City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/28/2012

September 28, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Clean audit report: The City received a “clean audit” this week from the State Auditor’s Office with no findings or management letters for the review of federal grants and financial statements recently completed for 2011. The accountability portion of the audit is still being conducted and that report will come out in October or November.
  • Congressman Norm Dicks joins in Sounder service celebration: The mayor, councilmembers, and the city manager and staff, joined Sound Transit boardmembers and staff, along with several hundred invited guests, to ride the Sounder commuter train from Lakewood station to Freighthouse Square in Tacoma on September 24th. Regular service will start on October 8th, and the public is invited to a grand opening on Saturday October 6th at Lakewood station.
  • CSRT provides new wheelchair to mobile home park tenant: A manager for a local mobile home park contacted CSRT staff to let them know that one of their tenants needed a wheelchair. The tenant is disabled, with no family and very little money, and the wheelchair that she had been using was too big to fit through her bedroom and bathroom doors making her quality of life very difficult. CSRT staff jumped into action and sent out an email to City staff asking for help. They received a positive response offering to either buy a new wheelchair or track down a good used one. Animal Control Officer Bill Mathies donated a wheelchair that was in new condition. CSRT delivered the wheelchair to the woman, who was overwhelmed with emotion and very grateful.
  • CSRT clean up property: The yard and driveway of a highly visible residence on Steilacoom Blvd. which was covered with discarded household items and the source of numerous citizen complaints, has been substantially cleaned up. Code Enforcement worked closely with the residents of the home to bring the property into compliance with property maintenance codes.