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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/30/13

August 30, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the regular meeting include:

  • Swearing-In Ceremony - John J. Caulfield, City Manager
  • Proclamation declaring September 13, 2013 as Lakewood Playhouse Day
  • Appointing Nina Klinkhammer to serve on the Youth Council for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Amending Sections 18A.30.440, 18A.30.450, 18A.30.540 and 18A.50.241 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to drive through facilities.
  • Authorizing the City Manager to execute an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court, prosecution and public defense services.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of September 9, 2013 include:

  • Joint meeting with the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
  • Comprehensive Plan Update.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Works Update

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

As with any construction project things are always changing. As such instead of starting Tuesday (9/3/2013) with night work on Bridgeport way SW between 112th St. SW and 59th Ave. SW the contractor will be doing day work on Tuesday and Wednesday in conjunction with raising and adjusting various lids such as manhole covers. Then on 9/5-6 and the following week and they will switch to night work and will be closing two lanes of traffic to all vehicles starting around 7:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. each night in order to facilitate placing the roadway striping. One lane in each direction will be left open during this time, expect delays and temporary driveway closures, detours will be in place.

Economic Development Update

Lodging Tax Grants in Review

The Lodging tax grant application period is now closed, and submissions are being reviewed by staff. Applicants will be asked to present on October 2nd before the Lodging Tax Advisory Board.

Lions Club Presentation

Economic development staff presented to Lakewood First Lions Club. Updates on projects and future gains are looking impressive to the group. For more information on this great Lakewood service club visit their website: http://lakewoodfirstlions.org/

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Outreach

Meetings continue with business groups around the Point Defiance Rail Bypass outreach project. We continue to receive input from the community via calls and emails as well. The next public outreach event is September 4th at 6:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers.

REDAB moved to October

The Redevelopment Advisory Board (REDAB) meeting has been moved to Tuesday, October 8th. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the status of EB5 funding. Henry Liebman of American Life will present and discuss progress around funding city projects. Here’s more information on EB5 and American Life: http://www.amlife.us/

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update

Parks and street maintenance staff & Work Crew worked together this week on a Right of Way Maintenance cleanup project. They completed trimming of overgrown vegetation as well as removing garbage and debris from an area on Steilacoom Blvd. from Weller Road to Phillips Road to improve safe access to nearby schools. The first day of school for Clover Park School District students is next week.

Police Department Update

Lakewood Recognized Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

On August 16, 2013 the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office recognized two of Lakewood’s Finest. Detective Bryan Johnson was awarded the Prosecutor’s 2013 Award of Merit for his role in the investigation of the murder of Loomis Armored Car Guard Kurt Husted, at the Lakewood Wal-Mart on June 2, 2009. Investigator Jeff Martin was awarded the Prosecutor’s 2013 Patrol Officer of the Year Award. After responding to a bank robbery in progress on September 6, 2012, and learning the robbers had escaped, Officer Martin spent countless hours investigating the case, resulting in the arrest of seven suspects responsible for more than 30 separate bank robberies across the county.

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 19-23, 2013 for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 24 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 10 charges were filed in Court and 3 cases were referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Mark Your Calendars

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

CAUTION: Toxic Algae present at Steilacoom Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in Steilacoom Lake. The lake is unsafe for people and pets.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color. Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention.

The risk to pets is much greater than the risk to people. Pets have smaller body sizes and are more likely to drink water containing a heavy concentration of algae. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Runoff from fertilizers, animal and human waste reach our lakes and contribute to algae growth. Reducing use of fertilizers, properly maintaining septic systems, and properly disposing of pet waste helps improve water quality in lakes, streams, groundwater, and Puget Sound.

For more information, please contact Ray Hanowell at (253) 798-2845 ( ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253) 798-3530 ( ), or visit our website at www.tpchd.org/toxicalgae .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/23/2013

August 23, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, August 26, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. The agenda item for the special meeting include:

  • Authorizing the execution of a collective bargaining agreement with the Lakewood Police Management Guild from February 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

Following the special meeting, the Council will hold its regular Study Session. Agenda topics for discussion include:

  • Review of proposed land use and development code amendments relative to drive-through facilities.
  • Review of a proposed interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom relative to court, prosecution and public defender services.
  • Briefing by the City Manager on 1) progress report on the Tillicum and Woodbrook sewer connections and 2) review of ballot measure election deadlines.

Items tentatively scheduled for the regular City Council meeting of September 3, 2013 include:

  • Proclamation declaring September 13, 2013 as Lakewood Playhouse Day.
  • Appointing a Youth Council member for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Amending the Municipal code relative to drive-through facilities.
  • Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Town of Steilacoom for court, prosecution and public defender services.
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along portions of Bridgeport Way, Pacific Highway, South Tacoma Way and 100th Street.

Topics of Interest and Updates

On August 19, 2013 City Council recognized several youth who participated in the Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s US Rowing Youth Championships. The US Rowing Youth National Championships were held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, June 8 -10 which had over 1,500 athletes in attendance from over 150 rowing programs. Commencement Bay Rowing Club is located on American Lake in Lakewood, WA and provides rowing programs for youth from area high schools and for adults.

On August 19, 2013 City Council also recognized the Lakewood YMCA’s national gymnastics championship, the team’s dedication to their sport and for their outstanding accomplishments at the 2013 Y Nationals!

On August 13, 2013 Deputy Mayor Whalen gave twenty five students from our Sister City Okinawa City, Japan a tour of Lakewood City Hall. Students were involved in a three week homestay program coordinated through Cultural Homestead.

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 12-15 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 23 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 14 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update:

Junk in the Trunk Community Garage Sale

Browse over 3,000 square feet of clothes, toys, dishes, furniture, trinkets and more at the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services “Junk in the Trunk” Community Garage Sale on Saturday, August 24 at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). Shop the sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you would like to sell your lightly used treasures, a space is only $15. Onsite registration is available. For more information or to pre-register for this event call (253) 983-7887. See you there!

Public Works Update

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

Starting Tuesday night 9/3/2013 Bridgeport way SW between 112th St. SW and 59th Ave. SW will be closing two lanes of traffic to all vehicles starting around 7:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. each night in order to facilitate placing the roadway striping. One lane in each direction will be left open during this time, expect delays and temporary driveway closures, detours will be in place.

Economic Development Update

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Outreach

Economic development in collaboration with public works and planning, conducted its first public meeting this week on the proposed Point Defiance Rail Bypass (PDRB) project. The PDRB proposes to reroute passenger trains to an existing rail line along the west side of I-5 through south Tacoma, Lakewood, and DuPont. The purpose of the outreach is to obtain information from businesses, property owners, residents and all other stakeholders about the potential impacts of Amtrak trains running through our community. About 35 people attended and provided lots of valuable feedback. Economic development also met with several business owners this week and will continue individual meetings and public meetings through late September. For project details, please visit: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/pnwrc_ptdefiance/ . For more information about our outreach program please contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or email . The next public meeting is scheduled for September 4th, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

On 8/14/13, Animal Control received a report of an injured cat at an apartment in the area of Steilacoom Blvd. and Hipkins Road. Animal Control responded and learned the renter shows up occasionally to feed the cats but does not live there. A/C retrieved 2 cats from the apartment and noted that it was so full of junk that entry was very difficult. Community Safety Resource Team was notified. The building official inspected on 8/16/13 and declared the apartment unsafe to occupy due to unsanitary conditions and insufficient egress. CSRT notified the property owner of the conditions and corrections that are needed. Work began immediately to clean the apartment and a 3rd cat was rescued on 8/19/13.

Mark Your Calendars

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

The Lakewood Playhouse Celebrates 75 Years of Community Theatre

The Lakewood Playhouse Celebrates 75 Years of Community Theatre

Anniversary celebration is September 13 with the start of 75th season

The Lakewood Playhouse, located in the heart of the city, is celebrating 75 years of performances with over 400 plays and musicals and one million volunteer hours contributing to the theater’s success.

Three times the age of the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood Playhouse first opened in 1938 and has evolved with the city since its incorporation in 1996. An intimate theater seating 167 audience members, the Lakewood Playhouse is the oldest “black box” theater in Washington state. The black box theatre environment concentrates on the theatrical performances with minimal sets and parallels the Playhouse’s focus on community.

“Theatre is created through the relationship between performers and their audience. Theatre is like a family and we look forward to many more generations of designers, actors, directors and audience members who will join ours for years to come,” says Lakewood Playhouse Managing Artistic Director, John Munn. “We can’t wait to share this momentous anniversary and 75th season with the community.”

Over the last 75 years, the Playhouse has flourished due to the Lakewood community’s involvement and love of the performing arts with volunteers donating over one million hours as designers, actors, directors and front of the house staff. Additionally, the Lakewood Playhouse Institute of Theatre offers an education program to build confidence and theatrical skills. More than 4,500 children and young adults have graduated from the program over the last 15 years.

The 75th anniversary celebration is Friday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. in Lakewood. Other than the performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace,” the evening festivities are free and includes the following schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

“Our community is fortunate to have a cultural gem for the performing arts such as the Lakewood Playhouse,” adds Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We’re looking forward to the 75th season and to someday celebrating the Playhouse’s centennial anniversary.”

This season’s productions were chosen exclusively by the Lakewood Playhouse’s audience and community that participated in a five month poll with over 1,300 votes shared. Below is a list of upcoming shows that will be running through next summer including three from the Playhouse’s history and three shows never before seen at the theatre.

“Arsenic & Old Lace” by Joseph Kesserling, Sept. 13 – Oct. 13, 2013

Last seen at the Playhouse in 1997, this comedy has a little extra “something.” On his wedding day, a drama critic learns that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family along with a fondness for arsenic-spiked elderberry wine.

“Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen / Adapted by Marcy Rodenborn, Nov. 8 – Dec. 1, 2013

Last seen at the Playhouse in 2001, sparks fly when the spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich and proud Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee, Jan. 10 – Feb. 2, 2014

A Playhouse premiere, George and Martha face off as one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee’s hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They are joined by an unwitting young couple invited over for an unforgettable night of cocktails and crossfire.

“12 Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, Feb. 21 – March 16, 2014

Justice can sometimes be blind when a 19-year-old man stands trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the 12 jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. This is a classic and tense American drama about the very human part of the judicial system.

“The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, April 18 – May 11, 2014

Last seen at the Playhouse in 1967, Felix and Oscar are an extremely odd couple. Felix is neurotic, precise, and fastidiously clean. Oscar, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: sloppy and casual. Can they share an apartment together?

“Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” by Eric Idle, June 12 – July 12, 2014

A first at the Playhouse, the production with music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez was lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the motion picture, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways, beginning with women slapping men in the face with fish. This musical comedy won a 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Bonus Shows

“The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis, Dec. 12 – 22, 2013

Following the success of last season’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the Lakewood Institute of Theater returns with a beautiful presentation of the wondrous the adventure about a lion, a witch and a wardrobe.

Annual Halloween Radio Show: “The War of the Worlds,” Oct. 25 & 26, 2013

The celebration of the Lakewood Playhouse 75th anniversary will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the broadcast that panicked America on Oct. 30, 1938. The show will open with another twisted episode from the iconic radio show “Lights Out.”

About The Lakewood Playhouse

The Lakewood Playhouse was founded in 1938 and has established itself with theatre that is both intimate and epic. The theatre is located within the Lakewood Towne Center, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, Wash. 98499. For further information about 75th Anniversary Celebration, please contact the box office at the Lakewood Playhouse or call (253) 588-0042 or send e-mail queries to John Munn, Managing Artistic Director, at .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/16/2013

August 16, 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 regular session is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 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) Recognition of Commencement Bay Rowing Club’s US Rowing Youth National Championship; 2) Recognition of Lakewood YMCA’s National Gymnastics Championship; 3) Appointing Youth Council members for 2013-2014; and 4) Appointing an individual to serve on the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee through November 15, 2014.

The City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, August 26, 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) Review of proposed code amendments relative to drive throughs.

A special meeting will be held on Monday, August 26, 2013 following the study session authorizing the City Manager to execute a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Lakewood Police Management Guild.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Legal Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of August 5-9, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 40 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 12 charges were filed in Court. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update

Junk in the Trunk Community Garage Sale

Browse over 3,000 square feet of clothes, toys, dishes, furniture, trinkets and more at the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services “Junk in the Trunk” Community Garage Sale on Saturday, August 24 at Lakewood City Hall (6000 Main Street SW). Shop the sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you would like to sell your lightly used treasures, a space is only $15. Onsite registration is available. For more information or to pre-register for this event call (253) 983-7887. See you there!

Economic Development Update

Point Defiance Rail Bypass Workshops

The City of Lakewood is conducting public workshops to review the current status of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Point Defiance Rail Bypass Project (PDRB). This Project proposes to reroute Amtrak passenger trains to an existing inland rail line route along the west side of I-5 through south Tacoma, Lakewood, and DuPont. When completed, it would bring a total of seven daily round trip passenger trains through Tacoma, Lakewood, and DuPont intersections, with an average crossing time of 45 seconds per intersection and a maximum speed of 79 mph. The first Workshop is for those properties adjacent to the railroad tracks from the City’s northerly City limits to 108th Street SW. The Workshop shall be conducted on August 21, 2013, beginning at 6:30 PM, at Lakewood City Hall City Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW. Additional workshops and meetings will be held around this topic in the coming weeks. For additional information, please contact Becky Newton, Economic Development Specialist at (253) 983-7738, or e-mail at . For detailed information on the project go to: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/pnwrc_ptdefiance/

Mark Your Calendars

August 20th- Coffee with the Mayor-St. Clare Hospital Classrooms A/B

September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration

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