City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/19/2013

April 19, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Develop a vision for parks and public spaces to improve quality of life and attract residents
    • Parks and Recreation Staff attend WRPA Annual Conference: Parks, Recreation and Community Services staff attended the Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington, April 16th – 18th, 2013.
  • Council Priority: Sustain regional leadership and coordinate with military partners
    • Mayor Attends JBLM’s “Community Listening Session”: Mayor Anderson, Interim City Manager Wachter, and other senior staff attended a workshop hosted by Lt. Gen. Robert Brown at the Eagle’s Pride Golf Course on Thursday. The purpose of the session was for local communities to provide input and learn about how Army downsizing could affect JBLM. The Active Army will reduce its end strength from about 570,000 to 490,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal year 2017 through attrition and reductions in force. JBLM could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers. The Army will not likely make any decisions on cuts until this summer. Those cuts would be phased over a four-year period.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • City Participates in I-5 Interchange Planning Meeting: Public Works staff recently participated in a “technical stakeholder meeting” with other regional partners to discuss I-5 interchange upgrades along the I-5 corridor between Lakewood and JBLM. Staff reviewed the final drafts of the “Project Charter and Methods and Assumptions” document which will be used to establish traffic modeling. The group will meet next in May to review modeling results and alternatives.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Interim City Manager is speaker at Lakewood Rotary: This week, Interim City Manager Heidi Wachter was the guest speaker at the Lakewood Rotary and gave a presentation on the “State of the City”. She will be making similar presentations next week at the Lakewood First Lions Club and the Clover Park Kiwanis Club.
    • Coffee with the Mayor: On Tuesday, April 16th, Assistant City Manager Dave Bugher was the guest speaker at Coffee with the Mayor. He gave an update on the redevelopment of the I-5 corridor.
    • Lakewood Toastmasters host Speech Contest: Lakewood Toastmasters is hosting the first-ever Area Speech Contest this evening in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Lakewood Toastmasters Club started as an employee’s only club but has since expanded to include the greater Lakewood community and continues to recruit members. Visitors are welcome to attend their meetings held every Tuesday at noon in the Lakewood Council Chambers.