City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 3/13/09

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

  • City issued AA- Bond Rating: The City of Lakewood has been issued an AA-bond rating from Standard and Poor's (S&P) for its Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds. This is an increase of two ratings from the City's previous rating and is an indicator of S&P's confidence in the City's ability to cover debt service for new bonds.
  • Sewer Update: On Tuesday, March 17th the Tillicum and Woodbrook/American Lake Gardens Sanitary Sewer Service project will be advertised for bids. Bids will be opened on April 14th. This first phase will include the construction of all sanitary sewer lines, pumping stations, force-mains, storm drainage improvements, water system improvements, and street restoration. A subsequent phase, associated with the installation sanitary sewer forcemains from Thorne Lane to the Ponders area on Pacific Hwy, will follow later this year.
  • Police Explorers Paint Gang Graffiti/Tagging Areas: On Saturday March 7th, the Lakewood Police Explorers painted over areas which have been plagued with gang graffiti and tagging. Ten explorers spent Saturday morning painting over fifteen different locations around the City that had been identified by the NPO/CSO teams as needing clean-up including the train trestle on Pacific Highway and the I-5 overpass on 96th ST. The explorers were even able to respond to an apartment complex that had been victimized the previous evening by painting over gang graffiti. The apartment manager was very grateful with the quick response. The Explorers hope to continue painting over gang graffiti whenever and wherever it is found.
  • City participation in the Convention Bureau: Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady now serves as the treasurer and member of the Tacoma Regional Convention Bureau's Executive Committee. The Board is now engaged with updating its strategic plan as it moves forward. Ms. Chambers-Grady will also chair the Bureau's Community Readiness Committee for the next year.
  • Legal Department completes Paralegal Internship: The Legal Department completed another successful Paralegal Internship for Tacoma Community College student Holly Webb on March 12, 2009. Holly put in 150 hours of internship time under the tutelage of City Paralegal Cynthia Wright, covering such topics as criminal law, civil and municipal law, public disclosure, trial preparation, discovery, and case management. Holly is the 5th paralegal intern the City Legal Department has successfully trained in cooperation with local colleges with paralegal degree programs.