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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/1/2013

March 1, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Lakewood Projects Recognized By EDB: At its annual meeting today, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County announced the “2013 Excellent 10 Awards.” Two Lakewood projects were on the list: the City’s “Sound Transit Connector Project” (Pedestrian Bridge – pictured below) and the Clover Park Technical College Health Sciences Building. The City expects the pedestrian bridge to generate private investment in residential redevelopment near the station. Developers will be able to take advantage of convenient commuter rail transportation to northern destinations in the Puget Sound. The bridge will be completed by the end of March.
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Lakewood – “America’s Hidden Gems”: The City will debut a short video, “Today in America with Terry Bradshaw” during its regular Council meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7pm. This video features Lakewood as part of the “America’s Hidden Gems” series. It is available for viewing at the City’s website www.cityoflakewood.us . Additional information will be forthcoming.
    • Also at Monday’s meeting, the City will also recognize former City Manager Andrew Neiditz for his eight years of service. All citizens are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow.
  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Gloria Motel Demolished: Under an abatement order from the City, the Gloria Motel was recently demolished by the property owner. Long one of the most troublesome motels in Lakewood, the City and the Washington Department of Health closed the Gloria Motel in 2010. It was deemed unfit for habitation. After obtaining the property through foreclosure, the current owner determined it would not be feasible to repair the 63-year old motel. He is exploring options for redeveloping the property and the City will support his efforts as appropriate.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • LPD Supports Operation “Shiny Penny”: Lakewood Police are an integral member of the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority’s (WATPA) Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force. The Task Force recently completed a six-month investigation resulting in multiple arrests. The combined effort investigated property crimes in Pierce County and across Washington State focusing on auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud. For more information, please view the press release at www.cityoflakewood.us under “news updates.”
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • Healthy Start Program – Tyee Park: Fifteen students in the Healthy Start After School Program have qualified to participate in the upcoming regional Speed Stacking competition in Auburn, WA. Seven students gave a demonstration of the sport that emphasizes the use of both sides of the brain by using both hands during an all-school assembly. Six of the students competed against each other and the seventh challenged Principal Gillis and won easily. To see Speed Stacking in action, go to www.speedstacks.com
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Supports Pierce College Event: CSRT staff participated in the 8th Annual Child Identification Event conducted by the Pierce College Criminal Justice Club on February 13. Parents brought their children in and had them fingerprinted, received DNA swabs and dental impressions. The City participated in public education efforts related to crime prevention. Thirty children received services at the event.