City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/27/2012

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

  • Winter Storm recap: On the City’s roads, Lakewood Public Works expended approximately 950 labor hours in round-the-clock coverage from Saturday night January 14th until early January 21st, using about 360,000 pounds of salt, 20,000 pounds of salt/sand mix, and 2,500 gallons of salt brine solution. Over 1,000 lane miles or roadway were plowed, and crews responded to over 140 calls for downed trees, branches, and power lines. Assistance was received from Lakewood Parks staff, Clover Park School District, Police, and Community Development. Parks and Recreation staff also coordinated a warming shelter for three days at City Hall for those needing to escape the cold or charge up batteries during power outages.
  • Lakewood hosts Puget Sound Performance Consortium: Representatives from about 12 cities and counties in the area participated in an ICMA-sponsored consortium regarding the Center for Performance Measurement (CPM) program progress on January 27th in Lakewood City Hall. ICMA is the Int’l City/County Management Association, and Lakewood has joined a regional group of cities collecting data to track and compare performance indicators related to delivery of public services.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive / 112th – Safety Retrofit: Starting on January 30th, 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.
  • LASA Count of Homeless: City Human Services staff and CSRT (the Community Safety & Resource Team) participated with the Living Access Support Alliance (LASA) in the One Night Count of Homeless for Lakewood on January 26th. The information gathered from this count is used to determine levels of need for homeless families throughout Pierce County. This point-in-time count is conducted nationwide throughout the month of January.
  • AWC Cities Legislative Action Conference: Councilmember Mary Moss and communications director Mike Savage attended the annual AWC legislative conference in Olympia on January 25th, along with representatives from cities around the State. The Governor spoke to the conference, as did the leadership from both houses; the theme centered on the financial challenges facing all government entities in 2012.
  • State Auditor speaks at monthly city managers meeting: Auditor Brian Sonntag was the guest speaker at the monthly area city managers meeting on January 26th in Fife. The subject was the relationship between cities and the State Auditor’s Office, the status of new regulations, and performance auditing,
  • Lakewood’s 9th annual MLK Celebration at CPTC– Freedom: Yesterday & Today: This annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring the Total Experience Gospel Choir, was attended by several hundred people on January 14th at the CPTC McGavick Center. Kevin Henry, the communications coordinator of cultural diversity for the City of Bellevue, served as keynote speaker. Local talent included the Lakes High School Studio choir. Riley Guerrero, an 8th-grader at Harrison Preparatory School, was named the winner of the Lakewood Arts Commission essay contest; she read her composition about the civil rights movement around the world. Her essay focused on the lack of civil rights for women in the Middle East.
  • Partners for Parks: Over 200 partners joined together at the CPTC McGavick Center on January 13th for the annual Partners for Parks “Black Tie & Blue Jeans Ball”. Partners for Parks is a collaboration of volunteers from throughout the area including service clubs, cities and towns, public entities, businesses and educational institutions who have worked together for the last ten years to raise funding for Lakewood area parks. Mayor Doug Richardson was the master of ceremonies and this year’s event focused on the needs of the Springbrook area and park expansion plans there.
  • Emergency relocation: City Human Services staff assisted a Woodbrook man with relocation after he was displaced through a total-loss fire on January 21st. The City’s Emergency Assistance for Displaced Residents (EADR) grant funds allowed him to be permanently relocated to an apartment complex in Lakewood.