City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/07/2011

October 7, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

100th Street Improvement Project: The 100th Street Improvement (59th Street to Gravelly Lake Drive) project will be advertised for construction bid on October 11th. The project includes widening 100th Street to accommodate bicycle use, installing concrete curb and gutter on both sides, installing cement concrete sidewalks on both sides, upgrading the drainage system, installing a new street lighting system, installing a new traffic signal system at Gravelly Lake Drive, and asphalt overlaying the entire roadway.

Tillicum Sewer Project approved by Pierce County: The final approval of the Tillicum sewer extension project by the Pierce County Sewer Utility Division was accomplished on October 6th, which will result in the City moving forward to system activation and the issuance of letters of sewer availability.

City’s Garbage and Recycling Schedule Changes: The City’s refuse service provider will be implementing service changes beginning in November. The changes essentially relate to rescheduling the pick-up day so that yard waste pick-up or recycling pick-up coincides with the garbage service pick-up day. As an example, a customer who has their garbage picked up on Monday would then also have their yard waste or recycling picked up on alternating Mondays. The City’s refuse provider will be notifying each customer of their new pickup day; the first notice will be a mailing followed by at least two phone calls with a message advising of the route changes. The result will be many customers having changes to their service schedule but hopefully an improvement with having just one pick-up day.

Lakewood is the City that Reads: The Lakewood Library and the Lakewood Arts Commission celebrated National Literacy Month by creating the 3 Favorite Books event from September 6th – 30th. Readers were encouraged to visit the Lakewood Library to fill-out a form and list their 3 favorite books. All forms were entered into a drawing with prizes donated by Designated Escrow, the Ram, Barnes & Noble, and Taco Del Mar. The drawing for prizes was held on October 2nd at the Lakewood Library; 10 year-old Brenden Futch was the top prize winner.