City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/08/05

July 8, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Wal-Mart Update:  Community Development and Engineering have had meetings with Wal-Mart representatives regarding the commencement of construction of the new Wal-Mart project located on Bridgeport Way SW.  The Growth Management Hearings Board recently ordered that the City’s Ordinance 323 was in compliance with State law, and that their former determination of invalidity be rescinded. Wal-Mart is close to meeting all of the of project conditions related to zoning certification and SEPA.  Outstanding items include submission of revised landscaping plans, completing hawk nest mitigation, installation of protective fencing, notifying Department of Ecology of petroleum contaminated soils, and removal of all existing billboards.  Wal-Mart has indicated a desire to have permits issued in August or September.  During construction, the City will have a compliance officer present to monitor land use and SEPA project conditions.
  • Independence Day Enforcement:  The July 4th Fireworks celebration went off well with LPD fielding Extra Duty Officers to handle fireworks call exclusively. A total of 28 citations were issued. Prior to the holiday, LPD conducted a thorough education and awareness campaign, including the distribution over several thousand fliers to residents in areas that had a high density of fireworks calls in 2004.
  • Lakewood Idol Competition: Check out Lakewood’s musical talent at the Park and Recreation Department’s first Lakewood Idol audition competition, Thursday, July 14th  from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Eight finalists will be selected from those auditioning to compete at the July 26th Concert in the Park.  Contestants must be age 12-adult and (unless singing acappella) they must bring a back-up/karaoke CD for instrumental accompaniment.  There is a great deal of interest in this program and we expect local performers will treat us to some great music!
  • Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon:  Please mark your calendars for August 5th from 11:30 to 1:00 for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
  • Safety Fair:  The McDonalds at Hwy 512 & South Tacoma Way conducted a Safety Fair this week. CSO Gail Conelly provided child safety information to numerous families.
  • Vice Task Force Appreciation: In recognition of the leadership of Assistant Chief Dave Hall and Detective John Unfred in the establishment of a Lakewood/Tacoma/Fife/Pierce County Vice Task Force, and the creation of a Regional Prostitution Diversion Program (also known as "John School"), the Tacoma Weed and Seed Steering Committee will be presenting the Lakewood Police Department with a certificate of appreciation at their quarterly meeting.