City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 9/19/08

September 19, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Police Station Milestone: The Police Station project reached a milestone on September 19th with completion of the exterior wall framing and roof sheathing. The project is approximately 50% complete with final completion and occupancy targeted for early April 2009.
  • Steilacoom Lake Toxic Algae Bloom: The City was recently notified by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department of a toxic algae bloom in Steilacoom Lake. In general the Health Department indicates a toxic algae bloom is easily identified by an unusual color or appearance to the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface green, giving the appearance of pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom is a different color, such as brown or red. The algae are the small dots in the water. Wind and weather conditions can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.
  • Gravelly Lake Dr Shrub Removal: Starting Friday, September 19th, with completion by next week, the City's landscaper will be removing some shrubs fronting Gravelly Lake Drive in the landscaped gateway island at the Nyanza Rd intersection The shrubs are impairing the driver's site distance associated with the Nyanza slip lane on to Gravelly Lake Drive. Once removed, the area will be re-landscaped with low growing ground cover.
  • Meeting with WSDOT director: The city manager and senior staff met with Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond on September 12th at City Hall to review the planning process for the Point Defiance bypass railroad project, and to seek ways to improve communications with effected communities. The railroad project schedule is dependent upon the upgrade of the tracks between downtown Tacoma and Lakewood, and is being coordinated with Sound Transit's Sounder service project. The issue of safety at key crossings throughout Lakewood, in particular the Berkeley interchange, was a critical part of the discussion. The freeway sign for the unincorporated Lakewood in Snohomish County was also discussed, and WSDOT has committed to remove the signs there.
  • Day of Caring: Each year the City participates by rallying a team of colleagues to participate in "Day of Caring", where we partner with local nonprofit organizations to build a stronger community. This year our team consists of 11 employees, and the event will take place on September 19th. Our project is with the Multicare Adult Day Health agency, and we will be having a Fair Day Carnival for seniors and people with disabilities, where we assist them with games and face painting and fun carnival events.
  • City Attorney attends International Municipal Lawyer's Association Annual Conference: The city cttorney attended the International Municipal Lawyer's Association Annual Conference. The conference topics included Code Enforcement against Foreclosed Properties, Local Governments and Gaming, Defending the Police, Illegal Immigration Issues, Sex Offender Residency Restrictions, and Regulating Dangerous Dogs.
  • WEDA Executive Board: The City's economic development manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady, met this week with the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) Executive Board with the Governor's Economic Advisor, the Association of Washington Cities, Washington Association of Counties, and the Washington Public Ports Association in preparation for the upcoming legislative session. Ellie is the President-elect of WEDA and will take office next May.
  • Mayor Makes Presentation to Pierce County Regional Council: On September 18th, Mayor Douglas Richardson made a presentation to the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) with an update on the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant through the Department of Defense. The grant will coordinate planning related to transportation, schools, and housing related to growth at Fort Lewis and McChord.