City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/5/2013

July 5, 2013

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

Council Meetings

City Council's next study session is scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Legislative Session Update; 2) Update on lodging tax; 3) Joint meeting with the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee; 4) Review of the Comprehensive Plan Public Participation Plan.

City Council's next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2013 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. City Council agenda items will be: 1) Review of the Comprehensive Plan Public Participation Plan; 2) Recognizing the Best of the South Sound winners; 3) Presentation of the West Pierce Fires District Levy by Fire Chief Jim Sharp; 4) Adopting the 2014-2019 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program.

Topics of Interest and Updates:

Lakewood Pays Tribute to Bill Harrison on his 80th Birthday: Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison celebrated his 80th birthday this week at Lakewood's Tacoma Country & Golf Club. Many of his former Army colleagues recounted his influence in their careers and lives at Fort Ord, CA and Fort Lewis as he commanded the 7th Infantry Division and I Corps respectively. A number of councilmembers and staff – past and present -- joined scores of well-wishers to honor Lakewood's first mayor and recount his unparalleled legacy of leadership in the City. Councilmember Helen McGovern-Pilant and others remarked that Lakewood may not have voted to incorporate without the commitment and vision of Mayor Harrison.

Council Recognizes Outstanding Graduates: This week, the City Council recognized the top graduates from Lakewood’s three high schools: Keyre “Kadie” Figueroa (Clover Park HS), Elizabeth Badger (Lakes HS), and James-Victor Alvarez (Harrison Prep). In the photo with the Council, Kadie and James-Victor are joined by Kadie's mother, Marie Figueroa and Harrison Prep Principal Lisa Boyd.

Parks Update:

  • Swim Safe at American Lake: This new partnership with the Lakewood YMCA, West Pierce Fire District, the City of Lakewood and funded by Safe Kids Coalition to provide basic water safety lessons and a lifejacket check-out program began last weekend with nearly 60 children participating. The program coincided with the opening weekend of our lifeguards being on duty and one of the hottest days of the summer so far. The program is free to participants and will be offered on Fridays from noon until 4:30 p.m. through the end of August.

Economic Development Update:

  • Business interest in City of Lakewood Finance Programs on the increase: City staff, along with consultants from the National Development Council (NDC) met with four businesses this week. The purpose was to look at potential ways to finance their various projects. One company is a startup looking to expand rapidly over the next few years, including bringing manufacturing jobs to Lakewood and increasing sales staff nationally, another long time Lakewood business is looking to expand a showroom here, the third is a non-profit in the early stages of expansion looking to purchase a local building, hire more staff and fill a growing need for basic food assistance in the Pierce County area. The fourth is a 100 year old business looking to relocate to Lakewood and purchase an existing building, plus expand and build additional working space on site. With our existing Community Block Grant Fund and NDC’s help, the City of Lakewood has been able to access new funds including Section 108, the Grow America Fund, New Market Tax Credits, CERB, EB5 (Foreign Direct Investment), and priority lender SBA funds. Priority lender means less time to process and negotiable lower interest rates. Visit our website for information on some of the programs offered: /government/departments/economic-development/business-financial-assistance .

    Contact the Economic Development department for more information.

  • 5 Star Property Management Honored at Council This Week: As a Means to Thank Our Businesses for Being Here, Council Periodically Showcases a Business for Their Contribution and Commitment to Our Community. 5 Star Is a Growing, Positive and Service-Oriented Business With a Mindset for Excellence in Customer Service and Success. to View Their Story and to See Previous Stories, Visit Our Website: /business/business-Showcase .

Public Works Update:

  • Bridgeport Way Overlay – 112th to 59th: Construction for the Bridgeport Way Overlay Project (between 112th and 59th Avenue) will begin on Monday, July 15, 2013. Expect temporary lane closures during the day for completion of ADA ramp upgrades and pavement dig-out repairs. The major pavement overlay work will take place at night (7 PM to 5 AM) to minimize disruptions to adjacent businesses and the traveling public.
  • Lakewood Station Connection – Pedestrian Bridge Opening – Monday July 8, 2013: The pedestrian bridge over the tracks from Lakewood Station to Kendrick Street will be open on Monday, July 8, 2013. Staff will continue to work with Sound Transit to conduct public outreach and place temporary directional signage to advertise the opening of the bridge.
  • Building Permits/Business Licenses: New building permit valuation totals for January through June 30, 2013 are $53,891,048.51. Total number of active business licenses is 4,161.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • July 11th 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. - City Talk with the Mayor- by appointment only
  • July 12th- City of Lakewood night at the Tacoma Rainiers
  • July 13th & 14th- SummerFEST at Fort Steilacoom Park
  • July 16th 7:30 a.m. - Coffee with the Mayor – City Hall Council Chambers