City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/8/2011

July 8, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • I-5 Construction this Weekend: WSDOT continues improvements to I-5 through Lakewood this weekend that may significantly delay traffic. Here is an excerpt from their press release yesterday: “Ramp and lane closures this weekend on Interstate 5 in Lakewood promise two things: first, summer weekend traffic could be horrific and second, the I-5 Clover Creek Bridge project is almost complete.” Learn more at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/07/07_I5CloverCreeknorthbound+Closure.htm
  • Summer Concert Series Kick Off: On Tuesday, July 5th, “Locust Street Taxi” kicked off the City’s summer concert series under a warm, blue sky at American Lake Park. Staff sent out a press release earlier this week to regionally promote these concerts since there are few venues that offer similar combinations of quality bands and beautiful scenery at no cost. The summer concert schedule can be found at www.cityoflakewood.us under “latest news and events.”
  • Shoreline Master Program Update: The Planning Advisory Board (PAB) was provided the first set of revisions to the draft Shoreline Master Program and introduced to a draft Cumulative Impact Analysis on July 6, 2011. The proposed revisions to the Shoreline Master Program reflect comments received from the original document made available to the public in January of 2011. Both of these documents will be available to the public, via the City’s website at http://www.cityoflakewood.us/departments/community-development/shoreline-master-plan-update.html . If you have further questions pertaining to the update of the Shoreline Master Program or you would like to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Marc Amrine at (253) 983-7753, or at the following email address .
  • Senior Activity Center Wild Horse Wind Farm Trip: Members of the Lakewood Senior Activity Center recently rode a bus to Ellensburg for lunch at the Roadside Inn and then hit the road again and arrived at their destination at the Wild Horse Wind Farm. The Wild Horse Wind Farm is a 229-megawatt farm built by Puget Sound Energy that consists of 149 1.8-megawatt Vestas V80 turbines on a 9,560-acre site located 15 miles east of Ellensburg on Whiskey Dick Mountain. Members were treated to an informative presentation and a tour of the site’s 350 foot tall turbines and 2,408 solar energy panels.