City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/14/2012

September 14, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Final Farmers Market Event of 2012: Next Tuesday, Sept 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is the last Farmers Market event for the season. All are invited to come by City Hall and purchase fresh foods while thanking our vendors for providing such a great market to the Lakewood Community. If you have ideas for next year such as dates, time, location, types of vendors, and so forth, please send your suggestions to .
  • Sounder Train Service Begins October 8: Councilmember Mary Moss and former Mayor, Councilmember, and Sound Transit Board Member Claudia Thomas participated in Sound Transit’s press conference on September 12th. Sound Transit announced that train service will begin in Lakewood on October 8th. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting event and free ride on Saturday, October 6th – time yet to be determined. For more information, including scheduling and fares, please visit http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Community/Rider-news/Lakewood-South-Tacoma-Sounder-Service.xml .
  • Lakewood Again Recognized as one of “100 Best Communities for Young People”: On September 12, the America’s Promise Alliance identified Lakewood as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People. Lakewood, a six-time 100 Best winner, offers several programs that help area youth become leaders, support the community through volunteer activities, and foster an environment of learning with safe places to grow. “This recognition from America’s Promise 100 Best is significant and meaningful to the entire community,” said Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson. “So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community.”
  • Camp Murray Traffic Reduction: As of September 13th, and pursuant to the right of way permit issued to the Washington Military Department (WMD) to construct a new access-control gate in Tillicum, WMD has relocated 374 full and part time staff from Camp Murray to other locations. This decrease in Camp Murray personnel will reduce traffic in Tillicum.
  • American Lake Park Construction: A Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) contractor will make environmental upgrades at American Lake Park beginning Monday, September 17th. This project is part of the DOE’s ongoing Soil Safety Program. During construction, City staff will keep the main parking lot closed. Access to the park will be limited to the boat launch side. Staff will cover the “trailer parking only” signs and allow all vehicles to park in the boat launch side during construction. The contractor will remove all the sod and soil to a depth of 12 inches the full width of the park from the picnic shelter to the bulkhead and down to the beach on the east end. Heavy (and occasionally loud) equipment will operate in the park. As such, the entire park, with the exception of the boat launch area, will be closed for public use. The contractor plans on working weekdays from 7am to 5pm. The work also involves replacing the soil and sod at the site. All work should be completed no later than October 10th. The sodded area will remain closed through winter to allow the sod to establish a good root system. Kiwanis Park will also have similar work done as part of this program, but will remain open to the public as it is a smaller area. The work zone will be fenced off October 8-15 and possibly sooner depending on the contractor’s schedule. For more information, call parks staff at (253) 983-7887.
  • Reflection Park Ceremony on 9/11: The mayor, city manager, and several councilmembers attended the West Pierce Fire & Rescue dedication of the newly-established Reflection Park at Fire Station 31 in University Place on September 11th. The park is built around a steel beam/artifact from the World Trade Center in New York City which was transported a few months ago by our firefighters. The purpose of the park is to honor the first responders who died on September 11, 2001. Two firefighters from FDNY were present for the ceremony.
  • Interlaaken Bridge Upgrades Completed: The temporary load restriction signage on Interlaaken Bridge will be removed by September 21st.
  • Bridgeport Way North (WalMart area) street improvement project update: The City’s contractor anticipates the paving schedule as follows: pavement repair on September 18th, grind-off the existing pavement along curb lines on September 19th, pre level the existing pavement on September 20th, and finally on September 21st and 24th asphalt overlay the entire roadway from 75th to Chambers Creek crossing. All work will be done at night between the hours of 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. During the night work, one lane in each direction will remain open and there will be limited closures of driveways. At least one driveway for WalMart will remain open.