City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/26/2011

August 26, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Bridgeport Way Construction near WalMart: The first phase of road construction work will begin along Bridgeport Way from 75th to north City limits at Leach Creek starting September 6th. This project will tie together improvements that were made as part of the Wal-Mart development as well as the turn pocket and wall improvements at Flanegan Road. During the construction period the roadway will be reduced to one lane northbound starting September 6, 2011. The lane restriction will stay in place 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. At a later date similar lane restrictions will occur south of Flanegan Road in the south bound direction. Currently, variable message signs are in-place informing motorists about the upcoming work. Citizens with any questions may contact Weston Ott at (253) 983-7795.
  • Employee Picnic Successful: The Annual City Employee Picnic coordinated by the Wellness Committee was held August 24th at Fort Steilacoom Park. It was an opportunity for employees to come together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and years of service awards. This quarter’s award theme was Teamwork and the two teams recognized were the Public Works Capital Project Team and the Wellness Committee. The management team served as the “grillers’, the Parks Department provided great support, and Jay was appreciated for his pulled pork barbecue.
  • Senior Activity Center Rides the Duck: Nineteen older adults from the Lakewood Senior Activity Center signed up for a joke-filled musical adventure to “Ride the Ducks” of Seattle. This lively group was met by a hilarious Coast Guard-certified maritime captain who narrated historical information and local folklore as they “quacked” their way through downtown Seattle and splashed into Lake Union. The WW II amphibious landing craft adventure was a hit.
  • Human Services funding helps support Caring for Kids Ready to Learn Fair: Held on August 13th at Lochburn Middle School, City funds helped 1,877 kids get the tools needed to ensure they are ready to start school on September 7th. Each child received a backpack filled with essential school supplies.
  • Shoreline Master Planning Process: On August 17th the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) discussed the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update for the City. The PAB focused on the proposed draft regulations and process associated with the approving the updated master program. The PAB is tasked with reviewing the draft SMP document, holding public hearings, and making a recommendation to the City Council for final action. On September 14th the PAB will consider a finalized schedule for the SMP review, including in-depth review of the draft document, dates for public hearings, and development of a recommendation to the Council. Public hearings are expected to be held in October and November 2011. Additional meetings will be held to discuss the update document in the coming months. Citizens should contact Marc Amrine (mamrine@cityoflakewood.us) at (253) 512-2261, ext. 7753 if interested in receiving email updates in the future.
  • City’s Hearing Examiner: The City’s Hearing Examiner, James O’Connor, has indicated his intent to retire at the end of the year. The Hearing Examiner is a critical position within the City tasked with providing independent analysis and decisions regarding land use permits and other quasi--judicial matters as provided in the municipal code. The City will be initiating a Request for Qualifications and Proposal to solicit new candidates for the position. The Examiner position is appointed by the City Manager, subject to confirmation by the Council, to serve for a term of two years.