City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/20/2011

May 20, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Memorial Day Service at Mountain View: Lakewood residents are encouraged to attend a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30th at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW in Lakewood. This event is presented by the Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council. Bagpipers and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord band will highlight the ceremonies. Citizens are urged to attend and honor those who gave their lives in service to the nation. More information can be found at http://www.mountainviewtacoma.com/Memorial_Day_125928.html.
  • City benefits from Governor's Capital Transportation Budget: The recently-signed bill provides Lakewood with about $3 million for the Connector Project, which includes a pedestrian bridge adjacent to our train station, and improvements of Kendrick St SW with curbs, gutters, and sidewalks to 111th. Also included is $257,000 for sidewalks along John Dower Road to support the elementary school.
  • Economic Development Director receives Certificate of Appreciation: Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau (TRCVB) this week for her service on its Board of Directors. She contributed to the TRCVB's gaining accolades to include DMAI Accreditation, the City of Destiny Award, Art Popham Award, and Top Places to Work Finalist.
  • Onyx in Oakbrook Traffic Control Survey: Following up on a neighborhood traffic control issue in the Oakbrook Area on Onyx Drive between Phillips Rd and Turquoise Drive, Public Works recently sent out a letter and survey to about 200 fronting property owners there seeking their input on three possible traffic calming options. Public Works had already verified via traffic studies that the situation warranted action under the City's Neighborhood Traffic Control Program (NTCP) and that Phase 1 measures (installation of raised pavement markers along the centerline and fog line of the road coupled with targeted Police enforcement) had been unsuccessful in reducing excessive speeds.
  • LPD attends National Law Enforcement Week in DC: Last week was National Law Enforcement Officer Week in Washington DC and several members of the LPD Staff were in attendance. Sergeant Eakes and Officers Porche, Fraser, and Hector participated in the Police Unity Tour for the second time this year. Hundreds of officers from around the country rode their bicycles from New Jersey to Washington DC for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, averaging about 100 miles per day. The money raised from this fundraiser supports the maintenance of the LE Memorial wall and the new Law Enforcement Museum. Also participating in the memorial activities was Chief Farrar and his wife Cindy, Officer Carroll, Lt Hoffman, and Sergeant Shadow.