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City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 6/5/09

June 5, 2009
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Homicide of armored car driver: The Lakewood Police Department, with the support of other agencies, did an outstanding job of responding to the senseless crime at Wal-Mart this week, and working with County prosecutors to resolve it. Representatives of the Loomis Company and Wal-Mart expressed their profound appreciation for the effective coordination and response.
  • Building and Development Update: Total new construction valuation for the month of May 2009, was $1,901,511. Total new construction valuation from January through May 2009 was $34,595,593. Given the state of the economy, Lakewood's permit valuation has remained relatively healthy. Carl's Junior, a nationally recognized fast food chain received its building permit to begin construction of a new restaurant, located at the corner of Gravelly Lake Drive SW and Main Street SW. Red Robin, also located in the Towne Center, received its final occupancy permit. Red Robin will open "officially" on July 5th, and is in the process of training employees.
  • City manager meets with Pierce County management team: The Lakewood city manager was invited to do a presentation at the monthly meeting of the Pierce County Executive's management team on June 3rd, and outlined the City's priorities and potential areas of collaboration with the County.
  • Street Chip Seal Program to start soon: The City's 2009 street chip seal program, which involves 14+ miles of local access streets, will begin later this month depending on the weather. It encompasses those local streets within northeastern quadrant of the city; more specifically, those local access streets bounded to the north by 83rd St, to the west by S Tacoma Way, to the east by Interstate 5 and to the south by 96th St. SW. It will also include a section of 94th St SW (dead end Street) located on the west side of S. Tacoma Way SW. The work should only take a week to complete and there will be some access inconveniences to the abutting properties during the chip sealing process. Additionally, the annual street re-striping work commences next week, depending on the weather.
  • Clover Park School District Follow Up on "Innovation, Involvement, and Improved Student Achievement": On June 10th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Lakes High School, the superintendent and staff will present a progress report and updates to the discussion points identified at the jointly-sponsored workshop (and viewing of the film "Flunked") at City Hall in February.
  • City presents to Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association: The Public Works and Community Development departments presented information to the Tillicum-Woodbrook Neighborhood Association at its June 4th meeting. Transportation division manager Desiree Winkler provided an update to residents on the sewer project during the first week of construction, and addressed questions regarding traffic control, removal of mature trees, and street reconstruction. Community Development director Dave Bugher and senior planner Deborah Johnson provided an overview of the Tillicum Neighborhood Plan.
  • City Prosecution Update: The City's Legal Department had a busy May trial term with some trials carrying over into the next period. In two cases, defendants were charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) of or affected by alcohol; one of the drivers operated a motor vehicle at more than twice the legal limit while the other refused to provide a BAC breath sample. Both defendants were convicted. A third defendant entered a guilty plea to a charge of violation of a protection order and received a six-month jail sentence.
  • Use of Domestic Violence Kiosk in City Hall: There are 10 kiosks located throughout Pierce County where victims of domestic violence can petition for a protection order from the Pierce County Superior Court, and one of these kiosks is located in Lakewood City Hall. Between January and May 2009, there have been 482 protection order petitions made from kiosks located in Pierce County, with 118 of those petitions being made at Lakewood City Hall, making ours the second most utilized kiosk in the County.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 5/29/09

May 29, 2009
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Tillicum/Woodbrook Sewer Extension Ground Breaking: The City conducted a ground breaking ceremony for the first phase of the City's $17million project on Thursday, May 28th in Tillicum. Northwest Cascade Inc. is the general contractor and will begin work shortly. The event was well attended with City and County officials as well as State and Federal representatives. The project is a partnership among a number of gov't entities and the community, with the City of Lakewood playing the lead.
  • Auto Theft Task Force Grants Awarded: The Police Department has been awarded funds in two Task Force grants for 2009-2010. $500,000 is coming from Washington Auto Theft Prevention Agency, providing a second year of funding for a multi-jurisdictional auto theft team. Funds will provide equipment, training and services connected to the suppression, intervention and prosecution of auto theft and related crimes for LPD, Tacoma PD, Puyallup PD, Fife PD, Pierce County Sheriff, Pierce County Prosecutor and Pierce Transit.
  • Federal Gang Funds Awarded: The Pierce County Regional Gang Task Force, headed up by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department applied for recovery funds from the stimulus package and was awarded $741,407. Of that, $200,752 will come to the Lakewood Police Department to staff positions on the Regional Gang Task Force for 12 months. Tacoma Police will receive $190,720, Fife PD will receive $67,500 and Pierce County Sheriff's Department will receive $282,435 which includes funding a crime analyst position.
  • Sound Transit's D to M Street Project Update: The city manager met with Sound Transit's CEO and the Tacoma city manager to review the 30% cost estimate progress on the D to M Street commuter rail project, which must be completed before Sounder service to Lakewood can commence. The project is "on track", with alignment issues having been resolved, and project engineering is underway to minimize the increased project costs. The total project cost is about $150 million. The M Street to Lakewood upgrade project is underway with completion scheduled for 2011. Rail service should start 2012.
  • Public Works booth at Woodbrook Middle School Garage Sale: On May 30th Public Works will be staffing a booth at the Woodbrook Middle 7th grade Garage Sale event on Saturday May 30th which will be held in the school's lunch room from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Staff will be there to answer any questions regarding the Tillicum/Woodbrook Sewer project and to educate both students and parents as to the safety issues associated with the construction site.
  • PSE to Replace Existing Gas Mains: PSE will once again be replacing more of its existing gas mains this summer. The following info provides the streets affected as well as PSE's tentative work schedule.
    • Replace gas main on Lake City Blvd from Veterans Dr to the end of road south of 130th St SW: replace main on Dolly Madison St SW - from Lake City Blvd SW to Naomilawn Dr SW; continue south on Naomilawn Dr to Folsom St SW; continue west on Folsom St SW to 2nd (approx 4,143 ft) 6/08 - 7/2
    • Replace approximately 1,895 ft of 2" ST gas main with 2" PE IP gas main along 92nd St SW between Hipkins RD SW and Elwood Dr SW. 6/22 - 7/17
    • Replace approximately 3,400 ft of 2" WI, 2" STW, 2" PE and 1-1/4" STW with 4" PE IP gas main along Gravelly Lake Dr SW between Washington Blvd SW and North St SW. 7/20 - 9/11
    • Retire existing 4" ST IP main and install 6" PE IP gas main on Bridgeport Way SW. between 111th St SW and 116th St SW (approx 1,930 ft) 7/27 - 8/28
  • Lakewood 101 Postponed: The City of Lakewood was planning to conduct "Lakewood 101" on June 3rd. In light of low enrollment figures, the City will cancel this session but reschedule it at some point in the future. The staff will maintain a roster of those that have signed up for the June 3rd class in order to inform them of the new date. The City regrets any inconvenience for those that signed up.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 5/15/09

May 15, 2009
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Memorial Day Event: Lakewood citizens are invited to participate in the official Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25th at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section. We urge you to attend and be a part of this important observance in memory of those who have given their lives for our country. The Brass Quintet of the First Corps Army Band at Fort Lewis will highlight the ceremonies along with Master of Ceremonies, Dennis Jones, and this year's keynote speaker (TBD). For your convenience, plenty of free parking and seating will be available. Information is courtesy of www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
  • American Lake Park Boat Launch Opens this Weekend: This is a final reminder that the grand re-opening of the American Lake Park boat launch will be held tomorrow (Saturday, May 16th) at 10:30am. Launch fees remain at 2007 levels. An automated pay station will accept exact cash or credit card payment of $10.00 per single launch. At City Hall, you may purchase a season pass ($80.00 for Lakewood residents or $100 for non-residents) good for an unlimited number of launchings through the end of the year. American Lake Park is located at 9222 Veterans Drive SW. Come celebrate the culmination of a $1.2 million two-year renovation project. The launch will open to the public at Noon - following the dedication ceremony.
  • City involvement in Washington Economic Development Association: Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady participated in the selection of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell Governmental Affairs to serve as the new management firm for the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA). Ms. Chambers-Grady will also begin serving a two-year term as President of WEDA beginning June 4th at the WEDA 2009 Spring Conference in Chelan, WA.
  • City Awarded Grant by U.S. Department of Justice: Lakewood was notified today that it was the recipient of a JAG Byrne Recovery grant to partially fund three police officers for a four-year period in addition to assorted equipment. The City is awaiting word from another federal grant (COPS CHRPS Recovery) that would ensure full coverage for the officers.
  • Woodbrook/Tillicum Sewer Project Outreach: On Wednesday, May 20th, the Public Works department will host an open house from 6:00-7:30 pm at Woodbrook Middle School. The community will have an opportunity to get their questions answered about the impending construction work. Eight hundred (800) notices for the meeting were sent to all property owners, businesses and tenants directly affected by the project. Additionally, in an effort to educate young people about the dangers associated with playing near or "hanging out" next to construction sites, staff will be making presentations at both the Woodbrook Middle School and Tillicum Elementary school.
  • Tillicum/Woodbrook Sewer Ground Breaking: This key milestone in the City's history is scheduled for Thursday, May 28th at 10 am in Tillicum near the corner of Union Avenue SW and Maple Street SW. Refreshments will be provided. More specific information such as suggested parking areas will be provided in next week's bullets.
  • Lakewood 101: A reminder that the City will conduct Lakewood 101 at the new police station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) starting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, June 3rd. This year's focus will be on public safety and economic development. Previous "Lakewood University" students are welcome to attend and participate in the new curriculum. Doors will open at 5pm with refreshments. RSVPS are requested at 589-2489 or citymanager@cityoflakewood.us.
  • Memorial Day Reminder: City hall will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2009 in observation of Memorial Day. As such, that week's City Council meeting (Study Session) will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at 7pm in the Council Chambers.
  • Lakewood Police Officer Completes Marathon: Officer Michelle Hector ran in the Tacoma City Marathon and took 5th place overall for the females (total of 105), but 22nd overall for both genders (total of 271). Her total time was 3 hours, 22 minutes and 44 seconds. This is well within the qualifying time for the Boston marathon which for women is 3 hours and 40 minutes, and is no small feat.
  • Seatbelt Enforcement: In a show of regional law enforcement solidarity, every law enforcement agency participating in the Nighttime Seat Belt patrols, including Lakewood, will have officers on the roads on Thursday, May 21 - the official start date of the spring enforcement patrols. In Pierce County, law enforcement from the Bonney Lake, Fircrest, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Sumner, and Tacoma Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in the collaborative effort with the assistance of the Tacoma/Pierce County DUI/Traffic Safety Task Force. Statewide, approximately 70 law enforcement agencies are participating in the Nighttime Seat Belt patrols between May 21 and June 7.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 5/22/09

May 22, 2009
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Memorial Day Event: Lakewood citizens are invited to participate in the official Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25th at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section. The Brass Quintet of the First Corps Army Band at Fort Lewis will highlight the ceremonies along with Master of Ceremonies, Dennis Jones, and this year's keynote speaker (TBD). For your convenience, plenty of free parking and seating will be available.
  • Tillicum/Woodbrook Sewer Ground Breaking: On Thursday, May 28th at 10 am, the City of Lakewood will conduct a ground breaking ceremony in Tillicum in the vacant lot behind "Kings Barbershop" on Maple St. SW (just west of Union Ave). Attendees are invited to park at the Tillicum Baptist Church near the corner of Washington Ave and Maple St, about a block away. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB) update: The city manager, who is a member of the SOPB, attended the "Sex Offenders in the Community" subcommittee meeting at the Attorney General's office in Seattle on May 21st, at which the issues of housing and public education were addressed. The subcommittee will conduct a meeting in Lakewood City Hall in August to include officials from other cities with concerns about policy in this area.
  • Pierce County Gang Symposium: The Pierce County Gang Symposium will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Pacific Lutheran University. The keynote speaker will be National Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske. Registration opens on April 27, 2009. Registration fee is $55. To register and view workshops www.safest.org or call (253) 272-6824.
  • EDB of Tacoma/Pierce County hears from new Commission director: A presentation by Egils Milbergs, the executive director of the Washington State Economic Development Commission, was on the agenda of the May 22nd meeting of the Economic Development Board in Tacoma. The emphasis is on collaboration and innovation, especially entrepreneurialism, to weather the storm during this recession. Lakewood is a contributing participant in the EDB, and the city manager is an EDB boardmember.
  • New Traffic Signal: The new signal at Motor Ave and Whitman Ave is scheduled to become operational on May 28th.
  • City participates in School District facilities planning: This past week the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Facilities Advisory Committee met and forwarded its recommendations to the School Superintendent. Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director Dave Bugher is a member of this committee. The recommendations will be submitted to the CPSD school board and the CPTC Board of Trustees at a joint meeting.
  • Lakewood Senior Center hosts Mother's Day Tea: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center held its annual Mother's Day Tea on May 7th, with 70 ladies celebrating in their garden party finery. There were beautiful table decorations including hat boxes with photos of the different decades and tiny origami shoes and purses hand-made by the committee members who showed off their talents. The theme of this year's Tea was "Fashion through the Ages". Many participants were dressed in their favorite era, we were treated to Madonna, a member of the Partridge Family, and some 60s and 70s outfits, as well as outstanding examples of the Flapper era through the 40's by our Members.
  • Kid's Fishing Event: 500 kids participated in the Kid's Fishing Event on Saturday, May 16th under sunny skies. The first fishing session began at 9:00am and the event concluded at 3:00pm. The children received a t-shirt, rod & reel, and they kept two fish that they caught all for only $5. The event is sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Cast for Kids, Clover Park Kiwanis, Trout Unlimited, Puget Sound Anglers, Boeing Fish Club, Pierce County Parks, and Lakewood Parks & Recreation. Many of the participants were present for the dedication of the boat launch and commented on the seaplanes and the unique car/boats that were part of the ceremony.
  • Assistant City Manager speaks at Lakewood Area Shelter Association Board of Directors Meeting: Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director Dave Bugher spoke to the Lakewood Area Shelter Association Board of Directors this past week. Mr. Bugher provided information on City housing and homeless policies. He also reviewed the City's Community Development Block Grant program, general fund human services, and the status of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
  • Tillicum/Woodbrook Sewer Extension Open House: On May 20th, Public Works held open house meeting on the Woodbrook/Tillicum Sewer project at the Woodbrook Middle School for the purpose of answering questions the community may have on the pending construction work. About 20 residents attended.
  • Space still available in Lakewood 101: A reminder that the City will conduct Lakewood 101 at the new police station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) starting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, June 3rd. This year's focus will be on public safety and economic development. Previous "Lakewood University" students are welcome to attend and participate in the new curriculum. Doors will open at 5pm with refreshments. RSVPS are requested at 589-2489 or citymanager@cityoflakewood.us.
  • Memorial Day Reminder: City hall will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2009 in observation of Memorial Day. The City Council will meet on Tuesday, May 26th at 7pm in the Council Chambers.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 5/8/09

May 8, 2009
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

Volunteer of the Year Award: The City hosted the annual recognition breakfast for volunteers this week at Clover Park Technical College which was attended by about 135 volunteers. The annual Bill Harrison Volunteer of the Year award was presented to the Springbrook Mobile Food Bank Volunteers for their work providing three days worth of food every Saturday to 125-150 households (totaling more than 500 people) in the Springbrook neighborhood. The other nominations included Lewis Harrey and Sharron Kanter.

Wachter elected president of WSAMA: Lakewood city attorney Heidi Wachter has been elected by her colleagues as president of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys. Wachter has been Lakewood’s city attorney since 2002.

RAMP reviews transportation projects: The public works director and city manager attended this month’s meeting of the Regional Access Mobility Partnership (RAMP), and a number of transportation projects were reviewed. The recent session of the Legislature did provide funding several area projects including $8 million in Regional Mobility Grant Program funds for the Lakewood-Tacoma Commuter Rail project (D to M Street New Track and Signal). Lakewood also received $321,000 in funding for the Park Lodge Elementary School “Safe Routes to School” Project.

Lakewold Gardens 20th anniversary: This week’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lakewold as a gardens facility open to the public was held in the Wagner House, and included remarks by the son of Eulalie Wagner. The city manager attended the reception, and Lakewold is appreciative of the partnership between the historic estate and the City.

AWC Chief Executive Officer selection process: The city manager is a member of the 5-member selection committee reviewing applicants for the CEO position for the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). The position will replace recently-retired Stan Finkelstein. AWC represents all 281 Washington State cities and towns in relation to state and federal legislation, as well as training and development.

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