City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 4/18/08

April 18, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • American Lake Park Update: Demolition has started near the boat launch at American Lake Park. The caretaker house, hangers and business office were removed this week. This is one more step towards completion of the American Lake Improvement Project. The park is open for use but the boat launch area is still closed. Until the site is re-opened, the City recommends boaters use the State Fish and Wildlife’s boat launch facility in Tillicum near Camp Murray. This site does require a “vehicle use permit” that can be obtained online at www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or at any store that sells state licenses. We appreciate the patience of boaters while this project is completed, and we believe the new launch site will be worth the wait.
  • Ardmore Alley Meeting: Public Works will be holding an informal meeting on April 29th with the property owners in the Fairlawn Dr./Ardmore Dr area between Whitman and Steilacoom Blvd to discuss the ownership status of their alley and the ramification regarding its maintenance. Letters were sent out this week to approximately 39 property owners.
  • Parks Appreciation Day Preparation: In preparation for Parks Appreciation Day, City of Lakewood Parks staff has been working this week with youth from Clover Park High School at Active and Kiwanis Parks and at the blueberry patch. Approximately 140 students improved and beautified the park sites by weeding, planting shrubs and annuals, spreading mulch at the two parks and spreading chips and hauling branches at the blueberry patch. The youth receive community service hours and the City benefits from the site improvements, so it is “win-win” for everyone.
  • ICMA Summit for Western/Mountain States: The city manager participated on April 17-18 with 75 fellow city managers from about 15 states in an ICMA-sponsored (international City Management Association) summit in Incline Village NV. The focus was “The Manager’s Role in Moving Communities from Good to Great”, based upon a dialogue with the author Jim Collins. The city manager represented Washington as the president of the state association. .