Highlights from the weekly report (November 12) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
* Sister City group from China visits Lakewood: A group from Danzhou, in the province of Hainan in China, representing our sister city, visited Lakewood on November 8-9. Their visit included a tour of city hall and discussion with the city manager, as well as a social visit with the mayor and several councilmembers. The group included the vice mayor and the secretary-general of the Danzhou Municipal People’s Government, as well as the deputy director of its foreign and overseas Chinese affairs office, and also the general manager of the Danzhou Urban Construction & Investment Company.
* City Hosts Public Disclosure Training: Legal, City Clerk and Information Systems staff hosted the City of Sumner staff to demonstrate Lakewood’s public disclosure requests (PDRs) for the tracking, monitoring and disposition of PDRs. The web-based application was designed and created in-house by Lakewood staff. It is the department’s intent to make this available through the state municipal clerks association (WMCA), and we have already conducted a demonstration to a state agency.
* Staff attends Growth Management Act Conference: CSRT Legal Advisor Mike Savage attended the 19th Annual Growth Management Act Conference sponsored by Law Seminars International in Seattle November 3-4. The program marked the 20th anniversary of the Washington State Growth Management Act and focused on recent GMA goals, recent developments and projection for the growth management regulatory environment in the future. The conference was timely because Senior Planner Deborah Johnson is currently working on amending Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps of the City and Title 18A of the Lakewood Municipal Code.
* City staff briefs Secretary of Transportation: Senior planner Dan Penrose conducted a briefing of WSDOT senior staff and the state’s Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond this week in Olympia. The subject of the briefing was the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan, funded by the DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, and its analysis of I-5 traffic congestion issues.