 112th St E in Parkland. Members of the LPD Honor Guard participated as well, with the mayor and city manager in attendance.
  • Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial: The Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial service is being held in Olympia on May 7th. The Governor will be in attendance, Asst Chief Zaro will say a few words, and Mayor Richardson will be the emcee.
  • Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser: LPD Special Assault Unit members Sgt Thom Stewart, Detectives Brent Eggleston, Darin Sale, Martin Knott, Chris Westby, Kim Holmes and Officer Michelle Hector joined CSRT Leader Lt. Steve Mauer for the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County's (SACPC) "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser. The males all donned women's shoes and walked a mile along Pacific Ave in Tacoma with over 200 other men. They helped raise over $40,000 for SACPC to continue to provide vital services to victims of sexual assault in Pierce County.
  • City Staff visit Bellevue to learn about social media: Communications Director Jeff Brewster and Assistant City Attorney/CSRT Counsel Mike Savage visited the City of Bellevue on April 22nd to obtain information on how Bellevue utilizes various social media outlets. The City of Bellevue is on the cutting edge in its use of Facebook and other social media, and provided Lakewood with guidance on marketing strategies and policies and procedures regarding usage. This information, combined with other research, will allow Lakewood to successfully incorporate social media into our community and government relations.
  • Springbrook Neighborhood Clean Up: CSRT member Gail Conelly participated in a neighborhood clean up in the Springbrook Neighborhood on Saturday, May 1st, organized by John Ruze, Vice-President of the Pacific Neighborhood Association and owner of Truaire apartments. The neighborhood clean-ups are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month, meeting at 8am in front of the Garden Park Apartments. All residents, managers and owners in the Pacific Neighborhood Association are encouraged to attend and help out.
  • Boy Scout Troop assisted in obtaining Fingerprint Merit Badge: CSRT member Gail Conelly assisted the new members of Boy Scout Troop 51 in obtaining their Fingerprint Merit Badge. There were 14 boys and 6 adults in attendance. Covered was a brief history of fingerprinting; the difference between civil and criminal identification; the difference between automated fingerprint identification systems and biometric fingerprint systems; along with learning about the two basic principles supporting the science of fingerprints and what it takes to positively identify a person using fingerprints. Each of the boys was then able to be fingerprinted, and to explain their fingerprint pattern (loop, whorl, arch).
  • CSRT member initiates abatement action against property on South Tacoma Way: CSRT member Doug Price initiated a dangerous building abatement action against the property located at 8414 South Tacoma Way. This large commercial building was destroyed by fire in January. The owners are no longer in contact with the City and are no longer making progress toward cleaning up the property. The property has become unsecured and is now a dumping ground. Upon issuance of the abatement order, the owners will have 30 days to appeal or secure the property and apply for demolition permits. If they do not comply, the City will proceed to abate the property.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/23/10

April 23, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Police Promotions: Andrew Gildehaus was promoted to Sergeant and Jeff Alwine to Lieutenant on April 16, 2010.
  • April 24 is Parks Appreciation Day: Citizens are encouraged to join us on Saturday, April 24th at the City of Lakewood's 8th annual Parks Appreciation Day celebration. Projects are planned at Fort Steilacoom Park, American Lake Park, the city's Blue Berry Fields and Wards Lake Park, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon.
  • Amtrak Project Open House on May 17th: Residents and businesses are encouraged to learn more about the proposed Point Defiance Bypass rail project by attending an informational open house sponsored by WSDOT on Monday, May 17th from 4-7 p.m. The event will be held in Lakewood at Clover Park Technical College's Rotunda Building (entrance off of Steilacoom Blvd). Those attending can view maps and other displays concerning the project, talk with WSDOT rail division staff, and provide comments.
  • Communications Director to attend National Security Issues Seminar: Communications Director Jeff Brewster, in his Army Reserve status, will be attending the Reserve Component National Security Issues Seminar in Arlington VA later this month. The seminar is presented by the Army War College and is described as a "short version of the war college experience." It is an intensive one-week seminar for selected Reserve Component officers, who are also community leaders, which focuses on contemporary geopolitical issues, the process involved in national security decision-making, and current strategy for meeting U.S. defense needs.
  • LPD sponsors Rape Aggression Defense class: Lakewood Police Department sponsored Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), a self-defense class specifically designed for women. This class is over 12 hours of instruction over four evenings, and is provided at no cost to participants. The current session concluded on April 22nd, with 15 students participating. Instructors for this class include Correne Buck, Dawn McGinnis, and Lt Steve Mauer of LPD and UW police officer Pat Gilbert.
  • CSRT Staff Conduct Graffiti Clean Up In Springbrook Neighborhood: Due to the large amounts of graffiti being observed in District 2, on April 2nd, CSRT members Gail Conelly and Mike Miller conducted a graffiti clean up emphasis in the Springbrook neighborhood. Graffiti was cleaned up off of numerous fences and utility boxes throughout the neighborhood. The area was once again tagged by an incoming gang who is trying to claim the neighborhood as their turf. CSRT covered the graffiti, and contacted the Neighborhood Association to help out. The Pacific/Springbrook Neighborhood Association members are in the process of gathering donated supplies to keep on top of cleaning up the graffiti on their properties as it occurs. In addition, the members are volunteering to help other residents clean up the graffiti on their property, keeping the neighborhood clean and free from graffiti.
  • Litter Clean Up Day by CSRT Staff and Pacific/Springbrook Neighborhood Association: On Saturday, April 3rd, CSRT members Gail Conelly and Doug Price participated in a litter clean up day with the leadership of the Pacific/Springbrook Neighborhood Association. Several bags of litter were picked up throughout the neighborhood. The event was organized by association vice-president John Ruze. The first Saturday of every month was selected as the day for the neighborhood to get together to clean up litter.
  • LPD attends National Tactical Officers Association Class: SWAT Team supervisor Lt Steve Mauer spent the week in a National Tactical Officers Association SWAT supervision and command decision-making class, designed to help SWAT supervisors prepare for collateral duty.
  • WSDOT cancels northbound I-5 closure from concrete panel project: WSDOT is canceling a previously scheduled full closure of northbound I-5 and is planning weather-dependent lane restrictions in Lacey and Lakewood April 23-25. Nearly three weeks have passed since WSDOT and contractor Penhall Company began rehabilitating 25.5 lane miles of concrete between in Thurston and Pierce counties. So far, crews have replaced 85 of 295 concrete panels and 3,018 of 56,700 dowel bars on the project. Southbound I-5 motorists in Lakewood can expect triple-lane closures from 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24 to 8 a.m. Sunday, April 25 between 48th Street and Gravelly Lake Drive. Drivers can expect delays during construction and should either adjust their travel times or avoid the impacted areas of I-5 during work hours. While WSDOT schedules high-impact construction at night - when traffic volumes are lower - the best times to travel northbound I-5 in Lacey and southbound I-5 in Lakewood this weekend are Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Drivers can stay informed about this project, visit the online construction schedule and watch the progress by visiting
  • Country Club thanks City for construction process: The Tacoma Country & Golf Club monthly newsletter featured the president's message with thanks to the City and PSE and their contractors for completing the utility project on schedule and with the minimal possible impact to their course. The message stated also that because of our "timely and conscientious effort", they were able to start planting trees and restoring the course last month.
  • Clover Park Rotary donated roses to Lakewood Police: On April 21st, Clover Park Rotary brought in 150 dozen roses which had been donated by the citizens of Lakewood. Every year, the Clover Park Rotary has a rose sale for Administrative Professional's Day and every year they chose an organization or group who they ask the community to donate roses to. This year they chose the Lakewood Police Department.