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Human Services Funding Available

The City of Lakewood is now accepting applications for Human Services funding. Funds will be available for services provided January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. Lakewood City Council has identified priorities for funding in 2013 to be: Basic Needs, Safety, Health and Education. Applicants seeking to receive human services funding by the City of Lakewood for 2013 must provide core services to Lakewood citizens in one or more of the four priority areas. New applicants must create an eCImpact account. The registration and application process is accessed by clicking on this link: 2012 City of Lakewood Application for Funding. For additional information on the application process, please contact Kim Dodds, Human Services Coordinator at (253) 983-7756.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/29/2012

June 29, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • SummerFest 2012 this weekend: SummerFest at Fort Steilacoom Park will run from 10am to 11pm on Saturday June 30th, and from 10am to 7pm on Sunday. Visit for detailed schedule information.
  • Lakewood’s first Triathlon: The City of Lakewood and Tacoma South Sound Sports are hosting a sprint triathlon in conjunction with our annual SummerFEST festival on Sunday, July 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m. A triathlon sprint includes a ½ mile swim (at American Lake Park in Lakewood), a 14 mile bike ride (from American Lake park, to north fort JBLM, through Steilacoom, looping back around and ending at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood for a 5K run (3.2 miles). Watch out for bikers along the triathlon route . SummerFEST begins at 11:00 a.m. with another full day of fun at Fort Steilacoom Park. Since not everyone can do a sprint triathlon we will host a FREE 5K starting at 1:00 p.m.
  • Samoa Cultural Day is June 30th: The event will run from 8:30 am-5:00 pm in Clover Park High School’s Harry Lang Stadium. This free one-day event features a parade and welcome, traditional village dances/songs, native oratory speeches, Samoa traditional games, island food booths, Polynesian handicrafts and more...
  • Lake City code enforcement sweep: On June 26th, a team consisting of CSRT, Lakewood Police and the building department conducted a code enforcement sweep of a neighborhood in Lake City. The area has been a source of numerous, chronic issues including property maintenance, junk vehicles and overgrown vegetation. Complaints about eight residences and several vehicles which were illegally stored in the right of way were addressed. One of the residences has been identified as a candidate for abatement.
  • Mobile home park community meeting: This week CSO McGinnis and NPO Osness conducted a community meeting at a local mobile home park, with 22 citizens in attendance. The meeting which focused on personal safety, and the officers discussed how and when to call 911, prevention of vehicle thefts, reporting of suspicious people/vehicles, crime statistics, and fireworks.
  • CPR/First Aid Training: CSRT Staff CSO Conelly conducted CPR/AED/First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens training for City Staff as well as Counselors in Training with the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department on June 27th. Participants learned how to keep themselves and others safe in the event of an emergency, as well as how to care for someone who is injured. Participants were able to practice their skills in the class.
  • Staff support to Habitat Volunteer Build Team: City staff participated in the Lakewood’s first Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Build Team on Saturday, June 23rd. Various departments joined forces with future homeowners choosing jobs at the two house sites, about a block apart. One house was getting millwork installed (moldings, door trims, etc.) while the other was less advanced, still having floor tiles and outside walkways created. This gave a variety of jobs using power and hand tools, or just plain shovels and strong backs. The Volunteers learned and progressed quickly, developing skills along the way. By the end of the day they were truly teams who worked cooperatively side by side, learning and teaching, and getting two new home owners a step closer to their dreams.
  • Birds in the Park: Fort Steilacoom Park’s amazing bird population is featured in Audubon Washington’s current Towhee newsletter. The story, about a recent birding field trip at the 340 acre park, includes many colorful bird pictures and can be read at:

JBLM Event Draws Out-of-State Attendees

Multi-million dollar procurement opportunities are available

Lakewood, WA: South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) filled the 10,709 square foot McGavick Conference Center ballroom on June 12th with nearly 300 regional businesses eager to learn more about contracting at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event drew attendance from mostly South Sound businesses to learn about “Doing Business with JBLM,” but event organizers were surprised to see a significant showing from Oregon and California companies as well.

By show of hands, the crowd appeared to be heavily weighted by construction industry contractors. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) contracting team covered the entire procurement process, from pre & post award to the technical evaluation process. Details on the construction contracting process was covered in depth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

USACE is responsible for the procurement of construction projects at JBLM. FY12 anticipated contracts for JBLM construction alone is targeted at over $500 Million. Total construction spending over the last five years at JBLM was $1.8 Billion.

Washington State Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Director, Tiffany Scroggs noted, “PTAC assisted businesses in procuring $138 Million in contracts for FY11 and our goal is to double that in FY12. SSMCP’s forum was an important step toward achieving that goal.” PTAC holds a contract with the Department of Defense to teach businesses how to do business with the government.

“The economic impact of JBLM includes $3.2 Billion in annual payroll, and it supports 136,124 personnel, dependents, and contractors along with 117,971 retirees,” said Dan Penrose, Project Manager for SSMCP. Dan also noted that “Washington State ranks 23rd in the nation for our businesses securing government contracts. There’s a lot of opportunity for us to change that.”

To view all of the event presentations, look for “Doing Business with JBLM” at: .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/22/2012

June 22, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City hosts appreciation breakfast for Lakewood volunteers: On June 19th, the City of Lakewood hosted a volunteer appreciation breakfast at the Old Country Buffet. The mayor, city manager and councilmembers Barth, Bocchi and Brandstetter attended the event along with approximately 115 volunteers and staff. The purpose of the event was to recognize, honor and thank these exceptional volunteers for the very significant contributions they have made to the City and the quality of our community.
  • Municipal Excellence Award to City at AWC Conference: The 2011 Municipal Excellence Award for the City’s Healthy Start Program at the Tyee Park Elementary School was presented to Lakewood by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) at the annual conference this week in Vancouver WA. It was accepted by Councilmembers Brandstetter and Moss, and the city manager at an awards ceremony attended by City representatives from around the State. The program is an afterschool activity club focused on physical activity and nutritious snacks. Healthy start is a commitment to supporting a healthy environment for students and staff.
  • CSRT presents School Safety Patrol recognition awards: On June 19th, CSRT members CSO Conelly and CSO Miller presented recognition awards to the School Safety Patrol (SSP) student crossing guards at Lakeview Elementary School during a general assembly. They also conduct training for the SSP participants at the beginning of the school year. These student volunteers work in all weather conditions to make their school zone safe throughout the school year by their dedication to safety and service.
  • Bridgeport Way – 75th to North City Limits: Tucci and Sons will begin work on the sidewalk construction on Bridgeport Way from 75th to North City Limits on Monday, June 25th. Tucci will begin work on the west side of Bridgeport Way and maintain a one lane closure in the southbound direction 24/7 for the next 4 to 6 weeks. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2012. For more information, please see the City’s web site at: /government/departments/public-works/capital-improvement-projects
  • United Way honors City as Premier Partner: At a reception in downtown Tacoma on June 19th, United Way recognized the City of Lakewood as one of several “Premier Partners” in their recent community-wide campaign. Special recognition was extended to Sandra Schaefer of HR for her role in coordination, and she attended the event along with the mayor and city manager.
  • Convening of Leaders forum: The city manager participated in a June 18th forum to bring together new community leaders with “seasoned” leaders, sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Board (EDB). The purpose of the session was to share goals and develop mutual support for common priorities. The professionally-facilitated discussion included about 35 people representing education, local government, industry, and cultural institutions. The new leaders included the new CEO of the Visitor & Convention Bureau, the new Tacoma city manager, the new State Historical Society director, and the new manager of the Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma.
  • Human Services partners with Lakewood Water District and Living Access Support Alliance: Human Services partnered with Lakewood Water District and the Living Access Support Alliance to restore water services to a triplex in Lakewood where citizens had gone nine days without water service. Northwest Justice Project is currently reviewing this matter and may provide legal assistance to the tenants. RCW 59.18.300 states that it is “… unlawful for a landlord to intentionally cause termination of any of his or her tenant’s utility services, including water, heat...” and penalties for violations include recovery of damages and up to $100 for each day. Citizens can call (253) 983-7850 for information regarding landlord tenant laws.

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 .