City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/12/2011

August 12, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Waughop Lake Closes Due to Toxic Algae: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department issued a Closed Advisory for Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom Park this week due to high levels of toxic algae. The Health Department and the City Parks Department made the decision to close the lake to protect the community from the health risks posed by toxic algae. The Health Department’s surface water team and community volunteers have been monitoring the lake regularly to measure levels of microcystin. The City of Lakewood took over management of the site in 2006, and received a grant in 2008 from the State to apply calcium hydroxide to the lake on an experimental basis to reduce the algae growth. The application did not work as hoped. Waughop Lake has been under a Warning Advisory for toxic algae since May 2009. Waughop Lake is a kettle lake, fed by storm water runoff and precipitation with no outfall. The longer stretches of daylight and warmer water temperatures during the summer are likely contributors to the increased levels. The City will be considering various treatment options to improve the water quality of the lake. Although the lake will be closed to boating, swimming and fishing, the path around Waughop Lake will be open for walking and other recreation pursuits.
  • South Sound 911 presentation at “Coffee with the Mayor”: The city manager presented a power-point overview of the proposed South Sound 911 system on August 12th, with about 25 people in attendance. Chief Ken Sharp of West Pierce Fire & Rescue participated, as questions were answered about the proposed systems, its costs and benefits.
  • “Junk in the Trunk” – Community Rummage Sale: On Saturday August 6th the City held its inaugural “Junk in the Trunk” community rummage sale. Vendors came with gently used goods from around the house and sold them in the parking lot at City Hall. There was a lot of pedestrian traffic for the vendors, and overall the event was deemed a success. The Parks and Recreation department will be holding another “Junk in the Trunk” event on Saturday September 17; for more information call (253) 983-7887.