Highlights from the weekly report (March 27) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- PSE to do Asphalt Overlay Street Restoration on Bridgeport: PSE’s contractor will start the asphalt overlay street restoration work of the north bound curb lane of Bridgeport Way from 111th St to 59th on April 6th. This overlay work is a follow on their gas line project a year and half ago. This street restoration work will be primarily night-time work and should last for 4 weeks. They also will be doing similar street restoration work on Custer from Steilacoom Blvd to Bridgeport Way which is also related to their earlier gas main replacement project on that street.
- Columbia Bank officials assure City staff: The city manager and Finance staff met with officials of Columbia Bank this week. Columbia Bank conveyed that they are still a stable, viable banking organization. Furthermore, Columbia Bank is already meeting the newly enhanced requirements by the Public Deposit Protection Commission to 100% collateralize public deposits.
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week released detailed guidance for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appropriated $3.2 billion in FY2009 for these grants. Lakewood would be eligible for $541,000. The City is reviewing the feasibility of tapping this funding for the City’s Traffic Signalization program.
- Animal Control Update: Animal Control received two guilty verdicts on an animal cruelty/neglect case in Pierce County Court last week. Sentencing included no animal ownership for two years, $2,000 civil penalties, forfeiture of all remaining animals, and probation for one year. Update on two horses surrendered to Hope for Horses Rescue: Both animals are now at normal weight, finished with all Vet care and have become a big hit at the rescue’s farm. The rescue is considering making them permanent residents instead of being adopted out. Lakewood Animal Control is seven years old this month.
- Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority Grant to Lakewood: The Lakewood Police Department was recently awarded a supplemental grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of $129,042. The purpose is for the purchase of equipment and technology to aid in the fight against Auto Theft. The money will be used to purchase items, including two Automated License Plates Readers, Electronic Surveillance Technology (both audio and video), some high powered binoculars and night vision equipment. These funds will also be used to purchase other surveillance equipment in a dedicated surveillance van.
- North Lakewood Neighborhood Association Forming: Bylaws were voted into place and officers were selected on February 7th for the new North Lakewood Neighborhood Association. This is LPD’s 6th District, the neighborhoods on the north side of Steilacoom Blvd. from Western State Hospital to Mountain View, including Oakbrook. The Steering Committee meets the first Saturday of each month for a working breakfast at the Fan Club on 83rd. They plan two Neighborhood Association meetings per year at Oakbrook School. The next meeting will be May 13th at 6:00 pm. District CSO Melissa Wagner and LT Dave Guttu attend the working breakfast meetings and are supporting the new organization.
- Liquor License Revocation: This week, the City of Lakewood contacted the Washington State Liquor Control Board and requested summary liquor license revocation of the E & J Bar and Grill. The business is located at 10902 Bridgeport Way SW. The bar has an extensive history of building code violations (exceeding occupancy loads and blocked fire exits) and aggravated assaults.
- NW city managers conference “Sustainability in Challenging Times”: The city manager participated this week with over 100 colleagues from Washington and Oregon at the annual Northwest regional conference in Vancouver WA. He is on the Washington City Managers Association (WCCMA) board as the past president.
- Gang Presentation at next “Coffee with the Mayor”: Coffee with the Mayor is held at the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, at 7:30 a.m. Police Chief Bret Farrar will give a presentation on gang activity in Lakewood.