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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/15/2012

June 15, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Safer Boating Grant: The Lakewood Police Department has been awarded a Federal Boating Safety grant in the amount of $20,260 to be used from July 2012 to June 2013. Funds will support lake patrols, water safety and boating classes for the community. Water patrols will conduct boat inspections, emphasize safety rules, boating courtesy and enforce the laws prohibiting boating while intoxicated throughout the boating season.
  • Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) Spring Conference: The City’s Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady joined professionals from around the state this week in Spokane for WEDA’s Annual Spring Conference. Conference topics included best practices in retail recruitment, export finance assistance, innovative engineering, import competition, creative uses for social media, the aerospace industry, and private equity tools for business retention and expansion.
  • South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Forum: At a community forum in downtown Tacoma on June 15th, about 125 participants reviewed progress made on JBLM-related initiatives. The workshop included small group discussion on 10 topic areas, including Transportation, Economic Development, Education, Public Safety, Healthcare, and Social Services. Project manager Dan Penrose provided an overview on the partnership, Garrison Commander COL Thomas Brittain provided a JBLM briefing, and the city manager as steering committee chair provided welcoming remarks.
  • COPS Grant Extension: A budget revision for the Community Oriented Policing grant has extended the length of time COPS CHRP of the U.S. Department of Justice (an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program) will pay for three Neighborhood Patrol Officer positions in the Police Department, reducing general fund personnel expenditures by $120,000 in 2012. This revision also allowed Lakewood to receive increased fringe benefits retroactively totaling more than $24,000. The funds from the COPS grant have allowed the Police Department to focus on neighborhood policing (NPO) activities while maintaining a strong presence in basic policing.
  • Doing Business with JBLM Event draws large audience: Over 300 business professionals gathered on June 12th at the McGavick Center in Lakewood for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership event, "Doing Business with Joint Base Lewis-McChord." The forum provided information about the basics of federal contracting, specific information about JBLM contracting, regional contracting awareness, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracting insights, and City of Lakewood, Pierce County, and state economic development resources.
  • Lakewood’s First Farmers Market Draws Media Attention: Lakewood's Farmers Market news release was picked up by several media including KOMO, the Olympian, News Tribune, Suburban Times as well as an interview request for a story by the Northwest Guardian, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
  • Street project funding: Pierce County Regional Council on June 14th approved the recommended Federal transportation grant funding totaling $2,248,000 for its 1) Bridgeport Way Street Improvement (83rd St to 75th St) project-$478,000, 2) Bridgeport Way (112th St to 59th Ave) asphalt overlay project-S750, 000, 3) Traffic Signal Management project-$650,000, and 4) an additional $370,000 was awarded for South Tacoma Way.
  • Grants for Street Safety projects: Lakewood Public Works received two 2012 City Safety Program Grants this month, including the following project components:
    • Steilacoom Blvd Safety Improvements – Western State Hospital to Lakeview Avenue ($2.405 Million): This project provides for various improvements along the corridor including traffic signal replacements at Western State Hospital; Ardmore/Custer; and Lakeview Avenue and curb, gutter, and sidewalks between 88th and Custer Road.
    • Citywide Safety Improvements ($300,000): Provide safety upgrades at 17 existing signalized intersections including: upsizing traffic displays from 8” to 12”; implementing flashing-yellow-arrow operations for permissive left turn movements; and installing audible pedestrian signals.
    • Murray Road / 150th Corridor Project: Completion of paving of the new roundabout and the approach to JBLM Logistics Gate this week will move the project to phase 2 where Murray Road widening work will be completed. During this phase, Murray Road will be closed between 146th and 150th Streets and traffic routed to Spring Street. This phase will take approximately 4 weeks to complete when the project will move to its final stage to widen 150th Street. More project and detour information can be found on the City’s web site at: /government/departments/public-works/capital-improvement-projects .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/8/2012

June 8, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Dave Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • Operation Pine Cone: The City of Lakewood Emergency Response Planning Cell (ERPC) conducted a regional earthquake exercise at City Hall on Tuesday, June 5th. As a part of the exercise, multiple earthquakes occurred causing major infrastructure damage to Pierce County and neighboring jurisdictions severely impacting mutual aid resources. ERPC staff and representatives from West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Lakewood Water District, Pierce County Sewer, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Western State Hospital, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, and Pierce County and State Emergency management staff participated in the exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the City’s response to a major earthquake. Initial reports indicate that Lakewood did well in the exercise.
  • City manager meets with ICMA in Eastern Europe: The city manager met with 19 other city managers on the executive board of ICMA (International City Managers Association) in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 1-4, to broaden ICMA outreach to its international members. He met with city managers (or "chief executive officers") and other municipal government officials in both Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The meetings included a reception where US ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick played the piano to accompany the singing by the mayor of Bratislava. Lakewood's city manager is in his second year of a 3-year term as the West Coast regional vice president for ICMA.
  • CSRT participates in mock DUI Crash Event: CSRT staff participated in organizing and presenting a mock DUI crash event for the senior class of Lakes High School on June 1st. This is an annual event put on by West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Lakewood Police, Lakes High School and Mt. View Funeral Home. The event outlines what can happen when students drink and drive, and the impact that it has on all family members and friends of the victim as well as the driver. It ends with a simulated funeral for the victim and an apology by the drunk driver.
  • Construction to begin on Lakewood Station Connection Project: Construction will begin Monday, June 11th on the Lakewood Station Connection Project. The project will include a pedestrian bridge from the Lakewood Station across the existing railroad tracks to the Lakeview Community to the north. The project will also include a plaza area and street improvements along Kendrick Street SW from the cul-de-sac north to 111th Street SW. Improvements include new pavement, curb, gutter, sidewalks, street trees, lighting, and bike lanes. Improvements will also be made to 113th Street SW which will include new pavement and pathway. Construction will begin with the removal of the masonry wall at the end of Kendrick Street SW and is expected to be completed by December 2012. Sounder Commuter Service is anticipated to begin in October 2012.
  • Human Services Department relocates displaced families: CSRT staff, with assistance from other city departments, closed two houses that had been illegally converted into group quarters. In turn, the Human Services Department provided relocation assistance under the Emergency Assistance for Displaced Residents program. This is a federally funded program that ensures vulnerable citizens remain housed and do not face homelessness due to conditions that were no fault of their own.
  • Regional Economic Strategy Plan Update: Economic Development leaders from throughout the four county Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) region have been working to update to the Regional Economic Strategy. This effort has been underway since late summer of 2011. The team completed its assignments this week and the Economic Development District Board reviewed the latest updates and changes and approved them that same afternoon. The 30 day public comment period on the Plan commences June 11. On July 25, the Economic Development District Board will reconvene to consider the comments and finalize the Regional Economic Strategy. Documents will be available for review on the PSRC website. Lakewood’s economic development manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady has served as part of the Pierce County team in this effort.
  • IIMC 66th Annual Conference: City Clerk Alice Bush and Administrative Assistants Tes Ongoco and Cheryl Thompson attended the International Institute of Municipal Clerk’s 66th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon May 21 – 24. Alice also attended Advanced Academy Sessions on May 19 & 20 and served as the Convener for a session on Sending Success Signals from the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
  • Northwest Clerks Institute: On June 7th, City Clerk Alice Bush taught a Professional Development class for Alaska, Oregon, and Washington Municipal Clerks at the Northwest Clerks Institute held at the University of Puget Sound.

Coffee with the Mayor - June 8, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speaker will be Lieutenant Steve Mauer who will give a presentation on the Community Safety and Resources Team (CSRT) annual report.

If you have any questions, please contact Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

Comcast Newsmakers Interview Mayor Douglas Richardson

Recently, Mayor Doug Richardson was interviewed by award-winning journalist Sabrina Register for “Comcast Newsmakers”. He discussed a number of issues of importance to Lakewood and the South Sound region.

Comcast Newsmakers is a professionally produced interview segment that airs on CNN Headline News and channel 45.

Plenty to Do in Lakewood This Summer

Community event calendar features 38 events

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (June 1, 2012) — If you are daydreaming about what to put on your Northwest summer “fun” calendar, you can find inspiration from the recently-posted City of Lakewood 2012 Summer and Fall Events listings (see attached). The list highlights a majority of the events from June through September.

Lakewood provides entertainment for the whole family. Dog-lovers, art enthusiasts, garage-sale devotees, nature admirers, and history-buffs have lots to choose from.

“Our community partners are always creating fun events for our residents and for visitors. We’re encouraging people to combine activities for a full day of adventure, or just make it a weekend,” notes Economic Development Manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady. “We have a number of family and dog-friendly places to spend the night and plenty of shopping and tasty eating spots.”

Some of the favorite Lakewood events include:

  • Summer Activities Fair (June 7)
  • Lakewood SummerFEST (June 30-July 1)
  • Lakewood Farmers Market (Tuesdays, July 10-August 28)
  • Junk in the Trunk – Community Garage Sale (July 21, August 18)
  • Dog Dayz (August 25)
  • American Lake Concert series (Tuesdays, July 3-August 14)

For those out of the area looking for new experiences, the city is suggesting a few day trip itineraries.

  • Culture, Cotton Candy and Corn on the Cob - Saturday, June 30

Eat breakfast at the award-winning Moonrise restaurant then sample traditional Samoan culture at the 2nd Annual Samoa Cultural Day. Head to the Lakewood's annual summer festival, SummerFEST, where the kids can burn off afternoon energy at the Kidz Zone inflatable area. Everyone can dance to live music on two stages, hang out at the vintage Car Show, wander through the public market, and stuff yourselves silly at the many food vendors.

  • Markets, Gardens and Stars – Tuesday, July 17th

Visit the new Farmers Market at City Hall for fresh flavors, arts and entertainment. Take a short five-minute drive over to the famous Lakewold Gardens. There you can stroll the grounds and relax with a picnic on the terrace. Enjoy a wine tasting at Stina’s Cellars, and end the evening with the exciting competition of “Lakewood’s Brightest Star Finals” at American Lake Park or if you prefer take in a live theater performance at The Lakewood Playhouse.

  • Dog Lovin’ Day – Saturday, August 25

Grab a cup of coffee at and take your pooch to visit the Fort Steilacoom Dog Park, voted the “Best Pet Park” according to South Sound magazine. On August 25, the park will host Dog Dayz, a fun-filled festival to celebrate our four-legged friends. After wearing your beloved pal out, you can stop for dinner at one of our many family friendly restaurants to wind down before the ride home.

Look for more fun summer time activities happening in the City of Lakewood by routinely checking on .

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 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth 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.