City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/9/2012

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

  • Lakewood Recognizes Veterans Day: The City of Lakewood will be closed on Monday, November 12th in recognition of Veterans Day. The Lakewood City Council issued a proclamation at its last meeting designating November 11, 2012 as Veterans Appreciation Day and urges all citizens to thank military veterans for their contributions to our national security, to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans and those still serving in harm’s way, and to actively support local veterans in their transition to civilian life.
  • Lakewood’s Community Connector Deploys: Mayor Richardson and Deputy Mayor Anderson were on hand to wish the 4-2 Stryker Brigade commander, Colonel Mike Getchell, and other soldiers a safe deployment as they departed McChord Field for a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan on November 7.
  • Kenworth NW dealership Groundbreaking: The new Lakewood dealership for Kenworth trucks officially started construction on November 9th at its Pacific Highway location in Ponders. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the mayor, several councilmembers, and several senior staffmembers including the police chief. The new building will be about 26,400 square feet.
  • New Visitors Guide Expected to Increase Tourism: Economic development staff met with new Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau President/CEO Bennish Brown and Marketing Coordinator Chad Hall to discuss the 2013 Visitor Guide design. The updated and inclusive Guide will look similar to travel magazines, providing stories and pictures from travel writers that focus on additional City destinations to increase tourism to our area. Circulation is expanding by 75% and will include Northern Oregon. The new and improved publication will be available in January 2013.
  • New restaurant in Lakewood: The new construction on the corner of Bridgeport Way SW and Steilacoom Blvd SW is for Delong’s Deluxe, a hamburger stand with walk-up service and outdoor seating. In addition to hamburgers, Delong’s Deluxe will serve fries, sodas, milkshakes and ice cream. The site is also designed to accommodate a future espresso stand in a separate building.
  • AWC Regional Meeting: Councilmembers Moss and Brandstetter, and the city manager, attended the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) meeting in Olympia on November 7th with representatives from a number of Pierce and Thurston counties. The focus of discussion was on the upcoming legislative session and policy priorities of Washington cities as they face redirection of State-shared revenues.
  • PSRC honors Congressman Norm Dicks: The city manager joined others from the Tacoma/Pierce County area at the Puget Sound Regional Council’s “Prosperity Partnership” luncheon in Seattle on November 5th. The event was a tribute to Norm Dicks and the contribution he has made to our area during a 36-year career in Congress.
  • Pierce College Workforce Advisory Board Meeting: Economic Development Director Ellie Chambers-Grady attended the Pierce College Workforce Advisory Board Meeting this week. The group meets quarterly to discuss workforce, education topics, emerging trends and opportunities for collaboration. Individual members of the group provide updates during the meeting and briefings are provided and several topics. This meeting the topics were Department of Labor Health E-Grant and Health Information as well as an integrated technology update, workforce grant, worker retraining, WorkFirst, and HEET. City Councilmember Mary Moss also attended the meeting.
  • Lakewood Sounder Station Ridership: City staff has been monitoring commuter rail traffic at the Lakewood Station. From October 8 through November 7, 2012, daily boarding’s on Sounder Commuter rail (5 northbound morning trains) range from 122 – 178. The heaviest days are Tuesday through Thursday and the heaviest trains are the last two in the morning.