City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/10/10

September 10, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: David Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • All-City Tailgate: This is a reminder that the All-City Tailgate is scheduled for next Friday, September 17th at Clover Park High School's Harry Lang Stadium starting at 3:30pm. Please visit "latest news" at www.cityoflakewood.us for more details.
  • Coffee with the Mayor: During this morning's Coffee with the Mayor, Senior Planner Dan Penrose provided an overview of city-led planning efforts pertaining to regional transportation impacts associated with military growth in Pierce County. The presentation also reviewed some proposed remedies for mitigating I-5 congestion around JBLM. A follow-up discussion on non-transportation military growth issues is scheduled for the next Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, October 8th; additional details will be forthcoming.
  • Puget Sound Regional Council Grants: Recently, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) began accepting transportation enhancement project applications from cities, counties and agencies within its four county regions to compete for approximately $19.8 million in grants. The City submitted three project requests. The Lakewood Sounder Station pedestrian overpass project was recommended for a $200,000 grant with no match required. These funds would be used to acquire right of way, environmental study, and design. Total funding to date including this grant is $662,428 ($600,000 grants + $62,428 in City funds). Once the work on these phases is complete, the project will then be in an excellent position to compete for a $2.8 million construction grant.
  • Goats Conducting Community Service in Lakewood: Sound Transit will use goats as an "efficient and environmentally sustainable" supplement to its vegetation clearing efforts. From September 13-19, a herd of approximately 120 goats will graze a narrow strip of Sound Transit property adjacent to the tracks between 100th St SW and 108th St SW. The project will not require any road closures. A temporary fence will contain the goats during the operation and a herder and herding dog will monitor the goats throughout the process. The goats will remain on the site 24 hours a day during their grazing period. The public can safely view the goats by looking north from the sidewalk on 108th St SW between the rail crossing and Rainier Ave SW. Pedestrians should be aware that the rail line is active and therefore the tracks and graveled area beyond the crossing arm remain off limits to the general public.
  • Lakewood Police Accepting Outdated Pharmaceuticals: Lakewood Police are now participating in a community based collection program for waste pharmaceuticals and controlled substances. With the support of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, they will handle the proper collection and disposal of outdated or unwanted pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs and controlled substances. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will provide a secured collection drop box which will be monitored by a security camera in the Lakewood Police Department lobby. Residents may drop off eligible waste items (see www.cityoflakewood.us for more details) on weekdays between 8am and 5pm.