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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/5/2011

August 5, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • New Traffic Signal at Bridgeport Way & 86th St: The Public Works Department activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Bridgeport Way & 86th St last Monday as part of the Bridgeport Way (Steilacoom Blvd to 83rd St) roadway upgrade project. The new signal increases safety of pedestrians crossing Bridgeport Way. The new signal features a left turn flashing yellow arrow (FYA) on southbound Bridgeport Way approach. The FYA allows a permissive left turn movement which requires yielding to oncoming traffic. The FYA has been adopted by the Federal Highway Administration as a new national standard for permissive left turn operation. The traffic signal will be coordinated with other signals on Bridgeport Way during peak afternoon traffic to maintain and improve traffic flow.
  • City departments in training for ICMA’S Center for Performance Measurement: The City conducted its orientation workshop on August 2nd for participation in the Center for Performance Measurement (CPM), affiliated with ICMA (International City Management Association). CPM is dedicated to helping local governments measure, compare and improve service delivery, and has over 200 participants, including a number of cities and counties in Washington State.
  • National Night Out: This year’s National Night Out featured a total of 45 “block-party”-type events throughout the City, with several thousand participants. The City’s CSRT (Community Safety & Resources Team) played a coordination role, assisted by Police and Fire presence. Several city councilmembers and the city manager also visited a number of sites, which included four city parks.
  • LPD takes second overall in JBLM pistol competition: LPD Officers Michael Wiley and Jason Cannon, with the Metro SWAT Team, participated in a pistol competition on JBLM on July 30th taking home second place overall.
  • Senior Activity Center Barbeque: The City’s senior activity center hosted its annual barbeque on August 4th, with over 100 participants at the safari-themed event. Parks staff manned the barbeque, and the event was hosted by Elizabeth Scheid, the center’s recreation coordinator. The group was joined by the city manager and the director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.
  • Lakewood’s SummerFEST Blood Drive voted “Best Drive of the Month”: The Lakewood’s SummerFEST Blood Drive was voted “Best Drive of the Month” for the month of June by Cascade Regional Blood Services. The award is given to the partner/account that made the most impact on their blood supply for that month, and Lakewood was selected to be the “one” among 96 other drives for June. We were able to provide 40 registered participants, and 33 units which gave Cascade Regional Blood Services 99 blood components for local hospitals. Of those participating there were 24 who donated for the first time. It couldn’t have came at a better time; summers are a very difficult time for Cascade Regional Blood Services to maintain an appropriate blood supply for local hospitals, and this summer has proven to be more difficult than past efforts.
  • End of Summer School at Woodbrook Middle School: The approximately 45 students attending summer school at Woodbrook Middle School celebrated with games, activities and the Bouncy House provided by the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation & Community Services department. Three Wii consoles were set-up in the cafeteria with Mario Kart, bowling, boxing, tennis and Just Dance along with the Bouncy House & ping pong to keep the students busy inside. Outside, they played basketball, football, four square and other sports.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/29/2011

July 29, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Sewer Franchise approved: The Pierce County Council approved the 20-year sewer franchise with the City on July 26th.
  • South Sound 911: The city manager and deputy county executive Kevin Phelps made a presentation on the proposed South Sound 911 system to the DuPont City Council on July 26th. The police chief assisted in a presentation to the Fife City Council on July 19th.
  • Police Annual Awards Ceremony: The Lakewood Police Department held its annual award ceremony on July 28th in the Council Chambers, with about 50 officers, employees, volunteers and family members in attendance. In addition to the awards given to both officers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication, the FBI Innocence Lost task force awarded certificates of appreciation to several officers who had served with the task force to rescue young girls from prostitution. In the ceremony FBI Special Agents credited Lakewood Police Department for their invaluable assistance in making this task force a successful endeavor. The FBI awards were given to Det. Ryan Larson, Det. Kim Holmes, Sgt. Andy Estes, Det. Jeff Paynter, Officer Ryan Hamilton, Officer Brian Danley, Sgt. Dave Crommes, Officer Jason Catlett, Officer Andy Hall, Officer Jeff Martin, Officer Jon Waller, Investigator Sean Conlon, Officer Darcy Olsen, and Officer Matt Brown.

    The LPD awards for Lifesaving was given to Investigator Sean Conlon. The Police Chief’s Commendations were given to Detectives Rey Punzalan , Todd Jordan, Les Bunton, Bryan Johnson, Rey Punzalan, and Chris Westby; Investigator Sean Conlon; Officers Joseph Sandall and Scott Novasky. The Core Value Awards were given to Officer Skeeter Manos & Officer Shawn Noble for Dedication; Officer Jeff Johnson for Integrity and Respect; Officer Chris Bowl for Teamwork and Respect; and Detective Bryan Johnson for Dedication and Respect.

    In addition, Certificates of Appreciation were awarded in recognition of support and hard work on November 29th, 2011 with the Fallen Officers Memorial Dedication Ceremony and Food Drive, to Buzz Burgess, Sherwin Fermahin, Paul Powers, Jay Anderson, Brian Hinkle, Stacy Hoekstra, Jerry Schaler, Stefanie Coleman, Michael Makoviney, Michael Nebeker, Ryan O’Flaherty, Tom Cummins, and Scott Williams. Volunteer Century Awards were given in recognition and appreciation of over 100 hours of service with the Lakewood Police Department during the Awards Year (July 2010 to July 2011) to Annette Harrey-128 hours; Robert Pack-156.5 hours; Alvie Robbins- 451.5 hours; Sharron Kanter-444.75 hours; and Madaline Wivel-184 hours.

    Finally, new Commissionings were bestowed upon Sergeant David Crommes, Officer Michael Wulff, and Officer Monte Henderson.

  • Golden Band of the West ROCKS Lakewood crowd: The Golden Band of the West from Travis Air Force Base was the highlighted music group for the Rodeo being held at Joint Base Lewis/McChord. They have a number of musical ensembles that comprise the Golden Band and their rock ensemble, “Mobility” wowed the crowd at the summer concert series this past Tuesday at American Lake Park. The band members played a wide variety of songs and awed the audience with their musical talent. “Sweet Home Alabama”, “America the Beautiful” and an original song written by the guitarist are just some examples of the wide range of music that entertained the concert goers. The Rodeo is held every other year, so look for the band to return in 2013.

  • The Senior Activity Center Goes to Tea at the Glass Museum: A group from the Lakewood Senior Activity Center attended Tuesday Tea at the Glass Museum on July 26th. They received a guided tour of the different galleries and then had the wonderful opportunity to observe a team of artists demonstrating the exciting process of creating pieces of art from molten glass in the “Hot Shop”. The older adults had the chance to spend time in the art studio creating candle holders. The group finished the evening with dinner on the Tacoma waterfront.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/15/2011

July 15, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Neighborhood Association Meetings Relocated to City Hall: Currently, three neighborhood associations meet at “Station 20” which is the West Pierce Fire and Rescue’s station on Pacific Highway. For the next two to three months, this station will be unavailable for these meetings. The Northeast and Lakeview Area neighborhood associations have therefore scheduled their July meetings at city hall in room 1E at 7 pm on July 19th and 6 pm on 28th respectively. The meeting locations for the six City-recognized neighborhood associations can be found under the “Weekly Meeting Schedule” link at under “Regular Meetings.”
  • Camp Murray Gate Update: The City has announced a meeting at the Tillicum Community Center for Tuesday, July 19th from 7-9 pm, to provide an update on the Camp Murray Gate situation. Citizens are encouraged to attend to learn more about this issue that affects the Tillicum neighborhood and our military neighbors
  • Springbrook Playground Program: This FREE neighborhood program at Springbrook Park is sponsored by the Lakewood First Lions and St. Leo’s Food Connection and has provided nearly 300 free lunches in the first two weeks. Located at 12601 Addison Street SW in the area commonly referred to as “McChord Gate” offers games and activities for children and youth in addition to the lunch program. The Lions Club provides funding support for city parks and recreation staff to organize sport activities, board games and arts & crafts. St. Leo’s provides the free lunches through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Bag lunches are served between 12:00-12:30pm for youth and children, 18 years old and younger. The lunch must be eaten on site and cannot be taken outside of the park. This is a drop-in program for children and youth that originated out of a federal Weed & Seed grant. This program helps to provide 3 of the 5 promises in Lakewood’s Promise: Caring Adults, Safe Places and a Healthy Start.
  • Parks & Recreation “Camp Create”: Campers were mixing and making delicious treats this week at Camp Create. Campers made banana pops, dirty wormy sundaes and took a trip to Dominos on Bridgeport where they toured the store and made their very own small pizzas. This was all on top of the fun that they had swimming, playing games and creating pieces of art to take home. Next week’s theme is “We are the Champions” and campers will have fun playing sports, learning new games and have a fun day at Harry Lang Stadium.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/22/2011

July 22, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Update on Camp Murray Gate: On July 19th, city staff provided updates on the Camp Murray Gate relocation to three citizen advisory boards (Transportation, Planning, and Redevelopment) in the afternoon and to the Tillicum neighborhood later that evening. The latter meeting was attended by about 50 people including three councilmembers. The city manager and assistant city manager Bugher presented the extensive review of options and new traffic data which led to the determination that a new gate at Portland Avenue, in conjunction with traffic measures to discourage “cut-through” traffic on Portland/Thorne, provided the best long term solution. A roundabout at Boundary/Portland would expedite the flow of traffic, and additional turn lanes would encourage traffic to utilize exit 122 (Berkeley). Eventually the existing gate will need to be relocated when the I-5 interchange at Berkeley is upgraded. Other locations considered (Washington and Grant Avenues) proved untenable from a “force protection”/security standpoint.
  • City meets with Towne Center management: Senior city staff met on July 20th with two vice presidents of Inland Western, the Illinois-based company which owns and manages most of the Lakewood Towne Center. Discussion covered issues of directional signage, retail recruitment strategies, and potential improvements to the overall shopping center.
  • Emergency Management Training: Lakewood Parks staff and volunteers attended county-wide emergency management training at Pierce College on Saturday, July 16. Topics included ham radio communication, food handling, creating shelter care teams, ADA access, and the introduction of a new and improved shelter training manual. The afternoon ended with a mock shelter exercise. A highlight for the participants was touring the City’s mobile emergency response trailer which Pierce County would like to replicate in their other service areas.
  • LPD Hosts “Street Survival”: The Lakewood PD hosted two days of Street Survival, with over 50 officers from 25 law enforcement agencies in attendance each day. The Street Survival Course teaches techniques for mental preparation, situational control, armed encounter preparation, high risk stop skills, tactical awareness, and non-lethal force options. The Street Survival seminar motivates, inspires, and teaches officers not only to survive but to prevail.
  • Senior Activity Center Workshop on Aging: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center hosted a workshop in collaboration with Pierce County Aging & Long Term Care on July 19th. “End of Life Emergencies: Essential Documents to Prepare” was attended by over 30 older adults. The free presentation covered living wills, power of attorney, POLST (Physician’s orders for life sustaining treatments) and other pertinent topics. The goal was to help seniors be prepared for the unexpected and to encourage sharing this important information with family members.
  • Proposed development on Interlaaken between Washington and 112th: On July 19th, the Community Development Department received the Hearing Examiner’s decision for the SHB Preliminary Plat, which was presented at a public hearing on July 6th. The decision took into consideration comments by members of the public who were concerned about the proposal’s high density, impacts from site preparation activities, and lack of open space for children to play. In addition to conditions of plat approval recommended by Community Development, the Hearing Examiner provided the following additional conditions: 1) Construction of a security/privacy fence on the south property line prior to clearing, grading and construction; 2) Extension of a security/privacy fence along the southwest and west boundaries of the site; 3) Provide for a centrally-located recreation area for the residents of the plat, which may reduce the number of lots by one; 4) Restrictions to construction traffic work time and routing, as determined necessary by the Public Works Department for public safety
  • Lakewood’s Brightest Star: On a blustery Tuesday evening, four finalists competed for the title of “Lakewood’s Brightest Star” at American Lake Park. With a mixture of songs from popular artists and a few original works, finalists wowed the crowd with their vocal talents while singing a three song set. The judges for the event included Dr. Ben Keller, Choral Director for the award-winning Lakes High School Choir, and Shirley Petersen, current chairperson of the Lakewood Arts Commission. This year’s winner was Lakewood resident Sammi Bradley (photo below with Ben Keller) who took home $100 in prize money. This local talent sang two original songs and a Taylor Swift song and accompanied herself with the guitar.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/8/2011

July 8, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • I-5 Construction this Weekend: WSDOT continues improvements to I-5 through Lakewood this weekend that may significantly delay traffic. Here is an excerpt from their press release yesterday: “Ramp and lane closures this weekend on Interstate 5 in Lakewood promise two things: first, summer weekend traffic could be horrific and second, the I-5 Clover Creek Bridge project is almost complete.” Learn more at
  • Summer Concert Series Kick Off: On Tuesday, July 5th, “Locust Street Taxi” kicked off the City’s summer concert series under a warm, blue sky at American Lake Park. Staff sent out a press release earlier this week to regionally promote these concerts since there are few venues that offer similar combinations of quality bands and beautiful scenery at no cost. The summer concert schedule can be found at under “latest news and events.”
  • Shoreline Master Program Update: The Planning Advisory Board (PAB) was provided the first set of revisions to the draft Shoreline Master Program and introduced to a draft Cumulative Impact Analysis on July 6, 2011. The proposed revisions to the Shoreline Master Program reflect comments received from the original document made available to the public in January of 2011. Both of these documents will be available to the public, via the City’s website at . If you have further questions pertaining to the update of the Shoreline Master Program or you would like to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Marc Amrine at (253) 983-7753, or at the following email address .
  • Senior Activity Center Wild Horse Wind Farm Trip: Members of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center recently rode a bus to Ellensburg for lunch at the Roadside Inn and then hit the road again and arrived at their destination at the Wild Horse Wind Farm. The Wild Horse Wind Farm is a 229-megawatt farm built by Puget Sound Energy that consists of 149 1.8-megawatt Vestas V80 turbines on a 9,560-acre site located 15 miles east of Ellensburg on Whiskey Dick Mountain. Members were treated to an informative presentation and a tour of the site’s 350 foot tall turbines and 2,408 solar energy panels.