City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/19/2011

August 19, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Raider Night at the Tacoma Rainiers Game: The Lakewood Sub-Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) raised funds to send 1,000 soldiers and family members to the Tacoma Rainiers baseball game on August 18th The 4-2 Stryker Brigade is Lakewood’s “community connection” to the Army and the City is an active member of the sub-chapter. The public was able to get a hands-on tour of a Stryker vehicle; the brigade provided a color guard to accompany the National Anthem; brigade commander Colonel Mike Getchell presented the sub-chapter and the Rainiers organization a Raider Appreciation plaque; Command Sergeant Major Paul Balmforth lead the stadium in the “7th Inning Stretch” and a squad of spirited Raider soldiers managed to get “the wave” rolling through Cheney Stadium in the bottom of the 7th after a few attempts.
  • Lakewood climbers scale Mount St. Helens: Seven climbers participated in a climb of Mount St. Helens this past Saturday and Sunday through a trip provided by the Parks, Recreation & Community Services department. The trip was planned around the annual Perseid meteor shower that occurs each August. The climbers hiked two miles to the 4800 foot level with full packs, set up camp and watched the meteor showers. The next morning began at 6:00 a.m. for the remaining three miles and 3500 vertical feet to the summit. Four climbers made it to the Crater Rim while the other three climbers attained different heights on the trek to the top. It was particularly impressive that their ages ranged from the mid-50s to the mid-70s with one participant celebrating her birthday on the trip.
  • City manager attends WCCMA conference in Blaine: The Washington City/County Management Association (WCCMA) held its annual conference in Blaine this week, with about 90 participants from around the State in attendance. The Lakewood city manager is the West Coast regional vice president of ICMA (the International City/County Management Association) and participated in the WCCMA board meeting on August 19th. Conference sessions included performance management, leading practices in city/county cooperation, complex public processes, and leadership strategies.