City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/13/2012

January 3, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Martin Luther King Celebration to be held January 14th: The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration has been set for Saturday, January 14th, at the Sharon McGavick Center at Clover Park Technical College. It will feature a diverse range of performances highlighted by the Total Experience Gospel Choir led by Patrinell Wright and a brief keynote speech by Kevin Henry. Static displays will showcase some of the more trying times in our country’s development both locally and nationally and will provide a framework for our theme this year of: “Freedom – Yesterday & Today”.
  • Public Works receives DOE grant: Public Works received a grant offer from the State Department of Ecology (DOE) for $50,000. This is a continuation of a prior year DOE grant with the purpose and intent to help cities achieve compliance with the terms and conditions of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit as granted by DOE and as mandated under the Federal Clean Water Act.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive / 112th – Safety Retrofit: Starting on Tuesday, January 17th, the large grassy area at the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive and 112th Street will be retrofitted with a gravity rock wall to reduce the chance of errant southbound drivers going through the grassy area and into the private property beyond. The work will require temporary lane closures between 8 AM and 3:30 PM on northbound Gravelly Lake Drive, south of 112th Street. The project will take 4-5 business days to complete.
  • City staff responds to Oakbrook fire: The City’s human services coordinator responded on January 12th to a fire on Zircon Drive that resulted in six families being displaced. Human Services contacted the American Red Cross who deployed to the scene and, working together, all families were successfully relocated. The City applied for and received grant funds to ensure that families do not incur homelessness through no fault of their own during emergencies.