City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/28/2011

October 28, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Truck and Tractor Day on Saturday: The City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host the 6th annual Truck and Tractor Day at Fort Steilacoom Park on Saturday October 29th. This is a free event for children of all ages to enjoy, with free pumpkin decorating, hayrides and truck and tractors to climb in. Each child will receive a free construction hat (while supplies last). The event begins at 3pm and ends at 6pm. Families can also enjoy a moonlit hayride from 6pm to 10pm for only $1.
  • Marcus Walker Way sign dedicated: Friends and family of Marcus Walker, the late director of the Lakewood Playhouse, gathered outside the theater on Friday evening, October 28th, to watch the newly installed street sign entitled “Marcus Walker Way” unveiled by Mrs. Lauren Walker. The mayor and city manager made comments about the significant contributions made by Marcus Walker to the arts in the Lakewood community. The tribute coincided with his birthday celebration and a weekend of activities at the Lakewood Playhouse.
  • Planning Advisory Board will hold public hearing on Shoreline Master Planning: The Planning Advisory Board (PAB) will be holding a public hearing on November 9th at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers to take public testimony and consider proposed updates/amendments to the Shoreline Master Program. Their decision will be forwarded to the City Council as a recommendation for action by the Washington State Department of Ecology. More information is available for the public at the following link:
    /news-and-events/904-shoreline-master-plan-updates.html .
  • Youth Council member recognized: Clover Park High School student and Youth Council member Ga-Young Jin was recognized on October 21st by the Lakewood Rotary Club as Student of the Month. Ga-Young is #1 in her class with a 4.0 GPA, has been class president every year at Clover Park, and has played varsity tennis for four years running. She is National Honor Society Vice President, and President of the Key Club. Ga-Young plans on pursuing a career in medicine, and has applied for admission to several universities.
  • Make a Difference Day: The Youth Council organized and coordinated events throughout the City in celebration of Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 22nd; it was the 9th year that they have hosted the event in Lakewood. Project sites included the historic Western State Hospital Cemetery on the grounds of Fort Steilacoom Park; the Caring for Kids warehouse; the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Pumpkin Patch at Fire Station 21; and a beautification project at Tyee Park Elementary School. Approximately 125 volunteers participated in the event including the Key Club of Clover Park High School, and Cub Scout pack #53.