WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
- National Night Out: Lakewood NNO had 48 events and almost 4,000 participants join us in our observance this year. This represents a reduction of two events from last year, but an increase of over 1,000 participants. We distributed almost 1,800 pandemic preparedness kits. Thanks to everyone who participated in this event for connecting with our citizens and underscoring again the critical importance of City/police/community partnership. Special thanks to the many police and firefighters who supported this event to the fullest. Special thanks also to our sponsors; particularly Puget Sound Energy, Target and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. And very special thanks to Mike and Sharron Kanter, our volunteer event coordinators.
- Neiditz elected president of WCMA: Lakewood city manager Andrew Neiditz was elected this month as president of the Washington City/County Managers Association, and will take office at their annual conference in Walla Walla on August 16th. He has served as WCMA vice president for the last year. He will also serve on the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) board as part of his new WCMA role.
- Lakewood Senior Activity Center 2nd Annual Summer BBQ: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center celebrated the season with our 2nd Annual Summer BBQ on August 2nd. This year’s event was a western hoe down. There were over 100 participants and they were all dressed in their western wear. We celebrated with great food, live music, and good company.
- Cascades Sunoco in the Lakewood Industrial Park: The City’s economic development administrator and EDB’s David Nishamura met this week with the plant manager for Cascades Sunoco as part of an annual business retention/assistance program. Casades Sunoco is an international firm with 102 plants and 12,000 employees specializing in paper and roll packaging. The Lakewood facility is located in the Lakewood Industrial Park and employs 45. The Lakewood plant provides roll packaging products to U.S. and Asian customers.
- Pierce Transit: The city manager met this week with the CEO of Pierce Transit to review the agency’s long range expansion plans at their headquarters facility in Lakewood.
- Lakewood Homicide Suspect Arrested in California: The City unfortunately recently experienced the homicide of a three-month-old infant. The father of the child, who was the primary suspect, fled to California. LPD located him there approximately one week after the homicide and coordinated his arrest with the help of local law enforcement. He was interrogated by LPD detectives once in custody, has subsequently has been charged with Murder 2, and now faces extradition back to Washington State.
- Chip Sealing Update: On August 13th Pierce County maintenance crews will commence chip sealing the 3 areas associated with our 2007 roadway chip sealing program. Those areas, which have been posted on the city’s web site (Department/Public Works/Capital Projects/Chip Seal Program), are: 1). area located between Elwood Dr SW, Hipkins Rd SW, Angle Lane SW & Steilacoom Blvd SW; 2). area located between 86th St SW, Custer Rd SW, John Dower Rd W & 70th Ave Ct SW; and 3). area known as Southgate area.
- 108th Traffic Control Program meeting: In association with the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Control program, Public Works and the Citizens Transportation Review Committee held an informal meeting on August 7th with area residents and the users of 104th St between Idlewild Rd and Lake Louise Drive. About 67 citizens were in attendance. A second meeting has been scheduled for August 23rd at 6:30 pm in City Hall to enable those who may have missed this first meeting due to National Night Out an opportunity to express their concerns. Under the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Control Program, Phase I measures (non evasive measures including targeted police enforcement) proved not be effective and thus the emphasis has moved to Phase II measures (physical features, traffic circles, etc). There will be no action report developed until input from the second meeting is gathered.
- Pacific Highway State Enhancement Grant: The potential $3 million State Enhancement Grant for the Pacific Hwy Improvement project (Gravelly Lake Drive to Bridgeport Way) cleared another hurdle as the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board has approved it as one of the 3 projects they will forward to WSDOT for the next phase of the FFY 2007-2009 Statewide Enhancements Competition.
- Sewer Project Funding: The ALG/Tillicum sanitary sewer project has made the funding cut off list in this round of Public Works Trust Fund loan monies. We made application for approximately $1,800,000 for which roughly $1,130,000 is associated with providing financial assistance to individual property owners for their respective connection costs.