City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 2/13/09

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

  • "Flunked" video showing at City Hall: Clover Park School District and the City of Lakewood are jointly presenting the video "Flunked" in the Council Chambers on Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 pm. This video highlights various success stories of schools in communities that had historically struggled academically. There is no cost to attend this event and small group discussions will follow after the video. All are welcome.
  • Fort Lewis Garrison Commander at "Coffee with Mayor": Colonel Cynthia Murphy gave an overview of Fort Lewis growth and planning on Friday, February 13th to a full room of Lakewood citizens. She discussed the necessity of expanding retail and food services at Fort Lewis and highlighted Fort Lewis's efforts to be the Army's most energy efficient installation.
  • Major inspection at Fir Acres Mobile Home Park: The City of Lakewood took the lead with conducting an inspection of the 92 units at Fir Acres in the Springbrook neighborhood on Tuesday, February 10th. The inspection lasted several hours and a number of deficiencies were noted. City staff that included police, code enforcement, building inspectors, animal control and human services were supported by several other agencies: Pierce County's Health Department and Emergency Management, Washington State Labor and Industry (electrical), and Lakewood Fire Department. A number of deficiencies were noted and two units were "red-tagged" (made off-limits). Centro Latino and Lakewood Area Shelter Association supported the City in finding new homes for the two displaced families.
  • Act Six scholarships: Youth Council members Ylisse & Kevin Bess have both received Act Six scholarships to attend Gonzaga University. Act Six is an urban leadership and scholarship initiative of the Northwest Leadership Foundation in partnership with Whitworth University, Pacific Lutheran University, Northwest University, Gonzaga University, and Trinity University that equips emerging urban leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home. At a minimum, the scholarships include full tuition. Other expenses for books, room and board may be paid based on need. All scholarship recipients will participate in a seven month training program before they enter college. The Act Six program was initiated in 2002 by the Tacoma-based Northwest Leadership Foundation to develop "urban leaders" among ethnically diverse, low-income students.
  • Economic Development Manager conducts Business Retention/Expansion Meetings: Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady conducted three Business Retention/Expansion meetings this week - Harborstone Credit Union, William Riley & Company and John Korsmo Construction Company.
  • Consultant meeting hosted for $500,000 OEA grant: Staff from the City's Economic Development Department hosted a consultant pre-submittal meeting on Wednesday to field questions related to the City's recently advertised Request for Proposals. Thirteen engineering and planning firms with local and international expertise were in attendance. The RFP is due on February 23 and the contract will be awarded in early-March. The 18-month project will study how the growth of McChord AFB and Ft. Lewis have impacted the adjacent I-5 corridor and analyze solutions to alleviate congestion.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center hosts Mardi Gras Valentine Party: February 5th, the Lakewood Senior Activity Center hosted a Mardi Gras Valentine Party to celebrate the upcoming holiday in a slightly different, but festive manner. Dressed in Valentine red and pink, we added Mardi Gras masks and beads and had fun guessing the identity of the 55 guests! The tables were decorated with candy hearts, feathers, masks and beads. After we sampled fun and healthy treats, we had time to chat and a chance to collect more Mardi Gras beads by using secret words for extra prizes. Thanks to the party committee, all of us had a great time, especially the lucky one who found the token in the Mardi Gras King cake!