Highlights from the weekly report (January 30) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Pierce County Review of City‚Äôs Sewer Plans: City engineering staff met this week with Pierce County Public Works to further review of the specifications for the Tillicum/ALG sewer extension project. The plans should be final in the very near future with the target date of advertising for bids in March.
- Homeless Count conducted in Lakewood: Lakewood‚Äôs Human Services Coordinator partnered with Lakewood Area Shelter Association, Greater Lakes Mental Health Care and Pierce County to perform a homelessness count in Lakewood on January 29-30. City staff surveyed area motels where 12 males and 16 females identified themselves as being homeless. Of the 28 individuals surveyed, 14% stated that they have been homeless for more than a year. The majority of those related their homeless condition to prior evictions and loss of employment, and they were given resources and referrals to the many programs supported by the City for meeting basic needs in the community.
- Non-Motorized Transportation Plan: The City‚Äôs Non-Motorized Transportation Plan was the subject of a comprehensive review session this week by three citizens‚Äô advisory committees ‚Äì the Planning Advisory Board (PAB), the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB), and the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). The committees will now take the plan back to their own deliberations before making recommendations to the Council.
- Coordination with Fort Lewis: The city manager and senior staff met with the deputy garrison commander and staff from Fort Lewis this week to review progress on the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grants to assess impacts of installation growth on Transportation, Housing, and Schools. The coordination meeting included discussion of other issues of mutual concern to the City and Fort Lewis.
- Coordination with Pierce Transit: The city manager met with Pierce Transit‚Äôs CEO on January 21st to review plans for transit base development around 96th Street, security at the new transit station on Pacific Highway, and the potential of bus rapid transit services to be coordinated with new City traffic signalization. It was agreed to schedule a more comprehensive coordination session with senior staff from both entities next month.
- Tacoma decides on D to M Street alignment: The City of Tacoma Council this week decided on the railway design for the connection south of downtown Tacoma which is required for commuter rail service to Lakewood.