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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/10/2013

May 10, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Upcoming Events: Saturday, May 18
    • Lakewood Community Clean Up Day: Keep Lakewood Beautiful will host the second annual citywide litter clean up event on Saturday, May 18 and will reward those that participate with a free hotdog picnic outside City Hall at noon. Individuals, families, and groups from around the area will join forces to clean up litter and spruce up our rights of way until noon. Registration runs from 9-10 am. All residents and businesses are encouraged to participate. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/letsklb .
    • Lakewood International Festival: After participating in the Lakewood Community Clean Up, all citizens are encouraged to attend the Lakewood International Festival at Pierce College (Fort Steilacoom Campus) on May 18 from 11am – 5:30pm. This free, family-friendly event includes food, arts and crafts, and entertainment (including the Siheung Municipal Traditional Arts Troupe). For more information, please visit www.lsca.us .
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Lakewood Police Officers Receive State’s Medal of Honor: At a ceremony in Olympia on May 3, Governor Jay Inslee recognized Officers Ryan Moody and Jon Waller. He presented the State's highest law enforcement honor for their actions during a chase and shootout on December 9. The City Council will honor Officers Waller and Moody during their May 20 regular meeting.
    • LPD Participates in Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial (PCLEM): Lakewood Police participated in the annual PCLEM at Lakewood’s McGavick Center on May 8. The PCLEM provides the community and law enforcement professionals an opportunity to remember and honor those who died in the line of duty in Pierce County. Officers Ryan Moody and Jon Waller read the names of the four Lakewood officers slain in 2009.
    • CSRT Participates in Lakes High School Safety Fair: On May 7, Community Safety and Resources Team staff participated in the Educational Safety Fair at Lakes High School from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The City provided pamphlets related to domestic violence, bicycle safety, vehicle prowls, under age drinking, child ID kits, community resources, pencils, pens and bracelets to parents and high school students.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • City Supporting Single Soldier Donation Drive: The City of Lakewood is supporting efforts to provide toiletries and snack foods for single soldiers from the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team re-deploying from Afghanistan. The City encourages the public to donate male and female toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant) as well as non-perishable snack foods, water, sports drinks, and laundry detergent/dryer sheet combos. Family readiness groups from the brigade will place the donations in the barracks. The public is welcome to deliver contributions to Lakewood City Hall (3rd floor counter) or the Lakewood Police Department at 9401 Lakewood Dr SW from now through the end of June. Alternatively, the public can donate online to the non-profit Dragoon Raiders Soldier and Family Fund for this purpose: http://www.42drsff.org/ .
    • Deputy Mayor Participates in “Washington to “Washington” Visit: Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen (far right in photo below) poses with other officials from Pierce County in front of the US Capitol earlier this week. Mr. Whalen was part of a delegation of local leaders representing the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce in its annual “Washington to Washington” visit. The delegation participated in various meetings with defense leaders and elected federal representatives.
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Chief Farrar to Participate on TNT Panel: The News Tribune invited Police Chief Farrar to serve on the All-Star Student judges’ panel to select the top twelve students from the Class of 2013 in Pierce County. The panel met on May 8 to make their selections. The final twelve All-Stars will also participate in a panel discussion roundtable that will help form the basis of a prominent story in the TNT. Past discussions have focused on student heroes (many selected their parents), academic standards and other education or youth-related topics.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • North Gate Road – Neighborhood Meeting and Next Steps: Police and Public Works staff hosted a neighborhood meeting at Harrison Preparatory School on April 30 to share study results of recent traffic revisions. About 35 people attended. The “No Right Turn 4 to 6 PM” signage at Nottingham has kept approximately 60-70% of the vehicles from cutting through the neighborhood on Nottingham. Speed studies show that speeding violations continues on Winona and Edgewood. LPD will provide extra enforcement. Public Works staff will install an all-way stop at the North Gate Road and Edgewood intersection next week to improve safety and traffic flow.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Today in America Video Airs in Las Vegas and Spokane: The City of Lakewood Best places to Live, Work, Play and Visit video will air in the Las Vegas market on 8 News/Cox Cable on in the latter half of May. Spokane showings will be on CBS KLEW-TV in late May and early June.
    • AJAC Presents to Pierce County Economic Development Practitioners: The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) presented a quarterly update to Pierce County economic development practitioners this week. AJAC is a state agency that provides businesses and individuals in advanced manufacturing access to low cost apprenticeship training and mentoring. The State subsidizes fifty percent of all training costs and currently serves over 120 apprentices. They hope to eventually increase that to 400 to meet increased workforce demand. Two and four-year full apprentice programs are offered. To learn more, visit www.ajactraining.org .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/3/2013

May 3, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • Lakewood Towne Center Redevelopment: As a part of RPAI’s intensive and proactive approach to asset management, they are excited to begin a redevelopment project at Lakewood Towne Center. The redevelopment will include the demolition of the former Gottschalk’s building and the addition of some exciting new retail concepts and dining options. They look forward to announcing new tenants for the project soon.
  • Council Priority: Foster Redevelopment of Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Lakewood Public Works to receive additional grant funds: With the new push by the federal government to get federally grant funded transportation projects implemented in a timely manner, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) recently expanded their list of grant approved projects. PSRC programs federal grant dollars for 4 county regions including Pierce County. They expanded their list to ensure that its present allotment of federal transportation grant dollars gets fully utilized thus ensuring its future allotment for its 4 county region is not diminished. The added projects all came from prior approved project contingency lists from the respective counties. As a result, Lakewood will get $233,550 in federal grant money for its Bridgeport Way improvement project from Main Gate JBLM to I-5. The grant funds are for the design of the project which includes curb & gutter, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signal upgrade, pavement overlay and other related improvements.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CPSD and LPD present Active Shooter Awareness Program: Clover Park School District and the Lakewood Police Department staff worked together to set up and present an Active Shooter Awareness training program for all Clover Park School District employees. Sgt. John Unfred and Lt. Steve Mauer conducted 30 presentations to staff at 26 locations throughout the school district. Each school was visited twice, once to survey and photograph and then a second time to present the training. The training emphasized the “Get out, Hide out and Fight” options for staff to discuss and prepare for, should this rare, but very real type of incident occur in one of Clover Parks facilities. There will be follow-up meetings to decide what further steps can and should be taken by both Clover Park and Lakewood PD to help prepare the district and its employees for this kind of incident.
    • CSRT provides self defense awareness training: On Saturday, April 27th, Lt. Mauer taught a self defense awareness class for members of the Lakewood New Hope Church with approximately 30 members of the congregation in attendance. The class discussed situational awareness, trusting your instincts, proper use of force, different types of weapons i.e. personal, impromptu and real and the goal of getting away from an attacker as opposed to fighting it out with them. The class was well received.
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • LPD and Tacoma Community College teach Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class: A team of instructors from the Lakewood Police Department and Tacoma Community College worked together to provide a women’s self defense class at the Lakewood Police Station. The program is called Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) and is only for women. It was presented over 4 days for a total of 12 hours. There were 18 students who were taught about self defense awareness with the goal of preventing them from having to physically defend themselves. The students came from all around the Lakewood area and the class will be offered again later in 2013.
  • Other items of interest:
    • National Rebuilding Together Day: The Rebuilding Together South Sound Program repaired and up-graded more than a dozen Lakewood homes on Saturday, April 27th. Mayor Don Anderson and County Councilmember Doug Richardson kicked off the day-long event at the home of Don and Marilynn Nickle. Mayor Anderson swung the first hammer to launch BECU volunteers into action. A local family had their deck repaired and new barrier shrubs planted to add beauty and safety from a very busy Custer Road. The City supports this effort with its Human Services Fund. www.rebuildingtogetherss.org .
    • Code Enforcement Officers attend Conference in Issaquah: On April 26th, Code Enforcement Officers Doug Price, Randy Richards and Sandi Stauffer attended the spring Washington Association of Code Enforcement Officer’s Conference. The topics included how to address hoarding situations, locating and restoring VIN’s and declaring junk vehicles.
    • Wellness Committee hosts BBQ to support Foster Children Sock Drive: The Wellness Committee sponsored a Hawaiian BBQ lunch to raise funds for the Foster Children Sock Drive. The event was well attended by city staff raising $374 to purchase socks. This event assisted children in Lakewood who have a basic need (socks) that most of us take for granted.
    • CenterForce “A Look into the Future”: Mayor Don Anderson and city staff attended an after hours event this week at Lakewold Gardens focusing on CenterForce’s plans for expansion. CenterForce is a private non-profit agency located in the Springbrook area of Lakewood. They have provided employment services and training for people with developmental disabilities in the greater Puget Sound area since 1968. Their expansion plans include a “Home Town Dogs” food truck, training kitchen, restaurant, and events center. To learn more about CenterForce, please visit www.centerforce.net .
    • WAPRO Spring Conference: Interim City Manager Heidi Ann Wachter and Acting City Attorney Matt Kaser presented at the Washington Association of Public Records Officers Conference in Everett on April 30th. Their topic was entitled “Proactive Public Records Act Solutions in Litigation” Analyzing the pros and cons of seeking affirmative relief in the courts.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/26/2013

April 26, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for the City Center
    • Lane Bryant Opened in Towne Center: A “Soft” opening of the new store occurred on Thursday. They officially opened on Friday to welcome shoppers and provide a new niche shopping experience. Be sure to stop by the store and take a look.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • City Meets with Lakefront Homeowners: Mayor Don Anderson and a neighborhood policing team attended a community meeting with lakefront homeowners associations on April 16 at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club to discuss crime trends and crime prevention. Mayor Anderson talked about the versatility of the Community Safety and Resources Team (CSRT) in addressing neighborhood concerns with crime, blight, and nuisances and encouraged all neighborhoods to continue communicating with the City to address these issues.
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Pierce College New Learning Environments: Pierce College President Denise Yochum invited economic development staff to a tour of the beautiful and inviting new facilities at Pierce College. Creative learning environments have been established that engage for the students and faculty from the library, outside education space, new planetarium, and amazing health and sciences building. They are embarking on a test pilot project based on how students learn today and into the future. The planetarium currently has programs and shows available to the public with additional sessions planned for people of all ages. Visit the site for additional information and to purchase tickets here: http://wp.pierce.ctc.edu/blog/sciencedome/shows/ .
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • North Gate Road Area – Open House – Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6 PM: A public open house will be hosted by public works and police staff on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6 PM at the Harrison Prep gym for follow up information sharing and discussion on the North Gate Road area traffic issues. Staff will present results of recent traffic revisions and discuss additional traffic revisions and traffic calming measures that may be implemented to mitigate the cut-thru and speeding traffic.
    • Nyanza Road PSE Gas Main Replacement – Starting Next Week: Infrasource, a PSE contractor, will be completing gas main replacement on the entire length of Nyanza Road. Work will commence next week and take approximately 8 weeks to complete. Through traffic will be maintained during the construction with temporary lane diversions during working hours. Pavement cuts in the new overlay at Gravelly Lake Drive will be mitigated by a full width overlay and additional pavement repairs on previous gas main work completed on Nyanza Road.
  • Other items of interest:
    • USGA Open Championship Briefing: Economic development staff attended a USGA Open Championship briefing at Chambers Bay Golf Course this week. Denise Dyer, Pierce County Economic Development Director, Kevin Phelps, Deputy Pierce County Executive, and Danny Sink, the Championship Director for the United States Golf Association, each outlined the “Road to the Open” – only 779 days from Friday, April 26, 2013. Frequently asked questions and answers about the Open are at www.chambersbaygolf.com . In addition, a Championship timeline was provided as well as a U.S. Open Chambers Bay Fact Sheet; that information is available on Pierce County’s website with additional information at www.usga.org
    • 2013 Pierce County Export Forum: The 2013 Pierce County Export Forum was held at the Environmental Services Building on Friday. Attendees learned about what they should know before entering foreign markets, new products/developments in export finance, speaking the language of commerce, the role of social media, freight forwarding trends, and making the decision to export. Panel experts and exhibitors were on hand to assist businesses. Washington State is the third largest exporter of food and agriculture products in the United States. Total exports increased by over 16% from 2011 to 2012, and by far our largest state export items are civilian aircraft, engines, and parts topping $36.7 Billion in 2012.
    • Youth Council Recruitment Dinner: The current Youth Council held a recruitment dinner for potential new members Wednesday evening, April 24th. The dinner was hosted by Councilmember Barth with Councilmember Brandstetter also in attendance. The food was supplied by Lt. Mauer and his wife Andie and was purchased through a United Way fundraiser for the city. Potential members heard from both councilmember’s about the importance of their input to the City Council and the positive impact they can have in the community. Current and potential members had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue regarding youth involvement in our city. Applications are currently being accepted until Friday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. The position announcement is available on the city website: www.cityoflakewood.us

City of Lakewood and St. Clare Hospital Partner to Builder Healthier Communities

St. Clare Hospital has just announced its decision to partner with the City of Lakewood and be the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Farmers Market and the 2013 SummerFEST Triathlon, giving a grand total of $15,000 to support these two summer events.

St. Clare Hospital has been a long supporter of the City of Lakewood and their programs sponsoring the first ever Jingle Bell Rock 5K in December 2012 and providing staff volunteers for the first SummerFEST Triathlon in July 2012. Along with a monetary donation St. Clare also offers the support of their food facility, staff volunteers and so much more.

“St. Clare Hospital has been absolutely wonderful to work with and a huge supporter of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department,” said department director Mary Dodsworth, “we look forward to continuing to work together towards creating healthier communities this summer and in the future.”

This year will mark the second season of the Lakewood Farmers Market, which started out in 2012 as a pilot project to measure the feasibility of a Farmers Market and turned out to be a huge success. The Farmers Market begins on June 4, at Lakewood City Hall and runs until September 17th every Tuesday from 11am – 3pm. Farmers Market staff are predicting an equally successful 2013 Season with exciting additions including theme days, entertainment and much more!

2013 is also the second annual SummerFEST Triathlon which will take place on July 14th beginning at American Lake Park and finishes up at Fort Steilacoom Park during the annual SummerFEST event. With nothing but great things said about the previous years event, this triathlon promises to be nothing but spectacular.

For more information regarding either the SummerFEST Triathlon or the Lakewood Farmers Market please visit lakewoodparksandrec.com or call (253) 983-7887.

City reminds dog owners to respect leash laws

Ten years ago, the City of Lakewood collaborated with Protect our Pets (POP) and many other organizations to dedicate and fence 22 acres of Fort Steilacoom Park for an off leash dog park. The dog park allows dogs of all shapes and sizes to run unleashed and to socialize with other dogs. This park continues to earn rave reviews including “Best dog park in the South Sound” recognition for the last few years.

As the weather warms up, more people will take advantage of Lakewood’s beautiful parks. The City wants to remind all dog owners to leash their animals anytime they are outside the dog park or in any City Park. Lakewood Municipal Code 08.76.330 states that dogs, pets, or domestic animals are not permitted off-leash on any designated swimming beach, picnic area, play areas or any other park area in any city park except in those areas specifically identified with signs posted indicating that animals are permitted off-leash. The city also reminds pet owners about their obligations to clean up after Fido. It is always a good idea to carry a plastic bag or two when walking your pets in the park or down your street.

The City receives occasional complaints from park users about aggressive and unleashed dogs and dog owners who seem indifferent to the law. The City’s animal control and other law enforcement personnel will continue public education efforts and enforcement on leash laws this spring and beyond. The City appreciates everyone’s cooperation in respecting our laws and the rights of all residents to enjoy our parks.

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