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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/6/2012

April 6, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

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Coffee with the Mayor - April 13, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, April 13, 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 Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro who will give a presentation called "LPD Professional Development Innovations".

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

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/23/2012

March 23, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • JBLM briefing on Air Corridor planning: The City’s senior staff conducted a briefing on March 20th with the JBLM garrison command senior staff on the Air Corridor planning issues related to zoning policies in Lakewood north of the McChord runway. The Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) study was completed in 1998 and provides for land use compatibility guidelines within areas designated as Air Corridor 1 and Air Corridor 2, and JBLM will be updating it shortly. The purpose is to formally recognize the autonomy associated with federal and state ownership of military installations adjacent to and within Lakewood and the unique character of their operations and support structures, which are not typical of civilian land uses.
  • Woodbrook sewer line accepted: Pierce County has advised the City that the Woodbrook portion of the Phase I Woodbrook/Tillicum Sanitary sewer project is now acceptable for them to take over its operation and maintain. Accordingly, on the first of next month, the notices to the fronting property owners that the sanitary sewer line is available for connections will be going out. The Woodbrook Phase I Sewer project installed sanitary sewer lines on 146th St from Murray Rd to Spring Ave, on Spring Ave from 146th St to 150th St, and on 150th St from Spring Ave to 1500 linear feet east.
  • Police host Instructor Training Course: On March 19-20, the Lakewood PD hosted FFKG and the Northwest Kali Academy for a two-day instructor training course. Rich Daniel is an instructor at the Oregon Police Academy in Salem and is the owner of FFKG, a private training company. Sifu Christopher Clarke is a nationally recognized trainer and is a full instructor of Kali and Jeet Kune Do and STX Kickboxing under Guro Dan Inosanto. The course covers control and defensive tactics, transition drills for belt weaponry and firearms, footwork and weapon handling.
  • Economic Development Staff conduct business expansion and retention visits: Economic Development Staff met with four businesses in the last two weeks for business expansion and retention visits. Three of the businesses are beginning to hire and are seeing some growth in orders and sales, as well as an increase in job creation.
  • Economic Development Staff attend Alliance Government Contracting Trade Show: Economic Development staff attended the Alliance Government Contracting Trade Show last week in Puyallup to learn about small business opportunity for sub-contracting and partnering work which will be increased by the Department of Defense this year. The Small Business Administration is looking for businesses to apply for 8a, HUB Zone, Women-owned Business and other certifications to greatly increase their business opportunities.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 100th Street Construction on Monday April 2nd: Tucci and Sons will begin construction on 100th Street between Gravelly Lake Drive and 59th Avenue on Monday, April 2nd. The project will be adding curb, gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting on both sides of the roadway and replace the traffic signal at 100th Street and Gravelly Lake Drive. Roadway will be narrowed to one travel lane in each direction. Construction is anticipated to last through July 2012.
  • South Sound 911 Policy Board meets: The first meeting of the newly-formed South Sound 911 Policy Board took place on March 28th with all seven members in attendance representing Pierce County, Tacoma, West Pierce, and Lakewood (Mayor Richardson). The board established its meeting protocols, and reviewed the transition planning proposal which involves West Pierce Fire & Rescue in a contractual agreement to manage the transition plan. The Combined Operations Board includes Lakewood’s police chief, and the Transition Advisory Group includes Lakewood’s city manager.
  • Ft. Steilacoom Dog Park wins “Best Pet Park”: Ft. Steilacoom Dog Park won “Best Pet Park” and will be featured in the upcoming June/July issue of South Sound magazine. The Magazine is hosting a party at the end of May at Chambers Bay to celebrate the winners. This issue is the most popular reader-generated issue of South Sound Magazine. This is the third time the Dog Park has been recognized as “The Best” by South Sound Magazine.
  • Public Works Staff at Mann Middle School Mother-Daughter TEA Event: Public Works Engineering staffed a booth at Mann Middle School’s Mother-Daughter Technology Engineering Aptitude (TEA) event on March 17th. Staff provided information on civil engineering-related projects completed in the City and talked one-on-one with attendees about the engineering field. This is the first TEA event sponsored by Clover Park School District with the purpose of encouraging girls to consider engineering. An additional TEA event will be held at Woodbrook Middle School on April 21st which Public Works will also attend.
  • CSRT conducts Crime Prevention presentation: In response to an increase in calls for service, the Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) conducted a presentation for the residents of an apartment complex in District Two. Some residents had been victims of burglary and/or identity theft. The presentation focused on the prevention of burglaries, motor vehicle theft, vehicle prowls and identity theft. Residents were encouraged to take proactive steps to prevent becoming a target of criminals and learned how to protect their physical safety and identities.
  • Seniors’ St. Patrick’s Day Festival: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Friday March 16th. Over 50 seniors came out wearing green to celebrate the event. The Senior Center is “the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” for the older adults in our community.
  • Cops win 3rd Annual Cops vs. Teachers Charity Basketball Game: On March 28th, Officers Borchardt, Dier, Henson, J. Martin, and Larson all played alongside the Puyallup PD and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in the 3rd Annual Cops vs. Teachers Charity Basketball game at Ferruccii Junior High. For the 3rd year in a row the Cops won, with a score of 57 to 54. The proceeds from the event went to the “Helping Hand House” a non-profit organization that supports the homeless by providing housing assistance and job skill education. The annual LPD vs. LFD (now WPFR) game will be April 21st at 6 p.m.
  • Father/Daughter Dance: The 10th Annual Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 17th was the cutest event in Lakewood. Over 150 Daddy’s, Grandpas, Uncles and Friends gathered with their special little girls and danced the night away. Each little girl left with smiles and sparkly green carnations and each dad took home a 5x7 photo to show the world how much fun they had. Pictures of this event are up on the city's Facebook page .

Experts Provide Tips and Insights Into Contracting With Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord

South Sound Military & Communities Partnership presents first-of-its-kind informational forum for businesses

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (March 20, 2012) — As one of the founding members of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership the City of Lakewood, Wash., wants to provide assistance to local businesses and individuals interested in securing federal contracts that originate at the military base. A first-of-its-kind forum will be held this summer to provide vital information to those interested in defense contracting at the West Coast’s largest military installation, but may have been intimidated by the process.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership will present a forum, titled “Doing Business with JBLM,” which will bring together local experts to provide insights and tips to successfully securing federal contracts at the joint military base. Other presenters of the forum include the Washington State Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) working together with JBLM and United States Army Corps of Engineers.

“With $2 billion in construction work alone scheduled to be done at JBLM during the next four years, it is essential that local businesses learn how to effectively compete for contracts,” said City Manager Andrew Neiditz.

The proposed event agenda for this all-morning forum is as follows:

  • City of Lakewood Project Manager Dan Penrose will provide a briefing on the size and scope of JBLM.
  • PTAC Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist Tiffany Scroggs will present a “Government 101” session.
  • JBLM Small Business Specialist Victoria Ghent who, along with her team of contracting officers, will be leading a course on “Doing Business with JBLM.”
  • Army Corps of Engineers’ Deputy for Small Business Veronica Kammler, MBA, will present a course on Regional Contracting Awareness.
  • City of Lakewood Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady and Pierce County Economic Development Manager Denise Dyer will jointly review the regional resources available to businesses including workforce training, financing tools, and a variety of state-level resources.

Specifics on the forum include:

  • What
    • Doing Business with JBLM Forum
  • When
    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Where
    • Clover Park Technical College
      McGavick Conference Center
      4500 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W.
      Lakewood, Wash. 98499

Those interested in attending the forum can register at . Space is limited and registration must be received no later than June 5, 2012.

Questions about the forum can be directed to Lakewood Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or .