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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/26/2012

October 26, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Make a Difference Day: The 10th annual Make a Difference Day Food Drive/Kick-Off event will take place on Saturday, October 27th at City Hall. Refreshments will be available at 8:00 am; the program begins at 8:30 am. The Youth Council will be coordinating events and projects, which will include: installing grave markers at the historic Fort Steilacoom cemetery, clean-up and winterization of the community garden, beautifying the grounds at Tyee Park Elementary with daffodil and tulip bulbs and decorating pumpkins at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue pumpkin patch at Station 21. Projects will begin at 9:00 am and will end at noon with the exception of the pumpkin patch which will run 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Proposed lake management plan for Lake Waughop: The City is applying for a Centennial Clean Water Program grant through the State Department of Ecology. The purpose of the grant request is to prepare a lake management plan for Waughop Lake located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. Waughop Lake has excess nutrients in the water and sediment and as a result has frequent toxic algae blooms. A lake management plan will help determine what efforts are needed to improve the water quality and restore the lake to a more usable condition.
  • City Hall Art Exhibit: A new art display by photographer Cindy McNabb is currently exhibited in the first floor elevator alcove of City Hall. Ms. McNabb’s photos are a mix of close-ups and natural scenery taken on her travels throughout the United States. The art exhibit is sponsored by the Lakewood Arts Commission.
  • CSRT provides active shooter and personal safety training to DSHS employees: In cooperation with local businesses and other government entities, CSRT supervisor Lt. Steve Mauer gave a response to active shooters and personal safety training presentation to DSHS employees on October 24th and 26th. The presentations were made to two groups of 40 or more employees. The presentations were well received and help our citizens to be better mentally prepared in the event of an emergency.
  • WSAMA Fall Conference: City Attorney Heidi Wachter and Assistant City Attorneys Anita Booker-Hay and Matt Kaser attended the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Fall Conference October 17-19 in Spokane. Ms. Wachter currently serves as the Chair of the Civil Topics Committee and Ms. Booker-Hay currently serves on the Criminal Topics Committee.
  • Ass’t City Manager attends Point Defiance Rail Bypass Environmental Analysis Workshops: Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher attended both Point Defiance Rail Bypass Environmental Analysis (EA) workshops conducted on October 24th and October 25th, and provided brief testimony outlining deficiencies in the EA at the public hearing on October 25th. Mr. Bugher stated that the project proponents, the Federal Railway Administration and the Washington Department of Transportation should modify the EA and include mitigation, or instead prepare an environmental impact statement. The City of Lakewood will also be submitting a letter before the close of the comment period on November 9th.
  • Healthy Start Program begins: Lakewood’s award winning Healthy Start Program began at Tyee Park Elementary on October 24th. This program was recognized by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) with a Municipal Excellence Award in 2012. The program features a nutritious snack that includes uncommon fruits and vegetables. After the snack, the children do a few minutes of journaling followed by warm-up exercises, large group games and nutrition lessons. The students learn the values of sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork and striving to perform at their personal best. A second program will begin in January, 2012 at Oakwood Elementary.
  • CSRT provides training at Landlord Fair: CSRT member Gail Conelly gave a presentation on Crime Free Housing, as well as Crime Prevention topics at a Landlord Fair sponsored by the VASH (Veterans Administration Supporting Housing) Program through the VA Hospital on October 23rd. VASH representatives work with Section 8 Housing to coordinate housing for homeless veterans in the community. The Landlords were able to learn about the VASH program as well as speak with representatives from Section 8 Housing and Pierce County Fair Housing.
  • CSRT attends West Pierce Fire and Rescue Safety Fair and Pumpkin Patch: CSRT Staff Gail Conelly attended the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Fall Safety Fair and Pumpkin Patch. There were several activities for kids, including learning about water safety, helmet fitting, and child passenger safety (along with a car seat check), examining the fire and police apparatus, using a fire hose, and at the end, choosing a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. It was a successful event with many children dressed in their Halloween costumes.
  • WSBA Seminar: City Attorney Heidi Wachter and Assistant City Attorney Matt Kaser presented at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Advocacy in Administrative Law sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association on October 24. Ms. Wachter was elected section Chair at the annual meeting which followed.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/19/2012

October 19, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood is the City that Reads: The Lakewood Library, Barnes & Noble, and the Lakewood Arts Commission celebrated “September is National Literacy Month” by creating the 3 Favorite Books event from September 1st – 30th. Readers were encouraged to visit the Lakewood library to fill-out a form and list their three favorite books. All forms were entered into a drawing with prizes donated by the Lakewood Playhouse, Barnes and Noble, Lakewood RAM and Taco Del Mar. The drawing for prizes was held on October 10th at the Lakewood Library; Aubriana Edelmann was the top prize winner for the 12 and under age group; Yuliya Legkun for the 13 to 20; Michael Stevenson for the 21 – 49 and Theresa Heller for Age 50 plus.
  • Nationwide Earthquake “Shake-out: The City conducted a full exercise as it participated in the national earthquake drill at 10:18am on 10/18. An audio announcement played at Lakewood City Hall and Lakewood PD announced the earthquake and reminded everyone to "drop cover and hold". Parks and Public Works also participated. Once the announcement was completed, employees evacuated the buildings with the able assistance of floor captains. It was a successful exercise and will enable us to refine the training to address questions that came up.
  • Officers save 2 after car accident: On October 12th, Officers McClelland and Davis arrived on the scene of a car accident that occurred when a vehicle going approximately 110 mph struck a tree. Two people were still in the car, and shortly after the police arrived, the vehicle caught on fire. Officers McClelland and Davis were able to remove both the driver and the passenger from the car and get them up onto the roadway to safety. West Pierce Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, extinguished the fire and treated the occupants. Both were transported to Madigan Hospital, where the passenger had to have major surgery due to injuries received in the crash. The heroic efforts of the officers made a major difference in the outcome and the survival of the persons.
  • Lakewood hosts Public Records Officers conference: The annual Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) conference was hosted at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick Center in Lakewood this week. Lakewood City Clerk Alice Bush is the past-president of the association, and the city manager presented a welcome to the 279 attendees.
  • City hosts Metal Theft Investigation Class: The Lakewood Police Department hosted a metal theft investigation class on October 15th, taught by Metal Theft Training & Consultants, LLC. The class was attended by seven LPD employees, as well as 15 others from different agencies. Copper theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the civilized world, costing billions to businesses and individuals. The goal of the training was to teach law enforcement, security guard companies, prosecuting attorneys, contractors, and even metal recycling companies how to identify, prevent, and prosecute all forms of metal theft, especially copper theft.
  • Lakewood’s “Community Connector” Prepares to Deploy: The 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) is Lakewood’s adopted brigade at JBLM. On Thursday, October 18, the 4-2 SBCT conducted a “Casing Ceremony” at JBLM in preparation for its 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. The brigade will deploy in phases over the next 2-3 weeks. Mayor Richardson, Deputy Mayor Anderson and Councilmember Whalen represented the City of Lakewood at the ceremony.
  • Billboard Update: In 2003, the City Council adopted an ordinance which amended parts of the sign code, requiring property owners to remove billboards in the event the property owner desired to redevelop, or otherwise expand existing use. Alternatively, if the property owner wanted to retain the billboard, the billboard could remain, but no additional development would be allowed. So, how effective was this ordinance? Between 2005 and 2012, 15 billboards have been removed, almost all of them were located along the I-5 Corridor. Methodically, the City is removing clutter and improving the visual image of Lakewood.

10-20 Services Inc. Opens Military Gear Restoration Facility

10-20 Services Inc. Opens Military Gear Restoration Facility

Professional tactical cleaning service opens flagship franchise in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (September 19, 2012)

10-20 Services Inc. , a company that provides professional tactical cleaning and repair services, recently opened its flagship franchise in Lakewood, Wash. The business cleans and restores personal protective equipment for military personnel as well as first responders and other technical professionals. The parent company of 10-20 Services, Mission Ready Services Inc., selected the Lakewood area due to the proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

According to Site Manager, Rich Burnite, the city economic development and permitting staff were more than accommodating to welcome 10-20 Services’ flagship franchise to the city. “I have never seen a city government support businesses in this way. We are looking forward to a successful future in the City of Lakewood.”

The business provides an economical approach for customers to minimize replacement expenses for body armor or other types of personal protective equipment. 10-20 Services’ cleaning technology uses computer controlled washing machines, engineered detergents, non-mechanical drying procedures and equipment repairs create a no-impact cleaning system that does not affect functionality. For example, 10-20 Services cleans and sanitizes body armor and fire fighter turn out gear without diminishing its critical, lifesaving properties.

According to Burnite, the company will grow to serve the United States Military on a national level. 10-20 Services plans to open eight more locations across the United States with the next one planned near Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

“This is the first of many locations,” said 10-20 Service President, Clay Williamson. “There is a great demand for our cost-saving service. If a military base can reuse equipment while maintaining a high level of protection for the wearer, that is a win.”

10-20 Services is largely a defense contractor. Estimates suggest 10-20 Services could save the Department of Defense millions of dollars in the coming years considering that the cost of cleaning, repairing and restoring equipment is much more economical than replacing gear.

10-20 Services, Inc. is located at 10111 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499.

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2012, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the sixth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/12/2012

October 12, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Youth Celebration at City Hall: From 6-7pm on Monday October 15th, the City, its Youth Council, and Lakewood’s Promise will host a “Youth Celebration” to commemorate the City’s recognition as one of “100 Best Communities for Young People.” Mr. Jordan LaPier from America’s Promise will present this award to the City. The Youth Council will challenge young people, community groups, and families to engage in volunteer service. The City will provide refreshments and the public is encouraged to attend.
  • Citizens can help when leaves clog storm drains: As autumn approaches, falling leaves can combine with heavy rains to cause problems. Leaves in street gutters can clog storm drains, potentially causing flooding of neighborhood streets. The citizens’ help with prompt removal of fallen leaves is appreciated; potential flooding will be reduced; and pollution to local creeks may be prevented. Everyone should check storm drains near their property to make sure they are free of leaves and debris, and they should rake leaves away from storm drains and dispose of them with the yard waste. Do not remove the grate! Street sweepers cannot pick up large piles of leaves, so please do not rake or blow leaves from your property into the street.
  • Air Force Commander speaks at “Coffee with the Mayor”: U.S. Air Force Colonel R. Wyn Elder, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, was the guest speaker at Coffee with the Mayor on October 12th with about 25 people in attendance. He provided a briefing on McChord and its numerous missions, and its support of its airmen. He also updated the group on the joint base relationships with the lead role of the Army on command of the overall installation.
  • Sounder Train Ceremony and Service: Mayor Richardson, former Mayor Claudia Thomas, and Councilmembers Moss and Bocchi represented the City during the Lakewood Sounder ribbon-cutting event on October 6th. Sound Transit initiated Sounder commuter train service from Lakewood on October 8th. City staff will monitor ridership and parking levels at the station, in cooperation with Sound Transit, as service continues.
  • City Manager attends ICMA conference: The city manager joined about 2,750 others in attending the 99th annual ICMA (Int’l City Management Association) conference this week in Phoenix. He participated in workshops on County/City relations, public safety management assessment, innovations in professional development, and organizational leadership (with Jim Collins, the author of “Good to Great”). He also met with the Professional Conduct committee, of which he is a member, to review a series of ethics cases involving members, and facilitated the meeting of state leaders among city managers in Washington, Oregon, and California. His term as ICMA West Coast regional vice president will conclude in September 2013.
  • 7th Infantry Division Activation at JBLM: Mayor Doug Richardson and Deputy Mayor Don Anderson represented the City at the historic re-activation of the 7th Infantry Division (ID) at JBLM on October 10th. The 7th ID will serve as an intermediate headquarters between the operational brigades assigned to JBLM and the I Corps Headquarters. Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison, a retired I Corps and Fort Lewis Commander and Lakewood’s first mayor, was specially recognized at the event as a former 7th ID commander while serving at Fort Ord CA from 1985-1987. The Division has a distinguished history, serving in combat during WWII, the Korean War, and Operation Just Cause in Panama.
  • City economic development staff visits four businesses this week: Getting to know our local businesses and their needs is a top priority for Lakewood. This week team members met with a local one-of-a-kind manufacturer that distributes both nationally and internationally, a restaurant that recently changed owners, a recreational vehicle dealer and repair service, and a transportation provider. These companies provide over 150 jobs in the community ranging from entry to masters level. Notably, each business is encouraged by the wealth of resources the community provides, and is committed to treat their employees exceptionally well.
  • American Heart Association South Sound Heart & Stroke Walk: City of Lakewood employees participated in the annual American Heart Association South Sound Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, October 6th. The City’s team assisted with funding efforts in excess of $240,000, with great interaction with other south sound public and private entities.
  • Point Defiance Bypass Rail Project EA Released: Earlier this week, WSDOT released an environmental assessment (EA) related to the Point Defiance Bypass Project. WSDOT will host an open house in Lakewood at CPTC’s Rotunda Building at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd on Wednesday, October 24, 4 to 6:30pm. WSDOT will conduct a public hearing the following evening at the Dupont City Hall at 1700 Civic Drive from 5 to 6:30pm. Citizens can access the EA and related information at .

Lakewood Police Recruiting

The Lakewood Police Department is looking for new entry-level recruits. Applications will be accepted starting November 5th. More information is available at .

There will be a Police Department Open House on Sunday November 4th from 1pm to 4pm.