City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/5/2011

August 5, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • New Traffic Signal at Bridgeport Way & 86th St: The Public Works Department activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Bridgeport Way & 86th St last Monday as part of the Bridgeport Way (Steilacoom Blvd to 83rd St) roadway upgrade project. The new signal increases safety of pedestrians crossing Bridgeport Way. The new signal features a left turn flashing yellow arrow (FYA) on southbound Bridgeport Way approach. The FYA allows a permissive left turn movement which requires yielding to oncoming traffic. The FYA has been adopted by the Federal Highway Administration as a new national standard for permissive left turn operation. The traffic signal will be coordinated with other signals on Bridgeport Way during peak afternoon traffic to maintain and improve traffic flow.
  • City departments in training for ICMA’S Center for Performance Measurement: The City conducted its orientation workshop on August 2nd for participation in the Center for Performance Measurement (CPM), affiliated with ICMA (International City Management Association). CPM is dedicated to helping local governments measure, compare and improve service delivery, and has over 200 participants, including a number of cities and counties in Washington State.
  • National Night Out: This year’s National Night Out featured a total of 45 “block-party”-type events throughout the City, with several thousand participants. The City’s CSRT (Community Safety & Resources Team) played a coordination role, assisted by Police and Fire presence. Several city councilmembers and the city manager also visited a number of sites, which included four city parks.
  • LPD takes second overall in JBLM pistol competition: LPD Officers Michael Wiley and Jason Cannon, with the Metro SWAT Team, participated in a pistol competition on JBLM on July 30th taking home second place overall.
  • Senior Activity Center Barbeque: The City’s senior activity center hosted its annual barbeque on August 4th, with over 100 participants at the safari-themed event. Parks staff manned the barbeque, and the event was hosted by Elizabeth Scheid, the center’s recreation coordinator. The group was joined by the city manager and the director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.
  • Lakewood’s SummerFEST Blood Drive voted “Best Drive of the Month”: The Lakewood’s SummerFEST Blood Drive was voted “Best Drive of the Month” for the month of June by Cascade Regional Blood Services. The award is given to the partner/account that made the most impact on their blood supply for that month, and Lakewood was selected to be the “one” among 96 other drives for June. We were able to provide 40 registered participants, and 33 units which gave Cascade Regional Blood Services 99 blood components for local hospitals. Of those participating there were 24 who donated for the first time. It couldn’t have came at a better time; summers are a very difficult time for Cascade Regional Blood Services to maintain an appropriate blood supply for local hospitals, and this summer has proven to be more difficult than past efforts.
  • End of Summer School at Woodbrook Middle School: The approximately 45 students attending summer school at Woodbrook Middle School celebrated with games, activities and the Bouncy House provided by the City of Lakewood Parks, Recreation & Community Services department. Three Wii consoles were set-up in the cafeteria with Mario Kart, bowling, boxing, tennis and Just Dance along with the Bouncy House & ping pong to keep the students busy inside. Outside, they played basketball, football, four square and other sports.