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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/10/2014

January 10, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Mayor Anderson Delivers ‘State of the City’ To Chamber

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson delivered the first "State of the City" address of 2014 on Thursday during the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at Great American Casino.

The presentation covered everything from the City's finances to economic development to its commitment to the military to improving communication with residents.

The City will be posting a copy of the presentation on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Custer Road Gas Main Replacement

Puget Sound Energy and Infrasource have extended their schedule for night work at Bridgeport and Custer through Monday, January 13. This work is a continuation of the 4-inch, bare-steel, gas main replacement crossing Custer Road Southwest .

Their schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, January 12: Approximately 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Monday, January 13: Approximately 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LED.
  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees.
  • Interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
  • Establishing City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity.
  • 2014 Council liaison appointments to citizens’ advisory board and committees and external committees.

The City Council will be hold a Joint meeting with the Youth Council on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in City Hall Conference Room 1E located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda item for the meeting include:

  • Review of RACE Are We So Different exhibit.

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Proclamation declaring February 2-8, 2014 as Toastmasters International Week.
  • Appointing an individual to serve on the Redevelopment Advisory Board.
  • Appointing an individual to serve on the Arts Commission.
  • Adopt Parks code amendments, and parks fees.
  • Adopt interlocal agreement RE: Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance.
  • Adopt City of Lakewood centers of local importance.
  • Approve DOE $150,000 grant for Waughop Lake.
  • Approve energy audit grant to convert streetlights to LEDs.

Police

Open Source Media Training

The Lakewood Police Department sponsored a two-day training course January 8-9 on Open Source Media at the McGavick Center in partnership with WHIA (Washington Homicide Investigators Association). Some 240 Law Enforcement Criminal Investigators and Crime Analysts were in attendance

Economic Development

Projects, projects and more projects

Economic Development currently has over 40 projects in the works here in Lakewood representing expansions and potential new businesses that will provide approximately 900 new jobs!

While most of these jobs are in the hospitality and food services sector, we’ve seen a lot of activity with construction, auto sales and repair expansions, and health care related businesses. There continues to be a real interest by new restaurants to enter our market. Additionally, industrial lands and buildings for manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and distribution are in demand. Because Lakewood is centrally located adjacent to I-5 in close proximity to the Port of Tacoma, SeaTac, JBLM, and just 40 minutes from I-90, we expect to see more companies attracted to our industrial lands. This includes the Lakewood Industrial Business Park (IBP) that will construct a 100,000 sf and a 50,000 sf building this year and the new Woodbrook IBP with 150 acres.

Did you know that our Lakewood IBP has over 2.5 million square feet of leasable industrial space? The park currently has 64 businesses and approximately 1,250 employees making it the fourth largest for-profit employer in Pierce County.

Legal Department Update

During the week of January 6-10, 2014, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 102 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 77 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.

Potential Streetlight Replacement

Potential Streetlight Replacement Could Save Lakewood $250,000 Annually

  • WHAT: Lakewood City Council to discuss streetlight-replacement program
  • WHEN: 7 p.m., Monday, January 13
  • WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW

The City of Lakewood is looking into a streetlight-replacement project that could potentially end up saving almost $250,000 in annual energy and maintenance costs.

At Monday night’s study session, the Lakewood City Council is scheduled to get an update on the work of its Public Works Department, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and Renton-based Ameresco. They have been examining the feasibility of replacing more than 3,000 of the City’s streetlights with energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) streetlights.

A Department of Enterprises Services program allows a municipality such as Lakewood to easily enter into what’s known as an Energy Savings Performance Contract with an energy services company. The City of Lakewood chose Amaresco, which has worked with Olympia and Renton on similar LED streetlight replacement projects.

Amaresco is currently performing an audit on the City’s streetlight system, including determining current energy and maintenance costs, developing cost estimates for LED replacement, calculating potential savings and identifying potential grants and rebates.

Public Works Director Don Wickstrom said replacing the streetlights with LED lights will likely save the City money over many years. A successful streetlight-replacement project, he said, is one in which the energy and maintenance savings over 12 years will be able to pay for the project costs.

On Monday, Amaresco will provide some preliminary project costs and phasing. Public Works might also ask the Lakewood City Council at its regular meeting January 21 to approve a resolution to apply for a Department of Commerce grant. That grant could cover up to $500,000, or 25 percent of a streetlight project’s costs.

Welcoming Back Our Council and New Judge

The first regular Lakewood City Council meeting of 2014 was a busy one.

The City ceremoniously welcomed its new judge, as well as welcomed back its Mayor, Deputy and recently elected members of the City Council on Monday night.

First, hours after taking the bench for the first time, Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Grant Blinn was officially sworn into office. Blinn comes to the City of Lakewood from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, where he most recently served as homicide chief. He will preside over the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom.

His first duty after that was to swear in the Lakewood City Councilmembers who were elected into office last year: Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Councilmember Mike Brandstetter, Councilmember Mary Moss and Councilmember John Simpson. Whalen, Brandstetter and Moss were re-elected to their positions, while Simpson was elected to the vacant seat of former Councilmember Helen McGovern. (For information on Lakewood City Councilmembers, visit http://goo.gl/tpMidc )

Finally, the Lakewood City Council re-elected Mayor Don Anderson and Deputy Mayor Whalen to their respective positions for another two years. Mayor Anderson was elected to his position in early 2013, when then-Mayor Douglas Richardson was elected to the Pierce County Council. Whalen was also chosen for the position at the time.

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council also read a proclamation declaring Jan. 20 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, heard reports from the Clover Park School District and the Lakewood Youth Council, as well as a presentation from South Sound 911 Director Andrew Neiditz.

To view a gallery of Monday night’s meeting, visit http://goo.gl/2YoPeL .

Coffee with the Mayor January 14, 2014

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in the Resource Center.

Our guest speaker will be Brent Champaco, Communincations Manager who will present on City Communications: Telling Our Story.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Schumacher at (253) 983-7705. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Don Anderson

No RSVP is needed.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/3/2014

January 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Unveils New-Look Newsletter, Online Edition

The City of Lakewood’s newsletter underwent an aesthetic and digital facelift for 2014.

This week, residents and online users are experiencing the improved Connections newsletter for the first time. The Winter 2014 issue began arriving in Lakewood mailboxes Thursday.

In an age of decreased content, Connections readers will notice an increase of news stories and articles compared to previous issues. The Winter 2014 edition includes:

  • A cover story about what the City is doing to help fix Interstate 5’s traffic woes
  • A Q&A with newly elected City Councilmember John Simpson
  • A piece on Lakewood Police celebrating their 10th year
  • Articles on the opening of Hobby Lobby and the relocation of MultiCare

Readers will also find the latest edition of the City’s Recreation guide, which includes information on upcoming events such as the Fairy Garden Tea Party and the Soggy Doggy 5K, as well as registration information for classes and activities at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center.

Online users will also notice new and improved features for Connections. The newsletter is being published on a new digital platform that will allow users to easily navigate pages, view content and interact with the document. The digital edition also features a fun video from the City of Lakewood’s Annual Tree Lighting and Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

To view the online edition, scan the QR code on the newsletter or visit http://goo.gl/5gTYg1 .

Lakewood To Swear In Recently Elected Councilmembers, Judge

On Monday, January 6, the City of Lakewood will ceremoniously welcome its recently elected members of the City Council, as well as its recently appointed Municipal Court Judge.

The City will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Grant Blinn, its new Municipal Court Judge. Blinn - who comes to Lakewood from the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he most recently served as homicide chief – will preside over the Municipal Court of Lakewood, University Place and Steilacoom.

The City will also conduct swearing-in ceremonies for City Councilmembers Mike Brandstetter, Mary Moss, John Simpson and Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen – all of whom won election to the dais in November.

The meeting is scheduled to begin 7 p.m., Monday, January 6, at Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street, Lakewood.

Work on Custer Road

Drivers and residents should be aware of work in a well-traveled portion of Lakewood early next week.

Puget Sound Energy and InfraSource will be performing work on a natural gas line Sunday, January 5, and Monday, January 6. The work includes the replacement of a 4-inch, bare steel gas line that crosses Custer Road Southwest.

The work schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, January 5: 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (the following morning)
  • Monday, January 6: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies centers of local importance
  • Establishing City of Lakewood centers of local importance
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Economic Development

Village at Seeley Lake Purchased for $45.75 Million

Bridge Investment Group Partners of Salt Lake City bought the 522-unit Village at Seeley Lake at 9501 59th Ave. S.W., in Lakewood from Equity Residential last week for $45.75 million, or $87,643 per unit (Courtesy of Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce). According to the article, some investors are starting to focus on suburban buildings that they can get for lower prices and then renovate for a better return on their investment. It is the opinion of one investor that there is a moderate trend for renters to move from the urban core to suburban communities.

Police

10-Year Anniversary

On November 1, 2004, the community welcomed its very own police department, marking a significant milestone in Lakewood’s progress as a city.

Over its first decade, the Lakewood Police Department experienced triumph and tragedy. It has cut the violent crime rate in half, and the overall crime rate has dropped by a quarter.

The Lakewood Police Department will be celebrating this milestone throughout the year with events and programs. Stay tuned for more details. And of course, thank you, Lakewood, for all of your support.

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