Highlights from the weekly report (September 4) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- 4-2 Stryker Brigade Deployment: The City of Lakewood’s “Community Connector” to Fort Lewis, brigade commander Colonel John Norris, will depart for Iraq early next week with his headquarters. The rest of the brigade will follow throughout September for a 12-month deployment. The 4-2 is projected to be the Army’s last combat brigade to deploy to Iraq as the military begins to sharply reduce its presence there.
- Walk to Fight Homelessness: The City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Community Collaboration formed a joint team in the Lakewood Area Shelter Association’s 5th Annual Walk to Fight Homelessness at Fort Steilacoom Park on Saturday, August 29th. With over 25 sponsors including City employees and human services agencies, the City of Lakewood team won first prize for most sponsorships. Lakewood Area Shelter Association is one of the City’s key partners in working to reduce homelessness in Lakewood.
- Building Permit update: For the month of August, 2009, The City’s Community Development Department issued 105 building permits totaling $10,124,510 in permit valuation for the month of August 2009. Total new building permit valuation for the year is $49,453,931.
- Meeting with staff at Tillicum and Woodbrook schools: School District Business Manager Ray Miller, and Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher met with teachers and staff at Woodbrook Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School this week to discuss the school district’s proposed capital facilities plan as well as the City’s Woodbrook Business Park Development Report and Tillicum Neighborhood Plan.
- Shoreline Master Plan: City Staff conducted interviews with consulting firms regarding updating the City’s Shoreline Master Program, in order to prepare for the implementation of the Plan process, supported by a $100,000 grant from the State. It is anticipated that a consultant will be selected shortly.
- “Coffee with the Mayor”: Mayor Doug Richardson will host a community meeting on Friday, September 11th at 7:30 a.m at the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood. The guest speaker will be Pierce County Auditor Jan Shabro, who will speak on the proposed County Charter Amendments which will appear on the November ballot.
- City and School District Host All-City Tailgate: Friday, September 11th is “Patriot Day” and the City will join the Clover Park School District in honoring our military, police, and fire fighters as it welcomes students and faculty back to school. The Tailgate will be held at Harry Lang Stadium adjacent to Clover Park High School. It will start at 3:30pm with a welcome by Superintendent Debbie LeBeau and a Patriot Day proclamation by Mayor Doug Richardson. It will culminate with a 7pm kickoff of the Lakes and Peninsula H.S. football game. There will be $1 hotdogs. For more information, visit www.cityoflakewood.us.