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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/14/2014

February 14, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Fort Steilacoom Park Barn

On Wednesday, overnight winds knocked down an aging barn at Fort Steilacoom Park.

The barn – located east of Waughop Lake – was the most fragile of the park’s historic barns and wasn’t being used for storage or any other purpose, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

It is also located on the edge of the park’s historic barn area and will not impact any current use or operation at the state-owned park. The barn was built on a cement slab, which will be retained for future use.

No one was hurt when the barn collapsed overnight. The City erected temporary fencing around the site.

On Thursday, Police received a report of a woman taking material from the fenced-off site. According to Lakewood Municipal Code 08.76.450, it is illegal to damage or remove public property from the park. The City also asks visitors to exercise care and caution around the demolished site and stay behind the temporary fencing.

As for the barn material, the City has received several inquiries about its future – specifically the barn’s wood. The City has contacted the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, as well as the Office of Historic Preservation.

The state leases the 340-acre park to the City of Lakewood. It also owns the barn material and will make the initial decisions regarding how to reuse or salvage the material for historical purposes. Once the state determines its course, the City will decide how it could use, remove, sell, donate, surplus or take other action with the material.

Bridgeport/Custer Road Work Postponed

Weather pushed back road work that was scheduled to begin Feb. 11 at Bridgeport Way and Custer Road Southwest.

Puget Sound Energy informed the City of Lakewood that the final restoration work - which was scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., last Tuesday through last Thursday - is now scheduled between Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20.

The work is part of PSE’s gas main replacement project.

U.S. Open Volunteer Sign-Up

Lakewood residents won't have to make a championship putt to stake their claim at history at the 2015 U.S. Open, the first in the Pacific Northwest.

The USGA has opened the online application for people who want to volunteer at professional golf's biggest tournament, which will take place June 15-21, 2015 next door at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.

According to Pierce County, approximately 4,500 unpaid volunteers will be needed to fill positions on 24 committees, including hospitality, leaderboards, marshals, merchandise and spectator services. Those assigned to the 2015 U.S. Open will be required to work a minimum of four shifts, of five to six hours each. Volunteer positions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

All volunteers are required to purchase the volunteer package for $165. This package will include apparel specially designed for the 2015 U.S. Open, a credential valid for all seven days of the championship and a meal voucher for each assigned shift. The volunteer apparel will consist of two golf shirts, a wind jacket and a piece of headwear.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .

City Offices Closed For Presidents Day

In observance of the Presidents Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Monday, February 17.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Police

Trio of Recruits Enter Academy

Lakewood’s three newest recruits - Donald Sichmeller, Kristofer Henderson and Dennis Harvey - started the Law Enforcement Academy on Tuesday, February 11. They will be there for the next 19 weeks and graduate June 18!

Economic Development

WEDA Winter Conference

Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers Grady attended the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) Winter Conference last week in Olympia. Roger Woodworth the Washington Economic Development Commission Chair opened the conference on “Getting Economic Development Right.” Pat McCarthy, Pierce County Executive, provided an update and briefing on the “US Open initiative.” Brian Bonlender, Director of Washington Department of Commerce, provided an update on the department, and the industry sector leads provided short and informative briefings on the particular cluster areas. Other presentations were on Results Washington, Exports in the State, Stay at Work program, the National Skills Coalition as well as legislative and WEDA partner organizations updates from AWC, Workforce and the Transportation Commission. Additional information on the meeting is available at: http://www.wedaonline.org/conference/2014winter.asp

Local Business Expanding

The City and partnering organizations met with two different businesses for this week’s business retention expansion meetings (BRE’s). One is a steel fabrication firm and the other repairs and maintains containers for the diary, fresh produce, meat & poultry, and beer industries. Both companies are expanding services in the City of Lakewood.

What’s New: Bowlero Lanes, JR Furniture, etc.

Bowlero Lanes reopened at 3852 Steilacoom Blvd. Hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to midnight, Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. They expect to reopen the restaurant and lounge in April…more activities are planned for this center.

JR Furniture opened at 2402 84th St., taking over the former Recliner Land and Halloween store spaces.

Of the 100-plus new businesses that opened in January and February in Lakewood, the largest industry represented is construction and related services. We are seeing a number of new professional service entrepreneurs open for business as well. What do we think we’ll see more of in Lakewood? Restaurants, recreational activities, hospitality services, industrial/manufacturing, science/biotech and health related services. What are some of the things we’re watching? Department of Defense contractions, taxes, utility and water costs, industry trends, absorption and vacancy rates for office, retail & commercial, and regional and national opportunities for our local businesses.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Appoint Clover Park Technical College representative on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board.
  • Appointing Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilmember Paul Bocchi and Councilmember John Simpson (alternate) as representatives to the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC).
  • Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
  • Adopt landmarks preservation ordinance

Following the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the Transportation Benefit District Board will be meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Transportation Benefit District Annual Report.
  • Transportation projects funding options

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 24, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review Legacy Plan (ie capital improvements) (continued)
  • Review of agreement RE: US Open parking at Ft. Steilacoom park
  • Multi-family tax credit program
  • Review of public defender contract options
  • Review of transportation grant applications and timeline for PCRC
  • Information Technology Assessment

Barn Material Is State's Decision

Over the past 24 hours, the City of Lakewood has received several inquiries about the future of the Fort Steilacoom Park barn that collapsed overnight during Wednesday’s wind storm.

Specifically, groups are asking about the barn’s wood and other material – now in a pile and cordoned off from park users.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth, says that Lakewood has contacted the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, as well as the Office of Historic Preservation.

The state leases the 340-acre park to the City of Lakewood. It also owns the barn material and will make the initial decisions regarding how to reuse or salvage the material for historical purposes. Once the state determines its course, the City will decide how it could use, remove, sell, donate, surplus or take other action with the material.

“We’ll work to keep the community informed about our options and how it could possibly participate,” Dodsworth said. “Citizens should check out our website , Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest updates. We will definitely keep them posted.”

The collapsed barn – located east of Waughop Lake – was the most fragile of the park’s historic barns and wasn’t being used for storage or any other purpose.

No one was hurt when it collapsed. The City erected temporary fencing around the fallen barn. We ask for park visitors to use care and caution around this partly demolished structure. According to Lakewood Municipal Code 08.76.450, it is illegal to damage or remove public property from the park.

Lakewood Can Benefit From U.S. Open Buildup

On the first day that people could sign up to volunteer for the 2015 U.S. Open on Monday, officials saw an "amazing" 3,000 people enlist.

Those volunteers will help organize an event that's expected to bring 235,000 peopole to the South Sound over the week of the championship, June 15-21.

It's numbers like those that make Lakewood and neighborhing communities to Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place poised to benefit from one of golf's biggest events, Director Danny Sink told the Lakewood City Council on Monday night.

One of the ways Lakewood - located only a few miles south of the Pierce County owned course - could be involved with the 2015 U.S. Open is transportation. Specifically, the USGA and Pierce County will likely try and work with Lakewood to allow overflow parking at Fort Steilacoom Park. Those deals are typically signed a year out of the tournament.

Lakewood, however, will only be a small piece of the event's overall transportation plan, which will involve shuttling event-goers from off-site locations to the golf course. On Monday, Sink said officials are considering a "train" option with Sound Transit that would bring visitors from Seattle to Chambers Bay.

In terms of traffic control, Sink estimated abouot 100 traffic "checkpoints" near the golf course that will be coordinated through Pierce County. Lakewood could be asked to help, for example, at the potential Fort Steilacoom Park parking site.

But the biggest benefit to Lakewood could come weeks before the first swing. Sink told the Lakewood City Council that there are opportunities to market the community to workers and volunteers via lodging, dining and other services that they'll need as they help prepare the tournament site.

"Don't focus on the week-of," he said.

To access the online application and read full committee descriptions, visit https://2015volunteers.usga.org . To request a mailed application, send an email to .

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org .

Winds Knock Down Aging Barn at Fort Steilacoom Park

Overnight winds knocked down an unused, aging barn at Fort Steilacoom Park, one that has likely stood for more than a century.

The barn – located east of Waughop Lake – was the most fragile of the park’s historic barns and wasn’t being used for storage or any other purpose, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

It is also located on the edge of the park’s historic barn area and will not impact any current use or operation at the state-owned park, she said.

No one was hurt when the barn collapsed overnight. The City of Lakewood – which this month assumed control of the lease of the 340-acre Fort Steilacoom Park from the State of Washington – erected temporary fencing around the fallen barn and is planning to remove the barn material from the park.

The City is asking any park visitors to use care and caution near this area.

The City will work with Department of Social and Health Services to determine if any of the material should be retained for historical significance.

Dodsworth said the barn was built on a cement slab, which will be retained for future use.

Bridgeport/Custer Road Work Postponed

Weather has pushed back road work that was scheduled to begin this week at Bridgeport Way and Custer Road Southwest into next week.

Puget Sound Energy informed the City of Lakewood that the final restoration work - which was scheduled from 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday - is now scheduled between Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, Feb. 20.

The work is part of PSE’s gas main replacement project.

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