City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/12/10

March 12, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Parks Department to hold Wards Lake Park Neighborhood Forum: The City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will hold a Wards Lake Park Neighborhood Forum on Thursday, March 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to bring their ideas for the future of this park facility as the Wards Lake Park Master Plan is developed. Every imaginative idea is welcome: how would you like this park to be used and enjoyed? Wards Lake Park is located at 2716-84th Avenue in Lakewood and includes both developed and natural areas within its 22 acres. In 2009, additional park property was purchased by the City to expand the facility. Questions can be directed to Suzi Riley at (253) 983-7758.
  • Camp Murray participates in DoD-funded Regional Steering Committee (RSC): BG Bret Daugherty, Asst Adjutant General-Army, and Deputy Director of the State Military Department, will serve on the RSC for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Growth Coordination planning process. The city manager and project administrator Dan Penrose met with Daugherty and Adjutant General Tim Lowenberg at Camp Murray on February 12th to update them on the plan goals and timetables. The Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is funding the planning study focused on Transportation, Schools, Housing, Public Safety, and Utilities. The City of Lakewood is administering the regional effort, and the city manager chairs the steering committee.
  • Fir Acres Mobile Home Park Abatement Action: Members of the Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT) met with the Fir Acres Mobile Home Park homeowners association and their attorney to discuss the City's ongoing abatement action on the property, problems with the management and ownership of the property, and the future of the property, including the pending tax foreclosure of the property. The meeting was very positive; the City provided a Spanish-language interpreter and there was a very good exchange of information. The current phase of the abatement is approximately half done and will be completed by the end of the month. Staff is preparing for a second abatement phase, expected to go out for bid in April, which will include stabilization of portions of the property's electrical system, removal of certain electrical hazards, and removal of additional vacant, dilapidated structures and mobile homes.
  • Colonial Center Theatre Rehabilitation Study: The owners of the Colonial Center property met with this week with the city manager and economic development staff to discuss the feasibility study launched by the City to review options for the Lakewood Theater and restaurant building. John Graham, principal of Gramor, is very supportive of the effort to improve the facility in a way that restores its unique character in Lakewood. The Request for Qualifications/Proposals (RFQ-P) was published and the study will be ready to commence next month.
  • Lakewood Water District fire hydrant issue: The city attorney and city manager met this week with the Water District's general manager and legal counsel to review options to properly account for the maintenance of fire hydrants throughout the City. A recent court case stipulated that it fire hydrants may be considered a general government responsibility.
  • Employee Recognition quarterly event: City staff participated on March 10th in a reception to honor the City's 14th birthday and to receive recognition for significant accomplishment. A total of eleven employees were nominated for quarterly awards. Kim Dodds, human services coordinator, was awarded employee of the quarter for her efforts to assist a number of families made homeless by a recent apartment fire, and to assist the census count in Lakewood. Faye Landskov, administrative supervisor, was awarded police employee of the quarter for her efforts to successfully secure and administer over $3 million in federal grants to the Lakewood Police Department.