City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/10/05

June 10, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

    • Permit Activity for May, 2005:  Community Development issued 121 building permits. The total valuation for new construction was $6,007,885.
    • Ft Steilacoom Park Playground  City employees and councilmembers joined hundreds of others this week as volunteers to help with the construction of the new Fort Steilacoom Park playground structure. Work on the project will continue through Sunday, June 12th.  Thousands of man hours have gone into this project! The playground will be a great addition to our community and a real asset to the park.
    • SummerFest  Mark your calendars for the City’s official kick-off celebration for the Ft Steilacoom Park playground.  Next weekend a mini-SummerFest event is scheduled.  Plan to bring your families out to a free event featuring games, crafts, food, music and the movie “Racing Stripes” on Saturday, June 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Fort Steilacoom Park.  The event is free and all of the activities will focus on children and families.
    • Urban Forest Survey  The Parks and Recreation Department has completed the City’s first urban forest survey focusing on trees located within the boundaries of city park property.  Grant funds were utilized to hire an arborist to conduct the survey which was designed to assess the condition of trees and identify remediation needs associated with the conditions.  The City now has baseline data regarding its park trees. 
    • Judge’s Conference:  Judge Heller is attending the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges Spring Conference this week in Blaine, Washington.   Topics include legal updates, ethics, mental health issues, vicarious trauma and commercial driving violations.  
    • DSHS  The city manager met this week with the deputy secretary of the State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) to discuss the status of adult family home (group home) development, and other issues related to Western State Hospital.  The city was asked to take the lead among the five other cities which “host” DSHS institutions to support department-sponsored legislation to increase the impact funding paid to “host” cities.
    • Disaster Preparedness Drill  Lakewood Police provided support to Western State Hospital on May 31st for a Disaster Preparedness Drill. This is the second event we have participated in to prepare WSH for disasters and emergencies.