City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/23/2011

September 23, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 12th Annual Lakewood International Festival: Lakewood Sister Cities Association is proud to present its 12th Annual Lakewood International Festival on Saturday, September 24th, in the Sharon McGavick Student Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington. This year’s festival begins at 11:30 a.m. and will feature international musical performances representing all parts of the globe. There will also be a kids’ art and play area, food and market vendors, and prizes. The festival is free to the public and celebrates Lakewood’s cultural diversity and its Sister City relationships with Okinawa, Japan, and Bauang, Philippines; and Friendship City relationships with Gimhae, South Korea, and Danzhou, PR of China. This year’s highlighted city is Danzhou, PR of China. We are happy to welcome the Danzhou Municipal Song & Dance Ensemble from Danzhou!
  • City Attorney elected to Executive Board of Administrative Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association: At the annual section meeting of the Administrative Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter was elected to the Executive Board. After serving as the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) committee chair for the past year, she will serve as Chair-elect for 2011-2012 and Section Chair the following year.
  • Steilacoom Blvd Water Quality Project: Work on this project which includes installing two (2) storm water treatment units in Steilacoom Blvd between Phillips Rd and Edgewater Dr. will begin on Monday, September 26th. This work is anticipated to be completed by October 7th. Work will be performed at night between 7:30 PM to 5:30 AM. During work hours, traffic on Steilacoom Blvd will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction and Edgewater Dr. between Steilacoom Blvd and 87th St will be temporarily closed.
  • Economic Development and Economic Development Board staff meeting with businesses: Economic Development and Economic Development Board (EDB) staff Derek Kilmer met with representatives from TaChen, a business in the 112th Street business park, and Cascade Sonoco which is a business located in the Lakewood Industrial Park. The meetings are part of our ongoing business outreach calls with Lakewood businesses to thank them for being in Lakewood and talk with them about their business growth and plans.
  • Freedom Furniture Store Grand Opening: Freedom Furniture Store in the Lakewood Towne Center held its Grand Opening on Thursday morning. The Chief Operating Officer of Freedom Furniture is very pleased with the location and the new store, and commented that it has been one of their longer site location searches. City staff initial contact with Freedom Furniture was in April of 2008 and continued ongoing contact over the last several years. Congratulations and welcome to Freedom Furniture!
  • 2011 United Way Day of Caring: 14 employees from several departments volunteered their time in revitalizing a transitional house for LASA (Lakewood Area Shelter Association). The group trimmed an approximately 200 foot hedge, raked and pulled weeds, power washed the entire house, and cleaned the gutters to name a few things.
  • Code Officers Attend Annual Washington Association of Code Enforcement (WACE) Conference: Code Enforcement Officers attended the annual WACE code enforcement conference in Leavenworth last week. One of the highlights was a one-day class “Spanish in a Pinch.” The class was a lesson in common Spanish terms that can be used on the job while conversing with Spanish-speaking tenants and property owners. In addition, there were lectures on mediation, improving health by reducing exposure to hazards, mortgage field service and property preservation providers, and human trafficking crimes in Washington State.
  • Community Clean-up in Tillicum: On Saturday, September 17th Habitat for Humanity sponsored a community clean-up in Tillicum. This was an effort by Habitat to get Tillicum excited about the upcoming additions to housing in the area. Habitat will be building 30+ homes over the next few years, with several already in progress. 40 volunteers, including Lt. Steve Mauer arrived at 8:30 AM to assist in the clean-up. Habitat worked with residents and scheduled pick-ups of large items to be discarded. The items were stacked up on the curb and volunteer teams loaded the items into trucks provided by Habitat. The trucks then took the items to a designated lot in Tillicum, where LeMay, Inc. had placed four large garbage containers. Over twenty households had large items for disposal, and volunteers filled up over eight, 40-yard containers with trash from the clean-up. It was a very successful event with visible results. A big “Thank You!” to all the volunteers who assisted.