City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/11/08

January 11, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Hill Ward Demolition to Begin: Demolition of the Hill Ward Building in Fort Steilacoom Park will begin on Monday, January 14th around 9:00 a.m. The first tasks will be to obtain, secure and store the pieces of the building we will be preserving. Crews will be moving equipment to the site during the next few days, and work will begin on Monday morning. For safety’s sake, observers will be asked to respect the established site lines and restricted areas.
  • State Funds Pilot Program for Displaced Mobile Home Park Residents: CTED has awarded the Pierce County Housing Authority (PCHA) a $324,865 grant for a one-year pilot program to provide tenant-based rental assistance for up to 25 households who are being displaced from the closure of the Carriage Court Mobile Home Park at 96th Street and South Tacoma Way. The park is scheduled to close in March 2008, eliminating 40 mobile home spaces. The City’s Human Services Division (General Services Dept) has been working with PCHA and other housing providers in coordinating efforts to providing housing and case management services. In 2008, $10,000 in the City’s General Fund is budgeted to assist families with case management services and referrals.
  • RAMP discussed regional transportation: Public Works Director Don Wickstrom attended the Regional Access Mobility Transportation Partnership (RAMP) meeting this week at the Port of Tacoma, at which regional transportation funding alternatives were discussed in the aftermath of the defeat of the RTID funding package on the November ballot (Prop One). Support for a new regional transportation authority from Pierce County appears skeptical at this point.
  • Military Affairs Committee of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce: Senior Planner Deborah Johnson briefed the MAC this week on the U. S. Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment conference in December entitled “2007 Growth Summit- Communities Responding to Change”, which was focused on growth issues in communities near military bases. There is an opportunity through OEA to receive financial assistance for planning.
  • CPSD Community Partner Award: Dennis Higashiyama, Recreation Coordinator in the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, received the Community Partner award from the Clover Park School District at their annual community partnership breakfast celebration this week. He was recognized for his work with the District’s service learning projects during the 2006-2007 school years. Dennis and a group of students from Clover Park High School have been working on restoring an abandoned blueberry farm in Lakewood, so that one day we will be able to invite the community to come pick blueberries each spring.
  • Lakewood Council Members Sworn-In: U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton conducted a swearing-in ceremony on January 7th for Council Members Walter Neary, Claudia Thomas, and Don Anderson. The new City Council’s first action of 2008 consisted of the unanimous election of Mayor Doug Richardson and Deputy Mayor Don Anderson.