Highlights from the weekly report (April 10) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Bid Opening for the Sewer Project: To allow more time for the potential bidders to address recent addendums to the construction plans for the Woodbrook/ALGs/Tillicum Sanitary Sewer project, the bid opening date on the project has been extended two days to April 16th.
- OEA Stakeholders Workshop: The City of Lakewood hosted a primary stakeholders workshop on April 9th at Clover Park Technical College. The city manager and mayor presented the opening introduction, and presentations were made by Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, and the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) of the US Department of Defense. A total of 88 participated, representing over 30 agencies and entities throughout Pierce and Thurston counties. Focus will be on transportation, housing, education, and economic development. On April 8th, the City was awarded a $500,000 planning grant by OEA for transportation planning assistance. The grant will fund efforts to refine computer traffic models and determine which transportation alternatives would best address the challenges in the I-5 corridor adjacent to Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB. The 18 month study, closely coordinated with the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ft. Lewis, McChord AFB and other stakeholders, considers which strategies hold the most promise for reducing the congestion on I-5 as a result of the increased base population.
- Police Station Grand Opening: Citizens are reminded that the City will host a ribbon-cutting at the new Lakewood Police Station (9401 Lakewood Drive SW) on Wednesday, April 15th at noon. Refreshments and an open house, which will run until 4 pm will follow the ribbon-cutting.
- Strong performance in the 2009 SniperWeek conference: A Lakewood police officer, with his counterpart from Bonney Lake PD, participated on behalf of Metro Cities SWAT in a two-day conference in Florida focused on professional development in this very specialized field. The conference featured sniper debriefs of callouts, tactics and operational matters, and technical updates. The two officers placed 2nd overall in the range competition called Sniper Challenge, competing against 35 teams of police and military sniper units from around the country. All the courses of fire in the competition were based on real-world incidents.
- Parks Appreciation Day – April 18: For the seventh year in a row, the City will participate in Parks Appreciation Day on April 18th. The City has planned volunteer work projects at four Lakewood parks sites: American Lake Park, Harry Todd Park, Fort Steilacoom Park and the Flett Creek Blueberry Fields. The landscaping planned at American Lake Park during this event is one of the last elements of the boat launch renovation project. Several service clubs and private businesses have lined up volunteers to help plant flowers, shrubs and trees, but many more volunteer hands are needed. Projects at Harry Todd Park will include painting a shelter/restroom facility and weeding flower beds. Projects at Fort Steilacoom Park include a barn clean out, removal of invasive weeds, dog park clean-up, removal of blackberry vines and cemetery restoration. Volunteers at the blueberry fields will spread mulch and trim back overgrown plants. Please join us on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Suzi at 253-983-7758.