Highlights from the weekly report (May 8) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Volunteer of the Year Award: The City hosted the annual recognition breakfast for volunteers this week at Clover Park Technical College which was attended by about 135 volunteers. The annual Bill Harrison Volunteer of the Year award was presented to the Springbrook Mobile Food Bank Volunteers for their work providing three days worth of food every Saturday to 125-150 households (totaling more than 500 people) in the Springbrook neighborhood. The other nominations included Lewis Harrey and Sharron Kanter.
- Wachter elected president of WSAMA: Lakewood city attorney Heidi Wachter has been elected by her colleagues as president of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys. Wachter has been Lakewood’s city attorney since 2002.
- RAMP reviews transportation projects: The public works director and city manager attended this month’s meeting of the Regional Access Mobility Partnership (RAMP), and a number of transportation projects were reviewed. The recent session of the Legislature did provide funding several area projects including $8 million in Regional Mobility Grant Program funds for the Lakewood-Tacoma Commuter Rail project (D to M Street New Track and Signal). Lakewood also received $321,000 in funding for the Park Lodge Elementary School “Safe Routes to School” Project.
- Lakewold Gardens 20th anniversary: This week’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lakewold as a gardens facility open to the public was held in the Wagner House, and included remarks by the son of Eulalie Wagner. The city manager attended the reception, and Lakewold is appreciative of the partnership between the historic estate and the City.
- AWC Chief Executive Officer selection process: The city manager is a member of the 5-member selection committee reviewing applicants for the CEO position for the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). The position will replace recently-retired Stan Finkelstein. AWC represents all 281 Washington State cities and towns in relation to state and federal legislation, as well as training and development.