City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/19/07

October 19, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Truck & Tractor Day: The Parks and Recreation Department will host the second annual Truck & Tractor Day on Saturday October 20th at Fort Steilacoom Park from 9am-noon. Children will receive a hard hat, climb up in trucks and tractors, make crafts and take a tour of the park with their families on our hayride. Many local organizations are supporting this event by providing a truck or tractor and staff person for the day. Event co-sponsors include Lakewood Fire, LeMay Enterprises, Lakeview Light and Power, AgriShop, and McChord AFB.
  • Driving Behaviors are Changing on 108th: A public survey taken in the St. Frances Cabrini neighborhood indicated a preference for an L.E.D. speed sign. Before the sign was installed, tube study results showed on a typical Tuesday between 7AM and 5PM (school zone speed limit 20mph) there were 359 drivers going 25mph and over on 108th in the West-bound direction. After the sign was installed, and doing a study on the same day of the week, same direction and during the same times, that number dropped to 160 drivers going 25 and over. This is a considerable improvement although this direction still needs enforcement. The East-bound direction was unchanged even though Public Works installed 2 more school zone signs to better inform the drivers of the upcoming school zone. The Photo-enforcement vans are able to enforce both directions on 108th without using the school’s frontal property.
  • Halloween at the Lakewood Police Station: The Police Station will be open on Halloween night providing treats, glow stick necklaces, and safety information. Police staff will be there from 5 pm until 8 pm. Invitational flyers have already been distributed to all 2,617 Kindergarten through Third grade students of the Clover Park School District within the City limits.
  • Bill Cosby Coming to Lakewood: At the invitation of Mayor Claudia Thomas, Bill Cosby has agreed to host two free events in Lakewood on November 13th aimed at disadvantaged youth and their families. The first will be at the new Hope Center (Boys and Girls Club) and the second will be at the new Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. A detailed press release will be forthcoming, and tickets will be distributed within Mr. Cosby’s guidelines.
  • Steilacoom Blvd. Storm Drainage Project: Work begins this Sunday, October 21st, at 7:00 pm, on a project to replace a storm drain line located in Steilacoom Blvd. from Lakeview Avenue to South Tacoma Way. The eastbound lanes of Steilacoom Blvd. will be closed in this area from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. A detour route will be provided. Most of the work will be completed in 6 weeks, weather dependent.
  • October 18th wind storm: The only Public Works issue from the storm event was the obstruction by a fallen tree of Avondale Rd SW at Horizon Bank. Other than that, the roadways were clear for this morning traffic. There were also no flooded streets as the Public Works Department with the help of Parks Department personnel spent Thursday afternoon clearing catch basins of leaves and debris.
  • American Lake Park Boat Launch: Construction at the American Lake Park boat launch facility began on October 2nd. The boat launch portion of the park is closed at this time and will remain closed until the project is completed. The boat ramp is currently being rebuilt and should be completed within the next few weeks. Other elements of the project include new docks, removal of the house, hangars and old office structure as well as adding a new entrance, stacking lanes and ADA accessible parking. It is anticipated construction will continue into early 2008. Only the launch facility is closed - the remainder of American Park is open for use. Check the city’s website for updates on this project.
  • State Representative Bill Fromhold Visit: Rep. Fromhold, who is the chairman of the House Capital Projects Committee which reviews all major State capital improvement projects met with Mayor Thomas, City staff, and the City’s legislative consultants on October 18th to review progress on the Hill Ward (Fort Steilacoom Park) clean up and restoration project (a $543,000 State allocation). City officials also discussed with him the Tillicum neighborhood planning process and the need for State financial support to improve infrastructure at key locations in Tillicum and I-5.
  • Woodbrook Late Nite: This popular school-based program originated during the Weed & Seed grant era and has been sustained by volunteers and city staff with minimal funding and is held on the first and third Friday nights from 6:00-9:00pm. Approximately 35 students attended the first Late Nite of the year on October 5th. The snack portion of the program is being provided through the GREAT grant through the end of the year. Open to Woodbrook students only, this program provides a fun, safe environment where they feel welcome and can enjoy recreational activities. Registration is required through the school office. Potential volunteers are welcome to contact Dennis Higashiyama at 589-2489.
  • Make a Difference Day: The Youth Council will be coordinating events and projects for Make a Difference Day which will be celebrated on Saturday, October 27th. The Kick-Off event will be held at the Clover Park High School Performing Arts Center with refreshments at 8:00am, the program will begin at 8:30am with a welcoming speech by Mayor Thomas, and the projects will begin at 9:00am. The projects this year include: removing invasive plants, beautifying the entrance area and replacing markers in the cemetery at Fort Steilacoom Park, sorting and organizing donated clothing for Caring for Kids at Custer Elementary, rehabilitation of the abandoned Flett Creek blueberry farm, and a Salute to our Soldiers in Iraq with a card/letter writing project which will be done in the Gathering Hall at Clover Park High School. Join us in celebrating this national day of community service.
  • Chambers Clover Watershed Conference: Greg Vigoren, Surface Water Division Manager, was a presenter at the Chambers-Clover Watershed Conference held at Pacific Lutheran University on October 5th and 6th. The focus of the conference was to learn more about the functioning and management of the Chambers-Clover Creek watershed. Greg presented to an audience of 100 a summary of Lakewood’s storm water management program.
  • Police Officer Angel Figueroa: Lakewood Officer Angel Figueroa was featured in an October issue of the area’s only Spanish newspaper “Fronteras”.