City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 11/13/09

November 13, 2009
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Tillicum Centennial "Thursday Night Live at Tillie's": The Tillicum community hosed a special event on November 12th to raise funds for the upcoming Centennial celebration in August 2010. About 200 people bought tickets and attended a dinner with live entertainment by trumpeter Don Podraza and the Lakewood Playhouse Youth Theatre. Representing the City in attendance were economic development manager Ellie Chambers-Grady, communications director Jeff Brewster, CSO Mike Miller, ass't city manager David Bugher, and the city manager.
  • Western Real Estate Business features Lakewood: In its November issue, the Western Real Estate Business journal featured Lakewood's readiness for development and included a photo of Lakewood City Hall on its cover.
  • Waste Connections coordination: The city manager, ass't city manager, and public works director met with the division vice president of Waste Connections and the manager of its local Lakewood Refuse company to plan for the greater involvement by our refuse utility in the City's code enforcement and abatement emphasis.
  • Fort Lewis Road Closure: Fort Lewis will close an 8,000-foot section of North Gate Road SW, also known as Huggins Meyers Road SW, which is outside of the North Fort D Street Gate beginning November 16th. The gate will be closed for 45 days for repair and resurfacing. The road must be closed during the construction period because it is too narrow to keep one lane open and safely do the work while traffic passes in the opposite lane. Signs announcing the road closure will be in place on November 9th.
  • City Planner attends Community Forestry Conference: Associate planner Beth Jorgenson attended the Partners in Community Forestry conference held in Portland early this week and brought back information to help Lakewood citizens understand the importance and benefits of maintaining and retaining our community's trees, and to encourage property owners to plant more trees. The Community Development department would like to strengthen the City's urban forestry efforts and develop programs appropriate to the City that protect and develop the city's unique tree resources.
  • City Receives AWC 2009-2010 Mini-Grant: The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) awarded the City of Lakewood a "mini-grant" for 2009-2010 to support the Wellness Committee to purchase a new bicycle for the City's fitness room. A number of employees participated in the health questionnaire process.
  • City recognized for supporting the Guard and Reserve: The City of Lakewood was presented an "Above and Beyond" award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) during this week's City Council meeting. The award was presented by the Washington Air National Guard commander, Brigadier General Gary Magonigle and ESGR State Chairman, James Shepherd for exceptional support of city employees serving in the reserve components. Currently, two city employees are mobilized and deployed. One is a member of the Washington Air Guard in Afghanistan and the other in a member of the Washington Army National Guard serving in the Philippines. The presentation was a part of the City's Veterans Recognition Event. Photos from the event can be seen online at www.cityoflakewood.us.