By Andrew Neiditz, Lakewood City Manager
- Orchard Street success story: A house in Tillicum had been abandoned by the tenants. The tenants tore doors from the hinges and broke windows before leaving. Garbage and debris surrounded the outside of the house. CSRT staff was able to contact the bank, who had a work crew on site within 72 hours of the call for assistance. The house is being repaired with new windows and doors. The garbage and debris had been removed from the exterior. The property is being restored thanks to the rapid response by the bank.
- Artist reveals bronze oak leaves for gateway arch: Artist David Eisenhour and his wife attended the December 17th Council meeting with two examples of the bronze oak leaves which will soon adorn the gateway arch at the Transit Connector project. The Garry Oak leaf has long been a symbol of the city of Lakewood. The leaves were cast in Walla Walla and will be installed once the Transit Connector project is complete which is scheduled for the end of the year.
- Quarterly Employee Recognition: On December 20, the City’s management team prepared and hosted an annual employee breakfast in the council chambers. During the event, the city manager recognized police officer Pete Johnson and employee Jeanette Matthews for their outstanding examples in demonstrating the guiding principle of “respect” in the course of their duties. Mayor Richardson and councilmembers Brandstetter and Barth participated as well. City employees gave Mayor Richardson a standing ovation for his leadership and service to Lakewood over the last 17 years.