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City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 9/11/09

September 11, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Federal Funding Secured for Traffic Synchronization: The $541,000 in federal stimulus money from the US Department of Energy has now been officially secured. These grant monies, with no match required, will be used to replace our antiquated traffic signal controllers which presently operate the bulk of our 70 signalized intersections. Prior to the availability of this funding, our replacement of these controllers had been primarily restricted to individual road improvement projects, and we’ve only been able to replace about 16 controllers to date. This program will enable us to replace the balance of the controllers along with the respective signal communication equipment. This will then provide us with the ability to have a coordinated and synchronized traffic signal operation on our various corridors and improve traffic flow throughout the city. It also greatly improves the reliability of our traffic signal system and simplifies our maintenance responsibilities.
  • OEA Awards over $1 million planning grant: This week the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) at the Department of Defense awarded a grant to the City of Lakewood for $1,145,260 in Community Planning Assistance in response to mission growth at Ft. Lewis. The City of Lakewood’s Economic Development Department, on behalf of the communities surrounding Ft. Lewis and McChord Air Force Base, will undertake a 17-month Growth Coordination Plan to help local communities and service providers coordinate the foundational steps necessary to absorb the significant population growth and economic impacts of Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB. This effort will provide local governments and service providers with accurate information to promote the decisions and improvements that best serve the military mission and ensures that future funds will be efficiently distributed according to region-wide needs.
  • City participates in Towne Center Military Appreciation Event: CSO Gail Conelly attended the Lakewood Towne Center Military Appreciation Event on Saturday, September 5th, providing information to 1,000+ attendees. There were approximately 40 vendors providing information, and prizes. There were also giant inflatable obstacle courses and jump houses available for the kids, as well as a live band and a climbing wall provided by the Army.
  • LPD hosts training class for “Blood Stain Pattern Analysis”: The class presented by National Forensic Academy of the University of Tennessee was hosted by Detective Bryan Johnson at our new police station. Local crime scene technicians and detectives learned directionality and scene analysis relative to blood stain patterns and re-constructed crimes scenes as well as conducted practical exercises in spatter and directionality.
  • Firearms Training at LPD: LPD officers along with outside police agencies completed their first firearms training in our new indoor range this week. As of Sept 9th, we had 50 students complete the 2-hour basic firearms course.
  • CSOs Participate in Lakeview Hope Academy’s “Tunnel of Hope”: CSOs Conelly, Pressel and Stauffer participated in Lakeview Hope Academy’s “Tunnel of Hope” on September 9th, welcoming kids back to school and encouraging them to have a positive experience. CSO Conelly also participated in Oakwood Elementary School’s “Tunnel of Hope”, which included parents, teachers, and administrators there.
  • Update on Gravelly Lake Dr (Nyanza To 100th St) Overlay Project and Bridgeport Way (59th To Steilacoom Blvd) Street Improvement Project: In spite of efforts to avoid it, there will be some simultaneous work on the two asphalt paving projects during a one week period. With respect to the Gravelly Lake Dr project, the contractor will be starting the road prep work (digging out and patching of bad areas along with the grinding of the curb lanes) on Monday and Tuesday (9/21 and 9/22) with the actual paving work done on Wednesday (9/23). This work will be all night-time work occurring between the hours of 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM. With respect to the Bridgeport Way project, the contract will be starting the road prep work on Thursday and Friday (9/17 and 9/18) with the paving working occurring on Tuesday (9/22). In this case, the prep work will be done during the day with only the asphalt paving work on 9/22 occurring at night between the hours of 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM. In addition, for this project, there will be some minor paving work occurring during the day on Thursday (9/24). This paving work is always subject to change due to the weather. The signal bridge for the Gravelly Lake Dr/Bridgeport Way intersection, which is similar to what was installed at the Pac Hwy and Bridgeport Way intersection, is scheduled to be installed this coming Monday (9/14) night. Accordingly, the intersection will be entirely closed off to any traffic between the hours of 9:00 PM to 12:00 PM.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 9/4/09

September 4, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 4-2 Stryker Brigade Deployment: The City of Lakewood’s “Community Connector” to Fort Lewis, brigade commander Colonel John Norris, will depart for Iraq early next week with his headquarters. The rest of the brigade will follow throughout September for a 12-month deployment. The 4-2 is projected to be the Army’s last combat brigade to deploy to Iraq as the military begins to sharply reduce its presence there.
  • Walk to Fight Homelessness: The City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Community Collaboration formed a joint team in the Lakewood Area Shelter Association’s 5th Annual Walk to Fight Homelessness at Fort Steilacoom Park on Saturday, August 29th. With over 25 sponsors including City employees and human services agencies, the City of Lakewood team won first prize for most sponsorships. Lakewood Area Shelter Association is one of the City’s key partners in working to reduce homelessness in Lakewood.
  • Building Permit update: For the month of August, 2009, The City’s Community Development Department issued 105 building permits totaling $10,124,510 in permit valuation for the month of August 2009. Total new building permit valuation for the year is $49,453,931.
  • Meeting with staff at Tillicum and Woodbrook schools: School District Business Manager Ray Miller, and Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher met with teachers and staff at Woodbrook Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School this week to discuss the school district’s proposed capital facilities plan as well as the City’s Woodbrook Business Park Development Report and Tillicum Neighborhood Plan.
  • Shoreline Master Plan: City Staff conducted interviews with consulting firms regarding updating the City’s Shoreline Master Program, in order to prepare for the implementation of the Plan process, supported by a $100,000 grant from the State. It is anticipated that a consultant will be selected shortly.
  • "Coffee with the Mayor": Mayor Doug Richardson will host a community meeting on Friday, September 11th at 7:30 a.m at the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood. The guest speaker will be Pierce County Auditor Jan Shabro, who will speak on the proposed County Charter Amendments which will appear on the November ballot.
  • City and School District Host All-City Tailgate: Friday, September 11th is “Patriot Day” and the City will join the Clover Park School District in honoring our military, police, and fire fighters as it welcomes students and faculty back to school. The Tailgate will be held at Harry Lang Stadium adjacent to Clover Park High School. It will start at 3:30pm with a welcome by Superintendent Debbie LeBeau and a Patriot Day proclamation by Mayor Doug Richardson. It will culminate with a 7pm kickoff of the Lakes and Peninsula H.S. football game. There will be $1 hotdogs. For more information, visit

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 8/21/09

August 21, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Bridgeport Way Improvement project (59th Ave to Steilacoom Blvd): On Monday, August 24th , the traffic signal controller cabinet at Bridgeport Way and 59th Ave which also controls the signal at Bridgeport Way and Mt Tacoma Dr will be replaced. The replacement will cause both traffic signals to be dark for a majority of the day. While dark signals are treated as an all-way stop control intersection, we will have flaggers along with off-duty officers directing traffic at the Bridgeport Way and 59th Ave intersection. Mt Tacoma Dr. will be limited to local traffic only and its intersection with Bridgeport Way will be restricted to right-in and right-out movements. Motorists should expect delays at these intersections.
  • Lakewood Drive Pavement Rehabilitation project (Bridgeport Way to 100th St): Construction work starts on Monday, August 24th. Lakewood Drive, however, will be open to thru traffic although lane restrictions will be in place.
  • Bridgeport at Pac Hwy lane closure: Lakewood Water District will be cutting in a water valve on Bridgeport just north of the railroad tracks in the outside southbound lane Sunday August 23rd (from 8am to 5pm) to minimize traffic impacts.
  • City Coordinates Meeting With Lakeview Businesses: Asst Chief Mike Zaro, Sgt John Unfred and CSO Dawn McGinnis coordinated a meeting between the Lakeview Avenue businesses and Sound Transit regarding progress on the railroad work and how it will impact the businesses.
  • LPD sponsors 4/2 Stryker Brigade Unit during deployment to Iraq: The Lakewood Police Department is proud to sponsor a unit of the 4/2 Stryker Brigade during their deployment to Iraq, joining other local companies who have stepped up to support the brigade in this Lakewood Chamber of Commerce-sponsored program. Local businesses have agreed to sponsor individual Companies of the brigade, by supporting support both the soldiers as well as the families at home during the deployment.
  • City Manager at State City Managers Conference: The city manager joined 80 others in attending the annual meeting this week of the Washington City Managers (WCMA) Association in Leavenworth. The agenda included emphasis on sustainable fiscal planning, and economic recovery strategies. The city manager is WCMA past president and a member of the board.
  • Lakewood group reaches the top of Mt St. Helens: A City Parks & Recreation-sponsored overnight program featuring a climb to the summit of Mount St. Helens took place on August 15 -16 -- with all the climbers reaching the crater rim of the mountain. With the clouds below, the eight climbers had outstanding views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson and could even see the Sisters in central Oregon. The trip began with a tour inside Ape Cave on the southern slope of the mountain. It was a great accomplishment for all the participants.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 8/28/09

August 28, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Latino African American Public Advisory Committee (LAAPAC) Event: LAAPAC held its annual "Come Out and Play" sports event at Springbrook Park on August 22nd. Investigator Martin Knott, NPO's Karen Herritt and Charles Porche, and CSO's Mike Miller and Sandi Stauffer participated in the event. They handed out stickers, coloring books, crayons, pencils, bookmarks and toys to the approximately 75 children who attended as well as crime prevention information to the adults. Volunteers from the Crossover Christian Church prepared hundreds of hotdogs and fed many hungry children. Lakewood Law Enforcement Explorers also assisted and were also available throughout the day to help children participate in the many activities including face painting and games.
  • Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB) committee meets in City Hall: The Sex Offender in the Community committee of the SOPB met in Lakewood on August 27th, with State Senators Mike Carrell and Debbie Regala in attendance. The discussion included an update of the bipartisan workgroup on finding housing for high-risk offenders. LPD Sgt. Thom Stewart led a presentation about sex offender monitoring in Lakewood, with support from Dept of Corrections (DOC) officials, and CSO Kevin Pressel presented an overview of the crime-free housing program. Lakewood's city manager is a member of the Sex Offender Policy Board, representing the Association of Washington Cities.

City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 8/14/09

August 14, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Police Training for Rape Defense: The Lakewood Police Department hosted the RAD program (Rape Aggression Defense Systems) on August 10-12. This program was presented by Kathy Wright, who is an instructor with the RAD program, and there were over 25 participants to include Fort Lewis and McChord, and Correne Buck and Dawn McGinnis of LPD. This is an intense 3-day 30-hour course which includes physical defense work outs, and exercise designed to confront confrontational circumstances. Its purpose is to certify instructors who can teach basic self defense techniques to women in the community
  • Senior Center Summer Fiesta: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center was celebrating summer - fiesta style - on August 3rd. Over 100 members and guests gathered together to rejoice in this special season. Participants were greeted with festive colors, serenades, sombreros, special friends and an enormous array of tasty food. Parks and Recreation department staff was on hand to cook hamburgers and hotdogs for a very appreciative group.
  • Association of Defense Communities (ADC) Conference: Asst City Manager David Bugher and Project Manager Dan Penrose attended the Association of Defense Communities annual conference in Boston last week, with the theme --- "Military Communities: Responding to Change". The conference brought community representatives from around the nation together with experts from the Department of Defense, federal and state agencies to share their experiences and strategies in partnering with the military bases. Lakewood staff had several opportunities to discuss Ft. Lewis growth impacts with high level leadership, including the Deputy Chief of the Army's Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) division, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installation and Environment. The ADC conference was part of Lakewood's grant from the Defense Dept's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) which will be funding the planning for military base impacts.
  • Driver training exercise: 25 police employees received driving training in the parking lot of Lakewood Towne Center on August 12th. The training consisted of slow speed, and placement driving. Employees had to maneuver their vehicle forwards and backwards through the course without striking a cone.
  • Employment Security Commissioner welcomed to Lakewood: The city manager welcomed Karen Turner Lee, the State's Commissioner of Employment Security, back to Lakewood as she was the speaker at Lakewood Rotary on August 14th. Commissioner Lee is from Lakewood and is a graduate of Clover Park High School. In her presentation, she covered unemployment and income statistics from Lakewood and around the County and the State. The Employment Security office is now a neighbor of Lakewood City Hall, in the adjacent building which also houses DSHS.