City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/13/2012

April 13, 2012
Weekly Info Bulletin
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City earns WellCity Award: Lakewood earned a “WellCity Award” from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust. Lakewood is one of 84 cities to receive the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in promoting employee health. Award recipients receive a 2% premium discount on medical coverage for employees and their spouses in 2013.
  • Pierce County Sewers Update: City staff from Planning and Economic Development attended a meeting with the Pierce County Sewer Department this week. The County is in the process of changing the process for sewage pre-treatment from time and materials to a flat fee. The current process uses a general questionnaire that requires detailed information and notarized signatures. The proposed process will have three different application questionnaires: (1) the insignificant industrial user (an over the counter permit); (2) minor industrial user; and (3) significant industrial user (over 25,000 gallons per day). The County will be making presentations to familiarize the development community and the public regarding the proposed changes.
  • Economic Development Training: Becky Newton, Economic Development Specialist attended a 2 ½ day economic development workshop “Community Survivors” in Everett this week. The course was offered by the Department of Commerce and Washington Economic Development Association. The course featured nationally recognized business site selection consultants and other experts on a variety of economic development topics in the Northwest. Becky received a partial scholarship to attend the training.
  • Court Staff attends Misdemeanant Corrections Association Conference: Probation Counselor Jeanette Merod attended the annual Misdemeanant Corrections Association (MCA) Spring Conference. The MCA meets annually for probation departments across the state to exchange ideas, share learning experiences and receive training. Jeanette serves on the MCA board for education and training and assisted in organizing the conference, including writing the conference brochure. Lakewood Police Department Investigator Jeff Martin made a presentation at the conference on street gang recognition.
  • City Hall Art Exhibit: A new art exhibit by local artist Werner Dillenburger has been installed in the first floor alcove next to the elevator. His work features water colors depicting scenes of the Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainier and Chambers Bay golf course.
    The rotating art exhibit at City Hall is a program of the Lakewood Arts Commission. It changes every three months with the next exhibit scheduled for July.