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Sounder Service between Lakewood and Seattle

Starting Oct. 8, Sounder began offering first-class, reliable service between Lakewood and Seattle. New stops are Lakewood and South Tacoma and it continues to downtown Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Trains have plush seating, outlets for computers, bicycle storage, restrooms and fantastic views. Information related to schedules, fares, and so forth can be found here: http://www.soundtransit.org/rider-community/rider-news/lakewood-south-tacoma-sounder-service.xml .

Sound Transit hosted a ribbon-cutting event on October 6th to celebrate the Sounder’s arrival in Lakewood. Check out the City’s Facebook page to see the photos posted (on October 8th): http://www.facebook.com/LakewoodWA

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/5/2012

October 5, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Sounder Train Ceremony and Service: Sound Transit invites the public to participate in a three-station celebration Saturday, Oct. 6 as it launches Sounder train service to Lakewood and South Tacoma. The Lakewood event will last from 10:30am to 4pm at Lakewood Station, 11424 Pacific Highway. Sound Transit will provide free train rides and other family-friendly activities. The City’s Public Works Department will be on hand to educate the public about the pedestrian bridge currently under construction and projected to open toward the end of 2012. Commuter service starts Monday, Oct. 8 . For more information including Saturday train ride schedules, please visit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/Calendar/Lakewood-Launch-Celebration-10-6-12.xml .
  • October 8th Study Session Cancelled: Lakewood City Hall is open for business on Columbus Day (Monday, October 8). However, that evening’s Council Study Session has been cancelled due to scheduling complications with the guest presenter.
  • Youth Celebration at City Hall: From 6-7pm, Monday, October 15, the City, its Youth Council, and Lakewood’s Promise will host a “Youth Celebration” to commemorate the City’s recognition as one of “100 Best Communities for Young People.” Mr. Jordan LaPier from America’s Promise will present this award to the City. The Youth Council will challenge young people, community groups, and families to engage in volunteer service. The City will provide refreshments and the public is encouraged to attend.
  • Transportation Coordinating Committee recommends PCRC funding: The Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC) met on Oct 4th to recommend a project funding list. The PCRC must determine how to allocate an additional $2,585,596 in federal transportation grant funds. The TCC selected projects based on a previously approved contingency list. With PCRC’s concurrence, Lakewood would receive an additional $100,000 required to complete the $750,000 Traffic Signal Upgrade-ITS-Phase IV project. PCRC is scheduled to take action on TCC’s recommendations on October 18th.
  • Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA) Patching – next week: City contractor, Asphalt Patch, will complete major hot-mix asphalt (HMA) patching during the week of October 8th during day-time hours. Most notable locations include Lakewood Drive (Flett Creek to 74th); Pacific Highway at 108th; and Gravelly Lake Drive near Country Club Drive. Temporary lane closures will be in effect during these projects.
  • HR Director attends Washington Public Employers Labor Relations Association (WAPELRA) Conference: HR Director Debra Young attended the annual Washington Public Employers Labor Relations Association (WAPELRA) conference. WAPELRA presented a wide variety of topics such as recent PERC decisions, social media, investigations, and health care reform.

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/28/2012

September 28, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Clean audit report: The City received a “clean audit” this week from the State Auditor’s Office with no findings or management letters for the review of federal grants and financial statements recently completed for 2011. The accountability portion of the audit is still being conducted and that report will come out in October or November.
  • Congressman Norm Dicks joins in Sounder service celebration: The mayor, councilmembers, and the city manager and staff, joined Sound Transit boardmembers and staff, along with several hundred invited guests, to ride the Sounder commuter train from Lakewood station to Freighthouse Square in Tacoma on September 24th. Regular service will start on October 8th, and the public is invited to a grand opening on Saturday October 6th at Lakewood station.
  • CSRT provides new wheelchair to mobile home park tenant: A manager for a local mobile home park contacted CSRT staff to let them know that one of their tenants needed a wheelchair. The tenant is disabled, with no family and very little money, and the wheelchair that she had been using was too big to fit through her bedroom and bathroom doors making her quality of life very difficult. CSRT staff jumped into action and sent out an email to City staff asking for help. They received a positive response offering to either buy a new wheelchair or track down a good used one. Animal Control Officer Bill Mathies donated a wheelchair that was in new condition. CSRT delivered the wheelchair to the woman, who was overwhelmed with emotion and very grateful.
  • CSRT clean up property: The yard and driveway of a highly visible residence on Steilacoom Blvd. which was covered with discarded household items and the source of numerous citizen complaints, has been substantially cleaned up. Code Enforcement worked closely with the residents of the home to bring the property into compliance with property maintenance codes.

Coffee with the Mayor - October 12, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speaker will be U.S. Air Force COL R. Wyn Elder, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, who will provide an update of the 62nd.

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

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/21/2012

September 21, 2012
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Farmers Market a Success: Tuesday, September 18, marked the finale of what was a very successful market season for the City of Lakewood. The project, which started out as a pilot program to test the feasibility of holding a Farmers Market in Lakewood, turned out to be the first of many market seasons to come for the community. With 24 vendors and an estimated 500 shoppers on opening day, the market got bigger and bigger as the season continued, and was so successful the City extended its run for three additional weeks. By the end of the season the market had featured over 50 different vendors
  • Senior Center commemorates 9/11: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center’s 9/11 Remembrance event occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday September 11th. The well-received event provided an opportunity for the older adults in this community to feel connected with the rest of the country as all joined together to remember the events of 9/11/01, and to honor those who gave their lives that day. Elizabeth Scheid, recreation coordinator, started off the event with an appropriate speech, the national anthem was sung, and some poignant quotes about some of the 9/11 heroes were read. Three Lakewood Fire Fighters arrived to visit, and posed for pictures and conversed with the other guests.
  • Health director visits City Hall: Dr. Anthony Chen, the director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, met with the mayor and city manager on September 21st to discuss community health issues. The discussion included water quality at several lakes in the city, the DOE soil clean-up project at Kiwanis Park and American Lake Park, and also mental health issues.
  • Day of Caring: Eleven City employees contributed their time and effort on September 21st to assist with the United Way’s “Day of Caring” volunteer program to assist community agencies in need.
  • Sounder Train Service Begins October 8: 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. For more info, visit http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Community/Rider-news/Lakewood-South-Tacoma-Sounder-Service.xml.

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