City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/9/2012

March 9, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Councilmember Moss becomes Honorary Commander: Colonel Wyn Elder, the 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, welcomed Mary Moss as one of the new honorary commanders representing the community in support of our Air Force personnel in a change of command ceremony on March 9th attended by the city manager. Councilmember Moss was “assigned” to the 62nd Operations Group at McChord Field.
  • State supplemental transportation budget includes $5.8 million over 3 years for studies to rebuild I-5 interchanges in Pierce and Thurston Counties: Lakewood and its other regional partners in the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership sought $7 million to complete the Interchange Justification Reports (IJRs) and associated environmental work for five interchanges along I-5 in Pierce and Thurston Counties. The supplemental transportation budgets recently released in the state legislature included a total of $5.8 million for these studies.
  • First official meeting of the South Sound 911 Police/Fire board: On March 9th, the first officially-posted meeting of the newly-established South Sound 911 “Combined Operations Board” convened in University Place. Co-chaired by Chief Ken Sharp of West Pierce Fire and Chief Rob Masko of the Sheriff’s Department, the group consists of the police and fire chiefs who are the primary participants in the new South Sound 911 communications agency, including the Lakewood Police Chief. The group will make recommendations to the new “Policy Board” of elected officials, which includes Lakewood’s mayor, at its meeting on March 28th.
  • DOE awards City $50K in additional grant funding: The City will be awarded via an amendment an additional $50,000 on top of the existing $225,000 Municipal Stormwater Capacity Grant originally awarded in 2010. The Legislature appropriated the additional funds in the 2012-13 operating budget from the Local Toxics Control Account. The grant funds are provided to continue to help municipalities comply with provisions of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Stormwater Permit and to improve and protect water quality.
  • South Sound Military & Communities Partnership named to “Excellent 10” list: The City of Lakewood, a founding member of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, was named to the “Excellent 10” list of great economic development projects by the Economic Development board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) at its annual meeting on March 2nd. In 2011, cities and counties surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) formed the multi-jurisdictional effort that fosters effective communication and mutual support between military and civilian communities. Just this year, Partnership efforts have leveraged over $68 million including federal funding for transportation projects on I-5 adjacent to JBLM and replacement of elementary schools on base. Each year, the EDB presents its "Excellent 10" list of ten great economic development projects in Pierce County for the previous year.
  • Habitat for Humanity annual event: Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher coordinated a City presence with a full table at the Habitat annual event on March 6th, with about 650 in attendance. The organization made special mention of its Lakewood involvement in the Tillicum community in a video presentation which highlighted its new homes underway there.
  • Presentation to Paralegal Program: Paralegal Ann-Marie Evans made a presentation outlining the Washington State Bar Association’s Rule 6 Program as part of Tacoma Community College’s Paralegal Career Series on March 2nd, the first career series the TCC program has offered.