City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/23/2011

December 23, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City Hall Scheduling: City Hall will be closed on December 26th and January 2nd in recognition of the Christmas and New Years holidays.
  • Grant application submitted for JBLM Logistics Gate Access Improvements: The City of Lakewood submitted a Public Lands Highway Program Discretionary (PLHD) Grant application for $2.9 million for completing improvements to the North Thorne Lane interchange. The purpose of this grant is to provide improved access to federal public lands. The grant will provide for design and construction funds to (1) widen the existing North Thorne Lane bridge to accommodate one additional travel lane and a sidewalk on one side; (2) widen Murray Road to add a second east-bound travel lane; and (3) widen the south-bound I-5 off ramp to provide a second left turn lane. The improvements provided by this grant would tie into the current grant-funded projects to widen Murray Road and 150th Street and construct a roundabout at the 150th and Murray Road intersection. The improvements will greatly reduce the congestion at this interchange and provide better access to JBLM’s Logistics Gate, the Woodbrook neighborhood, and the Woodbrook business park.
  • Interlaaken Bridge Temporary Weight Restrictions: The Interlaaken Bridge has a four ton per axle weight restriction effective December 19th, which will mostly impact large trucks and busses. The last bridge inspection conducted by Pierce County revealed that one of the pile caps supporting the bridge over Steilacoom Lake is deteriorating, and the bridge engineer recommended the temporary weight restriction to prevent further damage to the bridge support system. Prior to posting the weight restriction, Public Works contacted parties with vehicles subject to the weight restrictions to provide them adequate time to adjust routes if needed --including Piece Transit, CPSD, West Pierce Fire, and solid waste and utility providers. Public Works must obtain a Hydraulic Project Approval from State Fish & Wildlife before making the repairs; the existence of certain fish habitat could delay completion of the repairs until fall of 2012. The weight restriction will be modified or removed once the pile cap is replaced.
  • CSRT and Building Department meet with King County: Staff from CSRT and the building department hosted an informational meeting for representatives from King County Sheriff’s Department and City of Shoreline Code Enforcement on December 20th. Shoreline is interested in the City of Lakewood’s motel abatement and licensing enforcement efforts. The City of Lakewood has been very progressive in its enforcement of nuisance motels since incorporation. Building and CSRT shared their enforcement strategies as well as lessons learned.
  • Public Works Food Drive: The Public Works Department collected over 1,200 cans of tuna, over 600 jars of peanut butter, and over $1,400 in cash between Thanksgiving and Christmas to assist the food bank at the Tillicum / Woodbrook Community Service Center. The service center estimates they will provide holiday food baskets for over 300 families.
  • Lakewood Officers’ Charity 2nd Annual Old Country Christmas: On December 22nd, the Lakewood Officers’ Charity partnered with Old Country Buffet and Saar’s Marketplace to provide meals for 165 individuals. 35 families were selected by The Clover Park School District to participate in the event. Each family received a meal at the Old Country Buffet and gifts provided by the charity and Toys for Tots. Santa Claus made a special appearance and kids were able to get their pictures taken with him. Also, hand knit stocking caps were handed out at the event.
  • Shop with an Officer Program: On December 19th, the Lakewood Police Depart sponsored a “shop with an officer” program in cooperation with Wal-Mart. Community Service Officer Dawn McGinnis served as coordinator for the event. Twenty Lakewood Police Officers participated in shopping with 20 children, who purchased gifts for 75 kids and 35 adults. The funds for the gifts were provided by the Lakewood Police Department Charity fund and Wal-Mart.
  • Drop & Shop - Free Activities at City Hall: The City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hosted the first ever FREE Drop & Shop program at City Hall all of this week. Over 100 kids and their parents came to the Council Chambers and met Santa, watched movies and created fun and delicious crafts, like Gingerbread Houses. This event continues next week from December 27 through December 30 with more movies and New Year’s Crafts.
  • Cookies with Mrs. Claus: Saturday, December 17th, 18 children and their parents had the privilege of making cookies with Mrs. Claus herself. It was a fun-filled event where each child had the opportunity to decorate five cookies, drink some hot cocoa or apple cider, write a letter to Santa and visit with Mrs. Claus. Pictures of this event will be on the City of Lakewood’s Face book page.
  • Winter Recreation Brochure out Soon: The Winter 2012 Recreation brochure will be mailed out to the residents of Lakewood Monday, January 2nd. It contains all of the programs, special events and activities provided by the City of Lakewood’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services department. For those who wish to view it early or register for winter programs, they can get a head start by visiting lakewoodparksandrec.com.