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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/17/10

September 17, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City acquires property for redevelopment in Tillicum: The City has completed the acquisition of a former nuisance property in Tillicum for redevelopment under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. In a 2007 abatement, the City of Lakewood demolished two houses and two mobile homes on the property, all of which were heavily contaminated from methamphetamine activity. Pierce County foreclosed the property for unpaid property taxes in December 2009, declared it surplus, and sold it to the City. Purchase of the property will also return approximately $38,000 to the City's abatement fund. Additionally, the City expects to close on the purchase of a nearby property tomorrow. A dangerous building abatement is pending against this property. In partnership with the City, Habitat for Humanity will build at least three new housing units on each of the properties. Having been nuisances to the community for many years, these properties will contribute much-needed, quality, new low-income housing.
  • University Place Municipal Court Transition Update: City staff provided a briefing on September 16th to the UP Public Safety Commission regarding the timelines and progress on the transition to Lakewood's provision of court services to UP starting in 2011. The Lakewood representatives included Judge Heller and court administrator Deana Wright, as well as legal department staff Mike Savage and Rebecca Hendricks, and the subjects included citation forms, "legacy" or carry-over cases, defendant transport, evidence holding, enabling ordinances, judicial information system (JIS) integration. The transition plan is on schedule.
  • CSRT conducts Starlite Swap Meet Business Sweep: On Sunday, September 12th, the Community Safety & Resources Team (CSRT) coordinated a business sweep of the Starlite drive-in swap meet. The team consisted of 17 City employees as well as officials from the Liquor Control Board, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and the Lakewood Fire Department. The purpose was to contact all vendors to confirm that they had valid business licenses and that the swap meet was in full compliance with City regulations. The teams documented information for evaluation this week. A meeting has been set up later this month with the owner of the Starlite to discuss results of the sweep.
  • Developers Briefing: The third in a series of briefings for developers and interested investors for the Pacific Highway area was conducted in City Hall on September 16th, with about 20 in attendance. The focus was on the City's EB-5 designation, a program of the federal gov't to provide incentives for foreign investment in targeted areas. Lakewood joins areas of Seattle and Tacoma with this designation.
  • City staff assists with multi-unit fire: Human Services staff responded to a multi-unit fire on September 3rd providing emergency relief assistance to three families immediately forced from their homes. Two families suffered total losses. Through emergency grant funds, the City was able to provide assistance to the Lakewood Fire Department ensuring the victims of these fires will be transitioned to permanent housing. Lakewood Area Shelter Association has partnered with the City to provide housing relocation assistance. In addition, Caring for Kids and the Clover Park School District have been providing critical assistance to the families. Additional resources have been provided through the City's CSRT.
  • Hudtloff Middle School reconstruction: The Clover Park School District is engaged in the planning process for the reconstruction of Hudtloff Middle School. City staff attended neighborhood meetings held by CPSD on September 8th and 15th to discuss the plans. Neighbors have indicated concerns about the proximity of the proposed new school buildings to properties to the north. The project plans include retention of existing trees and supplemental landscaping along the north property line intended to help buffer this visual impact. The new school has been designed so that it can be constructed while leaving the existing school buildings in place. The old school would be demolished after construction of the new building is complete so that school operations can continue during construction. New ball fields, vehicle and bus circulation routes, and parking areas would eventually be constructed in the area currently occupied by the existing school buildings. The school district is acting as the SEPA lead agency for the project, however final approval of a public facilities permit by the City will be required. The public facilities permit is a discretionary entitlement granted by the City's hearing examiner. City staff is working with the school district regarding the project design; however the public facilities permit application has not yet been submitted. CPSD hopes to get the public facilities permit issued by March 2011 and construct the building between June 2011 and June 2012.
  • CSRT provides CPR/AED Training to Police: On September 8th, CSRT member Gail Conelly provided CPR/AED training to members of the Police Department. Three classes were held, for a total of 49 students. This is the second in a series of trainings for department members. The next training will be held on October 6th.
  • CSRT attends Lakeview Hope Academy's Tunnel of Hope: On September 8th, CSRT members Gail Conelly and Dawn McGinnis attended the Lakeview Hope Academy's Tunnel of Hope, along with Lakewood Fire Department personnel, Clover Park School District staff and other mentors from the community. Attendees welcomed back students for their first day of school, offering them encouragement and support for a great school year.
  • CSRT inspection of Woodbrook neighborhood apartment: A complaint involving a small apartment complex in the Woodbrook neighborhood led to an inspection by a CSRT code enforcement officer in May of 2010. The false front was dilapidated and unsightly; there were discarded items on the property and overgrown vegetation as well as some minor building issues. As a result of the code enforcement officer working with the property owner throughout the summer, the trash was removed, the vegetation was brought under control, and the false front replaced and painted, making what was once an eyesore now a satisfactory part of the neighborhood.
  • Police Co-Host Virginia Tech Massacre Debriefing: On September 15th, the Lakewood Police Department co-hosted with the Bellevue Police Department a one-day training/debriefing on the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre. Lt Anthony Wilson with the Blacksburg Police Department, who attended the FBI National Academy with Assistant Chief Mike Zaro, was a first responder to the Virginia Tech shootings; on Wednesday he spoke to nearly 100 law enforcement officers from LPD, Bellevue PD, and other surrounding agencies about the shootings as well as the aftermath and where the department stands today in terms of healing and lessons learned. The opportunity to co-host this training afforded us the ability to send over 20 of our officers, at no cost, to an extremely valuable and educational training.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/10/10

September 10, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: David Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • All-City Tailgate: This is a reminder that the All-City Tailgate is scheduled for next Friday, September 17th at Clover Park High School's Harry Lang Stadium starting at 3:30pm. Please visit "latest news" at for more details.
  • Coffee with the Mayor: During this morning's Coffee with the Mayor, Senior Planner Dan Penrose provided an overview of city-led planning efforts pertaining to regional transportation impacts associated with military growth in Pierce County. The presentation also reviewed some proposed remedies for mitigating I-5 congestion around JBLM. A follow-up discussion on non-transportation military growth issues is scheduled for the next Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, October 8th; additional details will be forthcoming.
  • Puget Sound Regional Council Grants: Recently, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) began accepting transportation enhancement project applications from cities, counties and agencies within its four county regions to compete for approximately $19.8 million in grants. The City submitted three project requests. The Lakewood Sounder Station pedestrian overpass project was recommended for a $200,000 grant with no match required. These funds would be used to acquire right of way, environmental study, and design. Total funding to date including this grant is $662,428 ($600,000 grants + $62,428 in City funds). Once the work on these phases is complete, the project will then be in an excellent position to compete for a $2.8 million construction grant.
  • Goats Conducting Community Service in Lakewood: Sound Transit will use goats as an "efficient and environmentally sustainable" supplement to its vegetation clearing efforts. From September 13-19, a herd of approximately 120 goats will graze a narrow strip of Sound Transit property adjacent to the tracks between 100th St SW and 108th St SW. The project will not require any road closures. A temporary fence will contain the goats during the operation and a herder and herding dog will monitor the goats throughout the process. The goats will remain on the site 24 hours a day during their grazing period. The public can safely view the goats by looking north from the sidewalk on 108th St SW between the rail crossing and Rainier Ave SW. Pedestrians should be aware that the rail line is active and therefore the tracks and graveled area beyond the crossing arm remain off limits to the general public.
  • Lakewood Police Accepting Outdated Pharmaceuticals: Lakewood Police are now participating in a community based collection program for waste pharmaceuticals and controlled substances. With the support of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, they will handle the proper collection and disposal of outdated or unwanted pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs and controlled substances. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will provide a secured collection drop box which will be monitored by a security camera in the Lakewood Police Department lobby. Residents may drop off eligible waste items (see for more details) on weekdays between 8am and 5pm.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/27/10

August 27, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: David Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • 4th Stryker Brigade "Raiders" Return: Shortly after midnight on August 25th 300 soldiers from Lakewood's adopted brigade, the 4th Stryker Brigade "Raiders" touched down on McChord Field after a year in Iraq. By early September, all 4,200 soldiers from the brigade will be back at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The link below displays photos taken during and after a short ceremony at 2:30 AM commemorating their homecoming. The Raiders have received national publicity over the last week as the last combat brigade to leave Iraq; combat operations began there in 2003. The media were allowed access to this homecoming event since the brigade commander, Colonel John Norris and Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Huggins were part of this flight increment. /documents/news_and_events/raiders_continue_to_return_from_iraq.pdf . Here's another link from KIRO-TV: .
  • 11th Annual Lakewood International Festival this Weekend: This is a final reminder that the Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA) is proud to present its 11th Annual Lakewood International Festival, on Saturday, August 28th in the Sharon McGavick Student Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington. This year's festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and is free to the public. For more details visit the City's website.
  • Police host first Annual Junior Police Academy: On Saturday, August 21st, the Lakewood Police Department hosted the first Annual Junior Police Academy. Demonstrations included a bike rodeo, obstacle course, Marine Unit and water safety, Narcotics K-9, SWAT, Forensics, Radar and Tae Kwon Do. Participants received a "passport" and stamps for the various events, and a certificate of completion. Approximately 130 children were in attendance. This event was coordinated by LPD Sergeant Gene Sievers and CSRT member CSO Dawn McGinnis. Many thanks are offered to the police officers and explorers who participated as well as sponsors including Lowe's, Walmart, Target, Make a Difference charity, Kiwanis Club, Lakewood Tow, Allied Ice, Master Kwon, Kim Parker with Farmer's Insurance, Clover Park School District, and Lakewood Parks Department for their support. This Junior Academy event was a great opportunity for the Lakewood Police Department to interact with children and parents in a fun, active and positive manner.
  • Hudtloff Middle School: Under the Washington Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Clover Park School District has released a Determination of Non Significance (DNS) for the reconstruction of the Hudtloff Middle School. As part of the DNS process, the District will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, September 8th at 7:00 PM in the Hudtloff Middle School Library, 8102 Phillips Road SW. Interested parties are invited to attend. City staff will be present at the meeting. City staff will also review and comment on the DNS as appropriate.
  • Staff Meets with Representatives from Senator Murray's Office: This past week Mayor Richardson and assistant city manager Dave Bugher met with representatives of Senator Murray's Office. A variety of topics were discussed but the majority of comments centered on the growth of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Military Air Corridor.
  • Lakewood Fire Department presents memorial gifts to Police Department: During the evening of August 25th, the Lakewood Fire Department presented the Lakewood Police Independent Guild with the memorial flag which flew between the two ladder trucks outside LPD on the day of the Lakewood Police memorial service - December 8, 2009. The flag is encased in a beautiful handmade shadow box. LFD also presented a t-shirt for the Chief and a wooden laser-burned plaque with all four officer names engraved. In addition, they presented the Guild with a check for $4,000 for the benevolent fund.
  • Community Development Department hosts Low Interest Sewer Connection Loan Workshop: The Lakewood Community Development Department is conducting a workshop with multifamily and mobile home park property owners regarding the availability of low interest sewer connection loans. The workshop is to be held at City Hall on Thursday, September 9th beginning at 10:00 AM. City and county officials will be present to answer any questions. As of this writing, 51 property owners have requested applications representing 87.43 Residential Equivalencies (EU's). To "start" the sewer system, the City needs a minimum of 400 EU's.
  • Recent Additions to the City's Website: In an effort to keep council members and the public informed of upcoming events and news items, several new items have been posted to the City's website this week. There is an advertisement for the 2010 International Festival, notification of upcoming sewer connection workshop, a piece on the return of the 4th Stryker Brigade Raiders, and a copy of a memorandum explaining the City's involvement with the Camp Murray Gate.
  • CSO becomes certified Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructor: Community Service Officer Gail Conelly of the City's CSRT attended a three-day training event, August 25th - 27th, to become a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor.
  • CSO attends Prevailing Wage Awarding Agency Workshop: CSRT member CEO Randy Richards attended the Prevailing Wage Awarding Agency Workshop this week. The workshop was presented by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries at their Tukwila location. The workshop was an orientation on practices that are used in the abatement process for choosing bids for work submitted by contractors.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/3/10

September 3, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: David Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • 100th Street Closed on September 7th: The 100th St. railroad crossing (at Lakeview Avenue SW) is going to be closed Tuesday, September 7th and September 9th from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. by Sound Transit's contractors for grinding and paving. If the grinding is not completed in one night, it may be possible that the crossing will be closed Thursday, September 9th as well. Variable message sign (VMS) boards will be out shortly to warn the public of the closure. Motorists should use 108th Street SW or Steilacoom Blvd as east-west detour routes.
  • Sewer Connection Loan Program Workshop: The City will host a Sewer Connection Program Workshop in the Council Chambers on Thursday, September 9th from 10-11 am. For more information, visit under "latest news and events."
  • Building Permit Activity: New construction building valuation for the month of August, 2010 was $6,727,952. Total for 2010 is $30,059,546. The level of construction activity is significantly less than in previous years.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Lakewood staff has been working with Habitat for Humanity to promote the construction of low-income, owner occupied single family homes. Through the use of CDBG HOME and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds Habitat for Humanity is proposing to construct at least 10 single family homes in the Tillicum community. One of the projects will include the extension of sewer lines. The City's financial contribution totals $558,976.50. These funds derive from federal program dollars and not the City's General Fund.
  • Upcoming Coffee with the Mayor: Please join Mayor Doug Richardson and city staff for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, September 10th at 7:30 am. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in Lakewood. The presentation will focus on city-led planning efforts pertaining to regional transportation impacts associated with military growth in Pierce County. The presentation also identifies some concepts for improving congestion along affected portions of the I-5 corridor.
  • All City Tailgate September 17th: The City is a proud sponsor of the 2010 All-City tailgate at Clover Park High School's Harry Lang Stadium. This All-American event (it doesn't get any better than hotdogs and football this time of year) starts at 3:30pm, Friday September 17th. See for more details.
  • New Human Resources Paperless Application Process: The Human Resources Department will implement a new online application process by the end of September. "NEOGOV" is utilized by many public agencies in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. Applicants create a personal file, so each time they apply for a position their general information is automatically downloaded. A list of the current job classifications and pay ranges will be online. An applicant may review job classifications and complete an electronic job interest card. When that position is available, the applicant will be notified by email, automatically. The applications will be rated according to predetermined criteria (technical expectations defined by the hiring department and created by HR Analysts) and the top qualifying candidates will be sent to the hiring supervisor (again electronically). Once the final candidates have been selected to move forward in the hiring process, they will be contacted electronically and select an interview time online. This new process will save time and paper.
  • City Loan Application makes Cutoff: The City received notice from the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) Board that its application for $1,000,000 in additional PWTF loan money for the City's property owner financial assistance program for connecting to the City's Woodbrook/Tillicum sewer project made the cut off list. The 2011 legislature must approve the PWTF board's project list, so the earliest that this money could be available would be in the spring of 2011 after the upcoming session. With this loan money, the total money available for property owner financial assistance approaches $2,000,000.
  • CSRT Crime Prevention Presentation: CSRT member CSO Gail Conelly conducted a crime prevention presentation for the residents of a Lakewood apartment complex on September 1st. The residents requested CSRT to make the presentation as they had been experiencing an increase in vehicle prowls over the summer. CSO Conelly provided information on vehicle prowl and theft prevention, as well as fraud and identity theft.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/20/10

August 20, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • CSRT Booth at Tillicum Centennial: Community Safety & Resource Team (CSRT) members, along with Neighborhood Patrol Officers staffed a booth at the Tillicum Centennial on August 14th. Team members distributed literature about the mission and function of the CSRT, answered questions on a variety of issues, and handed out goody bags to children.
  • Annual Washington City Managers conference: The city manager attended the annual WCMA conference in Winthrop August 18-20, where he was a speaker on the subject: "When a Community Faces Tragedy, Lakewood's Story". Other featured speakers included Ted Gaebler, co-author of Reinventing Government, and Bob O'Neill, ICMA executive director.
  • 100th St. Night Work: The contractor will be working nights (8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.) everyday the week of August 23rd, Mon - Fri, on 100th. The road will be open to traffic; they plan on using the approved single lane closures. The work will consist of excavating, forming, and pouring of traffic islands, as well as curb and gutter and sidewalk forming and pouring. Grinding and overlay on 100th won't happen until the week of September 10th.