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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/4/2013

January 4, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Mayor is speaker at Lakewood United and Chamber of Commerce: On January 3, Mayor Richardson presented a retrospective of his 17 years on the Lakewood City Council at Lakewood United. He recalled pivotal moments in the City’s history such as the 2001 Council elections and various initiatives that did not gain traction such as the proposed theme park and take-over of utilities in Lakewood. Those distractions, however, were overshadowed by major accomplishments such as connecting Tillicum and Woodbrook to sewers; the construction of a city hall and police station with little to no debt; the formation of the Lakewood Police Department; the realignment of Pacific Highway; Sounder rail service to Lakewood; and good relationships with surrounding jurisdictions. Also on January 3, Mayor Richardson presented a “State of the City” address to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce during which he highlighted ongoing and anticipated development in Lakewood.
  • Building Permit Activity: For 2012, the building division issued 1,152 building permits and 160 planning permits totaling $46 million in estimated valuation.

    Description

    2010

    2011

    2012

    No. of building permits issued

    1,192

    1,219

    1,152

    No, of planning permits issued

    130

    134

    160

    New building permit valuation

    $39,373,915

    $53,294,834

    $46,553,744

  • HR Director elected President for Western Washington State Chapter International Public Management Association: HR Director Debra Young has been elected as President for the Western Washington State Chapter International Public Management Association – HR (IPMA-HR). Her term will run for two years (2013-2014). The purpose of IPMA-HR is to provide a professional forum for members to increase personal development through technical programs and to strengthen resources.