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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/15/2014

August 15, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Night Closures, Slowdowns on I-5

Drivers on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 will encounter several nights of double and triple lane closures and rolling slowdowns next week in Lakewood, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Drivers entering I-5 will be temporarily delayed at on-ramps near the work zones during the rolling slowdowns. Crews will install sign bridges for “smart highway” devices. The devices help WSDOT manage traffic and relay roadway information to the public. To view a schedule of the work, visit http://goo.gl/jN1omA .

City Councilmember Snaps JBLM Photo

Check out this great picture snapped by photographer extraordinaire and Lakewood City Councilmember John Simpson. He titled the shot, "Army and Lakewood Strong." #Hooah #IamLakewood

Sewer Extension Grant

The City was formally notified that it was selected to receive a $750,000 grant from Pierce County for the Woodbrook Public Sanitary Sewer Extension Phase II project. The sewer project would extend the existing sewer line in 146th Street from its present terminus, just short of Woodbrook Road, easterly to Woodbrook, and then southeasterly on Woodbrook to 150th Street, and then westerly on 150th Street to about 800 feet westerly of Woodbrook. In doing so, sanitary sewer service would then be readily available to all industrially zoned properties (approximately 112 Acers) within the Woodbrook Area. Total cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million.

Senior Activity Center Barbecue

Lakewood ...we have liftoff.

Few would mistake our community for Cape Canaveral, but the Lakewood Senior Activity Center was the site of its own out-of-this-atmosphere party this week, as the seniors held their annual summer barbecue.

With a theme of "3,2,1 ... Blastoff," the 80 or so people in attendance got a space-age experience that included barbecue food cooked by Parks, Recreation and Community Services employees, music by the group Community Blend and rocket-themed party favors.

"We had an amazing time," said LSAC Coordinator Elizabeth Scheid. "The seniors had so much fun and the whole outer-space feel was great."

To view a photo gallery of the barbecue, visit the Senior Activity Center's Facebook page .

Tuskegee Airman From Lakewood

The City of Lakewood sends its condolences to the loved ones of Lt. Col. Edward Drummond, longtime Lakewood resident and member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. (Read The News Tribune’s story of his passing here: http://t.co/63BP6UwqEr ) The City is honored that Drummond called Lakewood home.

Economic Development

Lodging Tax Grant Applications

Organizations submitted a total of 18 lodging tax grant applications by this week’s deadline. The next step in the grant process is for Lakewood’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to review the 2015 applications and make funding recommendations. The City Council will evaluate the recommendations and make final funding decisions this November/December.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, August 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Business showcase – House of Donuts
  • Appoint 2014-2015 Youth Council members and Lakewood’s Promise Representative
  • Sewer connection policies relative to subdivisions (Briefing by the City Manager)

The Transportation Benefit District Board will be holding a meeting on Monday, August 25, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Public Hearing on a proposed $20 annual vehicle license fee and various transportation street improvement projects

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 25, following the Transportation Benefit District Board meeting, in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Joint Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Review financial policies

The City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2014 Comprehensive Plan Review (1 of 3)