Highlights from the weekly report (March 6, 2009) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Police Chief named to Problem Gambling Advisory Committee: Chief Farrar was appointed this week by WASPC (State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs) to serve on the State Problem Gambling Advisory Committee.
- Hill Ward dedication on March 14th 4pm at Fort Steilacoom Park: The Hill Ward site, located within Fort Steilacoom Park, is in its final stages of renovations. The old building has been removed and the site has been restored as a memorial recognizing the historic significance that the Native Americans, early settlers and Western State Hospital staff and patients played in the use and development of this area. Improvements to the site include demolition of an abandoned three story structure, repairing and creating new pathways and the installation of a relic stepping stone path, tile labyrinth, and a poured concrete curb to show the footprint of the original building, a concrete grass grid to provide solid surfacing for ADA accommodation, native landscaping, benches and other site amenities. Join us on Saturday, March 14th at 4:00 p.m. to celebrate our history and re-dedicate the site to the community.
- RAMP meeting focus on transportation funding: The city manager and public works director attended the Regional Access Mobility Partnership (RAMP) meeting at the Port of Tacoma this week. Charlie Howard of the Puget Sound Regional Council presented the recommended priorities for federal stimulus funding. Pierce County area priorities for the proposed $18.6 million Puget Sound ARRA regional projects include $15.8 million for the Lincoln Ave Grade Separation (Port of Tacoma), and also SR 162 (Orting), Shaw Rd (Puyallup), and Orville Rd E (Pierce County). The priorities are based on regional needs and job creation. Secretary Paula Hammond of WSDOT presented a county-by-county comparison of return per dollar for state-wide transportation funding, and discussed Pierce County projects in the State‚Äôs transportation budget.
- ‚ÄúInnovation, Involvement and Improved Student Achievement‚Äù community discussion follow up: The city manager met this week with the CPSD superintendent to review the input from the February 18th forum and showing of the video ‚ÄúFlunked‚Äù. The input and recommendations for follow-up next steps will be posted on both the CPSD and City websites in the next few days.
- Refuse Rate increases: Due to landfill fee increases, and CPI (inflation) rates authorized by contract, the Lakewood Refuse rates will increase this month for customers in Lakewood. The residential rate increase is about 5.6 percent, or about $1.50 per month for 60-gallon automated weekly service.
- March 12th Public Meeting on Stormwater Management: The Public Works Department will hold a public meeting at City Hall On March 12th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in conference Room 1A. The purpose is to elicit public input on the updating of the City‚Äôs Stormwater Management Program. The City is updating its program in compliance with the terms and conditions of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. By federal law (Clean Water Act) the City is required to have a NPDES permit. The permit covers local storm water regulations, the associated maintenance practices and procedures, administrative procedures, and educational and outreach programs. The effort is geared towards addressing and reducing pollution from stormwater discharges.
- 2008 Year-end Report: Last week, for the first time, the City of Lakewood mailed its year-end report to all residents and businesses. The report highlights all of the major accomplishments and efforts of the City over the last year. This 8-page document will also be found on the city’s website: www.cityoflakewood.us.