City Managers Weekly Info Bulletin 8/12/08

September 12, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Summer Day Camp program at Woodbrook: The Parks & Recreation Department collaborated with the Clover Park School District and other partners to again offer a low-cost day camp program at Woodbrook Middle School. Campers were treated to a full day of activities, games, and arts and crafts, with field trips every Friday. Special guests included the Girl Scouts, the Tacoma Astronomical Society and the Lakewood Police Department which integrated the GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) grant curriculum into the camp. The curriculum included: Making GREAT choices, communicating messages clearly, controlling your anger, respecting others and being a GREAT citizen. There were 78 different participants that attended camp and almost 1,000 participant visits. The recreation staff was assisted by two high school volunteers.
  • Lakewood Refuse Service Acquisition: The city manager and city attorney met this week with representatives of both LeMay Enterprises and Waste Connections of Washington to discuss the upcoming transition of ownership scheduled for next month. Waste Connections will become the parent company; however, Lakewood Refuse will continue as the local service provider with no change in name on the trucks. Waste Connections operates in about 23 states, and is committed to continuing good customer service to Lakewood customers as the City’s contractor for refuse services. A legal review is underway to determine if a revised contract is necessitated by the change in ownership.
  • Asst City Manager attends Planning Directors Conference: Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director Dave Bugher attended the Annual Joint Conference of City and County Planning Directors this week in Chelan. Topics included ethics for planners, legislative and case law updates, and current practices of western Washington cities regarding climate change. Mr. Bugher also attended a memory skill building class with special emphasis on remembering names in public meetings.
  • Work Crew paints VMS Building: The City’s offender work crew was tasked with painting the Vehicle Management System building on Steilacoom Blvd last week, which provided great support to our facilities maintenance budget. Work crew projects continue to offset increasing jail costs.