City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/11/06

August 11, 2006


To:        Mayor and Members of the Council

From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Harry Todd Skate Park: After years of planning, the skate park at Harry Todd is ready to roll. Please join us at the grand opening celebration on Friday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Lakewood Boys & Girls Club HOPE Center: About 400 people gathered at the Lakeview Elementary School site for the groundbreaking of the new B&GC Hope Center on August 8th. The City is a major sponsor, with its commitment of $750,000 over five years. Carol Milgard spoke of her family’s support of the project. The mayor, city manager, parks & recreation director, and police chief were also present.
  • National Night Out: Now that all 50 neighborhood events have been completed, the coordinator of the program, Mike Kanter, has estimated that about 2,300 people participated. The event was very well received all over the City, and there were quite a few first-time neighborhoods this year.
  • Tillicum Property Demolition: This week, the community development department issued the demolition permits for 15223 Portland Avenue SW in Tillicum.  Demolition is scheduled to begin August 14th,   and all of the structures will be razed.  This property has been a major eyesore within the Tillicum community.  A Notice and Order to Abate was issued earlier this year; however, the property owner opted to perform the work without the City having to formally initiate the abatement/lien process.  The cost for the demolition, including asbestos removal, was $30,000.  Photos are attached.
  • Sewer Project Information Meeting: Staff from Public Works and Community Development presented information on August 10th to about 35 citizens at the Woodbrook Middle School. The meeting is the first of three scheduled sessions with the purpose of answering questions and assessing the level of voluntary connection capability in the Tillicum/American Lake Gardens area. The city manager and economic development administrator were present, along with the engineering consultants.
  • Cross-Base Highway (SR 704) Coordination: The first meeting of the project’s executive management team took place this week in Lakewood City Hall, with the secretary of WSDOT, the county executive, the mayor and city manager present. The two military bases opted to stay informed without attending the meetings, but the project is now proceeding through its design phases with support from all key stakeholders.
  • Ponders Collision: The Ponder Collision open house celebrated the grand opening of the business’s major expansion on August 8th. The business is a major anchor presence along the Pacific Highway corridor. The mayor and city manager attended the reception, along with other staffmembers who had assisted the business during development.
  • Lake City Neighborhood Association: Staff from the Police Department, along with the chief and the city manager, met with the Lake City citizens on August 10th to present information and answer questions about gang activity in the area.