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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/27/2012

July 27, 2012
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Emergency management training: Several City staff attended a three-day Emergency Operation Center training provided by FEMA. Many community partners, including West Pierce Fire, St. Clare Hospital, TPC Health Department and JBLM, also attended.  It is vital that this community wide support is in place when and if a major event occurs. 
  • Paving Murray Road and 150th Street: Crews will be paving 150th Street between Spring Street and Murray Road on Thursday, August 2nd. Murray Road between the JBLM Logistics Gate and I-5 will be paved on the night of Friday, August 3rd starting at 7:30pm and is expected to go into early Saturday morning. Delays in the vicinity of the Throne Lane Interchange at I-5 are expected both nights as crews prepare and complete the work. Construction within the corridor is expected to be completed in August.
  • City activates new traffic signal: The Public Works Department activated a new (replacement) traffic signal at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Dr and 100th St this week.  The new signal has many safety improvements including audible pedestrian push buttons, Braille pedestrian signage, countdown pedestrian heads, flashing yellow left turn arrows, signal head back plates with reflective tape and internally illuminated street name signs.  The contractor will construct new ADA crosswalk ramps within the next few weeks.
  • Awesome Artful Antics Camp:  Last week campers enjoyed an art-filled week learning about many different mediums of self-expression including music, dance, drawing, painting and theatre. They visited Lakewold Gardens, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass. The campers finished off the week with a talent show and art showcase.
  • Camp Create:  Over 50 campers enjoyed fun games, crazy crafts and a virtual safari at the City of Lakewood's $5/day Day Camp. Last week’s theme was "Silly Safari" and the campers, counselors and volunteers had a good time. This next week’s theme is "All the Places You’ll Go".  Campers will play games, make crafts and enjoy activities all based off the wonderful world of Dr. Suess.

Coffee with the Mayor - July 13, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, July 13, 2012, at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board (LHAB) members will screen their video Preserving Our Heritage and will give a presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

JBLM Event Draws Out-of-State Attendees

Multi-million dollar procurement opportunities are available

Lakewood, WA: South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) filled the 10,709 square foot McGavick Conference Center ballroom on June 12th with nearly 300 regional businesses eager to learn more about contracting at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event drew attendance from mostly South Sound businesses to learn about “Doing Business with JBLM,” but event organizers were surprised to see a significant showing from Oregon and California companies as well.

By show of hands, the crowd appeared to be heavily weighted by construction industry contractors. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) contracting team covered the entire procurement process, from pre & post award to the technical evaluation process. Details on the construction contracting process was covered in depth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

USACE is responsible for the procurement of construction projects at JBLM. FY12 anticipated contracts for JBLM construction alone is targeted at over $500 Million. Total construction spending over the last five years at JBLM was $1.8 Billion.

Washington State Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Director, Tiffany Scroggs noted, “PTAC assisted businesses in procuring $138 Million in contracts for FY11 and our goal is to double that in FY12. SSMCP’s forum was an important step toward achieving that goal.” PTAC holds a contract with the Department of Defense to teach businesses how to do business with the government.

“The economic impact of JBLM includes $3.2 Billion in annual payroll, and it supports 136,124 personnel, dependents, and contractors along with 117,971 retirees,” said Dan Penrose, Project Manager for SSMCP. Dan also noted that “Washington State ranks 23rd in the nation for our businesses securing government contracts. There’s a lot of opportunity for us to change that.”

To view all of the event presentations, look for “Doing Business with JBLM” at: .

Human Services Funding Available

The City of Lakewood is now accepting applications for Human Services funding. Funds will be available for services provided January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. Lakewood City Council has identified priorities for funding in 2013 to be: Basic Needs, Safety, Health and Education. Applicants seeking to receive human services funding by the City of Lakewood for 2013 must provide core services to Lakewood citizens in one or more of the four priority areas. New applicants must create an eCImpact account. The registration and application process is accessed by clicking on this link: 2012 City of Lakewood Application for Funding. For additional information on the application process, please contact Kim Dodds, Human Services Coordinator at (253) 983-7756.

Comcast Newsmakers Interview Mayor Douglas Richardson

Recently, Mayor Doug Richardson was interviewed by award-winning journalist Sabrina Register for “Comcast Newsmakers”. He discussed a number of issues of importance to Lakewood and the South Sound region.

Comcast Newsmakers is a professionally produced interview segment that airs on CNN Headline News and channel 45.