City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/3/2012

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

  • 100th Street project to begin paving work: The City’s contractor for the 100th ST SW project will begin paving operations on 100th ST SW between Gravelly Lake Drive SW and 59th Avenue SW the week of August 5th. The contractor will grind down the existing pavement at the intersections on August 6th between the hours of 7pm and 2am. Paving will be completed during the nights of August 8th and 9th between the hours of 7pm and 6am. Final lane striping will be placed approximately 21 days after paving is complete. The lane striping material requires a minimum of 21 days for the new asphalt to “cure” prior to installation. Please use alternate routes when possible.
  • Defense Department makes site visit to Lakewood: The director of the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) of the US Defense Department visited JBLM on July 30th for the groundbreaking for the new elementary school construction projects. He also met with City and WSDOT staff at Lakewood City Hall for a briefing on the Berkeley (Freedom Bridge) interchange improvement project, which is funded by OEA, and he was escorted to visit the project site.
  • Police open “Use of Force Firearms Simulator” to City employees: The Police Department opened up the use of its Use of Force Firearms Simulator on July 31st to City Hall employees. Staff members had a chance to spend a few moments “in a police officer’s shoes.” Down in the range, with special ammo-less guns, employees were put through different scenarios which placed them in realistic situations similar to those faced by police officers every day, to include a domestic violence call and a bank robbery. The responses from each participant after completing their session was enthusiastic, and each person expressed appreciation for the opportunity to gain a different perspective on the decisions officers must make every day during their “normal work day.”
  • Planning staffmember achieves citizenship: Associate Planner Nadine Roberts, who has been employed by the City since 2004, was officially sworn in as a US citizen on August 1st. She’s originally from Merseburg in Germany, near Leipzig, and she first came to the United States as a high school exchange student in 1992.