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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/24/2012

August 24, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood welcomes unique new business:   10-20 Services hosted an all-day Grand Opening and tour of their new facilities at the 512 Business Park on August 22nd. The company was established to provide maintenance and repair services of body armor, and unit equipment for the U.S. military central issue facilities, units, and soldiers worldwide. Their patented cleaning system is the first of its kind in the United States. Lakewood was chosen as their flagship operation for its proximity to JBLM and overwhelming support for doing business here.
  • Public Works applies for 3 Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Grants:
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Weller Road to Phillips Road ($3.1 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): Complete curb, gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, signal replacement, and overlay.
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Bridgeport Way to Fairlawn ($1.5 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): complete curb, gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and overlay.City
    • South Tacoma Way – Steilacoom Blvd to 88th ($1.5 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): signal modification to add a 4th leg at 88th, addition of right-turn pocket on Steilacoom Blvd, complete sidewalks on South Tacoma Way, modify / close driveways, illumination, and overlay.
  • Interlaaken Bridge – Pile Cap Repair – Delayed for the Birds:   The repair of the pile cap on Interlaaken Bridge has been delayed up to 6 weeks while workers wait for some “protected-species” swallows, nesting under the bridge, to grow strong enough to vacate their nest. The pile cap repair must be completed before the current (more strict) load restrictions can be removed.
  • Madigan Access Improvements – Surveying to Start:   Field crews from the City’s consultant, AHBL, will be out on Berkeley Street interchange and Union Avenue starting next week to complete topographic survey for the Madigan Access Improvement project.
  • Murray Road / 146th Street and 150th Street – Traffic Revision:   Striping will be completed this week on the newly completed Murray Road and 150th Street widening and intersection improvements. Left turns from Murray Road to 146th Street will be permanently disallowed in the next few weeks when median curbing is completed. All vehicles accessing Woodbrook will need to go through the roundabout at 150th and Murray.
  • Roadway Paint Striping continuing:   Pierce County crews, on behalf of the City of Lakewood, will be completing additional roadway paint striping in Lakewood next week (weather permitting).

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/17/2012

August 17, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • CSRT provides abatement and enforcement training to Kenmore and Wenatchee: The Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT) staff are working with staff and leaders of the cities of Kenmore and Wenatchee to discuss abatements and multi-agency enforcement strategies for problem properties and businesses. The two cities were referred to Lakewood by other agencies who stated that Lakewood has a reputation for its expertise in these areas and for the success of the CSRT.
  • Senator Patty Murray visits Lakewood City Hall to announce OEA Grant award: The steering committee of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership met on August 14th and was joined by Senator Murray. An overview of the JBLM growth coordination planning process was presented to the Senator, who is chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. She discussed her priorities about veterans’ service programs with group, which included the SSMCP elected officials council chairs – Mayor Doug Richardson, County Executive Pat McCarthy, and Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. She also notified the group that the continuation grant of $235,000 from the Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment was approved.
  • Police Chief is speaker at Lakewood Rotary: Chief Bret Farrar was the guest speaker on August 17th at the Lakewood Rotary Club. He provided an update on new programs in which the Police Department is involved, and addressed numerous questions from the members.
  • CSRT secures abandoned house from squatters: Officers arrived at a residence on Glenwood Dr SW on August 14th to evict the occupants who were determined to be squatters in an abandoned house. LPD had been receiving calls for service about loud parties. After extensive research, the actual owners of the home were contacted, and they authorized the City to take steps to secure the house so no one else could gain illegal access. The house will be secured and if the original trespassers are located they will be arrested.
  • Sounder testing underway: Sound Transit continues its testing of the new commuter rail service to Lakewood in anticipation of official start of service in October. Motorists are advised to obey all traffic signals around railroad crossings. (Photo below from 108th St courtesy of Marc Amrine.)

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/10/2012

August 10, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • National Night Out: This year’s National Night Out on August 7th featured a total of 45 “block-party” events throughout the City, with several thousand participants. The City’s CSRT (Community Safety & Resource Team) played a coordination role, assisted by Police and Fire presence. Several city councilmembers and the city manager, as well as the police chief and other department directors, visited a number of sites, which included a number of neighborhoods where the residents sensed their “ownership” of an area that had been previously troubled by crime issues and had been “turned around” by neighborhood activism and City support.
  • Sound Transit Testing of Sounder service: Sound Transit officials, including Councilmember Mary Moss who is a ST board member, and also former Boardmember and Councilmember Claudia Thomas, formally kicked off the testing phase of the new Sounder service to Lakewood on August 8th. Citizens are to be alerted to the trains traversing the city in preparation for the commencement of commuter rail service in October.
  • Today in America Video: Today in America, hosted by Terry Bradshaw filmed on location this week right here in Lakewood. Our city will be featured as one of the great “hidden gems” in America. The series on “New-Urbanism to Live, Work, and Play” will feature a 5-minute segment on our city that will air sometime in late Fall 2012. The show is filmed on-location in cities around the world and also filmed and produced at United States Media Television’s studios in Coral Springs, Florida.
  • Change of Command for Joint Base Garrison: : The ceremony marking the change of Garrison Commander for JBLM from Colonel Thomas Brittain to Colonel Chuck Hodges took place at Watkins Field on August 7th, Mayor Richardson, Councilmember Moss, and the city manager were in attendance. The city manager met briefly with the new garrison commander at the reception following the ceremony.

Heat Advisory and Cooling Stations

The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat watch for this Thursday and Friday, with temperatures that will rise into the low to mid 90s. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk.

The following tips are recommended so you and your community can stay cool and safe:

Stay cool

  • Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Dress in lightweight clothing.
  • Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives and encourage them to take these precautions too.

Drink liquids

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually dehydrate your body.
  • Have a beverage with you as much as possible, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.

If you go outside

  • Limit the time you're in direct sunlight.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.
  • Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

Water safety

Some people turn to local rivers to cool off, but drowning is a real concern. Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on the water. And if you want to swim, choose a safer location—visit a local pool or lifeguarded beach instead.

Cooling Centers for Thursday and Friday:

  • Local Pierce County Library (
  • Sprinkler Recreation Center, 14824 S C St, Spanaway/Parkland, 5:30 am-10:00 pm
  • South Hill Mall, 3500 S. Meridian, 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Anderson Island Fire Department, 12207 Lake Josephine Blvd, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave E, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
  • City of Buckley Multi Purpose Center, 811 E Main, 8:00 am-5:00 pm Thursday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm Friday
  • Mid County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave E, Tacoma, 8:30 am-4:00 pm Thursday (closed Friday)
  • Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St, 9:00 am-8:00 pm Thursday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm Friday
  • Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lk Blvd, 8am-4pm Thursday and Friday
  • Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, 8:30am-5pm Thursday and Friday
  • Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Ave, Gig Harbor, 9:00 am-10:00 pm Thursday, closed Friday

(Information Provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department)

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/3/2012

August 3, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 100th Street project to begin paving work: The City’s contractor for the 100th ST SW project will begin paving operations on 100th ST SW between Gravelly Lake Drive SW and 59th Avenue SW the week of August 5th. The contractor will grind down the existing pavement at the intersections on August 6th between the hours of 7pm and 2am. Paving will be completed during the nights of August 8th and 9th between the hours of 7pm and 6am. Final lane striping will be placed approximately 21 days after paving is complete. The lane striping material requires a minimum of 21 days for the new asphalt to “cure” prior to installation. Please use alternate routes when possible.
  • Defense Department makes site visit to Lakewood: The director of the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) of the US Defense Department visited JBLM on July 30th for the groundbreaking for the new elementary school construction projects. He also met with City and WSDOT staff at Lakewood City Hall for a briefing on the Berkeley (Freedom Bridge) interchange improvement project, which is funded by OEA, and he was escorted to visit the project site.
  • Police open “Use of Force Firearms Simulator” to City employees: The Police Department opened up the use of its Use of Force Firearms Simulator on July 31st to City Hall employees. Staff members had a chance to spend a few moments “in a police officer’s shoes.” Down in the range, with special ammo-less guns, employees were put through different scenarios which placed them in realistic situations similar to those faced by police officers every day, to include a domestic violence call and a bank robbery. The responses from each participant after completing their session was enthusiastic, and each person expressed appreciation for the opportunity to gain a different perspective on the decisions officers must make every day during their “normal work day.”
  • Planning staffmember achieves citizenship: Associate Planner Nadine Roberts, who has been employed by the City since 2004, was officially sworn in as a US citizen on August 1st. She’s originally from Merseburg in Germany, near Leipzig, and she first came to the United States as a high school exchange student in 1992.