By John L. Caulfield, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a Study Session on Monday, September 9, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the regular meeting include:
- A joint meeting with the Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.
- Comprehensive Plan Update.
- Briefing by the City Manager – Overview of September 15, 2013 4/2 Stryker Brigade parade and community festival.
Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council regular meeting of September 16, 2013 include:
Proclamation in remembrance of Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District.
Authorizing the sale of Lakewood Police Canine Astor as surplus property.
Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along Bridgeport Way from Pacific Highway to 100th Street; Pacific Highway from Bridgeport way to 108th Street; South Tacoma Way from Pacific Highway to 96th Street; 100th Street from 59th Avenue to Bridgeport Way; and 59th Avenue from 100th Street to Lake Grove.
The new Youth Council for the 2013-’14 term was appointed on August 19th and met for the first time on September 3rd. Students representing Harrison Prep, Clover Park and Lakes High Schools will be serving on the Youth Council. They will start with a very busy schedule including attending a state-wide Youth Council Summit hosted by the Washington Recreation & Parks Association on October 5th, assisting with Truck & Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park on October 19th and coordinating & hosting Make a Difference Day in Lakewood on October 26th.
Topics of Interest and Updates
Public Works Update
I-5 construction began Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Washington Department of Transportation began construction Wednesday (September 4th) on a new lane next to the southbound side of Interstate 5 between Berkeley Street, Exit 122, and Thorne Lane, Exit 123, adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The entire southbound shoulder of I-5 will be closed from Wednesday until Dec. 1. to facilitate the construction of the new lane. WSDOT will create another traffic lane next to the current shoulder to alleviate congestion in that area.
Most of the work will be done at night, but the shoulder will not be available for use.
People who normally use Madigan Gate for physical training and work in the mornings can expect long lines along I-5 during the project. Drivers cannot queue on the shoulder to take the Berkeley Exit (122), Cars will not be allowed to stop in the lane of travel on the freeway. If traffic fills the Exit 122 off-ramp, drivers should continue to the next JBLM exit.
Alternate routes to JBLM are advised for traffic from the North: State Route 512 to Steele Street to Spanaway Loop to Military Road to the Lincoln/Rainier Gate, which opens at 5:30 a.m.; Southbound I-5 to Thorne Lane to access the Logistics Center Gate, which opens at 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. Leave early to accommodate the increased travel times.
Economic Development Update
Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) and Recruitment
Year to date staff have met on site with 69 businesses representing 1564 employees. Many of the businesses are retail services/restaurants and various financial, health care, and business service industries. Other industries represented include construction, manufacturing, education, and wholesale trade. We are actively working with three major redevelopment projects around the city, the recruitment of 13 companies, and have hosted three national/international recruitment tours in Lakewood. As a result of BRE visits we are assisting seven companies with expansions. There is a particular interest in Lakewood this year from restaurants. We expect to see new offerings in this area within the next year.
Legal Department Update
During the week of August 26-30, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 58 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 34 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.
Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Update
Lakewood Farmers Market Hero Appreciation Extended Market Day
Join us Tuesday, September 10th for Hero Appreciation Extended Market Day! The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with students from the Clover Park High School AFJROTC Honor Guard’s presentation of colors and features live music all day long. With only two weeks left at the Market stop by to pick up fresh produce, lunch, and enjoy the day’s entertainment! Extra reusable Market totes will be on sale for $5 each –get one while supplies last!
The Lakewood Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Municipal Court Update
Tuesday September 3, 2013 the City Council approved an interlocal agreement between the City of Lakewood and Town of Steilacoom for Municipal Court services. The contract includes court services, public defense and prosecution services. This is exciting for the Municipal Court as the contract will be beneficial to both parties by Lakewood providing excellent court and judicial services to the Town of Steilacoom at a reduced cost from their current tradition of having a municipal court. This is a moving trend towards regionalization for municipalities to combine services in an effort to reduce budget costs and providing enhanced services not available in smaller jurisdictions. The Municipal Court staff will be assisting Steilacoom during the transition.
Community Safety Resource Team Update
The Northway Neighborhood hosted a luncheon on August 27 for members of the CSRT, Community Policing Team, and Animal Control officers that work their neighborhood as a way of saying “thank you for your service.” The plaque that was presented to them during their National Night Out event was installed at the entrance to their neighborhood and was unveiled during the event.
Police Department Update
Lakewood Investigators conducted a month long investigation into drug trafficking and served a high risk search warrant this week with the assistance of Metro SWA. The results of which recovered multiple firearms, large amounts of methamphetamines, and a stolen vehicle.
Community Development Update
This week staff met with the CDBG Citizens Advisory Board to review the FY 2012 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER is Lakewood’s annual reporting to HUD summarizing progress made during the fiscal year 2012 program year in carrying out housing and community development efforts pertaining to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funding. In FY 2012, the city provided $725,242 ($470,895 CDBG and $254,347 HOME) to support a variety of public service, housing, physical improvement, and economic development projects. Additionally, the City expended a total of $387,658.56 in NSP1 and NSP3 funding through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is currently constructing 32 single family residences in the Tillicum neighborhood over the next three years; construction has been completed on 7 homes, with an additional 4 homes currently under construction.
The CDBG Citizens Advisory Board has been meeting over the past several weeks. The Board has been reviewing past year’s funding allocations and is in the process of preparing a work plan for the upcoming year. Their next meeting, September 12, 2013, is a formal public hearing on housing, human services, and community development needs. It is also a joint meeting with the Human Services Funding Advisory Board.
This week staff met with Living Access Support Alliance to discuss progress on the proposed $6.1 million Prairie Oaks project. The project consists of 15-units of affordable housing for homeless families and an approximately 4,000 square foot client services center. The project is a cooperative effort of LASA and the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA). THA recently applied for permits from the City and is expected to start construction sometime in October.
On September 4, 2013, the City staff conducted a forum on the Point Defiance Rail Bypass Project. Residents, property owners, and business owners adjacent to the tracks from 108th Street SW to Gravelly Lake Drive SW were contacted. There were over 30 people in attendance. Comments were universal in opposition to the rail project. Common themes were concerns over noise, vibration, pedestrian safety, increased traffic congestion, and the adverse impact on property values. The next public outreach will be at the Tillicum Community Center on September 18th at 6:00 P.M.
Also this week, City staff briefed the Lakewood Industrial Park on Point Defiance. New information was obtained on the impacts of rail activity both in relation to Sound Transit’s Sounder and the likely effects of Amtrak on industrial park users.
Building Permit Activity
Permit activity remains steady. New building permit valuation for the month of August, 2013 was $4,651,729.23. Overall, building permit activity has increased over the previous year. Total valuation for the year to-date, January through August, is at $60,155,604.71. Last year’s total valuation during the same timeframe was $38,121,244.04.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
September 15th- Raider Brigade Homecoming Parade and Celebration
September 17th- Coffee with the Mayor- St. Clare Hospital Resource Center