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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/8/2013

March 8, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Economic Development Staff Attends IEDC Conference: Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton completed the International Economic Development Course (IEDC) last week of the Real Estate Development and Reuse course. Highlighted topics included housing, retail, office, industrial, hotel, and mixed use development, regulatory and approval process including zoning and permitting, assessing community involvement and political feasibility, public, private and nonprofit financial modeling, understanding the pro forma operating statement structure, property valuation and capitalization rates, Brownfield redevelopment phase structure and liability, and request for qualification/proposal process. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Lakewood Hosting Free Workshop on Cyber Crime & Identity Theft: The City of Lakewood’s economic development team has collaborated with their counterparts in Pierce County government to conduct a free forum for businesses of all sizes on preventing online crime and business identity theft. Businesses will learn about and what they can do to prevent or mitigate potential threats. The City and County will host the workshop in Lakewood City Hall’s Council Chambers at 6000 Main Street SW on Wednesday, March 20 from 8:30-noon. For more details and registration guidance, please visit “news updates” at www.cityoflakewood.us .
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • CSRT Staff Reads Across America: CSO Gail Conelly participated in Read Across America by reading Dr. Seuss books to children from two classrooms at Lakeview Hope Academy on Friday, March 1st, as well as reading to approximately 30 children at Tyee Park Elementary School during their Family Fun Night on Thursday, February 28th. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
  • Other items of interest:
    • “Cherry on Top” Daddy/Daughter Dance: Over 250 dads, daughters, uncles, grandpas and friends joined the City of Lakewood for the 11th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 2nd. The theme this year was “Cherry on Top” and families enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Black Bear Frozen Yogurt and danced the night away. This event has become tradition for many families and countless dads and daughters look forward to it every year. Each dad took home a photo that captured the memory of the night, and each daughter took home a beautiful red rose. Volunteers, staff and families can’t wait for next year’s dance, and planning is already underway.

Preventing Cyber Crime & Business Identity Theft

City of Lakewood Partners with Pierce County to present "Preventing Cyber Crime & Business Identity Theft"

Registration is Required. Register Online

March 20th at Lakewood City Hall

Preventing Cyber Crime & Business Identity Theft Flyer

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/1/2013

March 1, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Lakewood Projects Recognized By EDB: At its annual meeting today, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County announced the “2013 Excellent 10 Awards.” Two Lakewood projects were on the list: the City’s “Sound Transit Connector Project” (Pedestrian Bridge – pictured below) and the Clover Park Technical College Health Sciences Building. The City expects the pedestrian bridge to generate private investment in residential redevelopment near the station. Developers will be able to take advantage of convenient commuter rail transportation to northern destinations in the Puget Sound. The bridge will be completed by the end of March.
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Lakewood – “America’s Hidden Gems”: The City will debut a short video, “Today in America with Terry Bradshaw” during its regular Council meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7pm. This video features Lakewood as part of the “America’s Hidden Gems” series. It is available for viewing at the City’s website www.cityoflakewood.us . Additional information will be forthcoming.
    • Also at Monday’s meeting, the City will also recognize former City Manager Andrew Neiditz for his eight years of service. All citizens are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow.
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Gloria Motel Demolished: Under an abatement order from the City, the Gloria Motel was recently demolished by the property owner. Long one of the most troublesome motels in Lakewood, the City and the Washington Department of Health closed the Gloria Motel in 2010. It was deemed unfit for habitation. After obtaining the property through foreclosure, the current owner determined it would not be feasible to repair the 63-year old motel. He is exploring options for redeveloping the property and the City will support his efforts as appropriate.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • LPD Supports Operation “Shiny Penny”: Lakewood Police are an integral member of the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority’s (WATPA) Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force. The Task Force recently completed a six-month investigation resulting in multiple arrests. The combined effort investigated property crimes in Pierce County and across Washington State focusing on auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud. For more information, please view the press release at www.cityoflakewood.us under “news updates.”
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Healthy Start Program – Tyee Park: Fifteen students in the Healthy Start After School Program have qualified to participate in the upcoming regional Speed Stacking competition in Auburn, WA. Seven students gave a demonstration of the sport that emphasizes the use of both sides of the brain by using both hands during an all-school assembly. Six of the students competed against each other and the seventh challenged Principal Gillis and won easily. To see Speed Stacking in action, go to www.speedstacks.com
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Supports Pierce College Event: CSRT staff participated in the 8th Annual Child Identification Event conducted by the Pierce College Criminal Justice Club on February 13. Parents brought their children in and had them fingerprinted, received DNA swabs and dental impressions. The City participated in public education efforts related to crime prevention. Thirty children received services at the event.

Camp Murray to Open New Gate on Friday

Camp Murray will officially open its new gate at midnight on Friday, March 8. The new gate entrance is located at the intersection of Portland Avenue and Boundary Street, and will be the access point for Camp Murray commuters.

The effort to design and build a new Camp Murray gate began several years ago in partnership with the City of Lakewood. The current gate is located at Berkeley Street and Union Avenue and will now be used solely for commercial vehicles during defined hours.

“The new Camp Murray gate will provide a safer avenue to work for our employees, and will lessen some of the current traffic challenges in the surrounding community. We believe the new gate serves the overall best interests of Tillicum and Camp Murray,” said Major General Bret Daugherty, The Adjutant General and Director of the Washington Military Department.

Approximately 1,000 citizen-soldiers, airmen and civilian employees commute to Camp Murray during the week. Camp Murray’s tactical military vehicles and approximately 50 full-time employees are being transitioned over to the Washington Army National Guard’s new Combined Support Maintenance Shop on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. CSMS is the maintenance center for Army National Guard wheeled vehicles in western Washington.

The $2.8 million contract to build the new gate was awarded to Berschauer Construction of Olympia, and was funded with federal money; construction began in October 2011. In addition, the Washington Military Department spent approximately $1 million for traffic calming measures outside of the new gate in the Tillicum community. Tucci & Sons Incorporated of Tacoma, and Berschauer Construction were awarded the contracts to complete the traffic calming measures.

Lakewood featured on National TV Program "Today in America" with Terry Bradshaw

Lakewood featured on National TV Program Today in America with Terry Bradshaw

Lakewood showcased as one of “America’s Hidden Gems”

The City of Lakewood is featured on a segment of Today in America with Terry Bradshaw as part of the “America’s Hidden Gems” series. The video can be viewed on the City of Lakewood’s website homepage at www.cityoflakewood.us or at http://vimeo.com/60708828 .

The television show, hosted by former NFL quarterback and television personality, Terry Bradshaw, broadcasts nationally and regionally on many popular television networks. Tucked away between the larger, well-known cities of the U.S. are some of the nation's hidden gems: great places to live, work, play and visit. The segment tells the story of Lakewood’s contributions to the economic fabric of America, and highlights the business community and the outstanding lifestyle benefits of the area.

The show highlights Lakewood’s investments in infrastructure and transportation, as well as its supportive community for youth and the city’s recreational and cultural opportunities. Due to Lakewood’s noteworthy contributions to its economy and community, the Today in America segment draws attention to the city’s great amenities for residents and visitors alike. Many of the local business industries are highlighted in the piece as is Lakewood’s role as the host community for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray.

Filming occurred in August 2012 in key locations throughout Lakewood. Former Mayor Doug Richardson; former city manager Andrew Neiditz; Shawn Gagnon, chair of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce ; Yeh-Hee Han, vice president of brokerage services at CBRE; and Dan Durr, a member of the Lakewood Redevelopment Advisory Board , were all interviewed.

Lakewood is a relatively young city, having incorporated in 1996. There are currently 3,500 businesses and the population can support business growth as personal income within the area is expected to increase to $1.6 billion by 2016. There are four nearby golf courses, five lakes, great city parks as well as a thriving International District and many other recreational and cultural amenities.

“The video emphasizes the fantastic lifestyle and supportive business environment that Lakewood has to offer prospective residents and businesses from around the United States,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Lakewood truly is one of America’s hidden gems.”

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