By Andrew Neiditz, City of Lakewood, City Manager
* City presents to PSRC on Woodbrook street project: Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher and Transportation Division Manager Desiree Winkler made a presentation to the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Economic Development Board in Seattle on November 3rd regarding the City’s grant application for road improvements in Woodbrook. Lakewood is in the running for a $500,000 grant to improve 1,200 linear feet of 150th Street right-of-way in Woodbrook. Presentations were made by Bellevue, Bremerton, and Duvall, in addition to Lakewood. Lakewood’s application came out first in the ranking following the presentations, by the elected and appointed officials from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. Councilmember Jason Whalen was the City’s representative on the board. The application now moves forward to the federal Economic Development Administration for their review.
* Tillicum and Woodbrook properties vested under sewer capacity and connection charges: The city manager, ass’t city manager Bugher, and Public Works Director Don Wickstrom met with County Councilmember Dick Muri and the executive County Public Works and Utilities staff on November 4th, to discuss the County’s proposal to significantly raise sewer capacity and connection charges. The parties agreed that the current sewer construction project should be deemed a “permit,” and that the properties in Tillicum and Woodbrook had in effect vested under the current sewer capacity and connection charges. Therefore, the County agreed that these sewer charges should not increase for the Tillicum and Woodbrook neighborhoods. City staff will follow-up with a formal letter confirming our understandings. This action represents a significant savings to Lakewood property owners in the two neighborhoods.
* City testing new Fiber Optic Link: The Information Systems Division has begun preliminary testing of the fiber optic link between City Hall and the Police Station. This link was paid for by a grant and when fully operational will allow data to transfer between the two buildings more than 600 times faster than our current T-1 links. In addition, there will be a net savings of about $5,000 per year in line charges.
* CSRT provides training to Seniors on burglary, identity and vehicle theft prevention: CSRT member Gail Conelly gave a presentation on fraud/identity theft and general crime prevention on November 2nd to local seniors at the Lakewood Community Center. She answered provided information on subjects including burglary prevention, identity theft, vehicle prowl and theft prevention, CSRT, and Neighborhood Associations; and also offered to conduct security checks at participants’ homes and to offer advice on how to make the homes more secure and less burglar friendly.
* CSRT conducts Disaster Organization and Psychology Training: CSRT member Gail Conelly conducted Disaster Organization and Disaster Psychology training on November 3rd for the latest Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training series held in Dupont. CERT learned how the Incident Command System works, and how CERT will interact with local professional responders. They also participated in a tabletop exercise to put into practice what they have learned.
* LPD/Military teamwork on successful criminal prostitution case: Army Sgt. Sterling Hospedales pled and was sentenced in Federal Court yesterday to 132 months with an additional 7 yrs of supervised probation for pimping two juveniles from his apartment in Lakewood. This was possible because of the great teamwork of the Task Force and the LPD Special Ops Unit. In the past month, we’ve sent two Lakewood-based pimps to federal prison for over 35 years.