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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/4/06

August 4, 2006

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:        Mayor and Members of the Council

From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Meeting with DOC: The city manager and police chief met with Harold Clarke, head of the State Corrections Department (DOC), along with Prosecutor Gerry Horne and representatives of the City of Tacoma and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, to discuss offender re-entry to community initiatives. Secretary Clarke responded to our inquiry about Progress House by stating that Western State Hospital is not his preferred location, and that the DOC is actively pursuing other sites. In a press release on August 3rd, DOC announced it will begin a search for potential locations for new work release   facilities in communities where they do not currently exist.
  • Grant received for DUI patrols: LPD has received a $1,500 grant for DUI patrols from August 18 through September 5th, to cover 4 shifts of 6 hours duration within the City.
  • Lakewood Idol:  A highlight in the summer concert series last week was the final competition for the title of Lakewood Idol.  Eight finalists, ranging in age from teens to 40+, entertained a large American Lake Park audience with their singing skills.  The judges selected Tara Williams, a 21 year old who will represent Lakewood at the Puyallup Fair competition.
  • Happy Days Casino employees trained on Raising the Bar and Gang Awareness: Lakewood Police Department and Stated Liquor Control Board gave two hour training on August 2nd to 18 Happy Days Casino employees on “Raising the Bar” (Crime Free Bar Training) and Gang Awareness.  Happy Day works under a crime prevention agreement as it was identified as an establishment with frequent repeated violent calls for service.
  • PSRC Project Funding: It’s official.  PSRC has formally acted on the recommended project list for federal grant funding through 2008-2010, and the City’s two projects that were on the recommended list were approved.  The City received $761,200 (total project estimate is $880,000) for the asphalt over lay of GLD from 112th to Bridgeport and $667,000 (total project estimate is $1,145,000) for the improvement of 100th St with curbs and sidewalks from GLD to 59th Ave.  100th St is on the contingency list for another $290,000 should additional grant funding become available in the interim period.
  • City Staff to Ride Courage Classic: The City has a strong tradition of participation in this important event, which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Sexual Assault Center.  This year, City staff members who will be riding all 162 miles (over 3 days, crossing Snoqualmie, Blewett, and Stevens Passes) are: Heidi Wachter (Team Captain), Greg Vigoren (9th consecutive year!), Dan Penrose, Sara Milbauer, Marc Amrine, and Nadine Mitsch.  Dave Hall and Dave Guttu are helping organize and staff the combined Clover Park/Lakewood/Tacoma South Rotary rest stop at Nason Creek.
  • Police Explorers assist at Crime Scene: Excellent assistance was provided by the LPD Explorer Post for a crime scene search on July 29th.  Upon request for assistance, they were able to quickly assemble a 7 person team to assist in searching for a pistol used in a Homicide.  Due to the diligent and thorough search by the team, the pistol was located.  Along with recovering a vital piece of evidence, the gun was recovered before it may have been found by children in the area.
  • Towne Center Business Watch: the Towne Center Business Watch held their quarterly meeting on July 27th at the Lakewood Police Station.  The group discussed the crime statistics and trends affecting their business area.  Staff discussed the recent vandalism occurring in the Towne Center and explained the need to report suspicious people and vehicles, and also presented the new shoplifting program for businesses that should be in place this fall.  The consensus from the group was that the shoplifting program will be a positive change for all involved.
Building Permit Activity
 
Number of Building Permits Applied For
Number of Building Permits Issued
July 2005
132
127
August 2005
183
181
September 2005
137
133
October 2005
164
162
November 2005
129
120
December 2005
132
113
January 2006
150
124
February 2006
147
113
March 2006
145
127
April 2006
145
120
May 2006
166
134
June 2006
188
164
July 2006
152
137
 
 

Land Use Permit Activity

 
Number of Planning Permits Applied For
Number of Planning Permits Approved
July 2005
21
15
August 2005
18
17
September 2005
26
21
October 2005
19
17
November 2005
21
18
December 2005
27
11
January 2006
26
20
February 2006
30
17
March 2006
42
37
April 2006
35
24
May 2006
33
22
June 2006
31
23
July 2006
30
17
 
 

Building Valuation Totals

 
Total Permit Valuation
July 2005
$1,824,850.67
August 2005
$14,150,764.00
September 2005
$9,495,158.28
October 2005
$6,050,496.85
November 2005
$9,079,928.98
December 2005
$3,909,768.83
January 2006
$3,377,064.98
February 2006
$1,077,908.30
March 2006
$8,861,148.72
April 2006
$2,896,237/61
May 2006
$5,218,230.81
June 2006
$15,785,082.98
July 2006
$12,856,056.34
 
 

Pending Pre-Application Conferences (August 1 – August 31, 2006)...................6

 
Renewed Business Licenses.......................................................................................1724
Business Licenses within Lakewood still on Notice.................................................435

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/28/06

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:        Mayor and Members of the Council

From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Identity Theft Prevention: On Saturday, July 22nd, Community Service Officer Cassey Jankowiak and Neighborhood Police Officer Austin Lee helped provide an Identity Theft Prevention Shredding Event at Twin County Credit Union for 43 citizens who brought bags of sensitive material to be shredded.
  • KLAY Radio Interview: On July 27th, Sergeant Thom Stewart and Police Volunteer Darlene Espinoza-Picon were in studio guests, and Police Volunteer Coordinator/National Night Out Against Crime Co-Coordinator Mike Kanter was a call in guest on radio station KLAY with host Lee Giles.  They discussed the National Night Out program in Pierce County.  Mike was able to speak briefly about the partnership with Ft. Lewis and also had an opportunity to spotlight the success of Lakewood’s program and the fact that we have 50 registered events so far this year.  Thom was able to highlight this year’s domestic violence focus and the friends and family campaign, as well as the Neighborhood Policing Teams and their work throughout the year.
  • Speed Humps: On July 25th, Public Works (PW) reviewed with the Citizen Transportation Review Committee (CTRC) its proposal to install speed humps on Interlaaken Drive and Tower Road as means to reduce speeds through these respective neighborhoods.  Because Interlaaken Drive is a collector arterial, CTRC didn’t support the installation of any traffic calming improvements thereon and felt that a broader base citizen inquiry as well as a greater public good analysis needs to be done first, prior to proposing such improvements thereon.  As such, PW will defer the installation of speed humps on Interlaaken Drive at this time and will proceed with providing the CTRC with expanded outreach results and a greater good analysis.  The CTRC did support the installation of speed humps on Tower Road, and PW will proceed with their installation.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/14/06

July 14, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Criminal Investigations-- Update on Fort Steilacoom Park: LPD’s robbery/assault investigations have now identified all of the suspects involved with the recent attacks at the park.   Four male adults and one female adult are already in custody and have provided confessions.  There are three other male adults fully identified. Recovered weapons are hatchets, machetes, wooden clubs, and a medieval war axe.  We have collected a vast amount of paraphernalia to include photographs, graffiti, and clothing.  One subject who is already in custody was arrested in 2004 by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for attacking and stabbing a soldier eleven times inside Fort Steilacoom Park.  At that time, he was also dressed in Juggalo costume, including clown makeup.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park discussion: The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB), Landmarks & Heritage Advisory Board (LHAB), and Planning Advisory Board (PAB) met jointly this week to discuss strategies for the park.   It was a first-time session for all three groups to meet together, on a fairly complex subject, and a good model of citizen interaction on policy issues.
  • Fireworks Update: On July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, – LPD received 122 fireworks related calls.  That is down from 226 in 2005. The sensing from the officers was improved compliance with our city ordinance, particularly in our fireworks “hot spot” zones. We issued 7 criminal cites (about the same as last year) and confiscated a full trunk load of illegal fireworks (much less than last year). Total calls on July 4th were 279 – again the busiest day of the year. Total calls in 2005 were 290. Generally daily calls average around 180.  The fire department reports they responded to 6 fireworks related incidents – all minor. We are cautiously hoping that the reduction in fireworks related workload is the product of our extensive pre-4th awareness campaign.
  • Apartment Owners Meeting: Due to a recent rise in gang-related crime that is anchored in apartment complexes in the Lakeview Area along Bridgeport between 111th and 108th Street, LPD held a meeting on June 28th for apartment owners/managers, with support from Community Development and the Fire Department.  Most participants agreed to cooperate in screening out known criminals and gang members from renting or visiting, as well as enforcing quiet hours and reporting suspicious behaviors to the neighborhood patrol team.
  • Safety and Crime Prevention Training: In District 5, LPD completed a series of three presentations for the Washington Karate Association.  Over sixty youth, from age 6 to 17 learned about safety and crime prevention. The karate students were divided into age appropriate groups.  The older students viewed a power point presentation on drug and gang awareness with a group discussion, and the younger students played learned about stranger dangers, online safety, and how to deal with bullies through interactive games. In District 3, the NPO/CSO team hosted their second “Coffee With A Cop” event at Starbuck’s on So Tacoma Way.  Many law enforcement professionals were on hand to talk with citizens and hand out crime prevention literature.
  • Water Quality Sampling: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) will provide the City with water quality sampling in the swimming areas at American Lake and Harry Todd Parks.  Samples will be generally near the middle of the swimming area and the samples will be collected at a depth of approximately six inches in three feet of water.  If a single E coli sample exceeds 235 /100ml, the beach will be re-sampled as soon as possible.  If the results are still above 235/100ml, TPCHD will recommend against swimming until at least two consecutive samples are less than 126/100ml.   Although levels fluctuate during the summer, we have not had to close down an American Lake swimming area in the past 5 years.
  • 2nd Annual Lakewood Idol Contest: Forty contestants entered the 2nd Annual Lakewood Idol contest.  The Council Chambers rang with music of all types – country western, R & B, top 40 hits, ballads and some golden oldies.  Everyone present was entertained as 12 year old’s matched singing skills with 40+ year old adults.  City employee Elizabeth Hildgo-Linna’s two daughters, ages 12 and 14, did their mother proud!   Sara Millbauer coordinated the event.  Eight finalists from last night’s competition will perform at the City’s July 25th concert in the Park and the winner will perform at the Battle of the Idols at the Puyallup Fair.
  • Chip Sealing Program: The Public Works Department will have a chip sealing program this year. The chip sealing program will be limited to local access roads (approx 14.8 lane miles).  The streets/roads involved will be listed on the city’s web site and we have also developed an article for publication in the next newsletter.  The work will be performed by Pierce County road crews.  It is anticipated that the chip sealing will begin in the middle of August.  Prior to the chip seal application, Pierce County road crews will perform crack sealing and patching of the roads.
  • Intersection of Amber and Zircon: The re-contouring and associated re-landscaping of the northeast corner of Amber and Zircon is now complete, thus eliminating the site distance issue at this corner.  Along with rumble strips and signage on Zircon this hopefully addresses the neighborhood’s concerns.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/21/06

July 21, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Gang Emphasis Update: LPD continues the gang task force operation as its major summer emphasis. Thus far we have made 35 gang-related arrests.
  • Special Police Training: Detective Bryan Johnson attended a 3 day conference on Forensic Response to Missing & Abducted Children in Kansas City.  This training was funded by the federal government.
  • Marine Service (MSU) Gets Free Personal Watercraft (Jet skis): LPD’s Marine Services Unit has just acquired two Personal Water Craft (PWC) for patrolling the city’s lakes.  Through Honda’s Law Enforcement loan program, our MSU officers will have use of the two craft for the remainder of the year at no cost to the city.   This will significantly improve coverage on Lake Steilacoom.
  • Lakewood Emergency Response Planning Cell Update:  This group is putting the finishing touches on the City's COOP (Continuity Of Operations Plan), constructing our Pandemic Flu Response Plan, and insuring that both staff and elected officials complete the mandatory NIMS (National Incident Management System) training. We have just learned that all Council Members must complete two NIMS training modules. There are programmed text manuals requiring about one hour work each. Copies of the manuals will be provided to Council shortly.
  • Crime Prevention Agreement with Pub: Lakewood PD and the owner of Pounders Pub and Grub entered into a crime prevention agreement.  The pub was experiencing repeated violent criminal incidents including shootings and large fights.  The business owner has agreed to hire off-duty police officers on selected days to handle the problems, consistent with LPD’s “Raising the Bar” principals.
  • Metro Communications Group Adds Members, Writes Charter:  The ad-hoc group, which has focused on achieving regional interoperability for public safety communications, is comprised of police and fire representatives from Tacoma and Puyallup, police representatives from Lakewood, Dupont, and Steilacoom, and the director of LESA.  Steilacoom and Dupont have just joined the group. MetroComm members are writing a charter which will formalize the group's status, and make it eligible to apply for grants.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/7/06

July 7, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City population: The State of Washington certified Lakewood’s 2006 population at 59,000.
  • Police Volunteers: Police Volunteers provided 1596.75 hours of service to the department during the second quarter.  At the national volunteer hourly rate of $18.55, that equates to $29,619.71. For the year the total hours, to date, are 2903 and the total dollar amount is $53,850.65.
  • Lakeview Neighborhood Association BBQ: On June 26th, the Lakeview Neighborhood Association had a neighborhood BBQ on Yew Lane.  The event is part of an on-going effort of the Association to bring the Lakeview District together through a series of neighborhood BBQ’s and Clean-it-up parties.   The next scheduled Clean-it-Up event for the Association will be on Saturday, July 15th at 108th St SW and Lakeview Ave SW from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
  • CSO Crime Prevention Presentation: On June 23rd, LPD presented a series of general crime prevention topics at the Washington Karate Association's summer karate camp students. The information covered general safety, gang awareness, online safety, and bullying to approximately 24 students.
  • Tobacco Compliance Checks: On June 20th, LPD and the State Liquor Control Board worked Tobacco Compliance Checks.  25 businesses were checked and only two sales were made with citations being issued.
  • Liquor Compliance Checks: On June 27th, LPD and the State Liquor Control Board worked Liquor Compliance Checks. Twelve businesses were checked and only one store made an illegal sale with a citations being issued.
  • State Legislative Task Force to Study Offender Re-entry: The state legislature has appointed a task force to study prison reform, including current programs for releasing offenders back into the community. The legislation forming the TF reflects wide-spread recognition that current prison programs are not working. Pierce County Senators Mike Carrell and Debbie Regala will co-chair the overall TF. They have formed four sub-committees to assist in the study. Chief Saunders will co-chair the sub-committee formed to assess cooperation between DOC and local law enforcement in community transition programs.
    Community Development Dept. Building Permit Activity.

    Number of Building Permits Applied For:

    Number of Building Permits Issued:

    June 2005

    161
    153

    June 2006

    188
    164

     

    Number of Planning Permits Applied For:

    Number of Planning Permits Issued:

    June 2005

    25
    13

    June 2006

    31
    23

     
    Total Monthly Permit Valuation

    June 2005

    $4,253,481.64

    June 2006

    $15,785,082.98

     
    Year To-Date Valuation

    January through June 2005

    $24,005,773.45

    January through June 2006

    $37,215,673.40

     Building Permit Log
    January 1, 2006 – June 30, 2006

    Building permits currently under review

    170

    Year To-Date Statistics

    Building permits issued same day as the application date:

    382
    50%

    Building permits issued 1 – 10 days from the application date:

    82
    11%

    Building permits issued 11 – 20 days from the application date:

    115
    15%

    Building permits issued 21 - 30 days from the application date:

    75
    10%

    Building permits issued 31 – 45 days from the application date:

    46
    6%

    Building permits issued 46 – 60 days from the application date:

    26
    3%

    Building permits issued 60+ days from the application date:

    42
    5%

    Total Permits Issued:

    768
  • Active Shooter Training: Lakewood’s Patrol Force received its first evolution of active shooter training. This event, occurring over two separate training days, was designed to increase the tactical capability of the patrol response division. Current Metro SWAT officers performed as instructors and safety officers during the training period. An active shooter situation is a high-risk event that is ongoing as initial officers are responding to the scene. Patrol officers are taught the dynamics of an active shooter event, how to establish Rapid Intervention Teams and how to respond to an event as soon as possible. The training day included multiple tactical scenarios which included many types of scenes officers would face at a real emergency. The training was a huge success and will be incorporated into our yearly mandatory events. Clover Park Schools assisted the training by allowing our officers to use one of their facilities to do the practical portion of the training. Fife and Milton P.D assisted by providing advanced instructors during both days.

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