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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/18/2013

October 18, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Recap of the 2013 Lakewood Farmers Market.
  • Proclamation recognizing St. Clare Hospital for supporting the Lakewood Farmers Market.
  • A public hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
  • Appointment of Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
  • Resolution authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, October 28, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Sound Transit Long Range Plan Update.
  • Review of proposed amendments to Chapter 5.02 of the Lakewood Municipal Code relative to business licenses.
  • Review of the parks and streets survey results.
  • Review of State government relations contract.
  • Legislative policy manual and 2013-2014 legislative biennial agenda update.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

On October 17th, The City of Lakewood joined millions of people worldwide who practiced how to drop, cover, and hold on at 10:17 a.m. during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The annual event encourages people from around the world to practice earthquake preparedness.

Live United in 2014 Campaign

On October 16th, The City of Lakewood held a Silent Auction to raise money for the United Way. The following link has pictures of the items that were auctioned off. J:\Shared\United Way\Silent Auction The auction made just over $960.

New Hudtloff Middle School

This brand new 95,000 sq. ft. school is now open. On time and under budget, the project is part of a $92 million bond approved by Lakewood voters in 2010. Bond monies are also being used to build a new elementary school for the consolidated Oakwood and Southgate Elementary Schools; and to build the new Harrison Preparatory School (scheduled for a mid-2015 opening) in partnership with Clover Park Technical College.

Legal Department Update

Last week, City Attorney, Heidi Ann Wachter, Matt Kaser, and Anita Booker-Hay attended the 2013 WSAMA Fall Conference in Walla Walla, Washington.

Prosecution Update

During the week of October 7-11, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 11 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 6 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.

Police Department Update

Lieutenant Steve Mauer retired from the Police Department on October 15, 2013 after 28 ½ years of service in the law enforcement profession. Lieutenant Mauer has been a member of the Police Department since 2004. Lieutenant Mauer has accepted a position as Director of Security at Western State Hospital.

People on the Move

Lieutenant Heidi Hoffman will be taking over Patrol Specialty in place of Lieutenant Dave Guttu.

Lieutenant Dave Guttu will be taking over CSRT in place of retired Lieutenant Steve Mauer.

Please congratulate our two newest promotions:

Lieutenant John Unfred newest Professional Standards Section Lieutenant.

Sergeant Jeffrey Carroll newest Professional Standards Section Sergeant.

Parks and Recreation Update

Truck and Tractor Day This Saturday!

Don’t miss Truck and Tractor Day this Saturday, October 19th – a fun, FREE, family event presented by the City of Lakewood, at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave. SW) from noon – 3 p.m. Last year over 500 people joined us for these Fall festivities. Join us this year for the greatest event yet!

This annual event features many activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Hay Ride, Pumpkin Decorating and just added this year Pumpkin Chunkin’. The main attraction of the event includes lots of trucks and tractors of all different sizes including a cement truck and a fire engine. Children will have the opportunity to climb on these big rigs and see what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Each child will receive a FREE hard hat (while supplies last).

For more information, please call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department at (253) 983 – 7887 or visit us at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com .

Oakwood After School Program

This program which is a partnership with Oakwood Elementary, Communities in Schools (CISL) and the City of Lakewood began this past Monday serving nearly 100 students. The school provides the students, CISL provides funding and the academic program and the City provides the Healthy Start program. The coordination of each component provides a complete program covering academics, nutrition and physical activity for a healthier child.

City Hall Art Exhibit

A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Vera Beaumont is now being displayed on the first floor at City Hall. A local resident, Ms. Beaumont features a variety of flowers in her paintings. Almost all of her “models” are grown in her garden. Originally from England where she began her study of art she now calls Western Washington home. This exhibit is presented by the Lakewood Arts Commission.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

Property Cleared for Development

The Community Safety Resource Team has been monitoring the property located at 5915 Lake Grove Street SW for several years. Past owners have neglected the dilapidated house and warehouse on the property. The property attracted vandals and other criminal activity which absorbed police resources. CSRT contacted the current property owner. The owner responded quickly and demolished the structures. The property is now ready for development.

Public Works Update

Lakeview Ave/100th St Intersection Improvements

The City has been working with Sound Transit to address a problem with truck turns at the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and 100th St. Specifically, southbound Lakeview trucks turning left onto eastbound 100th Street. This is the direct exit out of the Lakewood Industrial Park so there are a significant amount of trucks. The 100th Street railroad crossing was improved as part of the Sound Transit project to include median curb on 100th all the way to the cross walk; unfortunately, we did not catch this issue as part of the recent improvement project. In response, the City reviewed the turning radius from Lakeview to 100th. It is a bit tight for the largest trucks. There is a relatively simple fix which includes removing some median curbing (approximately 10 feet) and moving back the opposing left turn (stopped cars) stop bar back about 10 feet. We are in the process of coordinating with Sound Transit to ensure they are “OK” with the solution as it relates to the adjacent railroad crossing. The Public Works Department will be doing the improvements.

Community Development Update

New National Guard Readiness Center at Camp Murray

The News Tribune recently reported that the Washington Military Department (WMD) will be building a $33.6 million National Guard readiness center totaling three stories and 97,000 square feet at Camp Murray’s Washington State Guard Headquarters versus in Buckley. We understand the WMD ran into some environmental issues on the proposed Buckley site that were going to be too expensive to address. Once opened, the WMD will be relocating about 40 full-time employees to Camp Murray while another 339 soldiers will use it for weekend training exercises. On Wednesday of this week, the Community & Economic Development Department made contact with WMD’s traffic consultant. While the proposed project is not within the City’s municipal boundaries, we are setting up a pre-application meeting to review the proposal to include project consistency with Camp Murray’s master site development plan and the status of project permitting (SEPA & building permits).

Truck and Tractor Day

Don’t miss Truck and Tractor Day this Saturday– a fun, FREE, family event presented by the City of Lakewood, on Saturday, October 19 at beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave. SW) from noon – 3pm. Last year over 500 people joined us for these Fall festivities. Join us this year for the greatest event yet!

This annual event features many activities for the whole family to enjoy including a Hay Ride, Pumpkin Decorating and just added this year Pumpkin Chunkin’. The main attraction of the event includes lots of trucks and tractors of all different sizes including a cement truck and a fire engine. Children will have the opportunity to climb on these big rigs and see what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Each child will receive a FREE hard hat (while supplies last).

For More Information, Please Call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (253) 983 – 7887 or Visit Us at www.lakewoodparksandrec.com.

Public Hearing - Prop 1. Opposition

Notice of Public Hearing - Prop 1. Opposition

Subject: The Lakewood City Council will conduct a Public Hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.

The Lakewood City Council is opposed to any action which results in Lakewood residents paying an increased Tacoma utility tax to repair Tacoma streets, without the affirmative vote of a majority of Lakewood residents.

Place of Meeting, Date, & Time:

October 21, 2013 7:00 PM.

Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers

6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499

Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk at the address listed below or emailed to :

Alice M. Bush, MMC
City of Lakewood
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/11/2013

October 11, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a Study Session on Monday, October 14, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint meeting with the Lakewood Arts Commission.
  • Review of an Interlocal Agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • A public hearing to consider a Resolution expressing opposition to the City of Tacoma’s Position 1 ballot measure. If passed, the ballot measure would levy a 2% earnings tax on natural gas, electric and phone companies for the sole purpose of funding basic Tacoma-wide neighborhood street improvements and safety upgrades. Utility companies may choose to pass this cost increase on to their customers through their rates, though the Tacoma City Council would have to approve any Tacoma Power rate change.
  • Appointing Mario Lee, Michelle Perrenod and Phillip Raschke to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee through November 1, 2016.
  • Authorizing the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Association of Washington Cities Benefit Trust to provide self-insured health benefit plans and programs for participating employees.

Topics of Interest and Updates

On October 7, 2013 Colonel Getchell of the 4-2 Stryker Brigade thanked the City of Lakewood for the Raiders Return Welcome Home Event. He presented the Council with a framed action board of photos of soldiers while in Afghanistan.

On October 7, 2013 Mayor Anderson presented a proclamation of appreciation to Ms. Tammy Hemmie President of the Lakewood Subchapter Association of the United States Army for support of the Raider Return event. He then recognized other Lakewood Subchapter board members who contributed in sponsoring the event. A video of the event can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/76070106

 

On October 7, 2013 Mayor Anderson presented certificated of appreciation to art contest winners from Custer and John Dower Elementary Schools for producing the 2013-2014 Storm water Pollution Prevention and Conservation calendar.

 

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 30-October 4, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 37 cases were reviewed 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.

Last week, City Attorney, Heidi Ann Wachter, attended the 2013 International Municipal Lawyers Association Fall Conference in San Francisco, California. Ms. Wachter currently serves as IMLA’s Washington State Chair.

Public Works Update

In the next few days the Public Works Department will be launching a pilot safety project at 3 cross walk locations with the intent to verify whether the project provides any beneficial level of added safety to the pedestrians using the cross walks. The three cross walks are 1) 59th Ave at the Old Country Buffet, 2) Main St between Barnes and Noble and the DHSH building and 3) Washington Blvd at Lake City Blvd. The intent of the project is make pedestrians more visible to drivers when crossing the street at non-signalized crossings by providing them flags to wave as they cross. At these locations there will be receptacles stocked with hand held flags on each side of the street. Upon a pedestrian crossing the street they can pick up a flag on one side, wave it as they cross and deposit in the receptacle on the other side. Before studies have already been completed at these crossing and after studies will follow once pedestrians have adjusted to this new option. The Public Works Department will monitor and assure that the receptacles have sufficient flags therein.

Public Works Projects Out to Bid

The Public Works Department put two safety grant projects out to bid this week: 1) Custer / John Dower Traffic Signal Improvement Project which will upgrade the existing signal by replacing the current span-wire with a new signal bridge; and 2) Citywide Safety Improvement Project which will upgrade 49 traffic signals throughout the city with upgraded signal heads (larger, more visible displays) and operations including flashing-yellow-arrow (FLY) operations. The two projects received over $1.0 million in Federal Safety Grant funding with zero city matching funds anticipated. It is anticipated the projects will be recommended for award at the first City Council meeting in November.

Economic Development Update

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Lakewood’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) invited 16 grant requesters to their meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd. The requesters made presentations asking for a total of $489,440 in grant funds. Projected 2014 grant fund earnings do not allow all projects to be recommended. LTAC’s funding recommendations, which totals $394,040, next go to the Lakewood Council for final approval in late November or early December-2013.

Business Outreach

Economic development is increasing outreach and support of local businesses. Meetings with resource and regional partners continue to be crucial as a part of our business retention and expansion program. One of the many topics covered in our outreach is the government shutdown and how different industries are calculating and anticipating the monetary effects of this situation. There is still much to be learned, but the more communication we have the better position we will be in to help. We are encouraging businesses to contact us. Congressional staff is interested in meeting with businesses to provide support. We met with companies in the financial, hospitality, transportation, retail, manufacturing, and distribution industries over the past two weeks.

Pierce County Procurement Forum

Representative from the Community and Economic Development Departments attended the annual procurement forum last Friday. The workshop included a session on how to procure state certification as a minority business and information specific to women owned businesses. The Tacoma School District reported they received a new bond for $500 million in construction projects to be distributed over the next ten years with $63 million planned for 2014. They spend $50 million in supplies and services yearly. Washington State Department of Defense (DOD) spending dropped from $13 billion in 2012 to $6 billion in 2013. JBLM Army Corps of Engineers supports five Multi Award Task Order Contracts that each span five years. They spent $110 million in 2012 and $55 million in 2013 mainly for operations and maintenance, with some new construction. The State Department of Enterprise Services is a fairly new office combining printing, personnel, procurement, and small business assistance. With the new governor’s push for innovation and to “do something different now,” the office has added an array of business services, translations in Spanish, and Korean, “pre, pre-bid meetings,” and a new requirement for contract inclusion plans. These allow for set-asides like the DOD for veterans, women owned businesses and disadvantaged businesses. Many Lakewood businesses could take advantage of these revenue streams. Contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or for resource connections including where to find contract opportunities. DOD spending information can be accessed through www.usaspending.gov .

Redevelopment Advisory Board Meeting (REDAB)

At the REDAB meeting this week Henry Liebman, Attorney and Principal of American Life, Inc. presented information on the EB5 program. EB5 is an immigration program that allows individuals and their families to invest in projects that create new jobs in the United States in exchange for a “green card” and eventual permanent U.S. citizenship. Lakewood has an EB5 regional center and Mr. Liebman is working with a Lakewood client to raise considerable funds around an I-5 project. For information on EB5 visit: /government/departments/economic-development/business-financial-assistance/foreign-investment-regional-center-eb5 . Public Works Director Don Wickstrom and City Attorney Heidi Wachter presented a sign code amendment to allow service and way-finding signs in the city. REDAB and other members of the city and community are being asked for input on the proposed amendment prior to being revisited again by the City Council.

Police Department Update

Three Officers Graduate from Academy

On Thursday, October 10th, Officers Jordan Feldman, Jessica Vanzant and Skylar Eastman graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA). Officer Jordan Feldman was the class president and gave the class speech. We are extremely excited and happy to welcome them to the Police Department and are looking forward to working with them.

Community Development Update

On October 10th members of the Community Development Department conducted a meeting with local planning directors and JBLM representatives to discuss the contents of the Joint Land Use Planning Request for Proposal (RFP) scope of work. In attendance were planning professionals from Pierce and Thurston Counties, Thurston County regional Planning, Lacey, Tacoma, Yelm, and DuPont. Amendments to the scope of work were suggested and approved. Representatives were selected to sit on the interview panel. Release of the RFP for consultant services is scheduled for October 17th. The RFP proposals are due November 20th. The interview and selection process will begin on December 17th.

October 10th Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, previous Lakewood Mayor Bill Harrison, and Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson were present as Assistant City Manager for Community Development Director Dave Bugher made a presentation to Rallypoint 6 on the current efforts of the South Sound Military Communities Partnership (SSMCP). Mr. Bugher discussed the JBLM Joint Land Use Study, the current effort to update the military preference survey, and the upcoming SSMCP Membership Forum scheduled for November 14th.

Municipal Court Update

On Friday October 4, 2013 Court Compliance Officer Sean Dunn graduated from the Corrections Officers Academy class #424. The Corrections Officer Academy provides 160 hours of training to employees whose job functions include custody, safety and security in jails. This prepares the graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of a complex job. Please feel free to congratulate CCO Dunn when you see him in City Hall.

Save the Date

Coffee with the Mayor will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 a.m. at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center. Guest speakers will be Ernest Heller-Judge and Deana Wright-Court Administrator who will give a Municipal Court Update.

Coffee with the Mayor- Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, October 15th  at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center.

Our guest speakers will be Ernest Heller-Judge and Deana Wright-Court Administrator who will give a Municipal Court Update.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705.  I hope to see you there!


Mayor Don Anderson

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