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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/14/2012

September 14, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Final Farmers Market Event of 2012: Next Tuesday, Sept 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is the last Farmers Market event for the season. All are invited to come by City Hall and purchase fresh foods while thanking our vendors for providing such a great market to the Lakewood Community. If you have ideas for next year such as dates, time, location, types of vendors, and so forth, please send your suggestions to .
  • Sounder Train Service Begins October 8: Councilmember Mary Moss and former Mayor, Councilmember, and Sound Transit Board Member Claudia Thomas participated in Sound Transit’s press conference on September 12th. Sound Transit announced that train service will begin in Lakewood on October 8th. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting event and free ride on Saturday, October 6th – time yet to be determined. For more information, including scheduling and fares, please visit http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Community/Rider-news/Lakewood-South-Tacoma-Sounder-Service.xml .
  • Lakewood Again Recognized as one of “100 Best Communities for Young People”: On September 12, the America’s Promise Alliance identified Lakewood as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People. Lakewood, a six-time 100 Best winner, offers several programs that help area youth become leaders, support the community through volunteer activities, and foster an environment of learning with safe places to grow. “This recognition from America’s Promise 100 Best is significant and meaningful to the entire community,” said Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson. “So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community.”
  • Camp Murray Traffic Reduction: As of September 13th, and pursuant to the right of way permit issued to the Washington Military Department (WMD) to construct a new access-control gate in Tillicum, WMD has relocated 374 full and part time staff from Camp Murray to other locations. This decrease in Camp Murray personnel will reduce traffic in Tillicum.
  • American Lake Park Construction: A Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) contractor will make environmental upgrades at American Lake Park beginning Monday, September 17th. This project is part of the DOE’s ongoing Soil Safety Program. During construction, City staff will keep the main parking lot closed. Access to the park will be limited to the boat launch side. Staff will cover the “trailer parking only” signs and allow all vehicles to park in the boat launch side during construction. The contractor will remove all the sod and soil to a depth of 12 inches the full width of the park from the picnic shelter to the bulkhead and down to the beach on the east end. Heavy (and occasionally loud) equipment will operate in the park. As such, the entire park, with the exception of the boat launch area, will be closed for public use. The contractor plans on working weekdays from 7am to 5pm. The work also involves replacing the soil and sod at the site. All work should be completed no later than October 10th. The sodded area will remain closed through winter to allow the sod to establish a good root system. Kiwanis Park will also have similar work done as part of this program, but will remain open to the public as it is a smaller area. The work zone will be fenced off October 8-15 and possibly sooner depending on the contractor’s schedule. For more information, call parks staff at (253) 983-7887.
  • Reflection Park Ceremony on 9/11: The mayor, city manager, and several councilmembers attended the West Pierce Fire & Rescue dedication of the newly-established Reflection Park at Fire Station 31 in University Place on September 11th. The park is built around a steel beam/artifact from the World Trade Center in New York City which was transported a few months ago by our firefighters. The purpose of the park is to honor the first responders who died on September 11, 2001. Two firefighters from FDNY were present for the ceremony.
  • Interlaaken Bridge Upgrades Completed: The temporary load restriction signage on Interlaaken Bridge will be removed by September 21st.
  • Bridgeport Way North (WalMart area) street improvement project update: The City’s contractor anticipates the paving schedule as follows: pavement repair on September 18th, grind-off the existing pavement along curb lines on September 19th, pre level the existing pavement on September 20th, and finally on September 21st and 24th asphalt overlay the entire roadway from 75th to Chambers Creek crossing. All work will be done at night between the hours of 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. During the night work, one lane in each direction will remain open and there will be limited closures of driveways. At least one driveway for WalMart will remain open.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/7/2012

September 7, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Interlaaken Bridge over Lk Steilacoom: The swallows are hatched. The bridge improvement work should resume and be finished next week.
  • B-1 Bomber Superload: Contractor’s Cargo Company will be transporting a B-1 Bomber Fuselage thru the City of Lakewood late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The superload will travel along Bridgeport Way, Lakewood Dr, 100th St & S. Tacoma Way. The superload which is over 29 feet wide and over 160 feet long will take up multiple travel lanes as it is escorted by multiple State Patrol units. Please stay clear of all superloads traveling thru the City. Use an alternate route if necessary. The B1-Bomber is owned by Boeing and is being transported from Portland, OR to Boeing Field this weekend.
  • Tunnel of Hope at Lakeview: The Lakeview Hope Academy welcomed returning students and first-timers with their annual “Tunnel of Hope” event on September 5th. The “Tunnel” is made up of caring adults who are welcoming the students of Lakeview Hope Academy back to school. Participants included West Pierce Fire and Rescue, the City’s Community Safety and Resource Team (CSRT) staff, as well as teachers, parents and other adults who are encouraging young students to have a good school experience.
  • Bridgeport Way North (WalMart area) street improvement project update: The City’s contractor anticipates the paving schedule as follows: pavement repair on September 18th, grind-off the existing pavement along curb lines on September 19th, pre level the existing pavement on September 20th, and finally on September 21st and 24th asphalt overlay the entire roadway from 75th to Chambers Creek crossing. All work will be done at night between the hours of 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. During the night work, one lane in each direction will remain open and there will be limited closures of driveways. At least one driveway for WalMart will remain open.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/31/2012

August 31, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

 

  • 3rd Annual Jr. Police Academy:  Community Safety & Resource Team (CSRT) members, along with the Lakewood Police and Lowes collaborated for the 3rd annual Jr. Police Academy on August 19th.  The academy’s purpose is to reach out to the community in an effort to provide a strong community partnership and also to provide an opportunity for children to interact with police officers.  The hands-on event began when each child received a passport to take from one activity booth to another. After completing the designated activity, they received a stamp of completion. Activities ranged from finger printing, obstacle course, meeting a K-9 officer, to completing the bicycle rodeo.   At the end of the event, the children were given a backpack with school supplies, and a bird house kit donated by Lowes as well as a certificate of completion from LPD and a bouncy house jump provided by the Parks Department.  About 95 people attended.
  • City hosts welcoming reception for new I Corps Commanding General: The City of Lakewood hosted a welcoming reception for LTG Robert B. Brown, the new I Corps Commanding General and senior leaders on Joint Base Lewis-McChord on August 27th at Lakewold Gardens.  At the reception, General Brown spoke about how the positive relationship with the Lakewood community and his commitment to ensure that the mutually beneficial relationship continues.
  • Quarterly employee recognition event: On August 29th, the quarterly employee recognition reception was combined with the annual employees’ picnic at Fort Steilacoom Park.  Awards for the guiding principle of Integrity were presented to Val Bonner, in Finance, for her diligent support of proper financial accounting and compliance as well as responsiveness to fellow employees, and also to Officer Mark Holthaus for his determined support of the in-car video camera program.
  • HR director is a speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Brown Bag Lunch Series:  Human Resources Director Debra Young was one of the featured speakers at the Lakewood Chamber Brown Bag Lunch Series.  The topic was related to employee relations. The presentation was well received. The audience appreciated material provided on coaching employees with clear expectations.
  • Ass’t city manager attends McNeil Island workshop:  Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher attended a workshop sponsored by the State Office of Financial Management (OFM) regarding the future of McNeil Island on August 28th.  The Legislature directed OFM to prepare a report which is due to the Governor and Legislature by October 1, 2012.  The purpose of the report is threefold:  1) to consult with interested parties; 2) to collect information; and 3) to recommend a “planning process” from which to determine the long-term use of McNeil Island.  About 60 people were in attendance.  The McNeil Island Project Manager, Ann Sweeney, presented an overview.  Information was provided on the history of the underlying leases between the state and the federal government, and existing land use.  OFM staff accepted questions about the closure of the prison, the Special Commitment Center, status of existing infrastructure, the role of Indian Tribes, past eminent domain actions, historic and archeological resources, public access and recreation, and wildlife concerns. 
  • Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Public Engagement Workshop:  The city manager attended a regional meeting hosted by the MCEC in SeaTac this week, along with several other steering committee members of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (CPSD Superintendent Debbie LeBeau, Health director Anthony Chen, and Adjutant General Bret Daugherty. The focus of the session was on strategies to strengthen the resiliency of children of active military families. In Pierce County alone, there are over 25,000 children affected by military service and deployment.  A key facilitator of the workshop was Patty Shinseki, the wife of retired General Eric Shinseki, the US secretary of veterans affairs.
  • CSRT attends Family Fun Day at Clover Park High School: Life Center South sponsored a Family Fun Day on August 25th at Clover Park High School from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  CSRT staff attended for a couple of hours, mixing with the hundreds of attendees, answering questions and promoting the CSRT.  There was a live band, free taco lunch, bouncy houses, and a variety of games and raffles. 
  • CSRT conducts safety presentation:  CSRT Staff Gail Conelly conducted a safety presentation for the residents of a local apartment complex in District 4 on August 23rd. The presentation focused on burglary and motor vehicle theft/prowl prevention, as well as general safety tips. There will be a follow up site inspection with the management team of the apartment complex to offer recommendations for improved safety overall.

Coffee with the Mayor - September 14, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our first guest speaker will be U.S. Army LTC Jody Miller, Deputy Commanding Officer, from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker) who will provide an update of the 4/2.

Following his presentation, Katherine "KC" Carlson, from the Department of Veterans Affairs will give a presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

Lakewood Ford Celebrates 5 Years in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (August 7, 2012) — Lakewood Ford recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary since opening the doors of the new dealership along Pacific Highway SW in the City of Lakewood. Having been in business since 1977, general manager Henry Krebs, is marking the anniversary as a chance to say thank you to the community and to plan for further growth. The exact date of the Lakewood Ford grand opening was July 22, 2007.

Previously located in South Tacoma, the dealership relocated in search of a business-friendly and growing city. As the first new car dealership in Lakewood, reasons for choosing Lakewood included location and demographics. The dealership site is right along I-5 and serves both a military population as well as a growing community.

“Lakewood is a young and evolving city,” said Krebs. “We are excited to be at the leading edge of it.”

According to Krebs, the city and the community at-large have been supportive of the business. Lakewood Ford currently employs 90 people in sales, administration, service and parts roles, adding that the team sells the Ford brand line-up because of the automaker’s quality and innovation. 

“We are proud to have businesses like Lakewood Ford in our city,” notes Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Henry and his team embody the entrepreneurial spirit that is the hallmark of our economic development landscape. We are all eager to see Lakewood Ford and other businesses succeed, and we are looking for ways to support them.”  

Lakewood Ford is one of over 3,400 licensed businesses in the city. New businesses are coming on line each month in a variety of industries. Chambers-Grady indicates that she has seen a pick-up in significant entrepreneurial energy, “It’s exciting to see many of our businesses doing well and expanding.”

Krebs also attributes the business’ success to giving back through charitable support every month. Lakewood Ford maintains numerous philanthropic commitments with Joint Base Lewis-McChord such as sponsoring veterans groups, softball teams and charitable golf tournaments. Lakewood Ford also does a lot of charitable giving off the base like sponsoring the Lakewood Rotary, local Little League teams and the Relay for Life, which raises money to the American Cancer Society.

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few.  The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.

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